Men's basketball - On the heels of an 87-71 win over Iowa State in the third round, top-seeded Kentucky earned a rematch against the Indiana Hoosiers, the lone blemish on the Cats' regular-season record. - In a win over Iowa State, UK got a double-double from freshman Anthony Davis (15 points, 12 rebounds). It was his 18th double-double of the season. Three other Wildcats scored in double-figures, including a career-high 24 points from Marquis Teague. Teague also dished out seven assists and Davis added a career-high five assists. - Darius Miller (19) and Doron Lamb (16) also scored in double-digits, while Terrence Jones grabbed 11 rebounds. - Kentucky finished the game shooting 50 percent from 3-point range, hitting 10-of-20. Women's basketball - A balanced scoring effort and a dominating performance on the boards helped No. 12/11 Kentucky defeat McNeese State on Saturday 68-62 and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. - Eight players scored at least six points, led by reserves Keyla Snowden and Azia Bishop who posted double-figure scoring efforts. Snowden, the Southeastern Conference Co-6th Woman of the Year, led the Wildcats in scoring with 11 points, while Bishop came off the bench for 10 points and three blocks in just 16 minutes. Sophomore reserve forward Samarie Walker pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds which tied for the most rebounds by a UK player in the NCAA Tournament. - The Wildcats grabbed a season-high 58 rebounds in the win, the most for UK in the Big Dance and the most since charting a school-record 62 boards vs. Murray State on Nov. 26, 2010.
Baseball - The No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats completed a stellar five-game week with five wins, including a weekend series sweep over No. 2 South Carolina, the two-time defending NCAA Champions. - Kentucky opened up conference play in historic fashion, sweeping the high-octane Gamecocks for the first time since 2006. UK extended its school-record winning streak to 21 games to open the season with the sweep, eclipsing the previous record of 19-0 set to open the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Wildcats now own the third-longest winning streak in the storied history of the SEC. - Kentucky posted a pair of midweek wins before facing the two-time defending NCAA Champion, the league leader in ERA and the No. 2 ranked team in the nation. Kentucky exploded out of the SEC gate with a walk-off win on Friday, 4-3 with Luke Maile launching a home run to centerfield with the Wildcats trailing 3-2. On Saturday, UK again rallied for a 4-3 win, using a heroic pitching performance from freshman A.J. Reed and sophomore Trevor Gott. Sunday, UK completed the sweep with a first-inning homer from Maile and clutch hitting from senior catcher Michael Williams, with Gott locking down his fifth save of the year. Gymnastics - The gymnastics team continued its recent success by scoring yet another impressive team score defeating Centenary on Saturday with a score of 195.875. The win over Centenary gave the Wildcats its first winning regular season since 2008. - UK defeated Centenary on every event, posting a 48.875 or higher on all four apparatuses. Individually, a UK gymnast took home event honors on each event, including sophomore Audrey Harrison, who won her fourth all-around title of the season. Senior Storey Morris and freshman Kenzie Hedges finished tied for first on vault, while sophomore Caitlyn Ciokajlo won bars, sophomore Kayla Sienkowski and freshman Shannon Mitchell won beam, and sophomore Kayla Hartley won floor. - UK has scored a 195 or higher in five of its last six meets, including a 195.875 or higher in three straight meets. UK's high score Saturday marked the first time in school history the Wildcats have posted three-consecutive team scores of 195.875 or higher.
Softball - Senior Brittany Cervantes hit a game-winning home run to top NC State and lift UK into the championship game of the UK Invitational to highlight the week for the Wildcats. The blast marked the 36th home run of her career and is the new career record for the Wildcats. Cervantes also hit three doubles on the week to aid the Wildcat offensive cause. - Senior Chanda Bell earned a pair of victories for the Wildcats this weekend. In the two wins she tossed 9.2 innings without giving up a run and striking out 21. In a win over UMKC she worked a complete game shutout and struck out 13. It marked the 33rd time in her career she has struck out 10 or more batters in a game.
Track and field - The UK men's and women's track and field teams opened their outdoor seasons at the Bulls Invitational on Saturday. - Sophomore Andrew Evans and freshman Raymond Dykstra won the men's discus and javelin, respectively. Dykstra threw a school-record mark of 69.09m/226-08 en route to his victory. - Kayla Parker had a career-best mark in the long jump and later won the women's 100-meter hurdles with a career-best time. - Sophomore Allison Peare won the women's 1,500m run with a career-best time of 4:28.97, while freshman Keffri Neal finished second in the men's 1,500m.
Women's tennis - The women's tennis team engaged in strong doubles play in its road match against No. 2 Florida but could not overcome the Gators, who grabbed the win, 7-0. - The Wildcats traveled to Coral Gables, Fla., to take on the University of Miami but, due to inclement weather, the match was canceled with no plans of rescheduling due to Kentucky's travel plans. Men's golf - The men's golf team finished ninth at the Schenkel Invitational, carding back-to-back opening rounds of 286 before closing with a 298 for a total of 6-over-par. - Sophomore Cody Martin led UK, finishing in a tie for 21st at 1-under. Martin carded back-to-back opening rounds of 2-under-par before shooting a 3-over-par during Sunday's final round. - Junior Chase Parker remained consistent throughout, shooting 73, 72, 72 to finish tied for 31st at 1-over-par. - Parker has carded seven straight rounds of 74 or better. The Augusta, Ga., native is 7-under-par during that span.
Women's golf - Kentucky finished 11th at the SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. - Junior Betsie Johnson led the Wildcats with an 11th place finish at 8-over-par 218. - Sophomore Liz Breed sunk six birdies on the weekend.
Monday, March 19 Men's tennis hosts Baylor - Noon Men's tennis hosts Murray State - 6:00 p.m. Women's basketball vs. Green Bay - 9:45 p.m. (Ames, Iowa)
Wednesday, March 21 Baseball at Cincinnati - 4:00 p.m. Softball at Western Kentucky - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 22 Men's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Federal Way, Wash.)
Friday, March 23 Women's tennis at Auburn - Noon Men's tennis hosts Auburn - 4:00 p.m. Baseball at Tennessee - 6:00 p.m. Softball at Auburn - 7:00 p.m. Men's basketball vs. Indiana - 9:45 p.m. (Atlanta) Men's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Federal Way, Wash.) Saturday, March 24 Softball at Auburn - 2:00 p.m. Baseball at Tennessee - 4:00 p.m. Men's swimming and diving at NCAA Championships (Federal Way, Wash.) Gymnastics at SEC Championships (Duluth, Ga.) Sunday, March 25 Women's tennis hosts Alabama - Noon Softball at Auburn - 2:00 p.m. Men's tennis at Alabama - 2:00 p.m. Baseball at Tennessee - 2:00 p.m. Women's basketball vs. TBD (Kingston, R.I. ) Men's golf at Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate (Awendaw, S.C.) Men's basketball vs. Baylor/Xavier (Atlanta)
Kentucky captured six consecutive victories to close out Tim Garrison's first regular season as head coach. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics)
The University of Kentucky gymnastics team was in a state of rebuilding. A new head coach, Tim Garrison, had been hired after a successful assistant coaching tenure at Nebraska. The Wildcats were looking to turn a new page in the story of its gymnastics program.
