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April 24th, 2017

Start the week off right with KSR (Monday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Monday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt, Ryan, Drew, and Shannon will break down the news of the weekend, including Hamidou Diallo’s announcement last night that he will test the waters of the NBA Draft. A lot of people are overreacting to something they probably should have expected, so tune in to hear the crew’s take on it.

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Monday’s Top 10: Diallo will test the waters, latest on recruiting, and UK Baseball keeps rising

Shoutout to this lovely couple for repping the Cats all the way in Machu Picchu. What a gorgeous picture, and, I imagine, one heck of a hike. After three straight days of rain down here in Nashville, I’ve pretty much forgotten what it’s like to go outside.

Yet, the sun’s making its triumphant return today, which makes Monday slightly less annoying. Let’s roll through today’s agenda, shall we?

1. Hamidou Diallo will test the NBA Draft waters

Just when I thought Sunday couldn’t get any slower, news broke around 7 p.m. that freshman Hamidou Diallo will declare for the NBA Draft but NOT sign with an agent so he can get feedback and “keep all doors open.” The news may come as a shock to some since Diallo only enrolled in January, but keep in mind that since the rules changed last year, it makes sense for him to go through the evaluation process and receive feedback because there’s no risk. He and Bam will have until May 24 to decide whether or not to stay in the draft or come back. Diallo explained his decision in this statement from UK:

“Playing in the NBA has always been the ultimate goal for me,” Diallo said. “It’s part of what makes Kentucky so special is that it prepares you for the next level better than anywhere else. When I decided to enroll in school in January, my plan was to come to Kentucky to work on my game and to focus on school. At the end of the season, I knew I wanted to see where I was in the draft process and go through that so I could get a proper evaluation.

“That plan hasn’t changed and that’s why I am declaring for the NBA Draft. I do not plan on hiring an agent at this time. I want to see where my game is and explore my options. I just want to keep all doors open, and I want to thank Coach Cal, the coaching staff and my teammates for allowing me to pursue my dreams. My game has grown so much in the four months I’ve been at UK.

“I don’t know what the next few weeks are going to have in store for me, but I do know I’m going to work as hard as I ever have and keep an open mind. At the end of the day, this is a learning process for me and I appreciate the Big Blue Nation for being both understanding and supportive of my decision. I can’t thank you enough for making me a part of the family from day one.”

If you’re still bothered by the timing, remember that midnight last night was the deadline to put your name in the draft.

2. Calipari “fully supports” Diallo’s decision

What would you expect from the coach who wanted his entire team to declare for the draft last year once the rules changed to make the process more flexible? Here’s Cal’s statement in full:

“With the information that will be available to Hami and the feedback he will receive by going through this process, I fully support his decision,” head coach John Calipari said. “It’s in Hami’s best interests to evaluate if now is his time or if he would be better served returning to school. Whatever Hami ultimately chooses to do, you’re talking about an athletic guard with great ball skills, an unbelievable finisher and a terrific defender. He’s gotten so much better in his four months with us and he’s only going to continue to get better.”

Another round of “will he stay or will he go” may frustrate fans, but honestly, if you’re an elite college player, you’d be stupid not to take advantage of the chance to get feedback from the next level to make an informed decision. If Diallo does decide to stay in the draft, does it hurt Kentucky next year? Roster-wise, yes. From everything we’ve heard, he’s an elite player with tremendous upside and could be one of the cornerstones of next year’s squad. But, by now, you should know that Calipari will never hold a kid back, and if you don’t understand the reasons why, I suggest you go watch his “30 for 30” again, particularly the part about Dajuan Wagner.

3. What about Bam?

It’s been 19 days since Bam Adebayo declared for the draft and still no word on whether or not he plans to sign with an agent or return to school for his sophomore year. There were rumblings last week that Bam may be leaning towards staying for another year, and this past weekend, he went home to North Carolina to visit with his family, during which there were probably some talks about his future.

