Category Archive: UK Baseball

Cats blow 4-0 lead, lose 5-4 to Eastern Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior third baseman JaVon Shelby hit his 10th home run of the season, tying him for the SEC lead, but the 28th-ranked Kentucky baseball team lost to Eastern Kentucky 5-4 on Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Wildcats got on the board first, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. After Shelby reached on a single, Dorian Hairston was hit by a pitch, the first of three times he would be hit by a pitch in the game. Tristan Pompey came through with a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third with just one out.

Kentucky hosts Eastern Kentucky Tuesday night

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After the original game was postponed on April 12, the No. 28 Kentucky baseball team will faceoff with in-state opponent Eastern Kentucky in a rescheduled game Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.  

The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network + and on the UK Sports Radio Network. Fans in Central Kentucky can hear the games live on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UKathletics.com. Neil Price’s call of the game will be carried on both radio and SEC Network +.

Cody, Shelby lead UK to needed 9-6 win at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – Senior right-hander Kyle Cody pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up just two earned runs on seven hits, and JaVon Shelby belted a pair of home runs as the Kentucky baseball team topped Auburn 9-6 on Sunday at Plainsman Park.
Cody (5-2) struck out six and walked three in the game, helping Kentucky salvage the third game of the series after the Cats lost to the Tigers both Friday and Saturday.
Shelby hit two homers in the same game for the third time this season. He pulled the trick against Dayton on February 21 and against Georgia on March 20. With his two home runs on Sunday, Shelby now has nine on the season, which is tied for third in the SEC this season.
It was Shelby’s first home run that got the scoring started in the game. In the top of the second inning, the junior third baseman hit one deep down the left field line, and the ball was initially ruled to be foul. But the umpires reviewed the play and discovered that the ball was fair, and Kentucky took a 1-0 lead.
Auburn tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Cats came back with three runs in the top of the fifth to take control of the game. Luke Becker led off the frame with a walk, followed by a single from freshman Tristan Pompey. After a pitching change, Connor Heady reached on a bunt single to load the bases. After UK catcher Troy Squires popped out, Evan White singled through the left side, scoring Becker and Pompey to make it 3-1. Zach Reks then singled down the left field line to score Heady, making it 4-1 Cats.
Kentucky (27-16, 11-10 SEC) put the game out of reach in the seventh inning. White knocked in another run with an RBI single before Reks brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Then, it was Shelby going deep again, this time with a three-run shot, to make it 9-1 Kentucky.
Heady, Reks, Shelby and White each had two hits in the game for the Wildcats.
Auburn (20-24, 7-14) chased Cody in the bottom of the eighth inning with a pair of singles. Justin Lewis came on in relief for the Cats, allowing two inherited runners to score to cut Kentucky’s lead to 9-3.
The Tigers didn’t go quietly in the bottom of the ninth. Trailing by six run entering the frame, Auburn rallied for three runs in the inning, eventually getting the tying run to the plate before Kentucky got out of the jam.
Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday night, hosting intrastate rival Eastern Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on SEC Network+.

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.

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.

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.

Mitch Barnhart: “Today, the best want to stay here,”; CATSPY Awards winners

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UK Athletics Photo

UK Athletics Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK Athletics presented 38 honors at the 14th annual CATSPY Awards, held Monday in Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performances during the 2015-16 year. With co-winners in some categories, a total of five teams and 26 individuals were recognized.

“We were dreaming big when we said we wanted to turn Kentucky into a destination program, one where coaches, students and staff sought to end up,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Before that, UK was a stepping stone. We’ve succeeded in changing that. Today, the best flock here. Today, the best want to stay here. I’m proud of that.”

Squires’ 7th-inning hit salvages 5-4 walk-off win over Arkansas

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Needing a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to salvage the series, sophomore catcher Troy Squires laced a single in the right-center field gap, scoring Riley Mahan from second base in a dramatic come-from-behind, 5-4 walk-off win for the Kentucky baseball team on Saturday in the third game of its Southeastern Conference series against Arkansas.

Zack Brown’s nine shutout innings not enough, UK falls 1-0 in 10 innings

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior Zack Brown pitched nine shutout innings in arguably the best performance of his career, but it was not enough Friday night as Arkansas beat the Kentucky baseball team 1-0 in the first game of a three-game set with the Razorbacks at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The game was scoreless through nine innings before Arkansas right fielder Chad Spanberger hit a solo home run to right field off of Brown to lead off the 10th inning. That proved to be the game’s only run.

Dustin Beggs named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Already named a midseason first-team All-American by Perfect Game earlier this month, University of Kentucky senior pitcher Dustin Beggs has most recently been tabbed as one of 60 amateur players to the 2016 Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, it was announced by USA Baseball on Wednesday.

Kentucky is no stranger to the prestigious award, which has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country since 1978. Two-way star A.J. Reed won the award in 2014 after one of the best seasons in college baseball history. The semifinalists for the award will be announced June 1 with the finalists being announced June 13 and the 2016 winner announced June 30.

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