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Academic All-America softball standout Katie Reed chosen as UK’s nominee for NCAA Woman of Year

Softball player Katie Reed, who graduated in May, has been chosen as the University of Kentucky’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year. Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Katie...

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...

Wildcats receive seventh straight NCAA at-large bid; WKU, Louisville also in the field

Kentucky made the NCAA Softball Championship field as an at-large entry for the seventh year in a row and will play in the South Bend Regional as the No. 2 seed (UK Athletics Photo)   For the seventh consecutive season the Kentucky softball team has received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament with the selection committee placing the Wildcats as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA South Bend Regional.   The...

Volunteers take walk-off win over UK; Cats enter SEC Tourney on six-game losing streak

Griffin Joiner slugged her 11th home run of the year and the 35th of her career, second on the all-time UK softball list (UK Athletics Photo)   Senior catcher Griffin Joiner hit her 11th home run of the season in the first inning and junior pitcher Kelsey Nunley tossed four innings in the circle with only one run allowed on four hits with seven strikeouts, but No. 12 Tennessee hit a walk-off home...

Wildcats complete softball regular season with weekend visit to No. 12 Tennessee

UK will try to end a four-game SEC losing streak when it travels to Tennessee for a three-game weekend series with the Vols (UK Athletics Photo)   The No. 21 University of Kentucky softball team will conclude its 2015 regular-season schedule this weekend at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., when it starts a three-game Southeastern Conference series with No. 12 Tennessee on Friday.   The...

Louisville sophomore Becker the star, fires one-hitter in 8-0 decision over No. 17 UK

Kentucky managed just one hit in its 8-0 loss to Louisville Tuesday (UK Athletics Photo/Britney Howard)   Louisville sophomore pitcher Maryssa Becker tossed a complete-game, one-hitter in the circle and posted three runs batted in at the plate, leading the Cardinals to an 8-0, six-inning victory over No. 17 Kentucky on Tuesday in a midweek non-conference battle at John Cropp Stadium.   Kentucky...

Kentucky set to host in-state rivals Louisville, Western in midweek softball showdowns

Kentucky continues its eight-game homestand with games this week against in-state rivals Louisville and Western Kentucky (UK Athletics Photo)   Continuing an eight-game home stretch to wrap up its 2015 home schedule, the No. 14 University of Kentucky softball team hosts in-state rivals Louisville and Western Kentucky at John Cropp Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, for midweek non-conference...

Stokes, Joiner blast seventh homers for Cats, but No. 3 Florida rallies for 6-3 softball win

Junior shortstop Christian Stokes slugged her seventh home run of the year for Kentucky but Florida rallied to get the win (UK Athletics Photo)   Junior shortstop Christian Stokes and senior catcher Griffin Joiner each blasted their team-best seventh home runs of the season, but with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning No. 3 Florida rallied for six runs on four hits, three walks and an...

UK Sports Notebook: Cats head south to to face No. 3 Gators; baseball squad meets Hogs

Kentucky run against nationally ranked softball opponents continues this weekend against No. 3 Florida (UK Athletics Photo)   With three wins the last two weekends against top-five ranked teams, the No. 13 University of Kentucky softball team’s schedule doesn’t get any easier this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to face the defending national champions and No. 3 ranked Florida for a three-game...

Streaking Kentucky opens three-game Southeastern Conference set with Bama

It was a good week for UK softball and Kelsey Nunley. The Cats took two of three from Louisville and Nunley tied the school’s career wins record (UK Athletics Photo / Britney Howard)   After two wins last weekend over the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and a 4-0 victory Wednesday over in-state rival Louisville, who is receiving votes in the national rankings, the No. 13 University of Kentucky...

Kentucky continues mastery over Louisville; Nunley ties career record for softball wins

Kentucky players celebrate after defeating Louisville Wednesday as Kelsey Nunley (33) tied the school record for pitching wins (UK Athletics Photo / William DeShazer)   University of Kentucky junior pitcher Kelsey Nunley earned her 11th win of the season and 68th of her career, tying the program career record, while sophomore outfielder Breanne Ray blasted a three-run home run in the sixth inning,...

