KENTUCKY WILDCATS SOFTBALL
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Kentucky Wildcats Softball Tickets
Facility: John Cropp Stadium
Women’s College World Series Appearances: 1
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 11
Kentucky Wildcats Softball TicketsThe Kentucky Wildcats softball team has been one of the powers in this sport over the past decade after experiencing little success prior to then. UK delighted those in blue and white in 2009 by being selected to the NCAA Softball Tournament for the first time. The Wildcats have played in every one since. However, the season that’s most special to the hearts of Wildcat fans is the 2014 campaign. That’s when Kentucky advanced to the NCAA Women’s College World Series for the first time. Kentucky Wildcats softball ticket holders are hoping that a return to the WCWS is imminent. It may be, as the team came within a couple of wins of getting there in 2019. If you’re looking to catch some high-quality SEC softball, make sure to head to the UK campus for games this spring. Once the weather warms up in March, the team will play at home roughly every other week. Get your Kentucky Wildcats softball tickets at StubHub.
Where does the Kentucky Wildcats softball team play?John Cropp Stadium has been home to the Kentucky Wildcats softball games since 2013. This $10 million facility has 1,417 seats and can accommodate 200 standing room only ticket holders. The Wildcat players are situated in the third base dugout. Within weeks of its opening, this beautiful facility was thrust into the spotlight, hosting the 2013 SEC Softball Tournament. It was named 2014 Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Management Association.
How have the Wildcats played under Head Coach Rachel Lawson?Current head coach Rachel Lawson was named to take over the UK program in 2007. Her initial team struggled through an overall 17-37 campaign, which included a rough 3-25 record in SEC games. However, she and her Wildcats turned things around the next season, going 34-23, 13-14 in SEC play, and being selected to participate in the NCAA Softball Regionals Columbus. After opening there with a 5-2 loss to BYU, the Wildcats knocked off Canisius, 7-0, and BYU, 4-2, before seeing its historic season end with a 7-2 loss to the host Ohio State Buckeyes. Impressively, UK reached the postseason every year since 2009, a feat that only 17 other teams can lay claim to.
What led up to the 2014 Kentucky Wildcats softball team qualifying for the Women’s College World Series?In 2014, Kentucky reached the 50-win in a single season mark for the first time in school history, going 50-19 overall and 13-11 in SEC action. It had 44 victories heading into the NCAA Softball Regionals Lexington and went 3-1 there to win that competition. A dramatic come-from-behind series win at UCLA in the NCAA Softball Super Regionals followed where, after the Bruins took game one, 6-4, Kentucky stunned UCLA with 7-3 and 7-1 victories to earn the trip to Oklahoma City for the WCWS. There, the Wildcats defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-1, before falling to fellow SEC team Alabama, 0-2, and Baylor in a hard-fought contest, 7-8 in eight innings.
Who are Kentucky’s rivals?Louisville tends to be Kentucky’s biggest rival as far as UK’s entire athletics department goes. However, in softball, those two teams, which are separated by just 80 miles, tend to play just once a year. The Wildcats made that journey to Kentucky’s largest city in 2019 and lost to the Cardinals for the first time since 2015, falling by a 7-8 score. In 2020, the teams are scheduled to play in Lexington on April 29. Meanwhile, Kentucky softball's biggest rival in SEC play is University of Tennessee although they don’t always play every year and didn’t in 2019. The SEC did schedule a three-game series between the teams from March 27-29, 2020; it’ll be played in Lexington.
Has a Kentucky Wildcats pitcher ever thrown a perfect game?Yes. In fact, two Kentucky pitchers have tossed perfect games. Incredibly, the only perfect games in the program’s history were thrown on the same day. Chanda Bell and Rachel Riley spun those gems in Games 1 and 2 against Austin Peay on April 6, 2011.
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