April 2017 archive

Kentucky’s Late Rally Secures SEC Road Series Win At South Carolina

Kentucky players celebrate Sunday’s win. (Katie Dugan, The Big Spur)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kentucky broke a tie with three runs in the eighth inning and Logan Salow had a career-high 10 strikeouts  in relief as the No. 6 Wildcats defeated No. 21 South Carolina, 9-4, on a hot Saturday afternoon at Founders Park.

With the win, Kentucky won a series at South Carolina for the first time since 1999 and won its sixth SEC series in seven weekends this season, and third on the road. UK improves to 31-14, leading the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division with a 14-7 league mark and tying Western Division co-leaders Mississippi State and Auburn for the overall league lead.

Three-Run Sixth Gives No. 18 UK Series Win Over No. 4 Texas A&M

Rachel Lawson (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 18 Kentucky softball team got three runs in the first and three in the sixth, which helped propel them to a 7-4 win over the No. 4 Texas A&M Aggies and clinch a top-five series win for the first time since 2015.

With the win, Kentucky improves to 34-14 overall and is now a season-high 20 games above the .500 mark. The Wildcats have won two Southeastern Conference series in a row now, and sit tied for seventh with LSU at 11-10 in league play. With the loss, Texas A&M falls to 41-7 overall and is now 15-5 in the SEC this season.

Kentucky watching Hillcrest Prep Academy sophomore Josh Green

Josh Green


Hillcrest Prep Academy sophomore Josh Green grew up in Australian before moving to Arizona with his family when he was in the eighth grade.

The 6-6 Green plays for Earl Watson Elite in the Under Armour spring circuit after averaging 18 points per game at Hillcrest last year while playing with De’Andre Ayton, one of the top five players in the 2017 recruiting class who is headed to Arizona for college.

Green has been a terror in the spring play so far. He can shoot from long range, create off the dribble, rebound, pass and defend. He also has elite athleticism and has shown that on the Under Armour circuit.

Kentucky fan J.D. Shelburne will have free concert May 12 in Lawrenceburg

J.D. Shelburne, a life-long UK fan, will have a free concert May 12 in Lawrenceburg. (Alex Otte Photo)

By JOHN HERNDON, Anderson News

Lawrenceburgy has never experienced anything like what is expected on Friday, May 12!

That’s when J.D. Shelburne brings his brand of country music to town for a free show on Lawrenceburg Green. Hannah Blaylock, formerly of the group Eden’s Edge is scheduled to open the show at 7 p.m. with Shelburne bringing his set to the stage at 8 p.m.
A native of Taylorsville, Shelburne captured the influence of his rural Kentucky roots with his songs “Farmboy” and “Hometown.” During his career, he’s opened for over 50 national acts, including Montgomery Gentry, Clint Black and Travis Tritt. He’s been a regular at many shows in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, but over the last two years has taken his show nationwide with dates in Chicago, California and North Carolina.
The blue-blooded Kentucky Wildcat fan will bring two hours of pure energy to Lawrenceburg Green on May 12. Shelburne says he expects his show to be about 70 percent original music and 30 percent covers. Some of the songs he covers include hits from country stars such as Garth Brooks, John Mellencamp, Keith Urban and the Oak Ridge Boys. 
Hannah Blaylock has been performing on her own since leaving Eden’s Edge in 2013. She has a distinct style that bridges country and folk music several generations. Shelburne enlisted Blaylock, who has a style that evokes comparisons to giants such as Emmylou Harris and Allison Krauss, to open his “Hometown Show” in Taylorsville last summer. Her latest single “Bandit Queen,” is scheduled to be released on May 1.
The show is the result of countless hours work by Anderson County jailer Joani Clark, who attended Shelburne’s concert in Taylorsville and dreamed of such an event for her hometown. You can read more of her story in the April 26 edition of The Anderson News or at this link.   http://www.theandersonnews.com/content/bringing-jd-her-%E2%80%98hometown%E2%80%99
While the concert is free, fans are asked to donate canned goods to be divided between a pair of local charities.

Kentucky Bats Silenced as South Carolina Evens Series

Riley Mahan (Katie Dugan, The Big Spur)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – One day after allowing 19 runs and 20 hits to Kentucky, a trio of South Carolina pitchers combined to hold the Wildcats to two hits in a 5-1 Gamecock win on a warm and humid Saturday afternoon at Founders Park.

Seniors Slam Door on Series-Evening Win vs. No. 4 Texas A&M

Breanne Ray knocked in three runs on Senior Day. (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 18 Kentucky softball team celebrated its annual Senior Day with a bang on Saturday afternoon, knocking off the No. 4 Texas A&M Aggies 7-2 to even the series at a game each. All three seniors had major contributions to the game with pitcher Shannon Smith getting the start in the circle, Meagan Prince coming on in relief to get the win and Breanne Ray going 1-for-2 with three RBI and a walk.

Nearly 6,000 bench back seats to be added to Commonwealth Stadium south upper level

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky football fans sitting in the South upper level will be able to enjoy more comfortable bench-back seating for the 2017 season.

In May, a project will begin to install blue bench-back seating in the upper South seating areas of Commonwealth Stadium. Nearly 6,000 seats – 5,960 to be exact – in Sections 221-231 will have bench backs added through the project. This will not affect existing chair-back seating in Rows 2-7, which will remain in place.

Wildcats record largest SEC win in program history; Hjelle throws six shutout innings

Sean Hjelle (Photos by Thomas Campbell/Aggie Athletics)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 6-ranked Kentucky exploded for 19 runs and 20 hits and Sean Hjelle tossed six shutout innings as the Wildcats won at No. 21 South Carolina, 19-1, Friday night.

Beginning in the second inning, UK scored in six straight innings against the top-rated pitching staff in the Southeastern Conference. It was Kentucky’s largest margin of victory against an SEC opponent in school history and the most runs for the Wildcats against an SEC opponent since tallying 22 vs. Mississippi State in 2009.
In the process, Kentucky improved to 30-13 on the season, 13-6 atop the SEC Eastern Division standings. UK also extended a school-record streak of six-straight 30-win seasons and head coach Nick Mingione set a school record for most wins by a UK coach in his first season. South Carolina is now 24-16 overall, 9-10 in league play.

Late UK rally falls short, Texas A&M wins series opener 4-2

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 18 Kentucky softball team fell behind 4-0 in the second inning to No. 4 Texas A&M on Friday night, but fought back to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh to put the game-tying run in scoring position – but lost 4-2 in the series opener at John Cropp Stadium.

With the loss, Kentucky snaps a six-game winning streak and falls to 32-14 overall on the season and dips a game below .500 in SEC play with a 9-10 record in league play. Even with the loss, Kentucky clinches a spot in the 2017 SEC Tournament since the Georgia Bulldogs lost on Friday.

No. 18 Wildcats host No. 5/4 Texas A&M to complete home schedule

Jenny Schaper (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After two midweek wins, the No. 18 Kentucky softball team will put its Southeastern Conference leading six-game winning streak on the line over the weekend against the No. 5/4 Texas A&M Aggies at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington.

The series opener is slated for 6 p.m. ET on Friday night, with Saturday and Sunday’s games coming at 3 p.m. and 1 p.m. This weekend will also serve as Senior Weekend, where the Wildcats will honor Meagan Prince, Breanne Ray and Shannon Smith as part of Saturday’s Senior Day festivities.