Two-Win Day Sets Kentucky Up For Winner-Take-All Game

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – There will be Monday baseball at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Top-seeded Kentucky forced another game in the Lexington Regional final with its 8-6 win over No. 3 seed NC State in front of 3,261 fans on a clear Sunday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. It was the second do-or-die win of the day for the Wildcats, who again will face the Wolfpack on Monday night in a winner-take-all game to advance to the Super Regional in Louisville next week.

Kentucky Advances to Regional Final with 14-9 Win over Indiana

Marcus Carson had two hits, including a home run, and scored twice Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By Connor Link, UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – On the heels of its first loss of the Lexington Regional in the NCAA Tournament the night before, the top-seeded Kentucky baseball team bounced back with a 14-9 win over second-seeded Indiana in a Sunday afternoon elimination game at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Following the victory, Kentucky advances to Sunday night’s regional final for a rematch with No. 3 seed NC State, which defeated the Wildcats 5-4 Saturday night. UK improves to 41-21 on the season, while Indiana ends its 2017 campaign at 34-24-2.

What Nick Mingione said after UK’s 5-3 loss to North Carolina State

Justin Lewis (Vicky Graff Photo)

2017 LEXINGTON BASEBALL REGIONAL
CLIFF HAGAN STADIUM
GAME FOUR
KENTUCKY VS. NC STATE
JUNE 3, 2017
Kentucky Head Coach Nick Mingione

Two-Out Rally Stings Kentucky in Loss to NC State

Tristan Pompey went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs, a walk and a stolen base. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Top-seeded Kentucky’s late rally came up just short in a 5-4 loss to No. 3 seed NC State in front of a Cliff Hagan Stadium record crowd of 4,742 on Saturday night. UK will face Indiana in an elimination game for the Lexington Regional on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

The Cats (40-21) scored two runs over the final three innings, including a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning from junior first baseman Evan White, but couldn’t overcome the Wolfpack’s three-run fifth inning that included a two-run triple by Evan Mendoza that sneaked past the centerfielder.

Kentucky Men’s Basketball’s 2017 Signing Class Finishes at No. 1

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team has had some stellar recruiting classes under ninth-year head coach John Calipari. The 2017 haul may be its best ever, according to the recruiting experts.

The Recruiting Services Consensus Index, which tallies major recruiting rankings and plugs them into a formula to calculate a consensus ranking, not only rated UK’s 2017 class the best of the season – it measures this group as the best ever.

What UK pitcher Sean Hjelle had to say after Friday’s 6-4 win over Ohio in NCAA

Sean Hjelle (Photos by Thomas Campbell/Aggie Athletics)

#30 Sean Hjelle, RHP
On his performance today …
“Well, Coach already touched on it: We’ve been playing defense all year, and I think my defense has showed up just about every start I’ve had. It’s really relaxing and comforting knowing that. I think we’ve had three or four diving plays that were finished that were made. It’s just really comforting and, you know, my job is to just go up there and put the ball in play and just keep the team in position to win. Defense finishes the rest for me and I’ve got the best offense in the world. It’s pretty comforting.”

What Nick Mingione had to say after UK’s 6-4 win

Nick Mingione

2017 LEXINGTON BASEBALL REGIONAL
CLIFF HAGAN STADIUM
GAME ONE
OHIO VS. KENTUCKY
JUNE 2, 2017

Kentucky Head Coach Nick Mingione

Early Runs Spark Kentucky to Victory in Regional Opener

Zach Reks. Marcus Carson. Tristan Pompey.
The University of Kentucky baseball team beats Ohio 6-4 on Friday, June 2, 2017, at the Cliff in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky’s high-powered offense pushed across a pair of runs in the first inning and kept relentless pressure on Ohio throughout the game, defeating the Bobcats 6-4 in the opener of the Lexington Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats (40-20) won the opener of the tournament for just the second time in program history, joining the 1988 club in advancing to the winner’s bracket after the first game. UK will face the winner of Indiana and N.C. State, which plays Friday evening.

UK commit Blair Green to play against Kentucky senior all-star team Thursday

Faith and Lexy Lake of Mercer County will play for the junior all-stars Thursday. (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky commit Blair Green, a 6-1 forward from Harlan County, will play for the Kentucky junior all-stars against the senior all-star team that will play Indiana’s all-stars later this month during a scrimmage at Mercer County High School in Harrodsburg Thursday.

The game, which is sponsored by the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, will begin at 6 p.m. with the boys playing at 8 p.m.. The cost of admission is $5 with children under 12 being admitted free.

Kentucky Opens NCAA Tournament Against Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky baseball team begins play in the 2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament on Friday, facing the Ohio Bobcats at noon ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky (39-20) earned the right to host an NCAA Tournament Regional for just the second time in school history this season (2006 was the other). Overall, this will be Kentucky’s ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where the Wildcats have a 14-16 overall record.