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Kentucky Track & Field Competes at Kentucky Relays

Chet White/ ukathletics.com

Over the weekend, the Kentucky Track & Field teams competed in the Kentucky Relays. They won a total of 8 events, 5 by the women and 3 by the men; lead by Raymond Dykstria’s second ranked javlin throw. His throw beat the stadium record by more than 12 feet. Newcomer and previously two-time SEC champion Cally Macumber was impressive her first time in a Kentucky uniform. She won the mile in a time of 4:50.13. Here are some more notable finishes from the weekend:

  • Alisha Adair won the 200m with a time of 23.91, a new personal best for her.
  •  Dezerea Bryant easily won the 100m dash with a time of 11.55.
  • Lea Nugent won the 100m hurdles over fellow teammate Kayla Parker with a time of 13.41
  • Andrew Evans, who was competing on his Senior Day, won the discuss throw with a distance of 60.87m/199-8.
  • Charles Moushey placed second in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.20m/17-0.75. It ranks just an inch under the UK freshman record.

Kentucky’s next event will be the SEC Outdoor Meet, which will be held on May 15-18th. It is the first time since 1996 that the SEC Outdoor Meet has been held in Lexington. Go CATS!

(Stats and info from ukathletics.com)

@Perk_21KSR

 


Cats Take Road Series at A&M

 

The UK Baseball team won their first conference road series of the season, taking the first two games of the three game set, 6-3 and 11-4 before dropping the finale 14-2.  The series was highlighted by junior A.J. Reed’s NCAA leading 15th and 16th home runs of the season.  The two wins on the weekend bring the Cats to 26-14 on the season and an even 9-9 in the SEC, good for second place in the SEC East.

 

Game 1: UK 6, A&M 3

UK and Texas A&M entered the ninth tied at three.  With two outs and the bases loaded, left-fielder Ka’ai Tom singled in the go ahead run and first-baseman Thomas Bernal added two more insurance runs as the Cats took the opener in College Station.  Tom and Bernal were responsible for all six Wildcat runs with Bernal going three-for-five and four RBI on the night.

A.J. Reed earned his seventh win of the season in ten Friday night starts.  The left-hander worked eight innings and started the ninth before yielding to Kyle Cody, allowing three runs on nine hits, striking out four to just one walk on 113 pitches.  Cody would takeover with a runner on in the ninth and would need just seven pitches to earn his fourth save of the season.

 

Game 2: UK 11, A&M 4

After allowing an Aggie run in the opening frame, the Cats would score the next eleven runs as third baseman Max Kuhn and A.J. Reed each went four-for-six at the plate, combined for six RBI, and each hit a home run in the series clenching rout of the Aggies.  Reed’s homer, a two run shot in the seventh, was his nation leading 15th of the season.

Sophomore Dylan Dwyer earned his second SEC win in as many starts as the Murray native worked six and a third innings, allowed just one run on five hits and struck out four.

 

Game 3: A&M 14, UK 2 

A&M’s bats finally woke up in the series finale as the Aggies scored five runs in the first inning, all with two outs, to deny the Wildcat sweep.  A.J. Reed highlighted the afternoon for the UK with his NCAA leading 16th home run of the season with two outs in the first.

 

All in all, it was a good week for the Cats as they won three-for-four on the road, including a 4-2 win on Tuesday at Louisville to sweep the season series.  They will return home for four games this week starting Tuesday against Tennessee Tech before welcoming Ole Miss, third in the SEC West, for a three-game weekend series.


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UK Softball Wins Series Against Arkansas

Photo via Twitter @UKsoftball

Photo via Twitter @UKsoftball

UK softball clinched the series win against SEC foes Arkansas despite dropping game three, 8-0. The Cats are now 38-9 and 13-6 in SEC play and before the loss on Sunday against the Razorbacks, the Cats had won 10 consecutive games, which was the second longest streak in program history. The longest winning streak in School history came earlier this year when the Cats started the season 12-0.

UK took game one against Arkansas on Friday night with a come-from-behind effort and a game winning home run from sophomore infielder Nikki Sagermann. The Cats were down three runs entering the bottom of the fifth inning before the Cats started a rally and scored three unanswered runs, two coming from a throwing error and one from a fielding error. The Cats went on to hold Arkansas’ offense off and Nikki Sagermann belted a solo homerun over the center field wall in the bottom of the ninth to take the victory 4-3. Sagermann also hit a game winning solo homerun last Sunday at Ole Miss to seal the deal in the extra inning win.

