Rachel Riley - Softball - University of Kentucky Athletics 1


  • class Senior
  • High school Greenwood High School
  • 2011 NFCA All-Region First Team
  • 2009 All-SEC Tournament team
  • One-time SEC Weekly Award Winner

Senior (2012): Started all 60 games for the Wildcats at either designated player or in the pitching circle … Earned nine victories on the season while striking out a career-high 87 batters … Drove in 30 runs and hit seven homers … A Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team member … Named to the All-SEC preseason team … Named to USA Softball watch list for Player of the Year … Earned the win on the mound vs. Pacific, as well as hitting the game-tying two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning … Drew a career-high tying two walks at the plate in the final game of the series vs. UCLA … Registered two hits and a run in the FAU Invitational as well as a 4.2 inning outing on the mound in a win over LIU Brooklyn … Her three-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the Kentucky softball team to a 9-5 victory over Radford … Went the distance for the Wildcats’ in her second win of the season vs. UNF … Went 3-3 at the plate vs. Stephen F. Austin, including 2 RBI and a homer … Had a multi-hit and one RBI game in the final game of the Alabama series … Doubled in a loss to Western Illinois … Registered five RBI and her team-leading fourth homer in the UK Invitational … Earned the win in the circle and registered a hit in the win over WKU … Tallied two hits in addition to pitching seven innings in series-clinching win over No. 18 Auburn … Pitched three scoreless innings of relief in UK’s loss to Louisville … Scored a run in UK’s win over No. 10 Tennessee … Leads the team in multiple-RBI games with seven on the season … Picked up the win vs. South Carolina on Saturday striking out five in a shutout performance … Also hit a pair of homers in the series vs. South Carolina … Had three hits including a homer in the series with Arkansas … Singled and walked twice in the series-clinching win vs. Georgia … Earned her first shutout of the season while also driving in a run in the series-clinching win over Ole Miss … Earned a win in the circle while also contributing a 2-for-3 day at the dish in a win over Morehead State … Had a hit, drew a walk and recorded an RBI in series opener with Florida … Charted the game-winning bases-clearing double in series-clinching win over No. 2 Florida … Pitched 6.1 innings against No. 22 LSU only allowing one run on six hits while striking out five in the series-clinching win over the Tigers … Drew three walks at the plate vs. No. 22 LSU … Logged a hit, while also pitching four innings of flawless relief during the SEC Tournament … Claimed a win in the NCAA Tournament vs. Valpo while also contributing a hit.

Junior (2011): Appeared in 45 games, starting 39 including making 15 starts in the pitching circle … Charted career-highs in every offensive category including batting average (.354) and home runs (8) … Totaled a career-best 13 victories in the circle … Had a UK single-game record with six RBI and tossed a perfect game in the same outing in a win at Austin Peay … Picked up her first win of the year in a 5-0 complete game shutout at FIU … Also was perfect at the plate with a 2-for-2 day, while also reaching base by way of a walk in three plate appearances … Went the distance in a win over Georgia Southern … Plated a score in a win over Florida State … Ignited a three-run rally with her first double of the season in a win over Purdue … Also pitched a complete-game shutout effort while notching a career-high eight strikeouts in the win against the Boilermakers … Earned her fifth career win over a top-10 opponent and added a double in the game one upset of Tennessee … Picked up a complete-game win and added a three-run homer in the top of the 11th in a comeback win over Arkansas … Matched a career-high with two walks drawn in a loss at Louisville … Homered and earned the win in the opening game of the MSU series … Captured a victory over No. 5 Florida to propel UK to a series win … Had a pair of hits in the Florida series … Drove in two runs in a loss to No. 2 Georgia … Earned the win in the circle and became the fourth player in 2011 to go yard multiple times in a game in a win at Marshall … Knocked a home run in the second game against Tennessee Tech … Was 2-for-3 at the plate in a win over EKU … Was 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI while picking up the win in the circle against Louisville … Earned her 11th win of the year in clinching the series at South Carolina … Homered in a loss to Auburn … Singled in the SEC Tournament … Earned a save in relief in the first win over Michigan … Tossed a one-hitter in the clinching victory over the Maize and Blue to send UK to the Super Regional round … Earned a win over Cal in the Super Regional working a complete-game shutout and limiting the Bears to five hits.

