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LeMaster Gets Hot; Bat Cats Clinch a Tournament Bid


It was a great night in these parts as we went Barnstorming to Trimble County where the Barnstormers defeated the Trimble County Alumni 90-88. It ended up being a close finish, as the Barnstorming team was without Joe Crawford (due to travel issues) and thus Bradley, Perry and Lemaster had to carry the day. Heck the team was so desperate that I had to suit up and play (2 points and 4 boards….and we won by two….coincidence, I think not). The Barnstormers were down by 1 with four seconds left, when Bobby Perry found a wide open Lemaster who made a game-winning three as the buzzer sounded. A great night with a good crowd in Trimble County. We thank the folks there for having us and had a lot of fun. Tonight is the last event as we are in McCreary County for our final stop. Come out if you can.

The UK Baseball team also clinched their berth today in the SEC Tournament with a win over Ole Miss. KSR Correspondent Logan Mayer was there and gave this report:

At just the right time, it looks as if the Cats’ baseball squad is hitting their stride. After a shaky start in SEC play, Kentucky is now in a position to possibly become a 3 seed in the SEC Tournament if they complete the series sweep tomorrow at Cliff Hagan Stadium against Ole Miss.

After last night’s 12-4 romp, the Cats came back with an even more impressive win, beating Ole Miss 9-0. Pitcher James Paxton had his first complete winning game of his collegiate career, a feat that is impressive at any level of baseball.

For those of you who don’t regularly follow Kentucky baseball, there has never been a better time to start. Every inning has the chance of becoming a 5 run inning iwth this bunch and homeruns are almost expected. Senior Sawyer Carroll hit his 16th homerun of the season and went into the game with a .412 batting average, the best in the SEC. Colin Cowgill, former Kentucky Mr. Baseball, came into the weekend hot as well, with the 6th highest batting average in the league at .378.

Tonight, Kentucky had a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 4th inning, when the bats got hot. In typical kentucky fashion, the Cats struck big with a 5 run inning that was started by Brain Spears’ 2 run single with two outs. Sawyer Carroll also walked with the bases loaded, giving him his 77th RBI of the season, tying UK’s single season record. Our boys added 2 more in the 8th to come to the final score of 9-0.

The atmosphere at the stadium tonight was great, with an estimated crowd of around 1800. For anyone who hasn’t seen the Cats play this season, you owe it to yourself as a fan to get behind this team and get to the stadium tomorrow. The bars are hot and the team is winning. The weather is supposed to be great and the atmosphere will ensure that there is something for every fan there. The deck out in right field has become the place to be in the stadium and looking form those seats, you can see people grilling and digging into Ole Miss’s outfielders. The best part….admission to the deck is free.

There are certain Senior classes in every sport that people remember. Just like those classes are immortalized at UK in basketball, this baseball class has been a HUGE part of the turnaround of the entire program. They announced tonight that not one class has more wins in their four-year careers than this class. This class and the two classes before them are the baseball equivalent of “The Unforgettables” and will be remembered as such.

If you are in Lexington tomorrow at 1 p.m., you owe it to yourself and the team to try and make it out. It really is a great team, and a good time all around. If the Cats keep winning, there is an outside chance they may host a regional and the fans should come and try and make that happen. Homeruns will be flying tomorrow, so I will see you at the park!

We thank Logan for the report and look forward to the game tomorrow…..

Article written by Matt Jones