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Sports Notes: Former Cat Reed, Legends’ O’Hearn could soon find themselves moving

Lexington Legends first baseman Ryan O’Hearn led all Kansas City minor leaguers in batting average last year and he is the top home run hitter in the South Atlantic League this season (Erin Grigson Photo)   A pair of Class A first basemen with Kentucky ties are having a major impact on their respective teams through the first half of the Minor League seasons and are playing well enough that...

Sports Notes: Former Cat Reed, Legends' O'Hearn could soon find themselves moving

Lexington Legends first baseman Ryan O’Hearn led all Kansas City minor leaguers in batting average last year and he is the top home run hitter in the South Atlantic League this season (Erin Grigson Photo)   A pair of Class A first basemen with Kentucky ties are having a major impact on their respective teams through the first half of the Minor League seasons and are playing well enough that...

After enduring tough schedule, UK, Lawson enter post-season play with a clean slate

Despite a modest 5-19 record in SEC play, Kentucky earned its seventh straight at-large NCAA Regional bid based on its strength of schedule (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky softball head coach Rachel Lawson and senior catcher Griffin Joiner held a brief media availability on Wednesday prior to Kentucky leaving for the NCAA South Bend Regional. The Wildcats will play at 2 p.m. on Friday against...

Wildcats hoping to recapture post-season magic, face Tennessee in SEC Tournament

UK catcher Griffin Joiner, whose last three hits have been home runs, is hitting .302 with 11 homers and team-best 39 RBI. UK will face Tennessee in the first round of the SEC Tournament Wednesday (UK Athletics Photo by Chet White)   Hoping to recapture its postseason magic from a season ago when it advanced to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game and Women’s College World Series,...

Stokes, Joiner blast seventh homers for Cats, but No. 3 Florida rallies for 6-3 softball win

Junior shortstop Christian Stokes slugged her seventh home run of the year for Kentucky but Florida rallied to get the win (UK Athletics Photo)   Junior shortstop Christian Stokes and senior catcher Griffin Joiner each blasted their team-best seventh home runs of the season, but with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning No. 3 Florida rallied for six runs on four hits, three walks and an...

UK softball remains undefeated in NCAA regional to advance to championship game

  Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley threw seven strong innings, allowing only one hit and no earned runs, while junior infielder Krystal Smith went 2 for 3 at the plate with a home run and two RBI, as the No. 12 UK softball team posted its school-record tying 40th win of the season and clinched its ticket to the NCAA Lexington Regional Finals on Sunday with a 6-2 win versus Virginia Tech at John...

UK stays in winners' bracket with extra-inning win vs. Marshall to open NCAA regional

  Freshman infielder Nikki Sagermann went 2 for 3 in the game, including an RBI game-winning single in the eighth inning, while freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley went eight strong innings in the circle, becoming the second rookie in school history to win a NCAA opener, as No. 12 Kentucky earned an extra-inning, 2-1 win versus Marshall on Friday night at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky.   UK...

UK softball hoping second chance to host postseason play ends better than first

UK will be hosting its first NCAA Tournament regional at the new John Cropp Stadium. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Just more than one week ago, the UK softball team failed in its attempt to win a postseason tournament in front of the home crowd.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] While the Wildcats’ stint at Southeastern Conference Tournament hosts ended with a first-round loss, now...

UK softball eager to show off new stadium with SEC Tournament in town this week

UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart, administrator John Cropp and softball coach Rachel Lawson at the dedication of the new softball complex. (UK Athletics photo by Chet White)   The new UK softball complex was dedicated in honor of long-time administrator John Cropp in April, but the venue will see its first major event this week as it hosts the Southeastern Conference Tournament beginning Wednesday.   [widgets_on_pages...

UK softball sets offensive records as freshman throws no-hitter in her second career start

  True freshman pitcher Katie Henderson threw the ninth no-hitter in school history, striking out four batters with only one walk, while sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner went 4-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high six runs-batted in, as the No. 17 UK softball team took down No. 24 North Carolina 18-0 on Tuesday.   UK (19-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) broke countless school records...