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UK Hoops will be honoring seniors A’dia Mathies and Brittany Henderson roughly 20 minutes before the game against Tennessee tips off at 3:30 PM on ESPNU. Neil Price will handle the radio broadcast on the UK IMG Network. This is the final home game this season for Matthew Mitchell’s squad before they travel to Georgia for the SEC Tournament. Mathies and Henderson enter tomorrow’s game with a 105-28 record, making them the winningest senior class in program history. Including two games at Rupp Arena, they have a 63-3 record playing in Lexington. A win on Sunday afternoon would move Coach Mitchell to sole possession of 1st place in program history. He is currently tied for first with Terry Hall’s record of 138 wins.
UK Baseball enters Sunday with a 9-1 record following a crushing of Akron on Friday and yesterday’s 7-0 win. Senior Jerad Grundy struck out a career high 12 batters and only allowed 2 hits yesterday in 8 innings. Grundy became the first Cat to strike out 10 or more batters since Alex Meyer did so in 2011 against LSU. J.T. Riddle, who made his 76th consecutive start, has extended his hitting streak to 13 games, dating back to last season. The series will conclude today with first pitch scheduled for 1 PM at Cliff Hagan Stadium. You can listen to Dick Gabriel call the action on WWTF 1580 AM in Central Kentucky or on the UK Athletics website. Junior left-hander Corey Littrell (0-0, 6.52 ERA) takes the mound against Akron junior right-hander J.T. Brubaker (0-2, 5.25 ERA).
Keith Hayes set a school record for 60-meter hurdles. It was the second straight day at the NCAA Indoor Championships that a program record fell. He set the record at 7.73 during the semifinals. Hayes would go on to win the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier.
The Kentucky softball team is off to their best 18-game start in program history, tying the the 2011 team.
Joe Lunardi last updated at 11 PM last night. Kentucky joins Alabama, Baylor, and Southern Miss as being one of the first four teams out of the NCAA Tournament. The Cats travel to Athens on Thursday before hosting Florida on Saturday.