Track & Field: Pole vault win by Gruver has UK women in contention at NCAA Outdoors

UK sophomore Olivia Gruver’s winning vault of 14 feet 9 inches…..Photo by Chet White / UK Athletics

EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Olivia Gruver won Kentucky’s seventh individual NCAA Outdoor Title, and first in the pole vault, to springboard the Wildcats into second place in the team standings after the first day of women’s competition on Thursday.

Gruver’s winning clearance of 14-feet, nine inches/4.50 meters scored 10 points, and Sha’Keela Saunders added four with a fifth-place finish in the long jump, giving UK 14 points through six of 21 events. Georgia leads with 24.2 points, Arizona State is third with 13, Kansas is fourth with 12 and Arkansas is fifth with 11.2.

“It’s just surreal.” Gruver said. “I don’t even know what’s happening, but it’s fun. I love competing against great people because you know that when you win, you’re good. It’s crazy, but I want to say that everyone did a great job today.”

Gruver — top qualifier out of the East Preliminary Championships on her home runway 14 days ago –recovered well from failing to clear any height at the Southeastern Conference Championships earlier this season.

She took bronze in the NCAA and SEC Indoor Championships earlier this year. Gruver advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships finals site last year, where she placed 21st having cleared 13’3.5″/4.05m. Continue reading

Track & Field: Pole vault win by Gruver has UK women in contention at NCAA Outdoors

Fast-pitch softball has given girls college opportunities

BY MIKE FIELDS / KHSAA

When Emily Gaines started playing fast-pitch softball as a 9-year-old, she was hooked: “I fell in love with it,” she said.

As an eighth-grader, Gaines cracked the starting lineup for South Laurel.

By the end of her high school career, she had written her name in the state record book as the all-time leader in hits (349), doubles (104) and consecutive games hitting streak (52), and was named Miss Softball.

Gaines earned a scholarship to Kentucky, where as a senior she was the Cats’ starting right fielder. In her last game, in UK’s first-ever appearance in the College Women’s World Series, she hit a home run.

“It was an amazing way to end my softball career,” she said.

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Baseball: Cats advance to first-ever Super Regional!

Cats celebrate after winning the Lexington Regional Photo by UK Athletics

Wildcats win three straight elimination games to take Lexington Regional

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Baseball team had waited 121 years for this moment, so a couple extra hours didn’t seem to matter all that much.

The top-seeded Wildcats roared from behind to defeat NC State, 10-5, and advance to the first Super Regional in program history. The victory was extra sweet, as the Cats won three consecutive elimination games, including back-to-back nights over the third-seeded Wolfpack.

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Baseball: Cats advance to first-ever Super Regional!

Baseball: Cats win two to set up a winner-take-all game with NC State

Wildcats will face NC State on Monday night for spot in Super Regional

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – There will be Monday baseball at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

 

Top-seeded Kentucky forced another game in the Lexington Regional final with its 8-6 win over No. 3 seed NC State in front of 3,261 fans on a clear Sunday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. It was the second do-or-die win of the day for the Wildcats, who again will face the Wolfpack on Monday night in a winner-take-all game to advance to the Super Regional in Louisville next week.

 

Monday’s game is set for 7 p.m. with NC State as the designated home team on the basis of having been the home team in fewer games during the regional.

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Baseball: Cats win two to set up a winner-take-all game with NC State

Baseball: NC State beats Kentucky 5-4. Cats face Indiana on Sunday.

 

Two-Out Rally Stings Kentucky in Tight Affair With NC State

Wildcats leave 10 men on base, must now win three games in two days

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Top-seeded Kentucky’s late rally came up just short in a 5-4 loss to No. 3 seed NC State in front of a Cliff Hagan Stadium record crowd of 4,742 on Saturday night. UK will face Indiana in an elimination game for the Lexington Regional on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

 

The Cats (40-21) scored two runs over the final three innings, including a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning from junior first baseman Evan White, but couldn’t overcome the Wolfpack’s three-run fifth inning that included a two-run triple by Evan Mendoza that sneaked past the centerfielder.

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Baseball: NC State beats Kentucky 5-4. Cats face Indiana on Sunday.

Baseball: NC State wins in 12, faces Kentucky next

No. 3 Seed NC State Downs No. 2 Seed Indiana 7-6 After 12 innings
The Wolfpack will face top-seeded Kentucky on Saturday

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – N.C. State scored a pair of runs in the top of the 12th inning, then held off an Indiana rally in the bottom of the frame to win 7-6 in an NCAA Baseball Tournament Regional game on Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

 

The Wolfpack moved to 35-23 on the season while Indiana dropped to 33-23-2. Junior right-hander Tommy DeJuneas kept a perfect 4-0 season record intact, striking out six and walking two in the process. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native allowed one run and no hits over three innings.

 

With the game notched at five runs apiece after 11 innings, NC State broke open the extra-inning scoring by way of a wild pitch from Indiana’s Matt Lloyd in the top of the 12th. The Wolfpack added another run on an RBI single by Brad Debo to make it 7-5.

 

The Hoosiers managed a run in the bottom of the inning and had the tying run on third base, but the Hoosiers fell one run short when Logan Sowers, who had two big RBIs earlier in the game, went down swinging on strikes. Lloyd picked up his second loss of the season, bringing his season tally to 3-2.

 

NC State second baseman Will Wilson went 2-for-5 at the plate, highlighted by a home run to left field in the fourth, as well as two runs and two RBIs on the day. NCSU shortstop Joe Dunand recorded the game’s only other home run, also going 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI.

 

With the win, NC State advances to Saturday’s 7:04 p.m. matchup with regional host Kentucky. Indiana is slated for an elimination contest with No. 4 seed Ohio, which fell 6-4 to the Wildcats on Friday afternoon. First pitch between IU and Ohio will take place Saturday at 12:04 p.m.

Baseball: Kentucky wins NCAA opener 6-4 over Ohio

Top-seeded UK holds off Ohio 6-4 in Lexington Regional Opener
SEC Pitcher of the Year Sean Hjelle records 10th win of season

 

By Connor Link

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In the opening game of the NCAA Tournament Lexington Regional, the top-seeded Kentucky baseball team defeated No. 4 seed Ohio 6-4 on Friday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

 

Kentucky improves to 40-20 on the season, while Ohio falls to 31-27. Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year Sean Hjelle picked up the 10th win of his sophomore campaign.

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Baseball: Kentucky wins NCAA opener 6-4 over Ohio

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FLIGHT WINNERS
Championship Flight: Matt Gann

Senior Flight: Bill Sergent

First Flight: Kipper House

Second Flight: Chuck Miller

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