Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, April 25:
Baseball: Lance Ray
Week Stats: 4 GP, 4 GS, .563 (9-for-16), 5 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1.250 SLG%, 2
BB, 1 SO
Season Stats: 25 GP, 13 GS, .362 (21-for-58), 7 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, .690 SLG%, 7 BB, 9 SO
Junior Lance Ray had a breakout week, registering four starts and reaching base safely in 12-of-19 plate appearances ... Ray charted five doubles during the week, all coming in the series at No. 29 Auburn ... Ray added a homer in the midweek game at No. 26 WKU and belted a game-tying three-run homer in the late innings at Auburn in the rubber match Sunday ... The native of Las Vegas, Nev., started the week going 3-for-4 at WKU, adding a two-run homer ... In the series opener Friday night, Ray contributed a 3-for-4 night, with three doubles and an RBI ... In a game-one win Sunday, Ray went 1-for-5 with two RBI, with his double bouncing off the top of the fence in right-centerfield, narrowly missing a homer ... In game two Sunday, Ray went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk, pelting the top of the 30-foot wall in leftfield and ripping a game-tying homer in the top of the sixth inning - of a seven inning affair - evening the game at 4-4 with the three-run homer ... During the week, Ray batted .563 (9-for-16) with five doubles, two homers and eight RBI ... On the year, Ray is batting .362 (21-for-58) with seven doubles, four homers and 14 RBI, slugging .690 and reaching base at a .433 clip ... Before Ray's current five-game stretch of starts in all games, the left-handed hitter was batting .231 through his first 20 games, battling a wrist injury that limited his at bats ... In the last five games, Ray has charted a .632 (12-for-19) average, with a 1.211 slugging percentage and a .696 on-base percentage, reaching base safely in 16-of-23 plate appearances.
Softball: Megan Yocke
Junior Megan Yocke had a terrific week at the plate for the Blue and White as she led the squad with a .533 clip. Against Austin Peay, she was a perfect 6-for-6 at the dish. Yocke finished the week with five RBI and two home runs. Yocke also tossed out two base stealers from her catcher position. Her home run against LSU marked just the third home run given up by LSU's Brittney Mack this season.