Nesby’s Defense and Stoddard’s Moonshot Rescue No. 9 Kentucky

Nesby’s Defense and Stoddard’s Moonshot Rescue No. 9 Kentucky

by Chris Shoals

RICHMOND, Ky. – Down to its final out in the top of the seventh inning down 7-6, junior Miranda Stoddard hit one of the longest home runs of the season over the left-center wall to score three runs and helped No. 9 Kentucky come from down five runs at 7-2 to win the game, 10-7 at Eastern Kentucky.
Vanessa Nesby had a critical play in the bottom of the sixth inning to the lead-off batter as she robbed a double with a web-gem diving catch in centerfield to keep the Colonels at bay and open the door for a comeback in the seventh.
Kentucky took a 2-0 lead thanks to an Emmy Blane home run in the second inning before EKU ran off five in the bottom half of the inning and runs in the third and fourth frames off of three different Kentucky pitchers.
Tatum Spangler picked up sixth win of the season in the circle Wednesday night as she moved to 6-0 on the year. The senior from Henderson, Nevada threw the final 4.2 innings of the game, allowing just one run on a hit with a walk and seven strikeouts.
UK with the win improves to 30-11 on the year and eclipses the 30-win plateau for the 13th-straight season under head coach Rachel Lawson.
The Wildcats are back in action Saturday at Noon ET as they begin a three-game series against the Missouri Tigers at John Cropp Stadium. Saturday’s game is Bark in the Park, with fans able to bring dogs into JCS for the duration of the game.
Key Play
The key play in the game was Nesby’s catch in CF to rob the Colonels of a lead-off double in the bottom of the sixth inning, leading 7-5 at that point in the game.
Key Player
Meeko Harrison was the key player in the game as she pulled the Wildcats within a run in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single through the right side.
Key Stat
5. Kentucky scored five runs in the seventh inning to win the game after trailing 7-5 going into the final frame on the road.
Run Recap
In the top of the second, Emmy Blane hit a two-run home run to put the Wildcats on the board first. UK 2, EKU 0
Eastern Kentucky scored five runs on five hits in the bottom of the second to take a three-run lead. EKU 5, UK 2
In the bottom of the third inning, a pair of doubled scored a run for the Colonels. EKU 6, UK 2
A solo HR in the bottom of the fourth made it a 7-2 lead for EKU. EKU 7, UK 2
Taylor Ebbs hit a three-run homer into left to score three critical runs in the top of the sixth inning. EKU 7, UK 5
Kentucky scored five runs in the seventh to win the game. Meeko Harrison stepped with runners on first and second and one out and singled through the right side to score Rylea Smith. Miranda Stoddard then homered to left center and Erica Thulen scored on an Emmy Blane RBI single through the left side. FINAL – Kentucky 10, Eastern Kentucky 7
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