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Aug. 28 Performances of the week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Aug. 28:

Women's soccer: Arin Gilliland

Arin Gilliland scored her first collegiate goal in Kentucky's 2-1 win over Eastern Kentucky ... After playing the entire first half on the defensive back line, Gilliland was moved up top to help generate offense ... Trailing EKU 1-0 late in the second half, Gilliland drew a foul inside the box resulting in a PK for the Wildcats, UK would convert with 10 minutes left in the match to tie ... Gilliland then scored the game-winner with just over two minutes left in the match

Women's soccer: Kelsey Hunyadi

Kelsey Hunyadi netted two goals in two matches on the week including an assist on the game-winning goal against Ohio ... She is the first player in program history to have scored a goal in each of UK's first three games of the season ... Against Eastern Kentucky, Hunyadi scored the game-tying goal off a penalty kick with 10 minutes left ... Against Ohio, Hunyadi put the Wildcats ahead 1-0 with her third goal in as many matches this season ... She then assisted on the winning goal nine minutes later collecting her first assist of the season.

Volleyball: Stephanie Klefot

Junior Stephanie Klefot began the 2011 season right where she left off from a season ago. Klefot was tremendous in leading the Wildcats to a 2-1 record which included an upset of No. 23 Tulsa on the weekend. She averaged 5.08 digs per set and posted 20 or more digs in two matches, while reaching double figures in all three matches. She has now posted 40 matches in her career with 10 or more digs and 14 career matches with 20 or more scoops. She was served at 86 times and committed just five errors for an impressive .942 percentage. Klefot's exceptional passing and defensive effort helped propel UK's setter Elizabeth Koberstein to 70 assists in a win against Tulsa to become the first player since 2006 to tally 70 or more helpers. Klefot currently ranks second in the league in digs per set, but tops the league in total digs thus far into the season.

Volleyball: Jackie Napper

Freshman Jackie Napper made a significant positive impact for the Wildcats in the opening weekend of action. In her first collegiate match she picked up a career-best 14 digs in a win over Albany. She also totaled 13 in the victory against No. 23 Tulsa. Her 2.42 digs per set ranked second on the team, and her .959 reception percentage was tops among defensive specialists. Napper is the first true freshman defensive specialist in the Craig Skinner era to begin her career with two of her first three matches posting 10 or more digs, and first with 10 or more scoops in her very first collegiate match. The last player to achieve the feat was former UK great and two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year Jenni Casper who had eight digs in her first match and then posted double-figures in the next two matches.

Volleyball: Becky Pavan

Senior Becky Pavan was named to the FSU Invitational All-Tournament team following a terrific opening weekend of action in leading UK to a 2-1 record which included an upset of No. 23 Tulsa. Pavan matched a career-high kill output with 19 kills in the win over Tulsa. She also tossed down 18 in a win over Albany. In both of those matches she used an above .500 attacking clip. Pavan led the team in kills and blocks in both of Kentucky's wins. As a middle blocker/right side hitter she also had five digs in a pair of matches. Her three assists against the Golden Hurricane also matched a career-best, showing her versatility. Her hitting percentage ranks as the fourth best in the league while also ranking seventh in kills per set average.

Men's soccer: Tyler Riggs

Had a breakout weekend in the season-opening wins over Dayton and No. 9 Michigan, coming off the bench in both games to lead the Wildcats to wins with three total goals ... Netted the game-winning goal in both games on opening weekend, getting the Wildcats on the board in a win over Dayton on Friday night in front of 1,334 fans at the UK Soccer Complex ... With UK trailing No. 9 Michigan in the 78th minute on Sunday, Riggs came off the bench to net the game-tying goal in traffic inside the six-yard box, then finding the net under four minutes later with the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute on a breakaway, beating the standout UM keeper one vs. one ... Riggs' first career two-goal game marked the 56th all-time multi-goal in UK men's soccer history, leading UK to its first win over a top-10 ranked foe since besting No. 1 SMU in 2007 in Lexington ... The win over Michigan was UK's second in the last three games, with the Wildcats victory coming over a Michigan club that advanced to the NCAA College Cup last season ... A 2010 All-Conference USA and freshman All-Conference USA selection, Riggs led UK with five goals as a freshman, needing just two games into 2011 to net three goals on six total shots.

