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Get to know UK softball's Nikki Sagermann

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Nikki Sagermann.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

In just two years with the program, junior infielder Nikki Sagermann already ranks eighth in school history in career home runs with 20 and fourth in slugging percentage at .526. The third baseman saw a dip in average her sophomore season but not power, belting 12 doubles, one triple, 13 homers and 49 RBI, which nearly doubled her production from her freshman season.

Sagermann had a five-game stretch during the 2014 season where she hit five home runs, including three that clinched the game-winning RBI for Kentucky. The native of Buford, Ga., ended the season strong by recording an RBI in 27 of UK's last 49 games, including 14 multi-RBI games during that stretch. Sagermann was UK's leading scoring in its Super Regional win, hitting .444 with two RBI.

Last season, Sagermann earned NFCA All-Southeast Region honors on top of being named All-Southeastern Conference Second Team by league coaches and to the SEC All-Tournament Team. Sagermann was a member of the 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll and has been active in the Lexington community since arriving on campus.

Come see Nikki and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Nikki better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

What is your nickname? My parents call me Bug, my coaches and people from home call me Saga, my teammates call me Keisha, and the fans call me Swag ...

What talents do you have besides softball? I sing so so so good in the shower.

If you could trade places with Coach Lawson for one day, what would you do? First, I would go to her house and count how many cats she has and then I would go through her phone to see who she texts because I'm so nosy. And then I would find her childhood pictures because I have always wanted to see her in her elementary days. Then go on a shopping trip or two and cancel the team's 6 a.m. workouts forever.

Person that has most influenced you in life, why?
My Dad because he is the reason why I am the player and person I am today. He pushed me so hard when I was little, so all you girls who do not like your Dad right now ... Just know it is worth it in the end.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Definitely how to dance, because I love to dance but I look like a fool ... So if I could dance and be great at it, you'd find me dancing down the streets

Name three things you dislike?
I dislike clowns, people smacking when they eat and French fries.

Where is your favorite place on Earth? My bed ... If I'm missing, check my bed first because I will literally be in it for hours by myself.

What do you typically have for breakfast? Every day Nana (Maisie Steed) and I make ham, egg and cheese sandwiches. They are 10x better than any other place you can buy them at.

What is your most memorable moment as a softball player so far?
It would be seeing our crowd of UK fans and my parents in the front row as we took the field for the first time at the Women's College World Series. There are no words to describe the emotion I felt at that very moment.

Funniest player on the team and why? Depends on the type of humor you like. Griffin has the wittiest comments of any person I have met. Dari is great at impersonating. Kelsey and Christian are so southern that hearing them talk makes you laugh. So, take your pick.

Best dancer on the team is... Darington, the girl is talented. Griffin is definitely runner up, she knows how to groove.

What is your worst fear? Clowns, clowns, clowns, clowns, clowns ...

What did you do growing up that always got you into trouble? I always forgot to put the clip back on the chips, so they would go stale. Mom didn't like that.

Favorite saying or quote you like to live by: Go with the flow ... it's the definition of my life.

How do you like your eggs? Well I told the waitress the other day that I like them fully cooked and she called it "over hard" or scrambled with cheese.

Have you ever bought anything from ebay and if so, what was it? My Mother is an ebay queen, so there's a whole bunch of my stuff from there.

If you were famous would you rather have a statue or a building named after you?
Statue, so everyone could remember my face.

Do you collect anything? My Dad and I collect quarters and we are trying to get every state in America.

How many text messages do you receive on average a day? Depends on the day ...  if the group message with the team sparks up, you better be ready for hundreds of texts that are about complete nonsense and lots of laughs.

What three things do you think of most each day? I think about my future a lot, what I'm going to eat for each meal because food is very important in my life, and I think about softball and my swing during class, whoops.

Get to know UK softball's Christian Stokes

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Christian Stokes.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

Junior shortstop Christian Stokes has started 129 games for Kentucky and busted onto the scene last year in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Stokes was named to the SEC's All-Tournament Team after going 6-for-14 with two doubles, two homers, three RBI and a game-saving defensive play at shortstop to help UK defeat Tennessee.

