The Kentucky Wildcats have a lot to live up to after last years successful season that had them posting the winningest record in school history at 43-11.
Kentucky’s winning formula was pretty simple great pitching and timely hitting to win games. A lot of that pitching success could be attributed to ace pitcher Kelsey Nunley who became the first the first player in Kentucky softball history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association First Team All-American along with being named SEC pitcher of the year.
The big question for this year’s team has to be will returning pitcher Meagan Prince (21-6) be able to replace Nunley as the pitching staff ace carrying the team to many of its wins? Also who will step up this year to help take some of the heat off of Prince? Will it be Shannon Smith who in 2016 saw very limited action for the team or maybe a new incoming freshman?
The team finished nearer the bottom then the top of the SEC last season when it came to hitting numbers but they do have several returning offensive leaders from last season’s team returning this year including, Abbey Cheek (.326), Katie Reed (.312) and Brooklin Hinz (.310).
Team head coach Rachel Lawson, who won SEC Coach of the year last season, can also be counted on to use her coaching talents to draw the most out of the team in key situations helping to produce wins.
So it looks like this year as their pitching goes so will go the Kentucky Wildcat’s season. If Prince can keep the games low scoring then look for this team to win its share of games and finish the season near the top of the SEC again this year.