Following a short out-of-conference two-game series sweep at Middle Tennessee, No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats softball is headed to Fayetteville for a weekend series with No. 29 Arkansas. Wednesday against the Blue Raiders, Kentucky knocked a school record five home runs in one game, outscoring the opponent 20-5 over the two game set. Before the mid-week series with MTSU, Kentucky dropped a home series to No. 3 Florida, breaking what was a six-game winning streak.
Playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation, Kentucky has posted an impressive 33-12 record on the season, and a 9-6 conference mark. The team has 11 wins against teams ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today poll. Because of such a brutal schedule, UK is currently 7th in the NCAA RPI rankings — its highest mark ever.
There is plenty of room for improvement too. After Arkansas, the reminder of the schedule offers no breaks for the Cats; with a showdown against No. 8 Louisville, a home series against No. 11 Missouri, and a road trip to No. 4 Alabama.
Head coach Rachel Lawson is getting massive production from junior Lauren Cumbess who is hitting .363 with 12 doubles and a .651 slugging percentage. Cumbess is also one of two primary pitchers, where she has a 3.56 ERA in 20 appearances, tossing 92.1 innings.
Tennessee native, Freshman Kelsey Nunley is the ace on the staff, where she as posted an impressive 20-4 record with a staggering 2.02 ERA in 173 innings pitched. Opponents are only hitting .210 off her.
The Arkansas series begins Friday at 7 o’clock, following by a 1 o’clock start on Saturday and a 2 o’clock start on Sunday. Kentucky will return home on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to play Louisville at John Cropp Stadium.