Stokes, who was named a SEC Freshman of the Week in 2013, has a .267 career batting average with 62 runs scored, 17 doubles, 14 homers, 51 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Last season, Stokes helped UK to the Women's College World Series by hitting .279 with 13 doubles, two triples, seven homers and 22 RBI.

The native of Chesterfield, S.C., was successful in postseason play with a bases-clearing double against DePaul that propelled UK to the NCAA Super Regional. In Super Regional play, she had three hits and scored three runs. Stokes went 2-for-4 vs. Baylor in the WCWS with an RBI.

Stokes has been active in the Lexington community and is a two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Come see Christian and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Christian better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

What is your nickname? Crick, I acquired this nickname on my travel team ... not really sure why.

Do you have any pets? Yes, two boxers and a cocker spaniel.

What is your shoe size? 9

What is your favorite word? Dog

How many pairs of shoes do you own? Too many tennis shoes to count ...

What talents do you have besides softball? I love playing ping pong, basketball and volleyball.

Why did you choose to play softball at Kentucky? Because when I came on my unofficial visit the team just really looked like they were a family and cared a lot about each other.

If you could trade places with Coach Lawson for one day, what would you do? I'd go on a nice shopping spree, buy a few more pairs of tennis shoes and go back to her hometown to find out funny stories about her.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date? Beating a Harlem Globetrotter in an arcade basketball game ...

If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create? Dog and a parrot so it could talk to me ...

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Pole vault

Name three things you dislike? Peanut butter, people popping their nails and my dad putting his hand in my glove ...

What trip would you like to take in your lifetime? A trip to Aruba ...

Where is your favorite place on Earth? My Grandma's couch ...

What do you typically have for breakfast? A ham, egg and cheese sandwich ...

What is your favorite dessert? My Grandma's 12-layer chocolate cake ...

What is your worst fear? Heights

What did you do growing up that always got you into trouble? Fist fighting with my brother ...

What artist gets the most play on your iPod right now? Sam Hunt

What is your all-time favorite movie?
Legends of the Fall

Get to know UK softball's Darington Richardson

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darington richardson.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

Junior outfielder Darington Richardson played in every game this fall and showed her superior athleticism in the outfield. Richardson, who was injured her freshman season and only played in 26 games, played in 59 games with six starts last season, stealing six bases and scoring 19 runs. The slapper led Kentucky with three triples and added four RBI.

For her career, Richardson has played in 85 games with seven starts, adding 12 stolen bases and 39 runs scored. In 2014, Richardson had a career game vs. Loyola Marymount with two hits, including her first career triple and two runs scored. In NCAA Tournament play, Richardson scored a run and stole a base in the NCAA Lexington Regional before scoring two runs as a pinch running in the NCAA Super Regional.

A two-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, Richardson is majoring in biology with pre-med aspirations.

Come see Darington and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Darington better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

What is your nickname? Dari

Do you have any pets? Yes. I loved the movie Life of Pi so much that I bought a kitten after my freshman season and named him Richard Parker.

What is your favorite word? Swagestic - it's a mixture of swag and majestic.  It's the perfect combination, kind of like sweet and salty.

What talents do you have besides softball? I am a professional air guitarist.  

What is one thing you could tell us about yourself that others would be shocked to know? I was a ballerina from when I was 4 years old until I was 18.

If you could trade places with Coach Lawson for one day, what would you do? I would permanently eliminate any 6 a.m. activities.

When was the last time you were moved to tears? After receiving an A on my physics final ...  

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would love to learn how to have a photographic memory. Being a biology/pre-med major ain't no joke, no lie ...

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? Delicious

After softball, what would be your dream job?
I would love to be a plastic surgeon.

What is your favorite dessert? Hands down my Mom's soul sister chocolate cake with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Best dancer on the team is... Myself. Definitely.

Favorite actor/actress? Denzel Washington is the man!