Lauren Cumbess started in the circle of the Cats in game two of the series, allowing three earned runs on three hits in the first inning. In the bottom on the inning, Cumbess hit a two RBI single up the middle to cut the lead 3-2 before being replaced by Kelsey Nunley in the second. Nunley pitched the next six innings for the Cats allowing only two runs, one earned off seven hits, and struck out four. The Cats scored two more runs in the second to take the lead 4-3 and the lead continued to increase throughout the game as Krystal Smith hit her second homerun of the season and Nikki Sagermann went 2-for-3 with two RBI and hit another homerun. Sagermann now leads UK with 10 homeruns and 37 RBIs. Nunley recorded the win 7-5 against the Razorbacks which clinched the series win. Nunley is now 19-4 on the season with a 1.85 ERA.

The Cats dropped game three of the series 8-0 in six innings. Shannon Smith got her second SEC start in the circle and loaded the bases in the first inning, allowing three runs to score on one hit. The Cats were unable to produce in the bottom and the Razorbacks led the second inning off with a solo homerun to stretch the lead 4-0. Megan Prince replaced Smith on the mound in the fourth inning, but the Cats were still unable to hold Arkansas offensively as they went on to score four more runs and held UK to a scoreless game.

The Cats will Travel to Bowling Green, KY to play WKU in a non-conference game on Tuesday at 7:00pm before returning home for three day three game SEC series against Tennessee starting Friday at 6:00pm. Game two of the series at John Crop Stadium will take place on Saturday at 5:00pm and will conclude on Sunday at 2:00pm.


Baseball wins series against Texas A&M

(Chet White | UK Athletics)

The University of Kentucky baseball team beat Texas A&M today, 11-4, claiming the series. They will go for the sweep tomorrow.

Kentucky’s final tally was 11 runs on 17 hits, with only one error. Dylan Dwyer was awarded his fifth win, working 6.2 innings and surrendering5 hits. He pitched a high number of balls with 110.

The win was a team effort. Reed was 4-for-6 from home plate and had a homerun with 4 RBI’s. Kuhn was on his heels with a HR and 2 RBIs. Thomas, Tom, Bernal, Wilson and Shelby all each had a RBI.

A.J Reed has been most impressive on the team lately. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound left-handed pitcher/1st base player, Reed is also currently 15th in NCAA in home runs per game. He is just one of seven players in NCAA Division I who have hit a home run and earned the in on the mound in the same game. He has earned a countless number of awards in the season.

The Wildcats climb back above .500 in the SEC and look to move to 2 games when they go to the sweep tomorrow.


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UK Gymnastic’s Audrey Harrison Ties for 18th in the NCAA Championships.

(UKGymnastics Facebook/John Kelley)

(UKGymnastics Facebook/John Kelley)

Audrey Harrison finished her college career yesterday at the NCAA Championships with an 18th place finish on the balance beam. She was the first Championships qualifier for Kentucky since 2010 and only the 11th in program history. Audrey scored a solid 9.8 on her last routine as a Wildcat, which tied her for 18th out of 45. Her 9.8 is one of the highest beam scores at the NCAA Championships in UK history. The legendary Jenny Hansen who won eight national titles, three straight All-Around titles (the only person ever to do so), and a thirteen time All-American, is the only person to ever score higher. Needless to say, Audrey is in great company in the UK record books and had an amazing career as a Wildcat. We wish her all the best.

Go Cats.


Cats Top Cards 4-2, Sweep Season Series

Cats Top Cards 4-2, Sweep Season Series

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Photo by UK Athletics

The Cats took the lead early and held on late as the bullpen and defense stood firm in a tight 4-2 victory to sweep the season series with the Cards.  ”It’s a game we want to win every year, just like they do,” head coach Gary Henderson said after the game.  ”It’s always good to win a tight game on the road because it gives your kids confidence moving forward.”

Freshman left-hander Logan Salow entered a tie ballgame with no outs and the bases loaded in the third.  He allowed one run to score on a fielders choice but escaped further damage, ending the inning with a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out.  Salow worked three and two-thirds shutout innings in relief, allowed five hits and struck out three on 63 pitches for just the second win of his collegiate career.

Zach Brown would take over for Salow in the sixth and pitched two and one third shutout innings before yielding to Sophomore Kyle Cody in the ninth.  Cody struck out the first batter he faced and induced a 6-4-3 game ending double play for his third save of the season.

“That’s six innings of freshman pitching,” Henderson said of his young bullpen. “That’s significant on the road.”

