Baseball: SEC Tournament Bracket

Baseball: Cats’ rally falls short in 6-4 loss at Florida

No. 6 Cats finish with 19 league wins, earn No. 3 seed in SEC Tournament

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Kentucky’s bid for its second regular season Southeastern Conference championship came up just short, as the No. 6 Wildcats fell 6-4 to No. 5 Florida at McKethan Stadium in the regular season finale.

The Cats finished the regular season with 38 wins, the most since the 2012 team won a school-record 45. Their 19-11 mark in league play represents the second-most SEC wins in school history, one short of the 20 the 2006 club had when it won the conference.

UK earned the No. 3 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. and will open play at 10:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 24 in the double elimination portion of the bracket.

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Baseball: Cats’ rally falls short in 6-4 loss at Florida

Track and Field: Class 1A Kentucky State meet results

Fort Knox wins the boys state track and field meet, Murray the girls.
Locally, Middlesboro’s Evan Brock scores points with a sixth place finish in the Boys Discus. Brock is the only Yellow Jacket qualifier, both boys and girls, to finish in the points in the state meet.

1A State champions from our region:
Selena Mattingly, Williamsburg – Girls 800 Meter Run
Mackenzie King, Harlan – Girls Shot Put
Emma Bianchi, Harlan – Girls High Jump

Baseball: Railsplitters live for another day, beat UNC Pembroke 11-6

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Lincoln Memorial (35-18) continued its deepest postseason run in program history with an 11-6 victory Saturday at Scarborough Field to eliminate UNC Pembroke (41-17). The seventh-seeded Railsplitters advance another day in the double-elimination NCAA Division II Southeast Regional and will face the winner of Catawba and USC Aiken’s matchup Sunday at noon.

The Railsplitters pounded out 16 hits on their way to 11 runs. Both are program records in NCAA tournament play.

Lincoln Memorial used a five-run fifth inning to jump ahead 7-3 and never looked back. Russell Clark (Wexford, Pa.) finished 3-for-5 and drove in four runs. Logan Augustine (Urbandale, Iowa) went 3-for-4, reached base five times and scored twice. Seth Hunt (Knoxville, Tenn.) also contributed three hits and scored thrice. Eric Kalman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) reached base four times, and Mason Ewers (Kingsport, Tenn.) added a two-run homer.

Muta Crusoe (Bellwood, Ill.) was the only Railsplitter not to record a hit but did drive in a pair of runs.

After picking up the win Friday, Dominic Morabito (Vienna, Va.) worked into the ninth Saturday to earn another victory. The righty improved to 9-4 to become just the fifth player in program history to pick up nine wins in a season. Morabito allowed six runs (four earned) in a career-high 8.1 innings and struck out seven. He tied a season high with 10 hits allowed but didn’t walk anyone in a 133-pitch effort.

Drew Beaver finished 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Braves. Lucas Ledford and Nick Debo also picked up two hits apiece.

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Baseball: Railsplitters live for another day, beat UNC Pembroke 11-6

Softball: Prince pitches Kentucky into NCAA regional final

Wildcats play winner of elimination game at Noon ET on Sunday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior pitcher Meagan Prince threw her third complete-game shutout of the season on Saturday afternoon as the No. 14 Kentucky softball team powered its way to the Lexington Regional Final with a 1-0 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini.

With the win, Kentucky is the 2-0 team in the Lexington Regional, and earns a spot in Sunday’s regional final – where it will need to win just one game to advance into the Super Regionals. The Wildcats will face the winner of Saturday night’s elimination game and it will either be Marshall, Illinois or DePaul.

The game will be shown live on the ESPN Family of Networks with the specific assignment to be relayed on Sunday morning.

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Baseball: 51st District Tournament Bracket

Baseball: Chomp! Gators bite back to even series in Gainesville

No. 6 Kentucky Falls to No. 5 Florida to Even Series

Wildcats can still win share of SEC title with a win on Saturday

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Florida got on the board early and used a superior pitching effort from starter Brady Singer to coast to a 14-3 win over Kentucky on Friday night at McKethan Stadium. The loss means the Wildcats must win Saturday’s series finale to earn a share of the SEC East division title.

 

The Cats (38-17, 19-10) couldn’t get to Singer in a game delayed an hour due to lurking storms in the area. When the contest did get started, Florida (39-15, 20-9) took a 2-0 lead on an opposite field home run by Mark Kolozsvary in the second inning before an avalanche of walks and well-placed hits allowed the Gators to take control.

 

Despite the defeat, UK clinched a bye in next week’s SEC Tournament thanks to Arkansas’ loss at Texas A&M. The Cats avoid the single-elimination round and will being play on Wednesday in Hoover as part of the double-elimination portion of the tournament. The Cats could be the No. 1, 2 or 3 seed.

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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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