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Kentucky Women’s Track Team Wins 4×100 National Title

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The Kentucky women’s track team caught Alabama down the stretch to win the 4×100 relay National Title.

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Destiny Carter, Kayelle Clarke and Kianna Gray made up the four-person team that finished the race with a 42.51 time.  Alabama led all the way until the very end of the race.

It’s the second individual gold for the Kentucky women’s track team this weekend.  Olivia Gruver became the first UK track and field athlete to ever win a National Title in the pole vault, clearing 14-feet, nine inches.  The Kentucky Track program now has eight NCAA Outdoor Individual Gold Medals.

Camacho-Quinn added a silver medal in the 100m hurdles.  Her 12.58 performance was .01 slower than the winner from UTEP.

Kentucky is in first place overall through ten of 21 events, leading Georgia by eight points.  Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile is the final runner remaining.  Currently in second place in the triple jump, if she can medal the Cats could win their first ever team National Title.


The Cats came oh so close to reaching the podium.  Edrick Floreal’s team finished fourth overall in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, just three points behind USC.

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Kentucky Defeats N.C. State 10-5 for First Regional Championship

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A Cliff Hagan Stadium record crowd of 5,005 stayed up well past midnight to watch the Kentucky baseball team win the program’s first Regional Championship in head coach Nick Mingione’s first season.

A back-and-forth affair, the Cats took the lead for good in the seventh inning when Kole Cottam’s deep drive to right-centerfield hit the top of the raised wall.  The double drove in two RBIs to give UK a 7-5 lead.

After a rough start, a wild fourth inning filled with confrontation peaked when Kentucky’s Marcus Carson doubled down the rightfield line to put two runs on the scoreboard.  Connor Heady and Evan White each added an RBI to tie the game at 4-4.  The Cats fell behind in the fifth before the explosive seventh inning put Kentucky in the driver’s seat.  They topped it off with three insurance runs in the top of the ninth for the 10-5 final score.

Sean Hjelle shut the door on the Wolfpack.  Entering with two outs in the sixth inning, the SEC Pitcher of the Year needed only 35 pitches, good for three strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth, to retire the last 10 batters and secure the win.

Kentucky advances to play in the Super Regional next weekend at Louisville where the winner of the best-of-three series will advance to the College World Seris.

WATCH: Marlana VanHoose Sings the National Anthem before the Regional Final

WATCH: Marlana VanHoose Sings the National Anthem before the Regional Final

The biggest stage UK Baseball has ever played on required an intro from the biggest voice from the Commonwealth.

Marlana VanHoose did not disappoint the fans at Cliff Hagan Stadium.  Somewhere Drew Franklin is crying.

There’s a Rain Delay at Cliff Hagan Stadium Tonight’s First Pitch is at 9:20


If you’re wondering why it’s not yet baseball time in the Bluegrass, blame Mother Nature.

Scheduled to start at 7:04, the grounds crew at The Cliff put rolled out the tarp about 15 minutes ago in preparation for incoming storms.  It’s a small line that should pass through the area quickly, but right now it doesn’t look too good out there.


If you’re in the area, take shelter.  For the rest of us, remain patient.  This should not last too long.

UPDATE: 7:48

The skies are starting to clear up, but there’s still no official time for the first pitch.  Meanwhile, the people in control of the PA system are showing off.

UPDATE: 8:08

While the grounds crew prepares for play, Mitch Barnhart is pitching in by helping dry seats in the stands.

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Tonight At 7:00, Kentucky vs NC State

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Today has been full of talk about the BatCats. For someone that has covered every UK Baseball game for the last three years, I couldn’t be happier. Now it’s time to look ahead to the game. The build up is over, and now it is time to execute. Coach Mingione made a plea that the people of Lexington would come out to help break another attendance record in tonight’s Regional Championship. But as for Mingione and his team, they will be taking the field in the biggest game in UK Baseball history.

Think that is an exaggeration? It isn’t. Kentucky has never advanced to a Super Regional, much less the College World Series. The closest comparisons would be the 2014 Regional Championship against Louisville or 1988 Regional Championship against Stanford. Waiting for them in the Super Regional will be Louisville for a best of three series. A win tonight would turn the program into an unprecedented direction. Louisville looked beatable towards the end of their season, so they could definitely slip up against UK.