The Cats got on the board in the top of the second on a single by Thomas Bernal and a throwing error by the Louisville center fielder that allowed Micheal Thomas, who what hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, to score from first.

After UL took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third, the Cats got both runs back in the top of the fourth as A.J. Reed scored on an error after leading off the inning with a walk to tie the game. Ka’ai Tom, who reached on the error, would cross the plate on a bases loaded walk to give the Cats the lead for good.

UK would add an insurance run with two-outs in the ninth as Reed hit a towering popup to shallow left that was misjudged by the UL third baseman and fell just inside the line for a two base error. Marcus Carson pinch ran for Reed and scored on back to back passed balls that give the UK the final margin.

The Cats (24-13, 7-8 SEC) will hit the road this weekend to take on the Aggies in their first ever trip to College Station.


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Kentucky Men’s Golf Defends Home Turf, Claims Bluegrass Title

 

image via UKAthletics

image via UKAthletics

 

For the first time this season, and for the first time since 2011, the University of Kentucky men’s golf team has won an event outright by winning the Bluegrass Invitational, held right here in Lexington, KY. That might sound bad, but when there are 15 quality teams participating at every stop, winning a tournament is no easy feat.

 

The Cats used a big Saturday to get to 13-under par, before firing a 1-over par final round to hold off the Auburn, Cincinnati and many others. Leading the charge for the Cats was senior Ben Stow, who finished tied for 2nd individually at 5-under par. This marks back-to-back events where Stow has played high level golf as he won the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate back in March.

 

Rounding out the quality golf for the Cats was David Snyder (T4, -4), Cody Martin (6, -2) and Stephen Powers (T9, -1). Rounding out the top five for the team aspect were the Auburn Tigers (-8), Cincinnati (+2), EKU (+18) and Bradley (+25).

 

The Cats next action comes April 25th when they travel to St. Simons Island, GA to take on the rest of the SEC in the SEC Championships. Following that will be the NCAA Championships, something that the Cats are pretty much assured of playing in.

 

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Missouri Takes Series Finale, 8-3

Missouri Takes Series Finale, 8-3

UK dropped the rubber match to Missouri 8-3 and the overall series 2-1 on an error filled afternoon that knocked the Cats below .500 (7-8) in conference play at the halfway mark of the SEC season.  The Cats entered the ninth inning trailing by just one run but two costly errors, including a surefire double-play ball, allowed four Tigers to score to seal it for Mizzou who are in the SEC East cellar at 6-9 in SEC play and 17-17 on the season.

“You make five errors on the weekend, the chances of winning go way down and clearly we threw it away today,” head coach Gary Henderson said after the game.  “You have to play defense and you have to play at a high level and you can’t give away outs and bases and we did that today and when you do, you’re not going to win.”

Missouri got on the board first as the Tigers led off the third inning with a double down the rightfield line and took the lead on a one out RBI single by nine-hole hitter Jake Ring. Mizzou would tack on another after shortstop Matt Reida booted a taylor-made double play ball that allowed Ring to score from third.

Third baseman Max Kuhn would get both runs back fort the Cats in the bottom half of the inning with his second two-RBI double of the weekend to score Reida, who ledoff the inning with a single, and Austin Cousino who was 3-for-5 on the afternoon after an 0-for-5 Saturday.

Mizzou would take the lead right back in the top of the fourth on a two-out RBI single to make it 3-2 but A.J. Reed would match that in the bottom of the fifth with his own two-out RBI single, his SEC leading 48th of the season, to score Austin Cousino.

The Tigers would take lead for good in the top of the sixth with another two-out RBI single to make it 4-3.  They would add four more in the ninth as the Cats gave away three outs in the final frame.

Wildcat starter Andrew Nelson (1-3, 3.55 ERA) suffered his third loss of the season as he worked six innings, allowing four runs on then hits with two strikeouts on 92 pitches.  ”I wasn’t that disappointed in our pitching today,” said Henderson.  ”(Andrew) Nelson wasn’t his best but he gave us the chance to win.”

The Cats will attempt to rebound Tuesday when they travel to Louisville for a 6pm match-up against UL. The Cats defeated the Cards 8-3 in Lexington two weeks ago.

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Cats Even Series with Tigers, 12-0

Cats Even Series with Tigers, 12-0

For the second consecutive night, the Wildcats (23-12, 7-7 SEC) had a late game offensive explosion but this time, it was enough for the win as the Cats evened up the series heading into tomorrow afternoon’s 1pm rubber match. UK exploded for a combined 12 runs and 11 hits in the fifth and sixth innings.  Left-hander Dylan Dwyer earned the win in his first career SEC start.

