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Kentucky Sports Report (week of May 6)

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Baseball
- Kentucky completed a three-game week with a three-game series against No. 14 Arkansas, part of a stretch of 14 of 16 games against ranked foes. The Wildcats fell in the first two games of the series before claiming the series finale on a walk-off single in the ninth inning.
- The Wildcats will return to their grueling schedule over the week, stepping out of nonleague play for a Tuesday game vs. Wright State at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. UK will then welcome No. 1 Vanderbilt to Lexington, with the Commodores off to the best start in the storied history of the SEC, sporting a staggering 21-2 record in league action.
- UK has hit .256 as a team in 2013, with a .362 on-base and a .366 slugging percentage. UK has belted 30 homers and stolen 51 bases in 2013, also owning a 3.36 ERA on the mound. The Wildcats have been led offensively by freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett, who has hit .345 with four doubles, one triple, 12 RBI and four steals.

Softball
- The Kentucky softball team recently completed one of the most successful weekends in school history, taking two of three games against No. 7 Alabama - the defending national championships - in Tuscaloosa. The series win was the first for Kentucky against the Tide in school history and also marked the first time UK had won in Tuscaloosa.
- The wins moved UK to 13-11 in SEC play, earning the No. 7 seed in the SEC Tournament. UK has now posted three straight winning conference seasons under sixth-year head coach Rachel Lawson, advancing to five straight SEC Tournaments. The two wins over Alabama give UK nine against ranked foes this season and 40 against ranked foes under Lawson, including 24 against top-10 teams.
- Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley led Kentucky over the weekend, winning both games she started, throwing 15 innings, allowing only four earned runs with 11 strikeouts and a 1.87 ERA. Nunley shutout the Tide Saturday, marking the first time a pitcher had shutout Alabama at home since 2010. Fellow freshman Nikki Sagermann went 3-for-5 in the series finale with a school-record tying six RBI. Sagermann blasted a three-run home run in the eighth inning, giving Kentucky the win.

Track and field
- Matt Hillenbrand finished as top collegiate finisher in the IU Billy Hayes Invitational 1,500 meters on Friday.
- Hillenbrand ran a personal best time 3:44.66.
- Adam Kahleifeh finished the same race fifth in 3:45.99.
- Hillenbrand's time is second-fastest in the SEC this season.
- Kahleifeh's time ranks No. 8 in the conference.
- Keffri Neal posted No. 3 SEC time over 1,500 meters at the Stanford Invitational earlier this season.
- Friday's race was Kentucky's final tune-up for the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which begin Thursday, May 9.
- The conference championships will be held at the Audrey J. Walton Track Stadium at the University of Missouri in Columbia from May 9-12.
- Kentucky will enter the SEC Championships defending one individual championship, as Andrew Evans claimed the event title last season in Baton Rouge, La.

Upcoming schedule


Tuesday, May 7
Baseball def. Wright State, 4-1

Wednesday, May 8
Softball hosts South Carolina - 6:30 p.m. (SEC Tournament)

Thursday, May 9
Track at SEC Championships - 12:30 p.m. (Columbia, Mo.)
Softball hosts Tennessee - 4:00 p.m. (SEC Tournament)
Women's golf at NCAA Regionals (Auburn, Ala.)

Friday, May 10
Track at SEC Championships - Noon (Columbia, Mo.)
Men's tennis hosts Western Michigan - 3:00 p.m. (NCAA Tournament)
Softball SEC Semifinals - 5:30 p.m. (SEC Tournament)
Baseball hosts Vanderbilt - 6:30 p.m.
Women's golf at NCAA Regionals (Auburn, Ala.)

Saturday, May 11
Track at SEC Championships - 2:00 p.m. (Columbia, Mo.)
Men's tennis hosts Michigan/Virginia Tech - 2:00 p.m. (NCAA Tournament)
Baseball hosts Vanderbilt - 7:00 p.m.
Softball SEC Finals - 8:00 p.m. (SEC Tournament)
Women's golf at NCAA Regionals (Auburn, Ala.)

Sunday, May 12
Baseball hosts Vanderbilt - 1:00 p.m.
Track at SEC Championships - 2:00 p.m. (Columbia, Mo.)

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