What actor/actress would play you in a movie? Probably Jennifer Lopez ...

What artist gets the most play on your iPod right now?
J. Cole

What song gets you pumped up for a game? Anything written by Atlanta's very own Migos ...

What did you do growing up that always got you into trouble? I always tried to turn my younger siblings into servants.

Who is your favorite professor at UK and why? Jim Krupa - he made evolution so interesting by incorporating modern pop culture into the information, making every lecture comical and easy to remember.

What three things do you think of most each day? My family, my future and how I'm going to make my dreams become realities.

How did you get your name? My Mom used to be a flight attendant, and one day while working she overheard some pilots talking.  One of the older men said he was planning on changing his name to Darington Hunter, and my mother liked the name so much that she decided her first child - boy or girl - would be named Darington Hunter.

Get to know UK softball's Maisie Steed

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Maisie Steed.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

Junior utility player Maisie Steed has played all over the diamond for head coach Rachel Lawson and Co., including all three outfield positions, third base and first base. Steed has played in 120 career games for Kentucky, launching 15 home runs with 34 RBI and 55 runs scored. Steed started 53 games her freshman season and 37 last season before sustaining an injury that sidelined her from anything but pinch running the last month of the year.

Steed, who played through the hand injury last year to pinch run in the WCWS and score a run, was locked in for Kentucky's home tournament in 2014, recording a hit in every game with homers in both games vs. Kansas. The native of Powder Springs, Ga., had a great game against in-state foe Louisville, hitting a solo home run before a two-run single later in the game. The strong defensive player also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 2014.

A two-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, Steed plans a major in kinesiology and health promotion and has been active volunteering in the Lexington community.

Come see Maisie and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Maisie better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

When was the last time you were moved to tears? After we won the final game at UCLA, Griffin and I were crying together with our parents ... I think even our parents had tears in their eyes.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
If I could learn to do anything it would either be to sing or dance. I am so tone deaf and I have no rhythm. My teammates are always making fun of me for it.

You are a closet ______ fan. Criminal Minds, although everyone knows it.

Name three things you like? I like Mexican food, thunderstorms and fires in a fireplace at home.

Name three things you dislike? I dislike coleslaw, the way the heavy duty egg cartons feel and raisins in my food.

Where is your favorite place on Earth? My favorite place on Earth is at home with my family and friends. I'm a huge homebody and I love being with my family, even if it is just sitting in the living room watching TV.

Favorite all-time movie? One of my all-time favorite movies is Remember the Titans. It inspires me and I cry almost every time I watch it.

What is one TV show you cannot miss? I LOVE How to Get Away with Murder. It's a new show, but I am already addicted.

What is your worst fear? My worst fear is living my life and when it's all said and done I haven't impacted people in a positive manner, accomplished the things I wanted to accomplish, or loved with all I have.

Most famous person in your cell phone? Coach Lawson is definitely the most famous person in my phone.

What artist gets the most play on your iPod right now? I would have to say Tim McGraw, he is my all-time favorite music artist. I might even have a crush on him.

What did you do growing up that always got you into trouble? I always got in trouble for not keeping my mouth shut. I always said what was on my mind (which I sometimes still get in trouble for).

How do you like your eggs? I like my eggs scrambled with cheese.

If you were famous would you rather have a statue or a building named after you? I would rather have a building named after me because a building can be used for something. Statues just sit around and rust.

How many text messages do you receive on average a day? I don't even know how to guess, but maybe 300. They are mostly all between me and one other person though.

Are you allergic to anything? Yes, I am allergic to dogs (and most other animals). It's awful to be allergic to dogs because they are so cute and cuddly and they provide puppy therapy, which I never get.

Who is your favorite professor at UK and why? I actually have two favorite professors at UK. My two favorites are Dr. Beighle and Dr. Erwin. Both work in the KHP - Teacher Education Program. I believe they are extremely passionate about their jobs and they have helped me tremendously.

How did you get your name? My mom found it in a baby book, but my first and middle initials are MJ and I used to tell people I was named after Michael Jordan.

