Project 172

UK softball head coach Rachel Lawson reveals secret to success this season.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s on to Eugene, Oregon for the UK Softball program.  So once again, it’s Kentucky and Oregon in the NCAA super regional round with a trip to the Women’s College World Series on the line.

It all starts Thursday night at 9 ET on ESPN2 in the best of three series.

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Game two is set for Friday night at 11 ET on ESPN2 as well.

Hear from Cats head coach Rachel Lawson after run-ruling all three opponents in the Lexington regional to advance in the video; a big turnaround from a season ago that’s all thanks to covert “Project 172.”

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at