Baseball vs. Alabama (4/9/16) -- Game Notes

Alabama at No. 13 Kentucky
Postgame Notes
April 9, 2016
Cliff Hagan Stadium – Lexington, Ky.

FINAL SCORE: No. 13 Kentucky 6, Alabama 2

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 22-8, 8-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama is 18-13, 5-6 in the SEC.
  • UK head coach Gary Henderson has a 247-185 all-time record in his eighth year. He is the fastest coach to reach 200 wins in program history.
  • Alabama leads the all-time series, 59-39, including a 23-19 mark in Lexington.
  • The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network +, and on the UK Sports Radio Network.

Team Notes

  • Kentucky has a 675-376-2 all-time record at Cliff Hagan Stadium and 15-3 in 2016.
  • UK is 4-1 in April.
  • UK is 14-7 vs. a right-handed starting pitcher.
  • UK is 4-1 vs. SEC opponents at The Cliff.
  • Kentucky is 18-4 in day games.
  • UK is 9-0 on Saturdays.
  • UK is 9-1 in its blue uniform and white pants combination.
  • UK is 18-3 when scoring first.
  • Kentucky won its second walk-off of the year and first since April 3 vs. No. 1 Florida.
  • UK has won its first four SEC weekends for the first time since 2012.
  • Kentucky won its first game on a walk-off grand slam since Marcus Nidiffer’s slam vs. Purdue in 2008.

Individual Notes

  • Sophomore first baseman Evan White has made a team-leading 74 consecutive starts.
  • Junior DH Gunnar McNeill has reached safely in 29 of his 30 UK games.
  • Junior third baseman JaVon Shelby made his team-leading 134th career start.
    • Shelby has reached base safely in 116 of his 135 career starts.
    • Shelby stole his fourth base of the year and the eighth of his career.
  • Junior centerfielder Storm Wilson has reached base safely in 92 of his 101 career starts.
    • Wilson has nine doubles on the year and 21 in his career.
  • Senior righty Dustin Beggs made his 22nd career start.
    • Beggs has five quality starts in 2016 and 12 in his career.
    • UK is 8-0 in Beggs’ starts in 2016 and 16-6 in his career.
    • Beggs has a 3.18 ERA in his career, ranking sixth in UK history.
  • Sophomore shortstop Riley Mahan has seven sacrifice bunts of his career and three in 2016.
    • Mahan hit his second homer in the ninth inning in 2016 and the third of his career.
    • Mahan has four homers on the year and five in his career.
  • Junior leftfielder Zach Reks stole his second base.
  • Sophomore second baseman Luke Becker was hit by his second pitch.
  • Freshman righty Justin Lewis appeared in his 10th game.
  • Freshman right-hander Sean Hjelle appeared in his 11th career game.
    • Hjelle had his streak of 10.2 consecutive innings without an earned run snapped.
    • Hjelle is 2-0 in his career, both SEC wins.