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CATS Clinch (at least a share) of SEC Regular Season Title


LEXINGTON- The Bat Cats returned to the very damp Kentucky Proud Park Friday night with a ring (or at least a share of one) on the line. Kentucky, with a win, would be able to claim (at the very least) a share of the Southeastern Conference Regular season baseball championship. Are you trying to rack the deepest annals of your brain to think of when is the last time they accomplished such a feat? Well, don’t give yourself a headache because it was in 2006. A newfound electricity has been flowing through Lexington with the Big Blue Nation raving about the successes on the diamond. If one were to wander into any local sports establishment, you draw memory of Peyton Manning, as “Omaha” is uttered in nearly every gathering of Wildcat faithful discussing their beloved athletic program.

“Dom Day” would be bumped up a day from it’s typical Saturday slot. The Left-handed Dominic Niman held a 5.40 ERA on an 8-4 record over 13 appearances in 2024 entering Friday’s matchup against Vanderbilt. The sold out crowds eyes would turn to him in hopes that he could be the “hero” and give them bragging rights for at least the next week when it comes to college baseball. Niman is a graduate transfer from Central Connecticut State University where he played his baseball after attending high school in West Hartford.

Carter Holton would get the start for Vanderbilt. He is a Left-handed Junior with a 6-3 record on 12 starts. In those 12 starts, he was the owner of a 4.66 ERA.

Vanderbilt would jump out to an early 2-0 lead on a Davis Diaz opposite field homer over the Right Field fence. That follows another Top-of-the-First Homerun yesterday for the Commodores. That is an issue that must be addressed going into post season play. You definitely do not want to fall behind and be fighting out of a hole immediately.

This Kentucky team has shown a savant-like ability to get out tough spots this year, and the bats must’ve had the hats on last night because they were piping hot on Friday evening for the Cats. Kentucky would EXPLODE for 17 runs, an amount that few teams could match and Vanderbilt would not be one of the select few. Kentucky would run rule Vanderbilt after 7 innings setting up the opportunity to get the brooms out tomorrow at Noon from Kentucky Proud Park.

If Tennessee loses, and Kentucky wins tomorrow..Kentucky will be your outright SEC champion.

KENTUCKY- 17 Vanderbilt- 7


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