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Web Wednesday: Postseason softball edition

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Each Wednesday here at Cat Scratches, we're going to take a look back at the latest week's news in UK Athletics from around the web.

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Softball - Five burning questions for the SEC tournament (, Graham Hays)

Regardless of what happens in Thursday's quarterfinal against fourth-seeded Georgia, the fifth-seeded Wildcats are eligible for the NCAA tournament and will enter that event with a winning record. That's quite a feat considering that after three one-run losses in a row against Mississippi State, they went to bed on April 22 with a 23-26 record and just seven games to play, including three at Florida and three at home against LSU, teams comfortably ahead of them at that time. After a win out of conference against Morehead State, they took two of three from the Gators in Gainesville, accounting for half of Florida's home losses for the season, and then swept LSU, capped by senior Chanda Bell's no-hitter.

UK senior pitcher Chanda Bell pitched a no-hitter Sunday, helping the Cats finish off a three-game weekend sweep over the No. 22 LSU Tigers.

"Oh my goodness," Bell said when asked about her emotion following the final out, which was a strikeout to secure the no-hitter, the UK 1-0 win and the series sweep. This was Bell's fourth career no-hitter.

Softball - Kentucky seniors are SEC players of the week (The Courier-Journal)

University of Kentucky seniors Chanda Bell and Brittany Cervantes have been named Southeastern Conference Pitcher and Player of the Week.

In a three-game sweep of LSU, Bell recorded a complete-game victory, a save and then a no-hitter. She became the first pitcher in UK history to record at least 15 victories in four seasons.

The Indiana-Kentucky basketball and football series have come to an end for the time being, but fans interested in a border battle can focus their attentions on baseball Wednesday.

Kentucky (37-11) visits Bloomington for a non-conference game against Indiana (24-24).

The Hoosiers have won six of their last seven games and are in second place in the Big Ten Conference.

The game of baseball is about skill. The skill of hitting, pitching and at times, taking one for the team.

In this, one of the best seasons in Kentucky baseball history, the Wildcats are taking one for the team at a furious pace.

UK currently ranks 7th nationally in being hit by a pitch. Wildcat batters have been hit 72 times this season.

Baseball - Littrell pours it on to end Kentucky baseball's 'dry spell' (Herald-Leader, Mark Maloney)

With Florida bidding to become the first team to sweep Kentucky all season, Corey Littrell said "later, Gator."

Littrell took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Wildcats held on for a 2-1 victory before a Cliff Hagan Stadium crowd of 2,607.

Women's basketball - Kentucky's Mitchell completes coaching staff (Herald-Leader)

Santos played for Mitchell at Florida when Mitchell was an assistant with the Gators. She spent the past two seasons at Illinois State.

"Danielle is a versatile coach with many talents, but it's her high character that stands out and makes her immediately valuable to our program," Mitchell said in a news release. "Communication and strong relationships are absolutely essential in our program. Danielle is an excellent communicator and a strong builder of relationships."

Football - UK football notebook: Neloms steps into Cats leadership void (Herald-Leader, Jennifer Smith)

One of the coaches' biggest question marks entering the spring was who were going to be the players to emerge as leaders, especially on defense.

Safety Martavius Neloms seems to be the answer, with an exclamation point.

Former Wildcats Making Headlines

With Perk sidelined, you had to come in and play some significant minutes. Is there pressure there?

"That's your job. Try to stay ready and be ready to go out there and do what you can do when your number's called."

As a junior at UK in 2011, Meyer, a 6-foot-9 right-hander, led the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts with 110.

Meyer is 2-3 with a 4.28 ERA for the Suns. He has 33 strikeouts and 12 walks in 271⁄3 innings. He pitched seven innings, gave up one run four hits and had six strikeouts in his most recent outing, a win against Augusta.

Former Henry Clay High School and UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 2-5 with one home run, one RBI and two runs scored for AAA Sacramento. The performance extended Cowgill's current hitting streak to 10 games.

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Video of the week: Highlights from Joe Blanton's complete game shutout

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