May 29 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, May 29:

Softball senior class: Meagan Aull, Samantha DeMartine, Annie Rowlands and Megan Yocke

  • Finished careers with 123 victories, the most in a four-year span in school history
  • Own a .544 career winning percentage, the best in school allure
  • First team in school history to chart three consecutive 30-plus win seasons
  • Appeared in school's first NCAA Super Regional
  • Advanced to the NCAA Tournament in three consecutive seasons, one of only 31 teams in the nation to achieve that feat
  • Attained the school's first national ranking in their junior seasons and were ranked in a school-record 14 consecutive polls in 2011
  • Knocked off 21 top-25 ranked opponents in four-year careers
  • Team beat 14 top-10 ranked opponents and nine top-five teams
  • All four started in more than 200 games
  • All four were members of All-SEC Academic teams
  • Have a combined GPA over a 3.5

May 22 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, May 22:

Softball: Meagan Aull

With the Wildcats trailing by one run going into its last at-bat, Aull used a 2-2 count and lofted a ball over the right field wall for her 10th homer of the season. The round tripper tied the score at one, setting the stage for UK's walk-off victory. Aull also made a spectacular snag in center field in UK's victory over Notre Dame. Aull sprinted approximately 30 yards and corralled the ball over her shoulder as she ran into the wall to rob the Irish of a multi-base hit.

Softball: Samantha DeMartine

Senior Samantha DeMartine paced the Wildcat attack in its 3-0 week at the Ann Arbor, Mich., Regional. DeMartine went 6-for-8 at the plate with four doubles, four RBI and three runs scored on the weekend. She was responsible for the game's winning hit in the rout of Notre Dame with a two-run single. Against Michigan in the winner's bracket, DeMartine was 3-for-3 with two doubles in UK's win. In the clinching victory, DeMartine posted another double and was plucked with a pitch to load the bases in the seventh inning. DeMartine was also tremendous in the field with 18 putouts and an assist in the three games.

Softball: Rachel Riley

The junior right-hander worked 8.0 innings of action in two games and captured a save and a win in two combined victories over Michigan. In the decisive victory over the Wolverines, Riley limited the high-octane offense of Michigan to just one hit. The Wolverines plated an unearned score in the contest. She allowed just four bases runners to reach by way of walk while also registering a team-best five assists in the contest. Riley was called upon in the bottom of the seventh in the first game against the host Michigan team. With UK clinging to a one-run advantage, Riley quickly dispersed of the bottom third of the order by forcing a pop-up to third base before striking out  the final two outs to preserve UK's win.

Softball: Annie Rowlands

UK's senior left fielder came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning in the Regional final with the bases loaded with Wildcats. Rowlands' wasted little time in advancing the Blue and White to the school's first NCAA Super Regional with one swing  of the bat. Rowlands took the first offering she saw and lofted the ball over the out-stretched glove of Michigan's first baseman to plate pinch runner Macy Allen for the walk-off RBI single. For the weekend, Rowlands recorded a hit in every game and went a combined 3-for-8 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Rowlands' defensive effort was also magnificent which included a pair of diving catches. She registered seven putouts on the weekend in a flawless defensive effort.

May 15 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, May 15:

Track & Field: Colin Boevers

Senior Colin Boevers claimed his second-straight SEC discus title on Sunday at the Spec Towns Track in Athens, Ga. Boevers used a career-best throw of 196-00/59.74m to secure his second-straight discus championship on his opening throw of the competition. The senior eclipsed the field by 12 feet, seven inches, defeating a pair of Auburn freshmen Stephen Saenz (183-05/55.92m) and Marcus Popenfoose (179-11/54.84m). The title extends UK's streak of discus champions to four straight dating back to Chase Madison in 2008 followed by Rashaud Scott in 2009.

