The University of Kentucky softball team is warming up right along with the weather.
The Wildcats won their school-record tying sixth Southeastern Conference game in a row on Sunday, topping South Carolina 4-3 at Columbia, S.C.
Junior Lauren Cumbess (7-3) pitched a complete game and went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run and two RBI as No. 20 Kentucky completed a three-game sweep of the Gamecocks. Kentucky (27-10, 8-4 SEC) has won six league games in a row for the first time since 2011. Cumbess gave up three runs – all earned – on seven hits and struck out four on Sunday. Cumbess has a 2.78 ERA this season, striking out 60 in 73 innings pitched. She is hitting .348 on the year. True freshman Nikki Sagermann also had two hits for Kentucky, going 2-for-3 with a walk to keep up her team-best batting average. Sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Freshman Christian Stokes had the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly. South Carolina (19-17, 1-11 SEC) started senior pitcher Audrey Broyles, who went three innings allowing two runs on four hits. Julie Sarratt pitched the final four innings allowing two runs on four hits with one strikeout. Dana Hathorn went 2-for-2 with three RBI, including a two-run home run.
UK returns to action Tuesday in Lexington, facing Marshall at 5 p.m. The Cats visit Eastern Kentucky for a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Kentucky will officially open its newly constructed softball complex Friday when it opens a three-game weekend series against Florida. The weekend will feature numerous promotions to introduce UK fans to the new facility, including a grand opening ceremony on Saturday. Admission to all home games is free of charge.