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Meagan Prince throws one-hit shutout to beat Western Kentucky 5-0

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Freshman Jenny Schaper launched a two-run home run to left field in the top of the fourth inning as part of a five-run frame which led the No. 11 Kentucky softball team past the WKU Hilltoppers 5-0 on Wednesday night at the WKU Softball Complex.

Junior pitcher Meagan Prince threw a one-hit complete-game shutout on Wednesday, her fifth of the season, and second time allowing just one hit in the circle, as the Martin, Tenn., moved to 17-3 on the season in the circle and ties Kelsey Nunley for the team lead.

Kentucky wins its second in a row overall and remains a perfect 4-0 on the year against in-state teams, as the WKU result combines with wins over Murray State, Eastern Kentucky and Northern Kentucky on the year. The Wildcats, who sit No. 11 in both national polls, bump up their record to 38-9 overall and remain 13-5 in Southeastern Conference action.

The Wildcats will return to SEC play on Friday in a critical SEC showdown with the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide from Rhoades Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The series commences on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET with that game shown live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Saturday’s game will start at 6 p.m. ET and televised by the SEC Network with Jenn Hildreth and Kayla Braud on the call. Sunday’s series closer will start at 2:30 p.m. ET

Key Stat

Five. For the 12th time this season, Kentucky scored five or more runs in a single inning, plating all five of its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on Wednesday night.

Key Play

Freshman Jenny Schaper launched a two-run home run in the fourth inning to make it a 5-0 UK lead. Schaper has now homered in two of the last four games.

Key Player

Meagan Prince was the key player, throwing a complete-game shutout on Wednesday, her fifth of the season. Prince recorded 12 strikeouts in the seven inning game, just three off of her career high.

Run Recap

Kentucky scored all five runs in the fourth inning. Maisie Steed and Abbey Cheek singled to begin the inning to put runners on first and second with no outs. Steed came around to score on a Brooklin Hinz single up the middle to plate the game’s first run. The Wildcats made it 3-0 on an E4 by the WKU defense, trying to nail down Cheek at the plate. The throw squirted wide, allowing Hinz to score as well and make it 3-0. Jenny Schaper then launched a two-run HR after a pitching change to close the inning with five runs. FINAL – No. 11 Kentucky 5, WKU 0

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