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Further proof former Kentucky track star Kendra Harrison is a badass

By now, you know that Kendra Harrison is a badass. The former UK track star broke the world record for the 100m hurdles last summer, clocking in at a scorching 12.2 seconds. Harrison continues to train with UK track coach Edrick Floreal, and on Friday, she broke her hand warming up for the 100m hurdles at the Doha DL in Qatar. Instead of bowing out of the race like most mortals, Harrison not only ran it, she won it. By a lot. With a broken hand.

Afterwards, she was rushed to the hospital, where she was fitted with a cast:

Surely that earned Harrison some rest and relaxation, right? Wrong. Harrison was back on the track at UK today, even though she’s scheduled to have surgery on her hand on Thursday:

Incredible. You go, girl.


The KSR Baseball Podcast: Week 11

Coach Madison and Trey Huntsman are back for the 11th episode of the KSR Baseball Podcast. The two hosts dive into a rough weekend for the BatCats to discover why this season is not like the previous two.

Along with a breakdown of the series against Georgia, Coach and Trey will talk about this week’s series against Tennessee and the midweek opponent, Indiana.  Brought to you by Performance Physical Therapy, you’ll also hear…

— Why there is no need to hit the panic button this year.
— A trip around the SEC to talk about who’s hot late in the year
— The first place Reds?!?
–Who is a Hall of Famer in the MLB right now?
— Segments: Mound Visit, Trivia and Dude of the Week.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


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The Call To The Bullpen, May 7th

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UK Athletics

Kentucky finds themselves in a bit of a downslide for the first time in almost three months. The Cats dropped two of three against SEC bottom feeder Georgia this weekend at the Cliff and are now second in the East and third overall. Here is a look back at this weekend as well as notes and a preview of next weekend’s series versus Tennessee.

Recap

Georgia 5 Kentucky 3- In a game that was moved up to an early afternoon start, UK saw a ninth inning lead slip away. Two errors by Connor Heady and Tristan Pompey led to four unearned runs in the top of the ninth. The Cats recorded only one extra-base hit as Andrew Gist controlled the Cats offense into the seventh. UK had the winning run on base in the ninth inning but could not bring him around as they dropped game one to UGA.

Kentucky 7 Georgia 4- The BatCats got a big day from Troy Squires in support of Zach Logue. The junior catcher drove in four runs on two doubles to lead UK to their 32nd win of the season. Logue went 6.2 innings and struck out a career-high 11 on the mound. Zack Thompson struck out five of the seven batters he faced in relief.

Georiga 6 Kentucky 3- Sunday’s game was perhaps the most puzzling of the year. Riley Mahan hit his 10th home run of the season and Justin Lewis allowed only one run over seven innings of work. Lewis exited with 99 pitches and Logan Salow entered in the eighth. Salow had struggled on Friday but was still the first man out of the pen. In a blink of an eye, Georgia suddenly led by four thanks to a grand slam by Mitchell Webb. Once again, UK had the tying run at the plate in the ninth but could not get a big hit. The Cats dropped the series at home to Georgia.

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UK Athletics

Notes from the week

Evan White continues to be elite- White had six hits this weekend and is now 15th all-time in hits at UK. He has hits in 23 of his last 25 games and now has 19 multi-hit games in 2017. Coach Mingione has White batting second behind Pompey every day now, and I like that a lot. Both guys can be relied on because of the number of balls they barrel up and put into play. White is now hitting .391 in 35 games as a junior.

Zack Thompson’s new role could take UK places- As a freshman, Thompson has been used primarily as a midweek starter. But he has come out of the bullpen twice in SEC play, including this weekend. Thompson was great on Saturday. His curveball was excellent and he was hitting high-90s with his fastball. Having a weapon like him in the postseason could be what sets this team apart. Thompson will be a top two round pick in two years, and his talent level is already noticeable. He can be a guy that starts a fourth game of a tournament or even gets some big outs late in games.

When will see more of Chris Machamer?- The Ohio Player of the Year last year, Machamer has found more consistency late in his first season as a Cat. Machamer has struck out 22 in 19 innings while posting a 2.37 ERA. Today seemed like a good day for Machamer to be first out of the pen, but it was Salow that replaced Lewis in the eighth. Hopefully, we will see Machamer’s role grow as the team plays more games with fewer days off over the next month.

What does this weekend do to the odds of hosting?- UK was hurt a little by not having a midweek due to finals, so the 1-2 record looks bad for the week. Losing the series to Georgia probably drops UK out of being a national seed for the time being, but they will still be a lock to host next month.

