Is there a better way to start the day than talking about beating Louisville? I think not. In case you missed it last night, the Kentucky Baseball team got a huge 11-7 victory over the No. 5/7 Cardinals at Jim Patterson Stadium, the Cats’ first road win over a top five team since 2017 and first in Louisville since 2013.
Sophomore shortstop Ryan Ritter was the star, getting six RBIs in his first two at-bats and making huge defensive plays to lift the Cats to the win, a much-needed boost of momentum coming off three losses in Starkville. The Bat Cats improve to 19-7 (5-4 SEC), 4-3 on the road. They host LSU this weekend at Kentucky Proud Park and will have another chance to beat down the Cards on April 20.
Here are your highlights:
And the victory dance for good measure:
We win. We dance. ? pic.twitter.com/rFhKNw6B4G
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) April 7, 2021
Kentucky Softball plays at Louisville tonight
Not enough rivalry for you? Tonight, the No. 10 Kentucky Softball team plays at Louisville, the first game in a home-and-home series this season, the second taking place in Lexington on April 21. The two teams haven’t played in over a year due to the pandemic; Louisville won the last matchup in 2019 to snap Kentucky’s four-game winning streak and tie the series at 20-20.
The game will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra, ESPN3, and the ESPN app.
Girls’ Sweet 16 tips off at Rupp
You didn’t think KSR’s Road to Rupp coverage was over once Highlands won the boys’ state title, did you? Today, the girls get their turn in the spotlight as the Sweet 16 tips off at Rupp. KSR will have three writers in the house, Zack Geoghegan, Grant Grubbs, and Alex Weber, to bring you all the action. Here’s the bracket and schedule:
11 a.m.: Knott County Central vs. Sacred Heart
2 p.m.: Bowling Green vs. Bishop Brossart
5 p.m.: Franklin County vs. South Laurel
8 p.m.: Anderson County vs. Southwestern
You can watch the games online via the NFHS Network (subscription required) or listen on one of the KHSAA’s radio affiliates.
Catch up with Spring Football
Now that the 2020-21 college basketball season is officially over, it’s time to turn our focus to football. Yesterday, Liam Coen met with reporters to give an update on the offense’s progress with the new playbook. Spoiler: he wasn’t pleased. Here’s the recap from Nick Roush, or you can listen to Coen yourself below.
If you’d like a broader overview of what’s happening in Spring Practice, Drew’s got you covered.
Jay Bilas’ ranking of the Top 10 college basketball coaches of all-time is something
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No Rupp? Mark Few, who has zero titles, over Calipari, Pitino, Bill Self, and Denny Crum? Come on, Jay.
Wayback Wednesday: Young Zan Payne and friends after Kentucky beats Wisconsin in 2014
The BBN’s Facebook Memories have been flooded with old clips of Final Four runs this week, and this video from Cowboys Stadium after Kentucky beat Wisconsin in 2014 includes a fun Easter egg in the form of a young Zan Payne, Kamani Johnson (Dakari’s little brother, now at Arkansas), UK running back Tyler Markray, and Tai and Terell Strickland, sons of former UK assistant Rod Strickland.
Seven years ago today in Dallas, Aaron Harrison hit the game winning three pointer to beat Wisconsin in the Final Four. I took this video of the fans immediately after the game. @UKAthletics @UK_KFund @KentuckyMBB @vaughtsviews @KySportsRadio #bbn #ksr pic.twitter.com/GfKobWoVUG
— Michael Rains (@RuppArenaMike) April 5, 2021
They grow up so fast.
KSR Dog of the Day
Quincy is ready to tailgate again.
It’s National Beer Day!
Every day is a holiday of some sort now, but today’s is definitely worth toasting to. Cheers to National Beer Day, which marks the anniversary of the Cullen-Harrison Act in 1933, which eased Prohibition-era restrictions and permitted the manufacture of low-alcohol beer and wines. Nine months later, on Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition altogether. Sounds like the perfect excuse to get on down to KSBar and Grille and celebrate if you ask me.
I’m always on the lookout for new brews (specifically, malty IPAs), so share your favorites in the comments. Good People IPA out of Birmingham has been my No. 1 for quite some time.