With one month until the withdrawal deadline, Bam and Diallo will get to go through workouts with teams leading up to the all-important NBA Draft Combine May 9-14 in Chicago. I wouldn’t expect any decisions before then.

4. Jemarl Baker is on campus

Lost in the shuffle of Diallo’s decision was new UK commit Jemarl Baker’s arrival on campus. Baker committed to UK a few weeks back, and, according to Ben Roberts, is only now taking his official visit. Welcome to campus, Jemarl. Enjoy yourself.

5. John Calipari sent out one of the swaggiest pictures ever

It was only a matter of time before Calipari found a way to mention the Air Jordan 8 “Calipari pack” Drake made in his honor, and sure enough, it came on the first weekend of the live recruiting period. In a tweet only Calipari could pull off, he posed with both pairs of shoes and asked fans which he should wear to the adidas Uprising in Dallas. As you would expect, that tweet got a lot of attention from its target audience online, with all of the UK 2017 commits and several of Cal’s current and former players sharing it as proof that their coach is a boss. Or, as many of them put it, the greatest of all time.

If you’re curious, he went with the white version:

@CourtsideFilms

@CourtsideFilms

Nice choice.

6. Here’s who Calipari and staff watched this weekend

As mentioned, it was the first weekend of the live period, and Calipari and staff crisscrossed the country to check in on their 2018 prospects. Here’s a rundown of who they saw where. Recruits with an offer from the Cats have an asterisk, those that don’t don’t.

Nike EYBL, Virginia (Calipari)

  • SF Cameron Reddish*
  • SF Louis King
  • PF Marvin Bagley*
  • PG Javonte Smart

adidas Uprising, Dallas (Kenny Payne and Cal)

  • PF Zion Williamson*
  • SG Romeo Langford*
  • PG Immanuel Quickley*
  • PG Quentin Grimes*
  • C David McCormack
  • 2019 prospects Charles Bassey, Christian Brown, Ashton Hagans, and Josh Nickelberry

Under Armour, New York (Tony Barbee)

  • C Moses Brown
  • PF Naz Reid
  • 2019 prospects Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis

Calipari and staff will be on the road against next weekend watching recruits at Nike and Under Armour events in Indianapolis and the adidas circuit in Atlanta. As for what’s going on with Kentucky’s remaining targets for next season (Mohamed Bamba, Kevin Knox, Cam Johnson, and Mark Smith), no new developments over the weekend.

7.  The CATSPYs are tonight

You know it’s a busy day when we’re just getting to the fact that the CATSPYs, UK Athletics’ annual banquet, are tonight at Memorial Coliseum. The 15th annual awards show starts at 7 p.m. and will be open to the public this year, with tickets available for $5 online. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Benny Snell are all up for Male Rookie of the Year, while Dominique Hawkins seems to be a shoo-in for the Supporting Role Award.

If you can’t make it to the show, you can watch a live stream on UKAthletics.com, or, of course, check this website for complete coverage.

8. UK Baseball wrapped up a big week with a win over LSU

What a week for UK Baseball. The #10 Bat Cats beat #8 LSU 10-2 yesterday to win the series, and earlier in the week, knocked off #2 Louisville. The Cats are now 28-13, 12-6 SEC, and have won six of the last eight games. They currently hold a two-game lead over Florida in the SEC East with 12 conference games left. Next up: Xavier at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m., followed by a three-game series with South Carolina this weekend.

9. PJ Washington won MVP honors at the Allen Iverson Roundball Classic

Just when you thought the high school All-Star circuit was over, here came Friday night’s inaugural Allen Iverson Roundball Classic. PJ Washington took home MVP honors, scoring a game-high 37 points for Team Honor, which defeated Team Loyalty 198-152 (yes, that is a real score). Shai Alexander followed up his Derby Festival MVP performance with 21 points while Quade Green had 32. That makes 90 points combined for the future Cats in the All-Star Game, a pretty nice little weekend for the 2017 class.

