No. 12 Kentucky Hosts No. 25 Louisville in Battle of the Bluegrass
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky will host the first of an annual two-game series with in-state rival Louisville on Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. ET inside John Cropp Stadium. The game will be shown live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Dick Gabriel and Dorian Craft on the call.
UK enters the midweek matchup with a 31-8 overall record, having lost three games over the weekend to the No. 3 Auburn Tigers at home. Kentucky lost a nine-inning affair with AU in the series capper on Sunday afternoon at John Cropp Stadium leaving the tying runs on base and the go-ahead run at the plate. UK sits 8-4 in the SEC, tied with Auburn and Alabama for second - only behind top-ranked Florida by one game.
The Louisville Cardinals under the direction of longtime head coach Sandy Pearsall enter Wednesday's contest with the Wildcats at 24-8 overall, and 9-3 through four weekends of Atlantic Coast Conference action. The Cards are coming off of a series defeat at the hands of the North Carolina Tar Heels, where UL lost games two and three after taking the series opener on Friday night in Chapel Hill.
UK has outscored its opponents 49-16 in the first inning of games this season, and 33-1 in the second inning of games. That’s a total of 80-19 in the first two innings of scoring in favor of Kentucky this season. The Wildcats are 19-0 when they score in the first inning this season and 26-1 when they score first.
The Wildcats scored a run in the first inning in all three of its wins at South Carolina on SEC Opening Weekend and have scored first in six of the 12 SEC games it has played, with the eventual game-winning run crossing the plate in all five of those instances.
UL has not played an SEC opponent yet this season, but has played six games against the Big 10 Conference, splitting games with Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin in pre-conference tournament action.
Maryssa Becker leads Louisville's offense, hitting .430 on the season with 40 hits in her 93 plate appearances. Becker has 25 runs scored, 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and 23 base on balls. In the circle, Becker is also the Cards leader, with a 2.05 ERA and 13-5 win-loss record as the pitcher. She has appeared in 25 games, throwing 12 complete games on 119.2 innings pitched. Meagan Hensley is the second Card pitcher, and she currently sports a 2.40 ERA in 87.2 innings thrown with an 11-3 overall record in 2016.
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 one 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
Fans can watch the game on WatchESPN here:
Louisville at Kentucky – http://es.pn/1UX7vo1
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