2011 NCAA Softball Tournament: California Golden Bears @ Kentucky Wildcats -- Lexington Super-Regional

[Story re-promoted for the final game of the series.  Treat as open game thread]

Today, the Kentucky Wildcats face the California Golden Bears in games 2 and 3 (if necessary) of the 3-game series in the Lexington Super-Regional for the right to go to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Game particulars are as follows, courtesy of UKAthletics.com:

California @ Kentucky
Game Notes Kentucky Super Regional Guide Get Acrobat Reader | Cal Super Regional Guide Get Acrobat Reader
Location UK Softball Complex
Lexington, Ky.
Sunday, May 29, 1 p.m. ET
Game One Coverage TV: ESPN
Radio: Online, 630 WLAP in Lexington, 1080 WKJK in Louisville
Free Video via ESPN3 listen
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Game Two Coverage (if necessary) TV: ESPN
Radio: Online, 630 WLAP in Lexington, 1080 WKJK in Louisville
Free Video via ESPN3 listen
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The Golden Bears took game one in a 1-hit shutout, 1-0 before a record 1,717 fans in the UK Softball complex yesterday despite an outstanding pitching performance from UK's junior pitcher Chanda Bell.  Bell repeatedly got out of innings late when Cal had base runners in scoring position, and every time somebody hit safely against her, she came back stronger and got out of the innings, often with strikeouts (she had 8 total)

The problem for the Wildcats is they must solve California's Joleen Henderson, who pitched a near-flawless game against the powerful Wildcat offense yesterday.  In all likelihood, they will need to beat Henderson twice today to earn the right to go to Oklahoma City.

Whatever the outcome, this has been a ground-breaking season for Kentucky, bringing the NCAA tournament to Lexington for the first time in history and proving that the Wildcats are on the right path in the softball program.  With a great performance today, Kentucky could send their very first softball team to OKC and continue their magical run for at least a few games more.

Go, 'Cats

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