10. Ever had a moment like Patrick Patterson did yesterday?

Man, I hate when that happens.

Radio in an hour…


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: If Diallo Leaves, Do We Count Him As One of Our Own? (Like Enes)

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It’s gonna be an interesting week around UK land following the announcement of Hamidou Diallo entering the NBA Draft without hiring an agent.  Many suggest this is nothing more than “testing the waters” and he’ll likely be back in Lexington next season.  But certainly many in the UK fanbase are simply upset about the principle of the matter that a guy practiced with the team this year, was technically eligible and not played because the assumption was he was going to play next year, and then decides to maybe try out the NBA Draft.  If Diallo does leave, there is no doubt his popularity among fans will be one of the lower ones in the Calipari era.  And frankly, Cal would take a hit too.  But at the end of the day it is his life and not ours.  If he can makes serious money in the NBA next season, more power to him.  We don’t own him in any way.  And he really doesn’t owe us the enjoyment of playing for our team.  He is not cheating the system in any way and everybody should have the right to make a legal living without judgement from the public.

What I wonder is if Diallo leaves, and then becomes a good-great player in the NBA, do we claim him?  If/when his name is announced at the NBA Draft this summer, it will be followed by “from the University of Kentucky”, so in that regard he is just like the other approx. 520 NBA draft picks under Calipari.  The same thing happened to Enes Kanter, who was selected 3rd from UK (technically) even though he never played a single game in Lexington.  Now of course Kanter’s story was different than this one because the NCAA got involved and Kanter actually wanted to play, but nonetheless Kanter made no actual impact on the UK program.  But I get the sense that the fanbase still claims him as a UK alum.

Would Diallo get the same treatment?  I’ve heard nothing but good things about what kind of kid he is.  He has caused no problems off or on the court that we know of.  The players on this year’s team had nothing negative to say about him.  And he has a real shot to be a very good NBA player.  Considering the climate we are currently in where schools take their NBA success seriously, and no coach does that more than Cal, you have to wonder what will happen.

Now, this all becomes moot if Diallo returns.  But if he doesn’t, it will be one of the more interesting sagas to play out within this fanbase, especially if Diallo has success in the NBA.


April 23rd, 2017

Kentucky signee PJ Washington earned MVP honors at inaugural Iverson Classic

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via @KentuckyMBB

Kentucky men’s basketball signee, P.J. Washington, won the most valuable player award at the inaugural Allen Iverson Roundball Classic this past Friday. The high school all-star game was hosted in Portsmouth, Virginia where Washington earned top honors.

Washington, scored his game-high 37 points in Team Honor’s 198-152 win over Team Loyalty. He was joined by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who scored 21 points and earned MVP honors at the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic last week. In the Louisville event, he had a game-high 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists in his 19 minutes of play. Further, Quade Green scored 32 points.

The no. 11 overall prospect in the 2017 class, Washington was a member of the 2016 USA Men’s U18 National Team that won a gold medal over the summer. Washington’s skills continue to improve as future Wildcats are nearing their move to campus.

Kentucky’s recruiting class is considered No. 1 in the country thus far, nothing new to Coach John Calipari.


The Catspys are tomorrow night and you can go

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The better version of the ESPY’s is going down in Memorial Coliseum tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

The 15th annual Catspy Awards will be opened to the public for five dollars and can be purchased onlineIt will be live-streamed as well. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The nominees are:

Female Athlete of the Year

  • Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (track and field)
  • Ashley Dusek (volleyball)
  • Makayla Epps (women’s basketball)
  • Isabelle Johansson (women’s golf)
  • Mollie Korth (gymnastics)
  • Katy Kunc (track and field/cross country)
  • Meagan Prince (softball)
  • Sha’Keela Saunders (track and field)
  • Asia Seidt (swimming and diving)
  • Aldila Sutjiadi (women’s tennis)

