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Six Kentucky baseball players selected in first 2 days of MLB Draft

Sean Hejelle was selected as the 45th overall pick in the MLB Draft Monday night. Overall, six Kentucky players have been selected in the first two days of the draft. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s baseball program has produced several memorable moments during the past two years. Six players who were an integral part of the team’ success were drafted in the first...

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...

UK baseball coach Nick Mingione signs two-year extension following memorable first season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Mingione received a raise Friday. The University of Kentucky baseball coach signed a two-year contract extension through the 2022 season. Kentucky coach Nick Mingione signed a two-year extension with the Wildcats Friday. (UK Athletics Photo)

UK rookie lefthander Thompson earns second Freshman All-American award from Baseball America

Kentucky freshman pitcher Zack Thompson was named Second-Team Freshman All-America by Baseball America, it was announced Monday. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound left-hander is the third UK pitcher to be named to a freshman All-America team the past two seasons, joining right-handers Sean Hjelle and Justin Lewis in 2016. Thompson went 8-3 with a 3.45 earned run average this season, starting 13 games among his...

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,...

Setting the Foundation: Despite regional defeat, future looks bright for Wildcats, Mingione

By Tim Letcher Special to KyForward In its first year under head coach Nick Mingione, the Kentucky baseball team did a number of things than had never been done before. And as Mingione builds the Kentucky program, he knows that this group of young men will be remembered as the foundation of what’s to come. “I’m really proud of this team because, to do something that’s never been done before...

Omaha Bound: Cards end Wildcats’ record-setting season with 6-2 victory for College World Series berth

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville’s determined baseball players had waited three years for this moment, so that made it even sweeter. Easing, if not erasing, the pain and frustration of late-inning upset losses in the last two NCAA Super Regionals, the No. 7-seeded Cardinals (52-10) earned their fourth trip to the College World Series in Omaha,...

Cats fall behind early as Louisville grabs upper hand with 5-2 win in Super Regional series opener

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer LOUISVILLE — Louisville grabbed the upper hand in its three-game series against rival Kentucky with a 5-2 victory over the Wildcats Friday afternoon at Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals (51-10) take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series going into Saturday’s contest that will feature ace pitchers Sean Hjelle (Kentucky) and Louisville’s Brendan McKay....

McClure, Ellis come alive as Cards gain advantage over Wildcats in NCAA Super Regional opener

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Two players, Kade McClure and Drew Ellis, who had essentially been AWOL during the postseason for the University of Louisville baseball team, came through in a big way in the NCAA Super Regional Friday afternoon. McClure handled things on the mound, while Ellis provided the punch at the plate as the No. 7-seeded Cardinals (51-10) held off UK’s...

Cards hoping to avoid the pain of another upset in this weekend’s Super Regional against Kentucky

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The University of Louisville baseball team’s last two trips to the NCAA Super Regional, both times as a solid favorite, have ended in bitter disappointment with two sudden, devastating defeats. And if you think the sting of those setbacks doesn’t still linger after 12 and 24 months, a snapshot of coach Dan McDonnell’s press...

Cats-Cards duel for berth in NCAA College World Series begins Friday with noon showdown

The Road to Omaha and the College World Series will go through Jim Patterson Stadium for the fourth consecutive season as the No. 7 national seed Louisville baseball team will open its 2017 NCAA Super Regional against Kentucky on Friday at noon ET. Friday’s Louisville Super Regional opener between the Cardinals (50-10) and Wildcats (43-21) will be televised on ESPN2, while game two of the best-of-three...

Top-seeded Wildcats oust Indiana, avenge loss to N.C. State to stay alive in NCAA Tournament

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky needed two wins to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament and the top-seeded Wildcats accomplished just that Sunday. Coming off a 4-3 loss to North Carolina State Saturday, Kentucky ousted Indiana 14-9 in the opener and then avenged a earlier-tournament loss to the Wolfpack with an 8-6 triumph in the nightcap to force a second and decisive regional...

North Carolina State hands Cats Regional loss; UK needs two wins to stay alive in postseason

By Guy Ramsey Special to KyForward Nick Mingione is an unfailingly positive, uplifting presence as Kentucky baseball head coach. So it should come as no surprise he stayed true to his nature even after his Wildcats suffered a 5-4 loss to North Carolina State Saturday night to put them within a single defeat of their season’s end. “Our guys did some really good things tonight, but obviously not...

Hjelle’s pitching, stellar defense propel Wildcats to 6-4 victory over Ohio in NCAA Regional opener

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky turned to its ace to lead the Wildcats to victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Friday and Sean Hjelle delivered. The Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year threw seven strong innings to lead the Wildcats to a 6-4 triumph over Ohio University at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Kentucky pitcher Sean Hjelle threw seven strong innings in...

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...

For Wildcats, coach Mingione, there’s no place like home as NCAA Lexington Regional takes shape

The Kentucky baseball team closed the 2017 regular season with a grueling, 10-day road trip that included a three-game series in Gainesville against Florida followed by the double-elimination SEC Tournament. By the end of the trip, the Wildcats were both mentally and physically worn out. On Monday, the Wildcats got the news they both wanted, and expected to hear – that they won’t have to go back...

Wildcats take on Ohio in NCAA Tournament opener; regional also features Indiana, NC State

Top-seeded Kentucky will open the NCAA Tournament at home against No. 4 seed Ohio University on Friday afternoon as the first game of the Lexington Regional, it was announced on Monday. No. 2 seed Indiana and No. 3 seed North Carolina State will square off in the nightcap at Cliff Hagan Stadium. First pitch for the Wildcats and Bobcats is noon ET and the game will be aired on ESPNU. Indiana and N.C....

Three-run pinch hit home run in seventh eliminates Kentucky from SEC baseball tourney

HOOVER, Ala. – TJ Hopkins hit a pinch hit, three-run home run in the seventh inning to give South Carolina a 3-1 victory over No. 8 Kentucky, eliminating the Wildcats from the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday. The Wildcats (39-20) return to Lexington after a 10-day road trip through Florida and Alabama and will await the NCAA Tournament draw on Monday. UK is expected to host a regional...