KSR Projection for the Lexington Regional

  1. Kentucky
  2. Michigan
  3. Washington
  4. Wright State

SEC Notes

The Cats are now tied for third in the SEC with LSU with a conference record of 15-9. Florida and Mississippi State are tied for the overall lead at 16-8. If my calculations are correct, UK would be the three seed in Hoover playing the winner of Missouri and Arkansas if the season ended today. South Carolina has now lost six straight series in conference play and looks to be on the bubble headed into the final two weekends of the season.

Cats in the Pros

JT Riddle was called back up to Marlins and will be with the big league team tomorrow. James Paxton was put on the 10-day DL this week with a forearm strain. Before the injury, Paxton was a 3-0 with a 1.43 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. Dustin Beggs is proving his success at UK was no fluke. The innings-eater has a 1.29 ERA for Low-A Greensboro in six starts.

The Week Ahead

Kentucky has four extremely important games for seeding purposes this week. Indiana comes to the Cliff on Tuesday and Tennessee will be here for a weekend series. Tennessee is fighting to make the SEC Tournament and is spinning their tires late in the year. Dave Serrano is on the hot seat and winning games in Hoover is his last shot at retaining his job for 2018. Tennessee will come up here hungry and will be wanting to make a late season push. The game against Indiana will be the second toughest midweek opponent for UK this season. The Hoosiers have won eight of ten and are two games back in the Big Ten. Some projections have IU as the two seed in UK’s Regional in June. It will be a big game for RPI purposes.

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New Podcast Tomorrow

The 11th episode of the KSR Baseball Podcast will be available tomorrow night. For those that downloaded last week’s show, thank you for putting us in the top ten of college podcasts!

People to follow on Twitter as we head into the homestretch

@TreyHuntsmanKSR @KeithMadison32 @JohnBurns_13 @AaronFitt


Kevin Knox’s Sunday Morning Wakeup

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Talk about a big day in Bluegrass sports. Even the most hungover among you probably woke up with a smile on your face this morning. Let’s get right into it.

Kevin Knox Commits to Kentucky

As promised, 5-star wing Kevin Knox took to Twitter last night to announce his college decision, and contrary to pretty much everybody’s expectations, Knox has decided to become a Wildcat.

This year’s mass exodus of Cats grows less and less painful by the day. You can click here for Knox’s comments on his commitment and some insight from Knox’s dad.

Players and Pundits React to Knox’s Decision

And yes, he did say “MO, YOU NEXT!”

Speaking of future Cats…

The BallisLife All-American Game Box Score Reads like an NBA All-Star Game

Defense wins championships, but not all-star games. Not much to see here from Quade Green with 3 assists and 3 turnovers, but PJ Washington notched 16 points, and Mo Bamba added 11 points and 6 boards. Alabama signee Collin Sexton took home MVP honors.

Moving on from basketball…

Always Dreaming wins 143rd Kentucky Derby

Sometimes, it pays to pick the favorite. At 9/2 odds, the Todd Pletcher trained horse took the Garland of Roses with a time of 2:03.59. It was also the second Derby win for jockey John Valezquez, who won riding Animal Kingdom in 2011.

UK Baseball gets the W back from Georgia

The Bat Cats took down the Bulldogs 7-4 behind two career nights: 10 strikeouts by pitcher Zach Logue and 4 RBIs from Troy Squires. The series rubber match goes down at 1 PM today.

 

After the hectic day yesterday, I’m looking forward to a nice nap this afternoon. Enjoy a restful Sunday, BBN.

@JayWinkKSR


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Cats Take Game Two Over Georgia 7-4

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UK Athletics

The #4 BatCats (32-15, 15-8) made yesterday’s loss to Georgia a distant memory with a 7-4 win on Saturday night. Troy Squires drove in four runs with a pair of RBI doubles in support of starter Zach Logue. With the win over Georgia, UK has matched last year’s win total with nine games to play in the regular season.

Recap

After a dreary day on Friday, UK responded early on Saturday. After a pair of scoreless innings, the BatCats went to work on UGA’s starter Chase Adkins in the third. Tristan Pompey and Evan White singled on back-to-back pitches before Luke Becker walked to load the bases. Adkins and his catcher seemed crossed up in the third and fourth and it came back to bite the Dogs when a run came home on a passed ball with two outs. After the passed ball, Mahan walked to load the bases for Troy Squires. While Squires is usually the guy who sets up a big play, he came thru in a different way today as he delivered a bases-clearing double to center to give UK a 4-0 lead headed to the fourth.

