Softball: UK silences DePaul in NCAA opener to advance in winner’s bracket

Wildcats play Illinois at Noon ET on Saturday afternoon

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With five runs in the bottom of the first and an additional insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, the No. 14 Kentucky softball team advanced into the winner’s bracket of the 2017 NCAA Softball Lexington Regional on Friday afternoon with a 6-0 win over the DePaul Blue Demons.

 

The Wildcats will face the Illinois Fighting Illini in the winner’s bracket game at Noon ET on Saturday from John Cropp Stadium. The winner of that game will then move into the regional final on Sunday afternoon, where they will need just one win to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals. Illinois knocked off Marshall in a thrilling 3-2 win in 12 innings in the first game on Friday.

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Baseball: Railsplitters avoid elimination with 7-6 walk-off win over Georgia College

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Timmy Wages (Molin, Ill.) hit a sac fly in the bottom of the ninth to score Seth Hunt (Knoxville, Tenn.) as Lincoln Memorial (34-18) eliminated Georgia College (35-15) 7-6 in walk-off fashion for its first ever NCAA Southeast Regional victory on Friday at Scarborough Field. The seventh-seeded Railsplitters survive another day in the double-elimination tournament to face the loser of Friday afternoon’s matchup between top-seeded and host Mount Olive and fifth-seeded UNC Pembroke Saturday at 11 a.m.

Wages also hit a two-run homer earlier in the game as part of a 2-for-3, three-RBI day. With the three runs driven in, Wages set a new program record with 66 RBI, topping Allen Butler’s 63 from the 1996 season. Logan Augustine (Urbandale, Iowa) and Mason Ewers (Kingsport, Tenn.) each went 2-for-4, and Hunt finished 2-for-5. Augustine scored a pair of runs to become the first player in program history to cross the plate 70 times in a season.
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Baseball: Cats pound out 20 hits at Florida in 12-4 win, now tied for SEC lead

Pompey rounds third.

Grand Slam, 20-Hit Attack Power Kentucky Past Florida

No. 6 Wildcats in three-way tie for first in SEC with two games to play

 

Gainesville, FL – Tristan Pompey’s fourth inning grand slam sparked No. 6 Kentucky to a 12-4 series-opening win over No. 5 Florida in Gainesville, taking out one of the Southeastern Conference’s top starting pitchers in the process.

 

UK’s 38 wins are the sixth most in school history and most since the 2012 team won a school-record 45. The Cats’ 19 SEC wins trail only the 2006 championship team’s 20 for most in a season.

 

The Cats pounded out 20 hits against the Gators, tying for the most they’ve had in a conference game this season. UK scored in five consecutive innings after Florida (38-15, 19-9) took an early 3-0 lead, piling on insurance runs after Pompey’s two-out blast over the right field wall changed the momentum of the game.

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Baseball: LMU loses 4-1 in opening round, now faces Georgia College in elimination game

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. — Lincoln Memorial could not overcome a dominating pitching performance and two solo home runs by second-seeded and No. 6 North Georgia (43-10) as the Nighthawks dispatched the Railsplitters (33-18) 4-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Southeast Regional on Thursday afternoon at Scarborough Field. Seventh-seeded Lincoln Memorial will face sixth-seeded Georgia College in the tournament’s first elimination game Friday at 11 a.m. Continue reading Baseball: LMU loses 4-1 in opening round, now faces Georgia College in elimination game

Tennis: State Tournament Report for Thursday May 18th

Middlesboro qualified a boys doubles team and a girls singles player for the Kentucky State Tennis Tournament.  Those local athletes represented themselves and us well in Lexington, but all have now been eliminated.

The boys doubles team of Owen Collins and Bryce Lawson won their opening match at state to advance to the Round of 32 with straight set wins of 6-4, 6-2 over Cassady and Riley of South Warren.  They valiantly battled the tough duo of Kaplan and Ko from Lexington Catholic in the second round before falling 6-4, 7-5.

