Today, the Kentucky softball team defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies and move on to the Lexington Regional Final versus either the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Virginia Tech, Or Marshall, depending on the results from the rest of today's action.
Kentucky has now won 40 games, tying the school record for wins, and has a chance to advance to only its second ever Super-Regional. Kelsey Nunley and Crystal Smith were the heroines today:
Nunley was fantastic in the circle for the second straight game, throwing a complete-game one-hitter, allowing two runs - both unearned - with five strikeouts. For the season, Nunley is now 26-8 with a 2.00 ERA, striking out 185 in 245.1 innings pitched. So far this weekend, Nunley is an impressive 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA, striking out 10 batters in 15 innings pitched while opponents are hitting just .140 against her.
Offensively, Kentucky was paced by Smith and fellow junior first baseman Lauren Cumbess. Smith went 2-for-3 in the game with her third home run of the season and two RBI, while Cumbess blasted her team-best 12th home run of the season to finish 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Freshman outfielder Sylver Samuel was 2-for-3 in the game with a run scored, while sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Congratulations to the softball Wildcats for this great victory, and let's all hope they can take the regional on their home field to move on.
This is very heady stuff for softball, and even though the baseball team has been somewhat of a disappointment this season, they still made it to the SEC Tournament, and with their win over Mizzouri today, they manage the 11 seed, according to our own JLeverenz.
Hat tip: Wild Weasel