Logue was cruising on the mound in the early innings. UGA did not get a hit off Logue thru four innings as the junior struck out at least one Bulldog batter in every inning tonight. “He has had not had the best outings the couple outings, but we’ve been telling our guys we don’t lose we learn,” Coach Mingione said on Logue’s performance. “I think everything was better, the stuff was better, the fastball command was better, the slider was better.”

Logue got the run support he needed to feel comfortable on the mound. Marcus Carson singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth and stole second before taking third on a sac bunt. Pompey drove him in with a RBI fielder’s choice to give UK a 5-0 lead thru four.

Logue’s first hit allowed was an unfortunate one. Mitchell Webb got ahold of a ball and drove it over the left-field wall. The long ball has been Logue’s problem this year. Logue has now allowed 15 home runs in 69.1 innings this season.

The offense went right back to work after Georgia got one back. Riley Mahan blasted his team-leading ninth home run of the wall to right to put UK back ahead by five.

 

Despite their atrocious record, Georgia has been in these two games to the final inning this weekend. Tucker Maxwell hit a three-run home off Logue in the seventh to trim the lead to two. UGA seemed primed for more, but UK went to their pen and got Zack Thompson. The freshman midweek starter got Cam Shepherd to pop up with the tying run on base.

The game was all but over with Thompson on the hill. Thompson had the curveball working extremely well against lefties and his fastball hit around 96-97 in his 2.1 innings of work. After Logue struck out a career-high 11, Thompson added five strikeouts against only seven batters in relief.

 

Kentucky got an insurance run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh as Squires doubled home his fourth run of the day. “I had two strikes on me and the thing is to put the ball in play with two outs, I knew the umpire was calling those outside pitches so I knew I had to drive the ball that way,” Squires said.

Thompson shut the door by striking out the side in the ninth as UK tied the series at one game apiece against Georgia.

Notes

Logue’s effort not haunted by two mistakes- Outside of the two homers, Logue was excellent this evening. Squires said he “didn’t have to move his glove once”, meaning that Logue was really in command of all his pitches and had a good feel for his breaking stuff.

Pompey first to 70 hits- With two more hits tonight, Pompey now has 70 on the season and hits in 33 of his last 36 games. Pompey is beginning to look like a guy who could be taken in the first couple rounds of the 2018 Draft. I think he has a larger skill set than his brother Dalton, an outfielder for the Blue Jays. He is barrelling up more balls than anyone right now.

The BatCats are back at it tomorrow at 1 ET against UGA. Georgia-native Justin Lewis will take the mound against the Dogs.

 


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UK Baseball Out for Revenge Tonight

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After a day full of celebrating one of the Bluegrass’ greatest pastimes, maybe you’d like to spend your evening celebrating America’s pastime. Heck, if you’re not at Churchill Downs, why not check out The Cliff?

Starting at 6:30, the Bat Cats are looking to get even with the Georgia Bulldogs, who stole away a win from the now 4th-ranked UK squad last night. The Bulldogs won 5-3, albeit with 4 unearned runs.

No better way to end a day of boozin’ and bettin’ than with some baseball.

@JayWinkKSR

 


Rainy Day Miscues Lead To BatCats Dropping Game One To Georgia

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UK Athletics

Two Kentucky errors in the top of the ninth lead to four unearned runs as Georgia roared back to beat the Cats 5-3 on Friday afternoon. It was a dreary, rainy day at the Cliff and the game itself was lethargic until the final two innings. After UK took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, UGA used three hits and two errors in the top of the ninth to score four runs. UK now sits at 31-15 (14-8) after losing to the 18-28 Bulldogs on Friday.

Recap

The game was originally scheduled for 6:30 tonight, but with rain incoming, the teams decided to play at 2. The rain came throughout most of the game, causing the field to stay slick. Neither team found any offense thru the first four innings. Starter Sean Hjelle worked out of a couple difficult jams including runners in scoring position in the second and third innings.

UGA got to Hjelle in the top of the fifth. Cam Shepherd bounced out to first to score Tucker Maxwell from third and give UGA a 1-0 lead. The Cats answered back in a hurry. Tyler Marshall singled to start the bottom of the fifth and Connor Heady walked with one out. After Tristan Pompey flew out to center, Evan White singled home Marshall to tie the game at one thru five. The single put White in sole possession of 15th on UK’s All-Time hits list. White will most likely move into the top ten by the end of the season.