“You look up and you have the greatest fans in the country cheering us on. The fans tonight were phenomenal, they poured into us so much and they helped us out so much. We’re so grateful for them, we hope we get all those people back tomorrow and more.” -Riley Mahan after last night’s game. 

Before the Super Regional, UK needs to get past NC State tonight. The BatCats will use a committee of pitchers to get the job done against the Pack. Mingione said that everyone but maybe Zack Thompson will be available tonight. Zach Logue, Logan Salow, Chris Machamer, and perhaps Sean Hjelle will likely see time in the elimination game. NC State is in a little bit of a better spot in terms of pitching. Johnny Piedmonte should be ready to go for the Pack along with a full bullpen behind him. But as UK showed last night, a rested bullpen means nothing if they can’t stop a team from scoring. The BatCats roughed up NC State’s staff last night with eight runs in the first six innings.

For updates, follow @TreyHuntsmanKSR on Twitter. Here is some info for tonight’s game:

First Pitch: 7:00 ET

Television: SEC Network

Radio: Neil Price on iHeart Radio


UPDATE: Tonight’s game will be shown on the SEC Network

Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics

Excellent news! The SEC Network just picked up tonight’s game between Kentucky and NC State, which will begin at 7 p.m. ET. Previously, the only way to watch was ESPN3/, and I think we can all agree that watching on a bonafide TV channel instead of a stream is a much better option (although it will still be available online if that’s your thing).

If TV’s not your thing either, you can also listen to Neil Price’s call on 630 AM or Or, if you’re able, you can do the best thing and get down to The Cliff to cheer the Cats on in person. General admission tickets are still available.

Stay tuned for Trey Huntsman’s preview, which is coming to this here website in just a bit.

Let Nick Mingione pump you up for tonight’s game on KSR

With his team taking on NC State tonight for a spot in the Super Regional, today’s a busy day for Nick Mingione, but the first-year head coach made time to come on the radio show this morning. Mingione discussed his team’s big day yesterday, which included wins over Indiana and NC State to force tonight’s Game 7, and his emotional postgame comments about Marcus Carson. The senior centerfielder had four hits between the two games yesterday, including two home runs, and Mingione said his success was especially gratifying given how hard he’s worked this season, both on the field and in the classroom.

“He was just phenomenal. I just told him I couldn’t miss this opportunity to brag about him because in our program, you’ve heard me say this over and over, I evaluate our guys everyday in three different areas: as a student, person, player,” Mingione said. “I’m just so proud of him because his career hasn’t gone the way he wanted the first three years of his baseball career and now here he is, on the biggest stage, just doing awesome and I’m just so proud of him.”

Check out Mignione’s call around the 23-minute mark of hour two, including the latest on UK’s pitching situation. Then, go to Ticketmaster and secure your tickets for tonight’s game (reserved grandstand and outfield decks seats are sold out, but general admission is still available). As Mingione said, the fans really do make a difference.

I really believe with my heart that the crowd last night got us at least two or three more runs and I believe that was the difference in the game. We got their pitchers in a tough stretch, the fans started cheering, they started throwing balls, they started celebrating. Matt, this is awesome! This has never happened at The Cliff. The warm-up pitcher is throwing balls and our fans are celebrating!”

John Calipari will be at The Cliff tonight to cheer on the Bat Cats

John Calipari will be at The Cliff tonight to cheer on the Bat Cats

How big is tonight’s game between Kentucky and NC State? John Calipari is cutting his vacation short so he can be in the stands at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

“Okay, #BBN, I’m leaving vacation early to see UK Baseball battle!” Cal tweeted a few minutes ago. “Rain or shine, let’s pack this place!!! LET’S DO THIS!!! #PackTheCliff”

Last week, Calipari recorded this pep talk for Nick Mingione and his team during a break at the SEC Spring Meetings:

Another good omen for tonight: Marlana VanHoose is singing the national anthem. As we’ve learned over the years, no one does the anthem justice like Little Marlana. Obligatory Marlana anthem video:

To secure your ticket for tonight’s game (which will only be shown on ESPN3/WatchESPN), click here. Go get ’em, Bat Cats.

