uk softball1 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (4/24/14) — Looking to end its home schedule on a high note, the No. 9 University of Kentucky softball team will play host to No. 8 Tennessee this weekend for a three-game series at John Cropp Stadium that begins with a 6 p.m. ET first pitch Friday.

Kentucky and Tennessee will meet 5 p.m. Saturday in game two of the series, before a 2 p.m. series finale Sunday.

Sunday’s finale will be Senior Day at John Cropp Stadium as the UK softball program honors the dedication and excellence of seniors Ginny Carroll, Lauren Cumbess, Sarah Frazer, Emily Gaines, Emily Jolly and Krystal Smith. Live stats and free radio from all three games will be available online, while live video (subscription required) will be available online at UKathletics.com.

The Southeastern Conference softball series between Kentucky and Tennessee is part of Big Blue Weekend at UK as the baseball team will host a three-game series with Ole Miss and the football team will hold its annual Blue/White Spring Football Game Saturday, April 26 3:30 p.m. ET.

Due to the multi-event Saturday on campus, softball fans are encouraged to arrive early and should expect heavy traffic congestion. Parking for the day is on a first-come, first-served basis with football and softball parking using shared lots. Gates to John Cropp Stadium will open 3 p.m. ET Saturday. Gates will open one hour prior to first pitch Friday and Sunday.

Single-game tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors (65+) and youth (6-18). Children ages 5 and under and UK students with a valid student ID are admitted free of charge. Tickets are all general admission, and can be purchased by calling the ticket office at (800) 928-2287. Tickets are also sold at John Cropp Stadium prior to each game, and all sales are cash only. UK Alumni Association members receive free admission this weekend, while fans can present their ticket stub from the Blue/White Football Game for free admission into Saturday’s softball game. Junior Wildcat Club members can also receive free admission to all three games, plus a guest.

Fans will have a chance to get involved with several different promotions this weekend. The first 100 fans into John Cropp Stadium Saturday will receive a set of 2014 softball trading cards, while the entire UK team will sign autographs following Saturday and Sunday’s game. Additionally, fans that enter John Cropp Stadium between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday will be eligible to receive a Nike prize package and will get a $1 coupon to use at the concession stand. An inflatable bounce house for kids and a poster-making station will be available to help fans cheer on the Wildcats.

Kentucky (39-9, 12-6 SEC) is coming off an 11-8 victory at in state foe WKU Tuesday, marking its 39th win of the season, which sets a school record for most wins in regular-season play. Before the midweek contest, UK took two of three games from Arkansas last weekend, claiming its fifth SEC series win of the season. The Wildcats won the first two games of the series against Arkansas, which increased its winning streak to nine games, including seven straight in league action. The nine-game winning streak was the second longest in school history, while the seven-game league winning stretch was the longest in program history.

This weekend’s series concludes UK’s regular season home schedule. Kentucky played 23 of its first 26 games away from John Cropp Stadium but returned home to tie the best home start in school history at 8-1. So far this season, UK is 16-5 at home, improving its two-year record at John Cropp Stadium to 30-14.

Records

  • Kentucky 39-9, 12-6 SEC

  • Tennessee 37-8, 12-6 SEC

Rankings

  • Kentucky – No. 10 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25; No. 9 in NFCA/USA Today Top 25

  • Tennessee – No. 8 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25; No. 8 in NFCA/USA Today Top 25

Schedule/Results

  • Friday, April 25, Kentucky vs. Tennessee – 6 p.m. ET – Live Stats

  • Saturday, April 26, Kentucky vs. Tennessee – 5 p.m. ET – Live Stats

  • Sunday, April 27, Kentucky vs. Tennessee – 2 p.m. ET – Live Stats
For the latest on UK softball, follow "@UKsoftball" on Twitter and Instagram or like Kentucky Softball on Facebook. For the complete article log on to ukathletics.com.

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