The new press box towers behind the old one during construction of the stadium (photo via Evan Crane)
I will not pretend like last night wasn’t a terrible thing to watch. Having the Cats head to Athens with their tournament lives on the line and come up empty was truly painful. Kentucky simply needed to take care of business on the road, have a strong showing against Florida and in the SEC Tournament, and a berth to the Big Dance was all but assured. Now it’s nothing but question marks and a lot of hoping, wishing, and praying.
While the basketball team has reeled in the latter part of the season, another Wildcats squad has its foot on the gas and is not letting off. Kentucky softball will christen its brand new state-of-the-art softball complex with its first SEC foe of the season, as the team will play its home opener this evening after beginning the year on a 19-game road trip.
Kentucky returns to Lexington for its first home game after posting a 16-3 record on the road, which included knocking off the No. 3, No. 16, and No. 20 teams in America, as well as a couple of others just outside the top-25.
The 16-wins break the record for the best start in school history, beating the 2011 mark of 15-4. The strong showing has moved Kentucky from unranked to start the season up to No. 15 in the ESPN poll, tying the record for the program’s highest ranking ever.
The Cats are on an eight-game winning streak and welcome Ole Miss to Lexington this weekend. The Rebels come to town with a 16-9 record and winners of 12 of their last 13 games. One thing to take note of; the Rebs and the Cats have one common opponent from early this year: No. 16 Washington. Kentucky beat the Huskies 3-2 while Ole Miss lost 10-2.
As an added bonus, the construction on the stadium is not completely finished yet, but it is close enough to play ball. Because of the continued work, admission to softball games will be free until the work is done.
Kentucky will play at 5 o’clock on Friday and 1 o’clock on Saturday and Sunday.