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After Cat Scratches released the UK men's basketball schedule the last three seasons with elaborate detail, breaking down each opponent for the fans, the baseball schedule was released in similar fashion in 2010-11. Again this year, UK has released its baseball schedule with a team-by-team breakdown of UK's SEC opponents. Cat Scratches broke down each opponent, including key returning players and losses, a description of the last series and series history.

UK's schedule is once again one of the best in the nation with UK facing the rugged 10-weekend Southeastern Conference schedule, facing daily challenges in the best conference in college baseball.

Click on each team name and date in order to bring up the complete team-by-team breakdown.


Tennessee LogoSouth Carolina - March 16-18 (Lexington, Ky.)

Head coach: Ray Tanner
2011 record/SEC finish: 55-14, 22-8 SEC/First
Final RPI: No. 5
Final ranking: No. 1 (Baseball America)
Postseason: Won 2011 College World Series (Beat Florida, 2-0)
Key returning position players: 1B Christian Walker (.358/.438/.554), OF Evan Marzilli (.291/.357/.414), OF Jake Williams (.268/.361/.402), OF Adam Matthews (.264/.367/.391)
Key returning pitchers: LHP Michael Roth (14-3, 1.06 ERA), RHP Forrest Koumas (6-1, 2.96 ERA), RHP Colby Holmes (7-3, 3.69 ERA), RHP Matt Price (7-3, 1.83 ERA, 20 SV)
Key position player losses: 2B Scott Wingo (.338/.467/.554), C Brady Thomas (.316/.375/.437), C/OF Robert Beary (.289/.352/.408), 3B Adrian Morales (.281/.378/.382), SS Peter Mooney (.280/.390/.394), CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.247/.346/.432)
Key pitcher losses: RHP John Taylor (8-1, 1.14 ERA), RHP Jose Mata (3-0, 1.76 ERA, 1 SV), LHP Bryan Harper (1-0, 5.40 ERA, 1 SV)
Series record: South Carolina leads 41-29, UK leads 17-14 in Lexington
Last meeting: South Carolina swept UK in Columbia in 2011 (1-3, 3-4, 1-4)

Florida LogoTennessee Volunteers - March 23-25 (Knoxville, Tenn.)

Head coach: Dave Serrano
2011 record/SEC finish: 25-29, 7-23/12th
Final RPI: No. 115
Final ranking: not ranked
Postseason: n/a
Key returning position players: SS Zach Osborne (.330/.383/.409), 1B Davis Morgan (.278/.361/.343), C Ethan Bennett (.262/.356/.492), OF Chris Fritts (.227/.313/.326), OF Chris Pierce (.208/.323/.302)
Key returning pitchers: LHP T.J. Thornton (1-1, 3.25 ERA, 1 SV), RHP Zack Godley (1-1, 3.38 ERA, 2 SV), RHP Carter Watson (5-3, 5.29 ERA), RHP Nick Blount (1-5, 6.04 ERA, 1 SV)
Key position player losses: 2B Khayyan Norfork (.332/.430/.483), 3B Matt Duffy (.312/.429/.497), CF Andrew Toles (.270/.296/.368), OF/IF Josh Liles (.263/.358/.306), 1B/3B Tyler Horne (.277/.299/.366), OF Charley Thurber (.230/.304/.327)
Key pitcher losses: LHP Steven Gruver (5-7, 3.95 ERA), RHP Matt Ramsey (0-1, 0.96 ERA, 3 SV), LHP Rob Catapano (2-5, 6.39 ERA)
Series record: UT leads 161-138, 86-63 in Knoxville
Last meeting: UK 2-1 (Fri 5-3, Sat 12-8, Sun 7-3)
The breakdown: UK won 2-of-3 in Lexington in 2011 (5-3, 8-12, 7-3)

Florida LogoGeorgia Bulldogs - March 30-April 1 (Athens, Ga.)

