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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 15th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Abbey Cheek’s pro career is off to a fast start. Last night, the former Kentucky slugger was named the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Rookie of the Year at the league’s awards ceremony in Rosemont, Illinois. She also took home the batting title after leading the league with a .378 average, which helped the Chicago Bandits win the regular season title.
“I’m really excited for Abbey that she was named the NPF Rookie of the Year,” Kentucky Softball head coach Rachel Lawson said in a press release. “I was really happy to see that Abbey took all the hard work she put in during her time at Kentucky and applied them to the NPF. She had a stellar senior year and was able to carry that momentum into the summer. We are all very proud of her here at UK.”
In her final year at Kentucky, Cheek was named 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association National Player of the Year, SEC Player of the Year, and First Team NFCA All-American. She was drafted 14th overall by the Bandits back in April. They face the USSSA Pride in the NPF Championship this weekend.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©August 14th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Shifting focus from football to fútbol, the Kentucky men’s soccer team has been named the favorites to win the Conference USA. Not only that, but several players were voted to the Conference USA Preseason Team by the coaches.
According to the release sent out by UK Athletics, redshirt-junior defender Aimé Mabika was selected as the preseason C-USA Defensive Player of the Year while Junior midfielder Kalil ElMedkhar and sophomore forward Jason Reyes were named C-USA co-offensive Players of the Year. All three players, along with junior goalkeeper Enrique Facusse, were voted to the preseason C-USA All-Conference team.
?: Congratulations to @UKMensSoccer’s Jason Reyes and Kalil ElMedkhar, your 2019 #CUSAMSOC Preseason Co-Offensive Players of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches! ?? #TheCUSAWay pic.twitter.com/xidWVrQqjS
— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) August 13, 2019
— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) August 13, 2019
Facusse also recently won a Silver Medal at the Pan American Games after his team, Honduras, fell to Argentina in the U-22 Gold Medal game.
In 2018, the Wildcats won both the regular season and conference tournament titles and are expected to repeat off of their undeniable success from a year ago.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©August 13th, 2019 @ 5:30pm
For the second year in a row, the Kentucky volleyball team has been named a preseason top-10 team in the nation.
The American Volleyball Coaches’ Association released their preseason top-25 on Tuesday afternoon, and the Wildcats came in at No. 7 overall.
Kentucky is one of just three SEC teams ranked in the initial poll, joining Florida (No. 10) and Tennessee) as the only schools in the conference listed.
The Wildcats are scheduled to play six games this season against ranked teams, including two against No. 10 Florida, and once vs. No. 14 USC, No. 17 Purdue, No. 19 Tennessee, and No. 25 Louisville.
The SEC joins the Big 10 as the only two leagues to have multiple teams ranked inside the top-10.
Here is the entire AVCA Preseason Top-25 Poll:
- Stanford (62)
- Nebraska (1)
- Penn State (1)
- Southern California
- San Diego
- Washington State
- Cal Poly
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 29th, 2019 @ 10:30am
It was a big weekend for former Cats on the track. UK Track and Field alums Daniel Roberts (110m hurdles), Kendra Harrison (100m hurdles), and Dezerea Bryant (200m dash) won their events at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, while Sydney McLaughlin (400m hurdles) came in second and Sha’Keela Saunders (long jump) finished third.
Roberts won the 110m hurdles in 13.23 seconds, his first gold medal since turning pro earlier this spring. He beat out his rival and good friend Grant Holloway, who set the NCAA record (12.98 seconds) last month.
Kendra Harrison won her third consecutive 100m hurdles title in 12.44 seconds:
This was the first USA Track & Filed gold medal for Dezerea Bryant, who finished in a season-best 22.47 seconds:
— USATF (@usatf) July 29, 2019
It’s odd to see McLaughlin not dominate a race, but she did turn in a season-best time of 52.88, coming in second to reigning Olympic Champion Dalilah Muhammad, who set a new world record at 52.20:
The good sport that she is, Sydney congratulated Dalilah on social media last night:
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19 and living. Huge congrats to the new world record holder. @dalilahmuhammad_ Blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of women. Excited to represent our country again with the same lovely women I made it with in Rio ???? glory to God. More to come.
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All five Wildcats are now members of Team USA and will compete in the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar from Sept. 28-Oct. 6.
