Upsets are part of college athletics.
In fact, it’s one of the best things about it. Just this past spring, a No. 1 seed finally fell to a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament during March Madness.
Well, on Thursday night another No. 1 seed lost to a No. 16 seed. This time it was women’s softball. The Kentucky Wildcats upset the Oregon Ducks in the Eugene Super Regionals and are now one win away from the Women’s College World Series.
The Cats got out to an early lead over the Ducks and never looked back. Katie Reed (single) and Abbey Cheek (walk) got aboard in the top of the 1st inning and sophomore infielder Alex Martens powered a home run to center field. The home run was Martens’ second of the postseason and put the Wildcats on top 3-0.
Cheek added two home runs of her own, a three-run dinger in the top of the 4th, and a two-run knock in the top of the 6th inning. The last one put the Cats up for good, and they went on to win Game 1 by a score of 9-6.
The Wildcats mowed up their competition in the Lexington Regionals. The Cats dominated the University of Illinois-Chicago and Notre Dame in route to the Eugene Super Regionals.
Kentucky will have two opportunities to advance to the Women’s College World Series. They’ll get their first shot against the Ducks on Friday night.
Game 3, if necessary, will be played on Saturday.