Category: UK Baseball

Happy Veteran’s Day

Kami Bivins, center, and her daughters at Rupp Arena Friday. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was really cool to see UK honor veterans at Friday night’s win by the Wildcats over Utah Valley.

Kami Bivins an her daughters came from Gallatin, Tenn., as UK’s guests to honor the memory of Eric Bivins, her husband and their father. He passed away from PTSD and the girls have been on a mission to raise awareness that 22 veterans per day die from the same thing.

Mingione Receives Prestigious Kentucky Colonel Honor

Nick Mingione with his wife, Christen, and son, Reeves, at today’s ceremony. (Quinn Foster/UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky baseball coach Nick Mingione received the prestigious Kentucky Colonel honor in a surprise ceremony on Monday. The commission of Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky.

Mingione, UK’s second-year head coach, and his father-in-law, Randy Reeves, were presented with the recognition by Brigadier General Les E. Beavers. Reeves is a retired Commander and Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy and currently serves as Executive Director of the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board and President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs. Beavers has an extensive record of serving the needs of veterans in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Darren Headrick Named Voice of UK Women’s Basketball, Baseball

Darren Headrick

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Darren Headrick, who has spent over a decade announcing collegiate and professional sports including being named a Baseball America Best MLB Broadcaster Prospect honoree in 2015, has joined the UK Sports Network team as the new voice of Kentucky women’s basketball and baseball.

Along with calling all the action on the court and on the diamond, Headrick will also serve as the host of the Matthew Mitchell Radio Show, Nick Mingione Radio Show, the Wildcat Sports Update (a daily radio feature on the network highlighting UK’s Olympic sports programs), Big Blue Weekly (a one-hour radio show focused on UK’s Olympic sports programs) and will help with all other UK Sports Network broadcasts. Headrick will host his first Big Blue Weekly show on Monday evening following the Coach Mark Stoops Radio Show.

Kentucky opens baseball season Feb. 16 in South Carolina; home opener on Feb. 21

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky baseball team will open its 2018 season on the road with four games in three days as part of a challenging schedule that features 25 games against 11 opponents who made last season’s NCAA Tournament field, including defending national champion Florida.

Two of the Wildcats’ 2018 opponents made the College World Series, three others advanced to the Super Regionals and five hosted a regional, once again setting up what should be one of the nation’s most difficult schedules.

Vanderbilt Expected to Miss Three Months with Foot Injury

Jarred Vanderbilt, left

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt is expected to miss the next three months after suffering an injury to his left foot. He will likely need surgery and expects to return in January.

“I just want to let the Big Blue Nation know I’m going to be fine and looking forward to coming back better than ever,” Vanderbilt said. “I’ve had some setbacks before and I’ve come back from all of them. After talking with my doctor and my family, I feel good about the plan they have in place for me. I’m anxious to get this right and return to my team so I can put this behind me for good. I can’t wait to get back to my brothers and help us compete for a national championship this season.”

2017 UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class to Be Inducted This Weekend

Randall Cobb

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend in conjunction with Saturday’s football game vs. Florida.

Randall Cobb (football), Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), Sarah Rumely (volleyball) and John Wall (men’s basketball) will officially join the ranks of Wildcat greats in the Hall of Fame with a private induction ceremony on Friday evening. The Hall of Famers will also being recognized during the football game, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Mingione Signs Contract Extension

Nick Mingione

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Nick Mingione has signed a contract extension that will keep him as Kentucky baseball head coach through the end of the 2022 season, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Friday.

“The progress our program has made in one year under Nick’s leadership is outstanding,” Barnhart said. “We are committed to making Kentucky baseball a consistent winner both in the Southeastern Conference and on a national level and he is the coach to make that happen. We are excited to have Nick and his family in Lexington for a long time.”

Here is a way to help those in Texas

UK fan Jo Ann Rice

By LARRY VAUGHT

My friend, and long-time UK fan, Jo Ann Rice of Danville is one of the kindest, most compassionate people I know (unless a key call goes against UK in the NCAA Tournament).

But I wanted to share this Facebook post she made today because I think a lot of us are looking for ways to help those in Texas. Here’s what she posted:

 

“If you’re like me and wondering what to do about the unbelievable floods in Houston, may I share a few updates?

Matthew Bradford joins us on WPBK-FM Thursday morning

Matthew Bradford talked to UK’s players after practice last season.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fan Matthew Bradford will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM, wpbkfm.com online) at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to talk about the Cats.

Bradford is no ordinary Kentucky fan.

About 10 years while serving in Iraq a road side bomb exploded underneath him and he lost both legs and his eyesight. But it didn’t claim his spirit.

The former Marine has been skydiving. He’s competed in Marine Corp half-marathons, shared a stage with Toby Keith, got married, become a father and just recently finished his degree at UK. He also became the first blind double amputee to re-enlist in the service.

UK Hosting Open Tryouts Aug. 2 for PA Announcers, In-Game Hosts

Could Freddie Maggard or Ryan Lemond be a PA announcer at UK? (Gary Moyers Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK will hold open tryouts for prospective public address announcers and in-game hosts at athletics events for a variety of sports during the 2017-18 season on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at John Cropp Stadium.

UK is seeking energetic and confident individuals with strong vocal talent and experience on a live microphone. Knowledge of sports and corresponding rules, as well as proficiency enunciating complex names and availability for nights and weekends will also be considered.