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Kentucky Baseball is making history in NCAA Tournament

IMG_8756by:Daniel Hager06/09/24

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Kentucky Baseball’s dominant NCAA Tournament run (so far) is setting program records left and right.

It’s dominant 10-0 win over Oregon State in the Lexington Super Regional opener Saturday night marked its first Super Regional victory in program history. Kentucky had previously never even held a lead in its two prior Super Regional appearances.

“I didn’t even know that. Yeah, we went 0-2 the last two,” Nick Mingione said postgame. “They’ve got two hours and six minutes [to celebrate]. I’m thankful. It just means we’re one step closer to where we want to be.”

Kentucky Baseball celebrates winning Game 1 of the Super Regional vs. Oregon State - Aaron Perkins, Kentucky Sports Radio
Kentucky Baseball celebrates winning Game 1 of the Super Regional vs. Oregon State – Aaron Perkins, Kentucky Sports Radio

UK Sports Network football statistician and good friend Corey Price came through with some amazing statistics following Saturday’s game.

  • Kentucky allowed just nine runs in the Lexington Regional, the fewest runs that Kentucky has allowed in an NCAA Tournament Regional in program history.
  • Indiana State had a streak of 138 consecutive games played without being shut out in the Lexington Regional.
  • Saturday marked Oregon State’s 128th game played in the NCAA Tournament in school history. It was just the 2nd time ever that Oregon State had been shutout in an NCAA Tournament game (May 27, 1983 vs. Stanford, 14-0).
  • Kentucky’s shutouts of Oregon State and Indiana State marked the fifth and sixth in program history.
  • Kentucky has had a shutout in consecutive games for the first time since May 15 and 16, 2014 vs. Georgia.
  • Saturday set the record for fewest hits allowed by Kentucky in a shutout in an NCAA Tournament game in school history (one). The previous low was two vs. Richmond on June 10, 1949.
  • Kentucky has allowed their fewest runs in a 3-game span in the NCAA Tournament in school history (one).
  • For just the second time in school history, Kentucky had consecutive shutouts in the NCAA Tournament (1949 vs. Richmond and Mississippi State).
  • For just the third time in school history, Kentucky has won 4 games in a single NCAA Tournament (2017, 2023, 2024).
  • Saturday’s win tied the largest win in an NCAA Tournament game in Kentucky Baseball history (10 runs, also done against Indiana and West Virginia last season).

“We have a pitching identity that we truly believe in, and we’re supposed to work fast, we’re going to throw low strikes, we’re going to control the running game,” Mingione said Saturday night. “But Mason [Moore] and the guys before him, that is us at our best. Coach [Dan] Roszel has called an unbelievable — the last four games he has been unbelievable with the game he’s called, and he’s had our guys ready.”

Kentucky will go for the Lexington Super Regional win over Oregon State Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. EST. With a win, the Cats would clinch their first College World Series berth in program history.


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