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John Cropp Stadium - Lexington, KY

No. 23 Kentucky sweeps No. 14 Auburn

204 days ago
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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Senior Jenny Schaper continued her torrid weekend at the plate, and Grace Baalman capped off a weekend in which she threw two complete-game shutouts as the No. 23 Kentucky Wildcats scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap off a three-game of No. 14 Auburn at John Cropp Stadium.

Entering the bottom of the sixth inning, UK and Auburn had combined for four total hits with only one in Kentucky's column. That all changed on the first pitch of the inning as Schaper pummeled a home run to center and broke the seal on the 0-0 game to give UK the lead.

The Wildcats would follow with six more hits on six more runs, as Kentucky batted around to Schaper - who put the game on ice with a two-out two-RBI single into the left-center gap. Kentucky would take a 7-0 lead into the top of the seventh, where Baalman's job was to close it out.

Baalman closed out the game with three easy outs in the seventh, putting the clamps on the Tigers for the second-straight game. On Saturday - Baalman became the first UK pitcher since 2012 to throw a complete-game one-hit shutout since Chanda Bell. Monday night - she ran her scoreless innings streak up to 14 with her second complete-game shutout of the series, only allowing three hits on the night - and four hits total on the weekend. Baalman with the win is now 8-8 in the circle this season.

The sweep for the Wildcats is the first against Auburn since 2009. It is the third sweep for UK in Southeastern Conference play this season as the Wildcats also swept No. 11 South Carolina and Mississippi State to open league play.

With the win on Monday - the Wildcats have won three in a row and improve to 29-18 overall and are 12-9 in the SEC. The No. 14 Auburn Tigers fall to 34-13 overall and are now 9-9 in SEC play.

Kentucky will close out its home schedule on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. ET against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. It's UK Athletics' Staff Appreciation Night at JCS and tickets are available on UKathletics.com. Dave Baker and former Arizona All-American, Jenny Dalton-Hill will have the call on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

Key Stat

7. The seven runs scored by Kentucky in the bottom of the sixth inning was the most runs scored in a single inning this season for the Wildcats.

Key Play

Jenny Schaper's solo home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning was the key play, as she belted her third of the weekend out of the park to straight-away CF.

Key Player

Mallory Peyton was the key playing, driving in two key insurance runs on an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. Schaper also went 2-for-3 with a homer, and a two-RBI single with a trio of RBI.

Run Recap

It was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. Jenny Schaper hit a solo HR on the first pitch of the inning. Abbey Cheek doubled to the wall in left center and Alex Martens singled into left. That put two in scoring position, as a wild pitch scored pinch-runner Jaci Babbs. Then Kayla Kowalik had an infield single and pinch-runner Kennedy Cowden came in to score to make it 3-0. Mallory Peyton singled to make it 5-0 and the inning continued for Kelsee Henson - who singled to the left side. After a walk loaded the bases, Jenny Schaper came around again and hit a two-RBI single. FINAL - #23 Kentucky 7, #14 Auburn 0