Category Archive: UK Baseball

Kentucky Opens Mingione Era on Road Against North Carolina

Nick Mingione and Mitch Barnhart (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – New Kentucky head coach Nick Mingione will kick off his tenure in Lexington with a challenging three-game road series against perennial national power North Carolina beginning with Friday night’s season opener where the Wildcats will face preseason All-American pitcher J.B. Bukauskas at Boshamer Stadium.

UK-Tennessee postgame notes, numbers

Bam Adebayo had 12 rebounds Tuesday, his first double-figure rebounding game since early December. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tennessee at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
February 14, 2017
Attendance: 24,391

Final Score: #13/11 Kentucky 83, Tennessee 58

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky won its third game in a row and is 21-5 overall, 11-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee is 14-12, 6-7 in the SEC.
Kentucky leads the series 153-69, including 92-16 in Lexington.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats begin a two-game road swing Saturday at Georgia. Game time is 6 p.m. and it will be televised on ESPN.

Evan White named to all-SEC preseason team

Evan White (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior first baseman Evan White was voted to the Coaches’ Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Team, it was announced Thursday by the league.

White, from Gahanna, Ohio, also has received preseason honors from Collegiate Baseball, D1 Baseball, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association coming off a stellar 2016 season where he earned Second Team All-SEC honors.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder’s defensive prowess earned him a Rawlings Gold Glove in 2016 and All-SEC Defensive Team honors for the second consecutive season. As a freshman in 2015, White earned Freshman All-SEC honors.

Jacob Hyde one of 23 going into Frank Ham Society of Character

Jacob Hyde talking to UK fans. (Michael Paul Clark Photo)


Being inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character is one of the best honors that a Kentucky student-athlete can receive.

Today 23 UK student-athletes will be inducted at a ceremony to be held at UK’s Center for Academic and Tutorial Service and then introduced at Rupp Arena tonight during the UK-LSU game.

To get into the Society of Character a student-athlete must have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development and career preparation and also serve as a role model. The SOC was founded during the 1998-99 school year and is named for Ham, a longtime UK administrator.

Kentucky, other SEC schools got about $40 million from SEC for 2015-16 year

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (February 2, 2017) – Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Thursday that approximately $584.2 million of total revenue was divided among the 14 institutions of the Southeastern Conference for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which ended August 31, 2016.

The total includes $565.9 million distributed from the conference office, as well as $18.3 million retained by institutions that participated in 2015-16 football bowl games to offset travel and other related bowl expenses.

The average amount distributed from the conference office, excluding bowl money retained by participants, was slightly over $40.4 million per school. 

Fans Encouraged to Help Set Crowd Roar Record for UK-Kansas

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Under the spotlight of arguably the best nonconference college basketball game of the 2016-17 season, a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records will be in attendance at Saturday’s Kentucky men’s basketball game vs. Kansas to gauge if the Big Blue Nation can set a new record for loudest indoor crowd cheer.

UK Athletics and UK HealthCare’s Markey Cancer Center are joining forces to encourage fans to #TurnUpRupp and break the indoor crowd roar record, which was set by the Sacramento Kings in November 2013.

Kentucky Baseball and Softball Announce Plans for Inaugural Fan Day Jan. 22

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky baseball and softball programs will be holding a Fan Day inside the Nutter Field House on Sunday, Jan. 22.

The inaugural Fan Day will give the Big Blue Nation opportunities to participate in a skills camp with players and coaches, listen to head coaches Nick Mingione (baseball) and Rachel Lawson (softball) address the crowd, get autographs and purchase season tickets to both sports.

Season tickets will be on sale inside the facility, with both baseball and softball season tickets available. Baseball season tickets run from $35 to $55 with softball season tickets being sold for $35.

Jaylen Hoard already showing how special he can be

Jaylen Hoard, left. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)


PADUCAH — When Jaylen Hoard decided to come to the United States, Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) coach Keith Gatlin knew he was getting a good player — but he didn’t know how good.

“I knew he was good, but not this good,” said Gatlin, the former Maryland standout. “He is a phenomenal player. Very skilled, knows how to play. Very cerebral player. We are blessed to have him.”

Briscoe, Monk give Kentucky sweep of weekly SEC honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second time this season, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has swept the weekly Southeastern Conference awards. Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe and freshman Malik Monk were tabbed the player and freshman of the week, respectively, by the league’s office.

Briscoe and Monk made history and led the Cats to a 99-76 victory in UK’s SEC lidlifter at Ole Miss on Thursday. It’s the first honor of the season for Briscoe and the third honor for Monk.

The 99 points scored were the most points ever by a John Calipari-coached squad in a true road game. The previous high was 90 at Indiana on Dec. 12, 2009.

Numbers favor Kentucky by 13 over Ole Miss

Malik Monk (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)


The non-conference portion of the schedule is largely complete, and the Cats move into the annual SEC wars with a 10-2 record, having dropped its annual Yuletide war of hardwood against the Louisville Cards on Wednesday by 3 points. For the record, the loss ends the 4 game UK win streak against the Cards, and while the loss stings, it is not the end of the season for this Kentucky team.

For the record, Calipari 8-Pitino 2.

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