Baseball: Thomas McCarthy

Junior third baseman Thomas McCarthy carried Kentucky to three wins during a four-game week, including a huge series win over Georgia ... McCarthy swung the bat at a blistering pace, batting .684 (13-for-19) with nine RBI during the four-game week and batting .714 (10-for-14) with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI during the three-game series with Georgia ... McCarthy got UK out of the gate strong on Friday night, batting 3-for-4 with his 18th double of the year ... During Saturday's series-clinching win, McCarthy had a career game, launching two homers and charting a career-high four hits, adding four RBI ... In the Sunday game, McCarthy again totaled three hits, adding three RBI and another double, his conference-pacing 19th of 2011 ... The Corvallis, Ore., native extended his hitting streak to a club-best seven games and owns five consecutive three-or-more-hit games ... In a win on Tuesday over Indiana, McCarthy went 3-for-5 with an RBI ... McCarthy's offense put the Wildcats on his shoulders during the week, helping UK to its first series win over Georgia since the 2007 season, falling just shy of sweeping the Bulldogs for the first time since 1993 ... On the year, McCarthy leads UK with a .359 average, totaling 19 doubles, one triple, seven homers and 34 RBI, swiping eight bases ... In SEC play alone, McCarthy has hit a club-best .392 with eight doubles, one triple, five homers and 19 RBI ... The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder leads UK with 27 two-out hits and has added 17 two-out RBI, hitting .403 with two outs ... In addition, McCarthy has charted a team-pacing 17 two-strike hits in 2011.

May 8 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, May 8:

Softball: Chanda Bell

Junior Chanda Bell was electric for the Wildcats in the circle in leading the Blue and White to a 10-2, six-inning win over Auburn. Bell tossed the complete-game effort to earn her sixth victory against different league opponents this season. Bell allowed just four hits in the game while striking out seven. In the final game of the series, she entered trailing 2-0 and allowed just one hit in three flawless innings of play. For the weekend, she worked 9.0 total innings and allowed just five hits while striking out eight. Auburn batted just .156 against UK's right-hander for the weekend.

Softball: Emily Jolly

Freshman Emily Jolly capped her freshman campaign in stylish fashion with a .500 week in the series against Auburn. She started all three games at second base for UK and made her presence felt both in the field and at the plate. In the victory over the Tigers, Jolly smacked her seventh double of the season and would round home to score. In the final game of the series, she was plucked with a pitch twice and then had an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to reach base in all three plate appearances in the game. As the No. 9 hitter, her RBI single brought in the team's only run of the inning but enabled UK a chance for a comeback effort with the top of the order coming to the plate and nobody out. In the field, Jolly made six putouts and seven assists throughout the weekend to lead the squad.

Baseball: Alex Meyer

Kentucky junior right-handed starter Alex Meyer turned in yet another gem in a pitching duel posting a complete-game shutout win over No. 1 Vanderbilt on Friday night. In a matchup with VU's Sonny Gray that was billed as the top two pitchers in college baseball, Meyer tossed the best start of his career, going nine full innings, allowing only five hits and one walk, striking out five. The complete game was Meyer's SEC-leading fourth of the year and the second complete-game shutout of the season. A 6-foot-9 native of Greensburg, Ind., Meyer pitched UK to the 2-0 win over top-ranked VU, the first win over a No. 1-ranked team since UK upset David Price, Casey Weathers and Pedro Alvarez-led Commodores in Lexington in 2007. Meyer shut down the blistering-hot Dores, who entered the series leading the SEC in batting average, average in SEC games and on-base percentage, ranking second in runs scored. Meyer, who leads the SEC with 96 strikeouts, needed just 110 pitches for the complete game, with Vandy not getting a runner to second base until the seventh frame, throwing 72 strikes and first-pitch strikes to 17 hitters. Meyer faced only four hitters above the minimum and faced the minimum through his first six innings. Meyer allowed only five singles in the game in the first shutout surrendered by the Dores since 2010 vs. South Carolina . On the year, Meyer has fanned an SEC-leading 96 in 87.2 innings, owning a 2.98 ERA in 12 starts, allowing only 66 hits and a .220 opponent batting average. Of the 66 hits he has allowed, only 11 have come as extra-base knocks. The gem was his eighth quality start of the year for Meyer, who owns a 1.71 ERA in his eight quality starts and a 1.67 ERA in his last four outings. In his three-year career, Meyer ranks sixth in UK annals with 239 strikeouts in 197.1 innings. Meyer's stellar pitching has come despite getting minimal support offensively and in the bullpen, as UK owns a 8.24 ERA out of the bullpen in his 12 starts and have hit .269 with 4.2 runs scored per game in his outings. Overall, the UK bullpen has inherited six runners from Meyer in his starts, with all six scoring.