They just did not think they would get to the good part so early in the book.
With some familiar faces mixed in with a new cast of characters, in just one season, Kentucky has seen a program turnaround much quicker than they expected with fascinating sub plots based all around one underlying theme: Winning.
On the road in their season finale this past weekend, the No. 23 Wildcats went down to Centenary in Shreveport, La., and defeated the Ladies in every event including, tying a season-best team score on vault with a 49.125, as they went on to claim their sixth straight victory.
"(Saturday) was another step forward for the Kentucky gymnastics program," said Garrison, "We didn't set a record team score or even a season high. What we did was, once again, show consistency in our performance. We hit 24 of 24 routines and that has been our goal all season."
It took awhile to get this team to that point.
When Garrison was named head coach after the conclusion of last season, he decided that he needed to change two things. The first was the team's fitness. In order to be successful, the Wildcats' fitness level had to improve in order to have a better overall appearance due to the subjective nature of the sport, but also to prevent injury. The second thing he wanted to change, after talking to assistant coach Chuck Dickerson before the season, was this team's attitude.
"After meets they would apologize to (the staff)," said Garrison. "They would feel like that had something to apologize for. I don't like that. I don't think that's a positive thing. I want them to leave a competition, if they don't do well, I want them to be mad. I want them to have a sick feeling, that, 'Dang it, we left it out there on the floor.' Not apologize and say, 'Sorry, Coach, we let you down.' No, no, be mad, be upset."
That trend seemed to continue early on in the season for this bunch. They dropped five of their first six competitions, with all five of those losses coming in conference. To their defense, all five of those teams are perennial forces on the national scene, but at times, they did not even seem competitive. They were dealing with a brand new program and were competing with a few walk-ons.
In their first competition, UK met their conflict head on at Arkansas as the Razorbacks dominated, 196.650-191.975.
"After Arkansas," said Garrison, "I felt like I was kind of pushing a rope. I thought as a staff we needed to do something to make them understand that that wasn't going to happen. That can't happen."
Garrison called the loss an early season "setback," one of two important setbacks for UK this season. The second came in a loss at Georgia.
Kentucky did not perform particularly well, losing 197.225-193.125 with Georgia reeling off a ridiculous score. However, in the face of that setback, this group pulled together to decide they had finally had enough. The feeling was different. While this story could have taken a turn for the worst, it was just reaching its climax.
"I think it was the turning point," said Garrison. "I think setbacks are great teachers. And it's always been that way and it will always be that way. They bring things into focus, and a lot of times it's negative things. Well, we had two setbacks that are significant this season.
"After Georgia, all they needed was a nudge. That was it. Here's what just happened: you're mad, you're disgusted with yourself, because you know that you left a lot on the floor that you know you could have corrected. And it's been a turning point."
The players agree.
Do-it-all freshman Alexis Gross, who came in second Saturday to teammate Audrey Harrison in all-around competition posting a score of 38.875, has emerged as a vocal presence this year. The outspoken rookie noticed that even though her team did not perform to their best abilities in Georgia, there was no quit in this team.
"Everyone fought over and over again," said Gross. "No one gave up. We started on bars and it was rough, but each event we would fight to come back. Things would not go our way, but no one would give up. And at the end of the meet, we all looked around and were like, 'We're a better team than what we just did.' "
And they have proven it since.
The seniors (Storey Morris and Whitney Rose) have led the way, the freshmen have weaved themselves into the fiber of the team and those walk-ons are performing at a high level.
After Georgia, Kentucky (7-5, 1-5) has gone on to win six consecutive meets, including Saturday's win over Centenary. Their recent surge has seen UK compile team scores of 195 of higher in five of their last six meets, including a 195.875 or higher in three straight meets for the first time in school history. Kentucky scored a 195.95 two weeks ago at Illinois before last week's historic 196.025 against Ball State and George Washington, which was good for Kentucky's best consecutive scores ever.
Gross, who says she's been afforded the opportunity to step up and be a leader on this team with just two seniors, loves the way this team competes for each other. She says that is why UK has pulled things together.
"The team, you know, everyone is so into each other," said Gross. "When (Caitlyn Ciokajlo) sticks a dismount, I feel like I stuck a dismount, that's how into the meet I am. And they fact that we've all become like that has just fueled our fire."
This season, this story, is unfinished. After completing their regular season, they will head to Duluth, Ga., to compete in SEC Championships this Saturday. And while the team is focused on success this weekend, the authors of the book are still looking to come up with a storybook ending.
"Obviously Nationals is what we want to do," said Gross. "If we keep rolling, I have so much confidence in this team, I think we could actually do it. And I'm pretty sure that would be the first time, so that would be really awesome."
All is well in the world of Kentucky sports after a weekend that saw the men's and women's basketball teams keep their tournament runs alive, baseball pull off a sweep of the two-time defending national champions and gymnastics finish off the regular season on a high note.
A big thanks to Metz Camfield and Ryan Suckow who stepped in and provided some great coverage of UK Hoops and baseball as I follow the men throughout March Madness. We're going to keep the content coming over the next few weeks, so stay with us.
Anyway, there's never a dull moment in March, so let's get to a few odds and ends on another nice morning in Lexington:
The big story on this Monday is Matthew Mitchell and his Wildcats taking the floor for a second-round matchup with seventh-seeded and 10th-ranked - yes, you read that right - Green Bay (31-1). It's not often that a No. 2 seed like Kentucky faces a more highly ranked team in the second round, but that's the unique circumstance that will take place on Monday at 9:45 p.m. in Ames, Iowa. Metz wrote about that exact topic on Sunday afternoon, so check it out if you haven't already. We'll be live blogging the game beginning around 9:30 p.m., so come join us.
The only other UK team in action today is No. 7 men's tennis, which takes the court for the first time in over a week with a doubleheader against Baylor at noon and Murray State at 6:45 p.m. It's a beautiful day, so head over to the Boone Tennis Center.