With both teams combining for three hits apiece through the first four and a half innings, the Cats finally ended the offensive drought with two-outs in the fifth.  Max Kuhn earned UK’s first base hit in three innings with a blooper that fell in between the second baseman and right fielder.  A.J. Reed then drove the first pitch he saw over the right-centerfield wall for his NCAA leading 14th home run of the season.  Reed has hit a homer in five consecutive SEC games.  After a single by Micheal Thomas, Ka’ai Tom roped a double down the rightfield line to make it 3-0.

The Cats would score nine more in the sixth thanks to a bevy of solid hits and several defensive miscues by Missouri.  Storm Wilson led off the inning with double into the rightfield corner and scored on a single to right by Thomas Bernal and two errors.  Bernal, who took third on the errors, scored on a Matt Reida single.  Nine-hole hitter JaVon Shelby attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt but the throw attempting to get the lead runner and second hit off the heel of the shortstop’s glove and bounced into right, which allowed Reida and Shelby to advance to second and third.  After an Austin Cousino strikeout for the first out of the inning, Max Kuhn (a career high 4-for-4 on the night) drove in both runners on his 10th double of the season down the leftfield line.  With firstbase open, the Tigers wisely decided to intentionally walk Reed but it did not matter as the next four Wildcat batters would reach, bowing the game wide open.

In-between, 2013 Gold Glove award winner Austin Cousino, despite an 0-5 night at the plate, showed off his defensive prowess in the top of the sixth as he threw a dart to Micheal Thomas from centerfield to gun down a Tiger at the plate on a two out single and preserve the shutout.  Dwyer called the catch “the biggest play of the night.”

Dwyer pitched very well in his first career SEC start in place of injured Chandler Shepherd.  The sophomore (5-1, 3.76ERA) worked six and a third inning shutout innings, scattering six hits and striking out three while walking one on 107 pitches.  “He got us out of a couple of jams where they could have scored first but didn’t”, head coach Gary Henderson said after the game.  ”I’m really proud of him, a solid effort.  He’s really grown up.”  Relievers Logan Salow and Zach Strecker worked the last two and two-third innings to preserve the shutout.

The Cats and Tigers will face off in the series rubber match tomorrow afternoon at 1pm with Andrew Nelson taking the mound for the Cats.  Once again the game will be broadcast on CWKYT in Lexington and Fox Sports South.

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Cats Drop Series Opener to Missouri, 8-7

Cats Drop Series Opener to Missouri, 8-7

A five run offensive explosion for UK in the bottom of the seventh that turned a three run deficit into a 7-5 lead appeared to give the Cats control of the game.  That is, until the Tigers rallied right back in the top of the eighth with a three run blast over the left-centerfield wall for to take the opening game of the series 8-7.

Trailing 5-2 entering the 7th, nine-hole hitter JaVon Shelby legged out a single to lead off the inning and advanced to second as Austin Cousino reached on an error.  After a walk to Max Kuhn, A.J. Reed chopped a bouncer that hit off the top of the first baseman’s glove and rolled into rightfield to score two runs.  Back to back RBI singles by Micheal Thomas and Ka’ai Tom gave the Cats the lead and a pinch hit sacrifice fly by Storm Wilson capped off the five run inning.

Despite striking out a career high ten batters, Reed struggled thought the game giving up five runs (four earned) and nine hits on 118 pitches.  Reed left in line for the win after the rally in the 7th but ended up with his second no-decision of the year.

Whatever Reed lacked on the mound, he made up for and then some at the plate as he went three for five with four RBI and fell a triple shy of the cycle.  His leadoff home run in the fourth, his 13th of the season, tied him for the NCAA lead.  

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Jomby’s Journal: WHAT A MATCH!!!

Jomby’s Journal: WHAT A MATCH!!!

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Wednesday afternoon, the University of Kentucky men’s tennis team defeated the No. 1 team in the country, Ohio State, 4-1.

The No. 14 Kentucky men’s tennis team was excited to play against the Buckeyes for a second time this season after their deceiving first opposition in February, losing 4-0.

“ I have to admit losing 4-0 on the road over there was a tough one,” said senior Alejandro Gomez. “We had match point in doubles; we had chances on the 3 remaining matches. That was really tough to swallow but it made us work harder.”

Wednesday was a new day, and a new day means a new match.

“ I was so excited to play this match,” said freshman Jerry Lopez. “It’s an exciting feeling to play the best team in the country.”