Head coach: David Perno
2011 record/SEC finish: 33-32, 16-14/Fourth
Final RPI: No. 16
Final ranking: not ranked
Postseason: Lost in Corvallis Regional Final at Oregon State
Key returning position players: 2B Levi Hyams (.332/.411/.471), SS Kyle Farmer (.308/.364/.466), 3B Curt Powell (.289/.358/.333), C Brett DeLoach (.263/.323/.428), OF Peter Verdin (.258/.325/.331), C Joey Delmonico (.222/.266/.264), 3B Colby May (.222/.333/.352)
Key returning pitchers: RHP Michael Palazzone (10-5, 3.14 ERA), LHP Alex Wood (6-7, 4.44 ERA), LHP Blake Dieterich (3-3, 3.67 ERA, 2 SV), RHP Bryan Benzor (2-0, 3.94 ERA) RHP Tyler Maloof (2-2, 7.16 ERA, 18 SV)
Key position player losses: OF Zach Cone (.275/.331/.385)
Key pitcher losses: RHP Cecil Tanner (0-0, 2.45 ERA)
Series record: Georgia leads 125-86-1, 46-39-1 in Lexington
Last meeting: UK won 2-of-3 in Lexington in 2011 (7-4, 12-5, 6-7)

Auburn LogoOle Miss Rebels - April 6-8 (Lexington, Ky.)

Head coach: Mike Bianco
2011 record/SEC finish: 30-25, 13-17/10th 
Final RPI: No. 41
Final ranking: not ranked
Postseason: n/a
Key returning position players: 2B Alex Yarbrough (.344/.406/.543), OF Tanner Mathis (.343/.393/.384), SS Blake Newalu (.295/.371/.353), C Taylor Hightower (.275/.375/.377), 1B Matt Snyder (.271/.384/.471), C/IF Will Allen (.243/.264/.386), IF/OF Preston Overbey (.235/.278/.333), IF Austin Anderson (.246/.303/.344)
Key returning pitchers: RHP Brett Huber (2-1, 3.42 ERA, 4 SV), RHP Bobby Wahl (0-0, 4.07 ERA, 4 SV)
Key position player losses: OF Matt Smith (.305/.429/.496), C Miles Hamblin (.268/.384/.428), IF/OF Jordan King (.160/.263/.180)
Key pitcher losses: LHP Matt Crouse (6-4, 3.72 ERA), RHP David Goforth (4-6, 4.79 ERA), LHP Austin Wright (4-4, 4.92 ERA), RHP Jake Morgan (3-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 SV), RHP Trent Rothlin (2-0, 2.31 ERA), RHP Eric Callender (1-0, 3.58 ERA, 1 SV), LHP Matt Tracy (3-3, 5.23 ERA)
Series record: Ole Miss leads 41-26, UK leads 18-15 in Lexington
Last meeting: Ole Miss swept UK in Oxford in 2011 (2-3, 10-12, 5-6)

Arkansas LogoArkansas Razorbacks - April 13-15 (Fayetteville, Ark.)

Head coach: Dave Van Horn
2011 record/SEC finish: 40-22, 15-15/Fifth overall, First in West
Final RPI: No. 13
Final ranking: No. 20 (USA Today/ESPN)
Postseason: Lost at Tempe NCAA Regional Final at Arizona State
Key returning position players: 1B Dominic Ficcociello (.335/.364/.464), 2B Bo Bigham (.291/.354/.371), IF Matt Reynolds (.243/.359/.351), SS Tim Carver (.232/.305/.271), OF Kyle Atkins (.286/.400/.286)
Key returning pitchers: RHP D.J. Baxendale (10-2, 1.58 ERA, 3 SV), LHP Cade Lynch (4-4, 3.11 ERA, 1 SV), RHP Brandon Moore (4-1, 3.45 ERA), LHP Randall Fant (3-5, 3.89 ERA), RHP Ryne Stanek (4-2, 3.94 ERA), RHP Colby Suggs (2-1, 0.90 ERA), RHP Barrett Astin (5-2, 2.72 ERA, 3 SV), LHP Trent Daniel (2-0, 2.91 ERA, 4 SV), RHP Nolan Sanburn (2-4, 3.62 ERA, 8 SV)
Key position player losses: C James McCann (.306/.388/.469), OF Jarrod McKinney (.301/.398/.434), OF Kyle Robinson (.286/.358/.507), OF Collin Kuhn (.282/.370/.466)
Key pitcher losses: RHP Geoffrey Davenport (3.01, 4.95 ERA)
Series record: Arkansas leads 31-20, 27-15 in Fayetteville
Last meeting: UK won 2-of-3 in Lexington in 2011 (3-2, 3-1, 1-5)

LSU LogoLSU Tigers - April 20-22 (Lexington, Ky.)

