April 2018 archive

Go Big Blue 4 Miler Presented By Kroger Simple Truth on April 14

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With the Go Big Blue 4 Miler presented by Kroger Simple Truth fast approaching, the start time and prizes for the inaugural race on April 14 have been set. Registration is open at UKathletics.com/4miler.

The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. on April 14 outside Kroger Field. The path of the Go Big Blue 4 Miler will take runners and walkers through various UK Athletics facilities before ending on the playing surface at Kroger Field.

King, Rose have to show they can provide backup support for Snell

Sihiem King. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Defense apparently dominated Kentucky’s spring scrimmage Saturday but the UK offense was missing one key player — running back Benny Snell.

The Kentucky coaching staff decided to hold Snell out of the scrimmage for precautionary reasons.

“Benny didn’t play today. That obviously hurts the offense a little bit with his power running game. We wanted to see what these other backs can do and Benny has played a ton of football,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.

The UK head coach thought backup running backs A.J. Rose and Sihiem King both did some impressive things during the scrimmage.

Mississippi State coach blames himself for national title loss

Vicky Graff Photo

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaeffer blamed no one but himself after his team lost 61-58 to Notre Dame Sunday night in the national championship game.

Here’s how the SEC coach started his postgame press conference:

“First of all, congratulations to Notre Dame on a tremendous basketball game. Just like I saw on Friday night, there’s a tremendous passion, a relentlessness, a toughness, and a resiliency to that bunch, and they’re to be commended for that and for how they played today.

Sunday Funday: Justin Lewis Pitches Cats to Win on Easter

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – For the second straight weekend Justin Lewis came through with a clutch outing on the mound to score an important win for Kentucky, handcuffing Alabama in a 5-2 win on Easter Sunday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Lewis was touched up for a two-run home run in the first inning but didn’t allow anything else over his 7.1 innings as the No. 6 Wildcats rallied from the early deficit and pulled away late. In the past two starts, Lewis has a pair of wins, giving up just six hits and three runs in 12.1 innings.

Early Runs Haunt Kentucky as No. 16 Alabama Takes Rubber Game

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 16 Alabama Crimson Tide used eight runs in the opening two innings to claim the rubber game against No. 19 Kentucky on Sunday afternoon in an Easter Matinee at John Cropp Stadium.

Alexis Osorio threw 176 pitches on Sunday en route to her eighth win of the season to improve to 8-3 on the season in the circle for the Tide. Autumn Humes suffered her fourth loss in the circle for Kentucky, allowing four earned runs in just over an inning of work.

Mark Stoops: “The quarterbacks will be fine.”

Eddie Gran, Gunnar Hoak (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Some good, some bad.

That’s how Kentucky coach Mark Stoops described his team’s quarterback play after Saturday’s scrimmage, the first major scrimmage of spring practice.

“I’d like to say it’s all good across the board, but everybody says it, but it’s true about they need players around them. Offensively you have to be in sync. You have to have some guys that will create some big things for you,” Stoops said.

What Loyola coach Porter Moser said after Final Four loss to Michigan

Porter Moser

By LARRY VAUGHT

I thought you  might enjoy seeing what Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser had to say after his team’s Cinderella run ended with a loss to Michigan in the Final Four Saturday night:

“Congrats to Michigan. They played a great game. They did what great teams do. They capitalized on that run where we made six turnovers in a row. I want to congratulate them, but I also stand here, sit here, and cannot be more proud of a group than I am of this group,” Moser said.

Charles Matthews on Loyola: “That’s no Cinderella story.”

Charles Matthews (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky basketball player Charles Matthews says he never viewed Loyola-Chicago as the Cinderella story almost everyone else in the nation did going into the Final Four.

Matthews and his Michigan teammates came from behind in the second half to beat Loyola 69-57 Saturday night and  will play Villanova in the title game Monday.

“We don’t get into those headlines at this team. We just come out here and play basketball. We never looked at the team as a Cinderella team. It’s like 300-something Division I teams, and they’re one of the last four standing,” Matthews said.