Get to know UK softball's Meagan Prince

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Meagan Prince.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

Sophomore pitcher Meagan Prince earned eight wins in the circle last season for Kentucky, including starting the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship Game. Prince ended the year with an 8-4 record, striking out 61 batters in 70.2 innings pitched with one save and a 3.47 ERA.

Prince had several key appearances for the Wildcats, including throwing three scoreless innings against highly ranked Texas and Tennessee to seal two UK victories. The southpaw was brilliant in Kentucky's three-game sweep of Ole Miss, throwing four innings combined in two games to pick up the first save of her career.

The native of Martin, Tenn., had a great fall for Kentucky, tossing over 18 innings with only three earned runs allowed and 17 strikeouts. A member of the 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll, Prince's continued development could play a critical role in UK's success in 2015.
 
Come see Meagan and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Meagan better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

What is your nickname? Mimi, which was given to me by my Dad when I was a little girl ...

Do you have any pets? I have a black standard poodle and his name is Cash.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I have 32 pairs of shoes ... this does not include the other 15 or so that I left at home.

If you could trade places with Coach Lawson for one day, what would you do? I would take the team on an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii and buy everybody whatever they wanted.

If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create?
I would breed a penguin and a peacock.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Learn how to sing!

After softball, what would be your dream job? My dream job would be no job at all!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating donuts ...

Name three things you like? I like riding horses, turkey hunting, and eating dessert.

Name three things you dislike?
Chocolate, mice and snakes ...

What do you typically have for breakfast? I usually eat the classic eggs, bacon and toast ...

Favorite all-time movie? Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the old one!

Favorite actor/actress? Julia Roberts

What is one TV show you cannot miss? Longmire or Criminal Minds! I love any show with a good murder mystery ...

What is your worst fear? Heights

What artist gets the most play on your iPod right now? Hank Williams, Jr. or Waylon Jennings for sure! #oldman (that's what Coach Lawson would say)

What did you do growing up that always got you into trouble? I would joke with my parents about getting in trouble and it would just get me in more trouble.

Favorite saying or quote you like to live by: Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.

Have you ever bought anything from ebay and if so, what was it? Nope! I hate computers with a passion and will avoid online shopping at all cost.

What three things do you think of most each day?
Eating, napping and sleeping ...

Get to know UK softball's Breanne Ray

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Breanne Ray.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

Sophomore outfielder/infielder Breanne "Buzz" Ray played in 25 games in 2014, gaining valuable time in the batter's box to help adjust to college softball. Ray made the most of her lone start of the season, blasting a home run over the wall in rightfield against Mississippi Valley State. Ray totaled three RBI on the year and drew four walks.

The native of Benton, Ky., saw time in the outfield this fall and showed improvement. Ray was an offensive star at Marshall County High School in Western Kentucky, totaling a .472 batting average her senior season and .512 mark her junior year. An all-state honoree in 2013, Ray played in the Kentucky East/West All-Star Game her junior and senior seasons.

Ray has been a model student-athlete since arriving on campus, being named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll with a planned major in human health science.

Come see Breanne and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Breanne better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

What is your nickname? Buzz has basically turned into my real name. In fact, Coach Lawson didn't know what my actual name was the entire time I was getting recruited.

Do you have any pets? I have a precious little puppy named Rupp. Our family revolves around UK if you can't tell.

What is your shoe size? I wear a 9, which I thought was pretty big until I got on the team and realized some people wear Ronald McDonald shoes.

How many shoes do you own? Entirely too many for a girl who only wears tennis shoes ...

Can you solve a rubix cube? Absolutely not!

Why did you choose to play softball at Kentucky? It has been my dream ever since I was a little girl to be able to wear a Wildcat uniform and represent my home state by doing what I love the most.

When was the last time you were moved to tears?
When we finished the running test for the last time this year ... That thing was no joke.