Head coach: Paul Maineri
2011 record/SEC finish: 36-20, 13-17/10th
Final RPI: No. 5
Final ranking: not ranked
Postseason: n/a
Key returning position players: OF Raph Rhymes (.360/.424/.486), 2B JaCoby Jones (.338/.395/.467), OF/IF Mason Katz (.337/.371/.532), SS Austin Nola (.296/.378/.413), OF Alex Edward (.279/.369/.395), UT Grant Dozar (.250/.341/.403)
Key returning pitchers: RHP Kurt McCune (7-3, 3.31 ERA), RHP Kevin Gausman (5-6, 3.51 ERA), RHP Kevin Berry (3-1, 3.14 ERA, 2 SV), LHP Chris Cotton (0-0, 3.38 ERA), RHP Ryan Eades (4-1, 4.81 ERA), RHP Nick Rumbelow (2-0, 4.85 ERA)
Key position player losses: CF Mikie Mahtook (.383/.496/.709), 3B Tyler Hanover (.211/.407/.337), OF Trey Watkins (.226/.351/.316)
Key pitcher losses: RHP Ben Alsup (6-5, 4.66 ERA, 1 SV), RHP Matty Ott (1-3, 2.60 ERA, 6 SV)
Series record: LSU leads 42-23-1, tied 8-8 in Lexington
Last meeting: LSU swept UK in Baton Rouge in 2011 (5-9. 4-12, 4-8)

Vanderbilt LogoVanderbilt Commodores - April 27-29 (Nashville, Tenn.)

Head coach: Tim Corbin
2011 record/SEC finish: 54-12, 22-8/First
Final RPI: No. 4
Final ranking: No. 3 (USA Today/ESPN)
Postseason: Lost in College World Series
Key returning position players: DH Conrad Gregor (.353/.455/ .473), SS Anthony Gomez (.342/.358/.399), 2B Riley Reynolds (.333/.385/.376), OF Tony Kemp (.331/.435/./419), OF Mike Yastrzemski (.292/.421/.376), CF Connor Harrell (.289/.352/.500)
Key returning pitchers: LHP Sam Selman (0-0, 1.42 ERA), RHP T.J. Pecoraro (7-0, 1.59 ERA), LHP Kevin Ziomek (3-0, 1.50 ERA, 1 SV), RHP Will Clinard (2-2, 2.77 ERA)
Key position player losses: 1B Aaron Westlake (.343/.464/.629), 3B Jason Esposito (.341/.405/.534), C Curt Casali (.300/.387/.476), OF Joe Loftus (.222/.364/.267), OF Bryan Johns (.214/.362/.375)
Key pitcher losses: RHP Sonny Gray (12-3, 2.12 ERA), LHP Grayson Garvin (13-2, 2.48 ERA), RHP Navery Moore (4-2, 1.21 ERA, 11 SV), RHP Mark Lamm (5-0, 2.03 ERA, 1 SV), RHP Jack Armstrong (0-1, 2.65 ERA), RHP Taylor Hill (6-1, 2.73 ERA), LHP Corey Williams (2-0, 4.46 ERA, 2 SV)
Series record: UK leads 139-129-5, Vandy leads 71-60-4 in Nashville
Last meeting: Vandy won 2-of-3 in Lexington in 2011 (2-0, 3-10, 3-6)

Georgia LogoFlorida Gators - May 3-5 (Lexington, Ky.)

Head coach: Kevin O'Sullivan
2011 record/SEC finish: 53-19, 22-8/First
Final RPI: No. 2
Final ranking: No. 2 (Baseball America)
Postseason: Lost in College World Series Final vs. South Carolina
Key returning position players: C Mike Zunino (.371/.442/.674), 1B/RF Preston Tucker (.308/.381/.545), 1B/DH Brian Johnson (.307/.381/.464), 1B/DH Austin Maddox (.280/.327/.368), 1B/3B Vickash Ramjit (.382/.427/.487), OF Tyler Thompson (.264/.331/.364), 3B Cody Dent (.207/.343/.244), OF Daniel Pigott (.331/.375/.479), SS Nolan Fontana (.289/.414/.434)
Key returning pitchers: RHP Hudson Randall (11-3, 2.17 ERA), RHP Karsten Whitson (8-1, 2.40 ERA), LHP Brian Johnson (8-3, 3.62 ERA), LHP Steven Rodriguez (4-2, 1.91 ERA, 2 SV), RHP Austin Maddox (3-0, 0.67 ERA, 5 SV), RHP Greg Larson (1-1, 2.09 ERA)
Key position player losses: , 2B Josh Adams (.323/.363/.442), CF Bryson Smith (.328/.433/.443)
Key pitcher losses: LHP Nick Maronde (0-1, 2.09 ERA, 3 SV), RHP Alex Panteliodis (6-2, 3.71 ERA), RHP Tommy Toledo (6-3, 3.99 ERA, 1 SV), RHP Anthony DeSclafani (5-3, 4.33 ERA, 3 SV)
Series record: Florida leads 129-56-1, 53-28-1 in Lexington
Last meeting: Florida won 2-of-3 in Gainesville in 2011 (6-9, 14-1, 3-19)

