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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Softball: Prince pitches Kentucky into NCAA regional final

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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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Baseball: LMU loses 4-1 in opening round, now faces Georgia College in elimination game

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. — Lincoln Memorial could not overcome a dominating pitching performance and two solo home runs by second-seeded and No. 6 North Georgia (43-10) as the Nighthawks dispatched the Railsplitters (33-18) 4-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Southeast Regional on Thursday afternoon at Scarborough Field. Seventh-seeded Lincoln Memorial will face sixth-seeded Georgia College in the tournament’s first elimination game Friday at 11 a.m. Continue reading Baseball: LMU loses 4-1 in opening round, now faces Georgia College in elimination game

Tennis: State Tournament Report for Thursday May 18th

Middlesboro qualified a boys doubles team and a girls singles player for the Kentucky State Tennis Tournament.  Those local athletes represented themselves and us well in Lexington, but all have now been eliminated.

The boys doubles team of Owen Collins and Bryce Lawson won their opening match at state to advance to the Round of 32 with straight set wins of 6-4, 6-2 over Cassady and Riley of South Warren.  They valiantly battled the tough duo of Kaplan and Ko from Lexington Catholic in the second round before falling 6-4, 7-5.

Baylie Brunsma represented Middlesboro in the girls singles.  She too won her opening match.  After losing the first set 6-4, she battled back to defeat Ally Delaney of Hancock County.  It was then Brunsma’s misfortune to have to face the top seed in the girls singles, Eva Borders of St. Francis.  Francis defeated Brunsma in straight sets to eliminate her from tournament action.

Congratulations to these student athletes for representing our area so well.