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Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 24)

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Baseball
- The Kentucky baseball team completed a four-game week with three wins, including the third series win over a top-ranked team in program history with a series victory over No. 1 South Carolina. UK picked up a midweek win over Western Kentucky, before claiming victories on Friday and Saturday vs. the NCAA-ERA leading Gamecocks.
- Last week, the Wildcats faced off with the high-octane Gamecocks in a three-game series that matched up UK, the NCAA leader in runs scored, and South Carolina, the nation's leader with a 1.36 team ERA. UK exploded for 13 runs in the series opener, before getting a tight 2-1 win over the Gamecocks in the series decider on Saturday. Sunday, Kentucky got down in a 2-0 hole after five innings, with USC getting three-run frames in the sixth and ninth innings to secure the win.
- The Wildcats notched their third wins over Baseball America No. 1 ranked teams in the first 24 games, also besting top-ranked Virginia in the season opener on Feb. 14. Kentucky now has six wins over No. 1 ranked foes in the last four years of the Gary Henderson era, with UK's series win over the top-ranked Gamecocks marking the third series win over a No. 1 foe in program history (1991 vs. LSU; 2012 vs. LSU; 2014 vs. South Carolina). UK posted 18 runs during the three-game series with the Gamecocks, which is 58 percent of the total amount of runs USC had allowed in its first 19 games of 2014 entering the weekend. In addition, UK stole six bases in the series with USC - including five on Friday night - with the Gamecocks entering the weekend having allowed just four steals in eight attempts.

Men's basketball
- The Wildcats advanced to their national-leading 53rd NCAA Tournament appearance. UK is 113-46 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
- Kentucky has advanced to its 44th appearance in the Sweet 16. Kentucky is 3-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games in Indianapolis. The last time UK played in Indy, UK went 2-0 during the first and second rounds in 2005.
- Freshman Julius Randle became the first player since Dwayne Wade in 2003 to have at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in an NCAA Tournament game when he tallied 13 points, 10 boards and six assists against Wichita State.
- All four of UK's leading scorers are also scoring in double-digits during postseason play (which includes the SEC Tournament). Aaron Harrison is leading the way having reached double figures in all five contests and is averaging 17.8 points per game. He has also knocked down a team-high 15 3-pointers per outing.

Women's basketball
- The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season after defeating Wright State on Saturday, 106-60. UK set program records for most points (106), rebounds (67), field goals made (44), blocked shots (12) and largest margin of victory (+46) in an NCAA Tournament game. The 67 rebounds tied an NCAA record for the most rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game.
- Seven Wildcats finished in double-figures, led by Jennifer O'Neill's 21 points. Samarie Walker collected her ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and a season-high tying 14 rebounds. Linnae Harper also chipped in 12 points, while DeNesha Stallworth and Bria Goss had 11. Azia Bishop added 10 points, eight boards and four blocks off the bench. Stallworth also had a season-high five blocked shots.
- The win improved UK Hoops to 25-8 on the season, marking the fifth straight 25-plus win season. UK is just one of 10 schools to record five consecutive 25-plus win seasons.

Women's golf
- The UK women's golf team claimed its fourth top five finish of the season after placing third at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic this weekend.
- UK finished the three-day tournament with a team score of 35-over par, 899. Freshman Haley Mills recorded her second straight top 10 finish by placing seventh with a four-over par, 220. Senior Liz Breed and sophomore Sarah Harris each finished in the top 20, tying for 13th and 17th, respectively.

Gymnastics
- The Kentucky gymnastic team scored a 195.075 to finish second in the first session and sixth overall at the 2014 SEC Gymnastics Championship Saturday at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Ala. UK finished behind No. 12 Auburn's 195.550 and ahead of No. 15 Arkansas' 194.900 and Missouri's 194.650 in the first session. No. 4 Alabama won the meet with a 197.875, followed by No. 1 Florida with a 197.700. Among the eight teams, Kentucky finished sixth overall, the Wildcats' highest finish since 2012 when they placed fifth out of seven.
- Senior Audrey Harrison, redshirt junior Kayla Hartley and junior Shannon Mitchell earned All-SEC honors. Harrison earned her first career honors thanks to a 39.125 in the all-around, the second-highest total in the first session. Hartley was named All-SEC for the second time in her career after a 9.850 on uneven bars and Mitchell earned her first career award thanks to a 9.875 on vault along with a 9.850 on balance beam.
- The Wildcats led the first session with a 49.175 on vault and a 49.050 on bars. UK notched a 48.825 on beam to open the competition, just 0.050 points shy of a session high. Kentucky also scored a 48.025 on floor. Mitchell's 9.875 on vault and 9.850 on beam were both team-bests. Harrison and freshman Taylor Puryear recorded a 9.750 on floor to share team-high honors. Harrison's 39.125 all-around score and Hartley's 9.850 on bars also led the Wildcats.

Softball
- The No. 8 University of Kentucky softball team concluded a 6-1 week this weekend by hosting its second home tournament of the year. The Wildcats earned wins this week over Indiana, Kansas, Kent State, Saint Francis and Fairfield behind strong pitching and impressive hitting.
- Senior Emily Gaines paced UK offensively hitting .529 (9-for-17) with three doubles, a grand slam and seven RBI. Sophomore Sylver Samuel was second with a .478 (11-for-23) average, adding two doubles and the first four RBI of her career, while junior Griffin Joiner and sophomore Maisie Steed each hit two home runs. Senior Lauren Cumbess and sophomore Nikki Sagermann and Ansley Smith each had had runs.
- In the circle, sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nunley went 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA, striking out 17 in 17 innings pitched, while Cumbess was 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched.