Name the person that has most influenced you in life, why?
My Mom is my biggest inspiration. She is by far the most selfless and hard-working person I know. If I could only be half the wonderful person she is, I would definitely be doing something right.

Name three things you like? Cute little old people, anything red velvet and the color purple.

Craziest thing you did this summer? Does jumping off the rock quarry count? Marshall County doesn't have much to offer, y'all.

What is your favorite dessert? I have a weakness for chocolate cookie truffles.

Describe your perfect sandwich... I'm convinced there's nothing better than a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. But you have to make sure that the bacon is extra crispy and the bread is toasted until it's almost burnt.

Best dancer on the team is... If you're needing someone to show you her signature move, Maisie is definitely your girl.

What is your worst fear? Pulling out all of my eyelashes when I'm using an eyelash curler ... Seriously, how terrible would that be!

What artist gets the most play on your iPod right now?
Sam Hunt stays on repeat.

What song gets you pumped up for a game?
I think I'm probably the only softball player in the world that listens to lovey dovey country music before a game.

Favorite saying or quote you like to live by? I believe that if everyone had the mindset mentioned in Matthew 5:38-48, the world would be a much better place.

Do you collect anything? I like to save my tickets from everywhere I go. It's always cool to look back and see what movies you've been to or games you've been to in the past.

How may text messages do you receive on average a day? I can always count on at least one from my Mom.

How did you get your name? My first name is actually Roni, which is my grandpa's name. I wish I had some cool story for how I got the nickname Buzz, but to be honest there is no reason behind it. Everyone has just called me that since I was a baby.

Get to know UK softball's Shannon Smith

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Shannon Smith.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

Sophomore pitcher Shannon Smith showed her potential last season by earning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors after picking up her first career save against nationally ranked Texas A&M. Head Coach Rachel Lawson and Co. will look for more of the same in 2015 with a challenging schedule ahead.

Smith ended her first collegiate season with 13 appearances and seven starts, striking out 45 batters in 40.2 innings pitched. The native of Milford, Mass., had a 2.93 ERA and opponents hit just .214 against her. The best game of her season came in her first collegiate start, tossing seven scoreless innings against George Washington, including nine strikeouts.

Smith, who was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2014, had a great weekend against Texas A&M last season, throwing 6.1 innings over two games with only two hits allowed and seven strikeouts.

Come see Shannon and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Shannon better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

What is your shoe size? Double hockey sticks, aka 11 ...

What is one thing you could tell us about yourself that others would be shocked to know?
I am afraid of the ocean ...

If you could trade places with Coach Lawson for one day, what would you do?
I would want to see what her house looks like. I would also like to hang out with her cats and then eat her favorite Mexican restaurant with no reservations.

When was the last time you were moved to tears? Laughing about something because I am ALWAYS laughing ...

Person that has most influenced you in life, why?
My sister, Andrea, she is incredibly smart and level headed. She keeps me sane, but also introduced me to the game of softball.

If you had a Derby horse, what would you name it? Sugar of the Sea ... it's a classic!

After softball, what would be your dream job?
A professional chef, but also a physical therapist ...

Name three things you like?
Cooking, sleeping, laughing ...

Craziest thing you did this summer?
Drove all the way to Akron, Ohio (12 hours) to get rained out and drive back. Team bonding for real ...

Where is your favorite place on Earth? I think I would need to see the entire Earth to accurately answer this question.

Describe your perfect sandwich ... One that has a proper ratio of meat to cheese, 2.5:1, lettuce, tomato, and potentially a dressing for added moisture ... Also the bread needs to be soft and fresh with a crust that is not to crispy.

What is your most memorable moment as a softball player so far? Going to the World Series, DREAMS COME TRUE!

Funniest player on the team and why? Kelsey because she says whatever comes to her mind, and her accent just adds to it.

The most famous person you've ever met is...
Jenny Finch

What artist gets the most play on your iPod right now? Nicki Minaj ... Her new album is full of jams

Favorite saying or quote you like to live by: "Follow your passion, it will lead you to your purpose." -Oprah

Do you collect anything? Every birthday card I've ever received!

