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LITTLEWOOD CLASSIC - Tempe, Arizona

Kentucky splits doubleheader with ASU, Illinois State

905 days ago
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GAME 1

TEMPE, Ariz. - Autumn Humes pitched her second complete game in as many weeks, allowing just one run, and Alex Martens joined Mallory Peyton who launched huge home runs as the No. 10 Kentucky softball team beat Illinois State 7-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats with the win improve to 6-1 on the young season, and Humes picks up the win in the circle, moving to 2-0 on the year. Humes allowed a home run to Redbird leadoff batter Mack Leonard on the first pitch she threw in the game, but kept ISU off the board for the remainder of the game working a complete-game with no walks and four strikeouts.

Mallory Peyton hit a two-run long ball, her third of the season to put Kentucky in front 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning and Alex Martens put the game on ice in the seventh inning with a three-run shot to right to make a 4-1 lead balloon to 7-1 for the Wildcats. The home run for Martens was also her third of the season as the tandem who hit 4-5 in the UK order co-lead the team in that category.

Seven Wildcats had hits in the game, with Martens and Renee Abernathy both logging a pair of hits for nine total in the contest.

Kentucky will play Arizona State on Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET for the final of its two games on Saturday at the Littlewood Classic. The No. 23 Sun Devils etched out a 3-2 win last night vs. Kentucky.

Key Stat

0. Autumn Humes issued no walks in the game, her second-straight complete game in the circle without allowing a walk to any batter.

Key Play

The key play in the game was Mallory Peyton's two-run home run to take a 1-0 deficit in the top of the fourth inning into a one-run lead. Alex Martens doubled with one out in the inning and Peyton followed with the homer to straight-away CF.

Key Player

The key player in the game for Kentucky was Alex Martens. The senior second baseman was 2-for-3 in the game with a double, home run, three RBI and a walk.

Run Recap

Illinois State's Mack Leonard hit a lead-off first-pitch home run in the bottom of the first to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead. ISU 1, UK 0

In the top of the fourth, Mallory Peyton went long for her third homer of the season to give Kentucky a 2-1 lead, scoring Martens, who doubled in front of Peyton. Additionally, Autumn Humes helped her own cause and doubled into left center to score Renee Abernathy and Kentucky put up a three spot in the frame. UK 3, ISU 1

In the top of the sixth, a walk to Martens turned into a run as pinch runner Jaci Babbs scored on an RBI single from Abernathy. UK 4, ISU 1

After Kayla Kowalik and Rylea Smith led off the top of the seventh with singles, Martens took Morgan Day deep to take a 4-1 lead and make it 7-1. Humes closed out the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a flyout to left field. FINAL - Kentucky 7, Illinois State 1

GAME 2

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 10 Kentucky softball team saw errors come at bad times, and squandered three chances to close out the game going into the bottom of an inning, but it was the resilient No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils who came up with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to win the game 7-5 on Saturday night in 11 innings.

Grace Baalman allowed just two hits through 6.2 innings pitched before an error in the Kentucky outfield cost the Wildcats the chance to close things out in the bottom of the seventh as ASU tied the game on the play.

In the international tiebreak, Kentucky scored three times in the top of the eighth, and with two outs, had the Sun Devils down 4-1 before a three-run home run was hit to right center to tie the game.

In the top of the 10th, Kentucky scored a run on Rylea Smith's sacrifice fly, but the Sun Devils responded with a sac fly of their own to make it a 5-5 game headed to the 11th. In the 11th, UK was unable to score and ASU hit the game-winning home run with one out to walk it off.

Kentucky will close the weekend at the Littlewood Classic on Sunday morning against Detroit Mercy.

Key Stat

11. The 11-inning game is the longest of the season for Kentucky.

Key Play

The key play in the game was the walk-off home run by Arizona State's Alynah Torres in the bottom of the 11th inning

Key Player

Grace Baalman was the key player in the game, recording a career-high 11 strikeouts.

Run Recap

Kentucky struck first on an RBI sacrifice fly by Alex Martens in the top of the fourth. UK 1, ASU 0

The score would remain 1-0 until the Sun Devils caught a break off of a Kentucky error in right field with two outs in what would have been the game-ending play. UK 1, ASU 1

In the top of the eighth, Bailey Vick laid down a bunt single and she and Kayla Kowalik came around to score on a hit from Rylea Smith. Smith scored on a wild pitch and the Wildcats would take a 4-1 lead to the bottom of the eighth. UK 4, ASU 1

With two on and two outs, Arizona State tied the game on a three-run home run as the Sun Devils were down to their final out for the second time in the game and came through in the clutch. UK 4, ASU 4

Both teams executed a sacrifice in the 10th inning to score a run. UK 5, ASU 5

After UK was unable to score in the top of the 11th, Arizona State got a walk-off home run from Alynah Torres to win the game with one out and a runner on third. FINAL - Arizona State 7, Kentucky 5