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Posts from Tuesday, May 19

Shorstop Molly Johnson has been invited to try out for the USA Women's National Team.

Shorstop Molly Johnson has been invited to try out for the USA Women's National Team.

Johnson invited to try out for national team

Posted at 2:37 p.m. EDT – Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

The cornerstone of Kentucky’s softball team has a chance to be an integral part of the USA National Team.

UK shortstop Molly Johnson is one of 10 players to earn an invitation to the 2009 USA Women’s National Team Selection Camp. Johnson and the other nine athletes will join the 27 athletes at the Selection Camp in Chula Vista, Calif., on June 8-12.

“This is such an honor that every softball player dreams about,” Johnson said. “I’m blessed to have been given this opportunity to try out.”

If Johnson makes the team, she will have the opportunity to compete in several international events, including the World Cup of Softball presented by KFC in Oklahoma City, Okla., in July. The World Cup features the top-four finishers from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, including a gold medal game rematch between Japan and the U.S.

“I’m so excited that Molly has been given this opportunity to try out for the national team,” head coach Rachel Lawson. “She has worked incredibly hard and loves the game.”


Sit and wait

Posted at 1:55 p.m. EDT – Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

The message boards and blogs are lighting up like it’s Christmas. The thought of a certain recruit has Big Blue Nation thinking national championship.

I know – the possibilities are endless. But unfortunately at this point, Kentucky can neither confirm nor deny that it has received a National Letter of Intent from any prospective student-athletes today.

I realize that’s not the news many of you wanted to hear, but because this is the university’s Web site, we cannot comment on a prospective student-athlete until he/she has signed a NLI. At this point, that has not happened.

When something breaks, we’ll have it for you. Until then, it’s not official and we must sit and wait.

All good things come with time. Be patient.


Bisson, Wade All-SEC

Posted at 11:41 a.m. EDT – Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

In case you missed it on the front page, Kentucky infielders Chris Bisson and Chris Wade have been named to the 2009 All-Southeastern Conference coaches’ second team.

Bisson, a sophomore second baseman, led UK in average (.360), games played (53), runs (49), hits (80), triples (three), RBI (52) and walks (20). Meanwhile, Wade, a sophomore shortstop, hit .313 with 10 doubles, one triple, six homers and 42 RBI.

Full details can be found here.


Calipari names three assistants

Posted at 10:53 a.m. EDT – Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

There is news to confirm.

No, it’s not what you’re thinking of (no confirmation on that yet), but it’s good news nonetheless. Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced his three assistants Tuesday morning, naming Orlando Antigua, John Robic and Rod Strickland to his basketball staff.

All three men are following Calipari from Memphis, where they helped lead the Tigers to a 33-4 record, the Conference USA title and an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.

Check out the full details in a release here.