After a pair of impressive performances in Louisville, the men get a few days off before they have a Sweet 16 rematch with fourth-seeded Indiana. Late last night, it was announced UK-IU would tip off at 9:45 p.m. on Friday in Atlanta. Based on the fact that Georgia Dome officials tweeted last night that tickets in the upper level are now available due to demand from fans, it should be quite an atmosphere. Additionally, UK will hold an open practice at the Georgia Dome on Thursday from 3:10 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Anthony Davis is among four finalists for the Naismith Award, given annually to the national player of the year. Now that the field has been narrowed, fans can submit their votes on behalf of Davis. Fan votes will comprise 25 percent of the final tally, so you can really make a difference in Davis' candidacy. The other three finalists are Thomas Robinson of Kansas, Draymond Green of Michigan State and Doug McDermott of Creighton. Text VOTE to 34763 or head to this link to cast your ballot.
It got lost in the shuffle a bit with the NCAA Tournament's first weekend going on, but the No. 23 gymnastics team had yet another strong showing this weekend, defeating Centenary in its final meet of the regular season. Tim Garrison has carried the team to new heights in his first season as head coach and Ryan Suckow will have a story on that topic later this afternoon. Next up is a trip to Duluth, Ga., for the SEC Championships. Conveniently, Duluth is less than 30 miles from Atlanta, so fans can stop over on Saturday, the day between basketball games.
"I was standing under the basket and saw a pass headed right at my head," Bilas recalled Tuesday. "I was just ducking when all of a sudden two big hands come out of nowhere and grab the ball like it was tossed. I mean, this was a bullet, and I was sure it was going to hit me."
Davis caught the ball and scored.
"Holy (Toledo)," Bilas recalled thinking. "That was one of the best catches I can remember."
After winning all 16 of its league regular-season games by an average of 16.4 points, UK won by a combined 12 points against LSU and Florida -- two teams the Cats had previously throttled -- in the SEC quarterfinals and semifinals. Then they collapsed over the final five minutes against the Commodores.
"I'm a little bit of a perfectionist. I want them to dominate people," Calipari said. "It may not be fair, but that's how I view these guys -- trying to get them to that next level, trying to make sure that they understand you're going to have to outwork the other teams."
With President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron seated in the front row along one baseline, this so-called "First Four" game of the 2012 NCAA Tournament ranked first only chronologically until a improbable Western Kentucky rally made it memorable.
Western came back from 16 down in the final five minutes to win 59-58.
Calipari certainly appears to have succeeded based on that method of evaluation. Kentucky (32-2) enters the NCAA tournament as a clear title favorite after being one Christian Watford buzzer-beating three away from an undefeated regular season.
If Calipari does not cut down the nets with this Kentucky team, the pressure on him to win his first ring will only intensify. Here's a look at where Calipari ranks on my list of college basketball's best all-time coaches who did not win a championship.
Kentucky has pulled off another sweep of the awards, this time for The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference women's basketball team.
A'dia Mathies was named player of the year Tuesday, Matthew Mitchell claimed the coaching award, and Bria Goss picked up newcomer of the year. On Monday, the Wildcats took all three awards for the men's team.
The No. 2 seed is the second in school history for the Wildcats, and ties their highest seed ever in the tournament. Kentucky was also a two seed in 1982. The other first-round matchup in Ames, Iowa, features No. 7 seed Green Bay (30-1) and No. 10 seed Iowa State (18-12).
"It's a really historic night for us, and we're so excited," UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell said. "It's the first time in our school's history that the women's program has been to three straight tournaments. It's the first time we've ever gotten a seed this high (since 1982). It's a great night for us and we couldn't be more excited about advancing to the tournament and getting a two seed and having a chance to compete for a national championship. It's a real, real exciting night for our program."
Freshman A.J. Reed pitched six dominating innings and had three hits, including a home run, and three RBIs to power the 16th-ranked and unbeaten University of Kentucky baseball team past Wright State 9-1 on Tuesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The 6-foot-4, 235-poound Reed (3-0) became the first player in UK's modern-era history (1979-present) to start a game on the mound and at the cleanup batter. He allowed seven hits and the run, throwing first-pitch strikes to the first 21 batters.
Courtney Lee and rookie Chandler Parsons each scored 21 points, Patrick Patterson blocked Serge Ibaka's point-blank putback attempt in the final 2 seconds, and the Rockets charged back from an 11-point deficit in the last 3 minutes to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-103 on Tuesday night.
One person didn't view Brandon Knight's breakout game on Saturday night as a breakout: Knight himself.
Knight jumped out like a rocket in the Pistons' blowout win over the Toronto Raptors, atoning for two low volume performances in wins against the Lakers and Hawks (six points, seven assists total). He scored all 19 of his points in the first half and finished with seven assists.
Forward Tayshaun Prince became the sixth player in franchise history Saturday to play in 700 career games with Detroit. Prince, a 2002 draft pick, has played at least 78 games in seven of his nine seasons. The only players who have played more games in a Pistons uniform are Joe Dumars (1,018), Isiah Thomas (979), Bill Laimbeer (937), Vinnie Johnson (798) and Lindsey Hunter (703).
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Mar. 11:
Baseball: Cameron Flynn
Enjoyed a breakout week in helping No. 23 Kentucky to five wins, including a series sweep over the weekend ... Batted .500 (7-for-14) in four games, with two homers and seven RBI, slugging .929 and reaching base at a .529 clip during the week ... Drew one walk and got hit by a pitch, adding one outfield assist while playing left and rightfield ... A native of Lexington, Ky., Flynn leads UK in hitting through his first 15 career UK games, batting .441 (15-for-34) with four doubles, a team-best four homers and 13 RBI ... Flynn owns a team-high .912 slugging mark, adding a .511 on-base percentage with a 6-5 walk-strikeout ratio ... Belted homers in back-to-back wins over Canisius on the weekend, joining fellow outfielder Zac Zellers as Wildcats to homer in consecutive games in 2012 ... Went 3-for-4 in UK's win over CC in the series opener, with the homer and a walk.
Track and field: Terri-Ann Grant
Finished ninth in the women's high jump at the NCAA Championships, clearing a mark of 1.78m/5-10.00.
Earned second-team All-America honors in the high jump.
Baseball: Jerad Grundy
Turned in a strong start in his final non-Southeastern Conference tune-up of the season, posting his third win of the season on Saturday vs. Canisius ... Tossed a career-high 7.1 innings, allowing only three hits and two walks, striking out seven ... Held CC to a .125 batting average ... Faced only three hitters over the minimum in the win ... On the year, Grundy has made four starts, posting a 3-0 record and a 2.25 ERA ... In 24 innings in 2012, Grundy has allowed only 16 hits and six earned runs, walking seven and striking out 23.
Gymnastics: Storey Morris
On Senior Day for the UK gymnastics team, senior Storey Morris had an outstanding meet. Morris won the balance beam title at the event with a career-high tying 9.875, while sticking her vault to go 9.775 and earning a solid 9.85 on bars.
