May 17, 15, 09:47 PM #1
(SB) Kentucky 4 Notre Dame 3Senior outfielder Kara Howard laced a leadoff single up the middle to start the seventh inning before senior catcher Griffin Joiner hit a clutch single to rightfield to score two runs, lifting Kentucky to its third straight appearance in a NCAA Super Regional with a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday at Melissa Cook Stadium.
Kentucky, which went 3-0 at the NCAA South Bend Regional with wins over Northwestern, Ball State and host and No. 16 national seed Notre Dame, entered the bottom of the sixth inning tied with the Fighting Irish, 2-2, before a leadoff home run from catcher Cassidy Whidden put the Irish on top, 3-2.
That set the stage for the Kentucky seniors to take control of the game in the top of the seventh inning with Howard leading off with a sharp single up the middle to get the rally started. After Howard was out at second base on junior infielder Christian Stokes' fielder's choice, junior infielder Nikki Sagermann singled up the middle to put two runners on base. Fellow junior Sylver Samuel popped up for the second out of the inning before Joiner worked a full count and dropped a single in rightfield that scored Stokes easily. The Notre Dame rightfielder fielded the ball cleanly and threw errantly, allowing Sagermann to score the eventual winning run.Advertisement