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UK softball standout Autumn Humes to return in 2021; using extra year granted by NCAA

University of Kentucky softball standout Autumn Humes on Tuesday announced her plans to return to the Wildcats for 2021. Humes was a senior in 2020, but with the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA, the Arkansas native has decided to play for Kentucky again in 2021. Humes has appeared in 90 games for the Wildcats during her career as a pitcher and designated player. Humes this past season...

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,...

Wildcats fall short in NCAA Softball Super Regional, dropping narrow 6-5 decision to Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. – The third-seeded Oregon Ducks took advantage of a rare bad inning in the top of the seventh inning, scoring four times off four hits to come from behind and end the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats’ season at Jane Sanders Stadium, 6-5 in the second game of the 2017 Eugene Super Regional. The Wildcats end the season with a 39-19 overall record – and made it to the NCAA Super Regional for...

On the rise: UK softball team looks to keep climbing the ladder to respectability in NCAA tourney

Looking at the starting and endpoint for the Kentucky softball program, the difference is stark. On one extreme, there’s a program that had never been to the NCAA Tournament when coach Rachel Lawson arrived nine seasons ago. On the other, you find a program that has reached eight straight tournaments, culminating in a school-record No. 9 overall seed this year. UK will open play in the NCAA Regional...

UK softball team receives five SEC postseason awards as Lawson, Nunley get top honors

Four Kentucky softball players were named to the All-Southeastern Conference postseason teams, it was announced Tuesday by the league office. Senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley was named first-team All-SEC in addition to being named the SEC Pitcher of the Year, Abbey Cheek was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, and seniors Maisie Steed and Christian Stokes were named to the SEC All-Defensive Team. The four...

Five-hitter by Nunley not enough as top-ranked Gators bring end to UK's season

Junior Kelsey Nunley allowed just five hits Sunday but it wasn’t enough to prevent No. 1 Florida from ending Kentucky’s post-season run with a 1-0 victory (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky junior pitcher Kelsey Nunley allowed just one earned run on five hits, but No. 1 national seed Florida got another dominating pitching performance from senior pitcher Lauren Haeger and an infield RBI...

Suddenly hot Wildcats look to advance in NCAA Super Regional against No. 1 Gators

Kentucky will try to continue its winning ways when it travels south to meet No. 1 seed Florida in Super Regional softball play. The teams play a best of three series (UK Athletics Photo)   After rolling through the NCAA South Bend Regional with three straight wins, including a victory over No. 16 national seed Notre Dame, the Kentucky softball team hopes to continue its winning ways this weekend...

Nunley, Joiner key UK over Notre Dame, into NCAA Super Regional for third straight year

Kentucky catcher Griffin Joiner hit a two-run single in the seventh inning Sunday to lift the Wildcats past Notre Dame and into the NCAA Super Regional for the third year in a row (UK Athletics Photo)   Senior 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...

After enduring tough schedule, UK, Lawson enter post-season play with a clean slate

Despite a modest 5-19 record in SEC play, Kentucky earned its seventh straight at-large NCAA Regional bid based on its strength of schedule (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky softball head coach Rachel Lawson and senior catcher Griffin Joiner held a brief media availability on Wednesday prior to Kentucky leaving for the NCAA South Bend Regional. The Wildcats will play at 2 p.m. on Friday against...

Kentucky softball team winds up 2014 season ranked program-best No. 6 in national polls

Kentucky’s softball team finished a program-best No. 6 in two national polls in the final rankings of the season (Photo from UK Athletics)   After advancing to the Women’s College World Series for the first time in program history, the University of Kentucky softball team ends its historic 2014 season ranked No. 6 in both the USA Today/ National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 and...

UK softball team's season ends with loss to Arizona St. to finish super regional sweep

  A solo home run from UK freshman infielder Nikki Sagermann and a RBI single from senior infielder Kara Dill were not enough for the UK softball team to avoid a 5-2 super regional loss to Arizona State Sunday, eliminating the Wildcats from NCAA Tournament.   The loss for UK (41-21) completes one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Wildcats started the season by tying the...

UK softball drops game one of super regional despite power outburst vs. Arizona State ace

  Freshman infielder Christian Stokes blasted two solo home runs, while junior pitcher/infielder Lauren Cumbess and senior outfielder Alice O’Brien each added solo shots, but the long balls weren’t enough for a UK victory as No. 5 ASU scored three runs in the third and two in the fifth to take game one of the Tempe Super Regional, 5-4 on Saturday night at Farrington Stadium.   UK’s...

UK softball hopes to avenge early-season loss to Arizona State in NCAA super regional

UK softball players huddle before a NCAA Tournament regional game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   When senior infielder Kara Dill broke a finger while attempting a bunt versus LSU on March 15, she questioned whether she would ever see another plate appearance as a Wildcat.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Dill was able to serve as a pinch runner after doctors placed a hard cast on her injured...

UK softball hopes to avenge early-season loss to Arizona State in NCAA super regional

UK softball players huddle before a NCAA Tournament regional game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   When senior infielder Kara Dill broke a finger while attempting a bunt versus LSU on March 15, she questioned whether she would ever see another plate appearance as a Wildcat.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Dill was able to serve as a pinch runner after doctors placed a hard cast on her injured...

UK softball beats Virginia Tech to advance
to second super regional in program history

Lauren Cumbess pitches for UK in the NCAA regional final Saturday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   After Virginia Tech forced a winner-take-all game two in the NCAA regional final Saturday, UK head coach Rachel Lawson had a simple message for her squad.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “I told them that the defense, if they wanted to extend their season, they were going to have to give...

UK softball beats Virginia Tech to advance to second super regional in program history

Lauren Cumbess pitches for UK in the NCAA regional final Saturday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   After Virginia Tech forced a winner-take-all game two in the NCAA regional final Saturday, UK head coach Rachel Lawson had a simple message for her squad.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “I told them that the defense, if they wanted to extend their season, they were going to have to give...

UK softball remains undefeated in NCAA regional to advance to championship game

  Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley threw seven strong innings, allowing only one hit and no earned runs, while junior infielder Krystal Smith went 2 for 3 at the plate with a home run and two RBI, as the No. 12 UK softball team posted its school-record tying 40th win of the season and clinched its ticket to the NCAA Lexington Regional Finals on Sunday with a 6-2 win versus Virginia Tech at John...

UK softball hoping second chance to host postseason play ends better than first

UK will be hosting its first NCAA Tournament regional at the new John Cropp Stadium. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Just more than one week ago, the UK softball team failed in its attempt to win a postseason tournament in front of the home crowd.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] While the Wildcats’ stint at Southeastern Conference Tournament hosts ended with a first-round loss, now...

UK softball eager to show off new stadium with SEC Tournament in town this week

UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart, administrator John Cropp and softball coach Rachel Lawson at the dedication of the new softball complex. (UK Athletics photo by Chet White)   The new UK softball complex was dedicated in honor of long-time administrator John Cropp in April, but the venue will see its first major event this week as it hosts the Southeastern Conference Tournament beginning Wednesday.   [widgets_on_pages...

UK softball sets offensive records as freshman throws no-hitter in her second career start

  True freshman pitcher Katie Henderson threw the ninth no-hitter in school history, striking out four batters with only one walk, while sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner went 4-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high six runs-batted in, as the No. 17 UK softball team took down No. 24 North Carolina 18-0 on Tuesday.   UK (19-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) broke countless school records...