The Kentucky baseball team started the weekend with a bang. The Bat Cats exploded for 14 runs at The Cliff to take the first game of the series vs. South Carolina.
Somebody let Troy Squires into his zone. The lefty got his 100th career hit with a booming grand slam over the massive right field wall to put the game out of reach. Squires also had a career-high five RBIs on the day.
Sean Hjelle was just as good on the mound. 2017’s SEC Pitcher of the Year allowed just five hits, one run, walked none and struck out eight in seven innings of action.
Hopefully the weather clears out by 6:00 p.m. tonight for game two of the series. If Kentucky stays on schedule, you’ll be able to see all of the action on the SEC Network.
See ya Later, Knox
Kevin Knox’s Kentucky career concluded yesterday when the small forward declared for the NBA Draft. Ultimately the correct decision, what hurts the most is losing this in-game GIF.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is expected to follow in Knox’s footsteps Monday. There’s no set date for the rest of the decisions, but the dust should be settled by this time next week.
Coach Cal is on the Road
The Kentucky head coach is traveling across America to visit his top targets in the 2019 recruiting class. So far he’s seen point guard Tyrese Maxey and small forward Matthew Hurt. Today he will be in Florida to see Vernon Carey Jr., James Wiseman’s top competition for No. 1 player in America.
Pilgrim is in New York City
Two of the three in Kentucky’s 2018 class are in New York City this weekend for the Jordan Brand Classic. After watching Kanter vs. Adebayo at the Garden, Jack Pilgrim will check in on Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson. Hopefully Johnson’s ankle is healthy enough to play in tomorrow night’s showcase.
Patrick Reed Leads The Masters
As Tiger struggled, Louisville native Justin Thomas who climbed into contention with a 70. Thomas is joined by Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson near the top of the leader board.
The Head Ball Coach is Back
Steve Spurrier could not stay out of football forever. The former South Carolina and Florida coach accepted an administrative role in Gainesville, but it wasn’t enough to tickle his fancy.
This morning the new Alliance of American Football, founded by Charlie and Dick Ebersol, announced Spurrier will coach their flagship Orlando team.
“The Alliance offers a unique opportunity to get back into coaching, this time for a spring season, and work closely with hungry, talented athletes looking to begin, revive or extend their professional careers.”
If this league does nothing else, the addition of Spurrier guarantees it will have at least a few entertaining moments.
28 Days till Derby
Four weeks from today is the 144th running of the roses. The milestone marks the biggest day of the year for Derby prep races. The following three will hit the track within 35 minutes of each other from 5:55-6:30.
Wood Memorial — The Grade II from Aqueduct is led by Enticed, who has a Grade III win under his belt. Todd Fletcher’s Vino Russo and Old Time Revival complete a decent trifecta wager.
Blue Grass Stakes — Unless it warms up, Keeneland’s premier stakes race will happen in the snow. The largest and most wide open field, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Good Magic is the morning line favorite.
Santa Anita Derby — Bolt d’Oro has already punched his ticket to the Derby by winning the San Felipe Stakes. The match-up against Justify makes this the most anticipated race of the day.