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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 Comments for Kentucky Defeats N.C. State 10-5 for First Regional Championship

  1. als071685
    1:17 am June 6, 2017 Permalink


  2. als071685
    1:18 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

    Bring it on Loserville!

  3. runningunnin.454
    1:25 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

    Three Game Sweep!
    Super Regionals for Super Bat Cats!

    • cats42301
      1:52 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

      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.

    • 4everblue
      5:25 am June 6, 2017 Permalink


  4. lonarorer
    1:35 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

    Congrats Bat Cats!!

  5. cats42301
    1:45 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

    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
    1:47 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

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

  7. Ridge Runner
    3:28 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

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

  8. DelrayCat
    4:26 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

    More basketball news please!…and less of these irrelevant [email protected]!
    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.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:46 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

      Yes KSR should make it all about you….

    • BBNDan7
      8:51 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

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

  9. Penn Chaloaf
    5:32 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

    GO CATS!

  10. Catcasey1
    7:05 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

    Where do we get tickets

  11. CatFanInTheVille
    7:41 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

    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
    10:58 am June 6, 2017 Permalink

    This team is fun to watch!