May 2018 archive

Historic season comes to end with 21st overall finish at NCAA

STILLWATER, Okla. – One of the most prolific seasons in Kentucky men’s golf history came to a close at the NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Sunday.

UK wrapped up in a tie for 21st overall on the team leaderboard after winning four tournaments during the regular season with two individual wins and a dramatic finish to advance to the NCAA Bryan Regional that pushed them into the final weekend of competition.

“These boys played their hearts out this week and this season,” UK head coach Brian Craig said. “We did not have our best stuff this week, but I am so proud of our efforts for the year. Four team wins and two individual victories is tremendous.

Terry “Touchdown” Wilson sensed that Kentucky “is ready to go”

Terry Wilson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Terry “Touchdown” Wilson became a recruiting priority for Kentucky after Georgia four-star quarterback Jarren Williams pulled out of his commitment to UK for a second time.

The junior college quarterback admitted he felt a “great vibe” with the UK coaching staff after his official visit. He signed with Kentucky and came out of spring practice still locked in a battle with redshirt sophomore Gunnar Hoak for the starting quarterback position.

“Getting the opportunity to play with guys on this team was a big thing. It doesn’t get any better than playing in the SEC, so that really caught my interest,” Wilson said.

Rachel Lawson: “I feel really good about where we are at.”

Rachel Lawson shakes hands with Oregon coach Mike White before the start of Saturday’s game. (Oregon Athletics Photo)

Oregon 11, Kentucky 1

KENTUCKY

Rachel Lawson, Head Coach

Opening Statement …

Kentucky’s season ends with 11-1 loss at No. 1 Oregon in Super Regional

Kentucky players were excited before Saturday’s game but lost 11-1 to Oregon. (UK Athletics Photo)

By UK ATHLETICS

EUGENE, Ore. – A season which saw Kentucky play the second-hardest schedule in the country, win nine games against the top-20, become the third team in NCAA history to run-rule its way to an NCAA Regional and appear in the school’s sixth NCAA Super Regional ended on Saturday night in the Eugene Super Regional.
 
Saturday night also marked the end of a storied career for three Kentucky seniors, Brooklin Hinz, Rachael Metzger and Erin Rethlake.

Kentucky four shots out of top 15 going into final round

STILLWATER, Okla. – Sunday’s final round of the NCAA Championship will look eerily similar for the Kentucky men’s golf team, resembling its final regular-season event of the year and last week’s NCAA Bryan Regional. UK will have some work to do if it wants to extend its season, manageable work, however. 

Kentucky sits a mere four shots off the current pace for a coveted top-15 spot to earn a fourth day of stroke play with 18 holes to go on Sunday. UK concluded the day in 20th place at 13-over par through two days in the tournament and is four strokes back of four teams tied for 13th.

Having Josh Allen projected as first-round pick a big deal for Kentucky football

Josh Allen. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For whatever reason, CBSsports.com writer Will Brinson has already put together a 2019 NFL mock draft. Never mind that the draft is almost a year away, he’s already projecting which players not only will go in the first round but even which teams will be drafting specific players.

Why does this matter? Simple. He’s got a University of Kentucky player going in the first round. For a school that has not had a player drafted the last two years, that’s a big, big deal for him to have linebacker Josh Allen slated 15th to the Detroit Lions.

Film shows how talented UK quarterback commit Nik Scalzo is

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s coaches have had a terrific knack for identifying young quarterback talent. First it was Florida quarterback Mac Jones, who switched to Alabama after first committing to UK. Next it was Georgia quarterback Jarren Williams, who committed to UK but then changed to Miami.

Now it is Ft. Lauderdale junior Nik Scalzo who is the latest prep quarterback to give a verbal commitment to UK.

“I think Kentucky did a great job of evaluating how talented he is,” Drew Phillips, owner/director of the Phillips Quarterback Academy, said. “All you need to do is turn on the film to realize the kid is talented.

Rachel Lawson after loss to Oregon: “For us, it wasn’t really a great game.”

Rachel Lawson (Vicky Graff Photo)

KENTUCKY

Rachel Lawson, Head Coach

Opening Statement …

“Obviously Oregon did a great job responding today. I though their pitcher looked great. For us, it wasn’t really a great game. We didn’t come out on the attack. I think we got a little defensive, took too many pitches and because of that we kind of had our back to the wall. When they got a couple of runs it was kind of hard to come back. So, I just think they did a really good job, had a really great outing from their pitcher and then we were just kind of a little bit too slow today.”

No. 1 Oregon Evens Series, Sets Up Winner-Take-All Game Tonight

EUGENE, Ore. – No. 1 Oregon used a four-run fourth inning to spark its offense and even the 2018 Eugene Super Regional with a 6-1 win over No. 16 Kentucky on Friday night at Jane Sanders Stadium.

The winner of the super regional and a spot in the 2018 Women’s College World Series will be decided on Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET live on ESPN with Mark Neely (pxp) and former Washington All-American Danielle Lawrie (color) on the call.

Isaiah Briscoe Leads Team to Championship; Hawkins Also Honored

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball player Isaiah Briscoe is a champion once again. After helping lead Kentucky to a pair of regular season and Southeastern Conference Tournament championships in his two seasons with the Wildcats, Briscoe claimed a title in his first season as a professional player in Estonia.

Briscoe scored 20 points in the title game for BC Kalev/Cramo. His squad downed Tartu Urikool, 99-83, to complete the sweep in a best-of-seven series.