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Cheek’s slam caps perfect road trip for UK softball team

Kentucky’s Abbey Cheek hit a home run during a 4-0 victory over Utah in the 2016 NCAA Regional at John Cropp Stadium. Cheek hit a grand slam on Saturday to give the Cats a 6-2 win over Illinois-Chicago in Carbondale, Ill.
Kentucky’s Abbey Cheek hit a home run during a 4-0 victory over Utah in the 2016 NCAA Regional at John Cropp Stadium. Cheek hit a grand slam on Saturday to give the Cats a 6-2 win over Illinois-Chicago in Carbondale, Ill.

Abbey Cheek crushed a tie-breaking, two-out grand slam in the fifth inning to send the No. 19 University of Kentucky softball team to a 6-2 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.

The slam to left center off Illinois-Chicago pitcher Elaine Heflin wrapped up a perfect road trip for the Cats. UK went 3-0 in the Coach B Classic in Carbondale, Ill. It also was UK’s eighth straight win.

Kentucky improved to 13-4 this season — all on the road. The Cats’ home opener at John Cropp Stadium is Thursday at 6 p.m. against Dayton. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Cheek’s slam made a winner of UK pitcher Meagan Prince (5-2), who worked 5 1/3 innings in relief of starter Larissa Spellman. In 17 games, Cheek is batting .389 with four home runs and a team-high 14 RBI.

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