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Kentucky sophomore shortstop Ryan Ritter proving to be a force both at the plate and in the field

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today When Ryan Ritter joined the University of Kentucky baseball team this season after one year at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill., 60 miles northwest of Paducah, he was considered an elite defender, with his offense hardly being given a second thought. But that is rapidly changing. The sophomore shortstop is proving he is pretty handy with a bat too, the latest...

Former Wildcat hurler Cody goes six strong innings, three-run fifth lifts Hickory over Legends

A three-run fifth inning put Hickory in the lead, and the Crawdads went on to a 7-5 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday afternoon in Hickory. The Crawdads scored a run in the first inning when Eric Jenkins led off with a triple and scored on a ground out by Leody Taveras. A double by Joe Dudek and a single by Rudy Martin tied the game in the third. The Legends took a 4-1 lead with three runs in...

Jamie Vaught: Pirates’ star Josh Harrison has some strong family ties to UK athletics

Josh Harrison has pretty strong ties with Lexington and UK. Wait, before you get the wrong idea, the friendly and personable Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman didn’t play for the Wildcats. But his family members did. His cousins from Lexington — John T. Shelby and JaVon Shelby — were baseball standouts at UK. Both were All-SEC performers and moved on to professional ranks. John was...

No let up for former UK star Reed; All-American leads Minor Leagues in homers

A.J. Reed put the finishing touches on a breakthrough year, capping off his regular season with a Minor League-best 34 home runs and 127 RBIs as well as topping all systems in slugging percentage (.612), OPS (1.044) and runs scored (113) (MiLB.com Photo)   A.J. Reed’s pursuit of the 2015 Minor League home run title is complete. The chase of his season’s ultimate goal is just getting...

Historic sweep of Cuba among highlights for UK's Henderson, USA Collegiate team

Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson completed a historic summer tour with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, as the pitching coach, helping direct Team USA to series wins over Cuba and Chinese Taipei.   “I loved it. I really, really enjoyed it,” Henderson said. “It was great to be with Ed, Rich, Paul and Elliot. I really enjoyed the kids as well. Winning the series vs. Taiwan and...

Weekend pitchers Cody, Beggs spurn pro offers to return to Wildcats' starting rotation

Dustin Beggs, a native of Roswell, Ga., led the Wildcats in wins (seven), innings pitched (93.2) and strikeouts (75) in his first season after playing two years at Georgia Perimeter College (UK Athletics Photo)   Right-handed pitcher Kyle Cody, a second-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2015 MLB Draft, has decided to return to Kentucky for his senior season, along with another right-hander,...

Sports Notes: Redlegs may be a bit short on representation as Cincy hosts All-Star game

Third baseman Todd Frazier is probably the Reds’ best hope to make the 2015 All-Star Game roster (Bleacherreport.com Photo)   When Cincinnati plays host to the best in Major League baseball on July 14, fans will be forgiven if they think they’ve accidentally stumbled into a Kansas City Royals contest rather than the 2015 All-Star Game.   Based on the most recent fan balloting...

Early departure from SEC Tournament leaves Kentucky hoping for an NCAA at-large bid

Kentucky fell to Auburn in an SEC tournament elimination game and will have to wait to see if it receives an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional Championships (UK Photo by Michael Wade)   Behind a strong start from Cole Lipscomb and three runs over the third and fourth innings, Auburn posted a 6-3 elimination game win over Kentucky in the first-round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, on...

All-Southeastern Conference honors for UK's Shelby; Barrett grabs second team accolades

JaVon Shelby is the second member of his family to earn All-SEC accolades. He is the brother of former UK star second baseman John Shelby (2004-06), a second-team All-SEC honoree in 2006 (UK Athletics Photo / Chet White)   Kentucky baseball standouts JaVon Shelby, Kyle Barrett and Evan White have earned postseason All-Southeastern Conference honors, as selected by the league coaches.   Shelby,...

With fourth straight SEC Tourney berth secured, Wildcats face Mizzou in final series

Junior leftfielder Ka’ai Tom leads Kentucky with a .361 average to go with 13 doubles, one triple, four homers and 47 RBI (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky will conclude the 2015 regular season with a crucial three-game series at Missouri, with first pitch in the series opener slated for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Taylor Stadium. The series will resume on Friday at 7 p.m., before concluding at 2 p.m....