Hjelle continued to motor on into the seventh. The RBI groundout in the fifth was the only run that Hjelle allowed on Friday. The sophomore went 6.2 innings and struck out seven in yet another quality start. Hjelle is the first player on the team to reach 70 strikeouts on the season.

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UK Athletics

Logan Salow entered with two outs in the seventh and shut the door with a strikeout. He would add one more K’s as we worked a 1-2-3 eighth.

Kentucky used a little small ball to manufacture a run in the bottom of the eighth. Zach Reks singled and was moved up on a bunt before Riley Mahan and Troy Squires both walked to load the bases with one out. Marshall delivered a sac fly to center to give UK a 2-1 lead headed into the ninth.

That’s where the wheels came off for the Cats. Logan Salow allowed a single to lead off the ninth but got a pop out and a strikeout to put UGA down to their last out. Maxwell got to Salow with a double off the centerfield wall. LJ Talley tripped rounding third and could not advance home. Salow had the Dogs down to their last strike, but a ground ball got past Heady at shortstop to score two unearned runs for UGA. Just as it seemed like Salow might be out of it, a fly ball bounced out of Pompey’s glove to score two more runs. 

When it was all said and done, UK trailed 5-2 headed to the bottom of the ninth. After Heady doubled and Pompey collected his team-high 68th hit of the season, UK was in business. The BatCats loaded the bases for Becker with one out. Becker walked to score a run and put the winning run at first. UK could not find another base hit as Mahan struck out and Gunnar McNeill popped out to second to end the game.

Today’s loss stings as Georgia is not projected to make the SEC Tournament. The adjusted start time and the terrible weather didn’t help things as UK is now only a half game up on Florida in the East. The Cats are back at it tomorrow night at 6:30 ET.


The KSR Baseball Podcast: Week 10 with Austin Kearns

The KSR Baseball Podcast returns with our first returning guest, former Major Leaguer Austin Kearns.  The triumvirate talks about UK baseball’s series win over South Carolina that featured a ton of runs on Friday, followed by a sluggish Saturday of offense.  Along with UK Baseball talk, Kearns provides some interesting information on the Major Leagues, like…

—  The difference between playoff baseball and regular season baseball.

—  The most difficult outfields in Major League Baseball.

—  FIGHTS!!!!!

—  Are the Reds rebuilding the right way?

—  In the box vs. Aroldis Chapman.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


UK Baseball now in the Top 5 nationally

Katie Dugan | UK Athletics

Katie Dugan | UK Athletics

Another week, another impressive set of wins for the UK Baseball team, which jumped two more spots to number four in D1Baseball’s Top 25 rankings. That’s the best of any SEC team, which is saying something:

1. Oregon State
2. Louisville
3. North Carolina
4. Kentucky
5. Auburn
6. Texas Tech
7. Florida
8. Clemson
9. TCU
10. Long Beach State

The Bat Cats also moved to third in the NCAA’s RPI, which is also the best in the SEC. With this weekend’s wins, they moved to 31-14, 14-7 in SEC play. Kentucky’s offense leads the SEC in Batting Average, Runs, Doubles, Total Bases, Slugging, Hits, On-Base Percentage, RBI, Sacrifices and Hit By Pitch. It is second in Home Runs and third in Walks.

In a sign of just how much he’s done in such a short time, Nick Mingione is the only first-year UK coach to win at least 30 games, and now has the most SEC victories for a first-year UK coach.

Impressive stuff. You can get in on the movement this weekend as the team hosts Georgia for a three-game series. Friday and Saturday’s games will take place at 6:30 p.m. at The Cliff, while Sunday’s finale will start at 1 p.m. All games will be broadcast on SEC Network+ (so, streaming, not on TV).

Go Bat Cats.


Kentucky Wins First Series At South Carolina Since 1999

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UK Athletics

#6 Kentucky scored a combined five runs in the eighth and the ninth innings to run away from South Carolina in a 9-4 win. Logan Salow struck out ten in 4.2 innings in relief to guide Kentucky to their 31st win of the season. Heading into the final three weekends of the season, UK is tied for the overall SEC lead and first in the East.

Recap

UK could not battle back from an early deficit yesterday, but the tide changed today. Ross Grosvenor homered in the second off Justin Lewis to give USC a 1-0 lead. But the BatCats came back in a hurry. Tristan Pompey drove in Marcus Carson with a RBI single in the third to tie the game at one. Evan White broke the tie with his sixth home run of the year, a two-run home bomb off Josh Parke. 