It didn’t start the way head coach Cedric Kauffmann would have dreamed. “The first 20 minutes of the doubles were not very good,” he admitted. “The double point is so important, I was a little worried.”

On court 1, the No. 20 doubles team in the nation, Kevin Lai and I lost 8-4 against Peter Kobelt and Ralf Steinback.

On court 2, Beck Pennington and Alejandro Gomez were losing 5-0 before they started their unbelievable comeback. They won 7 out of the 8 following games to be leading 7-6 and having their first match point but ended up getting broken. It all went down to a stressful tiebreak. They had to come back again in this tiebreaker when losing 6-4 and having to save two match points to finally clinch an 8-7 win.

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Alejandro Gomez and Beck Pennington celebrating their double’s win.

On court 3, Ryuji Hirooka and Nils Ellefsen were also down a break early. Losing 4-1, they broke back to make it to 4-4. They broke Ohio State’s serve at 6-5 and were in position to clinch the doubles point, but Tom Jomby three-set singles clinched the match against #1 Ohio State, but hey got broken and forced a tiebreak — as if it weren’t suspenseful enough already. After 75 minutes of doubles action, UK won the doubles point and went back to the locker room win the 1-0 overall lead.

After the coaches left the locker room before singles play, I told the guys, “ Today, I got my point guys, we just need two more.” Immediately after I said that, Alejandro Gomez started feeling so excited and yelled, “ Hey I got mine too bro!” And after that Beck Pennington screamed, “Hey I’m not losing to this guy again.”

Alejandro Gomez kept his promise, winning straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, against No. 75 Herrko Pollanen. He gave us the 2-0 lead in the match.

Alejandro Gomez in action with his powerful forehand.

Alejandro Gomez in action with his powerful forehand.

Around 20 or 30 minutes after Gomez finished his match, I looked at the scoreboard and I saw sophomore No. 113 Beck Pennington up 6-4, 5-4 and about to win his match too. I knew he would finish and that the match would come down to either me or Grant Roberts, who was in his third set too. In my mind I was like, “They did what they said in the locker room, now it’s my turn.”

I am not going to lie, when I heard the screaming from court 3 following Beck’s win, it gave me a hell of a lot of motivation.

I knew my opponent, Peter Kobelt, as it’s the third time I had played him in a year. I know what he does really well but I also know some of his weaknesses. I got off to a rough start, but losing the first set 6-3 didn’t scare me. He wasn’t outplaying me; I was just not playing my best. When it’s like that you know you have your chances. I was playing well in practice for the past three days and I felt like at some point I would finally have chances and make my way up. I had to wait until the middle of the second to break him for the first time. Kobelt’s biggest weapon is his huge serve. I broke him to be up 5-2 and held my serve to win the second set, 6-3.

In the third set, a big crowed showed to the center courts. I started the right way with a break at 2-1 to take the 3-1 lead. I then broke again at 4-1 to take the 5-1 lead. All of the pressure was on my shoulders but I took care of business and served the match out. What a great feeling!

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Tom Jomby three-set singles clinched the match against #1 Ohio State

After the match, volunteer coach Anthony Rossi said, “That was a hell of an effort from the guys today.” Cedric Kauffmann added “We can beat a team like Ohio State, but we can also lose to South Carolina. We always have to be prepared.”

The University of Kentucky men’s tennis team is back on the court today to play the 35th-ranked Gamecocks. The final regular season SEC match will be Sunday at 1:00 pm against the No. 15 Florida Gators.

It will also be our Senior Day and you all are more than welcome to come cheer on the Cats.

A video of the Wednesday’s celebrations…

[Photos via UKAthletics.com]


UK tennis defeats No. 1 Ohio State

Jomby celebrating the win | via @UKAthletics

The University of Kentucky mens’ tennis team defeated the No. 1 team in the country today for only the fourth time in program history. It happened in 1986, 1989, 1997 and earlier this afternoon against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

As most of you know, KSR has a special interest in UK tennis this season because the Cats’ No. 1 player, Tom Jomby, is interning with the website and radio show this semester. Tom clinched Kentucky’s overall victory with his win against Peter Kobelt, the ninth-ranked player in college tennis. Beck Pennington and Alejandro Gomez also won their singles matches and helped earn the doubles point by rallying down from 0-5 in their doubles match.

If you’d like to catch UK tennis before the season ends, they’re at home Friday against South Carolina and Sunday against Florida and then against Murray State before the SEC Tournament next week.