Baylie Brunsma represented Middlesboro in the girls singles.  She too won her opening match.  After losing the first set 6-4, she battled back to defeat Ally Delaney of Hancock County.  It was then Brunsma’s misfortune to have to face the top seed in the girls singles, Eva Borders of St. Francis.  Francis defeated Brunsma in straight sets to eliminate her from tournament action.

Congratulations to these student athletes for representing our area so well.

Basketball: Cats add three during spring signing period

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Already boasting the No. 1 rated recruiting class following the fall signing period, the Kentucky men’s basketball team added to its arsenal with three additional signees in the spring signing window, which closed on Wednesday. Jemarl Baker, Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt signed national letters of intent to suit up for the Wildcats in 2017-18.

 

The three spring signees will join Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green, Nick Richards and P.J. Washington, who signed during the fall signing period. Additionally, midyear enrollee Hamidou Diallo would begin game action in the fall should he decide to return to school (he’s currently weighing his professional options and has until Wednesday to decide whether he will return to school).

 

Kentucky’s three spring signees are consensus four- or five-star prospects and are ranked in the top 100 by the major national recruiting services.

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Baseball: Kentucky completes perfect non-conference home schedule

Senior shortstop Connor Heady cuts off a ground ball in UK’s 10-1 win over Northern Kentucky.        Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

No. 6 Wildcats finish 16-0 as part of 26-win regular season at Cliff Hagan Stadium

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky capped a perfect non-conference home schedule for just the second time since 1979, dismantling Northern Kentucky 10-1 on a warm, summer-like night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The No. 6 Wildcats’ 37 victories on the season are the most since the 2014 team also won 37 games.

 

Spot starter Brad Schaenzer allowed just one run in 5.2 innings, striking out five and yielding just three hits along the way to move to 5-0 on the season. The junior lefty was relieved by freshman left-hander Zack Thompson, who struck out all four batters he faced and erased the Norse’s only real threat of the night.

 

UK (37-16, 18-9 SEC) now has 26 wins at Cliff Hagan Stadium this season, the fourth most since the venue opened in 1979. The total is five shy of the 2006 team’s 31 home wins, a club UK head coach Nick Mingione was part of as an assistant coach.

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Softball: Kentucky earns the #14 national seed, will host Lexington NCAA Regional

Wildcats to open up with DePaul on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky softball team earned the No. 14 national seed in the 2017 NCAA Softball Championships, and will serve as regional hosts this weekend at John Cropp Stadium. The Wildcats will welcome Illinois, Marshall and DePaul to Lexington for a double-elimination style bracket to send one team to super regionals.

Kentucky will open play on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET against DePaul. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app, as will all games of the Lexington Regional. The first game on Friday between Illinois and Marshall will be at Noon ET on Friday and shown on ESPN2.

Tickets

All-session tickets include admission to all six/seven games of the tournament (May 19-21). All-session tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 15 at 9 AM ET. Patrons requiring accessible seating should call the UK Ticket Office at (800) 928-2287.

Single-session tickets include admission to individual sessions (May 19-21). Each session will consist of a single day of games. Single-session tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, May 19 at 9 AM ET, based on availability. Patrons requiring accessible seating should call the UK Ticket Office at (800) 928-2287.

2017 NCAA Softball Lexington Regional

John Cropp Stadium – Lexington, Ky.

Friday, May 19

Game 1 – Marshall vs. Illinois – Noon ET – ESPN2
Game 2 – DePaul vs. Kentucky – 2:30 p.m. ET – ESPN3.com

Saturday, May 20
Game 3 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – Noon ET – TV TBD
Game 4 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 2:30 p.m. ET – TV TBD
Game 5 – Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – 5 p.m. ET – TV TBD

Sunday, May 21
Game 6 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – Noon ET – TV TBD
Game 7 – (If necessary) – 2:30 p.m. ET – TV TBD