Who is your favorite professor at UK and why?
Conrad Davies, he got to know every student individually, which was really cool.

What three things do you think of most each day? The people I love, what my plans are, what I am going to eat next.

How did you get your name? My mom chose my sister's name, so my dad got to choose mine!

Get to know UK softball's Stephanie Martino

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Stephanie Martino.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

Although she did not see game action last spring, infielder/outfielder Stephanie Martino was a vital part of UK's 2014 success, traveling to nearly all road games and severing as the ultimate teammate.

A native of Glen Gardner, N.J., Martino played in five games last fall, seeing time mostly at second base and recording an RBI. Martino was a star player for Voorhees Regional High School, posting a career batting average of .436 as a four-year starter at third base. Martino helped lead her team to the 2011 and 2012 divisional championship and earned all-county first-team, all-conference first-team and Defensive MVP honors two years in a row.

Martino was an honor student in high school and was very active in her community, earning Bronze Level Community Service recognition after volunteering over 100 hours at the Hunterdon Healthcare Physical Therapy Center.  

Come see Stephanie and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Stephanie better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

Do you have any pets? At the moment, I have three cats back home, but in my lifetime I have had a total of 10, which is still not as many as Coach Lawson currently has.

What talents do you have besides softball?
I'm so good with a bow they should have cast me in the Hunger Games.

If you could trade places with Coach Lawson for one day, what would you do? I would go the whole day without yelling at myself.

Person that has most influenced you in life, why?
The person who has most influenced my life is my Nonnie. She has been more than a grandmother and has taught me that family is not just blood. God puts certain people in our lives for a reason. Thanks, Non!

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would like to master riding my bike. Not just for myself, but for the safety of all others on campus!

After softball, what would be your dream job?
I want to become a physical therapist.

What is your guilty pleasure? I like to play The Sims.

You are a closet _______ fan.
I'm a closet Brett Gardner fan ... but everyone knows about it.

What is your favorite dessert?
Vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles ...

Describe your perfect sandwich.
Ham, cheese, toasted bread and a LOT of hot sauce ...

What is your most memorable moment as softball player so far? Going to the WCWS!

Favorite actor/actress? Mathew McConaughey ... Alright, alright, alright!

The most famous person you've ever met is...
Michele Smith, we went to the same high school!

Most famous person in your cell phone? Coach Lawson.

What artist gets the most play on your iPod right now?  Luke Bryan

Favorite saying or quote you like to live by: Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars.

How do you like your eggs?  An omelet with feta cheese, ham, spinach, and hot sauce ...

Do you collect anything? Mason jars

Are you related or distantly related to anyone famous? My Dad's cousin, Steven Martino, was the lead cameraman for the movie Jurassic Park ...  

How did you get your name? Once upon a time, on a sunny day at the Jersey shore, when my parents were brainstorming baby names ... A big yacht came into the marina across the bay. The name of the boat was the 'Miss Stephanie' and well the rest is history!

Get to know UK softball's Haley Andrus

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Haley Andrus.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

After the graduation of several infielders off Kentucky's 2014 Women's College World Series team, utility infielder Haley Andrus is a welcome addition to the 2015 roster as a true freshman. Andrus can play third and second base and did so in the fall while adjusting to college softball. In seven fall games played, Andrus scored one run and had an RBI.

The native of Chattanooga, Tenn., brings championship experience to Lexington as a three-year state champion at Baylor High School. A six-year letterwinner, Andrus ended her high school career with a .478 batting average, adding 30 home runs, 59 doubles, 196 RBI, 215 hits and a .795 slugging percentage. Her strong high school career led to Andrus being a three-time Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Prep selection, while also earning all-state honors each of the last three seasons.

Andrus, who also played travel ball with the Tennessee Fury '95, was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in high school.

Come see Haley and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Haley better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

Do you have any pets? I have a French bulldog named Minnie.

Why did you choose to play softball at Kentucky? I chose Kentucky because when I came on my visit the team made me feel welcome and I like the family atmosphere.

