UK Softball Getting National Recognition

by LARRY VAUGHT

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Rachel Lawson noted that she thought Kentucky was a softball state, something that seemed a bit strong for the University of Kentucky coach.

However, there have been a lot of eyes on the Kentucky softball team recently. The Cats won a game at Florida, a rare occurrence for UK softball, and then took two of three games from No. 3 Alabama — the nation’s third ranked team.

Kentucky was back on national TV two more times over the weekend at Tennessee, including Saturday when the Cats hit four home runs — including two by sensational freshman Erin Coffel.

Lawson said beating Alabama twice was “great for our program and school” especially since it showcased a lot of players from Kentucky.

“We always talk about giving a show when we play. We love our fans and BBN. We have the confidence now that we can produce a show. That’s different,” Lawson said. “We want to go from a good team to a dominant team but that’s hard to do in the SEC because everybody is good. But to prove you are a dominant team you have to win series in this league. I think we are learning with the elite teams but you still have to keep winning.”

That’s why she was not happy when UK lost two of three games at Tennessee, another top 20 team. Kentucky will host Georgia this weekend looking for its first SEC sweep of the season.