Kentucky softball’s run to the Women’s College World Series has come to an end, falling to Alabama in Saturday’s elimination game by a final score of 4-1.
The Wildcats were forced to start from behind following a two-run first inning for the Crimson Tide, a deficit that was only briefly cut to one following a run for UK in the bottom of the second. A two-run shot by Alabama in the top of the fourth pushed the team’s lead to three, far too much for Kentucky to overcome, especially for a team that managed just five hits on the day, left four on base, and had seven strikeouts on the day.
Kayla Kowalik, Lauren Johnson, Erin Coffel, Mallory Peyton and Miranda Stoddard each picked up a hit for the Wildcats, with Vanessa Nesby scoring the team’s only run on the day. For the Tide, Kaylee Tow and Elissa Brown finished with two hits apiece, with Maddie Morgan hitting the game’s only home run in the fourth.
Kentucky ends the year with a final record of 43-16 and just two wins short of the WCWS.