If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create? I would bread a pig and a goat.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would learn how to sing and play guitar.

You are a closet _______ fan ... Eric Church

Name three things you like? Food, country music and sports ...

Name three things you dislike? Bugs, hair and rain ...

What is your favorite dessert? Cherry cheesecake

Favorite all-time movie?
The Rookie  

Favorite actor/actress? Hugh Jackman

 The most famous person you've ever met is... Chipper Jones or Miley Cyrus

What is your shoe size? My shoe size is a 9 ½.

What is your worst fear? Spiders

What artist gets the most play on your iPod right now? Eric Church

If you were famous would you rather have a statue or a building named after you? I would rather have a building named after me ...

Do you collect anything? I collect all of the concert tickets that I go to.

What trip would you like to take in your lifetime? The trip that I would like to take in my lifetime would be to go to Hawaii.

What do you typically have for breakfast?
I typically have a pastry or some cereal.

Describe your perfect sandwich ...
My perfect sandwich would be peanut butter with grape jelly on wheat bread with the crust cut off.

What is one TV show you cannot miss?
American Idol

Get to know UK softball's Rachael Metzger

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Rachael Metzger.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

One of two Californians on the team this season, Rachael Metzger showed great promise during the fall with two home runs and spelled senior catcher Griffin Joiner behind the plate. Metzger hit a home run in her first game during fall play and showed her versatility in eight games played by seeing time at first base, third base and catcher.

Metzger was a standout performer in high school for Garces Memorial High School, ending her career with a .545 batting average, 186 hits, 163 runs scored, 170 RBI, 38 doubles, 37 homers and struck out only 18 times, a ridiculously low total. Metzger has that winning mentality after leading her high school team to four straight California Central Section Division II SEYL League Championships.

On top of being a four-year, first-team all-league honoree and league offensive player of the year, Metzger also excelled in the classroom as the 2014 Bakersfield Jockey Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete and GMHS Dante Alighieri Scholar-Athlete. Metzger was also active off the softball field, volunteering with special needs children and the homeless.

Come see Rachael and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Rachael better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

What is your nickname?
My nickname on the team is Metz because if someone calls for Rachael, me and Coach Lawson both turn our heads to respond.

Do you have pets? I have a cat from France and he looks like he is wearing a tuxedo.

What is your shoe size? I wear a size 11. Big foot!

What is your favorite word? My favorite word is la mantequilla de cacahuete, which is Spanish for peanut butter. Try saying that five times fast!

What talents do you have besides softball? I have some artistic talent. I love to draw when I have time.

What is one thing you could tell us about yourself that others would be shocked to know? Before I started playing softball, I took tap dance and gymnastics lessons and quit because I complained about sweating too much.

Why did you choose to play softball at Kentucky? I love the family environment that Kentucky softball showed while I was visiting and I loved the coaching staff.

If you could trade places with Coach Lawson for one day, what would you do? No running test. Ever.

When was the last time you were moved to tears?
When I watched the video about Lauren Hill and how she didn't give up on achieving her dream to play in a college basketball game despite her being very sick. Determination like that is something I greatly admire and I couldn't help but find myself in tears.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date? Being the first in my family to go to college and be able to play the sport I love at a higher level.

If you had a Derby horse, what would you name it? Run Forrest Run

After softball, what would be your dream job? I want to travel the world and play in the Olympics, when they bring it back in 2020, or play international softball. After that, I want to make prosthetic legs/arms that connect to the nervous system for soldiers who have been wounded in battle.

What is your guilty pleasure? New York style cheesecake

Best dancer on the team is ...
I want to say Darington, but I think the team knows the real MVP is Griffin.

Favorite all-time move? Howl's Moving Castle

Favorite actor/actress? Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson

What actor/actress would play in a move? Ali Hillis

The most famous person you've ever met is ... Ali Hillis

How do you like your eggs?
As dry as they can possibly be while still tasting good ...

Do you collect anything?
I use to collect Pokémon cards ... I still have them.

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