By Brent Wainscott on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 10:00pm
ECU pitching coach Dan Roszel is leaving Greenville and headed to Lexington to join the Kentucky Wildcats coaching staff, per HoistTheColurs.net.
Roszel was with the Pirates for nine years and is leaving the program after a 47-18 season where they hosted a regional for the second straight year and made the program’s fifth all-time Super Regional appearance before falling to Louisville.
He will join a Kentucky team coached by Nick Mingione, who going into his fourth season at UK. In his first three seasons, Mingione holds a record of 104-84, and his Wildcats missed the SEC tournament in 2019 along with the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons, which is what brought the coaching staff changes.
Last season, Kentucky’s pitching posted an ERA of 5.10 and opponents were batting .257 against the Cats in a season that saw them finish 26-29.
Roszel will look to better those numbers, and he has the resume to do it with 19 seasons under his belt.
During his time at East Carolina, he was responsible for developing the program’s highest-ever draft pick in starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman, who was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays ninth overall in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. Roszel also coached Major League Baseball All-Star Chris Sale as an assistant at Florida Gulf Coast.
Roszel’s 2019 staff led The American in eight statistical categories including wins (47), strikeouts (595), innings pitched (577.2), shutouts (six) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.79) while ranking second in the AAC in ERA (3.96) and WHIP (1.32). The Pirates also set the AAC record for league wins with 20.
For a Kentucky program that has been predicated on dominant pitchers, such as Sean Hjelle, Justin Lewis, and Zack Thompson; this hire was crucial for a Kentucky program that took a massive step back last year. Hopefully, this hire will put the Wildcats back in the right direction.
Former Wildcat Abbey Cheek is quickly making a name for herself in the professional softball world.
The third baseman was drafted by the Chicago Bandits in April and has carved out a starting role for herself on the NPF’s current first-place team.
In her rookie campaign, Cheek has batted .351 and won NPF’s rookie of the week award three times, the most recent of which came after she made NPF history.
After striking out in her first at-bat against the Aussie Peppers on July 11, Cheek proceeded to blast three consecutive home runs in her next three plate appearances. She became only the fourth player in NPF history to hit three homers in a game and is tied for second-most in the league with six on the season.
Take a look at some of her highlights.
— Barb Jordan (@BarbJordan18) June 27, 2019
ABBEY CHEEK-THIRD TIME ROOKIE OF THE WEEK!
Abbey Cheek of the Chicago Bandits put together an incredibly memorable performance on Thursday when she hit home runs in 3 consecutive innings against the Aussie Peppers! @Chicago_Bandits @UKsoftball @UKAthletics #NPF2019 pic.twitter.com/hYJvaKSIaP
— NationalProFastpitch (@profastpitch) July 17, 2019
Talk about some moonshots.
By Ty Schadt on ©July 21st, 2019 @ 5:00pm
This victory marks the second tournament Shipley has won this summer. Less than two weeks ago she notched a four-shot victory at the 28th Women’s Golf Association of Michigan Championship at the Saginaw Country Club in Saginaw, Michigan.
The Western Amateur featured two rounds of stroke play followed by a match play bracket. Shipley shot one-over in stroke play, finishing fifth and entered match play as the five seed.
From there, the Hastings, Michigan native moved swimmingly through the 32-player bracket. Outside of a 19-hole nail biter in the first match play round, Shipley established and maintained early leads all the way through Saturday, when she defeated Antonia Matte to claim the W.A. Alexander Cup.
BIG trophy for a BIG win. @SarahShip16 won the 119th annual Women’s Amateur today!
Two championships in the last two weeks for Ship. pic.twitter.com/GCMvKO5LkO
— Kentucky W. Golf (@KentuckyWGolf) July 20, 2019
Shipley won the final match by four, jumping out to a quick 2-up advantage after birdies on the first two holes. Two more birdies on holes 8 and 9 put the tournament firmly in her control.
When she returns to Lexington in a few weeks, Shipley will be the most experienced golfer on UK’s women’s team.
Last year she was second on the team with a 75.2 stroke average and throughout her Kentucky career has a team-best three top-ten tournament finishes.
Shipley is not the only Kentucky golfer having success this summer, as last week incoming freshman Jensen Castle placed second at the Junior PGA Championship.
The Wildcats start their 2019 season in September at the Minnesota Invitational, and if this summer is any indicator, it could be a pretty special one.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
The third round of the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Course wrapped up earlier today and it’s time to update everyone with relevant scorecards.