Florida LogoAlabama Crimson Tide - May 11-13 (Lexington, Ky.)

Head coach: Mitch Gaspard
2011 record/SEC finish: 35-28, 14-16/Sixth
Final RPI: No. 32
Final ranking: not ranked
Postseason: Lost in Tallahassee Regional Final at Florida State
Key returning position players: OF Taylor Dugas (.249/.455/.564), SS Jared Reaves (.340/.406/.498), 1B Austen Smith (.297/.385/.447), C Brett Booth (.257/.335/.327), OF Andrew Miller (.250/.336/.311), UT Josh Rosecrans (.248/.350/.372), OF Brandt Hendricks (.229/.385/.373)
Key returning pitchers: RHP Charley Sullivan (2-2, 3.03 ERA), RHP Tucker Hawley (6-2, 3.65 ERA), RHP Nathan Kennedy (1-0, 3.94 ERA, 1 SV), LHP Taylor Wolfe (1-2, 4.15 ERA, 1 SV), RHP Trey Pilkington (2-3, 4.57 ERA), LHP Adam Windsor (3-3, 5.73 ERA)
Key position player losses: C Brock Bennett (.338/.392/.369)
Key pitcher losses: RHP Jonathan Smart (5-3, 2.50 ERA, 11 SV), RHP Nathan Kilcrease (8-4, 3.12 ERA), LHP Adam Morgan (5-7, 4.64 ERA)
Series record: Alabama leads 57-33, 23-15 in Lexington
Last meeting: Alabama swept UK in Tuscaloosa in 2011 (0-4, 5-6, 3-8)

Florida LogoMississippi State Bulldogs - May 17-19 (Starkville, Miss.)

Head coach: John Cohen
2011 record/SEC finish: 38-25, 14-16/Sixth
Final RPI: No. 18
Final ranking: No. 15 (USA Today/ESPN)
Postseason: Lost in Gainesville Super Regional Final at Florida
Key returning position players: OF C.T. Bradford (303/.397/.369), Daryl Norris (.277/.407/.351), IF Adam Frazier (274/.293/.274)
Key returning pitchers: RHP Taylor Stark (3-0, 2.95 ERA, 2 SV), RHP Daryl Norris (2-0, 3.20 ERA, 1 SV), RHP Kendall Graveman (5-0, 3.65 ERA), LHP Nick Routt (3-3, 3.86 ERA), LHP Luis Pollorena (7-5, 4.45 ERA), RHP Evan Mitchell (6-2, 4.62 ERA), LHP Tim Statz (0-1, 4.64 ERA), RHP Chris Stratton (5-7, 5.21 ERA), LHP Chad Girodo (3-0, 5.76 ERA)
Key position player losses: 3B Jarrod Parks (.363/.507/.495), OF Nick Vickerson (.319/.431/.564), OF Jaron Shepherd (.289/.396/.416), C/1B Cody Freeman (.282/.361/.362), OF Brent Brownlee (.279/.366/.371), SS Jonathan Ogden (.259/.346/.444), OF Ryan Collins (.252/.352/.322), C Wes Thigpen (.237/.298/.289), OF Trey Johnson (.232/.303/.319)
Key pitcher losses: RHP Caleb Reed (1-2, 1.55 ERA, 12 SV), RHP Devin Jones (2-5, 4.37 ERA)
Series record: Mississippi State leads 52-32, 35-14 in Starkville
Last meeting: UK won 2-of-3 in Starkville in 2009 (5-4, 3-4, 22-17)

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