Softball Cats Peaking Entering SEC Tourney

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Updated: 5/08/2012 9:09 pm
The Kentucky softball team heads to the SEC tournament this week coming off a program-best sixth SEC series win.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky softball team is coming off a sweep of LSU - which gave the Cats a school-record sixth SEC series win - heading into this week's SEC tournament in Tuscaloosa, AL.

For their efforts last week, UK senior Chanda Bell has been named SEC pitcher of the week, while teammate Brittany Cervantes has earned SEC player of the week honors.

Tuesday, Bell was named Louisville Slugger national player of the week.

Kentucky enters the SEC tournament as the No. 5 seed and faces No. 4 seed Georgia Thursday at 5 PM ET in the single-elimination format. The game will be televised by ESPNU.

Cats head coach Rachel Lawson said her team is playing at its best right now. Bell and Cervantes echoed that statement.

From the SEC
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference announced its 2012 Softball Tournament field Sunday with No. 3/4 Alabama claiming the No. 1 seed. The tournament will be hosted by the Crimson Tide at Rhoads Stadium, May 10-12 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The entire tournament will be televised live on the ESPN family of networks. The three quarterfinal games and the semifinals will air on ESPNU, while the fourth quarterfinal game and the championship will air primetime on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. (CT).  

Alabama clinched their third consecutive and fourth overall SEC title with a 5-3 win over Florida on Sunday. It is the 16th consecutive SEC Tournament appearance for the Tide. The Tennessee Lady Vols earned the No. 2 seed and the Eastern Division title while the Gators enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed. Florida will make its 16th consecutive SEC tournament appearance. 

On Thursday, May 12, No. 3 Florida (44-10, 21-7) will open up the tournament against No. 6 LSU (34-21, 15-13 SEC) at 11:00 a.m. (CT), followed by No. 2 Tennessee (45-9, 22-6) vs. No. 7 Auburn (33-20, 12-16) at 1:30 p.m. (CT). 

The evening session will feature No. 4 Georgia (40-14, 17-11 SEC) vs. No. 5 Kentucky (29-27, 15-13 SEC) at 4:00 p.m. (CT) while No. 1 Alabama (47-6, 23-5 SEC) takes on No. 8 seed Mississippi State (33-21, 12-16 SEC) in the nightcap at 7:00 p.m. (CT).

Covering the games will be ESPN’s softball crew of Beth Mowins, Holly Rowe, Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza and Cara Capuano. SECSports.com will be live at the tournament as well, with exclusive online coverage behind the scenes. 

Tickets for the single-elimination tournament can be purchased through the Alabama Athletic Ticket Office by visiting www.rolltide.com.      

2012 Tournament Bracket
All times are Central 

Thursday, May 10
Game 1: #3 Florida vs. #6 LSU (ESPNU) at 11:00 a.m. 
Game 2: #2 Tennessee vs. #7 Auburn (ESPNU) at 1:30 p.m.
Game 3: #4 Georgia vs. #5 Kentucky (ESPNU) at 4:00 p.m.
Game 4: #1 Alabama vs. #8 Mississippi State (ESPN) at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 11 (Semifinals)
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (ESPNU) at 2:00 p.m.
Game 6 : Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner (ESPNU) at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 12
Championship Game (ESPN) at 7:00 p.m.
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