Sophomore (2010): Named to the All-SEC Academic team … Made 26 appearances in the circle with a 2.79 ERA and fanning a career-best 66 batters … Earned 11 victories while also contributing 15 hits on the season from the plate … Picked up her first career save in the series-opening win over Ole Miss … Charted a victory in the second game of the series with the Rebels … Tossed 9.0 innings in the series with Ole Miss and allowed just one hit and no runs … Captured a complete-game victory over No. 3 Florida and gave up six hits while limiting the Gators to just three runs … Struck out a career-high seven batters in a complete game victory to claim the series over South Carolina … Picked up the fifth shutout of the season in a complete-game effort where she allowed no runs and just two hits in a series-clinching win over Mississippi State … Went the distance in helping UK knock off No. 7 Georgia while limiting the Bulldogs to just two runs on five hits … Notched a shutout win in the opening game of the Arkansas series while fanning a then career-high six batters … For the series with the Razorbacks she had a pair of hits and drove in two runs … Earned the win in the circle in an upset of No. 5 Alabama … Had a hit in every game of the Auburn series … Claimed a shutout victory over Western Carolina in a complete game effort … Drove in a run with a single in the victory over Evansville … Tossed 14 shutout innings in two wins at the FAU Kickoff Classic … Fanned 10 batters while only allowing six hits and three walks during the Classic … Earned her first win in the circle with a then career-high six strikeout performance against Western Michigan … Matched a career best with two hits in the upset victory over No. 5 Arizona State.

Freshman (2009): An All-SEC Academic Freshman team performer … Earned the third-best ERA (2.35) in a single season in UK history … A versatile player that saw time on the mound, at the plate and at second base … Tossed 104.1 innings of work and earned a 7-8 record … Charted a grand slam and two wins in the circle in the series against Mississippi State … Named the SEC Freshman of the Week for her efforts … Earned a complete-game shutout victory in the upset of Georgia at the SEC Tournament … Gave up just five hits and no runs in the win … Had the RBI single in the loss to Alabama in the semi-finals of the SEC Tournament … Started the first two games of the season as the designated player … Made her first collegiate appearance in the circle against DePaul … Fanned a then career-best three batters against LSU … Knocked in two runs with her first career double in a win over Kent State … Pitched, performed as a designated hitter and saw the field at second base in the series against Georgia … Had an RBI single in the loss to Ole Miss … Tossed a one-hitter, the first of her career, against No. 1 Florida, holding the Gators to one hit and one run … Gave up just one earned run in a loss to Alabama in just her third start of the season … Earned a win on the mound with a complete game shutout and a career-high six strikeouts over EKU … Also blasted her first career home run for the game’s winning run against EKU … Notched a complete-game win and with a career-high 10 innings pitched over South Carolina … Also had a pair of hits in the series … Saw action in three NCAA Tournament games earning a victory in a seven-inning stint on the mound against Canisius.

High School: Led Greenwood High School to back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior … In the circle she tallied a 45-6 record and had a 1.000 fielding percentage in those championship runs … As a senior, her earned run average topped out at .380, after returning to play from an ACL injury … At the plate, batted .429 as a junior and .522 as a senior … A six-year letterwinner … Six-year member of the 14th District All-Tournament team and the Fourth Region Seasonal team … A two-year State All-Tournament team MVP … Also a three-year member of the 3A All-State Division team … Holds Greenwood High single season records in highest batting average, highest infield percentage and strikeouts per game … Career school records include: singles, doubles, base on balls, sacrifice hits, batting average, assists, fielding percentage and strikeouts … A four-year Academic All-State first team member and finished high school with a 4.0 grade point average … Member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars … Tabbed Greenwood High School’s Miss Freshman 2005 and Miss Senior 2008.

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