Kentucky meets Alabama tonight in SEC tourney

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky will face Alabama in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on today 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.

White, Beggs and Hjelle Earn All-SEC Honors

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three Kentucky Wildcats, first baseman Evan White and pitchers Dustin Beggs and Sean Hjelle, received recognition on the Coaches’ All-Southeastern Conference Team announced Monday by the league office.

White was named second-team All-SEC and also earned a place as the first baseman on the SEC All-Defensive Team.  Beggs joined White as the pitcher on the All-Defensive Team.  Hjelle was chosen as the relief pitcher on the SEC All-Freshman Team.

White, a sophomore from Gahanna, Ohio, is batting .377 with 15 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 39 RBI.  He leads the team in batting average, doubles, triples and RBI.  He also has had a sparkling performance in the field, with numerous outstanding defensive plays and only one error all season.

1996 Cats continue to meet and greet Kentucky fans

Todd Meade of Bluegrass RV's with former UK players Wayne Turner, Cameron Mills, Jeff Sheppard, Derek Anderson and Jared Prickett.

Todd Meade of Bluegrass RV’s with former UK players Wayne Turner, Cameron Mills, Jeff Sheppard, Derek Anderson and Jared Prickett.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Matt DiLorenzo, CEO/Founder of Pro Player Solutions, could not have been happier with the way 1996 national championship team members at Kentucky were received during the “Official Grand Opening” of Bluegrass RV’s in Lexington Saturday.

“They chose to have members of UK’s 1996 National Championship Team be a part of their celebration since this year marks 20 years since the 1996 team won the championship,” DiLorenzo said.

Pilgrim Monument visit taught me a history lesson

View from top of Pilgrim Monument. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

View from top of Pilgrim Monument. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

PROVINCETOWN, Ma. — During my elementary and high school days, I prided myself on being a good student and always especially enjoyed history.

That’s why before we visited Provincetown on Saturday, I was sure I knew where the Pilgrims landed. But I was wrong.

The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum helped educate me to the fact that the Pilgrims’ fist landing on the Mayflower was in Provincetown in 1620, not Plymouth Rock. It’s also where the Pilgrims signed the historic Mayflower Compact.

Weekly Kentucky baseball update

TEAM NOTES

The Kentucky baseball team went 3-1 last week, including taking two-of-three in an SEC series against Missouri and winning a non-conference contest over Murray State. The Wildcats return to action in the SEC Tournament this week. Kentucky will be the eighth seed, and the Wildcats’ first game of the event will be on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET in Hoover, Ala. against ninth-seeded Alabama. Tuesday’s game is in the single-elimination portion of the tournament, so the Wildcats must win to play additional games in the event.

Kelsey Nunley: ” I’m just thankful that I was able to play at UK.”

Kelsey Nunley (UK Athletics Photo)

Kelsey Nunley (UK Athletics Photo)

Here is what Kentucky players had to say after Sunday’s season-ending loss to Utah.

#33 Kelsey Nunley, P

On how much gas the pitchers had left in the tank for day three

“She pretty much just said, mind over matter, just let your mind go before your body goes.”

Rachel Lawson: Seniors brought program to another level

Here’s what Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson had to say Sunday after her team’s 5-3 loss to Utah in the NCAA regional that ended UK’s season.

Opening Statement …

Rally not enough, Utah wins 5-3 to end Kentucky’s superb season

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ninth-seeded Kentucky saw a late rally fall just short in Sunday’s regional Friday at John Cropp Stadium in front of a season-high 1,808 fans, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Utah Utes, who advance out of the Lexington Regional and into the Tallahassee Super Regional next weekend in the Sunshine State.

With the loss, Kentucky’s historic season comes to an end with a 46-14 overall record on the season and a program-record second-place finish in the Southeastern Conference. The Wildcats beat 11 ranked teams in 2016 and had the most road wins of anyone in the nation, with a 20-3 record away from home.

Seriously? Jacob Tamme on a “players you love to hate list”

Jacob and Allison Tamme attended this year's Super Bowl as fans. He has played in two Super Bowls, but hopes play in the Super Bowl again.

Jacob and Allison Tamme attended this year’s Super Bowl as fans. He has played in two Super Bowls, but hopes play in the Super Bowl again.

By LARRY VAUGHT

It’s no secret I am a Jacob Tamme fan. Always have been, always will be. I still proudly have an Indianapolis Colts jersey with his name on it from a Super Bowl season.

Junior college lineman Phil Hoskins gives UK football needed recruiting boost

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky got a needed boost for its 2017 recruiting class when Highland Community College defensive tackle Phil Hoskins announced on Twitter Saturday that he was verbally committing to Kentucky.

That was the best news coach Mark Stoops has had in a few days since Toledo teammates James Hudson and Michael Warren both de-committed to UK. The two had both committed to UK in July and were two reasons UK’s recruiting class had been ranked so high.

Warren, a running back, and Hudson, a defensive lineman, both said they just wanted to enjoy the recruiting process and thanked UK coaches and fans for their support.