March 2018 archive

Reed’s RBI, Schaper’s Clutch Hits Earns Split With No. 16 Alabama

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Katie Reed hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and pitcher Erin Rethlake shut the door with two scoreless innings to cap off an 11-6 win in game two of a split doubleheader with No. 16 Alabama at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington.

The Wildcats played in front of a UK-record crowd of 2,425 fans and a national television audience in game two on ESPN2. Coupled with a 9-0 win by the Crimson Tide in game one of the day, UK now sits at 20-10 overall on the season and picks up a crucial Southeastern Conference win and is now 3-7 on the year in league play. Alabama is 23-9 after Saturday’s results, and 4-4 in SEC play.

Haake Takes No-Hitter into Seventh Inning Before Grand Slam Gives Alabama 4-2 win

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Zach Haake took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and allowed just two hits for the game but Alabama capitalized on his final pitch of the day to claim a 4-2 victory at Thomas-Sewell Stadium and clinch the weekend series.

The Crimson Tide’s Hunter Alexander skied a fly ball high into the air and watched as it narrowly cleared the left field fence for a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning, providing all the scoring it would need. The Tide had loaded the bases with three walks in the inning, including a pair with two outs.

4-star Ohio safety Moses Douglas commits to UK

Moses Douglas

By LARRY VAUGHT

Four-star Ohio prep safety Moses Douglass, who has over 30 Division I scholarship offers, announced on Twitter Saturday that he was committing to Kentucky.

His father, Maurice Douglas, is a former UK defensive back (1984-85) who went on to play in the National Football League. Maurice Douglas now coaches his son at Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio.

Moses Douglass is UK’s third verbal commitment in the 2019 recruiting class. The others are four-star safety Keontra Smith and three-star outside linebacker KD McDaniel.

Maggard: Jacob Tamme has heart of champion and servant’s heart, too

Jacob Tamme, right, with Gordon Crawford after being named the Louisville Quarterback Club Sportsman of the Year. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard talks about special players  having the heart of a champion and used Danville’s D’mauriae VanCleave, the recent Mr. Football winner, as a perfect example.

“He was not overly big, but he was fast and tough as nails,” said Maggard. “How many people thought, ‘There’s no way this little guy can be Mr. Football.’ But he had the heart of a champion and did not let any negativity interfere with his determination.

Sister Jean looked like one of the players by “the way she was getting interviewed”

Sister Jean

Q. Sister Jean had her own news conference before. It was jam-packed. What do you as players make for the fact that she’s become such a sensation and what does she do for this team?

DONTE INGRAM: Looking in the media room, walking by, you would have thought she was one of us, one of the players, the way she was getting interviewed. But, yeah, she’s meant a lot to this program, to the city of Chicago. Obviously with the prayers that everybody sees she’s been doing for us, she’s around and her aura is so bright. She sends e-mails after the game, generalized and individualized, letting you know what we did well and just to keep it going and instilling that confidence in us. Obviously to have her support, it’s great. And she’s like no other. We’re happy to have her on our side.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz: “There’s some ups and downs that just kick you square in the ass, and right now this is one of those.”

Louisville coach Jeff Walz (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Louisville coach Jeff Walz said to start his postgame press conference after Louisville lost 70-67 to Mississippi State in overtime at the Final Four Friday night.

“Thank you. Just first want to congratulate Vic and Mississippi State. What a great ball game. I mean, back and forth runs by both teams. It was a great ball game. I thought we competed, we played our hearts out. I thought they played their hearts out. Just an unbelievable basketball game,” Walz said.

Kole Cottam Sets New Career-High for Home Runs But UK Falls 4-2 to Alabama

Kole Cottam (Photo By Barry Westerman | UK Athletics)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Kole Cottam connected on his 11th home run of the season and Sean Hjelle tossed seven solid innings but it wasn’t enough as Kentucky fell 4-2 in the first of a three-game series against Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The No. 6 Wildcats fell behind early and weren’t able to get over the hump in dropping to 18-8 overall and 2-5 in Southeastern Conference play.

Calipari to Receive NABC Metropolitan Award at Final Four

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Already a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari will join another distinguished list when he’s awarded the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Metropolitan Award at the Final Four on Sunday.

Calipari was recently selected as the 2018 recipient of the storied award and will join basketball legends John Wooden, Dean Smith and Phog Allen, among others, as winners of the award. Kentucky greats Adolph Rupp and C.M. Newton have won the award as well, in 1966 and 1995, respectively.

Bill Self: “Your foundation is always your upperclassmen.”

Bill Self (Vicky Graff Photo)

Q. You’ve had one-and-dones before, but we’re looking at a Final Four without a one-and-done. And the trend since 2015 is diminishing at those at this level. Is that an accident or do you think even the best coaches, like Cal and like Coach K, are finding it very difficult to start over again every year?

Michigan coach says Charles Matthews “was injured when he came to us (from Kentucky)”

Charles Matthews (Vicky Graff Photo)

Q. Can you talk about Charles Matthews? And obviously sitting out and being able to kind of see what your program is all about in that year, sometimes transfers obviously come in as a grad transfer and play right away. But what was the value in that?

MICHIGAN COACH JOHN BEILEIN: “I think people transferring for the wrong reasons, you know, is probably a problem in college basketball. But there’s, sometimes it may be a better fit or a kid wants to take a year and just try and get better. He knew that that year was going to be an extremely difficult year for him, that he was not going to get to play in games.