Unfortunately, golf icon John Daly didn’t make the cut, but we have plenty of Kentucky connections to satisfy your golfing needs.
Headlining them is Josh Teater, a Lexington native who also competed in the event last year. He currently sits tied for fifth at 17-under under after shooting his weekend best of 64 in the third round.
Former Kentucky golfer Stephen Stallings and current Kentucky sophomore Cullan Brown are both tied for 44th at nine-under. Brown shot a 67 in round three while Stallings posted a 69.
Friend of the site, JT Poston, whose caddy is former KSR writer Aaron Fleener, shot a 69 as well in round three. He currently sits tied for 23rd despite posting a 62 in round one.
Finally, Clay County native and former Wildcat Chip McDaniel dropped in round three after posting a 72. He now stands tied for 64th.
As for the rest of the former Cats, Steve Flesch, Cooper Musselman, and Lukas Euler all missed the cut. Nicholasville native Hunter Stewart also missed the cut.
Here is the top 10 as we head into Sunday.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 20th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
University of Kentucky sophomore golfer Cullan Brown is putting on a show at the Barbasol Championship.
Following an impressive 5-under in the third round this morning, Brown now sits at 9-under overall and is currently tied for 43rd overall heading into the final round of the event.
Brown, a graduate of Lyon County High School in Eddyville, KY, is now only eight shots off the lead.
After his round-three 67, Brown told Eli Gehn of LEX 18 that he’s just excited to have some fun with other talented golfers.
“It’s just another week out here, it’s just golf. There’s so many logistics that go into the week,” he said. “So really, to me, the golf is just the relaxing part… It’s been great, it’s just been relaxing.”
While the purse is $3,500,000, Brown, an amateur, is unable to accept any money no matter how he finishes tomorrow. With three years left of eligibility at Kentucky, he says he would never want to risk that, no matter how great it’d be.
“Nah, [winning money] hasn’t crossed my mind at all. It’s really not a thought I’ve had,” he said. “This week has been so hectic and busy with everything else that I haven’t had the time to sit around and reflect. It certainly would be nice to accept that, but I would in no way want to jeopardize my next three years of college golf. I wouldn’t trade those for anything.”
This kid is great. @UKmensgolf sophomore Cullan Brown is -9 through 3 rounds of the @BarbasolChamp as an amateur. He's extremely humble, keeps it simple. I also asked him if he's upset he can't win any money this week. pic.twitter.com/E4GpRqOXTn
— Eli Gehn (@EliGehnLEX18) July 20, 2019
In an interview with Larry Vaught, Brown said that he’s just appreciative of the opportunity.
“From somebody coming in from my perspective as a college amateur who wasn’t even expecting the opportunity, just to be here is such a success,” he said. “It speaks volumes about the great fortune and great support I have had in golf. It is just fantastic to be here to see some faces and names and talk to people you have looked up to your whole life and have followed along. It is phenomenal.”
In his first year at Kentucky, Brown was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team after garnering four top-20 finishes in eight spring events. He tied for fifth at Mason Rudolph, tied for 16th at the Schenkel Invitational, tied for 18th in the final regular-season event at Shoal Creek, and then tied for ninth at the SEC Championship.
In 2016, Brown was the KHSAA State individual champion en route to winning Kentucky Player of the Year honors. He was also the runner-up in both 2015 and 2017.
By Ty Schadt on ©July 14th, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Jensen Castle, an incoming freshman on Kentucky’s women’s golf team, shot 12-under-par during the Junior PGA Championship on her way to a runner-up finish.
144 golfers entered the tournament, but only one outscored the future Wildcat from West Columbia, South Carolina. The tournament was in Hartford, Connecticut at Keney Park Golf Course.
Castle shot 67 (-3) in round one and followed it up with a 68 in round two. A 66 in round three shot her score to nine-under-par and landed her in third place entering the final round. It turned into a battle between Castle and Yuka Saso, who entered the final round with a two-stroke lead.
Jensen put some pressure on Saso down the stretch, trimming the lead to one stroke with three holes to play, but Saso held on to claim the trophy.
— Junior PGA Champ (@JuniorPGAChamp) July 12, 2019
Castle finished the tournament two strokes behind Saso (-14) with a score of 12-under-par but didn’t let the loss keep her from expressing an impressive display of sportsmanship.
