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UK sports notes: Softball Cats ousted from SEC

The Kentucky softball team rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning but came up short in a 6-4 loss to Georgia in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Thursday.

Brittany Cervantes provided the other run for the Cats on a solo homer in the fourth inning.

Despite the loss, UK (29-28) has a shot at a fourth consecutive at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. The selection airs on ESPNU at 10 p.m. Sunday night.

"Things didn't go our way today," UK Coach Rachel Lawson said. "I believe that we will be picked and I feel good going into the NCAA Tournament just hoping that we can match up somewhere close that our fans can get to."

Georgia (41-14) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and made it 6-0 in the second on a three-run homer by All-SEC selection Kristyn Sandberg.

In the seventh, Alice O'Brien hit a two-run double to right-center to cut Georgia's lead to 6-3. Emily Jolly's single to third scored O'Brien, and another single to third by Cervantes loaded the bases with two outs.

Kara Dill's groundout to second ended the game.

"I like the fight that we were able to show throughout the lineup," Cervantes said.

Women's golf in 21st

The UK women's golf team had a rough opening round at the NCAA Central Regional Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. The Cats were 21st out of 24 teams after shooting a 322 on the Scarlet Course on Thursday.

Liz Breed's 5-over 77 led Kentucky. Heather Lott shot 79, Betsie Johnson 82, Ashlee Rose 84 and Ashleigh Albrecht 86.

The three-round tournament runs through Saturday.

Southern Cal was the first-rounder leader at 298, followed by Georgia (299), Purdue (301), Notre Dame (304), Tennessee (306) and Auburn (306).

Marina Alex of Vanderbilt had the low score of the day at 2-under 70. Purdue's Paula Reto and Florida State's Maria Salinas were a stroke back.

The top eight teams and top two individuals from each of the three regional sites will advance to the NCAA finals in Franklin, Tenn., May 22-25.

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