April 24 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, April 24:

Softball: Kara Dill

Sophomore Kara Dill had a week to remember in helping lead UK to a 4-1 week. Dill and the Wildcats snapped an eight-game losing streak to Louisville and captured their fifth SEC series for the most series won in a single-season at South Carolina.

Dill was magnificent at the dish with a 9-for-18 week and a .500 average. She matched her single-game highs in back-to-back outings with three hits against Eastern Kentucky and Louisville. Her two stolen bases against the Colonels also matched a career-high in that category.

In the win over the Cardinals, Dill's bases-clearing three-run triple in the third inning tied the score at seven after UK had trailed 7-0 through two innings of action. Dill then scored the go-ahead run on Meagan Aull's single. The three-bagger was the first of her career, and could not have come at a more critical time with the bases loaded and two outs trailing by three.

UK's shortstop then earned two more hits in the opening game of the South Carolina series, while scoring two of UK's five runs in that contest. She singled and scored in a 3-2 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader. Dill posted a career-long and the longest hitting streak in school history with a 15-game stretch of games with a hit.

Dill's 18 stolen bases for the season ranks as the eighth most in a single-year in school history, while her 39 runs is the sixth best in a single-year in school allure. She currently leads the team in batting average in just her second season of play.

Baseball: Alex Meyer

Kentucky junior right-handed starter Alex Meyer turned in the start of his career in the series opener against No. 12 Arkansas, pitching UK to a win over the red-hot Razorbacks ... Meyer tossed his league-high third complete-game of the year, allowing only three hits and one earned run, striking out 10 ... A native of Greensburg, Ind., Meyer's 10-strikeout gem was his seventh career double-digit strikeout game and his third this year ... Meyer allowed only one hard-hit ball in the game, an RBI double from Arkansas All-American James McCann in the second inning ... Meyer now owns 224 career strikeouts, good for the seventh-best total in UK career history ... With 81 strikeouts in 71.2 innings pitched, Meyer leads the SEC in strikeouts, fanning 10.17 per nine innings pitched ... Meyer ranks second in the SEC in innings pitched, first in complete games, holding opponents to a .230 batting average ... Meyer threw first-pitch strikes to 20 of the 34 hitters he faced in the complete-game gem ... Meyer was most dominating over the final four innings of work, where he threw first-pitch strikes to five consecutive hitters to end the game and fanned five batters in the final three frames.

Softball: Rachel Riley

Junior Rachel Riley was exceptional this week on the mound in helping UK to a 4-1 week.

Riley entered the Louisville game in the third inning with UK trailing by seven runs. The junior right-hander yielded just three hits the rest of the way in helping the Blue and White to an improbable comeback effort. She was also magnificent at the plate going 4-for-4 on the day with a home run and three RBI to help her own cause. She yielded just one walk and struck out four in the win.

In the second game of the doubleheader with South Carolina, Riley picked up her 11th victory of the year on a five-hit performance. With the win she equaled her own career-high for wins in a single year in helping UK to the series win. It marked the fifth SEC series win of the year for UK, a new single-season high.

