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Softball Cats tie record with 36th win

Samantha DeMartine's two-run double for Kentucky was the final hit of the game. She had two hits.
Samantha DeMartine's two-run double for Kentucky was the final hit of the game. She had two hits.

Samantha DeMartine's two-run double in the sixth inning Saturday capped Kentucky's 10-2 victory over Auburn on a record-setting day at the UK Softball Complex.

No. 16 Kentucky (36-12, 14-8 Southeastern Conference) tied the school record for victories in a season, set in 2000.

The Wildcats will try to break the record — and equal the school record for SEC wins in a season — in Sunday's regular-season finale.

All the Cats, including Coach Rachel Lawson, were surprised when told of their share of a record.

"I did not know that, but that's pretty cool," Lawson said. "That's a great thing for this program. This team has done well for the last three years, so it's another notch in their belt for how hard they've worked and everything, so that's awesome."

In addition, UK clinched a seed no lower than sixth in next week's eight-team SEC Tournament at Ole Miss. No. 23 Auburn (37-16, 14-13) can do no better than seventh.

Seniors Meagan Aull and Megan Yocke led UK's attack.

Aull, out of Owensboro Catholic, went 4-for-4 with five RBI, a homer and three runs.

"The top of our order really did a nice job today," Lawson said. "Meagan's home run really broke the game open for us which was really special for her because she's had such a great season for us."

Yocke, from Sunnyvale, Calif., went 2-for-3, walked and scored three times.

DeMartine and Rachel Riley also had two hits each.

That was plenty to support a complete-game effort by right-hander Chanda Bell (13-5). She gave up four hits, walked two and struck out seven.

"There were a couple pitches that I let get away from me, and we saw the result of that," said Bell, who gave up leadoff homers to Kyndall White in the second inning and Katie Colton in the third. "But, overall, I felt pretty good today. ... I tried to let (the homers) go and go on to the next batter."

On Pack the Park Pink Day — with proceeds to benefit breast cancer research, treatment and education at UK's Markey Cancer Center — UK's first four batters reached base en route to a 2-0 lead.

Yocke led off and pulled a foul deep beyond the left-field wall. Then she capped the eight-hit at-bat with a single up the middle.

"I was able to see the ball well and foul everything off until I got the pitch I wanted," Yocke said. "Once I hit the foul ball, I knew they weren't going to come back in."

Kara Dill followed with a triple down the left-field line.

Dill came home on Aull's single to right.

"Just picked a ... pitch and going with that," Aull said of her game strategy. "And swinging hard."

Auburn used long balls to tie, but UK had cool Cats.

"No concern," Aull said. "We have a great pitching staff, so I wasn't worried one bit. And our hitting, we've been doing really well."

Yocke doubled, while Aull, Riley and DeMartine each singled in the bottom of the third. Aull and DeMartine had an RBI each.

Emily Jolly and Yocke scored on Aull's fourth-inning home run, which knocked out Auburn starter Lauren Schmalz (14-6).

Aull also singled in the sixth, scoring on Riley's double. DeMartine's two-bagger plated Riley and Brittany Cervantes.

"Oh, did we?" Yocke said when told of UK's record-tying win. "That's awesome. ... We don't keep track. We just go out there and win."

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