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Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 19)

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Baseball
- The No. 20 Kentucky baseball team completed a four-game road trip and opened SEC play at Alabama, picking up a win in a doubleheader split with the Tide on Saturday, and suffering a loss at No. 16 Indiana on Tuesday.
- Kentucky (14-6, 1-2 SEC) hosts Western Kentucky Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET and will then open its SEC home schedule by hosting consensus No. 1 South Carolina in a three-game series, starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
- UK suffered a midweek loss at Indiana on Tuesday, as the preseason No. 3 ranked Hoosiers got three two-run innings in a 7-2 win, with UK getting the second homer of the year from third baseman Max Kuhn.
- Kentucky then ventured to Alabama, ranked No. 21 in the preseason, with the Crimson Tide securing a 3-0 win to open the series, behind a game-changing defensive output, including a bases-loaded triple play, two double plays and the robbing of a would-be game-tying home run. The two teams then split a series-concluding twinbill, with UK getting a 7-2 win in the first game behind homers from Austin Cousino and Micheal Thomas. Chandler Shepherd worked into the eighth inning for his fourth win. In the finale, UK took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning behind a three-run homer from NCAA homer and RBI leader A.J. Reed. Alabama rallied in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out, two-run homer to tie the game. The Tide then got a two-out, two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th for the win.

Men's basketball
- The Kentucky men's basketball team opened postseason play with wins over LSU and Georgia in the SEC Tournament before a 61-60 loss to No. 1 Florida in the league's championship game last weekend.
- Kentucky will kick off its 53rd NCAA Tournament vs. Kansas State on Friday, March 21 at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET at the Scottrade Center the NCAA has announced.
- Kentucky (24-10), seeded eighth in the Midwest Region, will take on ninth-seeded Kansas State (20-12) in the second round of NCAA Tournament. The winner of the UK-KSU matchup will play the winner of No. 1-seeded Wichita State (34-0) and the winner of the 16-seed First Round play-in game between Cal Poly (13-19) and Texas Southern (18-14).

Men's golf

- For the first time this season the UK men's golf team finished outside of the top five in the team standings through six tournaments. The Wildcats three-day total of 18-over par, 882, put them in 11th place to finish the Schenkel Invitational.
- Senior Stephen Powers and junior David Snyder both recorded top 10 individual finishes by tying for sixth and 10th, respectively. Powers collected a 54-hole score of two-under par, 214, which included two rounds of under par play. Snyder finished just a stroke behind Powers with a one-under par, 215. Snyder's first round score of 68 was the low round by a UK player over the weekend.
- UK will next travel to Awendaw, S.C., for the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate held March 23-25.

Gymnastics
- The Kentucky gymnastics team closed the regular season Feb. 14 at No. 1 LSU with a 197.800-195.000 loss. The Wildcats (9-10, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) faced a team ranked No. 1 in the nation for the second time in 2014 and the Tigers were the eighth opponent ranked within the top eight that Kentucky faced in the regular season and the fourth in the top three.
- For the third consecutive meet and the sixth time in the past seven contests, the Wildcats scored a 49.000 or higher on at least two events. UK registered a 49.025 on vault and a 49.250 on floor, the second and third rotations of the evening. Kentucky opened with a 48.950 on uneven bars and closed the meet with a 47.775 on balance beam.
- Individually, senior Audrey Harrison registered a season-best 39.250 all-around score. Harrison, along with redshirt junior Kayla Hartley, led the Wildcats with a 9.875 on floor. Junior Kenzie Hedges posted a team-best 9.850 on vault, while senior Kayla Sienkowski notched team-high honors on uneven bars with a 9.850. Harrison also posted a team best 9.825 on balance beam in her final regular season meet of her career.
- Postseason competition begins for the Wildcats at the Southeastern Conference Championship in Birmingham, Ala., on March 22. UK is seeded seventh and will compete in the first session at 3 p.m. ET against No. 12 Auburn, No. 15 Arkansas and Missouri. Kentucky is 2-1 against those teams this season. The second session, which features No. 1 Florida, No. 2 LSU, No. 4 Alabama and No. 6 Georgia will commence at 7 p.m. ET and be followed by an awards presentation with all teams.

Softball
- The No. 9 Kentucky softball team won its second straight SEC road series for the first time in program history last weekend, winning two of three games at No. 16 Missouri. The wins moved UK to 7-3 this season against teams that are either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls. Kentucky's 4-2 start in league play is its second best in school history. UK also defeated Marshall in a midweek game, 6-2. UK's 21-4 record through 25 games is its best in school history.
- Senior outfielder Ginny Carroll paced the UK offense going 6-for-12 with a .538 on-base percentage, while senior Lauren Cumbess hit .429 with a double, homer and two RBI. Sophomore Nikki Sagermann had a home run and five RBI, while senior Emily Gaines had two doubles and three RBI.
- In the circle, Cumbess went 2-0 with seven strong innings over Marshall for a win and 1.2 innings over Missouri to clinch the series. Sophomore Kelsey Nunley went 1-1, falling to MU on Friday night before responding with seven strong innings on Saturday in UK's series-evening win.