For the week, Riley tossed 12.2 innings of ball, yielding eight hits total and just one walk while striking out five. Batters could muster just a .182 batting average against UK's right-hander.

Riley was also terrific at the plate with a 7-for-18 week on a .389 average. The junior enjoyed a career-long nine game hitting streak in the stretch as well.

April 17 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Apr. 17:

Softball: Chanda Bell

Junior Chanda Bell had an impressive performance in helping UK to a pair of wins over Tennessee Tech and run its season record to 31 wins. Bell suffered a minor injury earlier in the week and was held out of the Marshall series for precautionary reasons.

She entered the Tennessee Tech game in the top of the fifth to toss an inning of relief and help preserve the shutout. Bell threw just nine pitches - all strikes to sit down the Golden Eagles in order with three straight strikeouts.

The right-hander was called into duty in the nightcap of the doubleheader with UK trailing 2-1, with the bases loaded and one out in the third. Bell promptly entered the game and forced consecutive strikeouts to work her way out of the jam. She yielded her lone hit in the fourth frame as the Golden Eagles benefited from an error in the inning that would have ended the threat.

From there, however, Bell was unstoppable. She tossed the remaining six innings of extra-inning ball flawlessly. She did not allow a single base runner the rest of the way, and went on to throw 16 strikeouts - to match her own UK single-game high. She has now thrown 10 or more strikeouts in 32 career games. Her 19 strikeouts helped push her single-season total to 176, which is the third highest number for a single season in UK history (with Bell owning the first two spots as well).

Softball: Lauren Cumbess

Freshman Lauren Cumbess was a two-way threat for the Wildcats in helping lead UK to a 4-0 week. Cumbess was a game-changer at the plate and led the pitching staff with two wins on the week. At the dish, she batted .500, which included a game-tying single in the sixth inning. With UK trailing 3-2 to Tennessee Tech in the nightcap, Cumbess was inserted into the lineup in a pinch-hitting situation and delivered an RBI-single into left field to plate the game-tying run and help UK complete the eventual comeback. In the circle, Cumbess worked 9.0 innings of action on the week, earning two victories. She gave up under one hit an inning, while allowing just one walk and striking out seven. She teamed with relief pitcher Chanda Bell for her third shutout of the season in the opening win of the Tennessee Tech series.

Men's golf: Chase Parker

Sophomore Chase Parker saved his best day at the Southeastern Conference Championships for last, earning a 1-under-par 69 to finish the 54-hole tournament tied for 12th. The native of Augusta, Ga., had four birdies in the final round. Parker finished the tournament at 5-over-par 215 for his second consecutive top-22 showing at the SEC Championships.

Softball: Rachel Riley

Junior Rachel Riley was instrumental in leading UK to a 4-0 week and helping eclipse the 30-win plateau for the third consecutive season -a feat never before achieved in school history. Riley paced the team with a .538 batting average and three homers on the week. She currently owns a career-long hitting streak of six games and has reached base safely in eight straight contests.

In the nightcap of a doubleheader with Marshall, Riley became the fourth different UK player to hit two home runs in a single game with a pair of blasts in the first and sixth innings. Riley also earned the win on the mound in that game as she worked 5.0 innings of relief action to post her ninth victory of the season.

In the nightcap of a doubleheader with Tennessee Tech, Riley provided additional heroics for the Blue and White. With UK trailing 3-1, Riley came up with her third home run of the week to bridge the game to just one run with the solo shot in the fourth frame. Riley's six homers on the season is a new career-best in that category. Riley has also bested her career-highs in runs scored, hits, doubles, RBI, total bases and walks in her junior campaign.

Men's tennis: Anthony Rossi

Completed Kentucky's come-from-behind win against No. 29 Vanderbilt in its regular-season finale by posting a comeback win at No. 5 singles in a three-set tiebreaker. With UK trailing 3-1, the Wildcats earned three consecutive points with Rossi finishing off the Commodores by winning the third-set tiebreaker 7-4. The win continued Rossi's undefeated streak in Southeastern Conference play. The Frenchmen is now 8-0 this season against SEC foes.

