A wonderful weekend of baseball began yesterday when a spectacular crowd of 3,956 people came to The Cliff for Kentucky’s first round matchup in the Regional Tournament. The first Lexington Regional since 2006, the Cats got off to a great start in what will hopefully be a wonderful weekend for Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Cats Win Game One
For the first time since 1988, Kentucky won the first round Regional game. Sean Hjelle pitched seven scoreless innings before Ohio could get on the scoreboard. The Cats contrasted starkly by scoring runs early and often, getting two in the first on RBIs from Luke Becker and Riley Mahan. Every UK player in the lineup collected a hit, but it wasn’t the prettiest win. The Cats left a ton of runners stranded, something they need to fix tonight.
Check out the highlights here.
A Long Night for N.C. State
Kentucky’s second round opponent, N.C. State, will be fighting against fatigue tonight. The Wolfpack went 12 innings with Indiana before they knocked off the Hoosiers 7-6. The 7:00 p.m. game ended just before midnight. Hopefully a few tired arms will open things up for the Kentucky offense.
Another great day for baseball in the Bluegrass, tonight’s game begins at 7:00. A win would put the Cats in the driver’s seat, just one win away from a Super Regional berth. Tickets are available at the gate or here.
Enes Kanter’s Father was Arrested
As Kanter continues to speak out, the Turkish government continues to apply pressure on Kanter.
Student-Athletes Return to Campus
Summer is just getting started for everyone, except student-athletes. Their time away is coming to a close as they make their way back to campus. Summer classes and workouts begin next week. Don’t feel too bad for them; most are finished with “work” by noon and have the rest of the day to enjoy the long, hot summer.
Calipari Wants Challenges
Calipari’s crazy idea at this year’s SEC Spring Meetings wasn’t as crazy as “Preseason SEC Tourney,” but it’s still kind of out there. He wants coaches to have the ability to challenge any call in the second half. It sounds like a wild way to slow the game down, but they actually already use challenges in the D-League.
Somehow, this wasn’t even the craziest idea he had to offer. “There’s some other thing I told them I wouldn’t mention to you,” Calipari said. “Out of the box stuff they said, ‘Stop, don’t even say that, stop.’”
Pitino’s MAJOR Last Minute Pick-Up
Today at 4:00 Brian “Tugs” Bowen is expected to announce he will attend the University of Louisville. A five-star Top 20 McDonald’s All-American, Pitino’s best Louisville recruiting class is going to finish with his highest-ranked recruit in a decade. The addition should make the Cards must-watch TV, if only to make fun of Bowen’s stupid hair.
Jarren Williams is at the Elite 11
The future Kentucky quarterback is only one of two dozen prospects at Nike’s premiere quarterback camp in Los Angeles. We have yet to find any footage from the event, but everything sounds like Williams did well at his first day of camp.
Listen to the NEW Depth Chart Podcast
Freddie Maggard has another new batch of former players talking football on this week’s Depth Chart Podcast. Chris Chenault and Jay Dortch return to bust Mark Higgs’ chops. The former Wildcat running back is one of the best to ever play at Kentucky, but you wouldn’t know it the way they tear him apart. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to spend an hour and a half.
The Stanley Cup Goes to Nashville
If you’re within a 90 miles and aren’t in Nashville, you’re missing out. Even though the Preds trail the Penguins 2-0, that town will be ON FIRE for its first Stanley Cup Final game. The Preds will try to fight their way back into the series tonight at 8:00/7:00 CT on NBCSN.
The Day the Dude is Dethroned
Tonight is the night you’ve all been waiting for, the night Shannon the Dude gets beat down by Tony Vanetti. Even though one rocker is half the age of the other, Shannon doesn’t stand a chance against the experienced, Body Shapes Medical man set to take the World Radio Heavyweight Championship Belt.
The Saturday Night Special is tonight in Louisville and tickets are still available. There will also be a replay on WBNA-21 Ion-TV in Louisville.