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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 14 University of Kentucky softball team won the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, 2-0, to even the three-game series, but South Carolina got a solo home run by junior outfielder Alaynie Page in the 11th inning of the day’s second game, leading the Gamecocks to a… Read more

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Ka’ai Tom and JaVon Shelby hit back-to-back bombs in the fifth inning and Zach Logue worked 2.2 shutout innings in relief for the win, pacing Kentucky to a 5-3 win over Tennessee to sweep the Vols in a three-game series at home for the first time in program history, on a perfect Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Read more

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By LARRY VAUGHT LEXINGTON — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is still not quite ready to announce a No. 1 quarterback even if spring practice did end Wednesday for the Wildcats. “I’m going to sit on that. I’ll let you know. If I’m ready to go public, we’ll call a meeting and call you all (the media) in here and let you know,” said Stoops Wednesday. He’s praised both returning starter Patrick Towles and redshirt freshman Drew Barker for their play this spring and knows what he wants to see from both during the summer months before practice resumes in August. “Just continue to do what they’re doing. Just continue to be good leaders, continue to improve and really focus. Quarterbacks need to keep everybody accountable in the summer,” he said. “We’re not allowed to spend time with them. “Certainly we’re not allowed to be around them when they have a football, so they have to do that on their own and the quarterbacks certainly have to take charge of when they’re throwing and making sure and keeping accountability and having guys there and making sure we’re getting good work in when they’re there because they need to improve throughout the summer.” He said his team was not perfect for all 15 spring practices, but was “definitely” the most consistent of the three spring practices he’s had at UK. “The guys were really out there trying to make a conscious effort to improve on the things we point out in the meetings. We had great energy. Guys were really flying around this morning, having fun, competing, getting better the whole way through. Really pleased with the progress we’ve made,” Stoops said. “I feel like we have more depth. We have some good, young talent that we need to continue to work with. Overall very productive, very good spring. We need to keep that momentum, keep that consistency going here with the last two and a half, three weeks of school and have a great summer — physically and mentally getting tougher, getting stronger, getting bigger. And if we do that, then we’ll be excited heading into fall.” He admitted his first spring practice was “challenging to say the least” and he tried to be honest about that and focus on improving the program. “It’s a challenge when you know you need some sharper arrows,” he said. He says the team is “significantly better” than when his first UK spring practice ended in 2013. “I think it’s hard to put into words exactly. I just think it starts mentally. They understand what we want from them. They enjoy practice all the way through. Like I said, the 15th day — all the way through they were enjoying themselves, concentrating on getting better. I think mentally we’re much stronger. Definitely feel like we’re developing them to be a winning football team,” he said. “I definitely believe we’re moving towards the culture we want. Definitely making strides in that area. I feel very good about this team. Again, we know where we’re deficient and where we need to improve, but I like the attitude and I feel like we have good young talent that’s still developing that’s going to get better with every opportunity.” He says UK, which finished 5-7 last year after a 5-1 start, has to be more consistent when next season starts. “We can’t have the ups and downs. It’s a long, tough season, and that’s the way it’s going to be. And that’s not going to change. So we need to continue to develop depth and we need to try to stay healthy, but there’s not a lot you can do to control that,” Stoops said. “I’d just like to see our team continue to improve mentally to be a consistent team, to every time we walk in this meeting room or walk out on the field to improve and get better. “You can’t do that by just going through the motions. I see us being more consistent. This spring has been the most consistent we’ve been.” Read more