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Posts from Friday, Aug. 21


End of the week is opening to 2009-10 athletic season

Posted at 12:40 p.m. EDT - Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

Apologies for the lack of morning updates the past few days. We're preparing for the 2009-10 athletic season so it's been pretty busy around here. Just a couple of notes to go over before lunch.

  • The women's soccer team kicks off the 2009-10 season tonight at 7 against Cincinnati at the UK women's soccer complex. The game will not only kick off the Jon Lipsitz Era but the entire 2009-10 athletic season as well. To kick off the season and the reign of Lipsitz, we'll have a live blog here tonight for fans to follow along with.
  • Big night for Jacob Tamme on the football field for the Indianapolis Colts. The former Cat caught five balls for 60 yards last night and even got the start. Should be interesting to how big of a role Tamme takes on in his second year in the pros. If there is an offense where Tamme will have plenty of opportunities to catch passes, Indianapolis is the place.
  • A couple of excerpts on the baseball team from and, who are labeling the baseball team a winner after the return of James Paxton.


The Wildcats don't feel like missing a regional berth again next season. They had one of the nation's most talented weekend rotations this past season with left-hander James Paxton leading the charge. Paxton was a first-round supplemental pick and was expected to sign a pro contract. However, the talented veteran decided to return to college for another season. His return is icing on the cake for the `Cats, who already welcome back sophomore stud pitcher Alex Meyer. UK also is excited about the addition of high school pitcher Jordan Cooper, a 17th-round selection of the Pirates. The Wildcats should be in great shape next spring with Paxton's return.




Baseball America

Lefthander James Paxton, a supplemental first-round pick (37th overall), was the highest-drafted college player to return to school. He has an electric arm capable of reaching 97 mph with good life, and sometimes he flashes a plus curveball as well. Kentucky might have benefited from Paxton's affiliation with Scott Boras Corp., which had other big fish to fry right before the deadline (Strasburg, Dustin Ackley, Donavan Tate, Grant Green and Jacob Turner, to name a few). Paxton will rejoin Alex Meyer to form perhaps the most electric mound duo in college baseball next season. Meanwhile, the Wildcats also landed their top recruit in righthander Jordan Cooper (17th round, Pirates), whose velocity jumped into the 92-94 range late in the spring. In Luke Maile (43rd round, Red Sox), the Wildcats hauled in the best prep catcher in the state of Kentucky.



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