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Recapping An Historic Day At Cliff Hagan Stadium

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The BatCats battled for 18 long innings on Sunday and came away with two wins in elimination games. Kentucky and NC State will meet for the third time tonight at 7 ET to determine who plays Louisville next weekend in the Super Regional. Before we get set for tonight’s game, here is a look back at the yesterday’s doubleheader sweep for the Cats.

Kentucky’s Offense Woke Up Against Indiana

UK poured it on Indiana to move out of the loser’s bracket. The Cats reached base 25 times and scored 14 runs against a tired Indiana team. Marcus Carson, Kole Cottam, and Riley Mahan all hit home runs as UK’s offense began to capitalize in big time moments. Mahan’s home run was a grand slam that was effectively the dagger in the Sunday afternoon game. Kentucky went 8/14 with runners in scoring position and 12/21 with runners on base against Indiana after leaving a combined 24 men on base in the first two regional games. The offense really needed a game like this to start a streak as it gave them some confidence moving into the night game.

Kentucky Fought Off Elimination Twice 

After the win over Indiana, UK had to come back and play less than two hours later against NC State. The Pack jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Cats’ offense woke up once again. After tying the game in the third, Marcus Carson gave UK their first lead of the night with a solo home run. Mahan added a RBI single in the fifth before UK scored four in the sixth to take an 8-2 lead. The big sixth inning was evidence of how hard UK had fought to stay in this tournament. Zach Reks and Mahan both drove in runs with singles to start the onslaught. Luke Becker dug out an infield single with two outs and Kole Cottam came around to score on a wild pitch as UK added four runs in a hurry. The gritty performance in the sixth inning helped UK to pull away in an 8-6 win.

Mingione Handles The Bullpen Well On Sunday

Sean Hjelle and Justin Lewis both had high pitch counts in the first two games, so the bullpen needed to step up if the Cats were going to have a chance to win three games in two days. Zack Thompson went seven innings against Indiana to save as much of the bullpen as possible for Sunday night. Thompson was electric as always against the Hoosiers. The freshman struck out seven in his postseason debut. After Thompson, Colton Cleary and Alec Maley managed to record the final six outs of the game despite Cleary allowing five runs in the ninth. In the second game, Brad Schaenzer went the first four innings before handing the ball to Chris Machamer. Schaenzer didn’t have his best stuff, but he saved UK a few innings out of their bullpen. Machamer went 2.1 innings but a Joe Dunand home run chased the freshman in the seventh. Logan Salow was brilliant in the final 2.2 innings. The senior closer struck out four and did not allow a hit as he slammed the door on the Pack.

“Get ready for chaos. Get ready for the most messed up bullpen situation you can possibly think of,” Mingione said about tonight’s game. 

Mingione will have a full, semi-rested bullpen on Monday night. He noted in the press conference that everyone will be available except Zack Thompson. If I had to make an educated guess on how the pitching situation will go tomorrow, I would say Logue for three innings, Machamer for two, and then Salow for as long as he can go. If things get interesting, Hjelle should be available for an inning or two.

Mingione Gets Emotional In the Postgame Press Conference

After the media asked the players questions, Coach Mingione asked for a moment to speak on Carson. He got choked up talking about the student, the person, and the player that Carson has developed into this year. (Top video by Joe Mussatto on Twitter)

Riley Mahan Is Playing Outside Of His Head

The junior second baseman has stepped up in a big way in the regional. Mahan has driven in 11 runs and hit two home runs in only four games. His defense has been pretty solid and he has made some nice throws on the run. “Our offense all year has been relentless, I’m just so proud of these guys, the way they battled,” Mahan said.

Kole Cottam Is Kentucky’s Hottest Hitter

After a great showing in Hoover, Cottam has carried over his hot hitting to the regional. Cottam is now 15 of his last 30 at the plate and has collected a hit in nine straight games.

The BBN Was Heard Tonight 

As Mingione said in the press conference, over 18,000 people have come to see this team play in the regional. The fans at the Cliff were loud and proud last night.

