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How Kentucky Can Win Three Games In Two Days

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Coach Keith Madison says there is nothing scarier than playing a team with their backs against the wall. Why? Because that team has two choices; go down fighting or die. Kentucky will need to fight harder than ever to get out of their own regional. The BatCats will need to beat Indiana once and NC State twice in order to advance to the Super Regionals next week. It is extremely difficult, but there are several ways UK could advance if they play their cards right.

UK needs to play like the 2007 Red Sox. That team worked to win every inning rather than the game as a whole. If you look at the total picture, it is a bit intimidating. But UK needs to win a battle at a time rather than the war as a whole. The first battle is tomorrow at 1 ET. The biggest issue for UK will be the lack of pitching depth moving forward. UK is going with Zack Thompson on the mound in game one and will need several big performances from their bullpen in order to win three games in two days.

Thompson was terrific against Indiana last month (see above video), and he will need to step up once again today. With UK using Sean Hjelle yesterday and Justin Lewis and Zach Logue last night, Thompson is the last true starter for the Cats. Thompson will have to go five or six innings and shut down the Hoosiers. After Thompson, UK will need big performances from the likes of Logan Salow and Chris Machamer out of the bullpen. Those three pitchers will most likely make up tomorrow’s staff.

UK’s offense looked tired and unproductive over the last two weeks. If the bats come alive tomorrow, look out for the remainder of this tournament. Kentucky may not have a deep staff, but the offense can carry them if they wake up.

UK will face the steep test of beating NC State twice if they can get past Indiana. Brad Schaenzer and Logue will need to carry the weight if the BatCats can get to Sunday night. Once again, UK will go as far as their offense can take them. Troy Squires, Connor Heady, and Marcus Carson will have to find some production in the bottom half of the lineup so Tristan Pompey and Evan White will have someone to drive in at the top.

“Nothing in life, in this postseason is going to come easy. When we get this done, it’s going to be that much sweeter.” -Nick Mingione

As for NC State, they can definitely be touched. The bullpen for NCST has been used for all but two outs in 21 innings played in the regional. After using seven pitchers in a 12-inning win on Friday, the Pack used Sean Adler 7.2 frames on Saturday. If UK were to make it to Sunday night, then it would be a battle of the bullpens. I have seen my share of regionals, and anything can happen at that point. NC State will definitely have the advantage, but it is not completely out of the realm of possibility that UK could make this happen. If UK’s offense can chance the Pack’s starter early, then it will be interesting to see who they go to for the remainder of the game.

 

If the Cats can pull off two wins today, it will all come down to tomorrow night against NC State. Neither team will have any fresh arms at that point. UK could start Logue for three innings, then go to Machamer, Colton Cleary, and Salow to finish it out. The Cats will have arms such as Alec Maley and Austin Keen available if they are needed.

As for Kentucky’s offense, they just need to capitalize. The BatCats have left 24 men on base in this regional. That stat is unacceptable if they want to advance any further. Mingione hinted at the fact that they got under too many balls on Saturday night and he couldn’t be more correct. UK was giving NC State routine flyouts from start to finish. As for their approach and vision at the plate, they are fine. The BatCats have walked 14 times in two games in the postseason. It will be about capitalizing and getting extra base hits.

Are their backs against the wall? Yes. But the BatCats still have a great opportunity to win this regional. UK proved they can beat Indiana with Thompson and NC State can be touched. The BBN needs to come out and support this team just like they have the last two day.


Kentucky Baseball camps announced

Kentucky Baseball camps announced

The Kentucky Baseball team has just announced their camps for this summer, and registration is now open. Youth camps are available for children in grades 1-8 throughout June and July, and the high school hitting camp will be on July 3.

Youth camps will offer players the chance to improve their baseball fundamentals through drill work and simulated game situations. Hitting camp will give high school players instruction on hitting through mechanics, drills and various presentations. For both camps, all players will be videotaped for optimal hitting analysis.

For more information and to register, visit UKathletics.com/camps. 


NC State Upsets Kentucky 5-4

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Kentucky dropped tonight’s regional game 5-4 to NC State. UK struggled with leaving runners on base early and could not respond to NC State’s three-run fifth inning.

