Softball Cats fall in series opener to Oregon 4-0

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EUGENE, Ore. – The third-seeded Oregon Ducks got a run in the third inning and three in the sixth to take game one of the Eugene Super Regional, shutting out the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats, 4-0 at Jane Sanders Stadium.

Meagan Prince was solid all day in the circle for the Wildcats, only allowing five hits to the potent Oregon offense, but the UK offense only was able to manage three hits of its own off Megan Kleist – who got a complete-game shutout in the circle for the Ducks.

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Game two of the Eugene Super Regional will be on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET and shown live on ESPN2 with Trey Bender and Danielle Lawrie on the call. Kentucky must win to force an if-necessary game on Sunday afternoon for a spot in the 2017 Women’s College World Series.

Key Stat

Three. Oregon scored three key runs in the bottom of the sixth inning without a hit – as the Ducks went from going into the seventh just up a run, to having a 4-0 lead.

Key Play

With two outs in the bottom of the third inning in a scoreless game, Oregon left fielder Alexis Mack had a bunt single to start the game-winning rally. Abbey Cheek made an incredibly athletic play on the ball that was equidistant between the circle and home plate – but Mack’s speed was too much to overcome.

Key Player

Jenny Schaper was the key player in the game for Kentucky, roping a two-out double to the wall in right center field with two outs in the Kentucky second inning. Schaper was left stranded at second on a strikeout to cap off the inning.

Run Recap

Alexis Mack had a bunt single with two outs and then stole second to put herself in scoring position for catcher Gwen Svekis. Svekis then roped a single to right center, to score Mack and give Oregon a 1-0 lead in the third inning. ORE 1, UK 0

Oregon loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth on two walks and a hit batsman. The Ducks got RBI groundouts by Mia Camuso and Madi Bishop to score two runs – and then UK committed an error on the left side to bring in a third run in the inning without a hit. FINAL – (3) Oregon 4, (14) Kentucky 0

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com