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Mingione, Wildcats look ahead after failing to make NCAA tournament

Kentucky will move into a new $49 million baseball stadium next season after playing at Cliff Hagan Stadium for the past 50 years. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky baseball coach Nick Mingione thought his team did enough to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats weren’t part of a field of 64 teams that were invited to the Big Dance when bids were handed out Monday. Kentucky...

Kentucky baseball ends era with its last regular-season series at ‘The Cliff’

Cliff Hagan Stadium has been home for the Kentucky baseball team for the past 50 years. The team’s final regular-season series at the venue will be Friday-Sunday. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An era will come to an end this weekend for the Kentucky baseball team. The Wildcats will bid farewell to Cliff Hagan Stadium when the Wildcats play host to Mississippi State...

School-record six Kentucky players chosen during first two days of MLB Draft

Kentucky left-handed pitcher Zach Logue and outfielder Zach Reks were selected in the ninth and 10th rounds, respectively, in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Tuesday, the second day of the three-day event.   The two players gave Kentucky six selections in the first 10 rounds, a school record. Logue and Reks join first baseman Evan White (1st round, Seattle), infielder Riley Mahan (3rd,...

Wildcats want to make more history in NCAA Super Regional series against rival Louisville

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Editor Kentucky made history last weekend in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. In order to reach another milestone, the Wildcats will need to get past their biggest rival in the Super Regionals. Kentucky opens a best-of-three series at No. 7 Louisville Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium. A second game will be Saturday and a finale on Sunday, if necessary....

Cats expecting a tough battle against Ohio in NCAA Regional Tournament opener Friday

The Kentucky baseball team begins play in the NCAA Baseball Tournament on Friday, facing the Ohio Bobcats at noon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   Kentucky (39-20) earned the right to host an NCAA Tournament Regional for just the second time in school history this season (2006 was the other). Overall, this will be Kentucky’s ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where the Wildcats have a 14-16 overall...

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...

Kentucky baseball team set to open SEC tourney against South Carolina on Wednesday

The Kentucky baseball team begins action in the SEC Tournament on Wednesday, when the Wildcats face the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Hoover Met. South Carolina advanced to Wednesday’s game by outlasting Vanderbilt 7-4 on Tuesday in opening-round action. Mississippi State and Georgia will play in the first game Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., followed by Kentucky and South Carolina in the second game...

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,...

Pompey’s grand slam leads Kentucky to 12-4 rout of Florida in big SEC series opener

Tristan Pompey’s fourth-inning grand slam sparked No. 6 Kentucky to a 12-4 series-opening win over No. 5 Florida in Gainesville, taking out one of the Southeastern Conference’s top starting pitchers in the process.   UK’s 38 wins are the sixth most in school history and most since the 2012 team won a school-record 45. The Cats’ 19 SEC wins trail only the 2006 championship team’s 20 for most...

Stakes high for surging Wildcats in final baseball series against SEC leading Gators

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky baseball coach Nick Mingione knows what’s on the line when the Wildcats take on Florida in a three-game series starting Thursday in Gainesville. “From here on out, every game we play, someone is fighting for something,” Mingione said. “From here on out, there’s something on the line. Everyone is playing for something at this point. The...

Perfect! Cats defeat Northern Kentucky to complete unbeaten non-conference run at home

Kentucky capped a perfect non-conference home schedule for just the second time since 1979, dismantling Northern Kentucky 10-1 on a warm, summer-like night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The No. 6 Wildcats’ 37 victories on the season are the most since the 2014 team also won 37 games. Spot starter Brad Schaenzer allowed just one run in 5.2 innings, striking out five and yielding just three hits along the...

UK baseball team sweeps Tennessee; Softball squad earns No. 14 seed in NCAA tourney

Kentucky bounced back in perfect fashion from its first rough weekend in Southeastern Conference play, sweeping Tennessee on the strength of Sunday’s 7-2 victory in front of 3,085 fans Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The three-game wipeout of the Volunteers sets the No. 8 Wildcats up for next week’s showdown against Florida with the SEC championship on the line. The Cats (36-16, 18-9 SEC) will...

Pair of freshman pitchers help Kentucky bounce back with 5-2 baseball win over Indiana

A pair of freshman pitchers yielded only a pair of solo home runs as No. 8 Kentucky bounced back nicely with a 5-2 win against a solid Indiana club in front of 2,448 fans on a lovely Tuesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The win moved the Wildcats to 33-16 overall and 22-5 at home for the season. The Cats begin a three-game series with Tennessee on Friday as part of Senior Weekend, closing out the Southeastern...

Surprising SEC-leading UK baseball team opens three-game series against Georgia

The Kentucky baseball team has experienced a bit of role reversal over the course of the season. In February, the Wildcats were picked to finish in a tie for fourth in the SEC Eastern Division, behind the division’s top three teams, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. While the Wildcats didn’t like the lack of respect they received, they decided to use it as motivation. From the middle of the...

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...

UK baseball wins series at South Carolina; Softball team takes two of three from Aggies

Kentucky broke a tie with three runs in the eighth inning and Logan Salow had a career-high 10 strikeouts  in relief as the No. 6 Wildcats defeated No. 21 South Carolina, 9-4, Sunday at Founders Park.   With the win, Kentucky won a series at South Carolina for the first time since 1999 and won its sixth SEC series in seven weekends this season, and third on the road. UK improves to 31-14, leading...

Prince collects 14 strikeouts to lead UK softball past UT-Martin; White powers baseball team to victory

Senior pitcher Meagan Prince struck out a career-high 14 batters in a complete game winning performance in front of a Bettye Giles Field record crowd of 731 people in her hometown of Martin, Tennessee, as the No 18 Kentucky softball team beat the UT-Martin Skyhawks, 8-2.   Prince threw her 12th complete game of the season on Wednesday night allowing just two runs on six hits, walking four and striking...

Jamie Vaught: Cats’ star Evan White among large group of SEC performers hoping to be called in draft

During my early days in the 1960s and 1970s, there wasn’t a lot of media coverage in college baseball. It wasn’t easy to find articles or information about SEC baseball, including the Kentucky Wildcats. You really had to look for them hard. Remember, we didn’t have Internet during those days, either. In addition, cable television didn’t really explode in many areas until late 1970s and ESPN...

Kentucky rolls past LSU to take 5th SEC series of year; Softball squad sweeps Missouri

Justin Lewis and the Kentucky defense stayed steady behind a relentless offense as the No. 10 Wildcats took their fifth Southeastern Conference series of the season, defeating No. 8 LSU 10-2 on a cloudy, windy day at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The Cats (28-13, 12-6 SEC), winners in six of the last eight games, retain their two-game lead over Florida in the SEC East with 12 conference games remaining....

UK records rare triple play, fends off late rally in 11-7 victory over instate rival Louisville

Playing in front of a record crowd, No. 10 Kentucky came out of the gates with a five-run first inning on the way to an 11-7 victory over No. 2 Louisville in the first of four games against Top 10 opponents this week at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The Cats (26-12, 10-5 SEC) blitzed their in-state rival for 11 runs in the first four innings, igniting the Cliff Hagan record crowd of 4,018 fans. Five consecutive...