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UK softball upsets Michigan to advance to regional finals

Kentucky's softball team knocked off No. 2 Michigan 7-6 on Saturday to advance to the regional finals in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The 21st-ranked Wildcats are one win away from advancing to their first NCAA Super Regional. They will play Michigan or Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Sunday. The game will air live on ESPN.

Kentucky (38-14) was led by senior Samantha DeMartine, who was 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. The win followed Friday's opening victory against Notre Dame.

"That's very important (winning the first two games), especially if our offense continues to do what it's been doing; and with our deep pitching staff, we don't have to worry about them (the opponent) tiring one of our pitchers out," UK Coach Rachel Lawson said. "We have a lot of options, so this is a good situation for us to be in."

Junior Brittany Cervantes was 1-for-1 Saturday and drew a pair of walks. She scored three runs to break the UK single-season record for runs scored with 54.

Sophomore Alice O'Brien and freshman Emily Jolly both contributed two-run singles.

Junior Chanda Bell earned her second win of the post-season with a six-inning performance to improve to 15-6 overall. Bell had five strikeouts and is the first player in school history with 700 for her career.

Rachel Riley entered in the seventh with UK clinging to a one-run lead and got three quick outs for her first save of the season.

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