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

Tonight’s UK Baseball game will only be on ESPN3/Watch ESPN

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

Need another reason to head down to The Cliff for tonight’s Kentucky/NC State game? We just found out that the game will only be streamed on ESPN3/WatchESPN, not televised on one of ESPN’s many channels, which is a bummer, but more incentive to get down there and cheer the Bat Cats on in person. The game will start at 7 p.m.

Coach Mingione is slated to come on KSR here in about 15 minutes, so tune in. I’ll have the clip on the site later today in case you miss it.


Game Four’s Monday Morning Wakeup


Greetings, friends. Long time no type. I’m back from my two-week adventure in Italy, during which I ate lots of pasta, drank lots of wine, and generally did my best to forget about UK Sports for a while…until Ryan Lemond’s creepy laugh woke me up one night to tell me Hamidou Diallo was coming back to school. (As you might imagine, going back to sleep after that was impossible.) I’ll share bits and pieces from my trip over the next week, but right now, a much more important matter is upon us: Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Being abroad when the Nashville Predators won the Western Conference Finals was tough, as was getting home just in time to witness their humiliating loss in Game Two; that’s why Saturday’s 5-1 win was so sweet. I’ve lived in Nashville for 11 years now, and I’ve never witnessed a more amazing day in the city. Over 50,000 fans flooded the streets downtown, forcing police to close down two additional blocks of Broadway all the way to the river. For once, there were more locals than tourists downtown as Preds fans pushed out bachelorette parties and staked their claim to hear Alan Jackson’s free concert and swap guesses as to who will sing the national anthem (Martina McBride) and how many catfish would hit the ice (by my count, three). The Preds responded, turning in a crucial 5-1 win to move the series to 2-1. Even though it’s a Monday, I expect the atmosphere will be equally as rabid leading up to an essential Game Four. I got my fill of the chaos downtown on Saturday, but will be cheering from my lucky seat here in East Nashville. Join me at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports. We got this.

In the meantime, here’s what we’ll be talking about today:

1. UK Baseball will play NC State for a spot in the Super Regional tonight

The Bat Cats got back on track in the Lexington regional with two huge wins yesterday, the first over Indiana and the second over NC State to force a final showdown with the Wolfpack tonight. The winner will advance to the Super Regional in Louisville to face the Cardinals. The game starts at 7 p.m. at The Cliff, and while you should do absolutely everything you can to be there to cheer them on in person, it should be televised, although the channel has yet to be determined. We’ll keep you updated.

2. Coach Mingione got a little emotional in the postgame presser

How much would a spot in the Super Regionals mean to this program and its players? Nick Mingione teared up when talking about his senior centerfielder Marcus Carson last night:

How can you not love Mingione? Speaking of baseball…

3. How about my Davidson Wildcats?

My other Wildcats knocked off 2-seed North Carolina last night to win the Chapel Hill Regional in what D1 Baseball’s Aaron Fitt called one of the biggest upsets in college baseball history. Between the Preds winning Saturday, both sets of Wildcats winning Sunday, and Steph Curry doing his thing in the NBA Finals, it was certainly a great weekend to be a Wildcat. Watch the awesome winning moment below:

4. Calipari was in NYC this weekend

After stops in Destin for the SEC Spring Meetings and Pittsburgh for Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals, Calipari was in NYC this weekend to take his son Brad to a Mets/Pirates game:

Something tells me Cal will be back in Pittsburgh for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals Thursday night.

5. 17 Days until the NBA Draft

Believe it or not, there are only 17 days until the NBA Draft in New York, and while I was gone, it seems buzz continued to grow around De’Aaron Fox. Fox impressed at the Catalyst Sports Pro Day this weekend, prompting some to suggest that the Lakers may pass on Lonzo Ball and take Fox instead with the second pick. We saw this as the season went on, but Fox’s shooting continues to improve, as you can see in this video from his Pro Day workout via Draft Express:

After the workout was over, Fox was back in the weight room to put in more work:

Make the right choice, Magic.

