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: LSU pins a 10-0 loss on UK in SEC Tournament action

LSU took advantage of a shaky Kentucky defense to slap a pair of five run innings on the board on the way to a 10-0 shutout of the Cats in SEC Tournament action in Hoover, Alabama on Thursday night.  The loss sends Kentucky to the Friday 4pm Eastern Time game against South Carolina, who UK defeated 7-2 back on Wednesday night.  The loser will be out of the tournament; the winner will advance to Saturday action where #2 LSU waits as the single elimination final four for the survivors will get underway.  Here’s the updated bracket:

LMU’s Chase Randolph gives up his characteristic hairstyle to Wigs for Kids

HARROGATE, Tenn. – Over the past two seasons, right-handed reliever Chase Randolph has asserted himself as an integral part of the Railsplitters’ bullpen, playing a key role in Lincoln Memorial winning the South Atlantic Conference tournament title and making a deep run in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.

Two things immediately separate Randolph from the crowd. First and foremost, the Harriman, Tennessee native’s reliability was pivotal to the Railsplitters’ success this season. Randolph made 27 relief appearances in 2017, compiling 33 strikeouts with just 12 walks over 43.2 innings pitched. He allowed just two earned runs combined in his last eight appearances, including three scoreless outings in the SAC Championship.

Second is his looming physical presence. Listed at 6-5, 240 pounds, Randolph is an intimidating sight for opposing hitters. For the past two years, that immense frame has been topped by a mane of long and bushy hair that conjures images of Khal Drogo. In many ways, that hair became a symbol of the gritty, blue-collar mentality Randolph carried to the mound with every appearance.

However, unbeknownst to most, the flowing locks of hair residing under Randolph’s LMU baseball cap were there for much more significant reasons. On Wednesday, Randolph chopped off his characteristic flow to donate it to Wigs for Kids. Continue reading LMU’s Chase Randolph gives up his characteristic hairstyle to Wigs for Kids

Basketball: Diallo will return to Kentucky for 2017-18 season

Freshman guard tested NBA Draft waters but did not hire an agent to protect his eligibility

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Hamidou Diallo is coming back to Kentucky.


Diallo, a freshman guard, plans to return to UK for the 2017-18 season after going through the process of declaring for the NBA Draft. Utilizing NCAA rules that allow players to “test the waters,” Diallo entered the NBA Draft without hiring an agent to protect his NCAA eligibility with the option of returning to school.


Players had until 10 days after the conclusion of the NBA Draft Combine to make a final decision based on a rule between the NCAA and NBA so long as the player didn’t hire an agent. That deadline was Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. ET.


With only minutes to spare, Diallo informed UK of his intention to come back to school. He will join Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Tai Wynyard, Brad Calipari, Jonny David and Dillon Pulliam as 2017-18 returners.

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Baseball: Kentucky rolls over South Carolina 7-2 in SEC Tournament

Kentucky Rolls to Win in SEC Tournament Opener

Third-seeded Wildcats get six scoreless innings from bullpen


HOOVER, Ala. – Kole Cottam’s fourth inning home run over the 405-foot mark in centerfield gave No. 8 Kentucky the lead for good and the bullpen worked six scoreless innings as the Wildcats opened the SEC Tournament with a 7-2 win over South Carolina at the Hoover Met.


The win is UK’s first in the SEC Tournament since 2014 and gives the Cats 39 victories this season, the most since the 2012 team won a school-record 45. UK will face the winner of the Missouri-LSU game in the second game of Thursday’s evening session, approximately 9 p.m. ET.


The Cats (39-18) spotted South Carolina a two-run lead in the top of the third, as the Gamecocks took advantage of a pair of walks – one intentional – the grab an early lead. But UK answered right back in its half of the inning, tying the game on Evan White’s RBI groundout and Luke Becker’s ground ball that sneaked under the glove of the second baseman.


Cottam, who now has nine hits in his past four games, hammered his sixth home run of the year in the fourth and White added a three-run opposite-field double in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

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Baseball: Kentucky rolls over South Carolina 7-2 in SEC Tournament

District Tournament Report for Tuesday May 23rd


49th District – Clay County 2  Jackson County 0 / Oneida Baptist 15  Red Bird 5 (5 inn.)

50th District – Corbin 7  Whitley County 6 /  South Laurel 5  Williamsburg 2

51st District – Knox Central 14  Pineville 0 (5 inn.)

52nd District – Harlan County 3  Harlan 2 (8 inn.) /  Middlesboro 12  Bell County 1 (5 inn.)


49th District – OBI 24 Red Bird 0 (3 inn.) / Clay County 12  Jackson County 0 (5 inn.) / North Laurel 15 OBI 0 (5 inn.)

50th District – Corbin 9 Williamsburg 0 /  South Laurel 14 Whitley County 3 (6 inn.)

51st District – Knox Central 15 Pineville 0 (3 inn.)

52nd District – Harlan County 10  Bell County 0 (6 inn.) / Middlesboro 5 Harlan 2



Baseball: Seven Wildcats receive All-SEC honors

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Sean Hjelle Named SEC Pitcher of the Year; Pompey, Salow First-Team All-SEC


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sean Hjelle was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year to highlight a bushel of honors the Kentucky baseball team earned in a vote of league coaches, the conference announced Monday.


Joining Hjelle on the First-Team All-SEC are senior reliever Logan Salow and sophomore outfielder Tristan Pompey. Hjelle and Salow become the first UK pitchers to earn First-Team honors since Chris Rusin in 2008 and only the third and fourth since 1979, joining Rusin and Scott Downs (1997).


The Cats, who finished with the second most SEC wins in program history, also placed junior infielder Riley Mahan, junior catcher Troy Squires and junior first baseman Evan White on Second-Team All-SEC. White was voted All-SEC Defensive Team for the third consecutive season.


Junior left-handed pitcher Zach Logue was voted SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, posting a 3.96 grade point average in chemical engineering.

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