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UK Softball heads west for Super Regional

UK Softball heads west for Super Regional

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The UK Softball team is wheels up! Coach Rachel Lawson and the Wildcats are making their way out west to Seattle, Washington where they’ll compete in this year’s Super Regionals. The No. 14 Cats will face No. 3 Washington on the Huskies’ home field in a three-game series.

The action doesn’t start until Friday night, but the team is already on their way to the Evergreen State. Before they left the Bluegrass, the Wildcats had a proper sendoff from the BBN.

Game one is set for 9 p.m. ET on Friday, with games two and three slated for 10 p.m. ET. All three games of the Seattle Super Regional will be on ESPN2 and the ESPN app.

Safe travels and good luck!


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Rhyne Howard named to USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team

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Rhyne Howard continues her domination. After spending a weekend of tryouts in Colorado, the Kentucky freshman has qualified for the 2019 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team. She’s one of just 12 players from across the nation selected to participate, and she’ll be traveling around the globe to prepare and compete.

After leaving the trials, held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, she’ll have some time at home before heading to Tokyo, Japan in early July for a scrimmage against the Japanese team. Then, she’ll spend several days in Bangkok, Thailand in mid-July to compete for the country’s eighth gold medal.

There were 30 women competing for a spot on the team, and the final 12-player roster includes some of the top talent in the nation, including 10 returning gold medals (including Howard) and two NCAA Champions. Selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti.

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This summer won’t be the first Howard spends competing on the international stage. She spent last summer in Mexico, helping the U18 team to a 5-0 gold-medal run, earning MVP honors along the way.

This year, she’s the only current SEC player to make the cut. Here’s the rest of the roster:

Francesca Belibi (Regis H.S./Centennial, Colo.); Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy, Mass./St. Thomas, USVI); Cameron Brink (Southridge H.S./Beaverton, Ore.); Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./St. Louis Park, Minn.); Caitlin Clark (Dowling Catholic H.S./West Des Moines, Iowa); Queen Egbo (Baylor/Houston, Texas); Naz Hillmon-Baker(Michigan/Cleveland, Ohio); Rhyne Howard (Kentucky/Cleveland, Tenn.); Jordan Nixon (Notre Dame/New York, N.Y.); NaLyssa Smith (Baylor/Converse, Texas); Celeste Taylor (Long Island Lutheran/Valley Stream, N.Y.); and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.).

Howard is the real deal, and she’s representing Matthew Mitchell and the UK women’s basketball team on the international stage (again). It’s going to be fun watching her skills continue to develop over the next three seasons.


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UK Softball Championship Sunday begins in Lexington at noon

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It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Lexington, and the UK softball team is looking to use that good fortune to their advantage. The Wildcats are set to play their Regional final beginning today at noon inside their own John Cropp Stadium. They’ll play Virginia Tech.

Kentucky knows exactly what they’re up against – UK also played against the Hokies Saturday afternoon. In that matchup, the Cats came away with a dominating 8-1 victory, largely thanks to a stellar pitching performance from sophomore Grace Baalman. She allowed just one run on eight hits, walked no one and struck out a trio of Hokies.

Here are the highlights from that matchup:

Now, the Cats are ready to do it again. If you can’t make it out to John Cropp in Lexington, you can catch all of the action streamed live on ESPN3 or the ESPN app. We’ll also have a recap posted after the game.

If UK wins, they’ll be named Regional Champions and advance to the Super Regional round. If they lose, they’ll have to play in an elimination game, set to begin 45 minutes after the original matchup.

Go Cats!


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This weekend will be "Wildcat Softball Weekend"

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It’s a big weekend for UK Athletics, especially for the women’s softball team. The Wildcats will begin their tournament run this Friday at 2:30 against Toledo, and Lexington’s mayor, Linda Gorton, has officially declared it “Wildcat Softball Weekend.”

Mayor Gorton’s declaration reiterates that Coach Rachel Lawson and the Cats have established themselves as “a national power, with the program qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 11 of Lawson’s 12 years leading the program.” It also includes a few of this season’s most-impressive accomplishments, such as “garnering a No. 14 national seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament after sweeping ranked SEC foes in South Carolina and Auburn.”

The declaration also encourages fans to head toward John Cropp Stadium to root on the Cats, as the first round of action will take place right here in Lexington.

You can get your tickets for Wildcat Softball Weekend’s games by clicking here.


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UK Softball earns No. 14 seed, will host regional in NCAA Tournament

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The UK Softball team is staying home this weekend. Kentucky has earned a No. 14 national seed for this year’s NCAA Tournament, and they’ll have the home field advantage. For the fourth-consecutive season, the Wildcats have been selected as a host site for the tournament’s regional games.

The Cats have earned the No. 1 seed in the region, and they’ll face No. 4 Toledo in the first round of action inside Kentucky’s own John Cropp Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin this Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Illinois and Virginia Tech are also in the Cats’ region – they’ll have the first game of the weekend, which is set to begin Friday at noon. The games will be shown on ESPN3.

The Cats are just coming off a Friday night, semi-final loss to conference-favorite Alabama in the SEC Tournament. Kentucky currently owns a 33-22 record on the season, including a 14-10 mark against SEC competition. That record was good enough to earn the Wildcats one of 16 national seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Oh, and by the way, all 13 SEC teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament… for the third consecutive season. Vandy does not have a softball team.

The news comes following Sunday night’s selection show. The Cats found out their fate during a watch party at their own John Cropp Stadium.

All-session tickets will go on sale Monday morning at 9 a.m. ET, exclusively online here. Single-session tickets will go on sale Wednesday, May 15 at 9 a.m. ET, based on availability.