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Lawson has confidence in Peyton


Freshman Mallory Peyton of Madisonville will be playing in her first NCAA Tournament for Kentucky this week, but coach Rachel Lawson is not worried about her being overwhelmed.

Remember, in UK’s final home series, she hit a grand slam home run in game one and then a three-run shot in game two to help UK beat then No. 12 South Carolina.

“I think Mallory has a lot of confidence. She is a gamer and has been in a lot of big game situations both in high school and travel ball,” the UK coach said.  “She always gives you competitive at-bats.

“I don’t worry about her confidence level at all. If she is calm and sees pitches, then you see great results from her. She is somebody I feel really good about when she is in the (batter’s) box.”

She’s hitting .232 with seven home runs. She has knocked in 23 runs in 46 games and has started 30 games going into this week’s NCAA Tournament play.

“I have pretty high expectations for Mallory. I have seen her do so many incredible things in so many high pressure situations. I think she is just scratching the surface. She has a bright, bright future in the SEC,” Lawson said.

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