Cats blow 5-0 lead, lost 10-6 at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – Junior third baseman JaVon Shelby had three hits, including a pair of doubles and two RBIs, and junior leftfielder Zach Reks had a two-run homer among his three hits, but the Kentucky baseball team lost at Auburn 10-6 on Saturday night.

Things started out well for the Wildcats, as they plated three runs in the top of the first inning. Sophomore first baseman Evan White continued his hot hitting, leading off the game with a single. White advanced to second when designated hitter Gunnar McNeill reached on an error with one out. Shelby then doubled to deep left field, scoring White. Dorian Hairston scored McNeill on a groundout before sophomore shortstop Riley Mahan singled to left to score Shelby and make it 3-0.

Rams draft UK LB Josh Forrest in 6th round

Josh Forrest (Vicky Graff Photo)

Josh Forrest (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky linebacker Josh Forrest was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams in the sixth round of the 2016 National Football League Draft on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

Forrest, a 6-foot-3 linebacker from Paducah, Ky., actually began his Wildcat career as a receiver before moving to defense in 2012. He excelled on the defensive side of the ball, totaling a team-high 110 tackles and ranking third in the Southeastern Conference in tackles per game (9.2) during his junior season. In 2015, Forrest once again ranked among the SEC’s top tacklers. He was 12th in the league with 93 total tackles, along with six tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one fumble caused. He also charted two interceptions and five pass breakups and was chosen to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl

Shannon Dawson could influence UK offense for several years

By LARRY VAUGHT

Shannon Dawson spent only one year as Kentucky’s offensive coordinator, but he could have a major impact on UK football for several years.

Florida junior quarterback Mac Jones verbally committed to UK before last season in large part because of Dawson, who is now the offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi. Dawson had first noticed Jones’ potential when he was coaching at West Virginia.

Now Jones has blown up to a four-star recruit. He was named MVP of the Rivals Quarterback Challenge Camp in Baltimore recently and continues to pile up scholarship offers.

Ed Davender was one of UK’s most underrated players

By LARRY VAUGHT

Ed Davender was never a guy that gave up easily. He was one of the toughest players both physical and mentally I have watched during my 41 years covering Kentucky basketball.

I always liked him — and he always liked me. He never quit calling me “Mr. Vaught” and even during some troubled times in his life in recent years we still talked some and I stayed fond of him.
That’s why the news this week that he suffered a major heart attack and then died Thursday night at age 49 hit me so hard. Ed had some problems, but he was a good guy and one who teammates always loved.

Evan White continues hot streak, but UK loses 5-2 at Auburn

Sophomore first baseman Evan White continued his hot streak at the plate, but the Kentucky baseball team lost 5-2 on the road at Auburn in SEC action on Friday night.

White had two hits, including a triple, in four trips to the plate. In his last two games, White is now six for his last nine, including a triple and a home run. In the process, he has raised his season batting average to .361, which leads the team.

Cole Lipscomb went the distance for Auburn (19-23, 6-13 SEC), giving up just one earned run in nine innings of action. Lipscomb held Kentucky to five hits while allowing no walks and striking out three.

Running guru Jeff Galloway says slowing down is not a bad thing

Jeff Galloway, left, talks to runners Friday at RetroWeekend in Pigeon Forge. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Jeff Galloway, left, talks to runners Friday at RetroWeekend in Pigeon Forge. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Jeff Galloway says he was a “fat, lazy kid” who only joined the cross country team because friends told him the cross country coach was the most “lenient” coach in the school.

“They told me you run trails and you just run 200 yards to the woods and then tell the coach you did the rest,” said Galloway.

Barnhart to Mitchell: Stabilize program, make improvements now

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his 45-minute press conference Wednesday detailing the turmoil in the women’s basketball program, coach Matthew Mitchell revealed what athletics director Mitch Barnhart had said to him — or at least some of what Barnhart said.

“I sense that there is urgency from Mitch that we want our kids and players to be in a stable situation. I think he has that wish for our program and every other program,” Mitchell said. “I have never been around an athletic director that cares more about these young people as individuals and I have said this many times, he knows every athlete in this department and knows her story or his story. He has a tremendous heart for people.

Trae Young confident in his leadership, Michael Porter wants to be “best player in the country”

Olivia Prewitt Photo

Olivia Prewitt Photo

Two of Kentucky’s top recruiting targets in the 2017 class are Trae Young and Michael Porter. Both played in Indianapolis last weekend and vaughtsviews.com intern Olivia Prewitt had a chance to pose a few questions to each player.

Enjoy their insights:

TRAE YOUNG

UK volleyball has another challenging non-conference schedule

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Composing a challenging schedule that encompasses a multitude of playing styles has continually prepared head coach Craig Skinner’s teams for a run at the Southeastern Conference title and post-season berths. Skinner has once again achieved those standards with the unveiling of the 2016 non-conference schedule on Thursday.

UK will play 11 total non-conference matches with six of those opponents advancing to the NCAA Tournament a season ago. Kentucky’s non-conference schedule features three early season tournaments and a date at rival Louisville as the teams meet for the eighth consecutive season. 

Zack Brown will open weekend series against Auburn on mound

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Coming off a pair of midweek wins against Dayton and Miami (Ohio), the No. 22 Kentucky Wildcats baseball team will continue its Southeastern Conference slate this weekend with a three-game series against the Auburn Tigers. UK will begin the series Friday with a 7 p.m. ET game before playing again Saturday at 7 p.m. ET and concluding with a 2 p.m. ET game Sunday, all at Plainsman Park at Auburn.

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