Swimming and diving
- The University of Kentucky swimming and diving team placed 23rd overall at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., March 20-22. UK's 23rd-place finish is the school's best since 2008 and the first time since 2011 that the Wildcats scored points and earned a spot in the final standings.
- The Wildcats had four athletes at the three-day event, three who earned All-America honors. Junior diver Christa Cabot was named All-American on 3-meter and on platform. Juniors Christina Bechtel and Abby Myers both were named All-Americans in the 200 butterfly. The three are the first women All-Americans at UK since 2011.
- Bechtel notched UK's highest finish of the championship in the 200 butterfly when she finished fifth with a school-record time of 1:53.65. Myers finished 12th overall in the same event with a 1:56.43 after a prelim time of 1:56.23, the second-fastest time in UK history. Cabot advanced to the finals at the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career and finished eighth overall in the 3-meter on Friday with a 293.00 before an 11th-place finish on platform on Saturday. She placed 19th in the 1-meter on Thursday, just shy of a finals berth.

Men's tennis
- The University of Kentucky men's tennis team went 1-1 this weekend, defeating No. 15 Tennessee on Sunday after falling to the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs on Friday night in Athens, Ga.
- The Wildcats are now the only 6-1 team in the SEC, and sit just one game back of the conference-leading Georgia Bulldogs. Kentucky is 13-5 overall and has captured two wins over top-10 teams this season.
- Beck Pennington is undefeated in SEC play this season, at 5-0 on court three for the Wildcats in conference play. The Bowling Green, Ky. native is now up to No. 67 in this week's rankings, a career high, and will rise in the next release on Tuesday afternoon.
- Kentucky will continue its SEC season on Friday and Sunday of next weekend, as the Wildcats will play on the road for the final time of the 2014 season, as UK will travel to No. 30 Auburn on Friday afternoon before concluding the weekend on Sunday at No. 42 Auburn.

Women's tennis
- The No. 28 University of Kentucky women's tennis team went 0-2 at home against the University of Georgia, who's ranked No. 3 nationally, and No. 47-ranked University of Tennessee.
- Georgia handed Kentucky (14-6, 4-4 SEC) their first home loss this season and ended the Wildcats 11-match home streak with a 4-0 win. Georgia won the doubles point and earned an early 1-0 advantage. The Bulldogs won three straight matches to seal their win and remain undefeated in conference play.
- Against Tennessee, Kentucky exchanged points with the Volunteers until both were tied at three each. Tennessee won the deciding court and returned to Knoxville with just their second Southeastern Conference win. The Wildcats started the match with an early lead behind wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to clinch the point. Singles play was a see-saw affair between the teams that ended with a 4-3 Tennessee win.
- Freshman Aldila Sutjiadi and junior Kelsey Dieters were the only two Wildcats to get singles wins. Sutjiadi's came first at the No. 2 slot and over Joana Henderson. The Jakarta, Indonesia native knocked off the junior, 6-2, 6-3. After almost two and a half hours, Dieters toppled Laurence Guevremont in the tie breaking set. Dieters won 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and gave Kentucky match point. Tennessee responded with back-to-back wins to claim the match.

Track and field
- UK won 13 individual/relay events at last weekend's Arizona State Baldy Castillo Invitational, which served as the outdoor season-opener.
- Sha'Keela Saunders jumped her collegiate-best 6.27m/20-7 to win the long jump, a mark that broke Danielle Sampley's school outdoor freshman-record (20-5 in 2008). UK ran 44.94 to win the 4x100m relay, the fifth fastest women's relay in school-history. The UK women also won the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:39.18.
- Keilah Tyson became the second-fastest outdoor 200m performer in school history, running 23.55 to win that event. Dominique Booker was second in 23.69 to become the No. 4 UK 200m performer all-time.
- Matt Hillenbrand and Allison Peare won the men's and women's 1,500m respectively.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, March 24
Women's Basketball vs. Syracuse - 6:30 p.m. (NCAA Tournament)
Men's Golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay - All Day

Tuesday, March 25
Baseball vs. Xavier - 6:30 p.m.
Men's Golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay - All Day

Wednesday, March 26
Track & Field at Texas Relays - 11 a.m. (Austin, Texas)

Thursday, March 27
Track & Field at Texas Relays - 11 a.m. (Austin, Texas)
Swimming & Diving at NCAA Men's Championships (Austin, Texas)

Friday, March 28
Track & Field at Texas Relays - 11 a.m. (Austin, Texas)
Women's Tennis vs. Auburn - 11 a.m.
Track & Field at Oliver Nikoloff Invite - 11:30 a.m. (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Men's Tennis at Auburn - 3 p.m.
Softball vs. Auburn - 6 p.m.
Baseball at Vanderbilt - 7:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Louisville - 9:45 p.m. (Indianapolis)
Swimming & Diving at NCAA Men's Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas)

Saturday, March 29
Track & Field at Oliver Nikoloff Invite - 9 a.m. (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Track & Field at Texas Relays - 11 a.m. (Austin, Texas)
Softball vs. Auburn - 3 p.m.
Baseball at Vanderbilt - 3 p.m.
Volleyball at OVVC Spring Tournament - TBA
Swimming & Diving at NCAA Men's Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas)

Sunday, March 30

Women's Tennis vs. Alabama - 12 p.m.
Softball vs. Auburn - 1 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Alabama - 2 p.m.
Baseball at Vanderbilt - 2 p.m.
Swimming & Diving at NCAA Men's Championships - All Day (Austin, Texas)

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