Baseball: Kentucky batters Tennessee in series opener 15-5

No. 8 Kentucky’s Hit Parade Leads to 16th SEC Win

The Wildcats score in seven different innings, hit four home runs in rout

 

Troy Squires launches a home run against Tennessee on Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Cliff.
Photo by Britney Howard

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky opened its final home conference series with a dominating 15-5 win over Tennessee on Friday night for its 16th Southeastern Conference win of the season – the most for the program most since the 2012 club won 18 games.

 

The No. 8 Cats (34-16, 16-9 SEC) wasted no time breaking the game open as they scored 10 runs over the first four innings. Eight UK starters finished with at least one RBI, four of which also had a home run. In his 20th multi-hit game of the season, Riley Mahan went 3-for-4 at the plate and only needed a triple to hit for the cycle. Mahan’s double in the third inning gave him his team-leading 20th double and moved him into second place in the SEC while his home run was his third in the last four games.

 

Junior first baseman Evan White got the offense going when he crushed a ball over the left field wall in the bottom of the first inning. He went on to pick up two more RBI the next inning after he tucked a ball inside the right field line. Troy Squires went 3-for-3, including nabbing his first career home run as part of back-to-back solo shots with Mahan in the bottom of the sixth inning. Zach Reks, White, Mahan, and Squires all finished with two or more RBI.

 

Sean Hjelle provided another quality outing for the Wildcats in his eighth win of the season. The sophomore right-hander struck out six and gave up just two hits, one run, and two walks in seven innings of work. He is now 6-1 with an earned run average under 2.00 in league play and has yielded five or fewer hits in six straight and nine of last 10 outings.

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Softball: 2nd-seeded Auburn knocks UK out of SEC Tournament

May 11, 2017

 

Second-Seeded Auburn Spoils Kentucky’s Run in Knoxville

Tigers win 2-0 in SEC quarterfinal game

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The second-seeded Auburn Tigers got a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning from Kendall Veach to knock the Kentucky Wildcats out of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Tournament in a 2-0 game.

 

With the loss, Kentucky’s regular season comes to an end with a 36-17 overall record, and will now await its postseason fate. The 2017 NCAA Softball Selection Show will be on Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET shown live on ESPN2 with Beth Mowins and Amanda Scarbrough.

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Softball: Cheek hits two homeruns as Kentucky advances in SEC Tournament action

Cheek hits two home runs in 7-3 win over Gamecocks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sophomore slugger Abbey Cheek pummeled two home runs over the wall in left field, as seventh-seeded Kentucky slugged its way to a 7-3 win over the tenth-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday night in the opening round of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Because of Kentucky’s win, the Wildcats advance into the quarterfinal round and will face second-seeded Auburn on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. The game will be shown live on the SEC Network, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Beth Mowins (pxp), Michele Smith (color) and Holly Rowe (dugouts) on the call.  The first quarterfinal game of the day will begin at noon.

The win improves Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament resume, as the Gamecocks are ranked nationally in both top-25 polls and are also in the top-25 nationally in the RPI. UK now sits at 36-16 overall and 20 games above the .500 mark.

Abbey Cheek hit her 11th and 12th home runs of the season, off two different pitchers, in back-to-back at bats, accounting for four of Kentucky’s seven runs in the game. The Wildcats needed all of the offense they could manage, as the Gamecocks loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh innings – but Meagan Prince came on to close out the game in the seventh.

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HS Football: KHSAA Football Finals coming to Lexington

Kroger Field to Host KHSAA State Football Finals in ‘17, ‘18

KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl coming to UK, Lexington

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky and the city of Lexington will play host to the Kentucky state football finals in 2017 and 2018 at Kroger Field, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and UK Athletics announced on Wednesday.

 

“We are thrilled to be hosting the best weekend of Kentucky high school football at Kroger Field,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “We are committed to the growth of the game of football in the Commonwealth and excited to bring thousands of young athletes and fans to our campus and the city of Lexington through this event. Kroger Field will make an excellent home for the Kentucky state football finals.”

 

The KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl will be held at UK the first weekend in December, the traditional weekend for the annual event. The state championship games for all classifications (A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A) will take place at Kroger Field, with a schedule for the six games to be announced later.

 

“We are excited about the opportunity to move our football championships to Kroger Field and expand our outstanding partnership with the University of Kentucky,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. “We are eternally grateful for the efforts of other hosts in past years, but look forward to the chance to potentially grow this event and be able to maintain our pre-determined schedule that we finalize in the coming weeks.”

 

Lexington was the original home to the KHSAA state football finals, with games being played at Stoll Field from 1959-1966 and 1968-1972. For the last eight years, games have been played at Houchens-LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green.

