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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 24)

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Baseball
- Kentucky continued its season-long, seven-game road swing with a three-game sweep at the Old Dominion Tournament in Norfolk, Va., getting a historic output from junior preseason All-America two-way standout A.J. Reed. UK posted a 16-2 win over St. Joseph's on Friday, a comeback 7-5 win at ODU on Saturday and a 13-0 win over St. John's on Sunday to conclude the weekend.
- Reed belted five home runs and had 11 RBI on the weekend, becoming the first player in school history with five homers in a three-game span. He hit two homers in an inning on Friday - while also working seven, one-run innings on the mound for the win - becoming the first UK player since Jason Kipnis in 2007 to hit two homers in an inning. Reed then gave UK the lead with a two-out, two-RBI single in the third inning at ODU Saturday, before later tying the game in the seventh inning with a solo homer and then pelting a double off the wall in the ninth inning. Sunday, Reed had his second two-homer game of the weekend with a pair of solo jacks in a win over St. John's.
- Kentucky (5-2) - ranked No. 25 by Perfect Game and No. 30 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers last week, will return to action with its home opener on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET vs. Wright State at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Men's basketball
- Kentucky captured wins over Ole Miss and LSU for a 2-0 week. Kentucky's win over Ole Miss on Tuesday gave the program its 58th 20-win season. John Calipari has now also coached 20 consecutive 20-win teams during his tenure as a collegiate head coach. That's the longest active streak in the country of any head coach and is the second most in the history of college basketball. Only Dean Smith with 27 20-win seasons ranks higher than Calipari.
- The Wildcats were led by Julius Randle who averaged 16.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game in the two victories. Randle first notched a 25 point, 13-rebound game in a win over Ole Miss. He scored six of UK's final 11 points to help preserve the win while going 13-of-14 at the charity stripe in the game. The 13 made free throws is the most in a single game by any UK player in the Calipari era. Randle then followed that performance with late game heroics by sinking a put-back with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime to lift UK past LSU at home. Randle had eight points and a game-high 15 rebounds in the win.
- Aaron Harrison had 21 points for the Wildcats, and James Young tallied 20. Freshman Andrew Harrison hit two free throws late in regulation to force overtime.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky went 1-1 on the week vs. the SEC's top two teams, falling to No. 4/6 South Carolina at home, 81-58 and defeating No. 16/13 Texas A& M on the road, 83-74.
- Against the Gamecocks, freshman Makayla Epps had a breakout game as she netted a team- and career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in just 17 minutes of action.
- UK bounced back with a hard-fought win on Sunday vs. Texas A&M, its second straight in College Station, Texas. The win gave UK its school-record fifth consecutive 20-win season. Four Wildcats scored in double digits, led by junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill's 17 points off the bench.
- Freshman Linnae Harper was just two shy of her career high with 16 points, while Epps posted her second straight double-digit game with 11 points, all of which came from the free-throw line. Senior forward DeNesha Stallworth recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds and senior forward Samarie Walker led all rebounders with a season-high tying 14 caroms.
- In the win, UK outrebounded the Aggies 47-32 and outscored A&M in bench points, 53-10.

Men's golf
- The UK men's golf team wrapped up its first tournament of the spring season Tuesday with a second place finish at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. As a team, UK finished even par, 864. The Wildcats have placed in the top five in all five tournaments this season.
- Senior Stephen Powers led the way with his season-best 54-hole score of three-under par, 213, to finish tied for third. He recorded back-to-back rounds of 69 to finish the tournament.
- Junior David Snyder tied for 14th with a two-over par, 218.

Gymnastics
- In a rare two-meet weekend, the No. 24 Kentucky gymnastics team posted a season-best 195.975 score Friday at No. 13 Arkansas and a 195.200 Sunday at No. 8 Nebraska. UK placed second among four teams at Nebraska after a loss to Arkansas, the first time the Wildcats competed twice in one weekend since 2011.
- Friday at Arkansas, UK notched a season-best 49.150 on vault and a 48.900 on beam, while junior Shannon Mitchell led the Wildcats with a career-high 9.900 on both vault and beam, both team highs. Sophomore Amy Roemmele led UK on bars with a 9.825, while senior Audrey Harrison and redshirt junior Kayla Hartley each tallied a 9.850 on floor to lead the squad.
- Two days later in Lincoln, Neb., UK's 195.200 was its third-highest score of the season in a loss to Nebraska and a win over Bridgeport and Wisconsin-Stout. Senior Holly Cunningham recorded a team-best and career-high-tying 9.900 on vault, while sophomore Amy Roemmele led the way on bars with a career-best 9.900 on bars. Mitchell's 9.850 on beam was a team high, while Hartley paced the way with a 9.850 on floor.

Rifle
- The Kentucky rifle team shot a 4680 over the weekend at the NCAA Qualifiers. Sophomore Connor Davis led the Wildcats in smallbore at the Qualifiers, shooting a 585.
- Senior Emily Holsopple's 592 in air rifle marked a team best for the Wildcats, while Connor Davis followed with a 591 and senior Aaron Holsopple shot a 591.
- The Wildcats will find out their postseason fate Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET during the selection show on NCAA.com.

