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Kentucky Wildcats catcher Kayla Kowalik (99) swings the bat during the No. 16 Kentucky vs. Dayton softball home opener game on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

COLUMN: Is Kentucky softball simply middle of the pack in the SEC?

Cole Parke, Sports Editor April 14, 2023

Kentucky softball will take on a pivotal three-game series against No. 6 Tennessee at home this weekend. While Kentucky, currently ranked No. 16 in the nation, has as good of a chance as any to get...

Kentucky Wildcats catcher Kayla Kowalik (99) swings the bat during the No. 16 Kentucky vs. Louisville softball game on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 7-4. Photo by Olivia Hall | Staff

Kentucky softball players shine ahead of crucial SEC stretch

Parker Scott, Reporter April 12, 2023

Slightly more than halfway through the regular season, No. 16 Kentucky softball (22-9-1) stands at fifth place in the SEC. Although the Wildcats lost their last two conference series, they remain in...

Kentucky Wildcats pitcher Alecia Lacatena (35) pitches the ball during the No. 16 Kentucky vs. Louisville softball game on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 7-4. Photo by Olivia Hall | Staff

Kentucky softball conquers rivals Louisville 7-4 at home

Jonathon Bruner, Reporter April 4, 2023

No. 16 Kentucky softball (21-7-1) got the best of the rival Louisville Cardinals (22-10) as it defeated them by a score of 7-4 on Wednesday. Sophomore Alexia Lacatena started the game on the hill for...

Kentucky Wildcats pitcher Stephanie Schoonover (23) pitches the ball during the No. 16 Kentucky vs. Dayton softball home opener game on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Pivotal first inning sees No. 11 Kentucky softball defeat Texas A&M 10-2

Parker Scott, Reporter March 26, 2023

No. 11 Kentucky softball (20-7-1) defeated No. 24 Texas A&M (19-11) by a score of 10-2 in the final game of the weekend series on Sunday. Junior Stephanie Schoonover returned to the mound to start...

Kentucky Wildcats outfielder Jenna Blanton (10) runs to second base during the No. 16 Kentucky vs. Dayton softball home opener game on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Kentucky softball rises to No. 11 in week six of USA Softball Top 25

Colton Johnson, Reporter March 24, 2023

Kentucky softball (19-5-1) maintained its top 15 status as it rose to No. 11 in week six of the USA Softball Top 25.  The rise in ranking comes as the Wildcats added three more wins to an ongoing eight-game...

Kentucky Wildcats pitcher Stephanie Schoonover (23) celebrates the win after the No. 16 Kentucky vs. Dayton softball home opener game on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 5-4. Photo by Samuel Colmar | Staff

Kentucky softball rises to No. 14 in week five of USA Softball Top 25

Colton Johnson, Reporter March 17, 2023

Kentucky softball (16-5-1) reached the top 15 in the USA Softball Top 25 as it stood alone at 14 after being tied with now No. 20 Baylor at 16 in week four. The rise in rank comes with the Wildcats’...

Kentucky head coach Rachel Lawson walks off the field during the UK vs. Oklahoma softball game on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. Oklahoma won 9-1. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Kentucky softball wraps up NFCA Leadoff Classic undefeated

Luke Fetzer, Staff Writer February 15, 2023

Kentucky softball wrapped up the 40th edition of the NFCA Leadoff Classic with an undefeated record, finishing 2-0-1 in an opening weekend that included mercy rules, cancellations and controversy.  The...

Kentucky Wildcat freshman Stephanie Schoonover (23) pitches during the UK vs. Morehead State game on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Cropp Softball Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. UK won 13-1. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

No. 17 Kentucky rallies late to draw No. 9 Texas after controversial finish

Colton Johnson, Reporter February 13, 2023

No. 17 Kentucky softball fought from behind to secure a draw against No. 9 Texas during its final game of the 2023 NFCA Lead-Off Classic on Sunday.   The tie wrapped up the event that saw the Wildcats...

Kentucky Wildcats head coach Rachel Lawson watches the University of Kentucky vs. Alabama softball game on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. UK lost 11-6. Photo by Michael Clubb | Kentucky Kernel

Kentucky softball faces challenging 2023 schedule in hopes of making a run to College World Series

Aaron Benjamin, Reporter February 12, 2023

Kentucky softball won't have an easy path to the college softball regionals in the 2023 campaign, and that's putting things lightly. The team is set to face a plethora of tough opponents meant to test...

Kentucky Wildcat Erin Coffel (21) throws the ball towards home during the University of Kentucky vs. Alabama softball game on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. UK lost 11-6. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

No. 17 Kentucky softball sweeps double header in NFCA Leadoff Classic, starts season 2-0 

Sara Gibson, Reporter February 12, 2023

Kentucky softball opened its season in dominant fashion, defeating both St. Johns and in-state rival Louisville with scores of 14-4 and 8-0 respectively. Kentucky's Erin Coffel, who was named to USA...

Kentucky Wildcats head coach Rachel Lawson watches the University of Kentucky vs. Alabama softball game on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. UK lost 11-6. Photo by Michael Clubb | Kentucky Kernel

Kentucky softball reveals 2023 SEC schedule

Sam Money, Assistant Sports Editor September 30, 2022

The Southeastern Conference released the schedule for the 2023 softball season, revealing the opponents Kentucky softball will take, having four home series and four on the road. The season will be...

Kentucky Wildcat junior Tatum Spangler (5) pitches during the University of Kentucky vs. University of Georgia softball game on Monday, April 12, 2021, at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. UK lost 5-2. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Cats complete comeback after massive sixth inning rally, defeat LSU 5-3

Ian Alvano April 1, 2022

No. 8 Kentucky bounced back after its midweek loss, this time defeating LSU 5-3 in Baton Rouge on Friday night. UK moves to 23-8 (4-3) after the win over the No. 20 Tigers, bumping itself to 22-13 (3-4)...

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