Nick Mingione will pitch his ace in Game One of the Lexington Regional.
The UK Baseball coach will go with his right-handed SEC Pitcher of the Year tomorrow against Ohio. Friday is Sean Hjelle’s (sounds like “jelly”) normal day in the pitching rotation. “Sean Hjelle has thrown the opening game all season,” Mingione said. “I didn’t want to change that.”
His last outing was a strange one. He got rocked by LSU last Friday at the SEC Tournament. Hjelle surrendered nine earned runs and 11 hits in five innings, yet he threw a career-high ten strikeouts.
Tomorrow he’ll throw out the first pitch against Ohio at noon. Tickets are still available at UKAthletics.com/NCAATickets or you can call 859-257-1818.