Yesterday’s gritty approach at the plate carried over to the first inning on Saturday. Tristan Pompey singled and advanced to second on an error to start the game. Zach Reks and Luke Becker both walked to load the bases with one out. NC State went to their bullpen with only one out in the first for the second straight game as Sean Adler entered for the Pack. Adler allowed a sac fly from Mahan to score one but stranded the other two runners to end the first. 

UK’s stranded runners would soon become the story of the game. After leaving two on in the first, NC State answered with back-to-back home runs to lead off the bottom of the inning. It was the first time UK had trailed in the regional as starter Justin Lewis struggled with command early.

Tristan Pompey tied the game in the third with a solo home run off the scoreboard. It was UK’s first home run since the first game of the SEC Tournament.

Lewis continued to have command issues into the fifth inning. Evan Mendoza tripled past the glove of Marcus Carson in center to score two runs with two outs. Andy Cosgrove singled home Mendoza to give the Pack a 5-2 lead heading into the sixth. 

Zach Logue was dominant out of the bullpen but could not match what Adler did for NC State. Adler went 7.2 innings in relief, allowing two runs and striking out five. After Pompey’s homer in the third, the only run Adler allowed came on a Mahan RBI single in the 7th that cut NC State’s lead to two.

Logue held NC State at bay for the final three innings, but it was too little too late. UK’s offense left a lot of men on base early, and a last chance rally fell short. White hit a solo home run in the 9th to make it 5-4, but Austin Staley got Reks to ground out and Kole Cottam to pop out to end the game.

NC State will advance to tomorrow night’s championship, while UK will play tomorrow at 1 ET against Indiana.


Ohio is Eliminated from the Lexington Regional

Yes, Indiana makes all of their teams where those stupid candy-cane pants, via @HoosierBaseball.

The No. 4 seed in the Lexington Regional is out of the tournament.  After falling to the Wildcats 6-4 on Friday, the Ohio Bobcats were eliminated by the Indiana Hoosiers 11-2 today at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

After a long night of extra inning baseball, the Hoosiers showed no signs of fatigue.  IU’s Logan Sowers hit not one, not two, but three homeruns in the early game at The Cliff.

The loser of tonight’s game between the Wildcats and the Wolf Pack will take on Indiana tomorrow at 1:00 in an elimination game.  If the Cats can find a way to win tonight, they’ll play tomorrow night at 7:00 and need to take two losses to be eliminated from the Regional.


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Regional Saturday’s Top 10

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A wonderful weekend of baseball began yesterday when a spectacular crowd of 3,956 people came to The Cliff for Kentucky’s first round matchup in the Regional Tournament.  The first Lexington Regional since 2006, the Cats got off to a great start in what will hopefully be a wonderful weekend for Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Cats Win Game One

For the first time since 1988, Kentucky won the first round Regional game.  Sean Hjelle pitched seven scoreless innings before Ohio could get on the scoreboard.  The Cats contrasted starkly by scoring runs early and often, getting two in the first on RBIs from Luke Becker and Riley Mahan.  Every UK player in the lineup collected a hit, but it wasn’t the prettiest win.  The Cats left a ton of runners stranded, something they need to fix tonight.

Check out the highlights here.

A Long Night for N.C. State

Kentucky’s second round opponent, N.C. State, will be fighting against fatigue tonight.  The Wolfpack went 12 innings with Indiana before they knocked off the Hoosiers 7-6.  The 7:00 p.m. game ended just before midnight.  Hopefully a few tired arms will open things up for the Kentucky offense.

Another great day for baseball in the Bluegrass, tonight’s game begins at 7:00.  A win would put the Cats in the driver’s seat, just one win away from a Super Regional berth.  Tickets are available at the gate or here.

Enes Kanter’s Father was Arrested

As Kanter continues to speak out, the Turkish government continues to apply pressure on Kanter.

Student-Athletes Return to Campus

Summer is just getting started for everyone, except student-athletes.  Their time away is coming to a close as they make their way back to campus.  Summer classes and workouts begin next week.  Don’t feel too bad for them; most are finished with “work” by noon and have the rest of the day to enjoy the long, hot summer.

Calipari Wants Challenges

Calipari’s crazy idea at this year’s SEC Spring Meetings wasn’t as crazy as “Preseason SEC Tourney,” but it’s still kind of out there.  He wants coaches to have the ability to challenge any call in the second half.  It sounds like a wild way to slow the game down, but they actually already use challenges in the D-League.

