COLUMBIA, Mo. – In a game that featured 18 runs, 24 hits and seven errors, the No. 20 Kentucky softball team overcame an 8-3 deficit entering the final two innings and scored seven unanswered runs to come from behind and sweep the Missouri Tigers, 10-8 in Sunday’s series finale.
The Wildcats, sparked by two monster home runs from Abbey Cheek and a go-ahead two-run home run from junior Rachael Metzger, scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning and one more in the top of the seventh to seal their fourth win in a row.
This is Kentucky’s largest deficit overcome in a win (five runs) since Apr. 20, 2011 when Kentucky trailed Louisville by seven runs (7-0) and went on to win 14-8.
Kentucky is now 30-13 overall on the season with Sunday’s result and is back at .500 in the Southeastern Conference at 9-9, just one game back of fifth place. Missouri drops its third game in a row to fall to 27-21 overall and 5-12 in SEC play.
The 10 runs scored by the Kentucky offense is its highest offensive output all season in league play and the 14 hits is just one hit off the most hits in a single game this season for the UK offense.
UK will play two midweek games this week, beginning with a game Tuesday night at 6 p.m. ET against Eastern Kentucky on the road in Richmond, Kentucky in a rescheduled game from March. Wednesday night, UK will travel to Martin, Tennessee, to face the UT Martin Skyhawks.