Men's Golf: Chase Parker
Finished fourth out of 90 golfers at the USF Invitational with a final score of 3-under-par.
Shot a career-best tying 5-under-par 67 in the second round of the USF Invitational, his second round of 67 in his last three rounds played going back to the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.
Is 8-under-par in his last four rounds played going back to the final round of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.
Defeated all other SEC golfers at the USF Invitational.
Led Kentucky to a third-place finish at the USF Invitational, defeating two top-40 schools (No. 20 Florida State and No. 38 MTSU), with a 54-hole total of 868.
The Wildcats' 4-over-par 868 is their third-best 54-hole total of the year, and their best of the young spring season.
Baseball: A.J. Reed
Dynamic two-way talent led UK in the middle of the batting order in four of five wins during the week, starting the fifth game and picking up the win on the mound ... Batted .389 (7-for-18) in the four games, batting No. 4 and No. 5 in the order ... Had two doubles and six RBI, with a .500 slugging mark and a .431 on-base percentage ... Made a start for the Wildcats vs. Marshall on Wednesday, picking up the win in his second career starting assignment ... Tossed five innings, allowing four hits and two runs, striking out a career-best seven ... On the year, Reed leads UK with 23 RBI, adding a .333 (17-for-51) average with five doubles, one homer and eight walks ... Has posted a 2-0 record and a 2.31 ERA on the mound, with 10 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.
Men's tennis: Grant Roberts
Went 2-0 in singles action over the weekend, including his match-clinching point against No. 9 Florida on Sunday. After falling in the first set, Roberts made some quick adjustments on the court to grab the second set and then dominate the third set 6-0 for the win.
Gymnastics: Whitney Rose
Performed very well for Kentucky in the last home meet of her career, tying a season best on uneven bars with a mark of 9.775. Rose has been in every bar lineup this season, holding a strong average.
Men's basketball - The SEC regular-season champion, Kentucky Wildcats, make their NCAA-record 52nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, earning an at-large bid as the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament. - The Wildcats just missed the league's automatic bid, dropping a 71-64 game to the Vanderbilt Commodores in the SEC Tournament championship. - UK was led offensively Sunday by senior Darius Miller, who tallied a team-high 16 points. - The Wildcats got a pair of double-double performances from Anthony Davis (12p, 10r) and Terrence Jones (12p, 11r) on Sunday. For Davis it was his fourth-straight double-double. He also added three blocks. - Doron Lamb rounded out Kentucky's four double-digit scorers against Vanderbilt.
Rifle - The UK rifle team concluded its 2011-12 season with a second-place overall finish at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend. - In the first day, UK won its second consecutive team national championship in smallbore. The NCAA Championship in smallbore was just the second in program history. - The Wildcats' (11-1, 6-0) second-place finish is the fifth all-time runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in program history. - The championships conclude another stellar season for the Wildcats, which completed a second consecutive undefeated GARC regular-season schedule. Baseball - The No. 23 Kentucky baseball team completed a five-game week with a three-game weekend series sweep over Canisius, in addition to midweek wins over Tennessee Tech and Marshall. - The Wildcats are the lone undefeated team in the NCAA, posting a 16-0 record, owning the longest winning streak and the most wins in the nation. - UK's 16-0 start is the third-best start to a season in the over 100-year history of the program, passing the 15-0 start the 2000 team opened up with under Keith Madison. The 2007 and 2008 teams own the school record with a 19-0 start. - During the week, UK posted a 10-6 win over Tennessee Tech and a 7-3 win over Marshall. UK then charted a 19-9 win over Canisius in the series opener, before winning the series on Saturday with a 7-5 result and sweeping the Golden Griffins with a 5-4 walk-off win on Sunday. - UK has been paced by the best offense in the SEC, owning a .349 team average, belting 16 homers through 16 games, with a 3.25 ERA on the mound and 163 strikeouts in 144 innings. Men's tennis - The men's tennis team had another great weekend in SEC play, defeating No. 33 South Carolina and No. 9 Florida at home. - The wins were Kentucky's 10th and 11th over ranked teams for this season, while the victory over Florida was UK's 24th over a top-25 team since the start of the 2009 season. UK has now beat Florida in consecutive regular seasons for the first time since 1992-93. - Sophomore Grant Roberts stole the show Sunday vs. UF with a three-set match to clinch the UK victory. Senior No. 6 Eric Quigley, sophomore No. 98 Tom Jomby and Roberts each earned two singles wins over the weekend.
Gymnastics - The gymnastics team had yet another winning weekend when it scored one of the highest team scores in school history of 196.025 against George Washington and Ball State. The two wins guarantee UK a winning regular season for the first time since 2008. - UK has now posted consecutive 195.95 scores or higher for the first time since 2002, while Tim Garrison is the first head coach in school history to post a 196 or higher in his opening year. - UK scored a 49.0 or higher on three events, including a season high on bars, while UK set or tied eight season highs and seven career highs in the meet.
Softball - Kentucky dropped three games with No. 1 Alabama in its home-opening weekend. The Tide escaped a 3-1 nine-inning thriller in the opening game. - Griffin Joiner, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, led the Wildcats with a .544 batting average and a homer. - Pitcher Lauren Cumbess tossed a career-high 10 strikeouts in a tough-luck loss to the Tide in the second game of the series. - UK will take a weekend off from SEC action by hosting the UK Invitational. - Kentucky finished its indoor season Friday at the NCAA Championships in Nampa, Idaho. Track and field - Senior Terri-Ann Grant represented the Wildcats at the championships, finishing ninth in the high jump with a mark of 1.78m/5-10.00. - Grant's performance earned her second-team All-America honors. - Kentucky begins its outdoor season March 16 at the Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla.
Women's tennis - Kentucky dropped a 6-1 decision in its opening SEC road match of the season at South Carolina. - Khristina Blajkevitch captured the lone point for the Wildcats with a 3-6, 6-3, (10-8) win at No. 3 singles. - UK remains on the road at Florida and its match has been postponed until Monday at 12:30 p.m. ET. Men's golf - Kentucky finished third at the USF Invitational after back-to-back rounds of 4-under-par and 1-over-par in the final two rounds of the tournament. - Chase Parker led the way for UK with a fourth-place finish after a 5-under-par 67 in the second round. - Parker's 67 tied his career-low round, and was his second round of 5-under-par in as many tournaments. - Parker, Cody Martin and Stephen Powers each finished in the top 25. Upcoming schedule
Monday, March 12 Women's tennis at Florida - 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 Softball hosts Western Illinois - 3:00 p.m. Baseball hosts Wright State - 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 Baseball hosts Murray State - 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15 Women's tennis vs. Miami - 5:00 p.m. (Coral Gables, Fla.) Men's basketball vs. WKU/MVSU - 6:50 p.m. (Louisville) Friday, March 16 Softball hosts N.C. State - 3:00 p.m. Softball hosts UAB - 5:00 p.m. Baseball hosts South Carolina - 7:00 p.m. Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.) Track and Field at Bulls Invitational (Tampa) Women's golf at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.) Saturday, March 17 Men's basketball vs. UConn/Iowa State - TBA (Louisville) Softball hosts Missouri-Kansas City - 1:00 p.m. Softball hosts TBD - 3:00 p.m. /5:00 p.m. Baseball hosts South Carolina - 2:00 p.m. Gymnastics at Centenary -7:00 p.m. Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.) Women's golf at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.)
