Two late rallies enable UK softball to extend season

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ninth-seeded Kentucky used two-out rallies in the top of the seventh and eighth innings to power past the Illinois Fighting Illini and extend its season in its third game of the day on Elimination Saturday of the NCAA Softball Championships.

Kentucky, having already suffered a loss earlier in the day to Utah in the winner’s bracket game, found itself trailing 2-1 going into the top of the seventh inning and its season three outs from closing. Senior Christian Stokes led off the inning with a single to the left side, and with two outs, was brought home on an RBI single into center by freshman Katie Reed to tie the game.

Kentucky will face Alabama in SEC Tournament Tuesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With the bracket officially set for the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, Kentucky will face Alabama on Tuesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. ET at Hoover (Ala.) Metropolitan Stadium.

Kentucky (32-24 overall, 15-15 SEC) and Alabama (31-24, 15-15 SEC) tied for eighth place in the overall league standings. UK is slotted as the No. 8 seed and Alabama at No. 9 because the Wildcats won two out of three games between the teams earlier this season.  The game will be televised on the SEC Network and also will be available on the UK Sports Radio Network.

Kyle Cody’s complete game gives UK 7-2 win

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Pitching in his final career game at Cliff Hagan Stadium, senior right-hander Kyle Cody threw a complete game, holding Missouri to just one earned run, as the Wildcats topped the Tigers 7-2 in the regular season finale for both teams.

Kentucky (32-24, 15-15 SEC) advances to next week’s SEC Tournament, where the Wildcats will face Alabama on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Mission accomplished: Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises let us see plenty of whales

Thanks to Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises, we got a close look at this humpback whale Friday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Thanks to Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises, we got a close look at this humpback whale Friday. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)


If there was a priority on our must-see list when my wife and I left for Cape Cod, Ma., it was to see whales. Or at least a whale.

Friday was our day to do that with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises out of Barnstable. We hoped it was a good sign that it was a great day weather-wise with plenty of sun and warmth.

Mac Jones happy to be face of 2017 recruiting class


As the recruiting offers continue to grow, Florida quarterback Mac Jones continues to insist he’s not only solid with his verbal commitment to Kentucky but also gladly accepts being the face of the 2017 recruiting class.

“I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder,” said Jones. “I am getting a lot more attention now. Early, I did not get evaluated as much as I wanted. That has changed by people hearing my name and wanting to see me.”

He admits recruiting can be “stressful and crazy” at times. He tries to keep a level head and focus on his goal.

Kentucky kids learn early that only colors that matter are blue and white

Voice winner Jordan Smith grew up a UK fan. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Voice winner Jordan Smith grew up a UK fan. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note: Andrew Day is sports editor of The Central Record in Lancaster,  Ky., and an avid University of Kentucky fan. He recently wrote this for his blog — — and I thought you might enjoy it, too.


From the day you are born in the state of Kentucky, you are taught a few things. How to respect others, how to grow your own food, how to love, and how to fight. But that’s not all that a Kentucky child learns. They learn a couple of other things that kids from other states don’t.

Weather stops UK-Butler, NCAA game resumes Saturday

Due to inclement weather, game two of the NCAA Softball Lexington Regional between Kentucky and Butler has been suspended for the evening with resumption of play scheduled for 11 a.m. ET Saturday morning at John Cropp Stadium. The game will resume from where it was halted Friday afternoon with the Wildcats leading the Bulldogs 2-0 in the top of the second inning. An updated schedule of events is listed below.

John Cropp Stadium – Lexington, Ky.

Friday, May 20
Game 1 – Utah def. Illinois 1-0
Game 2 – Kentucky leads Butler 2-0 (T2) – suspended, will resume Saturday morning

Dustin Beggs pitches UK to needed win over Missouri

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior righthander Dustin Beggs pitched eight shutout innings as the Kentucky baseball team beat Missouri 2-1 on Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Beggs (9-2) held Missouri to no runs, just six hits – all singles — and two walks while striking out six. The nine wins this season allow Beggs to tie Corey Littrell (2012) for sixth-most in any season in Kentucky history. Beggs, a junior college transfer, has 16 wins during his two seasons at UK – second-most all-time among two-year Wildcats.

Four-star prospect Jaida Roper signs with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell has announced that Jaida Roper, a 5-foot-7 guard out of Houston High School in Memphis, Tenn., has joined the program and will be a true freshman on the 2016-17 roster.

“We are so excited for Jaida to become a Wildcat. She is a high-character person, an exciting basketball player and a very hard worker,” Mitchell said. “Jaida will be a great fit in our program and I look forward to helping her develop as a person, a student and a player.”

No Bolden does not have to mean no NCAA title for UK

Isaac Humphries (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaac Humphries (Vicky Graff Photo)


Having a better post presence is a must for Kentucky next season if the Wildcats are going to be a legitimate national championship contender.

Adding Bam Adebayo for next year certainly helps. Actually, it helps a lot because he’s a dynamic rebounder and physical player.

Getting Marques Bolden, another five-star center, would have been icing on the cake. Instead, Bolden verbally committed to Duke, not UK, Thursday. That’s the same scenario that played out with Luke Kennard and Jayson Tatum the last two years.

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