Kentucky softball freshman Kayla Kowalik was named Co-Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday by the league office.
The New Braunfels, Texas native hit .700 on the weekend, as she helped lead Kentucky to a perfect 3-0 weekend at the 2019 Coach B Classic in Chattanooga.
Kowalik set a new career high with three runs scored, four hits, two extra base hits and four runs batted in during Kentucky’s 14-4 win over Murray State. She started two games this weekend as the Wildcats’ centerfielder and one game as the catcher for pitcher Tatum Spangler.
The .700 batting average is the highest for any UK player this season in any of the pre-conference tournaments that Kentucky participated in. To add to her .700 average, she had one walk and did not strikeout in any at bat this weekend.
Kentucky opens conference play at No. 13/13 South Carolina this weekend. Friday is the opening day of the league with the Gamecocks and Wildcats dueling at 6 p.m. ET. All three games of the weekend will be streamed on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the ESPN app.
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