Kentucky’s Opens Home Slate vs. Indiana on Wednesday
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a 21-game road trip to start the season, the No. 16 Kentucky softball team opens up its fourth season at John Cropp Stadium on Wednesday night as the Wildcats face the Indiana Hoosiers at 6 p.m. ET live on the SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app.
The Wildcats are coming off a 4-1 weekend at the Winthrop Invitational, as they have rocketed out to an 18-3 start to the season, the best through 21 games in program history. Kentucky won the tournament this past weekend in Rock Hill, S.C., to add to its already heavy 2016 load of the Campbell/Cartier Classic (San Diego, Calif.) and Chattanooga Frost Classic championships the two weekends prior.
Kentucky beat Indiana 4-1 last year behind the arm of Indiana native, Erin Rethlake. The Huntington, Ind., native went the distance only allowing one run on seven hits while striking out four to earn the win at John Cropp Stadium. UK is 10-8 all-time against the Hoosiers, and have won three in row against IU
dating back to 2007 (2015, 2014, 2007).
UK is off to its best start in program history through 21 games, with an 18-3 record through the first four weeks of the year, one game better than the 17-4 start that Kentucky had during its Women’s College World Series run of 2014.
UK has had three different pitchers throw a no-hitter for the first time in program history (Meagan Prince - twice, Erin Rethlake and Shannon Smith). The four no-hitters in a single season since 2011 (4). And, Meagan Prince is the first UK player to have two no-hitters in the same season in UY history.
Kentucky has played more true road games than any team in the SEC this season (5) and is undefeated in those games, including a 5-3 win over No. 22 Arizona State. UK has also played five top-25 teams, going 4-1 in those games, tying Alabama and Texas A&M for most games played (5) and top-25 wins (4) than any other team in the SEC.
Abbey Cheek was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week on Monday, earning her first SEC weekly honor of her career, and the second of the season for Kentucky. Katie Reed was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Feb. 22.
Free game day parking is available the upper and lower paved parking lots adjacent to John Cropp Stadium. In the event that those lots fill spectators will be directed to park in the grass lot near College Way and Wildcat Court.
Tickets for Softball are sold through the UK Ticket Office. For information about hosting Birthday Parties at John Cropp Stadium please contact (859) 257.1818. The Ticket Office and stadium gates will open 1 hour prior to first pitch.
All seating in John Cropp Stadium is general admission and is first-come, first served.
John Cropp Stadium
570 Wildcat Court
Lexington, KY 40506
Expected forecast: 74 degrees, sunny, wind 13 MPH
Fans can watch the game on WatchESPN here: http://es.pn/1TINxy3
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