April 2018 archive

No. 6 Tennessee evens series with Kentucky

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Lady Vols scored two or more runs in the final three innings of the game to even the series with and 8-1 win over the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday afternoon.

The series will be decided on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET on Rocky Top. The game is sold out and will air on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the ESPN app with Mick Gillespie and Madison Shipman on the call.

The Wildcats got out on the front foot with a 1-0 lead through three innings, but the Lady Vols scored eight unanswered runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to rally with the bats and win, 8-1.

UK commit Ashton Hagans an “aggressive defender”

Ashton Hagans

By LARRY VAUGHT

Rivals.com basketball recruiting writer Krysten Peek believes that Georgia five-star guard Ashton Hagans has one quality Kentucky fans are going to really like.

“One thing that definitely stands out to me is Ashton doesn’t take games off. He plays hard all the time and kind of reminds me of (Alabama point guard) Collin Sexton that way,” Peek said. “He just loves the game and wants to win every time he steps on the court.

What’s wrong with college basketball? Former LSU coach Dale Brown offers his answer

By LARRY VAUGHT

County former LSU coach Dale Brown as one not impressed by what the Commission on College presented in its report on how to reform/save college basketball.

“Reforming this broken, debilitating system is one of the social concerns of our times, and to continue to ignore the need for change will only irrevocably worsen an already strained situation,” said Brown, who is a huge fan of Kentucky coach John Calipari.

“Although there are many problems facing college athletics today, I still think there are answers.

Heyer’s homer, Hjelle’s gem give UK 2-1 win over Missouri

Luke Heyer (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Luke Heyer blasted a game-winning home run off the camera deck beyond the centerfield wall and Sean Hjelle pitched eight ferocious innings as No. 13 Kentucky claimed the series opener against Missouri, 2-1, before a Friday night crowd of 4,112 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Heyer’s team-leading 15th home run of the season came with two outs in the fifth inning and the Cats trailing 1-0, smacking off the deck just to left of the 390-foot sign. Tracked at 106 miles per hour off the bat, the no-doubt line shot scored Troy Squires, who extended the inning by being put in motion on a one-out groundout that would likely have been an inning-ending double play otherwise.

Cats score seven unanswered runs, beat Vols 9-8 in eight innings

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Trailing 8-2 entering the fifth inning, the No. 18 Kentucky softball team scored seven unanswered runs to come from behind and get a breathtaking 9-8 win over the No. 6 Tennessee Lady Vols on Friday afternoon at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. 

Game two of the series will be on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. The game is sold out, and will be shown live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

E.K. Franks and Freddie Maggard are two new hires on UK Football support staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops announced five staff changes on Friday which includes promoting Dan Berezowitz from director of recruiting operations to chief of staff and welcoming two new hires in E.K. Franks as the director of recruiting operations and former Wildcat quarterback Freddie Maggard as the director of player development. Franks moves into Berezowitz’s former role, while Maggard replaces Josh Pruitt, who has moved into a quality control position. Also moving into a quality control spot is Josh Estes-Waugh, who has served as the assistant director of recruiting operations since 2014.

 

Emma Talley will return home for charity golf event

Emma Talley (LPGA Tour Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former three-time Kentucky state golf champion Emma Talley is a full-time member of the LPGA Tour this season but she still remains true to her Caldwell County roots.

“I am the same person but definitely I get a lot more golf questions when I go back home now,” she said. “Everyone is great. I was living in Birmingham until about two months ago but I will be living in Princeton during the off weeks now. I will be home a lot more this year.”

ESPN recruiting analyst says D.J. Jeffries “enormous” commit for Kentucky

D.J. Jeffries with UK coach John Calipari and assistant Tony Barbee.

By LARRY VAUGHT

With all the attention focused on 2018 recruiting, it’s easy to overlook what 6-9 D.J. Jeffries could mean to Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.

He verbally committed to coach John Calipari several months ago and later led his Mississippi team to a state championship.

ESPN recruiting director Paul Biancardi thinks there is a lot to like with Jeffries.

“He’s still a puppy but he’s versatile, athletic and explosive,” Biancardi said. “He has got a great upside to him that is still untapped.

Charles Walker understands reasoning for fair catch rule on kickoffs

Charles Walker (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Look for a lot fewer kickoff returns next season.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved allowing the receiving team to fair catch the kick inside the 25-yard line and have it result in a touchback.

The Football Rules Committee wants to increase the number of touchbacks during kickoffs since fewer injuries occur during kickoffs that result in touchbacks than on kickoffs that are returned.

Before the 2012 season, kickoffs were moved from the 30-yard line to the 35 to increase touchbacks. The committee also changed the starting position on touchbacks that year so that the receiving team started its drive on the 25-yard line instead of the 20.

Kentucky softball summer camps announced

Rachel Lawson (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky Softball head coach Rachel Lawson in conjunction with associate head coach Kristine Himes and assistant coach Molly Belcher announced their lineup of summer camps on Thursday afternoon.

Camps will run from June 11-27 and will take place at the state-of-the-art John Cropp Stadium on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. All camps have enrollment and age restrictions, so parents are asked to double check the eligibility of their child before placing them into selected camps.

Registration is available online at UKathletics.com/camps and is open now.