Sunday, March 18 Softball hosts TBD - 11:00 a.m. /1:00 p.m. Baseball hosts South Carolina - 1:00 p.m. Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.) Women's golf at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.)
Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Mar. 4:
Softball: Chanda Bell
Senior Chanda Bell enjoyed a successful week on the mound for the Wildcats en route to All-Tournament team honors at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational. Bell was involved in all three of UK's victories with two wins and a save. She tossed a team-high 13.0 innings with a 1.62 ERA and 15 strikeouts. She notched a season-high seven fanned batters in a six-inning win over Stephen F. Austin. Her save in the first game with the Jacks moved her into fourth all-time in saves. Bell increased her career win total to 57 games as she moved into just second all-time in career starts at UK. Bell gave up just 0.61 hits per inning pitched this weekend as batter's averaged just a .170 batting average against UK's right-hander.
Softball: Kara Dill
Junior Kara Dill continued her explosive offensive play with a team-high nine hits for a .500 batting average in leading UK to a 3-2 week at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational. Dill's efforts earned her All-Tournament team accolades for the second consecutive tournament. She's put together a career-long 15-game hitting streak which included at least one hit in all five contests this week. She scored a team-high eight times and drove in four runs as well. In a win over Stephen F. Austin she registered a single, double and triple for the second time this season. She was also perfect on the base paths with three stolen bases. Dill has been the offensive spark for the Wildcats as UK logged three run-rule victories this weekend including scoring eight or more runs in three victories.
Gymnastics: Audrey Harrison
Finished third in the all-around competition with a career-best all-around score of 39.225. Tied a career high on vault with a 9.825 and bars with a 9.775, while setting a career high on beam with a 9.825. Is currently ranked 33rd in the nation in the all-around competition with an RQS of 39.035
Softball: Griffin Joiner
Freshman Griffin Joiner moved into the No. 3 spot in the batting order and enjoyed a tremendous offensive weekend en route to All-Tournament team honors. Joiner led the Wildcats with a .571 batting average and ranked second on the team with four RBI. She strung together a career-long hitting streak of eight games and four consecutive games with at least one RBI. In a win over Stephen F. Austin she posted her first career double, and in the heartbreaking loss to No. 12 Louisiana she enjoyed her first career perfect outing at the plate with three hits and a walk in the win. In the second victory over the Jacks, she became the second UK player this season to score three runs in a single game. For the week, she batted more than .200 higher than her season average and scored five of her nine total runs for the season.
Baseball: Corey Littrell
Turned in a quality start in UK's sweep-clinching win over UIC ... Picked up the win with six shutout innings, allowing only two hits, walking two and striking out seven ... Allowed only two hits - both to the same hitter - with his two walks coming as two-out free passes ... On the year, Littrell has a 2-0 record and a 1.89 ERA in three starts, striking out 20 and walking four in 19 innings, allowing only 11 hits and a .177 batting average.
Baseball: Luke Maile
Had a monster week in leading UK to the nation's best record and one of only two undefeated teams in college baseball ... Led UK to five wins during the week with a .500 average (9-for-18) with three doubles, one homer and six RBI ... Caught all five games during the week behind the plate as UK senior catcher Michael Williams was held out as an injury precaution ... Finished with three walks and one strikeout during the week, with his strikeout the first of the 11-game season and his first encompassing all of UK's preseason scrimmages ... In UK's 3-2 win over Morehead State on Tuesday, Maile went 1-for-3 with the game-winning two-RBI single ... In a win over Xavier on Wednesday, Maile went 3-for-3 with a walk, homer and a double, driving in one RBI ... Maile drew a walk and launched an RBI single in a win over UIC in the first game of the series, also stealing a base ... In the second game, Maile went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI ... In UK's sweep clinching win, Maile was pulled from the lineup early for rest but went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles, stealing another base ... On the year, Maile has hit .405 (17-for-42) with four doubles, three homers and 13 RBI, stealing a team-leading six bases in seven attempts.
Baseball: A.J. Reed
Helped lead UK to five wins during the week, one as the starting pitcher and four as a middle of the order presence ... Posted a .308 average (4-for-13) during the week with a double, team-high seven RBI and three walks ... On the mound, made his first career start, tossing six innings with four hits and one run allowed, striking out two with a 1.50 ERA ... On the year, Reed has solidified himself as one of the top freshmen in the nation and one of the top two-way players in college baseball, batting .303 (10-for-33) with a homer and a team-high 17 RBI in his first 11 career collegiate games ... On the mound, Reed has one start in two games, with a 1.35 ERA and a 1-0 record ... His other pitching appearance came when he was inserted with the bases loaded and one out in the season opener at Wofford, striking out the first hitter he faced and getting out of the jam unscathed.
Men's tennis: Grant Roberts
Grant Roberts: Stepped in nicely to earn two wins at the No. 6 singles position for Kentucky and was on track to earn a third when his match was abandoned due to the team result already being clinched. Both singles wins came in straight sets, taking down Michael Nott of Arkansas 6-3, 6-3 and Jarred Wynan of Louisiana-Lafayette 6-3, 6-4. Teamed with senior Alex Musialek to win his lone two doubles matches of the week as well.
Men's basketball -The Wildcats closed out an historic regular season on Sunday with a 74-59 win at No. 16 Florida to put a cap on a perfect 16-0 run in Southeastern Conference play. It was the third time in UK and SEC history that a team posted a perfect 16-0 mark in league play. The last time it occurred in the 2003 season. - Anthony Davis led the Wildcats with his 14th double-double of the season on a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. He added six blocks as well. - Terrence Jones (19) and Marquis Teague (12) both scored in double-figures for the Wildcats. - Kentucky shot 52.5 pct. from the field while holding Florida to 38.2 pct. and 16 points below their season average. Women's basketball - Kentucky fell to LSU, 61-72, in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. - Junior guard A'dia Mathies and senior guard Keyla Snowden were each named to the SEC All-Tournament Team. - Mathies averaged 21.0 points per game in UK's two tournament appearances, while Snowden averaged 17.0 points and 4.5 3-pointers per game. - UK defeated Florida, 71-67, in the quarterfinals. It was UK's third trip to the SEC semifinals in as many years.