Jamie Vaught: Former Wildcats’ pitching star Meyer one step away from reaching his dream

Former UK righthander Alex Meyer competed for a spot in the Minnesota Twins starting rotation last spring. He is currently on the roster of the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings (Photo from RRW)   When Alex Meyer was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 2011 MLB draft, the highly-regarded pitcher became one of UK’s highest draft picks in school history, the 23rd overall selection in the...

Jamie Vaught: Former Wildcats' pitching star Meyer one step away from reaching his dream

Former UK righthander Alex Meyer competed for a spot in the Minnesota Twins starting rotation last spring. He is currently on the roster of the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings (Photo from RRW)   When Alex Meyer was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 2011 MLB draft, the highly-regarded pitcher became one of UK’s highest draft picks in school history, the 23rd overall selection in the...

Kentucky gives up late lead, Georgia rallies in the 10th inning to capture SEC baseball series

Evan White had two of Kentucky’s five hits Sunday as Georgia rallied for a 6-1 10-inning SEC victory (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard)   Jared Walsh led off the ninth inning with a game-tying home run and the Georgia plated five two-out runs in the 10th inning to post a 6-1 win over Kentucky to clinch the series, on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   Kentucky (27-23, 12-14...

Sixth-ranked Vanderbilt uses late home run to break tie, seize series victory over Wildcats

JaVon Shelby gave Kentucky an early lead over Vanderbilt with a three-run homer, but the Commodores rallied in the eighth for the win (UK Athletics Photo by William DeShazer)   Jeren Kendall’s home run in the eighth inning broke open a tie game and lifted No. 6 Vanderbilt to a series-clinching 7-3 win over Kentucky in the rubber match, on a perfect Sunday afternoon in front of 3,043 at Cliff...

Shutout streak earns Kentucky sophomore Zack Brown SEC Pitcher of Week honors

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Zack Brown has been named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week (UK Athletics Photo)   After stretching his shutout innings pitched streak to 15.1 with seven scoreless frames at No. 5 Florida, Kentucky sophomore right-handed pitcher Zack Brown has been named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.   A...

Cats get strong start from Cody, three hits from Tom to take 6-1 decision over Xavier

Ka’ai Tom had three hits Tuesday as Kentucky knocked off Xavier, 6-1 (UK Athletics Photo/Chet White)   Behind four shutout innings from starter Kyle Cody and a three-hit game from Ka’ai Tom, Kentucky posted a 6-1 win over Xavier to stretch its winning streak to four games, on a windy Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   Kentucky (23-16) scored in the first four innings of the game...

Hoping to build on rare SEC sweep, Wildcats step out of conference play to face Xavier

Ka’ai Tom had a home run to help Kentucky complete a sweep of Tennessee last weekend (UK Athletics Photo)   Coming off a three-game sweep of Tennessee over the weekend, Kentucky will step out of non-conference action to host Xavier on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The game will be broadcast live on the UK Radio Network, with fans in Central Kentucky able to hear the...

Wildcats use long ball to subdue Tennessee, complete first SEC sweep in three seasons

Ka’ai Tom had a fifth inning home run Saturday to help Kentucky complete a sweep of SEC rival Tennessee (UK Athletics Photo by Chet White)   Ka’ai Tom and JaVon Shelby hit back-to-back bombs in the fifth inning and Zach Logue worked 2.2 shutout innings in relief for the win, pacing Kentucky to a 5-3 win over Tennessee to sweep the Vols in a three-game series at home for the first time...

Kentucky back in Southeastern Conference play with three-game set against Volunteers

After a midweek loss to Western Kentucky, UK returns to conference baseball play with a weekend three-game series against Tennessee (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky will continue a five-game home stand with a three-game conference baseball series with Tennessee, with the opener set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The series will resume on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and conclude on...

UK Sports Notebook: Cats head south to to face No. 3 Gators; baseball squad meets Hogs

Kentucky run against nationally ranked softball opponents continues this weekend against No. 3 Florida (UK Athletics Photo)   With three wins the last two weekends against top-five ranked teams, the No. 13 University of Kentucky softball team’s schedule doesn’t get any easier this weekend, as the Wildcats travel to face the defending national champions and No. 3 ranked Florida for a three-game...