The bottom of the order added an insurance run in the top of the fourth. Troy Squires doubled with one out and Tyler Marshall singled to drive in UK’s fourth run of the game.

South Carolina came into the weekend with a losing streak of four consecutive series. The Gamecocks were hungry to end the streak, and it showed in the fifth. John Jones hit a two-run home run off Lewis and Carlos Cortes tied the game with a RBI double. With one out in the fifth, Logan Salow entered and ended the rally.

Salow dominated in a way that he never had today. The senior struck out the side in the sixth and the seventh innings and finished with ten total punchouts. Salow shutting down the Gamecocks could not have come at a better time. USC had just tied the game and looked ready to add more, but Salow shut the door for the final 4.2 innings.

While Salow dominated on the mound, UK’s offense found a late-inning spark. Marshall drove in his second run of the game to break the 4-4 tie, and Pompey picked up two more RBI with a two-out single to right. 

With UK leading 7-4 in the ninth, the Cats got some insurance thanks to Riley Mahan. The defending SEC Player of the Week hit a two-run home run off USC’s top reliever Colie Bowers. The Gamecocks went down without a whimper in the ninth as Salow struck out two more to wrap up a 9-4 win for UK.

After winning two of three in Columbia, UK won their first series at USC since 1999. The coach of that UK team? Keith Madison. Kentucky does not have a midweek game this week due to finals week, (Thank the Lord, reporters gotta study too) but they are back in action next Friday at home against Georgia.

 


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Softball team upsets Texas A&M, wins series

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Photo by UK Athletics

The No. 18 softball team took their weekend series against No. 4 Texas A&M after dropping the first game on Friday night of senior weekend.

Kentucky won their game today 7-4, cumulating their seven runs off nine hits. The win puts them at 34-14 overall and 11-10 in the SEC.

The series win is big for the Cats, who had a six-game win streak going into the weekend.

The Cats will travel to Starkville next weekend for a weekend series against Mississippi State and then it’s on to the post-season.


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UK Baseball Falls to South Carolina

Katie Dugan | UK Athletics

Katie Dugan | UK Athletics

The sixth-ranked Kentucky baseball team dropped game two of their series at South Carolina, falling to the No. 21 Gamecocks in Columbia 5-1.

After a Friday night offensive explosion that featured 19 runs and 20 hits, the Cats could only muster two hits against the Gamecocks’ Adam Hill.  The BatCats’ only run was a solo shot by Tyler Marshall in the top of the fourth, his first homerun of the year.  They had a chance to rally in the top of the eighth, but a 6-4-3 double play stopped the Cats in their tracks.

The BatCats will try to win their third consecutive SEC series tomorrow at 1:30.

Don’t let that get you down.  The UK Softball team took down No. 4 Texas A&M 7-2 for a Senior Day victory.  Instead of explaining it to you, I’ll let Ky Wildcats TV do the honors.

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Kentucky Runs Over South Carolina 19-1

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UK Athletics

Tristan Pompey collected four hits and Luke Becker hit two home runs as #6 Kentucky destroyed South Carolina 19-1 in Columbia. The Cats scored three runs or more in five innings in support of Sean Hjelle. The 18-run win was the largest over a SEC opponent in UK history.

Recap

Where to even start with this game? There were only two innings that UK didn’t score at least one run. The ball was flying out of the ballpark early and often for the Cats, but it was the small ball that got UK on the board early. UK got three early runs thanks to moving up on the basepaths. After UK loaded the bases in the third, Tristan Pompey drove in his first of four runs to give UK a 4-0 lead thru three.

Evan White added a run by scoring on a wild pitch in the fourth, but the ball started flying in the fifth. Pompey hit his seventh home run of the season as UK chased projected first round pick Wil Crowe after 4.2 innings. Crow filled in on Friday night for Clarke Schmidt, who will be out for the next year after needing Tommy John Surgery.

Zach Reks and Becker both walked and moved up on a wild pitch to lead off the sixth inning. With no outs, Riley Mahan and Troy Squires delivered with RBI singles off Colby Lee. Mahan would come around to score on a double play to give UK a 10-0 lead.

Squires was one of the guys tonight that just pounded USC’s pitching. Tonight was Squires’ second three-hit game of the season. It was also the third time that Becker had driven in five or more runs in 2017.