Sports Notes: Most eyes are on Indy this weekend, but some are looking ahead, too

Kentucky survived a scare from Notre Dame to advance to the Final Four, where Wisconsin awaits for a rematch of last year’s semifinal contest (UK Athletics Photo / Chet White)   As the eyes of Big Blue Nation (and the rest of the basketball-watching country) turn toward Indianapolis to see whether top-ranked Kentucky can close the deal, some eyes are being trained on next year’s team.   Reports...

Kentucky uses long ball to power past No. 1 LSU late and capture series rubber match

Kentucky got home runs in the ninth and 11th innings Sunday to win the rubber match over top-ranked LSU (UK Athletics Photo)   After Riley Mahan belted a pinch-hit, inside-the-park homer with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game, Greg Fettes ripped a solo home run to open the 11th inning, lifting Kentucky to a wild 12-10 win over No. 1 LSU in the series rubber match, on Sunday in front...

Wildcats end lengthy stretch of road games to begin SEC season against top-ranked LSU

After playing mostly road games during the first month of the season, Kentucky returns home this weekend to open SEC play against top-ranked LSU (UK Athletics Photo)   After starting the season with 24 of its first 29 games on the road, including each of its first two Southeastern Conference series, the No. 15 University of Kentucky softball team starts a stretch of 17 of its next 22 games at...

Career-high four RBI by Shelby powers UK baseball team to win; softball Cats finish 5-1

Sophomore JaVon Shelby had a career-high four RBI as Kentucky posted a 12-7 win over No. 16 UC Santa Barbara to conclude its four-game swing in Southern California (UK Athletics Photo)   Behind a home run and a career-high four RBI game from sophomore JaVon Shelby, Kentucky posted a 12-7 win over No. 16 UC Santa Barbara to conclude its four-game swing in Southern California, on an overcast Sunday...

Sixth-ranked softball Cats challenged early as season gets underway with Florida swing

Three conference champions will help Kentucky open its softball season this week during a swing through Florida (UK Athletics Photo)   The last time the University of Kentucky softball team was on the diamond it was playing against college softball’s best in the 2014 Women’s College World Series. It will start its 2015 season on Thursday in similar fashion in Tallahassee, Fla., as the Wildcats...

Sports Notes: Todd’s history of success seems to be rubbing off on Morehead State program

Morehead State head women’s basketball coach Greg Todd has the Eagles in third place in the Ohio Valley Conference race (MSU Athletics Photo / Larry Gooding)   Morehead State women’s basketball coach Greg Todd is no stranger to success; he’s won big at every stop along his coaching career.   Todd, who’s in his first season as the Eagles’ boss, moved to the Division...

Wildcats' softball program sets new mark with third-place finish in SEC preseason poll

The University of Kentucky softball team has been picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference in 2015, following a vote of league coaches.   The predicted order of finish is the highest ever for the Wildcats, who finished tied for sixth in the conference last season before advancing to the SEC Tournament Championship Game and the Women’s College World Series. Kentucky ended the 2014...

Kentucky softball team sets another record: Highest preseason national ranking at No. 12

Last January, the University of Kentucky softball team earned its highest preseason ranking in program history at No. 12 nationally. Twelve months later, after a trip to the 2014 Women’s College World Series, Rachel Lawson and Co. have another school-record preseason ranking, siting No. 6 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Preseason Top 25.   The ranking is one spot off...

National Fastpitch Coaches Association selects Lawson, assistants as best staff

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named UK head coach Rachel Lawson and her assistants the staff of the year (Photo from UK Athletics)   After the best softball season in school history, including the program’s first trip to the Women’s College World Series, Kentucky head coach Rachel Lawson, associate head coach Kristine Himes, assistant coach Molly Johnson-Belcher and volunteer...