Junior outfielder Ginny Carroll laced a bases-loaded, walk-off single into right-center field to cap off a three-run, seventh-inning rally lifting the No. 20 University of Kentucky softball team to a 4-3 victory over Marshall on Tuesday night at the UK Softball Complex.
The win was Kentucky’s fourth in a row after sweeping Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina over the weekend. Marshall scored two runs in the top of the seventh to break a 1-1 tie and put Kentucky in a 3-1 hole. Freshman Maisie Steed started the game-winning rally with an infield single to the shortstop. A few pitches later with freshman Christian Stokes at the plate, Steed advanced to second on a wild pitch. The Marshall catcher fielded the ball and attempted to throw to second base but the ball hit Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson and deflected into left field allowing Steed to move to third. Stokes then hit a slow roller to third that the third baseman gathered and threw wildly behind Steed at third, allowing Steed to score and Stokes to move to second base. Sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner kept the rally alive with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Kara Howard. Junior Lauren Cumbess tied the game at 3 with her double off the third baseman’s glove, scoring Stokes and putting runners at second and third for senior Alice O’Brien, who was intentionally walked. Freshman Nikki Sagermann followed with a grounder back to the pitcher for a fielder’s choice at home to keep the bases loaded. That set the stage for Carroll, who hammered a full-count pitch over the drawn in center fielder to score the winning run and end the game. Kelsey Nunley (18-4) earned the win, throwing all seven innings, allowing three runs – two earned – on eight hits with four strikeouts. Williamson (24-13) took the loss for Marshall (25-14) throwing a complete game allowing four runs – three earned – on six hits with two strikeouts. Kentucky (27-10) returns to action Wednesday with a doubleheader at Eastern Kentucky starting at 2 p.m.