LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky softball opened postseason play with a 6-0 victory against DePaul. The Wildcats did the bulk of their damage with 5 runs in the first inning.
The 14th-seeded Wildcats were led by starting pitcher Meagan Prince, who allowed 2 hits, 1 walk and struck out 5 in 6 innings. Prince lowered her ERA to 1.91 and secured her 20th win of the season.
Wildcats catcher Jenny Schaper and second baseman Alex Martens drove in 2 runs each, and both recorded a double. The Wildcats finished with 8 hits coming from six batters.
What’s next for Kentucky?
The Wildcats face Illinois at noon ET on Saturday at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky. Illinois beat Marshall 3-2 in a 12-inning affair in the first game Friday. Illinois is 38-18 on the year and finished 14-8 in Big Ten play.
Kentucky softball, Lexington Regional field
- No. 1 regional seed Kentucky
- No. 2 regional seed Illinois
- No. 3 regional seed Marshall
- No. 4 regional seed DePaul
Kentucky softball, Lexington Regional format
The four-team regional round of the NCAA Tournament uses a double-elimination format, meaning a team will be eliminated after losing two games.
Kentucky softball, Lexington Regional game times
(All times ET)
Noon ET Game 1: Illinois 3, Marshall 2 (12 innings) | Box score
2.30 p.m. ET Game 2: Kentucky 6, DePaul 0 | Box score
Game 3: Illinois vs. Kentucky, noon (TV TBD)
Game 4: Marshall vs. DePaul (Elimination game), 2:30 p.m. (TV TBD)
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner (Elimination game), 5 p.m. (TV TBD)
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, noon (TV TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary): Game 6 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 2:30 p.m. (TV TBD)
Kentucky softball, Lexington regional live updates, scores
How to watch Kentucky softball
Kentucky’s first game on Friday can be streamed on WatchESPN. Television broadcasts for the NCAA softball regionals are announced on a daily basis depending on how the prior games finished. Meanwhile, all games will be live streamed online on WatchESPN.
Kentucky softball stats and numbers
• Kentucky is the 14th overall seed in the 2017 NCAA softball postseason.
• The last time Kentucky had this high a seed, they advanced to the Women’s College World Series in 2014. Kentucky won its first game that year, but lost its next two as the Wildcats were eliminated.
• Kentucky was one of 13 SEC teams to make the 2017 NCAA softball postseason. Every SEC school other than Vanderbilt has a softball team. It’s the first time since 2007 that a conference sent all its softball teams to the postseason, and just the second time in history.
• It’s the ninth consecutive postseason appearance for the Wildcats. Kentucky’s first softball postseason appearance came in 2009, beginning this streak.
• Kentucky went 36-17 this season but lost 3 of its final 5 games.