Feature story on Kentucky pitcher Rachel Riley, who was a key factory in UK’s surprise advance to the Division I Super Regionals.

If there is a clutch situation on the softball diamond, Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson knows precisely where to turn.

Junior pitcher/designated player Rachel Riley has become the go-to performer for the Wildcats. On May 21 at the Ann Arbor Regional, Kentucky held a 7-1 lead against host and No. 10 seed Michigan in a winner’s bracket contest. The Wolverines stormed back in the top of the seventh inning, scoring five runs that finished with a grand slam from second baseman Ashley Lane. Riley was brought in to close out the game, pitching with no outs and a lead trimmed to one run. She struck out two of the three batters she faced and finished the inning on nine pitches. Read more…

About Amy Symons Hughes

I spent 14 years working in professional and (mostly) collegiate Sports Information/Media Relations offices. Now I am a freelance writer, primarily covering softball, women's basketball and mens & women's swimming and diving for I have worked full-time in five NCAA Division I Conferences (4 BCS Conferences) and with National Coaching Associations, and I am the media coordinator for the Cathedral City Classic softball tournament.
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