Freshman Mallory Peyton homers but Cats fall 9-2 at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Freshman Mallory Peyton hit her fourth home run of the season in the top of the sixth inning and junior shortstop Katie Reed went 4-for-4 at the plate, but it wasn’t enough offense as the No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies took the series opener on Friday night from No. 19 Kentucky, 9-2.
 
Katie Reed was 4-for-4 at the plate on Friday with three singles and a double. The four hits for Reed in a single game are a new career best. She had recorded three hits in seven different games, but never four times. Reed is now hitting .452 on the season after her stellar game.

The Aggies got off to a fast start offensively, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning on a solo home run from Sarah Hudek to left center field. TAMU would then score a run in five of the next six innings.

Kentucky scored its only pair of runs in the game off of a two-run home run from freshman Mallory Peyton. Brooklin Hinz was on first after she reached on a fielder’s choice to score her 23rd run of the season.

Game two of the series is on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET from the Aggie Softball Complex in College Station. The game will be shown live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and the ESPN app with Tiffany Greene (pxp) and former All-American Amanda Scarbrough (color) on the call.
 

Key Stat
⁃ Seven. The top two batters in Kentucky’s order of Bailey Vick and Katie Reed went 7-for-7 reaching base in the game. Reed went 4-for-4 at the plate with three singles and a double.
 
Key Play
⁃ The biggest play of the game for the Wildcats was Mallory Peyton’s HR to left. It was hit so hard, it hit a campus bus on the fly on the road beyond the outfield wall. It was her fourth long ball of the season and scored Brooklin Hinz, as well.

Key Player
⁃ Ashley Ruiz was the key player in the game for UK, as she entered the game to pitch for the first time in her career. The sophomore did well, getting out of a big-time jam with a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Run Recap
⁃ Sarah Hudek hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning to put the Aggies on top. TAMU 1, UK 0
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⁃ Tori Vidales singled with one out, and then a double by Ashely Walters to the wall in left center scored her from first to plate the second TAMU run. TAMU 2, UK 0
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⁃ Texas A&M sent eight batters to the plate in the third inning. The Aggies got a one-out single from Milligan and then two two-out RBI hits from Vidales and Alderink to score three times in the inning. TAMU 5, UK 0
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⁃ After a lead-off walk to Cuyos was put on third with one out, Sarah Hudek brought home the sixth run of the game on an RBI groundout to the left side. TAMU 6, UK 0
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⁃ Kentucky scored its only pair of runs in the game off of a two-run home run from freshman Mallory Peyton. Brooklin Hinz was on first after she reached on a fielder’s choice to score her 23rd run of the season. TAMU 6, UK 2
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⁃ The Aggies plated three runs in the seventh after three free passes were issued and then Samantha Show and Milligan both had RBI hits to bring in a trio of runs. FINAL – #9 Texas A&M 9, #19 Kentucky 2

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