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KSR Today: Kentucky is win away from College World Series

Adam Luckettby:Adam Luckett06/09/24


Kentucky baseball discusses another Regional Championship

Someone cue up the Peyton Manning soundbite. The Kentucky baseball program is now just one win away from Omaha. Can we start talking about taking jello shots in Omaha yet?

On Saturday night at Kentucky Proud Park, Nick Mingione’s club rode an outstanding pitching performance from starter Trey Pooser on their way to a consecutive shutout victory. The Charleston transfer gave the Wildcats seven innings of one-hit ball and owns a 0.47 ERA over his last 19 innings of work. Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier product Ryan Nicholson’s towering home run was the highlight of a seven-run seventh inning that put Kentucky up 10-0.

Jackson Nove then delivered two innings of shutout ball out of the bullpen to close the door on a blowout win in the Lexington Super Regional. Now we get to do it all again on Sunday night with the first pitch scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET. Before looking ahead to that contest with Oregon State, KSR Today is recapping a massive win for the Kentucky baseball program.

Kentucky handles Oregon State

KSR’s Daniel Hager and Steven Peake had boots on the ground at Kentucky Proud Park. Zack Geoghegan was also around to chip for coverage of one of the best wins in Kentucky baseball history. Miss anything last night? We’ve got you covered.

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KSR will have some pregame and postgame coverage later today/tonight for Game 2 of the Lexington Super Regional. Will we see a dogpile tonight in the early morning hours of Sunday? That’s the plan for Nick Mingione’s club.

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Multiple ACC teams advance to Omaha

Elsewhere in Super Regional action, three ACC teams punched their tickets to Omaha on Saturday. No. 4 seed North Carolina completed a sweep of West Virginia with a one-run victory. No. 8 seed Florida State knocked off UConn in extra innings to advance. No. 12 seed Virginia used a big eighth inning to defeat Kansas State 10-4. Each team will be in the top part of the bracket at the College World Series.

Could Evansville join them?

Tennessee shockingly dropped a 10-8 decision to Evansville on Saturday afternoon as a No. 4 regional seed beat the No. 1 overall seed for the first time in NCAA Tournament history. Do the Purple Aces have any more upset magic up their sleeves on Sunday? There are five games on the schedule for Sunday. Winners of the Athens, College Station, and Clemson super regionals will join the winner of the Lexington super regional at the bottom of the bracket in Omaha. Pool play for that group will likely start next Sunday at the College World Series.

We’ve got a jam-packed postseason baseball schedule on deck.

  • No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 10 NC State (Wolfpack leads 1-0) | Noon ET | ESPNU
  • No. 6 Clemson vs. Florida (Gators leads 1-0) | 2:30 p.m. ET | ESPN
  • No. 1 Tennessee vs. Evansville (Tied 1-1) | 6:00 p.m. ET | ESPNU
  • No. 3 Texas A&M vs. Oregon (Aggies lead 1-0) | 7:30 p.m. ET | ESPN2
  • No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 15 Oregon State (Wildcats lead 1-0) | 9:00 p.m. ET | ESPNU

O-Line and D-Line Mega Camp

As the Big Blue Nation patiently awaits the start of the biggest home game in Kentucky baseball history, Mark Stoops‘ football program is hard at work. The Wildcats wrap up their first official visit weekend on Sunday morning and will pivot directly to another football camp.

Line of scrimmage prospects Javeon Campbell, Taren Hedrick, Tucker Kattus, Darrin Strey, and Isaac “Spike” Sowells were all on campus this weekend. The Wildcats have a great shot to land commitments from all four offensive line/defensive line prospects. Sunday’s camp will be about finding the next prospects in 2026 and 2027.

At last year’s line of scrimmage camp, Kattus was a standout, and that ultimately led to him becoming a commit for Kentucky in the 2025 recruiting cycle. Expect some more names to emerge on Sunday. KSR will be on the turf at Kroger Field to cover another recruiting camp. Live updates will be coming to KSBoard later tonight. Come take advantage of our latest sign-up bonus for non-stop recruiting coverage and our wild and wonderful baseball game threads.

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NBA Finals: Game 2 in Boston

The Stanley Cup filled up our Saturday night with the Florida Panthers handling the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 in Game 1. Game 2 will take place on Monday night. Now the NBA takes center stage again with Game 2 tipping at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday night.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will look to lead the Boston Celtics to a 2-0 series lead against Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and P.J. Washington. The Dallas Mavericks are in danger of falling into a hole early, and head coach Jason Kidd is attempting to play some mental warfare. The Mavs were hit with a haymaker on defense in Game 1 as Kristaps Porzingis returned from an injury but the biggest problem was on defense where the Mavs went isolation-heavy and could not get the role players around Doncic involved.

Expect some adjustments from Dallas. Boston has struggled in Game 2 situations throughout the playoffs dropping home games by double-digits to the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Mavs might be live dogs tonight.

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