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UK Softball advances to NCAA Super Regional


Kentucky Softball advances to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament after defeating Illinois 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Kentucky went a perfect 3-0 this weekend, defeating DePaul and Illinois twice.

“I was really proud of my team today,” head coach Rachel Lawson said. “We did such a good job coming out on fire, being the visiting team. Coming out scoring those runs.”

“For the most part we were just awesome on defense again,” Lawson said. “I was just really proud of us for being able to play our game today in the championship game of a regional. Means a lot to the program.”

The Wildcats once again came out ready to play, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Brooklin Hinz got things started off the Cats with a deep shot to center field for a triple. Abbey Cheek scored, and the Cats took an immediate 1-0 lead.

Freshman Alex Martens followed Hinz’ triple with a homer to center field to take a 3-0 lead. This was Martens’ fourth home run of the season.

“I definitely think it was a big momentum for the game itself,” Martens said on her home run. “But I mean the inning started off with Brooklin’s hit. I mean that started huge momentum. And then Abbey scoring on that. I think it was like a peak for the energy level in that inning and then it kind of just carried through us for the rest of the game.”

Cheek and Hinz weren’t done quit yet. Cheek hit a lead-off triple in the top of the third and a sac fly by Hinz brought her home to take a 4-0 lead.

Junior Erin Rethlake started on the mound for the Cats today. After allowing a hit and and a walk with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Kentucky decided to make a change at the mound. Meagan Prince came in for the Cats. She pitched on both Friday and Saturday.

Despite not allowing any runs all weekend, Rethlake allowed a run in the sixth and Prince allowed a run seventh. However, Illinois’ comeback wasn’t enough for Kentucky’s strong start.

This was the first time Kentucky swept a home regional in program history.

Kentucky advances to its fifth Super Regional, all under head coach Lawson. The Cats’ only appearance at the Women’s College World Series was in 2014.

“This is something we do,” Lawson said. “This is Kentucky softball. Super regionals is not something that is foreign to us. It’s not our first time and we are a team that wants to not only to go to supers but a team that gets national seed and goes to world series.”

Kentucky will play the team that advances from the Eugene Regional. Oregon and Wisconsin are the two remaining teams. Oregon will look to eliminate Wisconsin at 7:00 p.m. ET.

P.S. Be on the look out for Katie Reed on #SCTop10 after this play.


The 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament Bracket

The 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament Bracket

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After falling to Florida in the final game of the regular season, Kentucky dropped to the No. 3 seed in this week’s SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover, Alabama.

Kentucky’s first game will be Wednesday at 10:30 on the SEC Network.  They’ll take on the winner of Vanderbilt/South Carolina.  The BatCats were a combined 4-2 against the Commodores and the Gamecocks this season, winning each series.

Trey Huntsman will be there to cover every game for KSR.  Hopefully he’s forced to stay until Sunday to see Kentucky try to win their first ever SEC Baseball Tournament.

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UK Baseball falls at Florida, loses series and SEC crown

Kentucky needed to win two of three in the series at Florida this weekend to win the SEC title, but it fell short of that goal, dropping each of the last two games after taking the first on Thursday.

In today’s third and final game of the series, a must-win for the Cats, a blown lead and several missed opportunities with runners on base cost Kentucky its shot at the prize. Florida won the game, the series and a share of the SEC regular season crown with a 6-4 win.

Though the loss stings, the regular season as a whole far exceeded expectations. Kentucky finishes the season at 38-18 and 19-11 in conference play, and will be the No. 3 seed in the SEC tournament.

Trey Huntsman will have more in a bit…


UK Softball stays perfect, advances to regional final


The UK Softball team defeated Illinois 1-0 to advance to the regional final tomorrow.

Unlike yesterday’s five-run first inning, the Wildcats scored their only run in bottom of the fourth inning. Kentucky’s Bailey Vick Cats scored on sac fly to right field from Breanne Ray.

Meagan Prince was on the mound again for the Cats. In all seven innings pitched, she allowed only three hits and struck out three batters.

“I think it was one of my better performances,” Prince said. “I felt sharp. I felt lose on the mound and I felt confident in what I was throwing.

Prince did not allow a base runner after the third inning and retired the final 14 batters she faced.