UK kept piling it on in the seventh and ninth innings. Connor Heady homered to lead off the seventh before Luke Becker added the exclamation point. Becker hit a three-run home run in the seventh and two-run dinger in the 9th to cap off a huge night for Kentucky’s offense. Becker, Heady, and Pompey all have seven home runs to tie Mahan for the team lead.

It’s hard to talk about anything else but the offensive performance tonight, but Hjelle was excellent once again. Hjelle struck out six in six scoreless innings as he lowered his ERA to 3.67 in 2017. After a rough start, Hjelle has emerged to an excellent Friday night starter. The talent mixed with a perfect amount of emotion on the mound makes Hjelle one of the top Friday night guys in the league.

Kentucky can make the SEC East Champion a two horse race with a win tomorrow. Florida won again tonight and trails UK by two games with 11 games to play. UK and USC are back at it tomorrow at 4 ET on SECN+.


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Kentucky’s Offense Is Dominating The Nation

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

It is no secret that Kentucky Baseball has one of the best offenses in all of college baseball. The BatCats have a new offensive approach, installed by hitting coach Todd Guilliams and assistant coach Roland Fanning. Thanks to the new look at the plate, UK has seen a complete change from last season. But how good has Kentucky’s offense been? Here’s a look into the numbers of the best offense in the SEC.

  • .315 batting average (1st in the SEC, 14th nationally)
  • 318 runs scored (1st in the SEC, 14th nationally)
  • Keep in mind, UK is facing a future first rounder every Friday night in conference play and also played a combined five games against #2 Louisville and #4 UNC.

In Moneyball, Billy Beane makes it clear that he doesn’t care if a guy reaches base on a walk or a hit. Nick Mingione’s offense thinks the same way. Mingione said that “the definition of a good offense is one that scores runs when they’re not hitting.” That is exactly what UK does at the plate. Take a look at how UK regularly gets on base.

  • .421 on-base percentage (1st in the SEC, 4th nationally)
  • 198 walks (3rd in the SEC, 23rd nationally)
  • 252 strikeouts (12th in the SEC)
  • 68 hit by pitches (1st in the SEC, 6th nationally)
  • Two players in the top five in the SEC in OBP (Tristan Pompey and Zack Reks)
  • The only team with an OBP over .400 in the SEC.
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UK Athletics

The team has been much more patient than last season when they posted a team OBP of .345. Strikeout numbers are down and walk rates are up. The team is taking more pitchess and is barreling up more balls. With more balls getting squared up, Kentucky is driving the ball to all parts of the field and over the wall.

  • The team is only ten bombs away from matching their 2016 total (52). The team is second in the SEC in home runs this season thanks to Riley Mahan, Connor Heady, and Tristan Pompey contributing with a combined 19 homers. The team averaged 0.91 home runs per game last year. That number is up to 1.02 in 2017.
  • 101 doubles (1st in the SEC, 3rd nationally)
  • 676 total bases (1st in the SEC)
  • .490 slugging percentage (1st in the SEC, 10th nationally)

As previously mentioned, UK faces some of the toughest arms in the nation. So how did they shape up against those future big leaguers?

  • Brigham Hill (Texas A&M): Five runs, six hits, no walks, three extra-base hits.
  • Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt, projected top ten pick): Seven runs, nine hits, four walks, two extra-base hits.
  • Alex Lange (LSU, projected first rounder): Three runs, seven hits, eight walks, four extra-base hits.
  • Jared Poche (LSU) Five runs, seven hits, two walks in only three innings.

Kentucky’s offense will face the second toughest pitching staff of the season when they visit South Carolina. The BatCats have another opportunity to prove their offense is one of the bests in the nation.

@TreyHuntsmanKSR


KSR Baseball Podcast: Week 9

It doesn’t get much better than last week.  The Cats dismantled their second-ranked rival before winning a series against a Top 10 LSU team at The Cliff.

Trey Huntsman and Coach Keith Madison break down all of the action in the ninth edition of the KSR Baseball Podcast, brought to you this week by Performance Physical Therapy (www.performanceptky.com).  Aaron Fitt of D1 Baseball joins the podcast to discuss the BatCats’ postseason hopes and much more, including:

—  Is Kentucky’s current win streak the most impressive in the country?

—  Why Kentucky is in the driver’s seat for a Top Eight national seed in the NCAA Tournament.

—  The best way to describe the BatCats: “balanced.”

—  This week’s usual mound visit, trivia question, are accompanied by a special one-time segment: Roush’s Baseball Story.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.