Women's tennis: Jessica Stiles

Sophomore Jessica Stiles defeated Vanderbilt's Jackie Wu 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

April 3 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, April 3:

Kentucky Gymnastics team

Behind a season-high  score on balance beam of 48.9, the University of Kentucky gymnastics team posted its highest team score at a NCAA Regional in school history with a 195.175 in a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional on Saturday. Kentucky's team score at the meet surpassed its previous NCAA Regional high mark of 195.150, which helped UK earn a fourth-place finish in the 2001 NCAA Regional. The Wildcats had not scored a 195 team score of above since the 2001 season. The Wildcats were impressive on all four events at the meet but earned its highest event score on balance beam, posting a season-high score of 48.9. Junior Storey Morris led all UK gymnasts on the event with a 9.85, surpassing her career high of 9.825, while freshman Audrey Harrison scored a 9.8 for her highest career mark.

Softball: Meagan Aull

Senior Meagan Aull simply had the best weekend of her career in helping guide UK to it's first-ever sweep of No. 5 Florida. Aull was 5-for-10 at the dish with all five hits coming in the extra-base magnitude. Aull entered the series with just six career homers and blasted four in three games against the Gators in leading UK to just the second series win in school history over Florida.

Aull connected with a three-run long ball to help propel UK to a run-rule in the opening game of the series. She then led off the second game of the series by taking the first offering of the bottom of the first over the center-field fence. It marked the first time in her career she had back-to-back games with a homer. Aull then proved to be a difference maker late in the game with an RBI double that led to a four-run inning for UK to recapture the lead en route to a 7-6 win to take the series.

Finally, in the last game of the series, Aull blasted a leadoff homer for the second consecutive game to begin an eight-run charge for the Blue and White. After UK having batted all the way around the order, Aull came back to the plate in the bottom of the first with a runner on second and charted her second long ball of the game. It is the first time in her career she has totaled two homers in a single game and just the 15th time in school history the feat has been achieved. It is the first time in school history that a player hit two homers in the same inning.

With five hits this weekend, Aull moved into ninth place all-time with 184 career hits.

Aull has a hit in 23 of UK's last 25 games with hitting streaks of eight, 10 and a current five-game run. In 12 of those games Aull has multiple hits.

She currently leads the SEC with 20 hits in league action and ranks seventh with a .408 batting average.

Softball: Chanda Bell

Junior pitcher Chanda Bell helped catapult the Blue and White to a series sweep of No. 5 Florida. Bell was terrific in the opening game of the series working a complete-game effort and striking out 11 batters. It marked the 30th time in her career she has totaled 10 or more strikeouts in a game -- and the first against Florida.

With the win over the Gators it marked the first career victory over Florida and the second victory over a top-10 ranked opponent in the SEC this season.

In the final game of the series, Bell entered the game in relief and worked two innings allowing just one hit and striking out three to preserve the sweep. For the series, Bell worked 8.0 innings, allowed just six hits and struck out 14 to a Gator attack that entered the series batting .357 as a unit.

Bell has held SEC opponents to a staggering league-best .119 batting average and given up a league-low 15 hits. Angel Brunner of Auburn is the next closest with a .171 batting average. She ranks second behind Alabama's Kelsi Dunne with 63 strikeouts tossed, despite pitching 10 less innings than the league leader.

Softball: Emily Jolly

Freshman Emily Jolly put together the best SEC series of her young career in helping propel UK to a sweep of the Gators. The freshman second baseman totaled a .444 batting average on four hits and three runs scored. She totaled a pair of her team-best six doubles, including a two-run two-bagger in an eight-run opening inning in the final game of the series. Jolly was also masterful in the field recording a pair of putouts and three assists. 