Softball
- The Kentucky softball team's undefeated stretch to start the season came to a close over the weekend in the FAU Invitational with the squad going 3-2 in the tournament with wins over Penn State (twice) and FAU. UK's losses came to 2013 MAC East Champion Kent State and No. 5/7 Michigan, who made it to the 2013 Women's College World Series.
- Senior Lauren Cumbess paced Kentucky in the circle and offensively during the event, going 2-0 in the circle with a 0.64 ERA, striking out 14 in 14 innings pitched. The native of Normal, Ill., also found her rhythm at the plate, hitting. 462 (6-for-13) on the weekend with three doubles and five RBI. Senior outfielder Emily Gaines went 3-for-6 over the weekend with an RBI, while sophomore Sylver Samuel, Nikki Sagermann and Christian Stokes all hit .400 with Sagermann hitting her first homer of the season with 5 RBI.
- Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley went 1-1 in the circle at the event with a 2.00 ERA. Nunley threw 18 innings for Kentucky, striking out 13 and allowing four runs in three games pitched. Freshman Shannon Smith threw two innings in UK's game vs. Kent State with three hits allowed and one earned run scored.

Swimming and diving
- The UK swimming and diving team won two medals and broke nine school records last week at the SEC Championships in Athens, Ga., Feb. 18-22. The UK men finished eighth with 522 points overall, while the women placed 10th with 426 points.
- Junior Christina Bechtel claimed UK's first swimming medal since 2012 with a runner-up finish in the women's 100 yard butterfly Thursday. The first SEC medal of her career, Bechtel finished in 51.69 for UK's first runner-up finish at the SEC Championships since 2010.
- Senior Greg Ferrucci went out with a bang in his final SEC Championship appearance with a bronze medal-winning performance on platform Friday. It marked the sixth SEC medal of his career after he scored a 409.90 in an exciting, tightly-contested platform final.
- In total, nine school record times were broken by UK, five individual records and four relay records. Junior George Greenhalgh broke the record in the 100 and 200 breaststroke along with helping to break the 200 and 400 medley relay records. Freshman Danielle Galyer helped topple three school marks, the 200 backstroke individually and as part of the 800 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay. Freshman Kendal Casey also broke an individual school record in the 200 freestyle.

Men's tennis
- The No. 17 University of Kentucky men's tennis team wrapped up the non-conference season with a 7-4 record overall after a 5-2 loss to No. 5 Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., on Friday afternoon, completing the single-match week for the Wildcats.
- Senior Tom Jomby recorded the biggest win of his career on Friday night, knocking off No. 2 Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 on court one. The win for Jomby marked the highest-ranked opponent that he has defeated in his career. Jomby's three-set win also captured the Nantes, France, native's second-career win over a top-five ranked player in his time in Lexington.

Women's tennis
- The No. 39 University of Kentucky women's tennis team (10-2) finished non-conference play with a 4-0 win over Kansas.
- Kentucky and Kansas each took a match in doubles play, so the point came down to a tiebreak at the No. 2 position. Junior Kelsey Dieters and freshman Aldila Sutjiadi clinched the point for Kentucky with a 8-7(4) win over Kansas' Maria Jose Cardona and Maria Belen Luduena.
- Kentucky swept the singles competition with wins from sophomore Nadia Ravita, Sutjiadi and Dieters. Ravita was the first Wildcat to win her singles match at the No. 1 position. She defeated Cardona, 6-2, 6-1. Sutjiadi followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Dylan Windom at No. 2 singles and Dieters claimed the match behind her 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 3 slot.

Track and field
- The UK track and field teams will head to the SEC Championships at Texas A&M this weekend. The Wildcats enter the championships with multiple SEC-leaders in their respective events.
- Dezerea Bryant leads the conference and nation in the 60m (7.16), while Kendra Harrison is the SEC and NCAA-leader in the 60m hurdles (7.96). Both are the school record holders in their signature event. Allison Peare ranks second in the SEC in the mile, and fourth at 800m.
- On the men's side, Matt Hillenbrand's school-record mile time of 3:57.0 leads the nation, and he is the defending SEC Champion in the event. Brad Szypka also has the top shot put mark in the conference.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 25
Baseball vs. Wright State - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Baseball vs. Dayton - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27
Men's Basketball vs. Arkansas - 7 p.m.
Women's Basketball at Mississippi State - 8 p.m.
Track & Field at SEC Indoor Championships - 2 p.m. (College Station, Texas)

Friday, Feb. 28
Women's Tennis vs. LSU - 11 a.m.
Track & Field at SEC Indoor Championships - 2 p.m. (College Station, Texas)
Softball vs. Eastern Kentucky - 3 p.m.
Men's Tennis at LSU - 4 p.m.
Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan - 4 p.m.
Softball vs. Butler - 5 p.m.
Gymnastics vs. Auburn - 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 1
Softball vs. Pittsburgh - 1 p.m.
Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan - 2 p.m.
Track & Field at SEC Indoor Championships - 2 p.m. (College Station, Texas)
Softball vs. TBA - 3 p.m./5 p.m.
Men's Basketball at South Carolina - 6 p.m.
Swimming and Diving at Last Chance Qualifier - All Day (Athens, Ga.)
Rifle at GARC Championships - All Day (Oxford, Miss.)

Sunday, March 2
Women's Tennis vs. Arkansas - 11 a.m.
Softball vs. TBA - 11 a.m./1 p.m.
Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan - 1 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Arkansas - 2 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Vanderbilt - 4 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Northern Kentucky - 5 p.m.
Men's Golf at Querencia Cabo Collegiate - All Day (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico)
Rifle at GARC Championships - All Day (Oxford, Miss.)

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