Somehow, this wasn’t even the craziest idea he had to offer.  “There’s some other thing I told them I wouldn’t mention to you,” Calipari said. “Out of the box stuff they said, ‘Stop, don’t even say that, stop.’”

Pitino’s MAJOR Last Minute Pick-Up

Today at 4:00 Brian “Tugs” Bowen is expected to announce he will attend the University of Louisville.  A five-star Top 20 McDonald’s All-American, Pitino’s best Louisville recruiting class is going to finish with his highest-ranked recruit in a decade.  The addition should make the Cards must-watch TV, if only to make fun of Bowen’s stupid hair.

Detroit Free Press

Jarren Williams is at the Elite 11

The future Kentucky quarterback is only one of two dozen prospects at Nike’s premiere quarterback camp in Los Angeles.  We have yet to find any footage from the event, but everything sounds like Williams did well at his first day of camp.

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Listen to the NEW Depth Chart Podcast

Freddie Maggard has another new batch of former players talking football on this week’s Depth Chart Podcast.  Chris Chenault and Jay Dortch return to bust Mark Higgs’ chops.  The former Wildcat running back is one of the best to ever play at Kentucky, but you wouldn’t know it the way they tear him apart.  It’s a lot of fun and a great way to spend an hour and a half.

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The Stanley Cup Goes to Nashville

If you’re within a 90 miles and aren’t in Nashville, you’re missing out.  Even though the Preds trail the Penguins 2-0, that town will be ON FIRE for its first Stanley Cup Final game.  The Preds will try to fight their way back into the series tonight at 8:00/7:00 CT on NBCSN.

The Day the Dude is Dethroned

Tonight is the night you’ve all been waiting for, the night Shannon the Dude gets beat down by Tony Vanetti.  Even though one rocker is half the age of the other, Shannon doesn’t stand a chance against the experienced, Body Shapes Medical man set to take the World Radio Heavyweight Championship Belt.

The Saturday Night Special is tonight in Louisville and tickets are still available. There will also be a replay on WBNA-21 Ion-TV in Louisville.


Drew joins Matt on Friday’s edition of Hey Kentucky! to play Big Deal or No Big Deal

On Friday’s edition of Hey Kentucky!, KSR’s own Drew Franklin joined Matt from the golf course to play a game of Big Deal or No Big Deal.

They discussed Bevin’s proposal on how to deal with the violence in Louisville and a man in Vegas suing his own hotel.

Ricky Jones also joined the show to discuss colleges protesting during graduation ceremonies, which you can find below:

Watch the entire episode after the jump:

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Kentucky Wins Regional Opener Over Ohio

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Kentucky won their first regional opener since 1988 with a 6-4 win over four seeded Ohio on Friday. A strong defensive performance put together with an amazing approach at the plate put Sean Hjelle in a good spot on the mound. Every player in the lineup collected a hit as UK reached base a total of 22 times in the win.

Recap

Kentucky’s offense did not wait to settle in against All-MAC Pitcher Michael Klein. With two outs, Zach Reks doubled to right as UK began to rally. Luke Becker and Riley Mahan collected back-to-back RBI singles off Klein in the first to give UK a 2-0 lead thru one. Reks’ double got the offensive motor going for the Cats. The two-strike, two-out double was a jumping point for UK’s attack today. The two-out hit was the first of seven today for the Cats.

The first inning was only the beginning of Kentucky’s impressive attack on Friday. UK really forced Klein to labor in the early innings. Klein threw over 100 pitches in only four innings of work in game one. Mahan shot a single to center to score Evan White and hang the third run on Klein in the fourth. Even with the three runs, it felt like UK could have had more. The Cats left seven runners on base in the first three innings and 15 for the whole game.

Even though UK left so many guys on base, their approach at the plate was much improved since the final two weeks of the season. The Cats walked nine times and collected 13 hits in the win. “It all builds off communication with our team, discussing the strike zone amongst each other, getting a feel for his pitches,” Reks said. “As far as the plan goes, just grind it out and keep on getting the strike zone established.”

The fifth and sixth innings were proof of how smart the Cats were at the plate today. After Tyler Marshall singled to lead off the fifth, he advanced all the way to third on a passed ball and groundout. Tristan Pompey drove him in with two outs on a single to left.