Male Athlete of the Year

  • Nick Anderson (track and field)
  • Tim Duckworth (track and field)
  • Napo Matsoso (men’s soccer)
  • Tyler “Chip” McDaniel (men’s golf)
  • Malik Monk (men’s basketball)
  • Jacob Thomson (track and field/cross country)
  • Jon Toth (football)
  • Evan White (baseball)

Female Rookie of the Year

  • Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (track and field)
  • Abbey Cheek (softball)
  • Leah Edmond (volleyball)
  • Mollie Korth (gymnastics)
  • Katie Reed (softball)
  • Asia Seidt (swimming and diving)
  • Evangeline Soucie (women’s soccer)

Male Rookie of the Year

  • De’Aaron Fox (men’s basketball)
  • Sean Hjelle (baseball)
  • Malik Monk (men’s basketball)
  • Benny Snell (football)
  • JJ Williams (men’s soccer)

Supporting Role

  • Matthew Beach (swimming and diving)
  • Laura Connor (women’s soccer)
  • Stuart Ford (men’s soccer)
  • Ali Galyer (swimming and diving)
  • Dominique Hawkins (men’s basketball)
  • Cathryn Papasodora (rifle)
  • Hailey Poland (gymnastics)
  • Shannon Smith (softball)

Scratch Award (given to a non-scholarship student-athlete whose effort is representative of playing for the “love of the game”)

  • Ryan Creel (men’s soccer)
  • Danaea Davis (gymnastics)
  • Sam Day (swimming and diving)
  • Harper Hempel (volleyball)
  • Caroline McCaslin (track/cross country)
  • Ayanna Parker (women’s soccer)
  • Paige Poffenberger (women’s basketball)

The following awards will also be given out:

  • Mr. Wildcat
  • Miss Wildcat
  • Team of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Blue Heart Award
  • Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Academic Team of the Year
  • Heart of a Wildcat
  • Community Service
  • Bill Keightley Assist

 


State of the Roster: UK Basketball

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New year, new team. Or so it seems if you know anything about UK basketball and who’s coming back for another season. It also seems like we fight the same battle each and every April: Over worrying about who is and isn’t coming back.

So, in order to calm our nerves and realize that we are indeed going to be just fine, here is our State of the Roster.

Who’s gone and never coming back:

Derek Willis PF
Dominique Hawkins G
Mychal Mulder G
Isaiah Briscoe G
Isaac Humphries F
Malik Monk G
De’Aaron Fox G

Who’s gone but could possibly come back:

Bam Adebayo F
Hamidou Diallo G

Who’s staying/what year they’ll be next year:

Wenyen Gabriel F (hasn’t announced decision) (Soph.)
Sacha Killeya – Jones F (Soph.)
Tai Wynyard F (Soph. RS)
Dillon Pulliam G (Junior RS)
Jonny David G (Junior)
Brad Calipari G (Soph.)

Who’s coming:

Jarred Vanderbilt: Five-star small forward

PJ Washington: Five-star power forward

Nick RichardsFive-star center

Quade Green: Five-star point guard

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Four-star combo guard

Jermarl Baker: Four-star shooting guard

Possible commitments:

Kevin Knox
Mo Bamba
Cam Johnson

Looking at this, the Cats are going to be just fine. Where we lose a player, we are gaining someone just as talented, or more talented in their place. It’s always difficult to know how high schoolers are going to transfer into the college level, but there’s a reason the season is five months. In the long run, Cal always gets his kids to buy into the team mentality and they’re successful. The experience we’re losing with Derek and Dom is going to be missed next year, but we’ll be just fine.


Hamidou Diallo will test the NBA Draft waters, not sign with an agent

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

So much for a slow Sunday, right? Hamidou Diallo and UK announced that he has declared for the NBA Draft, but will NOT sign with an agent. In a statement, Diallo — who enrolled in January — says he wants to get a proper evaluation of his game and “keep all doors open.”

