Athlete of the Week: Abbey Cheek

She leads the University of Kentucky softball team in home runs, RBI, and slugging percentage, and when Abbey Cheek makes contact the ball has a chance to fly a long distance.

"When I know I square up on the ball, it's probably going to go far, like far," said utility player Abbey Cheek. "So I mean just being able to square up on the ball on good pitching is always a positive."

Cheek isn't the only Wildcat that can put runs on the board.

"We just really have focused on playing as a team, doing it for our teammates like passing it down," said Cheek. "LIke it doesn't just have to be one person. If multiple people are doing things then we're going to be successful as a team."

The UK Softball team ranks No. 20 in the country, but 10th in the SEC, meaning the Wildcats have had to play some of the toughest teams in the country throughout conference play.

"For us to like play that competition, it's like a Super Regional like every weekend," said Cheek. "So it's just great for us because it's prepared us for the postseason."

Kentucky has played in the Super Regionals five times in the past seven seasons, and they know what they have to do to get back there once again.

"We're just taking it game by game and trying to put runs together and get wins and just play as a team," said Cheek. "Whatever happens is going to happen for us, and I think it's going to be a good thing."

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