Baseball - The Kentucky baseball team continued its hot start to the season with five wins during the week to improve to 11-0 on the season. The Wildcats return to action with another five-game week, starting Tuesday and Wednesday with a pair of midweek tests against Tennessee Tech and Marshall at Cliff Hagan Stadium. - Kentucky (11-0) owns the best record in the nation and is one of only two undefeated teams in college baseball, joining 10-0 Gonzaga. The Wildcats are off to the fourth-best start to a season in school annals and the best since opening up a school-record 19-0 in 2007 and 2008 and a 15-0 start in 2000. - The Wildcats have been paced by a balanced approach throughout the year, with an explosive offense that owns a .334 average with 13 homers in 11 games, a 2.64 team ERA with 113 strikeouts in 99 innings and a .983 fielding percentage. Men's tennis - UK started conference play in style by winning its first two conference matches of the year, defeating No. 17 LSU 5-1 and No. 47 Arkansas 6-1. Also won its lone non-conference match of week, taking down Louisiana-Lafayette 5-2. The win over LSU marked Kentucky's 23rd over a top-25 opponent since the start of the 2009 season. - Kentucky won the doubles point in all three matches, including sweeping doubles play against Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas. The Wildcats are now 9-0 on the season when they win the doubles point. - Kentucky played well in singles action, winning 13 of the 17 singles matches last week that ended in a decision. Sophomore Tom Jomby led the way with a 3-0 record in singles, while seniors Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek and sophomores Grant Roberts and Alejandro Gomez grabbed two singles wins each.
Gymnastics - Earned their second-consecutive win over a top-25 opponent with an impressive team score of 195.95 at No. 21 Illinois on Friday. The high score marks only the 11th time in school history the Wildcats have scored a 195.95 or higher in a meet. - The win moved Kentucky to No. 25 in the latest GymInfo rankings with an RQS of 194.930. It marks only the second time since 2007 that UK has been ranked in the top 25 at this point in the season (week two of RQS rankings). - Kentucky sealed the win over Illinois on balance beam with an impressive team score of 49.050, which was only the 10th time in school history UK has posted a 49.05 or higher on the event. Overall, Kentucky set or tied 10 season highs and 10 career highs in the meet.
Softball - The softball team capped its 18-game road trip with a 3-2 weekend at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational which saw UK plate eight or more runs in its three victories. Junior Kara Dill, senior Chanda Bell and freshman Griffin Joiner were tabbed to the All-Tournament team after pacing the Wildcats. - Dill extended her career-long hitting streak to 15 games and batted .500 for the weekend. She's logged multiple-hits in eight games this season including twice this weekend. - Freshman Griffin Joiner moved into the No. 3 spot in the batting order and excelled for the Wildcats with a team-high .571 batting average. - Bell was involved in all three of UK's wins including charting two victories and notching a save. She tossed 15 strikeouts and limited opponent batters to just 0.61 hits per inning. Track and field - Senior distance runner Luis Orta was named the SEC Men's Runner of the Year by the league coaches on Friday. - Sophomore Matt Hillenbrand ran a career-best time in the mile, crossing the finish line in 4:06.33 at the Alex Wilson Invitational. - Freshman Keffri Neal also ran a career-best time at the Alex Wilson Invitational, Neal finished 14th in the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:49.97.
Women's tennis - The women's tennis team suffered a pair of 4-3 losses in its opening weekend of SEC action. The Wildcats fell to LSU and Arkansas by the same score. - Jessica Stiles was impressive for the Blue and White as she garnered sweeps at the No. 1 spot in both of the Wildcats' matches against conference competition. - Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff also logged wins in both matches for UK in the No. 4 spot.
Men's golf - Kentucky, as a team, was in a tie for fifth after the first round of the USF Invitational. - David Snyder was in a tie for 15th after the first round, following a 1-over-par 73. - Four Wildcats rank in the top 25 after one round of competition. - Joseph Barr and Chase Parker each eagled the par 5 11th hole during Sunday's first round. Upcoming schedule
Monday, March 5 Men's golf at USF Invitational
Tuesday, March 6 Baseball hosts Tennessee Tech - 4:00 p.m. Men's golf at USF Invitational Wednesday, March 7 Baseball hosts Marshall - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 8 Diving at NCAA Zone Diving (Bloomington, Ind.)
Friday, March 9 Men's tennis hosts South Carolina - 1:00 p.m. Men's basketball vs. Arkansas/LSU - 1:00 p.m. (New Orleans) Women's tennis at South Carolina - 3:00 p.m. Baseball hosts Canisius - 4:00 p.m. Softball hosts Alabama - 6:00 p.m. Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio) Track and field at NCAA Championships (Nampa, Idaho) Diving at NCAA Zone Diving (Bloomington, Ind.) Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic
Saturday, March 10 Softball hosts Alabama - 1:00 p.m. Baseball hosts Canisius - 1:00 p.m. Men's basketball SEC Semifinals - 1:00 p.m. (New Orleans) Rifle at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio) Track and field at NCAA Championships (Nampa, Idaho) Diving at NCAA Zone Diving (Bloomington, Ind.) Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic Sunday, March 11 Softball hosts Alabama - 1:00 p.m. Baseball hosts Canisius - 1:00 p.m. Men's tennis hosts Florida - 1:00 p.m. Men's basketball SEC Finals - 1:00 p.m. (New Orleans) Women's tennis at Florida - 1:00 p.m. Women's golf at LSU Golf Classic
Men's basketball - Kentucky won its 45th SEC Championship outright Saturday on the heels of an 83-74 win over Vanderbilt. - Freshman Anthony Davis led the way with his 13th double-double of the season, scoring a career and game-high 28 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds. He also added five blocked shots and two steals. - Freshman Marquis Teague added 16 points while dishing out six assists and grabbing four rebounds. Terrence Jones also scored in double-figures with 12 points to go along with six rebounds and two blocks. - UK celebrates Senior Night against Georgia on Thursday, honoring seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas.
Women's basketball - Kentucky won all three games last week, including an impressive 76-40 win on the road at Mississippi State in the regular season finale on Sunday to give the Wildcats their first regular season championship since 1982. - The Cats earned the No. 1 seed, and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament for the third-straight season and now prepare to square off against the winner of Florida (No. 8 seed) and Auburn (No. 9 seed) in the quarterfinals Friday, March 2. - The Cats, who were picked to finish second in the SEC standings by the league coaches and media, have had another remarkable season under the direction of head coach Matthew Mitchell. He has led UK to its third straight 20-win season with a 24-5 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in SEC play. - The 13 league wins were a school record for SEC wins in a season and UK was the only school in the SEC to go undefeated at home. UK's 18-0 home record is just the third undefeated season in school history.
