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Two Kentucky Softball Players selected in Pro Draft

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Two Wildcats heard their names called and will now get to see their dreams come true: Abbey Cheek and Katie Reed were both drafted to play professional softball in the National Pro Fastpitch league. Even better? The Cats will be sticking together – both women were selected by the Chicago Bandits.

Cheek, Kentucky’s all-time home run leader, currently leads the SEC with a .482 batting average. She was selected No. 14 overall as a member of the third round.

Reed has been another valuable asset for the Wildcats, picking up multiple conference and All-American honors throughout her time at Kentucky. She was selected by the Bandits as the No. 19 overall pick

“I want to thank the Chicago Bandits for offering Katie and Abbey both chances to continue their careers at the highest level,” head coach Rachel Lawson said. “Both Katie and Abbey are two of our very best players and people – and it’s great to see that all of their hard work at Kentucky has paid off.”

Their next step may be guaranteed, but their work in the blue and white isn’t finished just yet. They have a pretty big game going on right now:

Go Cats. Beat Cards.

Bailey Vick Robs a Home Run, Makes SEC Network’s Top Play of the Week


The UK Softball team has had a fantastic year thus far in 2019. Sitting at 26-17 this year and ranked 24th in the nation, Kentucky made the trip to Baton Rouge this weekend to take on No. 5 LSU in a game that will almost certainly play a huge role in Regional seeding.

In a tie game in the bottom of the third with one out, Paducah’s Bailey Vick made an amazing catch at the wall to rob LSU of a two-run home run.

With Kentucky winning 3-2, that catch was considerably game-changing, as it kept LSU from hanging up four runs before the end of the third. Kentucky would drop the final two games against LSU.

While the catch was excellent, the dance moves could maybe use a little work.

Check out the rest of the highlights from the 3-2 victory on Friday:

Go Cats. @BrentW_KSR

Former UK Baseball star, Evan White, cracks MLB Top 100 Prospects

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Former Kentucky baseball star, Evan White, has entered the list of the top 100 prospects in Major League Baseball. The list, ranks players who have not yet played more than a certain amount of time in the Major Leagues. The honor is large and is one that does bode well for a possible future career as a big leaguer.

White was drafted with the #17 overall pick of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners. That selection was the second-highest a player had gone in program history.

During his three year career in Lexington, he hit for an average of .356 which ranks 5th in program history. Since joining the Mariners organization, he has hit for an average of .298 with 14 home runs and 80 RBIs.

Although he is currently dealing with an injury, he started this season with the Arkansas Travelers (AA). If he can continue to improve upon his average, it would not be shocking to see the almost 23 year old rise up to the AAA level by the end of the season. Barring injury or other major change, he is expected to make his Major League debut at some point next season.


UK Women’s Tennis picks up win on Senior Day


The Kentucky women’s tennis team closed out their regular season home schedule this afternoon with their Senior Day and a 4-2 victory over SEC foe Mississippi State. The Cats now sit at an impressive 17-5 on the season, as well as a 12-2 record at home.

Lone senior on the roster Justina Mikulskyte was able to celebrate her last match in front of the Big Blue Nation in style, winning her singles match 6-3 and 6-2. Her and her doubles partner, Akvil? Paražinskait?, are ranked No. 18 in the country and after today’s win, they are an undefeated 7-0 against nationally ranked doubles teams on the season.

As usual, the folks over at KY Wildcats TV were there to capture the sights and sounds from the Wildcat victory.

The two remaining matches for the Cats before the SEC Tournament in College Station, Texas near the end of April are at No. 1 Georgia on April 12th and at No. 17 Tennessee on April 14th. Good luck to the Cats on this tough stretch and into the postseason!


Kentucky Drops Game Two to Missouri in Extra innings


This afternoon the Bat Cats were looking to pick up a crucial victory in Missouri against the 19th ranked Missouri, after a comeback victory last night. Kentucky fell just short of their second comeback win losing 5-4 in ten innings.

After struggling on offense all afternoon, the Cats were able to muster enough offense to send it into extra innings. After the Cats failed to score in the top of the tenth Austin James singled into left field to walk it off for the Tigers.

Kentucky spotted Missouri three runs in the first seven innings, as the Cats couldn’t get across any runs to help out their all-American pitcher Zack Thompson. But, in a late-game surge, the Cats took the lead in the eighth. The rally started when the Missouri native, Coltyn Kessler blasted one out of the park in the seventh inning.

Then, in the eighth, Jaren Shelby homered for his second straight game. This time it was a three-run shot that scored Austin Schultz and Ryan Shinn to give Kentucky a 4-3 lead in the eighth.

Kentucky’s momentum would burn out quickly when the very first batter in the next half of the inning went yard off Trip Lockhart to tie the game at four in the eighth. The Tigers would go on to walk it off in the 10th inning.

Zack Thomspon once again finishes with a no-decision, and Cole Ayers was credited with the loss. Kentucky will look to win the rubber match tomorrow in Columbia at 2:00 p.m. ET. You can catch the game on SEC Network+.

Go Cats.