6. I had the best risotto in the world in Burano

Should you ever find yourself in Venice, Italy and overwhelmed by the crowds, do yourself a favor and hop on the ferry to Burano, a small fishing island about 40 minutes outside the city. Known for lace and brightly painted buildings, Burano is an amazing oasis, made even more so by the seafood risotto at Da Romano. My husband and I first heard about the dish on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” and made the trek solely to try it; we were not disappointed. Prepared delicately with “go,” a local fish, it was simply perfection, especially when paired with the house white wine and this view:

Sigh. Before I hop on a plane back to Venice, let’s keep going.

7. The Governor’s Cup Luncheon is tomorrow

For some reason, the Governor’s Cup luncheon is still held in June even though the rivalry showdown takes place in November, but alas, this year’s version takes place tomorrow afternoon at the Frankfort County Club. That means awkward photo opps between Mark Stoops and Bobby Petrino, plenty of pictures of the trophy, and hopefully a little bit of swaggy trash talk. Usually, this event is a bore, but it sure is nice to come in as the winner after last season’s upset for the ages.

Speaking of…

8. The UK Football Women’s Clinic is set for July 22

Period jokes aside, last year’s women’s clinic was a great way to get ready for football season, and from what I hear, the folks at UK have even more tricks up their sleeves for this year’s event, which will go down in the Woodford Reserve Club at Kroger Field on Saturday, July 22. The registration fee is $75, which includes a gift, t-shirt, lunch, and all the pictures with Freddie Maggard you could dream of. For more information, visit

9. Wonder Woman was awesome

I’m not a huge superhero/comic books fan, nor do I expect a lot from Hollywood when it comes to females in leading roles, but I absolutely loved Wonder Woman. I came in not knowing a lot about the character other than her accessories have powers, but director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot brought a story many have struggled with to life. I left the theater ready to rumble and happy that finally, little girls have a heroine that’s just as badass as Batman, Superman, or the countless other male superheroes. Do yourself a favor and go see it.

10. One hour until the gang discusses Shannon’s win over Tony Vanetti in OVW

If you haven’t seen the pictures and videos of Shannon wrestling in a speedo, consider yourself warned:

Tune in to hear the gang break it down one hour and six minutes from now.

BatCats Survive Elimination Game Against NC State

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Kentucky knocked off NC State 8-6 on Sunday night to stave off elimination once again. After beating Indiana earlier this afternoon, UK fought off the Wolfpack to force a winner-take-all game on Monday night.

The BatCats used a four-run sixth inning to propel them to a win in their second elimination game of the day. RBI singles from Luke Becker and Zach Reks sent Cliff Hagan Stadium into a frenzy during the sixth.

Marcus Carson hit his second home run of the day and Tristan Pompey went 3/5 with two runs scored in the win.


UK and NC State will face off once again tomorrow night at 7 ET. We will have more on this game on KSR tonight. Follow @TreyHuntsmanKSR for updates from the press conference and Cliff Hagan Stadium.


UK Baseball’s Colton Cleary has a nice mustache

Photo by: Chet White/UK Athletics

The Kentucky Baseball team is fighting for their season in the NCAA tournament right now. However, their left handed pitcher has one of the best mustaches in the NCAA tournament, which is very important.

According to NCAA Baseball’s twitter account, Colton Cleary has one of the most “marvelous mustaches on the road to Omaha.”


The senior pitcher from Nicholasville, Ky. was one of eight candidates for the best mustaches currently competing in the tournament.

I might be a little biased, but I think Cleary’s is the best of the pack.

The NCAA Baseball did not stop at mustaches. They found the best beards of this postseason as well. I’m all for this.


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Kentucky Beats Indiana To Continue Season

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Kentucky finally capitalized in big situations in the postseason. The BatCats ran away with a 14-9 win over Indiana thanks to opportunistic hitting throughout the lineup. After leaving 24 men on base in the first two games, the UK offense woke up against the Hoosiers.

It didn’t take long for the offense to get rolling against IU starter Cal Krueger. Evan White and Zach Reks singled with one out in the first. Riley Mahan delivered his first RBI of the day on a single to right to score White. Mahan’s two-out RBI was only the first of many for the junior second baseman.

After the Cliff erupted in the first, they were quickly quieted in the bottom half of the inning. Tony Butler homered into the left-field bleachers to tie the game at one. Hopefully, Indiana enjoyed the solo shot, because it was all they would get on Thompson for the next five frames. The freshman retired ten in a row from the first to the fifth. Thompson struck out seven in seven strong innings.

