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St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational

No. 21 Kentucky back to .500 on the season

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CLEARWATER, Fla. - The No. 12 Texas Longhorns used two late runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and a run in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with a 4-3 win over the No. 21 Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday morning at the Elite Invitational presented by Wilson.

Kentucky's first baseman Mallory Peyton clubbed her team-leading fourth home run of the season to left field in the top half of the seventh to tie the game at 3-3, but the Longhorns responded with a run in the bottom half to win the game on a walk-off.

The loss drops UK to 4-5 on the season, with four of UK's five losses coming by one run or via a walk-off. Texas improves to 7-1 on the year with Saturday morning's result.

Grace Baalman was a star in the circle for UK, throwing a complete game on 134 pitches, allowing just three unearned runs. The sophomore recorded five strikeouts and allowed nine hits.

Key Stat

4/5. Four out of UK's five losses this season have been by one run.

Key Play

With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Wildcats appeared to have the second out of the inning on a routine grounder - but after an umpire conference, the play was overturned - and put a Longhorn batter on first base. That run came around and ended up tying the game late in the sixth. Baalman got out of the jam with a strikeout.

Key Player

Mallory Peyton was the key player in the game, hitting a game-tying home run in the top of the seventh inning to deep left field. It was her fourth of the season.

Run Recap

Texas took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI triple by Bekah Alcozer. TEXAS 1, UK 0

Kentucky responded with two runs in the top of the third inning. Kayla Kowalik scored on an RBI double by Jenny Schaper - and Schaper put the Wildcats on top as she came around to score on Abbey Cheek's RBI single up the middle. UK 2, TEXAS 1

The Longhorns scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run double to left by Lauren Burke. TEXAS 3, UK 2

Mallory Peyton tied the game in the top of the seventh on her fourth homer of the season. UK 3, TEXAS 3

After Baalman recorded the first out of the bottom of the seventh, Texas put the next three on base and scored the game-winning run on a single to right. FINAL - #12 Texas 4, #21 Kentucky 3

Game 2

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The No. 21 Kentucky softball team beat its first top-25 team of the 2019 season on Saturday afternoon, beating the No. 22 Oregon Ducks, 12-3 in five innings on day three of the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational presented by Wilson.

Mallory Peyton clubbed her fourth home run of the weekend to walk the game off in the bottom of the fifth inning, as she clubbed in her second and third RBI of the game. Peyton on the weekend has hammered four home runs, has 10 RBI and six extra-base hits.

Katie Reed, Mallory Peyton and Abbey Cheek all hit home runs in the game, helping pace the UK offense to its second 13-run game in as many days against a power-five team.

Kentucky scored first for the ninth time in 10 games this season and didn't look back. The Wildcats got on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-run double off the bat of Jenny Schaper to put UK up a pair.

Meghan Schorman picked up her second win in the circle for UK.

The Wildcats close out the 2019 Elite Invitational against their fourth ranked team in four days, facing No. 24 James Madison. The game will be at 1 p.m. ET and shown live on ESPN3 and the ESPN app with Tiffany Greene and Danielle Lawrie on the call from Clearwater.

Key Stat

3. The Wildcats had three home runs from three different players, Katie Reed, Mallory Peyton and Abbey Cheek all hit home runs. Additionally, pinch hitters Kelsee Henson, Maclai Branson and Autumn Humes all had back-to-back-to-back hits in the bottom of the third.

Key Play

Kelsee Henson's pinch-hit two-run double was the key play in the game, putting UK up, 5-0.

Key Player

Meghan Schorman was the key player for UK, throwing 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, two walks and had five strikeouts. It is her second win of the season in the circle.

Run Recap

Jenny Schaper scored two runs for the Wildcats on an RBI double to left center. UK 2, ORE 0

In the bottom of the third, Abbey Cheek led off the inning with a base hit. After back-to-back singles from Alex Martens and Autumn Humes, two came around to score on a Kelsee Henson double. UK 5, ORE 0

Kentucky went by eight in the fourth - led off by a walk to Jenny Schaper. Abbey Cheek reached on an error and was brought home on a double by Mallory Peyton. Sarah Rainwater then brought home a run on an RBI single into left center. UK 8, ORE 0

The Ducks scored three runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Hailey Cruse and then back-to-back singles following a wild pitch. UK 8, ORE 0

Kentucky won the game in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a two-run home run by Katie Reed and a walk-off blast by Mallory Peyton. FINAL - #21 Kentucky 12, #22 Oregon 3