In the sixth, UK worked three walks and two hits off the Ohio Bullpen. Jake Rudinski entered to try and stop the rally early. Rudinski allowed a single and two four-pitch walks before he was pulled. Marshall and Heady were both credited with RBIs as they both walked with the bases loaded to give UK a 6-0 lead thru six.

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Kentucky’s offense was forcing the Ohio pitcher to labor on them mound. The Bobcats were doing the exact opposite against Sean Hjelle. Ohio didn’t have a player reach second base until the fifth inning against Hjelle. The righty bounced back after a rough outing in Hoover to lead the Cats on defense. The first six innings were a breeze for Hjelle thanks to the Bobcats approach at the plate. Ohio was jumping on a lot of first pitches and not making good contact. Hjelle’s defense was right behind him to make some incredible plays. Heady made an incredible diving stop and flip to second to save a base hit. White dove at first in the fifth to snag a ball that would have driven in Ohio’s first run of the day.

“My defense has shown up about every start I’ve had” Hjelle said.”It’s really relaxing and comforting knowing that.”

Trailing by six, Ohio looked for some late magic against Hjelle. Spencer Ibarra and Ty Black lead off the inning with singles before Rudy Rott hit a three-run home run over the wall in right. Rott’s bomb ended Hjelle’s day and put some pressure on Chris Machamer out of the bullpen. After walking one, Machamer slammed the door with a pair of flyouts and a strikeout.

Even with Hjelle’s one mistake, his performance to open the tournament was incredible. Hjelle allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings against Ohio.

In the ninth, UK went to their shut down closer Logan Salow. Devon Garcia drew a walk against Salow and advanced to third with two outs. Black singled Garcia home to bring the tying run to the plate. Salow got an inning-ending ground out to first to send Cliff Hagan up in an ovation.

The crowd today at the Cliff neared 4,000. The BBN came out and supported loud and proud on a hot Friday afternoon. “I want to thank the Big Blue Nation, that was awesome,” Mingione said. “Our guys looked up at all the people and it was just so much blue.”

Kentucky will be back in action tomorrow against either NC State or Indiana at 7 ET.


Kentucky Defeats Ohio 6-4 in Round One of Regionals

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The Wildcats let the Bobcats creep back into the game late, but held on to advance to the second round of the Lexington Regional.

Pitcher Sean Hjelle was fantastic through seven scoreless innings.  With a 6-0 advantage, Nick Mingione tried to save his bullpen, but it backfired.  Hjelle gave up a three-run bomb to Rudy Rott in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to 6-3. Chris Machamer got the Cats out of the jam. Logan Salow surrendered one run in the ninth but managed to hold on for the victory.

Kentucky will play the winner of N.C. State and Indiana tomorrow night at 7:00.  Trey Huntsman has more on the way from The Cliff.


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The Cliff is ready for this weekend’s regional

Photo by @JoeMussatto

Exciting times are happening at Cliff Hagan Stadium, but it’s 3,000 people seating capacity wasn’t going to work for hosting this weekend’s NCAA Tournament Regional.

In order to make it work, the program has brought in temporary bleachers to increase seating for 4,300 fans. Take a look at the transformation:

Construction on Kentucky’s new baseball stadium began in March, and should be completed and ready to go for the 2019 baseball season. Capacity will be boosted to seat 4,000 fans for regular season games and bleachers can be brought in to increase seating to as many as 7,000 for hosting NCAA regionals.


Four BatCats named Collegiate Baseball All-Americans

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Before Kentucky baseball can start their run for Omaha tomorrow at noon, four BatCats were dubbed Collegiate Baseball All-Americans.

Pitcher Sean Hjelle and second baseman Riley Mahan both earned Second-Team nominations, while first baseman Evan White and outfielder Tristan Pompey were Third-Team honorees.

With two weeks left until the draft, Bleacher Report’s MLB mock draft shows White being drafted 12th to the Pittsburgh Pirates. While not projected to go in the first round, Mahan could also be a potential pick this year. Hjelle and Pompey, both sophomores, will be eligible for the draft next year and will be both stand a chance in the league.

