Good morning, Big Blue Nation! It’s the start of Derby Week and all eyes will be on Kentucky.
Yesterday’s win was an important one for Coach Gary Henderson and the baseball team. By taking two out of three against the Ole Miss Rebels, they should have helped their cause and avoid dropping in the polls. This was only the third time in program history that the Cats have claimed a series against Ole Miss with the other wins coming in 2001 and 2007. There are no midweek games this week as Kentucky prepares to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. Corey Littrell picked up his fifth win of the season. Trevor Gott closed out the ninth and worked out of a jam to pick up a school-record 10th save of the 2013 campaign. It was the 21st of his career.
While Larry Warford was the only member of the Kentucky Wildcats that was drafted, others were undrafted free agents and signed quickly. Matt Smith, according to the Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker was signed by the Atlanta Falcons.
Collins Ukwu tweeted that he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings.
Officially a Minnesota Viking! Ready to put some work in! #GBTG
— Collins Ukwu (@DreadinUkwu) April 28, 2013
Martavius Neloms also tweeted that he was signed by the Detroit Lions, where he will be reunited with Kentucky teammate Warford.
DETROIT LIONS BABY! !!! Blessed for this opportunity
— Martavius Neloms (@1_step_cl0ser) April 27, 2013
Don’t expect the Cats to return to Maui anytime soon. John Calipari is not interested. Missouri Coach Frank Haith tells Jerry Tipton that Calipari complained about the length of the trip. In 2010, when the Cats last played in Maui, they scheduled a trip to Portland along the way. In part, the game in Portland was for Terrence Jones to stop by home along the way to the Maui Invitational in Hawaii.