The Kentucky Wildcats will play host to the Arkansas Razorbacks this weekend at Cliff Hagan Stadium. While most people will have their eyes up the road on Churchill Downs in Louisville, don’t ignore the Kentucky baseball team as they battle their way back up the college baseball polls.
It has not been the season that the Cats would have preferred but what’s done is done. Nothing of that can be rewritten. It is up to them to determine their destiny.
The baseball team is back home for eight games and takes on the 14th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks over Derby weekend. The start time on Saturday is after NBC Sports coverage is scheduled to end so you can support both the thoroughbreds and the Wildcats. It’s important to help give the Cats the home field advantage.
Friday’s contest, scheduled for 6:30 PM, pits Kentucky sophomore left-hander A.J. Reed (2-5, 2.88 ERA) against Razorbacks junior right-hander Barrett Astin (3-2, 2.02 ERA). Saturday’s evening game, scheduled for 7 PM, will see freshman right-hander Kyle Cody (3-2, 5.49 ERA) take to the mound for his first career Southeastern Conference start as the Razorbacks send star junior right-hander Ryne Stanek (5-1, 1.60 ERA). The series is scheduled to conclude on Sunday at 1 PM as junior lefty Corey Littrell (5-3, 3.22 ERA) battles senior lefty Randall Fant (4-1, 2.34 ERA) on the pitching rubber.
All three games are going to be televised live. The UK IMG Network will be broadcasting the first two games for Fox Sports South and CWKYT-TV. The Saturday game can also be found on WYMO-TV in Louisville. Dick Gabriel (play-by-play), former World Series Champion Doug Flynn (color) and Brian Milam (sideline) will handle the action. Sunday’s game will be aired on Cox Sports Television. Radio coverage, as always, features Neil Price calling the action live on WLAP 630-AM in Central Kentucky, WKJK 1080-AM in Louisville, and online at UKathletics.com.