Baseball: #21 South Carolina evens the series with a 5-1 win over #6 Kentucky on Saturday

Kentucky Bats Silenced as South Carolina Evens Series

Wildcats will go for their sixth SEC series win in seven weekends on Sunday

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – One day after allowing 19 runs and 20 hits to Kentucky, a trio of South Carolina pitchers combined to hold the Wildcats to two hits in a 5-1 Gamecock win on a warm and humid Saturday afternoon at Founders Park.

 

Entering the weekend as the top pitching staff in the Southeastern Conference, South Carolina starter Adam Hill and reliever Josh Reagan limited No. 6 UK to one hit in the first seven innings — a home run by third baseman Tyler Marshall in the fourth inning, his first homer of the season. Hill was the winning pitcher, moving his record to 3-3, and Tyler Johnson got the final five outs for his seventh save of the season. Leftfielder Carlos Cortes led the USC offense with a two-run homer and an RBI double. No. 21 South Carolina improved to 25-16 on the season, 10-10 in the SEC.

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Golf: UK Women receive at-large bid to the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s golf team is headed back to the NCAA Regionals for the sixth time in seven seasons under head coach Golda Johansson Borst. The Wildcats were part of the 72-team NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships field announced Thursday morning on the Golf Channel.

UK will participate in the Columbus Regional at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio, May 8-10. Kentucky has made the tournament for the 21st time in program history.

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Baseball: Kentucky’s hot bats pound South Carolina 19-1

Wildcats record largest SEC win in program history; Hjelle throws six shutout innings

COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 6-ranked Kentucky exploded for 19 runs and 20 hits and Sean Hjelle tossed six shutout innings as the Wildcats won at No. 21 South Carolina, 19-1, Friday night.

Beginning in the second inning, UK scored in six straight innings against the top-rated pitching staff in the Southeastern Conference. It was Kentucky’s largest margin of victory against an SEC opponent in school history and the most runs for the Wildcats against an SEC opponent since tallying 22 vs. Mississippi State in 2009.

In the process, Kentucky improved to 30-13 on the season, 13-6 atop the SEC Eastern Division standings. UK also extended a school-record streak of six-straight 30-win seasons and head coach Nick Mingione set a school record for most wins by a UK coach in his first season. South Carolina is now 24-16 overall, 9-10 in league play.
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NFL Draft Notes – Round 1

GREAT GARRETT: The Cleveland Browns selected DE MYLES GARRETT with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, marking the first time in Texas A&M history that a player was chosen first overall.
Garrett became the sixth Texas A&M player to be selected in the top 10 since 2011, joining T JAKE MATTHEWS (sixth overall, 2014), WR MIKE EVANS (seventh overall, 2014), T LUKE JOECKEL (second overall, 2013), QB RYAN TANNEHILL (eighth overall, 2012) and LB VON MILLER (second overall, 2011).

FIRST TIME QBs: North Carolina QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY was selected by the Chicago Bears with the second overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft and Texas Tech QB PATRICK MAHOMES was chosen with the tenth overall pick by Kansas City, both becoming the first quarterback from their respective schools selected in the first round.

Trubisky joins T.J. YATES (2011, fifth round) and RONALD CURRY (2002, seventh round) as the only North Carolina quarterbacks to be selected in the NFL Draft.

Mahomes is the fourth Texas Tech player and the first Red Raider quarterback selected in the first round since 1967.

Clemson QB DESHAUN WATSON, who was selected by the Houston Texans with the 12th overall pick, became the second first-round quarterback in school history. He joins STEVE FULLER (23rd overall by Kansas City in 1979) as the only Tiger quarterbacks to be selected in the first round since 1967.
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Baseball: Kentucky shutsout Xavier 6-0

Kentucky continues its success in midweek games as season enters final month

 

Zach Thompson pitched six shutout innings to help Kentucky pick up their 20th home win of the season                                                            UK Photo / Chet White

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Evan White celebrated his birthday in style with a three-RBI night and freshman starter Zack Thompson tossed six shutout innings of one-hit baseball to lead No. 6 Kentucky past Xavier, 6-0, at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Wednesday night.

