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Nunley, Prince combine for shutout vs. Gamecocks

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Behind a shutout from the Kentucky pitching staff and early runs on the board for the third straight game in the series, the No. 15 Kentucky softball team capped off a sweep of the South Carolina Gamecocks on Sunday with a 4-0 to move to 3-0 in Southeastern Conference action on the season after a perfect weekend in Columbia to kick start league play.

Kelsey Nunley was once again spectacular in the circle, going six full innings, only allowing three hits, walking one and striking out five Gamecock batters. The Soddy Daisy, Tenn., native improved to 9-1 on the season and now boasts a 0.68 ERA in her 14 appearances. Nickie Blue was the starting pitcher for the second day in a row for the Gamecocks, as she falls to 7-4 on the year.

Junior pitcher Meagan Prince came on to get her first save of the season in the bottom of the seventh with runners on first and second and no outs. Prince was able to get the secondary runner on a fielder's choice, and then an unassisted double play by freshman Katie Reed ended the game, preserving the shutout for the UK pitching staff.

Over the weekend, the Kentucky pitching staff only allowed three runs with two on Friday and one yesterday. Between Nunley, Prince and Shannon Smith, who started the game on Friday, the UK pitching staff only allowed 12 hits, three runs, five walks and 12 strikeouts.

UK yet again scored in the top of the first inning, for the third game in the series to put UK ahead early in the game. Maisie Steed led off the inning with a double to the third base bag and was sacrificed over and ended up scoring on a two-out hit by Abbey Cheek for the early lead. Kentucky scored first in all three games of the series, outscoring the Gamecocks 10-0 in the first inning on the weekend.

The Wildcats sweep of South Carolina marked the first sweep of an SEC team since April 11-13 when UK swept Ole Miss.

Kentucky returns to the road on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET in Huntington, W. Va., as the Wildcats are at Marshall.