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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Baseball: Railsplitters unbeaten in SAC Tournament; will play for championship on Monday

Baseball: Kentucky’s late surge secures SEC series win at South Carolina

Photo by Katie Dugan, The Big Spur

Wildcats get their sixth SEC series win in seven weekends, third on the road

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kentucky broke a tie with three runs in the eighth inning and Logan Salow had a career-high 10 strikeouts  in relief as the No. 6 Wildcats defeated No. 21 South Carolina, 9-4, on a hot Saturday afternoon at Founders Park.

 

With the win, Kentucky won a series at South Carolina for the first time since 1999 and won its sixth SEC series in seven weekends this season, and third on the road. UK improves to 31-14, leading the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division with a 14-7 league mark and tying Western Division co-leaders Mississippi State and Auburn for the overall league lead.

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Baseball: #21 South Carolina evens the series with a 5-1 win over #6 Kentucky on Saturday

Kentucky Bats Silenced as South Carolina Evens Series

Wildcats will go for their sixth SEC series win in seven weekends on Sunday

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – One day after allowing 19 runs and 20 hits to Kentucky, a trio of South Carolina pitchers combined to hold the Wildcats to two hits in a 5-1 Gamecock win on a warm and humid Saturday afternoon at Founders Park.

 

Entering the weekend as the top pitching staff in the Southeastern Conference, South Carolina starter Adam Hill and reliever Josh Reagan limited No. 6 UK to one hit in the first seven innings — a home run by third baseman Tyler Marshall in the fourth inning, his first homer of the season. Hill was the winning pitcher, moving his record to 3-3, and Tyler Johnson got the final five outs for his seventh save of the season. Leftfielder Carlos Cortes led the USC offense with a two-run homer and an RBI double. No. 21 South Carolina improved to 25-16 on the season, 10-10 in the SEC.

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Golf: UK Women receive at-large bid to the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s golf team is headed back to the NCAA Regionals for the sixth time in seven seasons under head coach Golda Johansson Borst. The Wildcats were part of the 72-team NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships field announced Thursday morning on the Golf Channel.

UK will participate in the Columbus Regional at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio, May 8-10. Kentucky has made the tournament for the 21st time in program history.

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Baseball: Kentucky’s hot bats pound South Carolina 19-1

Wildcats record largest SEC win in program history; Hjelle throws six shutout innings

COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 6-ranked Kentucky exploded for 19 runs and 20 hits and Sean Hjelle tossed six shutout innings as the Wildcats won at No. 21 South Carolina, 19-1, Friday night.

Beginning in the second inning, UK scored in six straight innings against the top-rated pitching staff in the Southeastern Conference. It was Kentucky’s largest margin of victory against an SEC opponent in school history and the most runs for the Wildcats against an SEC opponent since tallying 22 vs. Mississippi State in 2009.

In the process, Kentucky improved to 30-13 on the season, 13-6 atop the SEC Eastern Division standings. UK also extended a school-record streak of six-straight 30-win seasons and head coach Nick Mingione set a school record for most wins by a UK coach in his first season. South Carolina is now 24-16 overall, 9-10 in league play.
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NFL Draft Notes – Round 1

GREAT GARRETT: The Cleveland Browns selected DE MYLES GARRETT with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, marking the first time in Texas A&M history that a player was chosen first overall.
Garrett became the sixth Texas A&M player to be selected in the top 10 since 2011, joining T JAKE MATTHEWS (sixth overall, 2014), WR MIKE EVANS (seventh overall, 2014), T LUKE JOECKEL (second overall, 2013), QB RYAN TANNEHILL (eighth overall, 2012) and LB VON MILLER (second overall, 2011).

FIRST TIME QBs: North Carolina QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY was selected by the Chicago Bears with the second overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft and Texas Tech QB PATRICK MAHOMES was chosen with the tenth overall pick by Kansas City, both becoming the first quarterback from their respective schools selected in the first round.

Trubisky joins T.J. YATES (2011, fifth round) and RONALD CURRY (2002, seventh round) as the only North Carolina quarterbacks to be selected in the NFL Draft.

Mahomes is the fourth Texas Tech player and the first Red Raider quarterback selected in the first round since 1967.

Clemson QB DESHAUN WATSON, who was selected by the Houston Texans with the 12th overall pick, became the second first-round quarterback in school history. He joins STEVE FULLER (23rd overall by Kansas City in 1979) as the only Tiger quarterbacks to be selected in the first round since 1967.
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Baseball: Kentucky shutsout Xavier 6-0

Kentucky continues its success in midweek games as season enters final month

 

Zach Thompson pitched six shutout innings to help Kentucky pick up their 20th home win of the season                                                            UK Photo / Chet White

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Evan White celebrated his birthday in style with a three-RBI night and freshman starter Zack Thompson tossed six shutout innings of one-hit baseball to lead No. 6 Kentucky past Xavier, 6-0, at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Wednesday night.

 

The Wildcats (29-13) recorded their 20th win at home and moved to 17-3 in their past 20 non-conference games, a bugaboo in recent seasons. A trip to No. 21 South Carolina looms this weekend as the Cats resume the chase for just their second Southeastern Conference championship.

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Baseball: Railsplitters place eight on All-SAC squad; Sziksai selected as Co-Coach of the Year

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Lincoln Memorial University outfielder Logan Augustine, first baseman Timmy Wages and shortstop Tyler Adams have been named to the All-SAC first team, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday with the unveiling of the 2017 SAC baseball awards. In addition to that, third baseman Eric Kalman and pitcher Brandon Jean were selected to the All-SAC second team, outfielder Mason Ewers, catcher Russell Clark and pitcher Dominic Morabito were chosen for the All-SAC honorable mention team, and head coach Jeff Sziksai was named as the SAC Co-Coach of the Year.
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