Baseball - The Kentucky baseball team posted three wins on the weekend to sweep Buffalo in the home-opening set. - The Wildcats return to action with home midweek contests vs. Morehead State (Tuesday) and Xavier (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. ET, before hosting Illinois-Chicago in a three-game series Friday-Sunday. - Kentucky (6-0) is off to its best start to a season since opening 19-0 during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Wildcats have utilized a balanced approach with a .341 team average, a 3.50 team ERA and a staggering .996 fielding percentage. UK has made just one error on the year, coming on an attempted pickoff at second base.
Rifle - UK rifle finished second at the 2011-12 GARC Championships over the weekend at Ole Miss, placing third overall in smallbore and second overall in air rifle, finishing just six points shy of champion West Virginia. - Kentucky completed the final day of the GARC Championships with a solid air rifle score to finish second to West Virginia overall, after UK placed third in smallbore on Saturday. UK, the regular-season conference champions and the defending NCAA Champions, fell just six points shy of the Mountaineers. - UK was led on Sunday by a strong air rifle performance, as Settlemires paced the team with a 595. Greathouse fired a 592, while Wheatley finished with a 590. Henri Junghanel totaled a 585 and Katie Fretts fired a 579 to round out the starting lineup.
Men's tennis - Kentucky could not avenge an earlier loss this season to highly ranked Ohio State, falling 4-0 to the second-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The win extended Ohio State's home winning streak to an impressive 136 consecutive matches, which is the longest in the nation. - The Wildcats dropped the doubles point with tight losses at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, while OSU continued its momentum in singles action, earning singles matches at Nos. 2, 4, and 6 for the win. - UK junior Anthony Rossi, who is the reigning SEC Player of the Week, did not record a decision in the match, keeping his singles streak alive at 16 consecutive matches. Gymnastics - UK gymnastics posted its best meet of the year Friday, earning a team score of 195.525 en route to defeating No. 15 Auburn and Pittsburgh. It was Kentucky's first league win this year. - The Wildcats earned season-best team scores on two events, scoring a 49.125 on uneven bars and a 49.2 on floor exercise. The high score on bars is tied for the 12th-highest score on the event in school history, while UK's 49.2 on floor is tied for the 16th-best in school history. - Sophomore Audrey Harrison won her second all-around title on the season for UK, scoring a career-best 39.175. Senior Storey Morris finished first overall on uneven bars, while Harrison finished tied for first on beam and won the floor title outright with a 9.9. Softball - UK went 3-1 at the Georgia Southern Invitational where Kara Dill and Chanda Bell were named to the All-Tournament team. Dill batted .600 for the weekend and extended her season-long hitting streak to 10 games. Bell picked up two wins to become the school's all-time career leader in victories with 55. - Freshman Griffin Joiner had a breakout weekend with a .417 average. Joiner also reached base three other times by way of a walk and a hit by pitch, and registered her first career stolen base.
Track and field - The Kentucky men's team finished eighth at the SEC Championships with 38 points, while the women's teams placed 12th with seven points. - Senior Kentucky men's distance runner Luis Orta won the men's 3,000m run Saturday and the men's 5,000m run Sunday, becoming the first student-athlete to win both races in the same championship since Georgia's Ian Burrell in 2007. - Orta was a co-recipient on the men's side of the Cliff Harper Trophy, awarded each year to the high-points scorer of the meet. - Orta was the first Kentucky athlete ever to win the 3K at the SEC Indoor Championships, and was the first Wildcat to win the 5K since Richard Ede in 1987.
Women's tennis - Kentucky traveled for a midweek match with Akron, where the Cats lost a heartbreaker, 4-3. UK also traveled to Indiana to face the Hoosiers and dropped the match, 5-2. - Sophomore Khristina Blajkevitch excelled despite the tough competition at Indiana, bringing home a win in singles and doubles play. - Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and CeCe Witten grabbed wins for the Wildcats in singles play vs. the Zips while also defeating their opponents in their respective doubles matches.
Men's golf - Kentucky finished in a tie for ninth at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, its first tournament of the spring season. - Freshman David Snyder finished in a tie for 10th after a career-low round of 4-under-par 68 in the final round to finish at even-par. - Junior Chase Parker carded a career-low round of 5-under-par in the final round to finish in a tie for 25th. - Kentucky's final round team score of 285 was the second lowest third round of the tournament.
Swimming and diving - Tyler Reed and Lucas Gerotto both qualified for the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with swims Sunday afternoon that catapulted them into elite company on the final day of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet. - Gerotto swam a 46.75 in the 100-fly, just three one hundredths of a second off the UK record, and good enough to place him 13th overall in the nation this year. Tyler Reed swam a 43.08 in the men's 100-freestyle to push himself to Seattle for the NCAA Championships in that event.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 Baseball hosts Morehead St. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 1 Men's basketball hosts Georgia - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 2 Women's basketball vs. Florida/Auburn - 1:00 p.m. (Nashville) Softball vs. Texas A&M CC - 2:30 p.m. (Lafayette, La.) Men's tennis at LSU - 4:00 p.m. Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 4:00 p.m. Women's tennis hosts LSU - 5:00 p.m. Softball vs. Stephen F. Austin - 7:30 p.m. (Lafayette, La.) Gymnastics at Illinois - 8:00 p.m. Track and field at NCAA Qualifying
Saturday, March 3 Softball vs. Stephen F. Austin - Noon (Lafayette, La.) Softball at Louisiana-Lafayette - 2:30 p.m. Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1:00 p.m. Women's basketball SEC Semifinals - 4:00 p.m. (Nashville) Track and field at NCAA Qualifying
Sunday, March 4 Softball vs. Nicholls State - 11:00 a.m. (Lafayette, La.) Men's basketball at Florida - Noon Women's tennis hosts Arkansas - Noon Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1:00 p.m. Men's tennis at Arkansas - 1:00 p.m. Women's basketball SEC Finals - 6:00 p.m. (Nashville) Men's golf at USF Invitational
Men's basketball - The Wildcats pushed the nation's longest current winning streak to 18 games after posting a 77-62 win over the Ole Miss Rebels in Lexington on Saturday. - Terrence Jones tallied his first double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. - Doron Lamb led all scorers with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, while Darius Miller hit 3-of-7 from 3-point range for 15 points. Kyle Wiltjer was 3-of-4 from 3-point range for a personal best in league play with 13 points. Anthony Davis was the fifth Wildcat to record double-figures with 10 points. - As a team, UK hit 10-of-18 from downtown, the most in SEC play this year.
