Category: UK Baseball

Sean Hjelle, Ashley Dusek named Mr. and Miss Wildcat

LEXINGTON, Ky. –The 16th annual CATSPY Awards were held Monday in Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performances during the 2017-18 year in the UK Athletics department. With co-winners in some categories, 37 individuals were recognized as well as three teams.

Headlining the awards this year were the national championship rifle team, volleyball, and track and field teams.

Powered by air rifle national champion Henrik Larsen and junior Hanna Carr, head coach Harry Mullins and the UK rifle team won its second national title by edging No. 1 West Virginia by nine points. The Wildcats posted their highest aggregate of the season for their first championship since 2011. They can now add a CATSPY award to their superb season. 

Justin Lewis SEC Pitcher of Week for win over No. 1 Florida

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky redshirt junior starter Justin Lewis was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week after his career effort in a 3-2 win over top-ranked Florida, it was announced on Monday.

Lewis is the second straight UK player to win SEC Pitcher of the Week, following sophomore closer Chris Machamer last week. The Cats now have won either Pitcher of Player of the Week six times this season and 11 times since the start of the 2017 season, the most of any school in the SEC.

Kentucky baseball week 10 in review

Pitcher Justin Lewis  (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

OVERALL RECORD: 26-14 (8-10 SEC)

WEEK RECORD: 1-3

LAST WEEK

Apr. 17 – Loss, 2-8, at Louisville

Apr. 19 – Loss, 2-11, vs. #1 Florida

Apr. 20 – Loss, 4-9, vs. #1 Florida

Apr. 21 – Win, 3-2, vs. #1 Florida

THIS WEEK

Apr. 25 – vs. Morehead State (6:30 p.m.; Lexington; SECN+)

Apr. 27 – vs. Missouri (7:30 p.m.; Lexington; SEC Network)

Apr. 28 – vs. Missouri (2 p.m.; Lexington; SECN+)

Justin Lewis’ pitching leads UK to 3-2 win over No. 1 Florida

Justin Lewis (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior pitcher Justin Lewis allowed a leadoff double to start the game and then slammed the door on No. 1 Florida, allowing just two Gators to reach base the rest of the afternoon, powering the No. 6 University of Kentucky baseball team to a 3-2 win in the series finale of a three-game set Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Late rally not enough, UK falls 9-4 to No. 1 Florida

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite a strong effort from junior pitcher Sean Hjelle, who threw seven innings and allowed four earned runs on just four hits, the No. 6 University of Kentucky baseball team dropped a 9-4 series-clinching setback to No. 1 Florida on Friday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Hjelle, who pitched a scoreless first before allowing a run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning, had just one hiccup in the game with the highly ranked Gators posting three runs in the third inning. The native of White Bear Lake, Minn., had not walked a batter in over 30 innings pitched before walking three in the third that led to the bases-clearing triple by Florida’s Wil Dalton, who finished 2-for-5 with a triple, home run and six RBI.

2018 CATSPY Awards Set for April 23 in Memorial Coliseum

Maci Morris

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 16th annual CATSPY Awards, celebrating the 2017-18 athletics year at the University of Kentucky, will be held on April 23 in Memorial Coliseum.

The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. Tickets for the CATSPY Awards cost $5 each and may be purchased online or at the UK Athletics Ticket Office (Joe Craft Center). All seating is general admission for the event and all persons must have a ticket to enter, regardless of age.

No. 1 Florida beats Kentucky 6-1

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Top-ranked Florida used a big third inning to claim the first of three games against No. 6 Kentucky, 6-1, at Cliff Hagan Stadium in a matchup of top 10 teams. The defending national champions plated six runs in taking an early lead they would not relinquish.
 
The two clubs will meet again Friday night with UK ace Sean Hjelle matching arms with Florida’s Jackson Kowar, who started against the Cats in the 2017 regular season finale that clinched the SEC East title for the Gators. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will air on the SEC Network.
 
Zach Haake started for the Cats and threw two hitless inning but was removed after that as part of a pre-determined game plan. The Gators (33-7, 13-3 SEC) pounced in the third inning, scoring six runs, including Wil Dalton’s SEC-leading 14th home run of the season.
 
The Cats (25-13, 7-9 SEC) responded with a pair of runs in the fourth when Luke Becker slashed an RBI double into the left field corner to score Luke Heyer and then came home on Ben Aklinski’s single through the infield. Becker also singled and walked, pushing his impressive on base streak to 37 times in 38 games this season.
 
 
SCORING
Top 3rd – Blake Reese was hit by a pitch, Keenan Bell and Brady Smith walked. Deacon Liput doubled to RCF, scoring Reese and Bell. Nelson Maldonado hit a SAC fly to LF, scoring Smith. Jonathan India walked. Wil Dalton homered to LCF, scoring Liput and Maldonado. UF 6, UK 0.
 
Top 4th – Reese walked. Smith blooped a single to LF, moving Reese to 3B. Liput reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Reese. UF 7, UK 0.
 
Bottom 4th – Luke Heyer was hit by a pitch and scored on Luke Becker’s double into the LF corner. Becker advanced to third on Kole Cottam’s groundout. Ben Aklinski singled through the left side, scoring Becker. UF 7, UK 2.
 
Top 5th – JJ Schwarz doubled to LF. Austin Langworthy walked. Reese blooped a single behind SS, scoring Schwarz. UF 8, UK 2.
 
Top 8th – Smith homered to LF. UF 9, UK 2.
 
Top 9th – India walked. Dalton singled to CF. Schwarz hit into a fielder’s choice with India out at 3B and Dalton reaching third on a throwing error. Reese reached on a throwing error by the pitcher, scoring Dalton. Smith singled to LF, scoring Schwarz. UF 11, UK 2.
 
 

Kentucky Hosts Florida in Series Between Top 10 Teams

Sean Hjelle (Vicky Graff Photo)

By TIM LETCHER, UK Media Relations

LEXINGTON, Ky. After a five-game road trip, the Kentucky baseball team returns to Cliff Hagan Stadium this weekend to face No. 1 Florida in a three-game, SEC series.

Kentucky (25-12, 7-8 SEC) had a productive road trip, winning three of its five games, including taking two of three contests at No. 18 Georgia over the weekend. UK closer Chris Machamer had a big week, recording a win and two saves, which earned him SEC Pitcher of the Week honors.

UK Has 68 Student-Athletes on SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll

Makenzie Cann (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Student-athletes at the University of Kentucky combined to earn a total of 68 spots on the 2017-18 Southeastern Conference Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Wednesday.  UK placed third in the league for the most student-athletes earning a spot on the honor roll.

The 2017-18 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll includes the sports of Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Gymnastics, Rifle and Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams. It is based on grades from the 2017 spring, summer and fall terms.  Among other qualifications, student-athletes must have a 3.0 grade-point average to be on the honor roll.   

Trey Dawson homers, but Cats lose 8-2 at Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trey Dawson blasted his second home run of the season but a series of two-out hits doomed No. 6 Kentucky in an 8-2 loss to Louisville on a clear and cool night at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Despite the defeat, the Wildcats finished 3-2 on a difficult road trip through three different states and now return home for seven straight games, including the next three against No. 1 Florida.

The Cats got off to a good start on Dawson’s home run, a screaming shot over the left-centerfield fence that produced a 1-0 lead. The home run extended his reached base streak to eight games and comes on the heels of his two-out, two-run, game-winning double against Georgia last Friday.