Category Archive: UK Baseball

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.

Randall Cobb, John Wall headline 2017 UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class

John Calipari with John Wall at Big Blue Madness. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced, with 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) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 22-23, in conjunction with the football home game vs. Florida.

Sherry Hoover Bordner, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track, 1986-89

Pitcher Justin Lewis Will Return to Kentucky in 2018

Justin Lewis (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Justin Lewis, an 11th round selection by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft, has turned down a contract offer and opted to return to the Kentucky baseball program for the 2018 season.

Lewis will be a redshirt junior next season and continue as a foundational piece of one of the nation’s top returning weekend pitching rotations. The 6-foot-7 right-hander went 6-4 with a 3.56 earned run average in 17 appearances (16 starts) this season, anchoring the rotation as the Wildcats’ Sunday starter. He struck out 72 and allowed just 77 hits in 91.0 innings.  

UK Athletics to Honor Elite Teams of the Past

Jack Givens will be honored with UK’s 1978 national championship team.(Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK Athletics will officially honor 14 teams across six programs during the 2017-18 athletics season, as selected by a newly formed reunion committee UK has established to honor elite teams of the past.

Over the course of the 2017-18 season, the 2006-08 Kentucky football teams, the 1978 men’s basketball team, Adolph Rupp’s men’s basketball national championship teams (1948, ’49, ’51 and ’58), the 1988 baseball team, the 1987 and ‘88 volleyball teams, the 1988 men’s tennis team, and the 1986 and ‘88 women’s golf teams will be honored.

91 Wildcats Placed on 2016-17 SEC First-Year Honor Roll

Bailey Vick (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky placed 91 student-athletes on the 2016-17 Southeastern Conference First-Year Honor Roll, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon by the SEC Office. UK ranks third in the league for most players on the honor roll.   

The 2016‐17 First‐Year SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2016‐17 academic calendar.

The women’s swimming and diving team led the way with 10 honorees, most in that sport among league schools. The baseball and women’s soccer teams each placed nine on the honor roll, the second-most in the conference in both sports.

Kentucky Places 92 on SEC Spring Honor Roll

Breanne Ray knocked in three runs on Senior Day. (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Student-athletes from all of Kentucky’s spring teams combined to earn a total of 92 spots on the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Monday.

UK had the fourth-most honorees in the conference. Kentucky placed a league-best 21 baseball players on the list. UK also placed in the top three in softball (12), women’s tennis (6) and women’s golf (7).

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