No. 12 Kentucky Hosts Mississippi State on Senior Weekend

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a week off for final exams and its annual Southeastern Conference bye week, the No. 12 Kentucky softball team will return to action over the weekend as it hosts the Mississippi State Bulldogs for the final SEC regular season series of the year at John Cropp Stadium, beginning Friday night at 6 ET.

Saturday afternoon will serve as Kentucky’s annual Senior Day, with festivities beginning on the field at 11:45 a.m. ET. Fans planning on attending the game should note that the start time has been changed from 3 p.m. ET to Noon ET to accommodate the SEC Network+ broadcast.

The six seniors that will be honored are Sylver Samuel, Maisie Steed, Christian Stokes, Kelsey Nunley, Ansley Smith and Nikki Sagermann. There will be postgame autographs following the game Saturday with all UK players.

Friday night will not have any television or online coverage, but both Saturday and Sunday’s games will be shown in their entirety on the SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app with Dave Baker (pxp) and Brian Milam (color) on the call. Sunday’s game will be a part of the SEC Network’s “Bases Loaded” coverage, where they will go around the country to all six SEC series. The WatchESPN app will have the UK/MSU game in its entirety.

Kentucky enters this weekend with a 40-11 overall record, and a 14-7 mark in SEC play with three games remaining. The Wildcats currently sit in a tie for fourth with the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC standings, which could be critical when looking ahead to next week’s SEC Tournament in Starkville, Miss. The top four finishers in the SEC league standings will receive a bye into the quarterfinals in next week’s tournament. Alabama holds the tiebreaker over UK due to its 2-1 series win two weeks ago over the Wildcats. Tennessee is 14-6 with one less game played that will not be made up. The Lady Vols play Ole Miss this weekend, with Alabama hosting the Georgia Bulldogs.

Mississippi State enters the weekend with an RPI in the top 35, but a 25-27 overall record and 3-18 mark in the SEC. MSU has played one of the toughest schedules in the league this season, and has taken a game off of No. 4 Auburn in 14 innings, as well as pushing the top-ranked Florida Gators to 10 innings in that series finale.

MSU had one of the best pre-conference seasons in the league, entering league play 18-6 overall with quality wins over South Alabama, Chattanooga, Central Arkansas, Penn State and California Santa Barbara. Alexis Silkwood leads the way in the circle with a 3.04 ERA in a team-leading 106.0 innings thrown. Silkwood is one of six different pitchers who have thrown more than 10 innings this season for Vann Studeman’s squad, including Holly Ward (3.01 ERA) and Regan Green (1.88 ERA), who have over 25 appearances in the circle for the Bulldogs.

At the plate for MSU, Kayla Winkfield leads the way with a .323 batting average, the only MSU player hitting above .300 on the season. Winkfield has one homer and 20 RBI on the year coupled with six doubles and six triples.

Gameday Information

John Cropp Stadium Gameday Webpage

Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 6 – Mississippi State at Kentucky – 6 p.m. ET

Saturday, May 7 – Mississippi State at Kentucky – Noon ET (SEC Network+, WatchESPN, ESPN3)

Sunday, May 8 – Mississippi State at Kentucky – 1 p.m. ET (SEC Network+ will have the game in its entirety. The SEC Network will be doing its “Bases Loaded” coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET, going in and out of all six SEC games throughout the coverage window).

Parking

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

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 one hour prior to first pitch.

Seating

All seating in John Cropp Stadium is general admission and is first-come, first served.

Facility Address

John Cropp Stadium

570 Wildcat Court

Lexington, KY 40506

WatchESPN

Saturday – http://es.pn/1QCMRnd

Sunday – http://es.pn/1Sv8bk8

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