Swimming and diving
- Divers Christa Cabot and Greg Ferrucci qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend.
- Cabot, a junior, earned her second consecutive NCAA Championships berth thanks to a second-place finish in the women's 3-meter springboard event, while Ferrucci will make has fourth NCAA appearance after the senior placed third in the men's 3-meter event.
- Cabot and Ferrucci will join a field of four swimmers and one relay squad who already earned NCAA berths. Juniors Christina Bechtel and Abby Myers and freshman Danielle Galyer will represent UK at the women's championships this weekend in Minneapolis, Minn. Freshman Brandon Flynn, along with UK's 200 medley relay team of senior Lucas Gerotto, junior George Greenhalgh and seniors Eric Bruck and Chris Lott will swim for Kentucky at the men's championships next weekend in Austin, Texas.

Rifle
- The University of Kentucky rifle team finished third at the NCAA Championships, shooting an aggregate 4675.
- Sophomore Connor Davis claimed the individual air rifle title, the first Wildcat to accomplish the feat since Nancy Johnson in 1994.
- Senior Emily Holsopple finished the weekend with a 580 in smallbore and 590 in air rifle.
- Following the championships, seven Wildcats received All-America honors, including Emily Holsopple being named Lapua Coaches Association First Team All-America, recognizing the top-five aggregate shooters in the country. Davis, Holsopple and freshman Sonya May were all named First Team All-America in air rifle.

Men's tennis
- The No. 15 University of Kentucky men's tennis team completed a sweep of the Magnolia State teams this weekend, collecting a 4-2 win over No. 21 Mississippi State on Friday night, and a 4-1 win over No. 54 Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon to improve to 5-0 in SEC play.
- Kentucky won the doubles point in both matches, as the Wildcats have now won the doubles competition in six of the last seven matches. The Wildcats have two ranked doubles pairs in No. 26 Tom Jomby/Kevin Lai and No. 76 Ryuji Hirooka/Nils Ellefsen.
- Sophomore Beck Pennington went 4-0 on the week, picking up wins in both of his singles and doubles matches without dropping a set in either. The No. 67 ranked player in the nation beat Zach White of Mississippi State 6-1, 7-5 on Friday before a 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefan Lindmark Sunday.
- Kentucky, 5-0 in the SEC, joins Georgia as the only team in conference play with an unblemished mark in league action. UK and UGA meet on Friday in Athens for first place in the conference.

Women's tennis
- The No. 24 Kentucky women's tennis team went 1-1 this weekend when they took on Mississippi State and Ole Miss on the road.
- Kentucky (14-4, 4-2 SEC) defeated Mississippi State, 4-2, Friday in Starkville. The Wildcats rallied back from a 3-1 deficit to top the Bulldogs. Winning the doubles point, Kentucky lead early, but Ole Miss picked up three straight points in singles. Down, but not out, Kentucky responded with three singles wins of its own to knock off MSU.
- Against Ole Miss, Kentucky fell behind early and never gained the lead. The Rebels claimed the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead over the Wildcats. In the singles competition, Kentucky only won two matches en route to its second loss in conference play. Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff was the first Wildcat to get on the scoreboard after Ole Miss stretched its lead to 2-0 with a win at No. 6 singles.
- Kentucky hosts No. 12 Georgia Friday at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center. The match will begin at 11 a.m. ET.

Track and field
- The Kentucky women's track and field team scored its most points ever at a NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing with 23 points for ninth place nationally last weekend.
- The ninth-place finish earned the Wildcats their highest women's team placement since 1989 when UK ended the meet eighth with the University's previous all-time NCAA Indoor high score, 15 points.
- The UK women's team also finished inside the national top-10 for the second time ever, the other being 1989.
- Dezerea Bryant became the first woman in Kentucky track and field history to win the NCAA 200-Meter Dash Championship on Friday.
- Bryant finished the NCAA Championships as the team's high-scorer having earned 18 points in two events. On Saturday she came agonizingly close to pulling off the indoor short sprint double finishing runner-up in the 60-meter dash.
- Nine Kentucky Wildcats earned a total of 13 All-America honors for the 2014 indoor track and field season.

Upcoming schedule

Thursday, March 20
Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships - All Day (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Friday, March 21
Women's Tennis vs. Georgia - 11 a.m.
Softball vs. Kent State - 2 p.m.
Track & Field at Baldy Castillo Invitational - 4 p.m. (Tempe, Ariz.)
Men's Tennis at Georgia - 4:30 p.m.
Softball vs. Saint Francis PA - 6 p.m.
Baseball vs. South Carolina - 6:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Kansas State - 9:40 p.m. (NCAA Tournament, St. Louis, Mo.)
Women's Golf at LSU Tiger Golf Classic - All Day
Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships - All Day (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Saturday, March 22
Women's Basketball vs. Wright State - 11 p.m.
(NCAA Tournament, Lexington, Ky.)
Baseball vs. South Carolina - 2 p.m.
Softball vs. Fairfield - 2 p.m.
Gymnastics at SEC Championship - 3 p.m.
Softball vs. Kansas - 6 p.m.
Track & Field at Baldy Castillo Invitational - TBA (Tempe, Ariz.)
Women's Golf at LSU Tiger Golf Classic - All Day
Swimming & Diving at NCAA Championships - All Day (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Sunday, March 23
Women's Tennis vs. Tennessee - 12 p.m.
Softball vs. Kansas - 12 p.m.
Baseball vs. South Carolina - 1 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Tennessee - 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Kent State - 2 p.m.
Women's Golf at LSU Tiger Golf Classic - All Day
Men's Golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercoll. - All Day (Awendaw, S.C.)

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