The Kentucky Wildcats upset host UCLA twice in the NCAA Softball Super Regionals on Sunday in Los Angeles to earn their first trip to the Women's College World Series. Kelsey Nunley pitched all three games of the series, including Sunday's 7-3 and 7-1 victories. Kentucky (49-17) will face Louisiana-Lafayette in its World Series opener on Thursday in Oklahoma City. Louisiana-Lafayette (49-8-1) swept Arizona to reach the World Series. In the second game for the No. 14 seeded Wildcats, Nunley went the distance, giving up six hits and one run over seven innings while striking out three and walking one. In the first game, Nunley allowed five hits, three runs and three walks with two strikeouts. Catcher Griffin Joiner and Ginny Carroll each drove in two runs in the second game as the Wildcats built a 4-1 lead through four innings. Kentucky scored three in the top of the seventh to seal the win. Ally Carda took the loss in both games for third-seeded UCLA. She gave up five hits and four runs (three earned) over 3 2/3 innings in the second game. In the first game, after trailing 1-0 in the top of the first inning, the Wildcats jumped on the Bruins for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Second baseman Krystal Smith doubled and drove in three runs to lead Kentucky. Third baseman Nikki Sagermann went 2-for-3 with an RBI and first baseman Lauren Cumbress had two RBIs. For UCLA, shortstop Delaney Spaulding went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Carda lasted just one-third of an inning, surrendering four hits, five runs (four earned) and a walk. She also hit a triple.
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