Record-setting Alex Martens has that “it” factor Rachel Lawson likes

Alex Martens, left, drove in five runs Sunday and had a lot to smile about during the 11-1 win over Virginia Tech. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During her first two seasons at Kentucky, Alex Martens drove in 68 runs . This year going into this weekend’s NCAA Super Regional at Washington, she has already driven in a school single-season record 66 runs.

She broke the record Sunday in an 11-1 win over Virginia Tech that put UK into the Super Regional with a two-run double and then a three-run homer that totally broke the game open.  She had four hits, four runs scored, a home run and three RBI in the NCAA Lexington Regional last season. 

My gut says Kentucky gets historic commitment from five-star Michigan lineman Justin Rogers today

By LARRY VAUGHT

This could be a historic night for Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the UK football program.

Five-star Justin Rogers of Oak Park, Mich., will make his recruiting decision. The 6-2, 310-pound lineman got his first college scholarship offer from UK as an eighth-grader from UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow

His other finalists are Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee and Michigan, which is already braced to lose the state’s No. 1 player to a SEC team.

Rogers took an official visit to Georgia this weekend and posted this on Twitter Sunday afternoon: “Man I have a good time down at Georgia ♥️”

ESPN draft analyst Mike Schmitz on EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards

Nick Richards (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

As coach John Calipari continues to try and add another player to his 2019-20 roster, he also still doesn’t know what might happen to two of his current players.

Freshman EJ Montgomery and sophomore Nick Richards have both put their name into the NBA draft and have until May 29th to remove their name if they want to return to Kentucky for another season.

ESPN analyst Mike Schmitz was part of the coverage crew at last week’s NBA Combine and closely evaluates prospects and their draft chances. He was even at the McDonald’s All-American Game this year to begin evaluating future draft prospects.

Softball seniors helped bring new legacy to Kentucky

Kentucky catcher Jenny Schaper waits to great pitcher Autumn Humes after Saturday’s win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not only did seniors Katie Reed, Abbey Cheek and Jenny Schaper — all four-year starters — help Kentucky get to another Super Regional thanks to an 11-1 win over Virginia Tech Sunday, but the trio and their classmates changed the legacy of coach Rachel Lawson’s team.

“Prior to this class we were known solely for our defense and for our pitching. So we were that scrappy team, and I still want to be that team. I want to be that team that’s scrappy and plays defense and has hard-nosed pitchers and just tough people,” said Lawson.

Rhyne Howard Makes 2019 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team

Rhyne Howard (USA Basketball)

LEXINGTON – It will be another summer draped in red, white and blue for University of Kentucky guard Rhyne Howard who has been selected to the 2019 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team after shinning in team trials over the weekend at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kentucky linebacker Kash Daniel “inspires” Pikeville receiver Jackson Hensley

Jackson Hensley (Pikeville Football Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Pikeville High School junior Jackson Hensley  admits he is “inspired” by what Kentucky junior linebacker Kash Daniel of Paintsville has done in college.

“I think we have similar qualities. No matter where we go, we are going to succeed because we both work to make big things happen,” said Hensley. “I have never talked to him but I am friends with a lot of his friends. I know the work he has put in.”

Hensley says his Pikeville roots make him an “outlier” and makes most people doubt you — a problem Daniel also had to overcome to become a SEC starting linebacker.

Upper-Level Men’s Basketball Seat Selection Begins This Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The seat selection process for upper-level Kentucky men’s basketball season ticket holders will begin this week. All current upper-level season ticket holders will be selecting new seat locations for the 2019-20 season.

Seat selection appointment times will begin on Monday. All upper-level season ticket holders should have already received their appointment dates and times by email and in the mail. Each appointment time represents the earliest time a season ticket holder can access the online system to select seats, and the order of appointment times is based on K Fund priority rankings as of February 1.

Did freshman outfielder Kayla Kowilak’s mom “change up the vibe” during UK’s win over Virginia Tech

Kayla Kowilak jumps for joy after scoring during UK’s 8-1 win over Virginia Tech Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman outfielder Kayla Kowilak has had a memorable first two days in her NCAA tournament debut for Kentucky.

She’s had two amazing catches in center field. She’s been daring on the base paths — except for getting hit by a sharp ground ball off Lauren Johnson’s bat Saturday. She had three hits Saturday and has four in two games in wins over Toledo and Virginia Tech. She’s scored two runs and driven in another run.

Kentucky-Virginia Tech NCAA Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff

Against Virginia Tech, “artist” Grace Baalman came up with a beautiful outing

Junior outfielder Bailey Vick leads the cheers after UK beat Virginia Tech 8-1 Saturday. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

On Friday, Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson said she knew sophomore pitcher Grace Baalman would be “available” to pitch Saturday against Virginia Tech in the NCAA Tournament but wasn’t sure how her shoulder would be.

On Saturday, Baalman’s shoulder held up just fine as she went the distance in an 8-1 win. She allowed eight hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter.

Did Lawson know Friday that Baalman was going to be Saturday’s pitcher and hopefully put UK into the regional title game?