UK Baseball Weekend Recap (April 4-6)

UK Baseball Weekend Recap (April 4-6)

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Barry Westerman | UK Athletics 

It may be hard for fans across the Bluegrass to pay much attention to anything other than the Final Four and MLB, with the 2014 season kicking off this last week (No, we’re not going to count whatever happened in Australia as the beginning of the season). With that being said, UK Baseball is just over halfway through the 2014 campaign, with 6 remaining SEC series after this last weekend. With a 4-5 conference record, #19 UK went to work this weekend against another ranked SEC opponent, Florida. Miss any of the action with everything else going on? We’ve got you covered. On to the recap…

April 4th, vs. #12 Florida

Result: UK 17- Florida 1
Starting Pitchers: UK- AJ Reed  | UF- Eric Hanhold

As they have done multiple times this season, the BatCats exploded offensively, beating the Gators in one of the most lopsided games in recent history. Kentucky scored 17 runs off of 20 hits, with Austin Cousino and Max Kuhn combining for 7 RBI’s. While the ‘Cats smacked the ball around, what was also impressive was AJ Reed on the mound. In 7 innings, Reed only gave up 5 hits and 2 walks while allowing no runners to score. Florida’s lone run would come in the T9th off of Ryne Combs, who put in 2 solid innings to close out the game.

April 5th, vs. #12 Florida

Result: UK 10- Florida 11
Starting Pitchers: UK-  Chandler Shepherd | UF- Logan Shore

While UK had fun at the plate on Friday, Florida had its fair share on Saturday. Though the final score shows that it was only a 1 run game, the Gators owned a 9-0 lead heading into the B8th. With UF’s starter Logan Shore coming out, UK would score 8 runs to pull within 1. Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, Florida would plate 2 more runs off of Kyle Cody and Matt Snyder in the T9th to stretch the lead to 11-8. Kentucky would score 2 more runs in the last inning thanks to RBI’s from Shelby and Cousino but fall just short of an amazing comeback win.

April 6th, vs. #12 Florida

Result: UK 9- Florida 8
Starting Pitchers: UK- Andrew Nelson | UF- Kirby Snead

While the previous two games were blow-outs (for the most part), Sunday’s match saw numerous lead changes and who was going to win wasn’t certain until the last out was recorded. UK jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off of a Shelby RBI single in the B2nd, though that lead wouldn’t last long as Florida would plate 2 runs in the T3rd to gain the lead. UK would tie it in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a solo shot from AJ Reed, his 12th of the year. The game would remain quiet until the T5th, when the Gators would add another run to take a slim lead. Then, just as they had done the last several games, the Cats had an offensive explosion, plating 7 runs in the B6th. The game seemed like a lock at that point, but the Gators would put together a rally of their own, scoring 5 runs in the T8th, making it a one run ballgame with an inning left. Luckily for the Cats, Spencer Jack (who stayed in the game after giving up 2 of the 5 runs in the previous inning) and Kyle Cody would close out the 9th without allowing another run, getting Kentucky another valuable SEC win.

 

Upcoming Schedule

UK vs Morehead St | 4/08/2014 | Lexington, Kentucky  | 6:30 PM ET

UK vs Missouri    | 4/11/2014 | Lexington, Kentucky  | 6:30 PM ET

UK vs Missouri    | 4/12/2014 | Lexington, Kentucky  | 7:00 PM ET

UK vs Missouri    | 4/13/2014 | Lexington, Kentucky | 1:00 PM ET

 


Kentucky Track and Field Competes at Florida Relays, Bellermine Invitational, and Stanford Invitational over the Weekend

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Kentucky Track and Field continues to do amazing things as they competed in 3 events over the weekend: the Florida Relays, Bellermine Invitational, and Stanford Invitational. Here are some highlights of the weekend.

Friday

  • Kendra Harrison posted a world leading time of 56.60 seconds in the 400m hurdles; breaking the school record of 19 years by more than a second.
  • Kayla Parker jumped  6.11m/20-0.5 (+2.9) and ran 13.14 (+1.9) in the 100m hurdles; ranking 2nd and 6th in school history respectfully
  • In the 800m, Allison Peare ran a time of  2:04.57, good enough to lead the nation
  • Dezerea Bryant broke the Kentucky 200m record, but placed third
  • Amy Hanson broke the UK 3k steeplechase freshman record by almost a minute, but was only good enough for 8th
  • Andrew Evans threw a personal best hammer throw with a distance of  60.72m/199-2

Saturday

  • The sprint medley team of Keilah Tyson (200m), Dominique Booker (200m), Angelica Whaley (400m) and Allison Peare (800m) won easily with a time of 3:43.20.
  • The womans 4x100m relay team of Dominique Booker, Dezerea Bryant, Kayla Parker and Keilah Tyson ran a time of 43.65; breaking another school record. It ranks 3rd nationally.
  • Kendra Harrison  broke the school record in the 400m hurdles and Dezerea Bryant broke the school record in the 200m marks
  • Andrew Evens was runner up in the men’s discus with a distance of 59.68m/195-10

Once again, the Cats are proving that they can compete with anyone in the country. GO CATS!

