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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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 responses to “Kentucky Defeats N.C. State 10-5 for First Regional Championship”

  1. als071685

    C-A-T-S CATS, CATS, CATS!!!

  2. als071685

    Bring it on Loserville!

  3. runningunnin.454

    Three Game Sweep!
    Super Regionals for Super Bat Cats!

    1. cats42301

      A sweep is when you beat the same team in consecutive games as part of a series. Is your 3 game sweep beating NC St. twice and Indiana once? Just wondering.

    2. 4everblue

      Buzzkill…

  4. lonarorer

    Congrats Bat Cats!!

  5. cats42301

    I’ll be honest I didn’t think they had a chance in heck of winning 3 games in 2days, mainly because of the fatigue factor, man I’m glad I was wrong! These guys never panicked after losing to NC State in the first game against them, it just made them more determined to win the regional. Great job to all the players, Hjelle was money in the 9th striking out the side, Mangione made great calls all weekend. Bring on the Cards! GO CATS!!/

  6. 7ukncaa

    Link to purchase tickets. Need as much blue as possible:

    http://gocards.com/sports/2017/6/2/2017-ncaa-baseball-louisville-regional.aspx

  7. Ridge Runner

    Go Big Blue!!!! Yesssss! Very proud of the fight and comeback.

  8. DelrayCat

    More basketball news please!…and less of these irrelevant sports@!
    For instance…
    Why are there so few tattoos on this years team?
    Will Quade call his grandmother on a regular basis?
    Is PJ a boxer or brief guy?
    Come on KSR…we need hard hitting insights…not this baseball crap.

    1. catsarerunnin

      Yes KSR should make it all about you….

    2. BBNDan7

      Sarcasm evades you catsarerunnin…unclinch your a**hole every now and then

  9. Penn Chaloaf

    GO CATS!

  10. Catcasey1

    Where do we get tickets

    1. TBW3011

      Look 3 or 4 replies above yours.

  11. CatFanInTheVille

    I love the passion Coach has brought to this year’s team. I have no eligibility left but if I did I would play for Coach Minge!

  12. satcheluk

    This team is fun to watch!