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Abbey Cheek becomes fourth UK softball player in history to be named national fastpitch all-American

Behind the most prolific offensive season in Kentucky Softball history, senior third baseman Abbey Cheek was named the fourth player in UK history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-American last week. Cheek was a unanimous selection to the first team, the first person to achieve that in program history. UK Senior Abbey Cheek in only the fourth UK softball player named...

Kentucky softball falls behind early in game one 3-0 loss to Huskies in Super Regionals

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky softball team fell behind early and couldn’t keep pace with Washington in a 3-0 loss to the Huskies on Friday night. The Wildcats (36-23) left nine runners on base, while the Huskies (49-7) used timely hits, especially in the first two innings and built and early 2-0 lead. The best of three series resumes Saturday night with the first pitch...

Cheek powers Kentucky past Oregon in Super Regional opener

Members of the Kentucky softball team celebrate a win over Oregon early this morning (UK Athletics Photo) The No. 16 Kentucky softball team exploded for nine runs on 10 hits against the best pitching staff in the PAC-12 to take game one of the Eugene Super Regional 9-6 over the No. 1 Oregon Ducks on Thursday night at Jane Sanders Stadium. With the Game 1 win, Kentucky is now just one game away from...

Kentucky takes on underdog role against Oregon in Super Regional

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hopes to continue its postseason momentum against top-seed Oregon in the Super Regionals set for Thursday-Saturday in Eugene. The Wildcats rolled to wins over the University of Illinois-Chicago and a pair of victories over Notre Dame in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last weekend at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington. The opener is set for 9 p.m. Thursday...

No mercy: UK softball team sweeps 3 games to reach Super Regionals

Members of Kentucky’s softball team celebrate after the Wildcats defeated Notre Dame 8-0 in six innings to advance ti the NCAA Super Regionals next week at No. 1 seed Oregon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky went undefeated in the first three games of the NCAA Tournament and will compete in the NCAA Super Regionals next week against top-seeded Oregon in Eugene. Kentucky,...

Pitching, defense a key for Kentucky softball team in NCAA Tournament

Grace Baalman will anchor the Kentucky pitching staff in this weekend’s Lexington Regional at John Cropp Stadium. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When it comes down to it, pitching and defense win championships and Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson hopes the Wildcats have enough experience to make a serious run in the NCAA Tournament. “The postseason is about pitching and defense,”...

UK softball team advances to Super Regional at Oregon; baseball squad No. 3 seed in SEC tourney

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Although Rachel Lawson didn’t know what to expect from her team in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, the Kentucky softball coach wasn’t surprised to see the Wildcats advance to the next round. Kentucky held off a late rally and defeated Illinois 4-2 Sunday to earn a ticket to the next weekend’s Super Regional and will play at Oregon in next...

Unpredictable, but tough Wildcats seek strong showing in NCAA softball tournament

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson isn’t sure what to expect when the Wildcats open the NCAA Tournament against DePaul Friday. “They are unpredictable,” Lawson said earlier this week. “There’s nothing I guarantee that we’re going to do.” Kentucky pitcher Meagan Prince and the Wildcats will take on DePaul Friday in the opening round of...

Two-run roundtripper sends Auburn past Kentucky in SEC softball tournament

The UK softball team lost to Auburn Thursday in Knoxville (UK Athletics Photo) The second-seeded Auburn Tigers got a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning from Kendall Veach to knock the Kentucky Wildcats out of the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 2-0 victory.   With the loss, Kentucky’s regular season comes to an end with a 36-17 overall record, and will now await its postseason...

Cheek’s two homers power Kentucky past South Carolina in SEC Tournament opener

Sophomore slugger Abbey Cheek pummeled two home runs over the wall in left field, as the seventh-seeded Kentucky slugged its way to a 7-3 win over the tenth-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.   The Wildcats now advance into the quarterfinal round and will face second-seeded Auburn on Thursday at 5 p.m. The game will be...

