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UK No. 8 Softball Returns Home to Face Arkansas in SEC Action

uk softball1 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (4/17/14)— Fresh off its first Southeastern Conference series sweep of the season last weekend at Ole Miss, the No. 8 University of Kentucky softball team looks to keep its seven game winning streak alive this weekend as it plays host to a three game series with Arkansas starting Friday 6 p.m. ET at John Cropp Stadium.

Friday’s series opener 6 p.m. ET will be followed by a 6 p.m. ET first pitch Saturday and a 1 p.m. ET series finale Sunday. Live stats and free live radio from all three games will be available on UKathletics.com. Friday and Saturday night’s games will be televised by the UK/IMG Sports Network on CWKYT in Central Kentucky and on the entire Fox Sports South footprint. Live video (subscription required) will be available online for Sunday’s game only.

Fans will have countless promotions to get involved with this weekend at John Cropp Stadium, including the entire UK team signing autographs Saturday and Sunday following each game. The series will serve as Little League Weekend at JCS as all little leaguers will receive free admission to all three games, while a poster station will be set up on the main concourse for fans to make a poster to help cheer on the Wildcats. The first 100 fans into John Cropp Stadium Sunday will receive a set of 2014 softball trading cards.

Single-game tickets into John Cropp Stadium are $5 for adults, $2 for seniors (65+) and youth (6-18). Children ages 5 and under 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. Gates open one hour prior to first pitch. Fans that show the #SocialSpecial softball photo at the gate that was put on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram earlier this week, will receive free admission for up to four.

Kentucky (36-8, 10-5 SEC) enters the weekend series on a seven-game winning streak after winning all five games it played last week, including sweeping all three games at Ole Miss in league action. The five wins moved UK to 36 wins on the season, which is the second most regular-season wins in school history. UK has 10 wins in SEC action, marking the eighth time in program history and sixth consecutive season that UK has won 10 or more league games. UK has won four SEC series this season, which ties the third most SEC series wins in program history.

The Wildcats started last week with a pair of run-rule wins over Wright State and Mississippi Valley State before sweeping its first SEC series of the season in Oxford. UK earned a pair of 3-1 wins Friday and Saturday to claim the series against the Rebels, before an 11-4 victory in 10 innings in Sunday’s finale.

Senior pitcher Lauren Cumbess had a fantastic week at the plate and in the circle for UK, hitting .471 (8-for-17) with one triple, two homers and 11 RBI, while going 2-0 in the circle with nine innings pitched, allowing only one run on six hits with nine strikeouts. Fellow senior Emily Gaines hit .444 on the week with a double, home run and six RBI, while sophomore infielder Nikki Sagermann had a double, two homers and six RBI. Overall, UK scored 36 runs on 35 hits in the five games with its five home runs in Sunday’s finale tying the most home runs hit in a game in school history.

In the circle, sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley went 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA, striking out 14 in 17.2 innings pitched, while freshmen Meagan Prince and Shannon Smith each pitched well. Prince tossed four shutout innings against the Rebels, allowing two hits with six strikeouts, while Smith tossed 3.1 innings on the week with two runs scored and three hits allowed.

Records

  • Kentucky 36-8, 10-5 SEC

  • Arkansas 25-20, 3-12 SEC

Rankings

  • Kentucky – No. 10 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25; No. 8 in NFCA/USA Today Top 25

  • Arkansas – not ranked

Schedule/Results

  • Friday, April 18, Kentucky vs. Arkansas – 6 p.m. ET – Live Stats

  • Saturday, April 19, Kentucky vs. Arkansas – 6 p.m. ET – Live Stats

  • Sunday, April 20, Kentucky vs. Arkansas – 1 p.m. ET – Live Stats
For the latest on UK softball, follow "@UKSoftball" on Twitter and Instagram or like Kentucky Softball on Facebook.

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