 

Kroger Field, renamed from Commonwealth Stadium last week as part of a comprehensive partnership with Kroger, originally opened in 1973 and reopened following a major renovation in 2015. The stadium hosted the KHSAA state football finals for the first and only time in 1976. Kroger Field, with a capacity of 61,000, has a state-of-the-art synthetic surface called UK-Speed Series-S5-M, the same surface used at the 2013 and 2014 Super Bowls.

Baseball: Louisville Holy Cross shuts out Middlesboro in All A State semifinals.

Louisville Holy Cross outhit Middlesboro 13-2 in their 8-0 All A semifinal win over the Yellow Jackets.  Holy Cross will now play Caldwell County in the All A State Championship Game Sunday afternoon in Lexington.

 

Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming grabs the roses before a crowd of 158,070

Kenny Martin / Adam Coglianese Photography

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 6, 2017) – MeB Racing Stables, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stable, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds’ favored Always Dreaming shook clear of longshot State of Honor at the half-mile pole, opened a daylight advantage and cruised to a 2 ¾-length victory over Lookin At Lee to win the 143rd running of the $2,395,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 158,070, the seventh largest in Derby
history.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Always Dreaming covered the 1 1/4 miles on a wet-fast track in 2:03.59.
For Pletcher and Velazquez, it was their second taste of Kentucky Derby glory. Pletcher had saddled 2010 winner Super Saver and a year later Velazquez piloted Animal Kingdom to victory.
The victory was worth $1,635,800 to the Kentucky-bred son of Bodemeister out of the In Excess (IRE) mare Above Perfection.
Saturday’s payday increased his earnings to $2,284,700 with a record of 6-4-1-1 with two Grade I victories in as many attempts. In his
previous start, Always Dreaming won the Florida Derby.
State of Honor led the field of 20 through an opening quarter-mile in :22.70 and the half-mile in :46.53 with Always Dreaming
right behind him. Always Dreaming stuck his head in front at the half-mile pole and was a half-length in front of Battle of Midway at
the head of the stretch.
By mid-stretch, Always Dreaming had opened a three-length lead and was well on his way to becoming the fifth consecutive
favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.
Lookin At Lee rallied from far back under Corey Lanerie to claim second, five lengths in front of Battle of Midway with
Flavien Prat up.
Always Dreaming returned $11.40, $7.20 and $5.80. Lookin At Lee returned $26.60 and $15.20 with Battle of Midway
returning $20.80 to show.
Following the top three in order were Classic Empire, Practical Joke, Tapwrit, Gunnevera, McCraken, Gormley, Irish
War Cry, Hence, Untrapped, Girvin, Patch, J Boys Echo, Sonneteer, Fast and Accurate, Irap and State of Honor. Thunder
Snow (IRE) did not finish.

All A Classic State Baseball Tournament from Lexington

Middlesboro scores 3 in the 6th inning to break a 1-1 tie and beats Pikeville 4-1.

Yellow Jackets will play in the 10:30AM semifinal on Sunday morning.

Game 1    Lexington Christian 7 Walton-Verona 3 (10 inn.)

Game 2    Caldwell County 1 Bishop Brossart 0 (8 inn.)

Game 3    Middlesboro 4 Pikeville 1

Game 4    Louisville Holy Cross 4 Monroe County 2

SEMIFINALS

Sunday 8:30AM – Lexington Christian vs. Caldwell County

Sunday 10:30AM – Middlesboro vs. Louisville Holy Cross

2017 SEKC Track and Field Championships

Corbin wins both the boys and girls events. Final team results available in our magazine at www.pinnaclesportsview.com/files/2017April.pdf


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Baseball: LMU wins South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship

Lincoln Memorial (33-17) concluded its undefeated run in the 2017 Pilot/Flying J South Atlantic Conference Baseball Championship at Smokies Stadium with a 9-4 victory over seventh-seeded Carson-Newman (29-24) to clinch the tournament championship. The Railsplitters bring home the SAC title for the second time in school history and first since 2013.

Softball: #18 UK claims series win over #4 Texas A&M

Three-Run Sixth Gives No. 18 UK Series Win vs. No. 4 Texas A&M

Wildcats win first series against a top-five team since 2015

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 18 Kentucky softball team got three runs in the first and three in the sixth, which helped propel them to a 7-4 win over the No. 4 Texas A&M Aggies and clinch a top-five series win for the first time since 2015.

 

With the win, Kentucky improves to 34-14 overall and is now a season-high 20 games above the .500 mark. The Wildcats have won two Southeastern Conference series in a row now, and sit tied for seventh with LSU at 11-10 in league play. With the loss, Texas A&M falls to 41-7 overall and is now 15-5 in the SEC this season.

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