(Stats and info from ukathletics.com)

@Perk_21KSR


Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

UK Softball Takes SEC Series Win Over Texas A&M

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

No. 12 UK faced No. 18 Texas A&M in a three-day three-game series over the weekend at John Crop Stadium. The Aggies took game one on Friday 6-1 despite five scoreless innings from freshman relief pitcher Shannon Smith who replaced Kelsey Nunley in the third. Nunley walked three, struck out five and allowed six earned runs on five hits in the first two innings. Shannon Smith allowed only two hits and struck out five in her five innings. However the Aggies posted six runs in the first two innings against Nunley and UK’s offense had trouble answering back. The solo run of the game for the Cats came from shortstop Christian Stokes, who hit her second home run of the season. Nunley recorded the loss and is now 13-4 on the season.

Game 2:
The Cats had an answer for the Aggies in game two of the series on Saturday. The Cats faced extra innings against Texas A&M and took a 4-2 win in the 10th inning after a two-run walk-off homerun by senior outfielder Emily Gaines. The homerun records her fourth of the season, and second walk off home run of the season. Lauren Cumbess started on the mound for Wildcats coming off an injury obtained a week ago when Cumbess collided with Auburn’s first baseman, tweaking her ankle. Cumbess pitched four innings, allowing three hits with one run while walking and striking out one before being replaced by Kelsey Nunley.

Nunley picked up the win after pitching a total of six innings in the prolonged game, allowing five hits, one unearned run, walked one and struck out five. Ginny Carroll, Silver Samuel and Emily Gaines all had a multi-hit game with Gaines recording three RBI, stretching her hitting streak to a career best 10 games. Nikki Sagermann also recorded a hit and RBI in the 4-2 win over the Aggies.


Game 3:

The Cats stole the series from the Aggies in game three on Sunday 5-3, and are now 31-8 on the season and 7-5 in SEC play. Freshman pitcher Meagan Prince started in the circle for the Cats with a 1-2-3 first inning. Prince was quickly backed with run support from the Cats after a two-on two-out homerun by Nikki Sagermann to put the Cats up 3-0 in the first. The Aggies cut the lead to 3-2 after a two-run homerun in the fifth inning. The Cats went on to score another run in the bottom of the fifth on a throwing error to first. Prince loaded the bases in the sixth inning and a grounder cut the lead 4-3 before she was replaced by Shannon Smith who successfully got out of the jam with no more damage done. The Wildcats scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth after a sacrifice fly by Christian Stokes to take the 2-1 series win over No. 18 Texas A&M.

The Cats will continue their home game stretch on Tuesday at 5:00pm against Wright State and will turn around and play Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday at 5:00pm. The Cats will then Travel to Oxford, Mississippi on Friday for a three-day three-game SEC series against Ole Miss.


Audrey Harrison has qualified for nationals! (UK Athletics/ Padraic Major)

UK Gymnastic’s Senior Audrey Harrison Qualifies for Nationals.

Audrey Harrison has qualified for nationals! (UK Athletics/ Padraic Major)

Audrey Harrison has qualified for nationals! (UK Athletics/ Padraic Major)

It has been a HUGE day for the Big Blue Nation (we going to the ‘ship y’all!). While most of us were getting ready for the game against the Badgers this evening, UK Gymnastics were celebrating their record setting performance at NCAA Regionals. Highlight of the night? Audrey Harrison qualified for the NCAA Championships in a record shattering performance on balance beam. Audrey told UK Athletics:
“It’s really exciting, it means a lot to me,” Harrison said. “For each event, I just tried to think of it as `this could be my last meet, but I don’t want it to be,’ so I just did the best I could. I wish my whole team would have made it, but it’s still exciting to go individually and represent Kentucky.”

 

The Cats placed fourth in the meet behind #1 Florida, #15 Penn State, and #12 Oregon. They also had the second highest score on beam (49.4).  Tiara Phipps finished tied for second on the floor with a nearly perfect 9.925 while Taylor Puryear tied for fourth on the floor with a stellar 9.9.

