The University of Kentucky softball team is one weekend away from a return trip to the Women's College World Series.
The task facing the Wildcats is daunting.
To make it through to Oklahoma City for the second year in a row, UK will have to take two of three games on the home field of the tournament's No. 1 seed, Florida. The Gators are 27-2 at home this season.
That said, the Cats cannot say they haven't been here before. This marks UK's third straight appearance in the super-regional round of 16 and its fourth in the last five years.
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Kentucky earned its shot at the Gators by rolling through the NCAA South Bend Regional with three straight wins last weekend.
After Saturday's 1 p.m. game, the teams will meet again Sunday at noon. If a third game is necessary, it will be Sunday at 3 p.m.
UK entered the NCAA Tournament last weekend having lost seven straight games but strung together three straight wins for the first time since mid-March, beating Northwestern, Ball State and Notre Dame.
The Gators advanced to the super regional with wins over Florida A&M, Hofstra and Florida Atlantic.
Senior Lauren Haeger (26-1) has been a force for Florida in the circle, posting a 1.34 ERA in 172.1 innings pitched with only 33 earned runs allowed and 183 strikeouts.
The Cats will turn to junior Kelsey Nunley (14-14), who started all three games last weekend and won two.