Kelsey Nunley tossed seven dominating innings, allowing just two hits with seven strikeouts in the Kentucky softball team’s 5-0 victory against Ball State on Saturday in the winner’s bracket game of the NCAA South Bend Regional in Indiana. Freshman Brooklin Hinz led the Cats’ offense with three hits and fellow rookie Erin Rethlake had a two-run double.
Kentucky advanced to Sunday’s regional finals, where host Notre Dame will have to defeat them twice to earn a spot in the Super Regional. The Irish, the No. 16 national seed, defeated Ball State 15-4 to stay alive in the regional. Sunday’s game will start at 1 p.m. ET with an if-necessary game scheduled for 4 p.m.
The fourth shutout of the season for Nunley improved her record to 13-14. She has a 2.37 ERA and 181 strikeouts. The win was the 10th in NCAA Tournament play for Nunley, who is the school’s all-time leader in that category.
In what ended as the longest game in school history, Western Kentucky’s softball team grinded out a 14-inning victory over host and No. 14 national seed Georgia on Saturday in Athens. Miranda Kramer (26-8) tied her career high and school record with 19 strikeouts in a complete game. She gave up five hits and walked six.
The Lady Toppers were down to their final three outs when junior Brooke Holloway hit a leadoff home run to force extra innings. Carleigh Chaumont’s RBI double in the 14th completed Western Kentucky’s comeback.
WKU will face Georgia again at noon ET Sunday for the right to move on to the Super Regionals. The Bulldogs defeated North Carolina 6-5 in an elimination game and will have to defeat Western twice to move on.