“Playing in the NBA has always been the ultimate goal for me,” Diallo said. “It’s part of what makes Kentucky so special is that it prepares you for the next level better than anywhere else. When I decided to enroll in school in January, my plan was to come to Kentucky to work on my game and to focus on school. At the end of the season, I knew I wanted to see where I was in the draft process and go through that so I could get a proper evaluation.

“That plan hasn’t changed and that’s why I am declaring for the NBA Draft. I do not plan on hiring an agent at this time. I want to see where my game is and explore my options. I just want to keep all doors open, and I want to thank Coach Cal, the coaching staff and my teammates for allowing me to pursue my dreams. My game has grown so much in the four months I’ve been at UK.

“I don’t know what the next few weeks are going to have in store for me, but I do know I’m going to work as hard as I ever have and keep an open mind. At the end of the day, this is a learning process for me and I appreciate the Big Blue Nation for being both understanding and supportive of my decision. I can’t thank you enough for making me a part of the family from day one.”

John Calipari said he full supports Diallo’s decision.

“With the information that will be available to Hami and the feedback he will receive by going through this process, I fully support his decision,” head coach John Calipari said. “It’s in Hami’s best interests to evaluate if now is his time or if he would be better served returning to school. Whatever Hami ultimately chooses to do, you’re talking about an athletic guard with great ball skills, an unbelievable finisher and a terrific defender. He’s gotten so much better in his four months with us and he’s only going to continue to get better.”

So far, six underclassmen have declared for the draft. Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Isaac Humphries have declared for the draft and either signed with an agent already or plan to. Bam Adebayo declared for the draft but will not hire an agent at this time, opening up the possibility of a return. Diallo and Bam have until May 24th to decide whether or not they’ll return to school.

Honestly, this is not surprising. It would be silly for Diallo not to go get feedback now that the process allows players to at no risk. In a loaded draft, I have a feeling he’ll be told to come back, work on his game some more, and prepare to be drafted very high in the 2018 draft.


Devin Booker calls second season in NBA “start of a legacy”

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Getty Images

Last year, Karl Towns took the NBA by storm. This year, it was Devin Booker who was the talk of the league.

Booker’s 70-point game consisting of only four three-pointers, multiple game winning shots among many other things put him on the map. In a Q&A with Slam online Booker opened up about his second season in the NBA.

“SLAM: What’s something you feel you accomplished this season?

DB: I feel like I accomplished the start of something. The 70 points and game-winners, I think that was a start of a legacy. People start to know my name actually now and they’re looking to say he’s the future. Now, I think it’s my job to lead this team to winning and turning around the franchise. It’s been an ugly first two years but I think at the end of it will be the most meaningful—going through all the losses, not making the playoffs. I think it’s going to be actually that much better when we start doing that.”

Booker also talked about how he’s blocking out the haters.

“SLAM: A lot of people had mixed feelings, because you scored 70 points, but it was in a loss. What are your thoughts on that?

DB: I mean, everyone has to say something. That’s people’s jobs—to sell articles and give their opinion. I can’t change their opinion and they can say what they want about it as long as my family is happy. The organization and the Phoenix Suns and people around me are proud of me and made a lot of people are happy; I’m fine with it. People can say what they want. I don’t really get into that.”

Now I miss the 2014-2015 team.

Read the rest of the Q&A here. 


The Reds Report: April 23

Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Every team hits a few bumps in the road during the baseball season. The Reds hit their first bump of 2017 this week. The team dropped series to Baltimore and Chicago, and they ended the week with a 2-4 record.

However, it’s April 23 and they’re still just a half game out of first. Even though there weren’t many wins on the field this week, there was plenty to keep fans entertained. Let’s get to this week’s Reds Report.

Two Thumbs Up for the Bandwagon Cam

You can always expect quite a few Cubs fans to make the trip to Great American Ball Park when Chicago is in town. Fortunately, the team was ready for them, and they unleashed “The Bandwagon Cam.”

