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UK Concludes Road Action at No. 2 Florida

Junior Alice O'Brien blasted her first home run of the season in UK's win over Morehead St.

Junior Alice O'Brien blasted her first home run of the season in UK's win over Morehead St.

April 26, 2012

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky softball team will hit the road for one final time during the 2012 regular season to conclude Southeastern Conference road action at No. 2/4 Florida for a three-game series this weekend. Both teams are coming off midweek victories with UK earning a 3-1 win over Morehead State. Florida split with LSU in its midweek matchup at home.

Kentucky enters the series with the Gators owning a 24-26 overall record and a 10-12 mark in SEC action. UK has six remaining conference games and is in search of making a historic fourth-consecutive trip to the conference tournament.

UK will tangle with the Gators beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. ET. Saturday's game will be televised by Sun Sports with a first pitch slated for 1 p.m. ET. Sunday's game will conclude the series with the start time slated for Noon ET.

Kentucky had a bevy of players contribute offensively in the win over the Eagles on Tuesday. Junior Alice O'Brien and sophomore Emily Jolly both belted a pair of solo home runs. Seniors Brittany Cervantes and Rachel Riley and junior Kara Dill all collected multi-hit outings. Riley went the distance in the circle yielding a mere three hits on the afternoon and striking out seven.

In SEC action for the season the Wildcats have been led at the plate by sophomore Lauren Cumbess who owns a squad-best .345 batting average. Dill is next with a .320 average and a team-high 24 hits. Cervantes has driven in 17 runs, hit eight home runs and scored 16 times while owning a .309 batting clip.

The Gators enter the series with the Wildcats owning a 42-6 overall record and a national ranking of No. 2. Florida also stands alone at the top of the SEC standings with a 19-3 record. Florida is paced at the dish by National Player of the Year candidate Michelle Moultrie who is batting .393 with nine home runs and 20 stolen bases. Preseason All-SEC selection Hannah Rogers owns a 1.05 ERA and a 25-3 overall record for the season with 164 strikeouts. Freshman Lauren Haeger is 12-3 with a 1.31 ERA and 100 strikeouts tossed.

Florida is 39-10 all-time against the Wildcats, although the Blue and White swept the series a season ago in Lexington behind Meagan Aull's four home runs in the series.

For continuing coverage of the 2012 UK softball season, log on to UKathletics.com.

 

 

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