LEXINGTON, Ky. — Rick Eckstein, the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals for five seasons and most recently the player information coach for the Los Angeles Angels, has been hired as Kentucky’s new assistant coach, it was announced by UK head coach Gary Henderson on Monday. Continue reading
At the plate, the Kentucky junior pitcher and first baseman had a stellar .336 batting average with 23 home runs and 73 RBIs. In the field, he recorded a .992 fielding percentage. And on the mound, he posted a 12-2 record with a 2.09 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 112 innings. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. – Kentucky junior pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed, who enjoyed possibly the greatest individual season in UK history this year, is the 28th recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, as college baseball’s Player of the Year. The presentation was made Saturday during a national news conference at TD Ameritrade Park, site of the 2014 College World Series. Continue reading
Kentucky Wildcats two-way superstar A.J. Reed was selected with the 42nd overall pick in Thursday night’s Major League Baseball draft. The junior lefty was a standout both at the plate as well as on the mound for the Wildcats, and was recently rewarded by being named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year.
Reed’s 23 home runs led the NCAA and tied a single-season school record (Jeff Abbott, 1994; John Wilson, 1999). He also led the nation in slugging percentage (.735) and OPS (1.211), and went on to reach base safely in an impressive 57 out of 62 games during the 2014 season. He was every bit the feared hitter in SEC games as non-conference contests, drawing a whopping 15 intentional walks in SEC games. Continue reading
Kentucky 8 Kansas 6
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman Zack Brown earned his first career win and Spencer Jack picked up his fourth save, lifting No. 22 Kentucky to an 8-6 elimination-game win over Kansas, on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament, hosted by Louisville, in front of 2,275 at Jim Patterson Stadium. Continue reading
Kentucky 4 Kent State 2
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Thomas Bernal dropped a two-RBI double down the leftfield line to score the game-tying and go-ahead runs to cap a dramatic 4-2 comeback win for No. 22 Kentucky over Kent State, on a hot Saturday afternoon, in front of 2,258 at Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium. Continue reading
Kansas 10 Kentucky 6
Louisville, Ky. – Three hours and 22 minutes of weather delays didn’t faze the Jayhawks as the Kansas baseball team beat Kentucky at its own game, 10-6, using its big-time offense to silence the Wildcats Friday evening at Jim Patterson Stadium in game one of the NCAA Louisville Regional.
Kansas (35-24) faced a 20 minute lightning delay prior to first pitch, an hour suspension of play with two outs in the first inning and then a two hour and two minute postponement in the bottom of the fifth to tack on an extra three hours and 22 minutes against Kentucky (35-24) in an already three hour and 14 minute contest.
“That was one of the most unusual games I’ve ever been involved in,” Kansas head coach Ritch Price said. “I don’t know if I’ve seen two delays as long as those two were, and I was really proud of the toughness our team showed and the competitiveness they showed to be able to fight through those delays and execute offensively.”
The Louisville Cardinals will host the Kentucky Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks and the Kent State Golden Flashes this weekend as the Road to Omaha begins. Continue reading
Tennessee Volunteers reporter Dani Klupenger put together a report on Tennessee senior pitcher Nick Williams and former Kentucky catcher Michael Williams. The two brothers decided to go to SEC rivals schools which set up some interesting match ups in the past couple of seasons. Michael graduated last season from Kentucky and is right behind the plate this year supporting his brother. You can check out the video below. Continue reading