Utah Does Their Thing, Kentucky Still Heading In the Right Direction

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Utah Does Their Thing, Kentucky Still Heading In the Right Direction

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Kentucky and Utah crossing paths used to be an annual March Madness rite of spring on the hardwood. The two teams met five times in the 1990’s. In 1997 a trip to the Final Four was on the line, in ’98 the Comeback Cats denied the Utes a title.

In fact Kentucky has defeated Utah the last seven times they have played them. Utah’s most recent victory over Kentucky will turn 40 years old this coming December 18.

This weekend Kentucky fans hoped that history of success would carry over to the softball diamond as the Wildcats played host Utah in the Lexington Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky defeated Utah 1-0 way back on Feb. 15. Now the Utes were in Lexington in John Cropp Stadium for the double elimination regional.

In their first head to head battle Utah’s Katie Donaldson silenced the UK bats and dropped Kentucky to the loser’s bracket.

Earlier today Kentucky forced a winner-take-all finale with a shutout victory of their own.

Game 3 between the two teams was hard-fought once again but the Cats came up just short.

The season comes to a disappointing end today but the future is definitely bright. Coach Lawson has won 40 or more games in four of her last six seasons and made it to the Super Regional in three of the last four seasons. Kentucky softball will continue to be a force in the seasons and post seasons to come.


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