Category Archive: UK Baseball

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).

Freshman Zack Thompson Honored by Baseball America

Zack Thompson (Britney Howard, UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky freshman pitcher Zack Thompson was named Second-Team Freshman All-America by Baseball America, it was announced Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound left-hander is the third UK pitcher to be named to a freshman All-America team the past two seasons, joining right-handers Sean Hjelle and Justin Lewis in 2016. Thompson went 8-3 with a 3.45 earned run average this season, starting 13 games among his 20 appearances and earning a save. The Selma, Ind. native pitched 75.2 innings, giving up just 50 hits and striking out 96, as opponents hit just .187 against him.

Kentucky’s White Wins Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Evan White (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Evan White was honored with the 2017 ABCA Collegiate Rawlings Gold Glove Award at first base, it was announced on Wednesday. It is White’s second consecutive trophy for his glove work.

The 6-foot-3, 205 pound junior last week was drafted No. 17 overall by the Seattle Mariners. He reported to the organization this week and will officially be assigned to his first career professional team in the coming days.

Kentucky’s Tristan Pompey Selected for the 2017 College Home Run Derby

OMAHA, Neb. (June 20, 2017) Kentucky’s Tristan Pompey has been selected to the roster for the eighth annual College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb. on Saturday, July 1, Intersport announced today. Pompey is one of six men’s college baseball players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET. He was invited to take part in the College Home Run Derby after being recognized as one of the top power hitters in college baseball.

Cards open World Series play with 8-4 win over Texas A&M

Here is what Louisville coach Dan McDonnell and players Brendan McKay and Devin Hairston had to say after today’s 8-4 win over Texas A&M in the College World Series in Omaha.

COACH MCDONNELL: Well, very happy to be 1-0. It’s the first time in the history of our program even though it’s something we talk about often, you know the 1-0, 1-0 game, but we’re mostly alluding to the regionals. So I’m obviously very happy, very proud of these guys. Knew Texas A&M was not going to fold. You put up a 5 spot with Brendan McKay, you know some teams will cave, they were not going to do that and battled back. Had a lot of great at-bats against them. Fortunately our bullpen stepped up, as it’s done all year, and we trust our bullpen, and Brendan handed the ball over to Sam and Sam to Lincoln and then offensively we kept competing.

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