Make sure to stick around tomorrow for coverage of the Cat’s first regional game against Ohio. You can follow Trey Hunstman on Twitter at @TreyHuntsmanKSR for live updates and listen to the KSR Baseball Podcast preview the regional tournament.


Scout

Would You Rather Eliminate UofL Baseball or Defeat UofL Football?

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You’re never supposed to count your chickens before they hatch, but there’s a scenario brewing that must be addressed.

If Kentucky and Louisville both win this weekend’s Regionals, the Cats and the Cards will face off in a best-of-three series at Jim Patterson Stadium for a chance to play in the College World Series (CWS).

After reaching the CWS two years in a row in 2013 and 2014, the Cards were favorites to win it all the previous two years, only to be upset in heartbreaking fashion at home in the Super Regionals.  On the other side of the diamond, Kentucky has never been to a CWS.  In fact, they’ve never even been to a Super Regional.  If the Cats could advance to the CWS in Mingione’s first season while building a new stadium, it would create unprecedented momentum for the program, all while ending another promising UofL season early in their own ballpark.

That choice is awfully attractive, but so is winning the Governor’s Cup for the second consecutive year against a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback coached by Bobby Petrino.  It’s difficult to foresee where the each football program will be at the end of the season, but here’s a best case scenario for each team going into the game:

  • Kentucky: The Cats have eight wins and could potentially win the East.
  • Louisville: The Cards defeat Clemson and Florida State and are playing for the CFB Playoff.

Even if there is much less at stake for both teams in the final game of the season, an eight-win regular season for Kentucky would be the first for the football program since 1984.  I don’t think I have to tell you how insufferable Louisville fans would be if they made the CFB Playoff.

Now you have a hypothetical choice.  You only get one.  Would you rather eliminate the Louisville baseball team from postseason play and see UK advance to the CWS, or would you rather see the best regular season of Kentucky football since 1984 end with a win over Lamar Jackson and Bobby Petrino?



Indiana Daily Student

A Look At The Three Teams Coming To The Lexington Regional

It’s not news that Kentucky is hosting a regional this weekend. It might be news that the three teams coming to Lexington are not pushovers. All three teams could give Kentucky a run for their money if the Cats aren’t careful. Two of the three teams have legitimate power threats and one has a dominate closer. Here is what to look for when watching the Lexington Regional this weekend.

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#2 Seed- Indiana, 33-22-2 (14-9-1, 6th in the Big Ten) RPI:26

Memorable Alumni: Kyle Schwarber, Ted Kluszewski

Marquee Wins: Louisville, Michigan x2, Gonzaga x2, Maryland x2, Xavier x2

Player to watch: Craig Dedelow

The Hoosiers are a familiar opponent of the BatCats. The two teams met on May 9th in Lexington in a game that Kentucky won 5-2. Indiana couldn’t muster much against Zack Thompson as the freshman struck out ten in six innings.

The Hoosiers bring in a decent offense, a good defense and an average pitching staff to the regional. Of IU’s four starting pitchers, no one has an ERA below 3.75. Opponents are hitting .280 against the Hoosiers in 2017, a stat that may haunt IU in Lexington. Cliff Hagan Stadium is not forgiving for those that make mistakes. Jonathan Stiever has made a couple of nice starts on Fridays, but that is about it. Indiana’s pitching staff is their downfall, but their offense has helped keep them around.

Despite only having two players batting over .300, the Hoosiers have found ways to score runs. IU was second in the Big Ten in homers with 67. Craig Dedelow mashed 17 home runs this season and Luke Miller (11) and Matt Lloyd (10) both hit double digit bombs in 2017.

#3 North Carolina State 34-23 (16-14, 7th in the ACC) RPI:30

Memorable Alumni: Trea Turner, Carlos Rodon, Dan Plesac

Marquee Wins: Louisville, Wake Forest, Florida State x2, UNC, Clemson x2

Player to Watch: Brad Debo

N.C. State comes to town as the hardest team to read. They took two of three against Clemson and Florida State, but the Wolfpack also lost six games to teams with an RPI below 100. They beat Brendan McKay but got swept by Boston College.

The one thing we do know about N.C. State is that they finished the season hot. For a time, it looked like they wouldn’t be in the Field of 64. Then the Pack won 14 of their final 17 games to put them right back into the NCAA Tournament.

