Category Archive: UK Baseball

Riley Mahan Named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week

Riley Mahan (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Riley Mahan is the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after a blistering week at the plate, it was announced Monday by the league office. It is Mahan’s first Player of the Week award, although he was SEC Freshman of the Week in March 2015.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior infielder was a driving force behind Kentucky’s perfect 5-0 week to begin its home schedule at Cliff Hagan Stadium. He hit .500 (9-of-18) for the week and posted a slugging percentage of .944 after smoking five doubles and a home run. The Cincinnati, Ohio native drove in 11 runs, including back-to-back games of a career-high-tying four against both Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky.

Lewis Flirts with Perfect Game as UK sweeps No. 23 UC Santa Barbara

Justin Lewis (Chet White/UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Justin Lewis had a perfect game through seven innings of Kentucky’s sweep-clinching 12-1 win against No. 23 UC Santa Barbara on an ideal Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The win completed a perfect 5-0 home-opening week for the Wildcats.

This weekend’s sweep is Kentucky’s first over a ranked opponent since the Wildcats swept No. 2 South Carolina on March 16-18, 2012. The Cats are now 7-5 overall and have won seven of their past eight games.

Hjelle Bounces Back with Impressive Start to Lead Cats

Sean Hjelle (Chet White/UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sean Hjelle provided the best outing of his young career and reliever Colton Cleary and catcher Troy Squires combined on a critical double play to end a threat in the eighth inning as Kentucky defeated No. 23 UC Santa Barbara 2-1 to claim the first of a three-game series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The 6-foot-11 Hjelle was in control from the outset, deftly changing speeds and working down in the zone to keep the UCSB hitters off balance. The sophomore right-hander threw a career-high 7.1 innings in his third career start, giving up six hits, one run and striking out a career-high eight before turning the ball over the Cleary.

Construction on New Baseball Stadium Begins

UK Athletics Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Department officially broke ground on the construction of a new baseball stadium on Thursday at an event attended by UK President Eli Capilouto, University Athletics Board Chairman Dr. C.B. Akins Sr., Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and head coach Nick Mingione.

“We’re excited,” Mingione said. “I do believe this: We’ll by far have the best college baseball facility in the state of Kentucky and it will be one of the premiere college baseball facilities in all of our country. Will it be the biggest? No, it won’t be the biggest, but it’ll be the right one.”

Offense Continues Scoreboard Assault in Rout of Old Dominion

UK Athletics Photo

NORFOLK, Va. – Zach Logue pitched six innings of one-run baseball and Troy Squires set a career-high with four runs batted in as Kentucky continued its assault on the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex scoreboard with a 19-2 victory over host Old Dominion on Saturday evening.

The Wildcats (2-4) scored three runs in the first inning – including senior outfielder Marcus Carson’s straight steal of home – on their way to their highest scoring output since plating 26 runs against Ball State on Mar. 9, 2014. The Cats also scored four in the third inning, one in the fourth, three in the seventh, five in the eighth and three in the ninth.

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, PerfectGame.org 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)

By LARRY VAUGHT

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. 

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