Today, the 12th seeded University of Kentucky softball team battles against the 6th seeded Arizona State Sun Devils in a best out of 3 series, with winner advancing to the Women’s College World Series. There will only be 8 spots in the WCWS and with 3 of those spots are already filled by Oklahoma, Michigan and Washington. If Kentucky advances to the WCWS, they will play the winner of the Texas and Florida State series.
Head coach Rachel Lawson and her Cats are confident they can not only win this weekend, but go all the way to the championship game:
We’re really excited. First of all, to win region on our own field was really cool and to head out to Tempe to be in the Super Regionals (is fun). Every team at Kentucky, our goal is to win the national championship. To be in Supers is special in the sport of softball and our ultimate goal is to go to the World Series. So this is a good week in Kentucky softball.
On Arizona State:
They’re a very tough challenge. They have an outstanding pitcher, they’re one of the best offenses in the country and they play solid defense. So any team that comes out of this is going to be a very good team. It’s going to be a challenge, but this is why we play this. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
I think they’re going to be dramatically better. I think that they do everything so well. I think Dallas Escobedo’s one of the best pitchers in the country. She throws hard but it has tremendous spin, so that’s going to be a little bit different. And then offensively they hit a ton of home runs and I don’t think very many home runs were hit this past weekend. I think it’s going to be completely different. You’re taking that next step up, but that’s what you expect when you go to Supers.
The Cats will play game 1 of the super regional tonight at 10pm on ESPN2. Tomorrow, game 2 is at 5pm on ESPN with the if-necessary game at 8pm on ESPN2.