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WCWS: Kentucky holds Louisiana-Lafayette to one hit in win

Kentucky held a powerful Louisiana-Lafayette squad to one hit and earned a 4-1 win behind the bat of first baseman Lauren Cumbess.
BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, Staff Writer Published: May 29, 2014
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A couple of years ago, Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson was at ASA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium for a recruiting tournament.

She remembers stopping by the gift shop, seeing T-shirts for perennial powerhouses such as Alabama, Arizona and Oklahoma.

“I remember telling myself, ‘That is so cool. One day Kentucky is going to be in there,’” Lawson said.

Thursday was Kentucky's first Women's College World Series in program history, and Lawson’s Wildcats took their first steps to sealing their place in WCWS lore.

Kentucky held a powerful Louisiana-Lafayette squad to one hit and earned a 4-1 win behind the bat of first baseman Lauren Cumbess.

“I thought we came out and we fought from the first inning on,” Lawson said. “I thought our offense did a nice job, I thought (starting pitcher Kelsey) Nunley was great on the mound and our defense made all the plays that we needed. It’s a good day for Kentucky softball.”

Cumbess got the Wildcats off on the right foot against ULL starter Christina Hamilton with an RBI double in the first inning, and she didn’t let up. After UK scored on a sacrifice fly in the second, Cumbess expanded the lead to 3-1 in the fourth with a solo home run to left field.

The Wildcats scored again in the sixth when a Cumbess sacrifice bunt turned into a fiasco. An errant throw to first allowed pinch-runner Maisie Steed to score from first.

Cumbess ended up getting cut down trying to take second after a late throw home, but that run gave UK plenty of insurance — though it turned out to be unneeded.

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