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Junior shortstop Molly Johnson and the Wildcats are entering their final week of practice.

Junior shortstop Molly Johnson and the Wildcats are entering their final week of practice.

Practice Report: Softball

Posted at 4:50 p.m. ET – Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

A week from now, the UK softball team will finally kick off the 2009 season.

The Wildcats, who are competing in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, have just one more week of practice to get ready for a tournament stockpiled with some of the nation’s best teams.

During the Wildcats’ final weeks of practice, the focus has been fine-tuning. UK Coach Rachel Lawson has put her team through countless hours of in-game situations, including live pitching, defensive practice and continued work on pitch selection.

But with just days to go and the players anxiously awaiting the season opener, Lawson said the practices have switched to a more mental approach. The Wildcats are starting to taper down from a physical standpoint because they’re about to go on a “four-week traveling marathon,” Lawson said.

Before the Wildcats embark on their traveling marathon, they have one more week of work before the practice marathon finally concludes. With just a few days to go, it’s become pretty evident that the players are anxious to start the season.

“They’re excited,” Lawson said. “There is an extra bounce to their step, they’re talking a little bit faster, they’re smiling a lot more and you know they can taste it right now. They’ve been working very, very hard since September and now it’s finally here. It’s almost like the same feeling you have at Christmas.”

Lawson said the team could go out and play a game tomorrow. She said they’re getting harder to pitch to and they’re making defensive stops you wouldn’t expect them to until they’re on out on the dirt in an actual game situation.

“We need to play against a team other than ourselves,” Lawson said.

The Wildcats had a mock scrimmage on Sunday and will have one more this coming Sunday. After that, Lawson said they’ll begin formulating game plans for each of the five teams UK will face next weekend.

 “That’s the exciting but the tough part about playing a tournament that has so many different teams in it – you’re not just preparing for one, you’re preparing for five,” Lawson said. “We have to make sure we’re able to flip that switch from one team to the other because every team is different.”

UK will fly to Las Vegas on Wednesday before kicking off the season on Friday against Oregon. The Wildcats’ first four opponents (Oregon,Hawai’i, DePaul, UCLA) are all ranked in the top 25 or are receiving votes.

 

2008-09 Men's Basketball Team Photo

Posted at 4:38 p.m. ET - Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

The UK men's basketball team just took its team photo for the 2008-09 basketball season. I figured I would pass it along to those that want to try use it as their wallpaper. Enjoy!

2008-09 Men's Basketball Team Photo

Tickets still available for luncheon, 2009 season

Posted at 11:52 a.m. ET - Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

If you haven't had a chance to meet first-year baseball Coach Gary Henderson yet, there is a great opportunity to meet the new skipper and his staff on Feb. 16

For the fourth consecutive year, the UK baseball team will hold its annual Heart of the Order Luncheon to kick off preseason festivities. From noon to 1 p.m. at the Lexington Downtown Hotel and Conference Center, fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet the UK staff, including Henderson.

In addition to lunch, fans will get a sneak peek at the 2009 Wildcats, with a breakdown from the coaching staff. The luncheon will also feature a recap of the 2008 season as well as a rundown of former Wildcats currently playing professional baseball.

If you're like me and you love baseball, this is a great opportunity you shouldn't miss. From personal experience, I can tell you Henderson and his coaching staff is the real deal, but now you all have the opportunity to meet them personally on Feb. 16.

The cost for the luncheon is $30 per person and fans can RSVP with Jeremy Sheetinger by Feb. 11 at (859) 257-6495 or Jeremy.sheetinger@uky.edu.

But if you can`t make it to the luncheon, the one thing you definitely don't want to miss out on is the season itself. Coming off a school-record 44-win season, season tickets are still available for the 2009 baseball season

Season ticket sales have already surpassed the 1,000 mark for the third consecutive year, but the UK Ticket Office is currently accepting orders for season tickets, with reserved and general admission seating still available.

Season tickets start at just $35 each and fans many order season tickets by calling the UK Ticket Office at (859) 257-1818, ordering online at UKathletics.com, or printing an application and mailing it to the ticket office. Single-game tickets are also on sale now for the entire 2009 home season.


 

 

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