Big time power threat Joe Dunand (Alex Rodriguez’s nephew) leads the way for the Pack on offense. Dunand’s 16 homers put him on the ACC’s Second Team All-Conference. Brad Debo, a freshman, led the team with a .343 average. N.C. State brings in a rotation of Brian Brown, Sean Adler, and Michael Bienlien that went a combined 12-9 on weekends.

The credibility is there for the Pack, they just need to play up to their ability. That has been an issue for N.C. State in recent years. In 2013, they had two first round picks but couldn’t find their way into the postseason. The Indiana vs. NC State game will be interesting to watch. If N.C. State can get to the Hoosiers’ bullpen early, the Pack should pull the upset on Friday night. Keep in mind, this team hosted a regional last year.

Ohio University

#4 Ohio 31-27 (13-11, 5th in the MAC) RPI: 185

Memorable Alumni: Mike Schmidt

Marquee Wins: Kent State x4

Player to watch: Jake Roehn

First off, yes Mike Schmidt did play for Ohio. Schmidt took the Bobcats to the 1970 College World Series before being drafted by the Phillies. Unfortunately for Ohio, the greatest third baseman of all-time won’t be suiting up this weekend.

Ohio got hot at the right time as they ran through the MAC Tournament and into the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. They bested Kent State four times in the final weeks to steal their bid and finish four games over .500.

Ohio has an elite closer and several other nice pieces of their pen, but their rotation is scattered. Michael Klein was named First Team All-Conference after posting 3.24 ERA in 58.1 innings as a junior. Power hitter Spencer Ibarra and closer Jake Roehn were also named to the First Team.

Ohio plays excellent defense and will not give their opponent anything. The Bobcats finished 12th in the nation in fielding percentage thanks to three members of the All-Defensive Team leading the way. Ohio won’t be an easy opener for Kentucky. They play smart and won’t make many mistakes in the field. Sean Hjelle will need to silence Ohio’s bats long enough for UK to get momentum on offense early.


Sean Hjelle will Start Game One for UK

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Nick Mingione will pitch his ace in Game One of the Lexington Regional.

The UK Baseball coach will go with his right-handed SEC Pitcher of the Year tomorrow against Ohio.  Friday is Sean Hjelle’s (sounds like “jelly”) normal day in the pitching rotation.   “Sean Hjelle has thrown the opening game all season,” Mingione said.  “I didn’t want to change that.”

His last outing was a strange one.  He got rocked by LSU last Friday at the SEC Tournament.  Hjelle surrendered nine earned runs and 11 hits in five innings, yet he threw a career-high ten strikeouts.

Tomorrow he’ll throw out the first pitch against Ohio at noon.  Tickets are still available at UKAthletics.com/NCAATickets or you can call 859-257-1818.


The KSR Baseball Podcast’s Regional Tournament Preview

It’s been a big week for The KSR Baseball Podcast.  After Trey’s recaps his trip to the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Coach Madison helps him look ahed to the NCAA Tournament as the Cats host just their second Regional in program history.  Highlights include:

—  Trey’s immediate reactions to the brutal losses in Hoover.

—  A comparison to John Wooden’s last game and NCAA Tournament seeding.

—  Who do you send to the mound in Game One?

—  A preview of each team in the Lexington Regional Tournament.

—  The Best Moments from the Season.

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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A Pair of Prestigious Postseason Honors for UK Baseball and Softball

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This afternoon two athletes from the University of Kentucky diamond received postseason honors.

UK softball shortstop Katie Reed was named a NFCA Third Team All-American, becoming just the third All-American in school history.  Just a sophomore, Reed had a .353 batting average, 26 runs, 71 hits, 10 doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs on the season.  She also had a 16-for-20 stolen base record.  On defense she had the highest fielding percentage of any SEC shortstop at .961 and made SportsCenter’s Top 10 twice.

On the baseball field, Evan White was named a Semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award, given each year to the top amateur baseball player in the nation.  The junior first baseman is hitting .366 with an impressive .629 slugging percentage.  He’s scored 39 runs, driven in 38, hit eight home runs and stolen six bases.  At the conclusion of the regular season, White was named Second-Team All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team.

White still has work to do this weekend.  If he can help the Cats get five more wins, John Calipari will be soon be enjoying a stogie in Omaha.