Softball Cats Knocked Out Of SEC Tourney

Reported by: Dan Rieffer
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Updated: 5/11/2012 1:22 am
The UK softball team's seventh inning rally falls short of avoiding elimination against Georgia in the SEC tournament.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Kentucky softball team rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh, but it wasn't enough to overcome a six-run Georgia lead as the Cats fell 6-4 and were eliminated from the SEC tournament in the quarterfinal round Thursday in Tuscaloosa.

Senior Brittany Cervantes hit a solo homer - her 13th - in the fourth to get UK on the board. Trailing 6-1 entering their last at bats, the Cats cut the deficit to two runs and loaded the bases. UK left them loaded when Kara Dill grounded out to end the game.

With the loss, Kentucky falls to 29-28 overall on the season but will be eligible for an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The 11th ranked Bulldogs improve to 41-14 on the season. Cervantes and junior Alice O’Brien led the bats with a pair of hits apiece.

UK starting pitcher Chanda Bell gave up six runs in two innings before being relieved by Rachel Riley.

UK will now await its NCAA tournament fate. The Wildcats have advanced in each of the previous three seasons as an at-large candidate. Kentucky is eligible with an above .500 record and an RPI in the top 30. The selection show will air live on ESPNU at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday night.

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