Tyler Mahle’s Perfect Game

The most impressive performance of the week didn’t come from anyone on Cincinnati’s major league roster. On Saturday night, Tyler Mahle pitched a perfect game for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This feat was made more impressive by the fact that he finished the game throwing only 88 pitches. Wayne Cavadi of Minor League Baseball has a helpful breakdown of the performance.

FanGraphs rated Tyler Mahle as Cincinnati’s 16th best prospect prior to the 2017 season. You can check out the final out from last night below.

More Player Debuts

The Reds have given several players the opportunity to debut at the major league level this season. This week, Phillip Ervin joined that list. Ervin was the Reds first round draft pick in 2013. He was hitting .286/.352/.531 with 3 HR and 11 RBI for Triple-A Louisville this season.

Over the weekend, Ervin received one at-bat. It came in the 7th inning of Sunday’s game, and he reached on an error. Wick Terrell had a helpful breakdown of Ervin’s call up over at Red Reporter.

Devin Mesoraco Update

It looked like Devin Mesoraco was going to join the team this week, but the Reds decided to leave him at Double-A Pensacola over the weekend. It now sounds like Mesoraco will join the team either in Milwaukee or St. Louis. C. Trent Rosecrans provided a helpful update on Mesoraco’s status.

Mesoraco did recently make one of the more athletic plays you’ll see a catcher make. There was some fear that he injured his knee on this play, but Mesoraco was able to catch a full game the following day.

Tony Cingrani Hits the DL

Cincinnati was unable to get through an entire week without another pitcher hitting the disabled list. The Reds sent Tony Cingrani to the 10-day DL following their game on Thursday night. Unfortunately, Bryan Price mentioned to Mark Sheldon that Cingrani’s oblique injury will likely keep him out for four to eight weeks. You can read more about the team’s expectations for Cingani here.

Cody Reed Gets His Chance to Start

On Saturday, Cody Reed received his first opportunity to start for the Reds in 2017. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a very encouraging outing. Reed gave up 7 runs in 2 innings of work. Zach Buchanan provided a helpful summary of the performance and what this might mean for Reed the rest of the season.

Of course, if the whole baseball thing never works out, he could try and convince Sacha Baron Cohen to relaunch the Ali G show.

Tomorrow the Reds head to Milwaukee for a three-game series with the Brewers. Over the weekend, they’ll head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals.

You can read Eric’s writing all season long at Red Reporter and Baseball Prospectus. He also hosts the On Baseball Writing Podcast and appears on the Red Reporter podcast.


Caption This: Coach Cal, Tubby scout five-star guard Romeo Langford

Feeling creative and comical this Sunday evening? Welcome to today’s KSR version of Caption This! Check out the picture below, featuring Coach Cal, Tubby Smith and others watching Romeo Langford, a shooting guard from New Albany.

Langford is being looked at by Duke, Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and of course yours truly, the Kentucky Wildcats. The five-star class of 2018 guard averaged 24.7 points this weekend in the first adidas Gauntlet session at GameOn Sports in Dallas.

So, what do you think this group of guys were saying when their photo was taken? Caption it in the comments below!


Kentucky Takes Series Over LSU With 10-2 Win On Sunday

UK Athletics

UK Athletics

Kentucky used 18 hits and a complete game victory from Justin Lewis to pick up a 10-2 win over #9 LSU on Sunday. The BatCats (28-13, 12-6) got big days from Riley Mahan, Kole Cottam, and Zach Reks at the plate to lead them to a series win. UK now sits atop the SEC East standings and will most likely rise close to a top five spot in next week’s poll.

Recap

UK jumped all over LSU for the third time this weekend. The first seven batters of the game reached base on LSU starter Eric Walker as UK scored four runs in the bottom of the first. UK got RBI doubles from Luke Becker and Zach Reks and Marcus Carson added a RBI groundout.

