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Kentucky softball team falls to No. 1 Oregon in Game 2 of Super Regionals

University of Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson goes over the batting order prior to the Wildcats’ 6-1 loss to Oregon Friday night in Eugene. (UK Athletics Photo) Top-seeded and No. 1 Oregon used a four-run fourth inning to spark its offense and even the Eugene Super Regional softball series at one game apiece with a 6-1 win over No. 16 Kentucky on Friday night at Jane Sanders Stadium in...

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...

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,”...

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...

Tough task awaits softball Cats in Super Regional showdown at No. 3 Oregon

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Meagan Prince knows the competition won’t get any easier for the Kentucky softball team this weekend. The Wildcats (39-17) swept three games in the NCAA Tournament opener, beating Illinois twice and rolling past DePaul last weekend at John Cropp Stadium. In order to make a second appearance in the College World Series, Kentucky will have to get past...

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...

UK baseball team sweeps Tennessee; Softball squad earns No. 14 seed in NCAA tourney

Kentucky bounced back in perfect fashion from its first rough weekend in Southeastern Conference play, sweeping Tennessee on the strength of Sunday’s 7-2 victory in front of 3,085 fans Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The three-game wipeout of the Volunteers sets the No. 8 Wildcats up for next week’s showdown against Florida with the SEC championship on the line. The Cats (36-16, 18-9 SEC) will...

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...

Kentucky sophomore shortstop Reed earns first-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition

Kentucky’s sophomore shortstop Katie Reed was named to the 2017 All-Southeastern Conference first team as part of three award-winning players for the Wildcats by the league office on Wednesday. Reed joins Bailey Vick and Alex Martens, who were named to the All-Freshman Team for the 2017 season. Vick was also named to the All-Defensive Team. Katie Reed (UK Athletics Photo) The first team honor for...

UK softball team rallies past Mississippi State in 11 innings; baseball team falls to Georgia

In a game that featured 17 runs on 22 hits, six errors, 11 innings and five different pitchers, the No. 16 Kentucky softball team picked up a hard-fought 10-7 win after watching a four-run seventh-inning lead evaporate, then fighting to scoring three runs in the top of the 11th, all with two outs, to hold off the Bulldogs.   With the win, Kentucky not only salvages a game from the three-game series...

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...

Prince collects 14 strikeouts to lead UK softball past UT-Martin; White powers baseball team to victory

Senior pitcher Meagan Prince struck out a career-high 14 batters in a complete game winning performance in front of a Bettye Giles Field record crowd of 731 people in her hometown of Martin, Tennessee, as the No 18 Kentucky softball team beat the UT-Martin Skyhawks, 8-2.   Prince threw her 12th complete game of the season on Wednesday night allowing just two runs on six hits, walking four and striking...

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...

Lewis, Cats defeat Missouri to take series; UK softball team drops pair of decisions to Florida

Justin Lewis provided a gutsy performance on the mound despite battling an illness and Logan Salow slammed the door closed as No. 10 Kentucky defeated Missouri 6-1 at Taylor Stadium to win its fourth Southeastern Conference series in five weeks.   The Cats (25-12, 10-5 SEC) reach the midway point of league play with a two-game edge in its division and sit just one game back of the overall conference...

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...

UK pitcher Nunley named first-team All-American; Camacho-Quinn top freshman runner in SEC

Kentucky softball standout Kelsey Nunley made more program history on Wednesday, becoming the first player in UK history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association first-team All-American. Nunley, who was crowned the 2016 Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year, joins current assistant coach Molly Johnson-Belcher as the two All-Americans in Kentucky’s program, with Johnson-Belcher...

Senior class leaves UK softball program in good hands following season-ending loss to Utah

It took a season-ending loss for Rachel Lawson to gain a new perspective on how much her program has grown. Kentucky, the No. 9 overall seed, was bounced by upstart Utah on Sunday in the NCAA Regionals, suffering the kind of loss the Wildcats have often handed out in recent seasons. Kelsey Nunley ended a successful UK career Sunday (UK Athletics Photo) That goes to show what UK has become. “This...