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Kentucky ready for SEC softball tournament

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(UK Athletics, Britney McIntosh)

Coming off a huge series victory on the road at No. 7 Alabama, Kentucky softball is ready to run through the SEC Tournament with a home field advantage, in an effort to earn a favorable bid in the big dance. The Wildcats took two out of three in down in Tuscaloosa, including a dramatic rubber match game Sunday night that included extra innings, a three-run homer in the 8th, and a game-saving robbery of a Crimson Tide home run to record the final out. The series win bumped Kentucky up three spots in the NCAA RPI to eighth — which is fourth-best in the Southeastern Conference.

Top-10 RPI aside however, Kentucky earned just a 7-seed in the conference tournament which begins Wednesday at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington. The Wildcats 38-17 overall record looks good on paper, but the 13-11 conference mark was not enough to earn a first-round bye.

The Cats will face 10-seed South Carolina Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with the game televised on ESPNU. Kentucky last faced the Gamecocks in the regular season, traveling to Carolina Softball Stadium and sweeping USC in three games. The winner in round one will move on to play 2-seed Tennessee, who also happens to be ranked No. 2 in the country, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.2013-sec-softball-tournament

Kentucky is playing host to the SEC Tournament for the first time in school history. Because of the rich tradition in the conference and the always-loaded rosters, the SEC Tournament is regarded as one of the premier softball tournaments in the nation. Hosting the games is a high honor.

To watch the games in the brand new John Cropp Stadium there are several ticket packages available: All-session reserved seats with chair-backs ($60), reserved bleacher seats ($50), and general admission ($40). Fans can also purchase single-session tickets, which include admission to two games excluding the Championship, in reserved bleacher seats ($15) and general admission ($10). There are also discounts for youth and seniors, and groups of ten or more people.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

7 Comments for Kentucky ready for SEC softball tournament



  1. ukfastcat
    5:06 pm May 7, 2013 Permalink

    is it just me or did they get jobbed with that 7 seed?



  2. Greg
    5:09 pm May 7, 2013 Permalink

    7 seed deserved based on conference winning percentages but they don’t play even schedules so teams can get shifted a bit depending on who they played where. Need some good pitching out of Cumbess and hot bats to make a run. Nunley is awesome but she can’t pitch every game.



  3. rocketman
    5:14 pm May 7, 2013 Permalink

    My daughter and I watched the LSU/Georgia game over the weekend. The SEC is loaded in softball. I am sure we will be watching a lot of this tourney.



  4. ukfastcat
    5:31 pm May 7, 2013 Permalink

    #2 Thanks.
    GO BAT KATS!



  5. Versatile and deep pitching staffs
    5:43 pm May 7, 2013 Permalink

    will win the day in this consecutive days event. Will be really hard for any of the 7-10 seeds to make a run through to the title game on that alone. Florida and UT probably be the favorites to reach title game. But then again that’s why they play the games



  6. I Wonder why
    6:32 pm May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Curious why it isn’t double elimination at some point?



  7. marge
    8:31 pm May 7, 2013 Permalink

    @6 – my guess is because it would be a lot of extra games leading into regionals. It’s already a long road to OKC, no need to make it longer in the conference tournament.