Kentucky basketball isn’t the only team in action this weekend — The baseball and softball teams continue their quest to be the best in the Southeastern Conference with their first conference road trips of the season. The boys travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators and the girls are in Baton Rouge to play the LSU Tigers.
Baseball is coming off a successful 10-game home stand where the Cats collected nine wins with the lone loss coming to Michigan State last week. This is the first SEC foe for the 10th-ranked Cats this season, who have posted a 14-2 record overall. And while no game in the SEC is easy, Florida — a traditional national power — is undergoing a transition phase after losing a majority of talent to the MLB Draft last season, and this is a perfect series to get the Cats into the groove of conference play.
Kentucky will send out its weekend rotation of sophomore A.J. Reed (2-1, 3.22 ERA) on Friday at 7:30, senior Jerad Grundy (3-1, 1.35 ERA) on Saturday at noon, and junior Corey Littrell (2-0, 3.42 ERA) on Sunday at noon. Tonight’s game will be televised on CSS, Saturday will be televised on Fox Sports South, and both games will be simultaneously broadcast online at ESPN3.com.
The No. 17 softball team heads down to face No. 13 LSU this weekend, fresh off a mid-week drubbing of No. 24 North Carolina in Lexington that included the ninth no-hitter in school history and the largest margin of victory ever, winning 18-0 after a mercy rule shortened game. The softball team has been through a brutal schedule to prepare the team for the rigors of the SEC — a dominant softball league, like in so many other sports. Kentucky has victories over No. 3, No. 16, No. 20, and only has four losses, two of which came to the No. 1 team and No. 4 team in the country. Long story short: Kentucky is prepared for battle.
The Tigers have posted a 20-5 record, but only gone 3-4 against ranked teams. LSU split a two-game series against North Carolina early in the season which included an 8-0 win and a 1-3 loss. The Cats will begin action on Friday at 7 o’clock, followed by a Saturday tilt at 5 o’clock which will be broadcast on CSS, and the finale on Sunday at 1 o’clock.