Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Mar. 14:
Baseball: Logan Darnell
Junior left-hander Logan Darnell tossed eight innings and allowed only one run in his fourth career start, leading UK to a series-opening win Friday night ... Darnell allowed only five hits and one run, striking out six for his third win of the year ... The reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week, Darnell is coming off a complete-game shutout win at San Diego, and until allowing a seventh inning solo home run, carried a 19.1 scoreless innings pitched streak ... He tossed 114 pitches, with 84 going for strikes and forced 12 ground-ball outs ... A week after throwing first-pitch strikes to 22-of-32 hitters faced against San Diego, Darnell tossed first-pitch strikes to 24-of-29 hitters faced ... On the year, Darnell has totaled a 2.17 ERA and a 3-0 record, tossing 29 innings, allowing only 27 hits and striking out 23 ... A reliever his first-two seasons, Darnell owns a 3.69 ERA in 47 career appearances and four starts, tossing 92.2 innings with 82 punch-outs.
Baseball: Cory Farris
Sophomore rightfielder Cory Farris had a breakout week at the plate for the Wildcats, registering starts in four of UK's five games and leading the team with a .462 (6-for-13) average ... Farris launched his first three homers of the year on the week, adding two doubles and a club-high seven RBI ... The Florence, Ky., native slugged for a 1.308 percentage during the week ... Farris drew three walks and got hit by a pitch, reaching base at a .588 clip on the week ... Defensively, Farris added an outfield assist and gathered seven putouts while playing flawless defense in rightfield ... In UK's 8-4 win over Evansville, Farris went 3-for-3 with his first homer of the year, adding a double and getting hit by a pitch ... In a Saturday win over IPFW, Farris led the team with three RBI, going 2-for-4 with a walk a homer and a double ... Sunday, Farris again homered - for the third time in the last four games - a three-run jack ... Farris added two walks in the win Sunday, hitting No. 4 in the lineup for the first time in his career.
Baseball: Taylor Rogers
Dynamic freshman southpaw Taylor Rogers had an excellent outing in a win over IPFW Saturday, tossing seven shutout innings to improve to 3-0 on the year ... Rogers struck out a career-high eight in his seven frames, allowing only four harmless singles and walking two ... Rogers tossed first-pitch strikes to 19-of-26 hitters faced in the game, throwing 65 strikes in 96 total pitches ...A native of Littleton, Colo., Rogers retired seven consecutive hitters through the middle innings of the win ... On the year, Rogers has a 3-0 record and a 4.30 ERA, striking out 14 in 23 innings ... Without a poor start against Monmouth in San Diego and in three starts, Rogers owns a 3-0 record and a 0.44 ERA in 20.2 innings pitched, allowing only 16 hits and five walks, striking out 13, with opponents hitting .219.
Softball: Megan Yocke
Junior Megan Yocke led the Wildcats offensively this week with at least one hit in every game. She also earned three walks on the weekend to reach base on seven occasions to pace the squad. Yocke also recorded a team-best 32 putouts from her catcher position and tossed all three base runners attempting to steal a bag.