Category Archive: UK Baseball

Kentucky prep players Zion Harmon and David Johnson added to Under 16 National Team training camp roster

Scottie Barnes (Cardinal Newman H.S./West Palm Beach, Fla.); Jordan Noah Collier (Westtown H.S./West Chester, Pa.); Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.); Jason Harris (Desert Ridge H.S./Mesa, Ariz.); David Johnson (Trinity H.S./Louisville, Ky.); Nico Mannion (Pinnacle H.S./Phoenix, Ariz.); Joshua Nickelberry (Northwood Temple H.S./Eastover, N.C.) and Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.) today were added to the 2017 USA Men’s U16 National Team training camp roster. Three of the athletes – Mannion, Nickelberry and Weems – participated in the 2016 USA Junior National Team October minicamp, and this will mark the first USA Basketball experience for the remaining five.

Pinch hit home run eliminates UK from SEC tourney

Justin Lewis (Butch Dills Photo)

HOOVER, Ala. – TJ Hopkins hit a pinch hit, three-run home run in the seventh inning to give South Carolina a 3-1 victory over No. 8 Kentucky, eliminating the Wildcats from the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday.

The Wildcats (39-20) return to Lexington after a 10-day road trip through Florida and Alabama and will await the NCAA Tournament draw on Monday. UK is expected to host a regional as one of the nation’s top 16 seeds and is still in the discussion for one of the eight national seeds that would maintain home field through the Super Regionals.

Defensive miscues doom Cats in 10-0 loss to LSU

Butch Dill Photo

HOOVER, Ala. – No. 6 LSU capitalized on extra opportunities, posting a pair of five-run innings to defeat No. 8 Kentucky 10-0 in seven innings in the nightcap of Thursday’s action at the SEC Tournament.

The Wildcats (39-19) will face South Carolina on Friday at 4 p.m. ET in an elimination game. The winner will square off with LSU in Saturday’s single-elimination semifinal round.

Kentucky Rolls to Win in SEC Tournament Opener

Conner Heady celebrates after scoring. (Butch Dill Photo)

HOOVER, Ala. – Kole Cottam’s fourth inning home run over the 405-foot mark in centerfield gave No. 8 Kentucky the lead for good and the bullpen worked six scoreless innings as the Wildcats opened the SEC Tournament with a 7-2 win over South Carolina at the Hoover Met.

The win is UK’s first in the SEC Tournament since 2014 and gives the Cats 39 victories this season, the most since the 2012 team won a school-record 45. UK will face the winner of the Missouri-LSU game in the second game of Thursday’s evening session, approximately 9 p.m. ET.

C.M. Newton Named to Athletic Directors Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON, Ky. – C.M. Newton, former director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, has been named to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame, the organization has announced.

Newton will be honored June 14 during a luncheon at the annual NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Newton served as athletics director at UK from 1989-2000.  His term as AD was marked by the addition of three sports – men’s and women’s soccer and softball – expansion of facilities and growth in revenues in response to the increasing financial pressures of college athletics. 

Kentucky Opens SEC Tournament Against South Carolina

Riley Mahan (Photo by Britney Howard)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky baseball team begins action in the 2017 SEC Tournament on Wednesday, when the Wildcats face the South Carolina Gamecocks at 10:30 a.m. ET at the Hoover Met. South Carolina advanced to Wednesday’s game by outlasting Vanderbilt 7-4 in innings on Tuesday in opening-round action.

No. 8 Kentucky (38-18, 19-11 SEC) finished in third place in the SEC regular season standings. With the finish inside the top four, the Wildcats automatically advanced to the double-elimination portion of the SEC Tournament, where they will meet the Gamecocks.

Why UK Baseball should give hope to every UK Football fan

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

What an amazing season for UK Baseball this year. Thirty-eight wins. Seventeen of those against ranked opponents. Nineteen SEC wins. Third place overall finish in the SEC. They have also erased so many streaks in 2017. Losing streaks like 0-9 at South Carolina’s Founders Park, ending an 8 game losing streak to Ole Miss and first sweep of an SEC ranked foe in five years. That’s pretty good for a program whose history is not so colorful. Let me explain.

Mingione, Hjelle, Logue earn top SEC baseball honors

Sean Hjelle (Photos by Thomas Campbell/Aggie Athletics)

HOOVER, Ala. (May, 22, 2017)—–The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced its 2017 Baseball Awards and All-SEC Teams, recognizing standout performances from this season. The 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament will be played Tuesday through Sunday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Mississippi State’s Brent Rooker was named the SEC Player of the Year, Kentucky’s Sean Hjelle is the SEC Pitcher of the Year, Texas A&M’s Braden Shewmake is the SEC Freshman of the Year, Kentucky’s Nick Mingione is the SEC Coach of the Year and Kentucky’s Zach Logue is the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

UK Baseball: Nick Mingione Coach of Year Candidate

  • Kentucky’s 38 wins on the season are the most since the 2012 team won a school-record 45. It’s also the sixth most in school history.

o   38 wins are the most for a first-year Kentucky head coach, nine more than Keith Madison in 1979.

  • UK’s 19 SEC wins are the second most in school history, just one shy of the 2006 team’s 20 victories in league play.

o   19 wins are the most SEC wins for a first-year Kentucky head coach, six more than Madison (1979).

  • The Cats are 17-12 vs. ranked foes this year.

SEC Baseball Tournament pairings

2017 SEC Baseball Tournament

TuesdaySunday, May 23-28

Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, Ala.


Tuesday, May 23             

Game 1                 9:30 a.m.              #6 Vanderbilt vs. #11 South Carolina [SEC Network]

Game 2                 TBD                        #7 Texas A&M vs. #10 Missouri [SEC Network]

Game 3                 4:30 p.m.             #8 Auburn vs. #9 Ole Miss [SEC Network]

Game 4                 TBD                        #5 Mississippi State vs. #12 Georgia [SEC Network]


Wednesday, May 24     

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

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