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Erin Rethlake on playing at No. 1 Oregon in Super Regional (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Vanderbilt will have to prove to NBA officials that he can find a way to stay healthy

Jarred Vanderbilt (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former University of Kentucky All-American Mike Pratt played professional basketball and also coached at that level. He has numerous NBA contacts today and through his job as analyst for the UK Basketball Radio Network he’s able to evaluate UK players not only in games, but also in practice.

Jarred Vanderbilt is one of three UK players who put his name into the NBA draft but did not hire an agent to leave a path where he could return to UK for a second season.

Erin Rethlake justifies Rachel Lawson’s confidence with one-hit gem in regional final

Erin Rethlake, left, got a huge from Alex Martens after Sunday’s win put UK back in the Super Regional. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — In 11 innings in the NCAA Regional, senior Erin Rethlake gave up just one run — and it was unearned.

She allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six to beat Illinois-Chicago 10-1 and Notre Dame 8-0 to help Kentucky advance to the Super Regional at No. 1 Oregon.

Metzger, Rethlake Help Kentucky Close Out Dominant Regional

Rachael Metzger had a 3-run pinch hit double Sunday after hitting a pinch hit grand slam homer Saturday. (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 16 nationally-seeded Kentucky softball team scored eight runs on eight hits Sunday afternoon, cruising past the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 8-0 to book a spot in next weekend’s NCAA Super Regionals. With Sunday’s win, UK sweeps play in Lexington for the second-straight year.

The Wildcats will be traveling out to Eugene, Oregon to face the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, Oregon for the Super Regional round. Dates, times and television assignments will be announced by the NCAA and ESPN in the coming hours.

John Pelphrey “will never get over” former teammate Joey Couch’s death

Joey Couch, left, and John Pelphrey

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky basketball standout John Pelphrey struggles to explain what made Joey Couch so special to him.

They were high school basketball teammates at Paintsville before both came to UK. Pelphrey became one of the “Unforgettables” while Couch was an all-SEC defensive lineman.

Pelphrey became a successful college coach — he’s now assistant coach at Alabama. Couch had some personal struggles but had moved back to Paintsville and had his own insurance agency before he passed away from a heart attack in December.

What Rachel Lawson, Rachel Metzger and Grace Baalman said after win over Notre Dame

Rachel Lawson (Vicky Graff Photo)

NCAA Lexington Regional
May 19, 2018
Lexington, Ky.
#19 Kentucky 10, Notre Dame 0 (5)

Metzger’s Grand Slam, Baalman’s Shutout Put UK in Regional Final

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Rachael Metzger hit a pinch-hit grand slam off the camera lift in left field in the top of the fourth inning and freshman pitcher Grace Baalman threw a complete-game shutout as the No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats run-ruled Notre Dame 10-0 in five innings in the winner’s bracket game of the 2018 NCAA Lexington Regional.

With the win, Kentucky is now 2-0 on the weekend and advances into the Lexington Regional final and will play the winner of Sunday’s elimination game between Michigan and Notre Dame. The elimination game will start at Noon ET, followed by game one of the regional final at 2:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN3. Should Kentucky lose – the if-necessary game would be played on Monday at a time determined by the NCAA later.

UK hits three homers but blows 6-3 lead in 9-6 loss at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE – Kentucky mashed three home runs, including the 18th of the year for both Kole Cottam and Luke Heyer, but could not hold off a late Vanderbilt rally in the regular season finale, losing 9-6 at Hawkins Field.

The Wildcats close the regular season with a 34-21 record and 13-17 mark in Southeastern Conference play, earning the No. 10 seed in this week’s SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama. UK will face seventh-seeded Auburn at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday in an elimination game with the winner advancing to face No. 3 seed Ole Miss the following day.

SEC Baseball Tournament pairings

2018 SEC Baseball Tournament

TuesdaySunday, May 22-27

Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, Ala.

 

Tuesday, May 22             

Game 1                 9:30 a.m.              #6 Vanderbilt vs. #11 Texas A&M [SEC Network]

Game 2                 TBD                        #7 Auburn vs. #10 Kentucky [SEC Network]

Game 3                 4:30 p.m.             #8 LSU vs. #9 Mississippi State [SEC Network]

Game 4                 TBD                        #5 South Carolina vs. #12 Missouri [SEC Network]

 

Wednesday, May 23     

Game 5                 9:30 a.m.              #3 Georgia vs. Winner Game 1 [SEC Network]

What Rachel Lawson, Erin Rethlake, Mallory Peyton said after 10-1 NCAA win

NCAA Lexington Regional
May 19, 2018
Lexington, Ky.
#19 Kentucky 10, UIC 1 (5)

Kentucky Head Coach Rachel Lawson
 
Opening Statement …
“First of all I wanted to say thank you to our staff for getting the field ready to go today. They stayed up all night last night and woke up early this morning so we could get the game the off and I thought that was great, so first off I want to say thank you. It was a good game for us, good for our offense to hit around score some runs for us in the first inning. I think that shows that we’re anxiously ready to play and I loved that. I obviously loved how Jenny (Schaper) walked us off there and I thought that Erin (Rethlake) did a really nice job of keeping a very good team off balance and basically commanding the zone and giving us a good chance to win.”