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Kentucky Sports Report (week of April 9)

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Baseball
- Kentucky completed its first series win over Ole Miss since the 2008 season, as the Wildcats won the set over a blistering-hot Ole Miss club that entered the weekend fresh off a series win over consensus No. 1 Florida. UK posted a 3-2 win in the opener, suffered a 9-3 loss in the second game, before riding a strong pitching effort from Corey Littrell to a series-clinching win on Sunday, 8-3.
- UK has opened up the 2012 season with a 30-3 mark, the best start to a season in school history, leading the NCAA in wins and pacing the conference atop the standings for the second consecutive week.
- UK's 9-3 start to conference play is also a program best, with UK running up a school-record 21-game home winning streak earlier in the year and a program-best 22 game winning streak to open the season, the second-longest streak in the storied history of the SEC. UK now owns a 7-2 record against teams ranked in the top 25, with UK also boasting a 9-1 record in one-run games in 2012.

Men's tennis
- Behind a dominating performance in singles action that included a come-from-behind effort from senior No. 7 Eric Quigley for the decisive fourth point of the match, UK clinched a share of the SEC regular-season title with a 5-2 win over No. 14 Ole Miss on Sunday. UK began the weekend with a 6-1 win over No. 10 Mississippi State. This is the first SEC title since UK won the overall SEC Championship in 1992.
- Quigley was the star of the weekend for Kentucky, winning both of his singles matches to increase his impressive record to 10-0 against SEC foes. The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., defeated two highly ranked foes during the week, including No. 15 Artem Ilyushin and No. 19 Nik Scholtz. Quigley's win over Scholtz was the match clincher vs. Ole Miss.
- The two wins over the weekend takes Kentucky's record against top 25 teams this season to 9-3, while UK has earned 29 wins over top-25 teams since the start of the 2009 season. UK also continued to perform well at home, boosting its home record to 58-10 since the start of the 2009 season.

Gymnastics
- UK concluded the season with a fifth-place showing at the NCAA Champaign Regional behind a team score of 194.750.
- The Wildcats saved the best performance of the night for last, scoring a team score of 48.95 on uneven bars. Junior Caitlyn Ciokajlo led the way for Kentucky with a career-high tying 9.875, which ranked her fifth overall at the meet.
- UK seniors Storey Morris and Whitney Rose ended their collegiate careers with strong showings at the event. Morris posted a team-best 9.825 on balance beam and a 9.8 on both vault and bars, while Rose tied a season best score on bars with a 9.775.

Softball

- The Kentucky softball team earned a crucial series victory over South Carolina this weekend at home to improve to 5-7 in Southeastern Conference action and remain in the hunt for a spot in the SEC Tournament.
- Kentucky was led by the hot-hitting of senior Brittany Cervantes and freshman Griffin Joiner. Cervantes batted .400 for the week, including .500 against the Gamecocks. Cervantes hit homers in all three games against South Carolina, while scoring five times and driving in four runs. Joiner led the offensive unit with a .444 average for the week. She notched a pair of doubles and three runs driven in to help the Wildcat cause.
- Senior Rachel Riley also boasted the Wildcat attack with a .400 average and a pair of homers. She was vital in her pitching performance as well. Riley tossed her first shutout of the season in the series-tying victory. She went the distance and struck out five in the win. Senior Chanda Bell earned the other victory in the circle for UK while striking out 10 in a complete-game series-clincher on Sunday.

Women's tennis

- Women's tennis grabbed its first SEC victory of the season over Mississippi State, posting a final result of 5-1.
- In singles play, Jessica Stiles defeated 113th-ranked Alexandra Perper at the No. 1 singles slot, 6-7 (3), 6-1, 1-0 (10). Khristina Blajkevitch also found herself in a tight match as she defeated Olesya Tsigvintseva 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (8). Caitlin McGraw and Stephanie Fox also grabbed singles victories for the Cats.
- UK next faced No. 16 Ole Miss and fell 7-0. Freshman Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff put up a valiant effort in singles play, falling just short of Erin Stephens at the No. 3 singles slot, 6-7, 4-6.

Men's golf
- Men's golf finished 13th at the Gary Koch Invitational, its final tournament of the regular season.
- Junior Joseph Barr led Kentucky with a final score of 8-over-par, tying for 38th.
- It was the second time this season Barr had the best or tied for the best tournament finish on the team.

Women's golf
- The University of Kentucky women's golf team finished 13th at the 2012 Bryan National Collegiate.
- Junior Heather Lott finished the weekend in a tie for 35th at 11-over-par 227.
- Junior Betsie Johnson led Kentucky with eight birdies on the weekend.

Track and field
- Competing at the Florida Relays, junior Shiara Robinson recorded the seventh-best time in the 400m hurdles in UK history with a 1:00.85.
- Sophomore Julie Nunn ran the 10th fastest 400m dash in program history, clocking a 55.71.
- Freshman Keilah Tyson continued her impressive rookie campaign, missing out on her UK freshman record in the 100m by just 0.01 seconds.
- Junior Luis Orta finished fifth in the 5,000m with a time of 14:09.47, while sophomore Allison Peare finished fifth in the 800m.

Upcoming schedule


Tuesday, April 10
Baseball hosts Louisville - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 11
Softball hosts Arkansas (DH) - 4:00 p.m. /6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 12
Men's tennis hosts Illinois - 1:00 p.m.

Friday, April 13
Baseball at Arkansas - 7:35 p.m.
Softball hosts Georgia - 8:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 14
Men's tennis hosts Vanderbilt - 1:00 p.m.
Women's tennis at Vanderbilt - 1:00 p.m.
Softball hosts Georgia - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball at Arkansas - 3:05 p.m.
Track and field at Kentuckiana Border Battle (Louisville, Ky.)

Sunday, April 15

Softball hosts Georgia - 1:00 p.m.
Baseball at Arkansas - 1:05 p.m.

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