Volume on for this one. @jensen_castle, who has been neck & neck with Yuka Saso all day, cheering her on down the home stretch.
— Junior PGA Champ (@JuniorPGAChamp) July 12, 2019
— Junior PGA Champ (@JuniorPGAChamp) July 12, 2019
The UK women’s team couldn’t help but brag about their talented newcomer.
Have we mentioned she’s a Wildcat?? https://t.co/z84zmOCGRN
— Kentucky W. Golf (@KentuckyWGolf) July 12, 2019
The team is a few months out from its season, which begins on Sept. 9 in the Minnesota Invitational. In the meantime, get to know Castle a little better:
If @jensen_castle could be any animal, what would it be?
— Junior PGA Champ (@JuniorPGAChamp) July 12, 2019
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 05th, 2019 @ 11:15am
Former Kentucky softball star Katie Reed was no stranger to making big plays as a Wildcat, and now, she’s doing it again in the big leagues.
Drafted No. 19 overall by the Chicago Bandits in the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch Draft, Reed has worked her way up to become the team’s starting shortstop, making impressive plays both offensively and defensively.
Last night, the former Wildcat continued the hot start to her pro career by making the SportsCenter Top 10 plays, coming in at No. 9 overall following a phenomenal diving catch for the out.
Check it out:
— NationalProFastpitch (@profastpitch) July 5, 2019
Over the course of her career, both college and professional, Reed has now made five appearances on #SCTop10.
In the same game, former Kentucky teammate Abbey Cheek crushed her third home run of the season to help the Bandits take home their tenth straight victory:
— NationalProFastpitch (@profastpitch) July 4, 2019
Keep making us proud, girls.
By Brent Wainscott on ©June 30th, 2019 @ 3:00pm
Last night, Kentucky’s T.J. Collett competed in the 10th annual College Home run derby.
Collett managed to get to the second round of last night’s contest clobbering 16 balls out of TD Ameritrade Park, but unfortunately, his second round performance couldn’t get him into the one on one final for the College Home Run Derby Championship. However, Northen Kentucky’s Griffin Doersching won the contest with a whopping 51 home runs on the night.
Regardless of where Collett finished, he said it was one of the best times he’s ever had in his baseball career.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 30, 2019
Collet had so much fun, that the left-handed slugger even decided to hit from the right side of the plate in last night’s derby.
Check out all of T.J.’s best moments at the College Homerun Derby:
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 30, 2019
Kentucky’s T.J. Collett is one of six college baseball players selected to compete in the 10th annual Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on Saturday, June 29th.
In his three seasons at Kentucky, Collett has clobbered 21 home runs, including 10 in each of the past two seasons all while averaging a home run in every 15 at-bats.
Collett selected his father, John, to be his pitcher in the derby.
“I’m honored to be selected to participate in this event,” Collett said. “This is a dream come true for me. Ever since I first started playing the game, I’ve wanted to compete in a home run derby and to do so while representing the University of Kentucky is a blessing. To share this with my dad, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
The Rocket Mortgage College Home Run Derby includes three rounds of play: The first round, of course, will include all six contestants. The top four scores will advance to round two, then the top two scored from round two will advance to a 0ne on one contest to take home the trophy.
Contestants in each round will have a timed period of four minutes to hit as many home runs as they can. Once the timed period concludes, contestants will have one final opportunity to hit a home run with the “Bonus Ball.” If successful, two additional home runs will be added to the contestant’s total score.
The event will take place on June 29th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 18th, 2019 @ 10:00am
After tying a 40-year-old record in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month and deciding to go pro, Daniel Roberts has signed with Nike. The former Kentucky track star shared the news last night on social media, the latest chapter in his burgeoning career.
Blessed is an understatement! This year has brought me everything I could ask for and more…but this is only the beginning!! I’m beyond proud to announce I will be representing Nike as I continue this amazing journey God has placed before me! pic.twitter.com/CAbO2kJep7
— Daniel Ellis Roberts (@riseofdrob) June 17, 2019
In his junior season at Kentucky, Roberts rewrote the record books. As mentioned, he matched the former collegiate record of 13.00 in a runner-up finish in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 7 and clocked the second fastest mark in collegiate history in another runner-up finish (7.41) in the 60m hurdles at the indoor championships in March. All in all, Roberts owns six all-time top-10 marks with four of those coming outdoors. He won the SEC title in the 110m hurdles in 13.07 and is one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field’s highest individual honor.