“I think once the hitters went through the order, we kind of had a better idea of how to attack,” Prince said. “Me on the mound, I had a better idea of where I needed to place the ball. It’s a game of two inches, those first three innings if I could have moved the ball a little further to the left or to the right or down, maybe those hits wouldn’t have happened.”

Head coach Rachel Lawson said today’s matchup between Prince and Illinois’ Breanna Wonderly was a great pitcher’s duel.

“I thought both pitchers did outstanding,” Lawson said. “They did a great job of controlling the bottom of the zone.”

Lawson does not know who will be on the mound for the Cats tomorrow, but is very confident in all her pitchers.

“So depending who comes out of this and how many pitches they have to throw and all that will determine what I do tomorrow,” Lawson said. “As much as our pitching staff won’t know until tomorrow what’s gonna go on, I’m probably not gonna know until tomorrow at about 4 a.m. That’s about when I make that decision.”

Kentucky will face the winner of Game 5 (today at 5:30 p.m.) tomorrow at noon.


Saturday, May 20

Game 3 – Illinois vs. Kentucky: Noon

Game 4 – Marshall vs. DePaul: 2:30 p.m.

Game 5 – Illinois 3 vs. Winner Game 4: 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 21

Game 6 – Kentucky 3 vs. Winner Game 5: Noon

Game 7 – (If necessary): 2:30 p.m.

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WATCH: Nick Mingione’s First Career Ejection

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Nick Mingione didn’t make it through last night’s 11-run loss to Florida.

In the top of the fifth inning, Kentucky trailed Florida 7-0.  Kentucky’s Marcus Carson was hit by a pitch, but the umpire ruled he didn’t make an effort to get out of the ball’s path.  Carson didn’t get a base and the Kentucky head coach was not happy about it.

Another angle:

I applaud Mingione’s efforts.  Normally a laid back guy, he was elusive, evading umpires attempting to hold him back to make sure the home plate ump heard what he had to say.

Mingione is back in the dugout right now.  With a win over Florida and an LSU loss to Miss. State, the Cats can claim a share of the SEC Title.  Watch all of the action unfold in the final game of the regular season on Watch ESPN.

Corey Lanerie atop Cherry Wine (left) congratulates Exaggerator after winning 2016's Preakness Stakes. (AP | Patrick Semansky)

Preakness Saturday’s Top 10

Corey Lanerie atop Cherry Wine (left) congratulates Kent Desormeaux and Exaggerator after winning 2016’s Preakness Stakes. (AP | Patrick Semansky)

Just when you thought we had a weekend without sports, the Preakness Stakes is here to see if Always Dreaming will give us a Triple Crown to cheer for in three weeks at the Belmont.  Before the horses hit the Pimlico track, the Kentucky baseball and softball teams are taking the diamond with a lot at stake.

1. Which Non-Derby Horse will Win Money?

Let me start by saying Cherry Wine can go to hell.  The horse powered through the mud to ruin my perfectly good trifecta and I’m still not over it.  It was a bad day.

This year’s field has brought a few of the best Derby contenders who are out to prove the sloppy, packed Churchill track was the reason they did not finish better.  Hence, Gunnvera and Lookin’ at Lee are all good prices.  If you throw them in a trifecta with the prohibitive favorites, Classic Empire and Always Dreaming, you could win some nice coin, but Cherry Wine part two will still probably ruin it.

I don’t know which Non-Derby horse has it in them, but if you’d like to share, please.  I can’t have another year of ruined Preakness bets.

2. The Morning Line Odds


3. And the Winner is:

Classic Empire.  He’s the Exaggerator to Always Dreaming’s Nyquist.  If you don’t like that comparison, think Affirmed and Alydar, Smarty Jones and Lion Heart or Real Quiet and Victory Gallop.

Dreaming had everything go right for him in the Derby.  Pretty much everything went wrong for Empire and he still came in fourth.  Even if he doesn’t win, this is the last time you’ll see Empire at 3/1.

4. The BatCats are Blown Out in Gainesville

After the Cats took the Gators to the woodshed in the first game, Florida returned the favor in Game Two.  Kentucky could never get the bats going while Florida ran wild to win 14-3.  Kentucky can no longer win the SEC outright, but a win today at 1:00 ET could earn them a share of the SEC East title.