UK baseball wins series at South Carolina; Softball team takes two of three from Aggies

Kentucky broke a tie with three runs in the eighth inning and Logan Salow had a career-high 10 strikeouts  in relief as the No. 6 Wildcats defeated No. 21 South Carolina, 9-4, Sunday at Founders Park.   With the win, Kentucky won a series at South Carolina for the first time since 1999 and won its sixth SEC series in seven weekends this season, and third on the road. UK improves to 31-14, leading...

Rethlake throws complete-game shutout to lead UK to 5-0 win over EKU

The No. 18 Kentucky softball team picked up its fifth win in a row on Tuesday night as Erin Rethlake threw a complete-game shutout against Eastern Kentucky and Jenny Schaper had three RBI as the Wildcats knocked off the Colonels, 5-0.   Kentucky improves to 31-13 on the season with Tuesday night’s result, as Eastern Kentucky falls to 20-27. The Wildcats return to the field on Wednesday afternoon...

Kentucky rolls past LSU to take 5th SEC series of year; Softball squad sweeps Missouri

Justin Lewis and the Kentucky defense stayed steady behind a relentless offense as the No. 10 Wildcats took their fifth Southeastern Conference series of the season, defeating No. 8 LSU 10-2 on a cloudy, windy day at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The Cats (28-13, 12-6 SEC), winners in six of the last eight games, retain their two-game lead over Florida in the SEC East with 12 conference games remaining....

Reed, Prince lead No. 20 UK softball team to 6-2 victory over neighboring Indiana

The No. 20 Kentucky softball team got three hits and three RBI from senior outfielder and spectacular defense from sophomore infielder Katie Reed to seal a 6-2 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on Wednesday night.   The Wildcats improved to 27-13 overall on the season and win their fourth game in a row over the Hoosiers. UK is next in action on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Missouri to begin a three-game series...

UK softball team rolls past in-state foe Louisville; Baseball Wildcats shut out UT Martin

The No. 21 Kentucky softball team scored 10 runs on nine hits and run-ruled the Louisville Cardinals on the road Wednesday in the annual “Battle of the Bluegrass” at Ulmer Stadium. The Wildcats put up double-digit runs for the second time this season, led by two hits each from Katie Reed, Abbey Cheek and Breanne Ray. It was Kentucky’s third run-rule win of the season. Erin Rethlake celebrates...

Kentucky baseball drops series at Mississippi State; Softball team swept by Tennessee

Mississippi State erased an early three-run deficit for the second straight day, sending No. 8 Kentucky to its first series loss since opening weekend of the season at then-No. 12 North Carolina with a 10-6 decision at Dudy Noble Field.   The Wildcats (22-11, 8-4 SEC) got out of the gates quickly again, scoring four runs in the first two innings to take a 4-1 lead but were stymied after that as the...

UK softball team steps out of conference play with single game at Western Kentucky

After picking up its fifth Southeastern Conference series win in six tries over the weekend, the No. 11 Kentucky softball team will step out of conference play and make the trip to Bowling Green to face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Wednesday at 7 p.m. UK is sitting at No. 11 in the NCAA RPI and currently stands at 37-9 overall, including a perfect 3-0 mark against in-state opponents this season....

Back to Back: UK senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley named SEC Player of the Week again

Kentucky softball senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. Nunley became the first player this season in the SEC to win Pitcher of the Week in back-to-back weeks and joins Auburn’s Kasey Cooper as the only back-to-back award winners this season. Kelsey Nunley was named...

UK softball standouts Nunley, Stokes chosen in National Pro Fastpitch Draft

Kentucky softball seniors Kelsey Nunley and Christian Stokes were selected in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft Thursday night, becoming the fourth and fifth draft picks in Kentucky history and marking the first time ever that UK has had two players drafted in the same year. Nunley was the fifth overall pick of the draft in the first round and was taken by the USSSA Pride based in Kissimmee, Fla., with...

Cheek’s two-run homer caps UK comeback in exciting 2-1 triumph over Eastern Kentucky

Freshman Abbey Cheek’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth powered the No. 12 Kentucky softball team past Eastern Kentucky, 2-1 at John Cropp Stadium on Wednesday night. Cheek stepped to the plate with one out and a runner on first, trailing the Colonels by a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and deposited her sixth bomb of the season over the wall in right-center to score two and put...