Softball moves up rankings, travels to Tampa, Fla.



By Tyler Spanyer | @KernelSpanyer

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The No. 17/19 softball Cats will finish up their 19-game road trip to start the year by participating in the Under Armour Invitational in Tampa, Fla.

The Cats are coming off a 3-0 performance at the weather-shortened Coke Zero Classic. Sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner led the Cats at the plate, hitting .583 with two home runs and eight RBIs.

True freshman Kelsey Nunley leads the team with a 2.27 ERA, tallying seven wins in her first 10 appearances as a Cat.

Junior Lauren Cumbess has led the team from both behind the plate and on the mound this season. Cumbess is hitting a team-leading .452 with 15 RBIs, while also throwing two complete game wins with just a 3.23 ERA.

UK will play five games over three days at the event, starting with a doubleheader on Friday against Illinois and host South Florida.

The Cats will play two more games Saturday, squaring off against Loyola Marymount and Central Michigan.

Lastly, UK and Western Michigan will square off for the second time this season on Sunday to close out the tournament.