5. The Lexington Softball Regional Continues

While the BatCats struggled, their female counterparts thrived in the first round of the Regional Tournament.  The UK Softball team scored five runs on four hits in the first inning and never looked back to defeat DePaul 6-0.  Meagan Prince’s shutout featured five strikeouts and just two hits.

Kentucky will play for a spot in the Regional Championship today at noon against Illinois at John Cropp Stadium.  After a 12-inning first round victory, hopefully fatigue is a factor for the Illini.

6. Is Diallo’s Decision Going to Happen?

It could happen at any moment.  He’s finished with workouts, but his teammates are still trying out for NBA teams.  Mychal Mulder recently got a look from the Orlando Magic and Isaiah Briscoe worked out with the Rockets yesterday.

7. Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs have not been the most entertaining basketball.  Last night the Cavs beat the brakes off the Celtics 130-86.  If you can still appreciate basketball in a blowout, the Warriors are traveling to San Antonio for Game 3, tonight at 9:00 on ABC.

On the other hand, the NHL Playoffs have been thrilling.  It’s had everything you want in postseason play: game sevens, overtime and epic comebacks, most recently the Ducks’ 3-2 OT win over the Preds.  They return to the ice tonight in Anaheim with the series tied at 2-2, starting at 7:15 on NBC, following the Preakness Stakes.

8. I Tied a Bow Tie

After years of failed attempts, I finally figured out how to tie a bow tie and I’ve never been more proud of myself.  It’s my greatest accomplishment since graduating college and it feels so good.

9. Check Out 75

One of my best friends is in a new film that’s not for the faint of heart.  Made in Cincinnati by Cincinnatians, it takes a personal look at the heroin epidemic that’s ravaging our region.  I have yet to see it, but it’s airing in a few select theaters in Cincinnati and in the coming months you’ll be able to watch it and chill.  For a better description, IMDB says,

A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hard-working therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati.

75 Official Trailer from Brand Old Productions on Vimeo.

10. Have a Wonderful Day

On a slow news day, this is the part where we normally say, “KSR in an hour,” except there is no KSR in an hour.  But if you’d like to listen to any old episodes, click here.

Florida Blows By Kentucky To Take Game Two

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Kentucky’s offense faltered after Thursday’s impressive performance. Florida ran away with a 14-3 victory on Friday behind a big night from their starting pitcher Brady Singer. The Cats will need a big win tomorrow over Florida in order to win the SEC East. If LSU wins and UK loses, the two teams will share the title and UK will have the #1 seed in the SEC Tournament.


Singer and Florida owned this game from the start. UK was baffled by Singer’s fastball-slider combo as he struck out four of the first five batters of the game. Kentucky’s offense couldn’t find a groove before Florida stepped on the gas in the second. Mark Kolozsvary hit a ball to right that continued to carry out of the park for a two-run home run to give Florida the first lead of the night. 

The long ball has been Logue’s Achilles Heel in 2017. Kolozsvary’s home run was the 18th allowed by Logue this year. The Gators continued to touch Logue in the third. Thanks to five straight hits with one out, Florida scored four runs in the third to take a 6-0 lead.

The bleeding would not stop for the UK pitching staff in the middle innings. After Logue exited, Alec Maley allowed a RBI single to J.J Schwarz in the fourth. Austin Keen was unable to quiet the Gators in the fifth as Florida led 11-0 heading into the sixth.

The frustration really boiled over in the top of the fifth for UK. Marcus Carson was called back to home after being hit by a pitch and not making an effort to get out of the way. Nick Mingione argued the call and was eventually ejected for his petition at home plate. He got his money’s worth before he took the walk off the field.

Florida gave Brady Singer more than enough run support. Even with Tristan Pompey ending the no-hitter in the sixth, Singer still cruised into the seventh inning. Kole Cottam blasted a two-run bomb to right to put UK on the board. Pompey added a RBI single to cut Florida’s lead to eight in the seventh. Singer finished the seventh inning and picked up the win on Friday.

For UK, first baseman Gunnar McNeill made his season debut on the mound. McNeill struck out two in the seventh but had to eat three runs in the bottom of the eighth as interim manager Todd Guilliams elected to save the rest of his bullpen for Saturday.

