For the second straight day, the Kentucky softball team took down Illinois, winning 4-2 on Sunday afternoon to reach the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament.
This marks the fourth time in five years that the program will advance to at least the Super Regional. It is the Wildcats’ fifth trip to that stage in program history.
Kentucky did all of its offensive damage in the early innings, as it led 4-0 in the third inning. The play of the game came from Alex Martens, who hit a 2-run home run to center in the top of the first inning.
From that point on, it was all about maintaining that lead. Though the Wildcats would score just 1 more run, they limited the Fighting Illini to just 2 runs thanks to plays like this from shortstop Katie Reed:
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The Wildcats got a great outing from starter Erin Rethlake, who went 5 2/3 innings while allowing just 1 run.
The Wildcats will face the winner of the Eugene Regional featuring Oregon and Wisconsin, with the teams playing later Sunday.