Neil Price deserves a lot more pictures on Google than this after his work tonight. While Kentucky will scramble to find players with any energy left tomorrow following a 21 inning baseball game, Neil Price might be the one who needs the most relief. Neil Price went 21 innings of radio commentary for the UK IMG network tonight, calling the longest baseball game in the history of the SEC. Price essentially called 2+ baseball games. Even more impressive? Anyone who was keeping up with the Kentucky/Kent State game was listening to him. The game was not televised anywhere. Neil Price was the one uniting all of us around our radios tonight. My hat goes off to Price, who had me glued to the radio on a Friday night listening to a baseball game. I don’t even like baseball.
- The big news of the day/night belongs to the Kentucky baseball team who opened up regional play in Gary, Indiana earlier this evening. When I say earlier this evening, I mean way earlier this evening. The game started at 4:00 p.m. The game ended at 10:37 p.m. In fact, I had enough time to listen to the entire first 9 innings, go watch a 2 hour movie in the theatre, and then listen to 5 more innings in my car after the movie. Unfortunately for Kentucky they came up on the short end of one of the craziest baseball games in recent memory, dropping the game 7-6. Kentucky used every single one of their position players in the marathon contest. Kentucky used A.J. Reed as a relief pitcher. He went 9 innings. Kentucky used the support of Big Blue Nation, who according to Twitter, rallied around the team — especially as the game continued on into the late evening. All of that just wasn’t enough for the Cats though. The loss was exceptionally painful for Kentucky as they utilized nearly every player on their roster. The heart-breaking loss for the Wildcats luckily does not eliminate them from the regional competition, but it will likely put them in a tough position to bounce back in approximately 17 hours in a must-win game.
- If you want to see what a 21 inning baseball game looks like in the form of a box score…
- By the way, Purdue and Valpo still have to play their opening round game tonight. They sat around waiting for the Kentucky/Kent State game to end for hours. Adding even more salt to the wound for the fans of the second game? Apparently the announcer let them know just moments after the conclusion of the Kentucky game that they would have to leave and re-enter, purchasing tickets for the Valpo/Purdue game. Ouch. NCAA, no one likes you.
- For those who have been keeping an eye on the Capital One Cup standings, don’t forget that Kentucky’s first step in staying alive in the race for the top spot rests on the shoulders of this Kentucky baseball team advancing. They will have a tough road moving forward, facing a must-win game tomorrow with a depleted bullpen in order to advance out of Gary, Indiana. This Kentucky baseball team has been resilient most of the season though. Hopefully they can rise to the occasion with their backs against the wall.
- Beyond the 21 innings of Kentucky baseball played by Kentucky tonight, the rest of the news around Kentucky athletics was fairly slow. Early this morning we learned officially that Kentucky will be playing in South Bend for the SEC/Big East Challenge against Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are excited about the chance to bring the Wildcats into their (thanks to the KSR radio show) apparently recently renovated arena. Kentucky fans on the other hand? Well, the news didn’t seem to stir up much of a reaction. Notre Dame is not the most exciting of the potential Big East opponents, but the rumor has been floating around about Notre Dame being the opponent for a while now. Not included in the SEC/Big East Challenge at all? Louisville. Included but not happy about it? Apparently Syracuse. They have to travel to Arkansas. And we know that Syracuse, more so than perhaps any other program in college basketball, hates to leave their home arena.
- With the announcement of the Notre Dame game, the 2012-2013 non-conference schedule seems to be just about completed.
A few people Oscar Combs seems to still be holding out hope that Kentucky and Indiana will reach an agreement for a neutral site game next season. I’m not one to argue with Oscar Combs, so I’ll just say once again that the non-conference schedule seems to be just about completed.
- If you are craving basketball news and stories, some of the Kentucky players will be arriving on campus next week. Prepare yourselves to see the guys at various food locations in downtown Lexington. Also, prepare yourselves to hear stories of pick-up game legends and Ryan Harrow’s 3-point shooting and dunking ability. It’s coming folks. Just hang in there for another week or so.
- Once again, the Tony Trocha news is non-existent. Oh, and in case you weren’t aware… Chris Walker is in the 2013 recruiting class.
- Our man Demarcus Cousins reminded us of that sense of humor we’ve missed since he left Lexington… Zing?
That’s it for now…stay tuned tomorrow for some Saturday morning links.
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