The only man faster than Roberts this year? His rival, Grant Holloway from Florida, who beat him by only two hundredths of a second in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Holloway, who is also going pro, signed with adidas last week. Together, they combined for eight of the top-10 marks in collegiate history: No. 1, t-No. 2, No. 4, t-No. 5 (x2), No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9.
Here’s to seeing that rivalry continue for years to come.
WOW WOW WOW ???
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— NCAA Track & Field (@NCAATrackField) June 8, 2019
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 13th, 2019 @ 10:15pm
Kentucky track and field star Daniel Roberts has been named one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field’s highest individual honor.
The junior Wildcat is joined by Mondo Duplantis of LSU, JuVaughn Harrison of LSU, Grant Holloway of Florida, Bryce Hoppel of Kansas, Morgan McDonald of Wisconsin, Chris Nilsen of South Dakota, Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech, Payton Otterdahl of North Dakota State, and Anderson Peters of Mississippi State as semifinalists for the award.
The three finalists will be named next Thursday, and the winner will be named during a ceremony at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association convention in December.
This past weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Roberts matched the former collegiate record of 13.00 seconds in the NCAA 110-Meter Hurdles in a runner-up finish.
Indoors, Roberts clocked the second-fastest mark in collegiate history in another runner-up finish (7.41 seconds).
Following six all-time top-10 marks and an SEC title in the 110-Meter Hurdles, the Kentucky track and field star announced at the conclusion of this season that he will be turning pro.
UK had a men’s semifinalist each of the past two years as Tim Duckworth picked up the honor last year after winning the NCAA heptathlon indoors and decathlon outdoors.
The UK women’s program has had two finalists for The Bowerman ever with Kendra Harrison in 2015 and Sydney McLaughlin last season.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 08th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
On Friday, Kentucky track and field star Daniel Roberts tied a 40-year-old collegiate record in the NCAA 110-Meter Hurdles by finishing the event in 13 seconds flat.
And now, the junior Wildcat has announced that he is turning pro.
Following the event, Roberts told reporters that he will be forgoing his senior year to head off to the professional ranks.
“I’ll be going pro,” he said. “[My contract isn’t finalized] yet, still in the works… [With] the collegiate season over with now, I ain’t got nothing to hide.”
Now that his junior year is over, Roberts will head back to Lexington while he prepares to take the next step.
In the NCAA 110-Meter Hurdles on Friday, Roberts tied the record, but was unfortunately topped by rival junior Grant Holloway of Florida, who finished with a final time of 12.98 seconds.
Combining the times of both Holloway and Roberts, along with the rest of the participants, Friday’s event actually set the record for fastest college hurdles race ever.
“Today was nothing short of a tremendous run for Daniel,” UK assistant coach and Roberts’ event trainer Tim Hall said. “He was excellent in the first three hurdles. Got a little loose after No. 3. He started pressing a little, but nonetheless today was a great race for him. It took a collegiate record to beat him — we’re good with that.
“There’s more to come with D-Rob. He’s a special kid, special talent. I just can’t say enough about him. I’m super proud of him. The future is so bright for him. He’s just a humble kid. So proud of all the things he’s accomplished.”
Overall, Roberts’ time was a new personal best, and he now ranks second in the world to Holloway. His time of 13 seconds gives him the second-best time at the collegiate level in history and he is now tied with two other men for No. 22 on the world all-time list.
“It’s been an awesome rise,” Kentucky head coach Lonnie Greene said. “People might not understand how fast that race was. It took the world lead, right off the world record to beat Daniel. Coach Hall has done a great job with him. He’s an excellent coach, Daniel is an excellent pupil.
“And he’s represented the brand very, very well. That’s what I think future Wildcats out there and Big Blue Nation want. They want us to represent the University well and I think Daniel is the epitome of that.”
Roberts and Holloway will face off once again at the USATF Outdoor Championships July 25-28, which will also serve as Team USA’s qualifying meet for the 2019 IAAF World Championships set for Sept. 28-Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar.
By Brent Wainscott on ©June 06th, 2019 @ 2:30pm
The awards for UK softball’s Abbey Cheek keep piling up. Today the senior third baseman won 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Softball Player of the Year.
Cheek is the first ever Kentucky Wildcat to take home this award. Last week Cheek was named a unanimous All-American by The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association), the first Wildcat to ever receive the honor.