Men's tennis: Tom Jomby

With the match tied 3-3 and the final singles match in a decisive third-set tiebreaker, University of Kentucky freshman Tom Jomby earned arguably his biggest collegiate win of his young career by defeating Andrew Butz to give No. 14 Kentucky a 4-3 win over No. 15 Florida. With the win, Kentucky its first victory over the Gators since the 2002 season and its first win in Gainesville, Fla., since 1992 when Wildcats took down Florida in the NCAA Tournament. The Kentucky freshman fell in the first set 6-4 and trailed in the second set before turning the match around by fighting back to earn a second-set victory. In the third set, Jomby earned a quick break to go up 3-1 before Butz would respond to take a 5-4 lead. Jomby, who was named SEC Freshman of the Week two weeks ago, earned a key win behind 6-5 to send the set into a tiebreaker. After falling behind 2-0 in the breaker, Jomby turned up the pressure again en route to a 7-4 tiebreaker win, clinching the UK victory.

Mar. 27 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Mar. 27:

Softball: Chanda Bell

Junior pitcher Chanda Bell threw the first no-hitter in SEC action in school history with a complete-game shutout over Mississippi State in the series-clincher. Bell narrowly missed out on a perfect game when the lone base runner reached on a Wildcat fielding error. Bell, however, quickly escaped the inning without further damage by striking out the side to record 11 strikeouts in 15 total outs in the game. It marked the 29th time in her career she registered 10 or more strikeouts in a single game. Bell recorded the first-ever no-hitter in her freshman season at UK. She had another earlier this season in non-conference action, but the no-no against the Bulldogs was the first in SEC play in school allure. Furthermore, Bell picked up her 45th career victory to move into second place on UK's all-time career list in that category. Her .095 opponent batting average in SEC action is tops in the league, and she ranks second in strikeouts tossed against league foes.

Softball: Lauren Cumbess

Freshman Lauren Cumbess was simply sensational in helping guide the Wildcats to a series sweep of Mississippi State for the second time in three seasons, batting .600 in those three outings. Cumbess had two game-clinching hits for the Blue and White in two decisive victories. In the opening game of the series, Cumbess connected for a three-run homer in the third inning to give the Wildcats a lead it would never relinquish. It was the first round tripper in SEC action for UK's freshman, and it marked one of a program-record four homers in the game. The three-RBI is a single-game high for the first-year player. In game two of the series, Cumbess had a bases-clearing double in the first inning to highlight a six-run first frame to put the game out of reach in the opening stanza in the series-clincher. In the final game of the series, Cumbess came to the plate in two situations with runners aboard and Mississippi State opted to walk her in both instances. Her .429 batting average for the week ranked second on the team, only trailing Megan Yocke's week. The five-RBI tied a team-high and she was one of five players to connect for a homer on the weekend.

Softball: Megan Yocke

Senior Megan Yocke led the Wildcats to their first three-game sweep in league action this season. Yocke paced the squad with a .556 batting average and five runs scored. Yocke made her presence felt at the plate all weekend which began with a solo homer in the opening game of the series, one of four Wildcat long balls. The four homers in a single game are the most in school history. Yocke scored twice in the 8-0 series-winner when she was walked twice in the game.  Prior to leaving the game with an injury in the third game of the series, Yocke registered her first triple of the season and would come home to score. Yocke set several milestones this week as she moved into five all-time in both runs scored (115) and home runs (22). She also became UK's all-time career leader with 102 walks. She also took over the No. 2 spot with 1,074 career put outs.

March 20 Performances of the Week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, March 20:

Softball: Meagan Aull

Senior Meagan Aull led the Wildcats to a 3-2 week on the road in the Southeastern Conference. Aull has set a new personal best with a nine-game hitting streak, including having a hit in all eight SEC games. Aull charted three consecutive multi-hit performances in UK's three victories this week. In UK's win at LSU, just the third win against the Tigers in program history, Aull was 2 for 3 on the evening and scored two of UK's six runs. She also charted a stolen base in that outing. Aull was the only player to record a hit against Brittany Mack in the final game of the series. With eight hits this week, Aull moved into 10th all-time at UK with 176 career hits.  