UK and Florida wrap up their series on Saturday with a 1 ET first pitch. The Cats will look towards Justin Lewis to lead them in the biggest game of the regular season.



UK softball moves on to winner’s bracket after strong start


Kentucky softball moves on to the winner’s bracket of the Lexington Regional of the NCAA Tournament after shutting out DePaul 6-0.

The Cats began their NCAA Tournament one hour and 34 minutes later than scheduled. Instead of the 2:30 p.m. start time, the Cats took the field for a game that started at 4:04 p.m.

The first game between Marshall and Illinois went to 12 innings. Illinois defeated Marshall after scoring on an RBI in the bottom of the 12th inning.

The delayed start had no impact on Kentucky. The Cats started hot and scored five runs in the bottom of the first, which set the tone for the rest of the game.

Kentucky scored again in the bottom of the fifth inning, securing the win.

Kentucky’s Megan Prince pitched six innings, allowing DePaul’s only two hits and striking out five batters.

The Cats will play Illinois tomorrow at noon. The broadcast of the game is TBD.


Saturday, May 20

Game 3 – Illinois vs. Kentucky: Noon

Game 4 – Marshall vs. DePaul: 2:30 p.m.

Game 5 – Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4: 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 21

Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5: Noon

Game 7 – (If necessary): 2:30 p.m.

UK Hoops adds top 10 guard in 2018 class

UK Hoops adds top 10 guard in 2018 class

UK Hoops added its second commitment from the 2018 class with the addition of Rhyne Howard, the No. 10 guard in the nation.

Howard pledged her commitment to the Cats via a Twitter post Friday morning:

I have prayed about it and want to thank my mom for being by my side during this recruitment process. I also would like to thank my uncle, my coaches, my friends, and teammates for their continued support. So with that being said I have decided to continue my academic and athletic careers at the University of Kentucky. Go Wildcats!

Howard, out of Cleveland, Tennessee, picked Kentucky over the national champion South Carolina Gamecocks.

Big get for Matthew Mitchell’s program!

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12-4 Blowout Pushes UK Closer To SEC Title

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UK Athletics

Tristan Pompey’s grand slam in the fourth inning gave #7 Kentucky their first lead of the night and carried UK to a 12-4 win over #5 Florida. The Cats are a win away from the SEC East crown and potentially the overall title. UK’s offense tallied 20 hits as Florida was unable to keep up on Thursday.


Sean Hjelle struggled with command in the first two innings, but he also had some bad luck. Florida loaded the bases on an error, infield single, and a walk with one out. Austin Langworthy delivered a sac fly to center for the first run and Jonathan India knocked in one more on a RBI single. Hjelle’s command was rough in the bottom of the second. The sophomore walked three in the second and allowed one run to come across as Florida lead 3-0 thru two.

Hjelle settled down in the third and pitched his first zero of the night. On the other end, Alex Faedo was also watching his pitch count rise early. The consensus first rounder had 49 pitches thru two innings but was still controlling the Cats.

The only time UK could get to Faedo early was with two outs. The first nine hits for UK came with two outs in an inning. In the 4th inning, Faedo really struggled to find the third out. Kole Cottam doubled to center to get the rally going. Marcus Carson was barely nicked by an inside slider before Heady blooped a single to right to load the bases. Tristan Pompey delivered maybe the biggest hit of the year for the BatCats. Faedo put a slider on the outer half that Pompey tagged for a grand slam to right. It was Pompey’s ninth home run of the year.

The grand slam completely changed the vibe of Thursday’s game. The offense began to break through and Hjelle began to feel comfortable on the bump. For Florida, it all fell apart. Faedo allowed a RBI single to Troy Squires in the fifth before UK broke through the levy in the sixth. A two-RBI single by Evan White chased Faedo after 5.1 innings. The Preseason All-American allowed a career-high 13 hits and seven runs in his shortest outing of the season.

For Hjelle, the offense’s production seemed to calm him down on the mound. After allowing the three early runs, Hjelle held Florida scoreless for the next 3.1 innings. Hjelle finished with a line of 5.2 innings, three runs (one earned), six hits, five walks, and five strikeouts. Hjelle exited with runners at the corners and two outs in the sixth. Zack Thompson entered and got a big third out to slam the door.