The UK offense gave Thompson all the run support he needed from the second inning on. Marcus Carson homered in the second to answer Butler’s shot in the first. After that, the floodgates opened. Kole Cottam homered with one out in the fourth and Connor Heady singled home Tyler Marshall to give UK a 4-1 lead. 

The sixth inning was when UK’s offense really woke up. Tristan Pompey doubled home a pair of runs to increase UK’s lead to five with one out in the sixth. White and Reks both reached to load the bases. With two outs, Mahan delivered for the second time. Mahan jumped all over Tim Herrin’s 0-1 offering and sent it into the right-field parking lot for a grand slam. 

IU would make it interesting with a four-spot in the bottom of the seventh, but UK came right back in the top of the eighth and scored three runs on the tired Indiana bullpen. Colton Cleary and Alec Maley would eat the final two innings and allow five runs in garbage time as UK rolled to 14-9 win on Sunday afternoon.

After defeating Indiana 14-9 this afternoon, UK will take on NC State tonight at 7 ET.


Riley Mahan drove in five runs with two outs today. Mahan went 4/5 with five RBIs against IU. He led the way for a much-improved performance by the Cats offensively.

The Cats dominated with runners in scoring position. UK went 8/12 with RISP and 12/18 with runners on base.

Thompson saves the UK bullpen for tonight’s game. The freshman allowed four runs in seven great innings today. IU hung three runs on home runs in the 7th, but Thompson retired three of the last four to end the threat. Cleary and Maley pitched the final two innings, so UK will have a fairly rested bullpen for the remainder of the regional.

Freshman 15: Zach Thompson

Freshman 15: Zach Thompson


After last night’s loss to N.C. State, UK baseball is at a pivotal point in their season. Thankfully, the BBN is more fired up than ever about Kentucky Baseball. Before you head out to the Cliff this afternoon to watch the BatCats take on Indiana, read up on one player who’s already made significant contributions this season: freshman Zach Thompson.

The left-handed pitcher came to Kentucky from Selma, Indiana, where he attended Wapahani High School. Here, he helped his team bring home the 2A State Championship trophy during his sophomore season, and he was named First-Team All-State for three consecutive years. He owns the school record for career strikeouts (405), strikeouts in a game (20) and season slugging percentage (1.154).

At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Thompson joined the Wildcats as a part of the No. 9 recruiting class. He was ranked the No. 23 left-handed pitcher and No. 134 overall player.

Last summer, Thompson had the opportunity to completely forgo a collegiate career. The recent high school graduate was drafted in the 11th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, and therefore had to decide between playing baseball in Florida while cashing in a nice paycheck or going to college. Luckily for the Cats, he decided to enroll at UK.

Photo by UKathletics

“There’s no other atmosphere like college baseball,” Thompson said. “I’m not going to see this at the next level.”

Just like another recent student-athlete, Thompson’s decision to delay his professional career in order to play at Kentucky came down to the wire. The pitcher pushed his announcement right up until the signing deadline.

“I just felt like college was the best fit for me,” Thompson said. “I’ll be able to develop here. I know [assistant coach Jim] Belanger does a really good job with pitchers. Every pitcher he’s ever had has improved his draft stock.”

Against Indiana, his home state, Thompson struck out a career-high 10 batters through six innings. He gave up just two runs on three hits and two walks.

Coach Mingione acknowledged the attitude that often comes with playing against your home state, noting that Thompson didn’t get “all caught up in Indiana.”

“I felt like he was locked in in what he was trying to do,” said Mingione. “And that’s not common for freshmen.”

In another standout game, the freshman pitched a career-best 6.2 innings of shutout baseball in the Cats’ win over UT Martin on April 12. In the victory, the lefty tied a career-high eight strikeouts and lowered his season ERA a full run.

Thompson has not seen any action so far this weekend, but, after Saturday’s loss to N.C. State, Mingione said it is likely that Thompson will start in today’s matchup against ­­­Indiana. Make your way to Cliff Hagan Stadium by 1 p.m. to catch Thompson – and the rest of the BatCats – in action.