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UK Softball Advances to the Women’s College World Series

WCWSA RBI double by Krystal Smith followed by a 2-RBI single from Ginny Carroll gave Kentucky 3 runs in the 4th inning to break a 1-1 tie.  From there, the ‘Cats added on in the top of the 7th inning with 3 more runs, 2 of which came off the bat of Griffin Joiner.

Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley

Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley

Sophomore Kelsey Nunley was back in the circle one more time against UCLA to earn the win.  Nunley hurled all 7 innings in all 3 games against the Bruins, this time allowing only 1 run on 6 hits.  

The ‘Cats advance to the Women’s College World Series for the first time in program history.  Play will begin Thursday, May 29th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Kentucky will take on the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Congrats, ladies!!!

Brandon Ramsey

@BRamsey_KSR

Article written by BrandonRamsey

36 Comments for UK Softball Advances to the Women’s College World Series



  1. red headed step child
    8:26 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    This IS a big deal!!!!!!
    congrats cats



  2. jaws2
    8:31 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    I agree it is a BIG deal! This Nunley kid is the real deal. Congrats to these Cats.



  3. WRB
    8:32 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Way to go gals.

    I agree with #1, this is a big deal.

    Keep up the great play girls & keep it rolling through OKC starting Thursday.

    And once again, CONGRATS to a very good ball team.



  4. #1 UK Ludlow Fan
    8:35 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Wow !!! What a accomplishment for the UK Womens Softball tteam.. BBN will be behind you in OKC.. Best of Luck to the team and coaching staff. Just so proud of the way you all played all year..



  5. BigBlue052490
    8:39 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Beating ucla is a big confidence booster heading into WCWS



  6. Rod
    8:42 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Just heard Lexington sold out of strap ons. Congrats



    • WRB
      10:01 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

      Guess you will have to go to Loserville to get yours.



  7. Steve
    8:46 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    When are these kids coming home from LA? A good crowd should meet them at airport tomorrow to show appreciation. They flew out on SWA so maybe out of Louisville and back to Louisville on the return?



  8. Joe
    8:47 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Great character and determination… coming back, on the road, from the heartbreaking loss Saturday Night and making a statement in two convincing wins today.
    Congrats to you, UK Gals. Best of Luck in OKC.



  9. Bigbluenationbigredmachine
    8:49 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    But that can’t be possible, according to those Louisville fans we’re a one sport school… 😛



  10. dshwildcats
    8:56 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    bigbluenationbigredmachine,

    “But that can’t be possible, according to those Louisville fans we’re a one sport school…”

    I was thinking exactly the same thing, brother! It’s tiring listening to Card fans carry on about how we’re only a one sport school! Very uninformed fan base!



  11. Dr.Tom
    9:05 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Huge team effort but this Nunley kid is awesome…her arm has to be hurting! Go Cats and the best of luck in Oklahoma City.



  12. SAAwbrey1
    9:06 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Congrats to Coach Lawson and the CATS. Good Luck in OK City!



  13. David
    9:10 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Congrats to the UK women softball team! Keep it going and win the whole damn thing!



  14. Bluieville
    9:21 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Hey, dshwildcats! How have you been, brother? WOW! I enjoyed that game. Congratulations Lady CATS!
    On another note, hit a deer at 2:30 this morning and totaled my car. Was passing through Richmond on the way back to Duh Ville. Came from the Kentucky Headhunters show at Smoky Mt. Harley Davidson, Maryville TN. I didn’t get a scratch, and I am so blessed to hopefully watch #9 next April. Football will be fun, too. Seems I remember that you (like me) love the Football Cats. Take care, brother dsh.



  15. ushouldno
    9:22 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Way to go cats, just one thing about winning the world series, WHY NOT!



  16. Tom
    9:22 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    This is what happens when UK places a priority on all sports, not just one. BBN loves a winner in any sport. Way to go, ladies! Congratulations on your first WCWS appearance!



  17. Red
    9:28 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    I live close to the coach. I’ll be hearing the sounds of an all you can eat oyster bar for days



    • Red/Rod
      9:33 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

      I’m unbelievably butt-hurt the Year of the Tard is dead and buried. We’re irrelevant……………… again.



    • beavis
      8:05 am May 26, 2014 Permalink

      You mean the Louisville coach don’t you ????



  18. L1C4
    9:39 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Calm down bbn, football season is coming!



    • sprtphan
      9:49 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

      You can make a great UK win official when the dirty birds start talking about football season,



    • WRB
      10:05 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

      Not dirty birds.

      I’m tired of everyone getting it wrong…….It’s stupid birds!!!!!!



    • WRB
      10:06 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

      Why else would a bird have teeth?



    • In other news....
      11:49 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

      The University of Louisville will host a regional despite losing in the American Athletic Conference championship game Sunday afternoon.



  19. ...
    9:56 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    This team is amazing! Go Cats!!



  20. blueblue
    10:03 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Could UK be in the running for the Capital One Cup this season? The football team didn’t have much success and there were no championships (that I know of) except for cheer leading’s 999th consecitive national championship. However, there was numerous programs with much post season sucess. Men’s basketball made it to the championship game, Women’s softball is about to participate in the college world series, and hopefully the baseball team can take the momentum from the SEC tourney and make a deep run in the NCAA. And I know that some of the other programs have done some good things also. Tennis?? Golf?? Soccer?



    • WRB
      10:11 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

      They are separated into men’s & women’s divisions.

      The men are tied with Auburn for 9th & the women aren’t in the top 11. That is all they show on their website.



    • blueblue
      11:57 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

      And I forgot to list the Women’s basketball program that made the elite eight, I do believe.

      I didn’t realize it was seperated into men’s and women’s. Sounds like the standings need to be updated.



  21. whodat
    10:04 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    and this was done on UCLA’s home field no less



  22. getting old
    11:06 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

    Great! Nunley should be UK athlete of the year!



  23. Hawkeye Tim
    8:22 am May 26, 2014 Permalink

    UK Softball. UK Baseball. Men’s Tennis. Men’s Basketball. Women’s Basketball. Track and Field. Volleyball…….our AD is really committed to allowing all of our sports to be successful. Way to go UK softball, Coach Lawson and Mitch!!



    • BAdams
      1:20 pm May 26, 2014 Permalink

      Wasn’t long ago all the crackheads were hollering “Ditch Mitch!” all because the football team wasnt living up to expectations. Those same people failed to see that all the other sports were being brought up to relevancy. Over the last few years, UK has been consistently good in both men and women’s bball, volleyball, rifle, track and field, men’s tennis, baseball, softball, even the soccer teams have done well. Congrats to Mitch on bringing in good coaches and putting the money out there to keep those coaches.



  24. Matthew
    8:56 am May 26, 2014 Permalink

    This team is fun to watch GO BIG BLUE!



  25. dshwildcats
    10:21 am May 26, 2014 Permalink

    Bluie,

    Good to hear from you! I’m glad to hear you weren’t hurt; but, I’m sorry about your car!

    You remembered correctly–I am a huge football fan! I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season. Hopefully we’ll see some major improvements, especially on the offensive side of the ball. I think the 2015 season is the year we’ll see the amazing recruiting by this staff start to really pay dividends.

    As far as basketball is concerned, I probably can’t say anything about the potential of this team that hasn’t already been said. It could be a magical year for Kentucky fans! The schedule is loaded, but so is the roster!

    Very good to hear from you again! Enjoy the holiday today, my friend!!



  26. Tim Melton
    10:27 pm May 26, 2014 Permalink

    Brandon,

    It should be “an RBI” not “a RBI”.