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Cats glad to be home to open NCAA Tournament, want to make history by advancing to next round

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer For the first time in more than a decade, the Kentucky baseball team will open the NCAA baseball tournament at home. The Wildcats (39-20) missed out on landing one of eight coveted national seeds, but Kentucky will host a four-team regional beginning Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium in a four-team, double-elimination tournament. Kentucky first-year baseball...

Early deficit too much for UK to overcome in seven-inning shutout loss to LSU in SEC Tournament

No. 6 LSU capitalized on extra opportunities, posting a pair of five-run innings to defeat No. 8 Kentucky 10-0 in seven innings in the nightcap of Thursday’s action at the SEC Tournament.   The Wildcats (39-19) will face South Carolina on Friday at 4 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner will square off with LSU in Saturday’s single-elimination semifinal round. The UK baseball team lost to LSU...

Wildcats’ skipper Mingione named SEC Coach of the Year, seven others honored by league

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Nick Mingione made an immediate impact in his first season as head baseball coach at Kentucky and was recognized by the Southeastern Conference Monday. Mingione, who guided the Wildcats to 38 victories, the most since Kentucky recorded a school-record 45 wins during the 2012 campaign, was named SEC Coach of the Year Monday ahead of the league tournament,...

Jamie Vaught: All-American infielder White fueling Wildcats’ surge to the top of NCAA baseball rankings

Evan White is one of the big reasons why Kentucky is a baseball powerhouse this spring, ranking among the Top 5 teams in the nation. The Wildcats are currently No. 4 in D1Baseball.com and No. 5 in USA Today Coaches Poll. NCAA’s RPI has UK higher at No. 3. With White – a preseason All-American who is one of the country’s top two-way players at first base — and his teammates sparking the...

Nick Mingione brings energy, excitement, impressive pedigree to Kentucky baseball program

When coaches, players and media members were asked to give their thoughts on new Kentucky baseball coach Nick Mingione, the response was nearly universal. Almost every respondent mentioned the word energy when describing the 38-year-old Florida native, who returns to Kentucky where he served as an assistant coach on the Wildcats’ staff under John Cohen from 2006-07. New UK baseball coach Nick Mingione...

UK softball travels to No. 8 LSU for weekend series; baseball team hosts Alabama

After a cancelled midweek game against Louisville earlier this week, the No. 15 Kentucky softball team will travel to No. 8 LSU this weekend to face the Tigers on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for a three-game Southeastern Conference series. Kentucky enters the weekend series with a 31-8 overall record, having lost three games over the weekend to No. 3 Auburn at home. Kentucky lost a nine-in­ning affair...