LEXINGTON, Ky. – In the first game of the Missouri softball team's series at Kentucky on Friday, Missouri's Nicole Hudson led her team to victory with a ninth-inning home run.
But Saturday was a different story.
As Missouri's starting pitcher, Hudson gave up seven runs on nine hits in an 8-2 loss. While Hudson only allowed one walk, she had a wild pitch and hit two Wildcats batters. After Chelsea Thomas pitched nine innings Friday, coach Ehren Earleywine decided to rest his ace and start Hudson, who is 7-4 this season.
Lindsey Muller relieved Hudson in the sixth, allowing one unearned run. The leadoff Wildcats hitter reached on an error by the Tigers' Kelsea Roth and later came around to score the eighth run of the game for the Wildcats.
Kentucky pitcher Kelsey Nunley held Missouri batters to six hits and only one earned run. Missouri first scored in the fourth on a single by Mackenzie Sykes that sent in Jenna Marston. Later, with two outs in the seventh, Carlie Rose scored on Marston's single, but the rally ended quickly when Hudson grounded out in the next at-bat.
Missouri (28-9, 12-7 SEC) and Kentucky (36-15, 11-9 SEC) will play the rubber match of the series at noon Sunday.