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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...

Kentucky pitcher Nunley caps strong season with spot on All-CWS Tournament team

UK sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley capped her record-setting season by gaining a spot on the All-College World Series team (Photo from UK Athletics) University of Kentucky sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley was named to the 2014 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament team for her strong performances in the circle at the event, it was announced after the completion of the tournament. Florida defeated...

Wildcats’ softball College World Series run ends as Baylor rallies late for 8-7 victory

UK allowed Baylor to rally for eight runs over the final three innings Saturday to lose to the Bears 8-7 and falling out of the College World Series (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky built a 7-0 lead over Baylor Saturday in the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series, but the Bears scored eight times in the final three innings to take an 8-7 win over the Wildcats, eliminating UK from post-season...

Wildcats' softball College World Series run ends as Baylor rallies late for 8-7 victory

UK allowed Baylor to rally for eight runs over the final three innings Saturday to lose to the Bears 8-7 and falling out of the College World Series (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky built a 7-0 lead over Baylor Saturday in the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series, but the Bears scored eight times in the final three innings to take an 8-7 win over the Wildcats, eliminating UK from post-season...

Kentucky bats silenced in 2-0 College
World Series loss to No. 2 Alabama

Sylver Samuel broke up Alabama’s no-hit bid in the sixth inning of what would become a 2-0 UK loss (Photo from UK Athletics) University of Kentucky sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley tossed seven strong innings in the circle Friday, allowing two runs with four strikeouts, but the Wildcat offense was not able to capitalize on having the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning,...

Kentucky bats silenced in 2-0 College World Series loss to No. 2 Alabama

Sylver Samuel broke up Alabama’s no-hit bid in the sixth inning of what would become a 2-0 UK loss (Photo from UK Athletics) University of Kentucky sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley tossed seven strong innings in the circle Friday, allowing two runs with four strikeouts, but the Wildcat offense was not able to capitalize on having the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning,...

Nunley fires one-hitter as Wildcats topple
UL-Lafayette in World Series opener

Kelsey Nunley fired a one-hitter to lead Kentucky to a win over Louisiana Lafayette in the opener of the Women’s College World Series (Photo from UK Athletics) Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley was brilliant in the circle with only one hit allowed and five strikeouts, while senior Lauren Cumbess provided the offense by going 3-for-3 with a home run, double and two RBI, as No. 14 Kentucky posted...

Nunley fires one-hitter as Wildcats topple UL-Lafayette in World Series opener

Kelsey Nunley fired a one-hitter to lead Kentucky to a win over Louisiana Lafayette in the opener of the Women’s College World Series (Photo from UK Athletics) Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley was brilliant in the circle with only one hit allowed and five strikeouts, while senior Lauren Cumbess provided the offense by going 3-for-3 with a home run, double and two RBI, as No. 14 Kentucky posted...

Kentucky opens play in first Women's College World Series against Louisiana Lafayette

Making its first appearance in the Women’s College World Series after defeating No. 3 UCLA last weekend in the NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional, the No. 14 University of Kentucky softball team is ready to start its march to the school’s first national title, squaring off against No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.   UK opens play in its first NCAA Women’s...

Sports Notes: SEC football scheduling means big names not coming to Commonwealth soon

UK football fans who want to see Alabama play in Commonwealth Stadium will have to wait a while thanks to SEC scheduling decision (Photo from UK Athletics)   If you are looking forward to seeing the improving Kentucky football team welcome big names like Alabama, Louisiana State, and Texas A&M to a revamped Commonwealth Stadium, you’re going to have to be patient.   [widgets_on_pages...

Wildcats sweep Bruins to punch ticket to first appearance in NCAA softball World Series

UK took two games from No. 3 UCLA Sunday to advance to the softball College World Series for the first time in school history (Photo from UK Athletics)   The No. 14 University of Kentucky softball team scored three runs in the third inning of the second game Sunday, giving sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley all the run support she needed, as the Wildcats defeated No. 3 UCLA 7-1 in game three of the...

Wildcats give up early lead, drop 6-4 decision to UCLA in Super Regional opening game

Griffin Joiner hit the first grand slam by a UK player in a NCAA Tournament game (Photo from UK Athletics) University of Kentucky junior catcher Griffin Joiner launched her second grand slam of the season in the third inning Saturday, but two Wildcat errors led to six unearned runs, lifting No. 3 UCLA to a 6-4 win over No. 14 Kentucky in the opening game of the NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional at Easton...

Record-setting Wildcats hoping to make history one more time in Super Regional

By Glenn Osborne KyForward Sports Editor   Experience will be key this weekend when Kentucky takes on UCLA in a three-game series with the winner advancing to the Women’s College World Series.   UK coach Rachel Lawson has her Cats back in the Super Regional for a second straight year (Photo from UK Athletics) UCLA is a familiar face in the NCAA Softball Championship and is used to advancing...

No. 14 Kentucky squares off with third-ranked UCLA in Super Regional softball Saturday

The 14th-ranked University of Kentucky softball team’s road to the 2014 Women’s College World Series will continue Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU against No. 3 UCLA at Easton Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. The best-of-three series will continue Sunday at 3 p.m. with game three to follow if necessary.   Head Coach Rachel Lawson has led UK to three Super Regionals in the last four seasons (Photo...

Kentucky gets run-rule 10-1 win over DePaul to advance to softball Super Regional

UK knocked off DePaul 10-1 to advance to the Super Regional for the second straight year (Photo from UK Athletics) After a slow offensive performance by the University of Kentucky softball team in game one, sophomore outfielder Sylver Samuel provided the spark UK needed early on in game two, hitting an inside-the-park home run into the gap in right-centerfield, igniting the Wildcats to a 10-1 victory...

UK faces DePaul in NCAA Regional Finals after rallying to top James Madison

Sophomore Nikki Sagermann celebrates at second base after a game-tying double (Photo from UK Athletics) With only two hits on the board entering the bottom of the sixth inning, University of Kentucky sophomore outfielder Sylver Samuel started a two-run, game-winning rally in the sixth inning with a single up the middle, followed by a double from sophomore infielder Nikki Sagermann and a single from...

Kentucky hosts Regional Championship hoping to build on record-breaking season

Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley will lead the Cats in the Regional Tournament (Photo from UK Athletics) Fresh off its first appearance in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship game, the No. 14 seeded University of Kentucky softball team is looking to continue its winning ways by playing host to the NCAA Lexington Regional this weekend at John Cropp Stadium.   The double-elimination...

UK receives sixth straight NCAA Tourney bid, will serve as host for regional championship

UK will host an NCAA Regional for the sixth year in a row (Photo from UK Athletics) For the sixth consecutive season the University of Kentucky softball team has received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament with the selection committee naming Kentucky as the No. 14 national seed and one of 16 regional host locations for the second consecutive season.   The double-elimination regional, which...

Wildcats' bid for SEC Championship falls short following 5-2 loss to Georgia in final

The No. 15 University of Kentucky softball team received solo home runs in the seventh inning from sophomore infielder Nikki Sagermann and junior catcher Griffin Joiner, but could not overcome three errors in the first four innings, falling in its first appearance in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship to No. 11 Georgia 5-2 on Saturday at the Carolina Softball Stadium in Columbia, S.C.   UK...

Wildcats top LSU 4-3 in extra innings to make program's first SEC Championship final

Kentucky needed extra innings to subdue LSU and advance to the finals of the SEC Championship for the first time in school history (Photo from UK Athletics)   Tied 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning, University of Kentucky senior outfielder Ginny Carroll ended a stretch of 16 straight UK batters retired with a five-pitch walk, starting a two-run, two-out rally that was capped by a two-run double...