Earlier in the year, Cheek was a top 10 finalist for USA Softball National Player of the Year and was voted as a CoSIDA Academic All-District Team member for the first time in her career.
In her career at Kentucky, Cheek solidified herself as the best offensive player in UK history by shattering numerous offensive records. She holds the school record for home runs at 61, RBIs with 202, 40 more than the previous school record, and the record for runs scored with 163.
This season alone, Cheek was top-three for single-season marks in batting average (3rd, .428), home runs (2nd, 20), runs scored (2nd, 54), total bases (1st, 138), on-base percentage (1st, .602), slugging (1st, .902) and walks (1st, 64).
In Apri, she was selected 14th overall by the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft.
A huge honor for the best softball player in Kentucky history. Congrats Abbey!
The University of Kentucky can still lay claim to the title, “Hurdle U.”
On the first day the Outdoor NCAA Championships in Austin, UK hurdler Daniel Roberts set a new championship meet record. In the 110-meter hurdle semifinals, Roberts sprinted to a time of 13.06.
— UK Track & Field (@KentuckyTrack) June 6, 2019
It’s a new personal best for Roberts and only .06 behind the oldest collegiate track and field record. In 1979 Renaldo Nehemiah clocked in at 13.00.
This year Roberts has recorded three of the top ten times in the history of the NCAA event. He is on the watch list for The Bowerman Award, the Heisman of collegiate track and field.
Roberts will run in the 110H finals Friday at 9:12 p.m. ET on ESPN3. You can watch the UK women’s track and field team tonight beginning in the 4×100 relay at 8:02 p.m. ET.
By Adam Luckett on ©June 05th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
It was a reset year for Kentucky baseball and was that no more evident than during the MLB Draft. After having a school record 13 selections in the 2018 draft, only three players came off the board in 2019. UK ace Zack Thompson heard his name called by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round, but 32 rounds would pass before the next Wildcat heard his name called.
Congrats to @Carson_Coleman on being selected by the @RaysBaseball in the 33rd round of the #MLBDraft! The Lexington native led the team with five saves this season! #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/dsgCOOSusl
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 5, 2019
In Round 33, the Tampa Bay Rays owned the 998th pick and they selected relief pitcher Carson Coleman. The Lexington Catholic alum record five saves in 23 appearances this season with a 5.14 earned run average. The right-hander collected 36 strikeouts this year and only give up 3 dingers.
With the 1,018th pick in the 2019 #MLBDraft the New York Mets select OF Ryan Shinn from Kentucky. He had 13 home runs and a .563 SLG % in his senior season.
— Joe DeMayo (@PSLToFlushing) June 5, 2019
In the next round, the New York Mets took outfielder Ryan Shinn with pick No. 1,018. Shinn was arguably Kentucky’s best player not named Zack Thompson this season. The senior from New Jersey batted .286 with 17 doubles and 13 home runs. Despite a high strikeout total, he had a respectable on-base percentage and could provide a timely stolen base. He will be missed in UK’s lineup next season.
Nick Mingione has now finished three full seasons in Lexington and it’s clear many are ready for the Wildcats to find their way back into the NCAA Tournament. After opening the beautiful new Kentucky Proud Park this season, Kentucky finished in the cellar of the SEC but for the most part had a really young team. UK gets plenty of players back next year and has another solid recruiting haul coming in. We should see UK get back to their winning ways on the diamond and hopefully be hosting a regional or super regional at KPP in the very near future.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 04th, 2019 @ 8:45pm
Former UK golfer Chip McDaniel will take on the stars of the PGA Tour at Pebble Beach next week.
The Clay County native punched his ticket to the U.S. Open by finishing in a tie for first in a sectional qualifying event in Springfield, Ohio. The 36-hole event was played on Monday and McDaniel secured one of the five qualifying spots into next week’s major by shooting a 66 and a 68 for a 6-under score at Springfield Country Club.
The U.S. Open at Pebble will be McDaniel’s fourth PGA event since his career as a Wildcat ended last spring, but it is by far the biggest. His other tour appearances came in the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic, where he shot a final-round 63 to finish fifth; the Valero Texas Open, an event he earned with his T5 in the Dominican; and his professional debut at the Barbasol Championship in Lexington last summer.
Good luck to you, Chip. I know BBN will be pulling for you. I hear everything feeds toward the ocean out there. Keep that in mind.