Kentucky continued to step on the Gators’ throats in the seventh. Cottam singled home two runs to chase Nick Horvath with one out in the frame. The wheels continued to fall off for Florida as Connor Heady brought in two more runs with a single to center. UK lead 11-3 thru seven.

Riley Mahan crushed his 14th home run of the year in the eighth to give UK a nine-run lead. Colton Cleary closed the game out with only one run allowed in the ninth to give UK a 12-4 win in Gainesville.

The importance of this win cannot be underappreciated. The Cats now control their own destiny and are a win and a LSU loss away from locking up the SEC regular season title. Tonight’s win will go down as one of the biggest in UK Baseball history. The offense was ridiculous (everyone had one hit, seven guys had two or more) and it was all against a top five team. The Cats did it all on national TV and embarrassed Florida at home.

The Cats go for the SEC Title tomorrow at 6 ET.

UK Baseball still in play for a national seed; Game 1 of SEC title showdown on ESPN tomorrow night

Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics

Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics

Starting tomorrow, the sixth ranked UK Baseball team will take on No. 5 Florida in Gainesville for the SEC regular season championship, a title UK has only won once in the 82 seasons since the league was founded in 1933. The series is so big that ESPN will air the first game live at 7 p.m. tomorrow night (Friday’s will be on the SEC Network, Saturday’s SEC Network+).

A SEC regular season title would be huge for the program, especially in Nick Mingione’s first year, but it could also help them secure a national seed, which would mean hosting a regional. currently has the Cats in as the sixth #1-seed, playing host to Kent State, Florida State, and Indiana:

Take out Stanford and Clemson and insert LSU and Kentucky. Obviously, the SEC getting two more national seeds might surprise some people, but both the Tigers and Wildcats have a whopping 18 wins vs. RPI Top 50 teams, while they have other strong metrics, such as strong non-conference schedules, conference records, and the trend for both of these teams is headed a positive direction.

Excellent. Now, go take care of business in Gainesville, Bat Cats.


The KSR Baseball Podcast: Week 12 with Chris Burke

Coach Madison and Trey Huntsman return to prepare you for the regular season finale against Florida, with the help of former Major Leaguer and current SEC Network baseball analyst Chris Burke.  Highlights include:

—  Why Kentucky will win the series against Florida.

—  Where SEC teams fall in the postseason picture.

—  The best MLB prospects in the SEC.

—  Kentucky’s dominant offensive performance vs. Tennessee.

—  Burke breaks down the play of his former team, the Houston Astros.

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 15

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UK Athletics

There is no better way to test the greatness of a team than to see their attitudes after a tough loss. After losing two of three at home to Georgia, the #9 BatCats went 4-0 this week with a midweek win over Indiana and a sweep of Tennessee. The offense looked more lively than they had in weeks as the team preps for a postseason run.

Weekly Recaps

Kentucky 5 Indiana 2- Zack Thompson set a career-high in strikeouts as he sat down ten Hoosiers’ over six innings on Tuesday night. Indiana came in as the hottest team in the Big Ten with wins in eight of their last ten. Thompson’s strong performance and big nights from Tristan Pompey and Evan White pushed UK over Indiana.

Kentucky 15 Tennessee 5- UK’s offense blasted four home runs on Friday night in support of Sean Hjelle to take game one of the weekend series. UK had the Vols down 15-1 headed into the 8th inning as they scored at least once in all but two innings. Troy Squires hit his first career home run as the Cats tallied 19 hits in the win.

Kentucky 8 Tennessee 3- The offense didn’t falter after a big night on Friday. Evan White hit his second home run of the series and Riley Mahan added two more dingers to give him the team lead with 13. Mahan and White combined to go 5/9 with seven RBIs and four extra-base hits on Saturday. As I mentioned last week, Chris Machamer is a weapon that hasn’t been used adequately this season. In his longest outing of the season, Machamer went 4.1 perfect innings to collect the win out of the bullpen.