Women's basketball - The Wildcats currently sit in a tie with Tennessee for first place with three games remaining in the regular season. UK had one of its best starts in program history, winning 21 of its first 23 games and each of its first 10 games in SEC play. - The Wildcats have their sights set on winning their first SEC regular season championship since 1982. The Cats are just one win away from tying the most SEC wins in school history at 11. Kentucky has won the last three meetings against Vanderbilt, including a 78-68 win last season in Lexington. - UK ranks in the top 10 of four national statistical categories, including leading the nation in turnover margin (+11.9). The Cats have forced at least 23 turnovers in six of the last seven games.
Baseball - The baseball team opened up the 2012 season with two wins on opening weekend and will finalize the opening weekend Monday at 2 p.m. ET at USC Upstate (2-0) after rain postponed the regular-scheduled Sunday finale. - The Wildcats used a 10-4 win at Wofford in the lidlifter, behind a dominating performance from Taylor Rogers on the mound, who fanned a career high nine in his season debut. UK also got a homer from 2011 All-SEC third baseman Thomas McCarthy to cap the scoring, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. - In a 10-2 beatdown of Eastern Michigan, a team that won 37 games in 2011, UK used a 13-hit attack to total 10 runs for the second consecutive game. UK's starter Jerad Grundy turned in a winning performance in his debut, striking out four in 5.2 innings and retiring 12 consecutive hitters in the middle of the game.
Rifle - Kentucky completed the NCAA qualifying competition on Saturday at Barker Hall, totaling a 4657 total team score. - Kentucky will return to action at the Great American Rifle Conference Championships, hosted by Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., at the Patricia C. Lamar Army National Guard Readiness Center Feb. 25-26. - UK was led in air rifle by Wheatley and Greathouse, with the duo each charting a 590. Henri Junghänel (587), Emily Holsopple (589) and Ethan Settlemires (587) rounded out the UK starting lineup in air gun.
Men's tennis - UK went 1-2 over the weekend in the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships. The Wildcats defeated No. 11 Texas A&M 4-0 in the first round after claiming the doubles point and getting three quality singles wins. The win punched UK's ticket to the quarterfinals of the event for the first time since it advanced to the semifinals in 1997. - UK would fall in the quarterfinals in heartbreaking fashion, dropping one of the closest matches of the tournament to No. 3 Ohio State 4-3. Against OSU, seniors No. 6 Eric Quigley and No. 20 Alex Musialek defeated ranked foes. Quigley took down No. 16 Chase Buchanan, while Musialek defeated No. 12 Blaz Rola. - Rossi led UK at the event, going 3-0 in singles play. The junior has won 16 consecutive singles matches for UK and is an impressive 26-2 on the season, including 9-0 in dual matches.
Swimming and diving - The swimming and diving teams wrapped up the 2012 SEC Championships on Saturday with the men placing in seventh and the women finishing ninth. - For the swimmers, Lucas Gerotto led the way for UK, placing third in the men's 100-fly with a time of 47.00 in the finals. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native finished on the podium of the SEC Championships for the first time in his career. - For the divers, it was a very successful meet as the Wildcats qualified divers for the finals in every event. Greg Ferrucci took second in the men's 3m springboard to cap what was the best-ever 3m competition for UK in school history. The Wildcats also qualified John Fox and Corey Cowger for the finals of the event. Ferrucci went on to place third overall in the 1m springboard, jumping from seventh to third in his final dive of the competition. Gymnastics - UK concluded the road portion of its 2012 SEC schedule by falling 197.225-193.125 to No. 4 Georgia on Saturday. UK gymnasts set or tied four season highs and three career highs in the meet. - Junior Caitlyn Ciokajlo led UK on uneven bars for the third time this season with a career-high tying 9.875, while sophomore Holly Cunningham paced UK on vault for the third time in the last four meets. - Sophomores Kayla Hartley and Kayla Sienkowski performed well. Hartley continued her strong scores on floor exercise with a team-high 9.8, while Sienkowski finished tied for first overall on balance beam with a career-best 9.825. The event title for Sienkowski was the first of her career. Softball - The softball team went 3-2 over the weekend at the FAU Kickoff Classic. UK shutout Wright State behind a terrific pitching performance from sophomore Lauren Cumbess who yielded just two hits and struck out six in the win. - Kentucky then rallied for a seventh-inning comeback for the second time this season in knocking off the host Owls. UK plated four runs in the final frame to pull away 6-3 in the game. - Junior Kara Dill led the bats for the Wildcats with a .438 weekend that included a pair of multi-hit outings and converting on all five steal attempts. Dill scored twice, drove in two runs and hit her first double of the season. Women's tennis - The women's tennis team hosted its last doubleheader of the season, defeating Eastern Kentucky, 5-2, and Evansville, 7-0 on Saturday. - Junior Jessica Stiles posted an impressive comeback at the No. 1 singles spot against Eastern's Amandine Faouzi after trailing in the first two sets. She ultimately won, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. - Kentucky kicked off the spring with an eighth place finish at the UCF Challenge in Sorrento, Fla. - Junior Ashleigh Albrecht led the Cats, finishing tied for 20th with a 5-over-par 221. - Sophomore Liz Breed finished the weekend with a team-high 11 birdies.
Monday, Feb. 20 Baseball vs. USC Upstate - 2:00 p.m. (Spartanburg, S.C.) Women's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - 9:00 p.m. Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.)
Tuesday, Feb. 21 Women's tennis at Akron - 1:00 p.m. Men's basketball at Mississippi State - 9:00 p.m. Men's golf at Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Mobile, Ala.) Thursday, Feb. 23 Women's basketball hosts South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24 Softball vs. North Florida - 11:30 a.m. (Statesboro, Ga.) Softball vs. Jacksonville St. - 1:30 p.m. (Statesboro, Ga.) Track and field hosts SEC Championships Baseball hosts Buffalo - 4:00 p.m. Gymnastics hosts Auburn/Pittsburgh - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Softball vs. Radford - 11:30 a.m. (Statesboro, Ga.) Men's basketball hosts Vanderbilt - Noon Baseball hosts Buffalo - 1:00 p.m. Softball at Georgia Southern - 3:30 p.m. Men's tennis at Ohio State - 4:00 p.m. Track and field hosts SEC Championships Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)
Sunday, Feb. 26 Women's tennis at Indiana - 11:00 a.m. Baseball hosts Buffalo - 1:00 p.m. Women's basketball at Mississippi State - 1:30 p.m. Track and field hosts SEC Championships Rifle at GARC Championships (Oxford, Miss.)