UK women land commitment from No. 1 junior college player, reports Jennifer Smith of Herald-Leader. “Evelyn Akhator, a 6-foot-3 forward from Lagos, Nigeria, picked the Cats over Tennessee, Texas and Florida State. In her two seasons at Chipola, in Marianna, Fla., Akhator led the Indians in scoring and rebounding. Last season, she averaged 21.2 points, 16.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.9 blocked shots.”
Georgia pounds Kentucky 12-3 in baseball, reports Mark Maloney of the Herald-Leader. The win by the Bulldogs sets up Sunday’s rubber match at Cliff Hagan Stadium. “We didn’t play well today,” UK Coach Gary Henderson said. “We certainly didn’t pitch well enough to win. We didn’t really hit well enough to win. We didn’t take advantage of six walks. And we’ve got to make sure we did a good job of showing up tomorrow to win a series.”
Three double plays help Kentucky past Georgia, reports Mark Maloney of the Herald-Leader. “Dorian Hairston hit a three-run shot and Ka’ai Tom added a solo blast as the Wildcats won the opener of a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.”
Calipari receives Distinguished Achievement Award at UMass, reports Metz Camfield of CoachCal.com. “The Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their exceptional achievements in a chosen profession, for demonstrated leadership and for other exemplary accomplishments that merit the special recognition of the university.”
Coaching is in the bloodlines of new Florida basketball coach Michael White, reports Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun. “He wasn’t afraid to challenge me,” says White’s head coach at Ole Miss, Rob Evans.
Former Kentucky football player Max Godby will be among the thousands graduating from UK this weekend. Godby distinguished himself through his charity work and off-the-field contributions. Here he talks about his career at Kentucky.
In Cincinnati’s 7-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday night, Reds’ starter Anthony DeSclafani walked four batters in five innings, which continued an alarming trend.
After exhibiting good control over his first three starts, DeScalfani has been wild in his last two. Acquired from Miami in the Matt Latos trade, the right-hander walked six batters in his first four starts, covering 26 innings. In his last two starts, the 25-year-old DeSclafani has walked nine in 10 innings.
“I put myself in a lot of jams,” said DeSclafani after Thursday night’s loss. “Definitely wasn’t happy with this outing. I kind of felt like I was fighting myself mechanically and I wasn’t getting ahead of hitters at all.”
Here is a look at the former Florida star’s starts this season.
Mistakes made the difference as UK baseball lost 5-2 to No. 2 Louisville on Wednesday night, reports Mark Maloney of the Herald-Leader. “We had plenty of opportunity to score some runs,” UK Coach Gary Henderson said. “But we weren’t able to take advantage of it.”
Cincinnati’s 7-1 win at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night pulled the Reds back to 13-13 for the season. It also provided Bryan Price’s club a couple of positive signs for the immediate future.
One was starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen. Making his second start since Homer Bailey was placed on the disabled list and then had Tommy John surgery, the No. 38 pick in the 2013 major league draft allowed just three hits and one run over six innings to get the win. In two starts, Lorenzen has allowed 11 hits and four runs over 11 innings. He has walked four and fanned nine.
Tuesday’s second bright spot was left fielder Marlon Byrd. The free agent signee hit his fourth homer of the season, his third in the past six games. The 37-year-old veteran got off to an excruciatingly slow start, hitting .115 through April 22. Since then, Byrd is 11 of 36 (.306) with two doubles, four homers and nine RBI.