The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 20-38 overall record and a 4-22 mark in SEC play. UK will look to snap a two-game losing skid after taking the first game of its series against No. 20 Auburn last weekend in Lexington before dropping the final two. The Gators have lost seven straight conference games, but swept a doubleheader with Florida State to enter the series with a two-game win streak in tact. UF is 38-19 on the year and 15-12 in the SEC.
This marks the 30th meeting all-time between the Cats and Gators. Florida owns a 5-24 lead in the all-time series.
We are wrapping up the season, but by all means that does not mean our work is accomplished. We want to go out the right way but our concern is this off-season getting people on the same page and still working on mindsets," said head coach Eileen Schmidt.
Nance will be honored in pre-game activities on Saturday, May 7. Nance has played in 226 of a possible 227 games during her career, missing just one contest during her freshman season in 2002. She has started 225 games for the Cats and has made 171 consecutive starts in the Kentucky outfield. This season, Nance has set new career-highs in runs, doubles, walks and batting average. She leads the team with 13 stolen bases and ranks third all-time at Kentucky with 64 career steals.
"Jessica Nance - such an important person to this program - leaves us after four years of giving her heart and soul and we are going to miss her," said Schmidt. "She has had a great year, but if you ask her, she will say she doesn't care about how well she did. She just wants to the team to do well. Jess has been an ambassador for this athletic department and her teammates have a standard to follow."
The three-game series opens with a Saturday doubleheader, beginning at 1 p.m. The third and final game will be played Sunday, May 8, in a 1 p.m. start. Admission is free to all UK softball home games.