 

The Wildcats (29-13) recorded their 20th win at home and moved to 17-3 in their past 20 non-conference games, a bugaboo in recent seasons. A trip to No. 21 South Carolina looms this weekend as the Cats resume the chase for just their second Southeastern Conference championship.

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Baseball: Railsplitters place eight on All-SAC squad; Sziksai selected as Co-Coach of the Year

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Lincoln Memorial University outfielder Logan Augustine, first baseman Timmy Wages and shortstop Tyler Adams have been named to the All-SAC first team, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday with the unveiling of the 2017 SAC baseball awards. In addition to that, third baseman Eric Kalman and pitcher Brandon Jean were selected to the All-SAC second team, outfielder Mason Ewers, catcher Russell Clark and pitcher Dominic Morabito were chosen for the All-SAC honorable mention team, and head coach Jeff Sziksai was named as the SAC Co-Coach of the Year.
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Bam! There goes another one!

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men basketball freshman forward Bam Adebayo announced Tuesday he will officially hire an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, forgoing his remaining eligibility at Kentucky.

 

“After talking with Coach Cal, the staff and my family, I have decided it’s in my best interest to remain in the draft,” Adebayo said.

 

“This process we went through at Kentucky was a tough but a rewarding one. It was everything I wanted when I decided to come to Kentucky. It taught me a lot. It taught me how to be a better man on and off the court. I have improved so much since the beginning of the season thanks to the hard work of the coaching staff. They helped me with every step of the process along the way and they never gave up on me.

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Public auction of surplus and confiscated items set for May 1st in Frankfort

Sale open to public at Kentucky Fish and Wildlife headquarters in Frankfort

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 24, 2017) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its spring public auction of surplus and confiscated items May 1 at department headquarters in Frankfort.

 

Surplus auction items include Polarkraft and Alumacraft boats, Mercury boat motors, four-wheel-drive Chevy, Ford and Dodge trucks, a Case track-hoe, office equipment and more. Bidding on surplus items is open to everyone.

 

Confiscated auction items include shotguns, rifles, pistols, bows, hunting equipment, fishing poles and more. Firearm brands being offered for sale include Sig Sauer, Glock, Beretta, Browning, Sako, Remington, Benelli and more. Under state law, only qualified Kentucky residents may bid on confiscated items.

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CATSPY Awards: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Swimming & Diving win team of year honors

Men’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving win team of the year honors

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. –The 15th annual CATSPY Awards were held Monday in Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performances during the 2016-17 year in the UK Athletics department. With co-winners in some categories, 20 individuals were recognized as well as four teams.

 

“It’s a real pleasure to have everyone here tonight,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in a speech welcoming student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. “As usual, everyone looks tremendous. It’s a night of celebrations, a night of achievement and a night of challenge. It’s been a real special year in a lot of ways.”

 

WKYT will air the CATSPY Awards at a later time to be announced. A replay is also available on UKathletics.com.

 

Headlining the awards this year were men’s basketball and women’s swimming and diving.

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Baseball: UK routs #8 LSU 10-2 to win their 5th SEC series of the season

Offense breaks out for 10 runs in first four innings; Lewis fires complete game

 

Troy Squires gives Justin Lewis a hug after Lewis threw a complete game limiting LSU to just six hits.                                            Photo by Quinn Foster, UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Justin Lewis and the Kentucky defense stayed steady behind a relentless offense as the No. 10 Wildcats took their fifth Southeastern Conference series of the season, defeating No. 8 LSU 10-2 on a cloudy, windy day at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

 

The Cats (28-13, 12-6 SEC), winners in six of the last eight games, retain their two-game lead over Florida in the SEC East with 12 conference games remaining. They will travel to South Carolina, which sits three games back, next weekend.

 

UK’s offense wasted no time attacking the Tigers (27-14, 10-8) as they got the game started with three straight hits. Zach Reks, who tied his career-high for hits in a game with four, broke the scoring open with an RBI double down the left-field line in the bottom of the first inning. Three other Wildcats came around to score in the inning as the Cats jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

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