Kentucky started the meet on bars, led by Kayla Hartley’s 9.8, and Audrey Harrion’s 9.775. Shelby Hilton and Kayla Sienkowski both posted a 9.725, while Amy Roemmele contributed a 9.675.

On the beam, Audrey Harrison built on her momentum- scoring a 9.85 on the apparatus. Sara Shipley posted a season high 9.725, Shannon Mitchell scored a 9.7, and Amy Roemmele notched a 9.65. Taylor Puryear also posted her career high of 9.8.

Next, Tiara Phipps started out the floor rotation on a roll- contributing her career high 9.925. Taylor Puryear was near perfection with a 9.9, while Harrison and Mitchell both scored a 9.875. Shelby Hilton and Kayla Hartley each gave a 9.825.

Finally on the last rotation, Holly Cunningham flew high off the vault with a 9875, Harrison, Hartley, and Shannon Mitchell all achieved a 9.8, while Kenzie Hedges got a 9.775.

Overall, it’s been a fantastic season for the Gym Cats and a HUGE night for all the Kentucky Harrisons who’s name starts with an A (they all have ice in their veins!). But, it’s not over for Audrey Harrison yet. While the year is over for the team, we will see Audrey again at Nationals in two weeks. I can’t wait to see how she does against the steepest competition in the land.

Meanwhile, I’m going to celebrate (we’re going to ‘ship!). Have a great night, guys. Celebrate responsibly!

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Recap: No. 20 Florida Evens Series with 11-10 Win Over No. 19 Kentucky

Recap: No. 20 Florida Evens Series with 11-10 Win Over No. 19 Kentucky

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It was a beautiful afternoon for baseball at The Cliff, but Cats fans did not head home happy. Despite some late-inning heroics that made things interesting, the No. 20 Gators (20-11, 7-4) came out with a series-evening 11-10 victory over the No. 19 Wildcats (21-10, 5-6). Let’s get to some quick notes from the loss so we can get back to preparing for Wisconsin.

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- Starter Chandler Shepherd  had a rough time on the mound today for the Cats. The junior was chased off the mound after five innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits. The defense didn’t provide too much help, either. Three of Shepherd’s seven runs surrendered were unearned, coming off an error by Matt Reida at shortstop in the top of the sixth. He was followed by sophomore Sam Mahar, who gave up two runs in an inning and two-third’s work. Let’s hope Chandler can rebound from back-to-back weekend losses with a start against Missouri next weekend.

- After going off for seventeen runs in last night’s win, the Kentucky lineup was dormant early on against Florida freshman Logan Shore. The right-hander gave the Gators seven innings of three-hit baseball that allowed the offense plenty of room to work with. Unlike Shepherd, Shore was helped out by huge plays made behind him in the field that kept the Wildcats off the base paths on a few hard-hit balls.

- The only bright spots for the offense came late against the Florida bullpen in the bottom of the eighth and ninth. The Cats batted around, with junior designated hitter A.J. Reed coming up big with a three-run bomb, his second in as many days and eleventh of the season, to start the scoring . After pinch-hitter Greg Fettes and junior third basemen Max Kuhn delivered with two-run singles, Reed came up again and plated the eighth run of the inning on an RBI single to cut the lead to one. The Gators had to use five different pitchers in the frame to silence the Wildcat comeback. In their final at-bat, freshman second basemen JaVon Shelby and junior center fielder Austin Cousino delivered RBI’s to cut the lead back down to one, but a Kuhn groundout halted the rally and ended the ballgame.

- Unfortunately, it was too little too late, with Florida playing some long ball of their own in the earlier stages of the game. Juniors Taylor Gushue and Zack Powers both came through with solo shots, Gushue in the third and Powers in the seventh. The Gators plated five in the sixth, with big hits coming from Gushue, Sophomore Harrison Bader, and freshman Jordan Sternagel. Two insurance runs were added in the top of the ninth when Sternagel brought home Powers on his career-best fourth hit of the afternoon and junior Casey Turgeon drove in sophomore Jason Lombardozzi on a sacrifice fly to Cousino in centerfield, who made a major-league play on the ball.

- A loss is a loss, but in the blink of an eye the Cats found themselves going from victims of a three-hit shutout to being an extra base hit away from tying the game at nine. That has to be worth something to Gary Henderson and the gang as they look to win the series in Sunday’s rubber-match set for noon tomorrow. Be sure to check back in here at Kentucky Sports Radio for a recap of that, and all other coverage of Kentucky Baseball.

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