Baseball: Braden Kapteyn

Junior two-way star Braden Kapteyn had a solid week in leading UK to three wins and a series victory over red-hot Tennessee. Kapteyn batted .333 with a homer and five RBI on the week, also recording a save in the series opener on Friday. In the Friday win, Kapteyn belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 3-3 game, giving UK a 5-3 lead. After hitting the homer, Kapteyn took the mound for a six-out save, striking out three of the six hitters he faced and not allowing a base runner for his seventh career save. Kapteyn, who now ranks 10th all-time on the UK career save list, has batted .320 on the year with four doubles, one triple, three homers and 17 RBI, drawing seven walks and striking out just six times with three stolen bases. On the mound this year, Kapteyn has a save in five relief outings, owning a 4.91 ERA and striking out 13 in 7.1 innings with only four hits allowed.

Baseball: Alex Meyer

Junior right-hander Alex Meyer posted his third quality start of the season in a winning effort over Tennessee on Friday night, lifting UK to a series-opening win over the red-hot Vols, who entered the series winning nine straight games and leading the conference in batting average, slugging, on-base percentage and stolen bases. In his start, Meyer picked up the win in seven innings, allowing only two earned runs with seven strikeouts. The SEC's leader in strikeouts, Meyer has fanned 46 in 34.2 innings. In five starts this year, Meyer has posted a 3-2 record and a 2.60 ERA, allowing only 23 hits in 34.2 innings, walking 15.

Baseball: J.T. Riddle

Freshman J.T. Riddle had a breakout week during UK's four games, including helping push the Wildcats to a series win over Tennessee on SEC opening weekend. Riddle led UK all week, batting .538 (7 for 13) with a homer and a team-best eight RBI. Riddle drew two walks and got hit by one pitch, only striking out once and totaling a .588 on-base percentage. Riddle's breakout game during the four-game week came in the rubber match on Sunday, with UK needing a win to clinch the series. Riddle belted his first career homer, a three-run job, and added a walk and an HBP, also making a jaw-dropping catch in rightfield to save extra bases with a fully extended, leaping catch. Riddle added a sac fly and stole 2-of-2 bases, charting a .769 slugging percentage. A natural shortstop and considered the shortstop of the future for the Wildcats, Riddle has forced his way into the lineup, playing right field for the first time in his career. In Tuesday's win over Murray State, UK kept Riddle out of the starting lineup, in an attempt to get the two-way star some innings on the mound. After UK had to pull Lucas Witt in the early innings due to injury, Riddle came off the bench to go 2 for 2 with three RBI, a walk and a stolen base, adding a sac fly. In the series opener vs. Tennessee on Friday, Riddle went 1 for 4, helping UK secure a 5-3 comeback win and making his first fully extended, diving catch in rightfield on the weekend. On Saturday, Riddle collected a career-high three hits, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base. Currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, Riddle leads UK with a .381 average (16 for 42) with four stolen bases and a .500 on-base percentage through 15 games.

Softball: Ellen Weaver

With UK utilizing all four of its pitchers in rotating fashion, freshman Ellen Weaver made her first career SEC start on the opening night of the series at LSU. Weaver was masterful in limiting the Tigers to just one run while striking out nine, one shy of her career-high mark of 10 strikeouts. Weaver tossed all seven innings of action, and the highlight of her night may have been in the fourth inning with LSU threatening with runners on first and second. Weaver was sensational in getting out of the jam by striking out the next three batters she faced to limit any further damage. Weaver earned the win on the mound, marking just the third time in school allure the Wildcats defeated LSU. She is the second consecutive freshman to win on the mound against the Tigers in Baton Rouge, La., as Chanda Bell earned the last win two years ago during her freshman season. In the outing, Weaver also saw action at the plate and recorded her first career SEC hit.

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