The first inning was a sign of things to come for UK’s offense. Kole Cottam and Riley Mahan hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the third to chase Walker with one out in the inning. Both home runs were absolute moonshots that carried 400 feet off the bat.

Kentucky really stepped on LSU’s throats with another three-spot in the bottom of the fourth. Cottam drove in his third run of the game before Mahan and Becker singled in runs to put UK in double digits in runs.

Justin Lewis quietly dominated for UK on the bump. The sophomore struck out six and allowed two runs (one earned) in a complete game and moved to 6-2 on the season with a 2.82 ERA. Lewis had his plus changeup working today and it led him posting one of his best starts of the season.

LSU’s only firepower came in the second and sixth innings. Josh Smith drove in an unearned run with a single in the second and Nick Coomes added a solo shot to cut UK’s lead to 10-2 in the sixth. Outside of those two instances, Lewis was untouchable. Lewis only hit 90 on the radar gun once but pitched his best game of the season against a top ten opponent.

UK got several runners in scoring position in the final three innings but LSU’s bullpen wiggled out of a couple tough jams. The late effort by the pitching staff was all for not as Lewis slammed the door with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to clinch a series win.

UK Athletics

UK Athletics

Notes

Riley Mahan might be the SEC Player of the Week- After going 2/4 against Louisville, Mahan went 9/12 this weekend with five RBIs, a home run, two doubles, two walks, and a HBP. Mahan is really developing into one of the best offensive second basemen in the country. He now leads the team with seven home runs and 40 RBIs.

UK’s approach looked completely different than Friday- After leaving 14 men on base on Friday, UK capitalized on big opportunities today. The BatCats still left 11 on base, but when you have 18 hits and six walks, not everyone is going to come around. Four different players had three or more hits on Sunday, including Reks collecting four hits in the win. Evan White now has hits in 17 of his last 18 games and Tristan Pompey is riding a 12-game hitting streak and has had a hit in 28 of the last 30 games.

Kentucky is in line for a national seed- After taking Tuesday’s game against Louisville and winning this weekend’s series over LSU, it appears UK is headed towards a top eight seed in June’s NCAA Tournament. The Cats now hold a two-game lead over Florida in the SEC East and trail only Mississippi State in the overall standings.


Happy Birthday, Winston Guy!

 

Via 247Sports

Via 247Sports

On this day, we’re wishing a happy birthday to one of the best Kentucky defenders in recent memory, Winston Guy. Guy was a 4-year contributor for the Cats, named to the 2nd-team All-SEC in his senior year, before being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks.

Hopefully, some of our current crop of Cats can follow in Winston’s footsteps. So happy birthday, Big Guy. Here’s a funny video of you jumping ridiculously high:

@JayWinkKSR


Kentucky Boys Tour at Wildcat Wearhouse in Hamburg today

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If you’re in the Lexington area, this is your 1-hour reminder that the Kentucky Boys Tour will be at Wildcat Wearhouse in Hamburg today from 3:00-4:00 p.m.! Be sure to get over there and see your favorite native Wildcats before they embark on their journey into the real world!

Check out some previous tour photos below!


Kentucky Baseball Could Clinch a Huge Series Win This Afternoon

 

Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics

Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics

Need a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon? If you aren’t already at Cliff Hagan Stadium, and you’re among the few whose TV gets SEC Network+, you can tune in right now to see the 10th ranked Wildcats take on 9th ranked LSU Tigers.

The Cats and the Tigers split a doubleheader on Friday, with UK taking game one 12-5, and LSU coming back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in game two. The two top ten squads meet again today, each hoping to clinch the series and improve their stock heading into the postseason.

Coach Nick Mingione is spearheading the triumphant return of UK Baseball. Best of luck to the Bat Cats today. If you don’t have SECN+, you can always check WatchESPN or just listen to the action on 630 AM-WLAP.

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