Kentucky 7 Tennessee 2- The BatCats got their brooms out on Sunday to finish off the Vols. Zach Reks, Pompey, and Mahan all picked up three hits in the win. Zack Thompson and Logan Salow combined to throw the final 5.2 innings on the mound. The Vols only reached base five more times as the UK bullpen slammed the door and finished off the sweep.


Notes from the week

Sean Hjelle is owning the Friday night role- There were concerns early in the season that Hjelle would not handle the transition from closer to starter well. That’s not an issue any longer. After throwing seven innings of one-run ball against Tennessee, Hjelle sits at 8-2 with a 3.28 ERA. Take away a couple blemishes early in the season, and that ERA is well below three. I love Hjelle’s emotion on Friday nights. That’s the kind of guy you want starting the first game of a regional or a super. His strikeout to walk ratio is solid and he does a good job of maintaining control even in big situations.

Squires dominates behind and at the plate- It’s never really been in doubt that Squires is superb behind home. He is third on the team in fielding percentage (for qualifying players) and is now hitting .331. Squires picked up seven hits in the series against UT and gives the Cats a nice spark from the bottom of the lineup.

Kentucky’s offense comes back- UK’s offense looked a little down against Georgia and the results showed it. UK had no issues on offense against Tennessee this weekend. UK outscored the Vols 30-10 in the three-game series.

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UK Athletics

Evan White is now in the top ten all-time in hits- After another huge weekend, White tied Chad Green for tenth all-time at UK with 215 hits. There is a real chance White could move into the top five by the end of the season if he keeps his current pace.

UK sends off the senior class of 2018-  Saturday was Senior Day for seven players and manager Sean Mann. The seven guys threw out the first pitch to their mother’s. Congrats to all the guys on their careers at UK.


SEC Talk

We are one week from the travel day for the SEC Tournament, and the picture for the title is still murky. Florida has a one-game lead over Kentucky and LSU with Mississippi State sitting at fourth. UK can take the East crown with a series win over Florida next week. If they were to finish tied with LSU, UK would have the tiebreaker as they have a better win percentage and took two of three from the Tigers. The top four seeds all get byes in Hoover. Arkansas is currently fifth and would need a lot to happen to shake up the picture.

The week ahead

UK has their final home game before the postseason this week against Northern Kentucky. After the midweek, UK will take on Florida starting on Thursday. UK took the series against the Gators in 2016, but this is a new Florida club. We will have more on the huge series on Wednesday and on this week’s podcast.

New Podcast on Tuesday

Former All-American and current SEC Network Broadcaster Chris Burke will join the show this week to talk about the final weekend of conference play as well as the SEC Tournament and his playing days. I will be headed to Hoover next week, so make sure to follow @TreyHuntsmanKSR for updates on the SEC Tournament.


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UK Softball will Host Regional Tournament

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UK Athletics

The Kentucky women’s softball team is back in the NCAA Tournament.  Their journey to the Women’s College World Series begins in Lexington.

The Lexington Regional Tournament begins at John Cropp Stadium Friday at noon when Marshall takes on Illinois.  Kentucky, the No. 14 overall seed, will play DePaul at 2:30 in the first round of the double-elimination tournament.

All games will air on ESPN3, but it’d be much better if you were there to cheer on the Cats in person.  Tickets can be found here starting tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.

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UK Baseball Sweeps Tennessee 7-2

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UK Athletics

After a rough weekend against Georgia, the BatCats bounced back to sweep Tennessee, winning game three 7-2 in their final regular season SEC homestand.  Their record improves to 36-16 (18-9 SEC), currently tops in the SEC East (if Florida defeats Alabama they will be tied for first).

The Cats came out hot with three runs in the first inning, highlighted by Riley Mahan’s two-run triple.  Mahan tore up Tennessee; this weekend he was 9-of-12 with a double, triple, 3 homeruns and 6 RBIs.

Tennessee threatened in the fourth, scoring two runs to cut the UK lead to two, but contained the damage with a double play to end the inning.  Kentucky responded in the bottom of the fourth with a run to make it 5-2.  Tristan Pompey’s eighth homerun of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Kentucky all the insurance they needed for the win.

The final regular season home game at The Cliff is Tuesday evening against Northern Kentucky.  They’ll end the regular season next weekend in Gainesville, a series that will likely decide the SEC Regular Season Championship.