Kentucky Wildcats baseball has been strong the past two years; particularly last season. In 2007 the Wildcats finished with a 34-17-1 overall and 12-14-1 SEC record. In 2007 the team also got its best start to a season (19-0) and the longest winning streak in school history (19).
2008 was even better as UK dazzled with a 44-19 overall and 16-14 SEC record. Kentucky ended the regular season ranked 24th in the nation.
In 2009, the University of Kentucky returns Chris Rusin, one of the premier pitchers in the nation. Under the head coach Gary Henderson, the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team looks very strong for this season.
Last years discussion follows:
The University of Kentucky is home of the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team and has an all-time team record of .529 (1503-1314-24). The team has been a part of the NCAA Tournament five times and holds a record of 8-10.
Sadly the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team has never won a Conference Tournament title nor have they been a part of the College World Series. However, they have been ranked as high as fourth in Baseball America publication.
The current head coach is John Cohen who came over from Mississippi State in 1990. Other members of the coaching staff are Gary Henderson (Assistant Head Coach), Brad Bohannon (Assistant Coach), Nick Mingione (Volunteer Assistant), and Brian Hastings (Undergraduate Assistant). The home games are played at Cliff Hagan Stadium, which was built in 1969 and just recently renovated in 2007.
In 2006 the team was the host of its first ever NCAA Regionals, It was under Head Coach John Cohen that such a thing was even possible as it had been 70 years since the baseball team had earned such an honor. Cohen working together with Brad Bohannon and Nick Mingione has really fostered the team's ability and allowed Cohen's vision to soar.
The team has a state-of-the-art training facility called Nutter Field House, which was built in 1993. Nutter Field House is 132,000 square feet of climate-controlled training frenzy that is used to condition the players during the winter months. While the Nutter Field House isn't specifically for the Kentucky Wildcat baseball team and is used by all teams at the University of Kentucky, it has several features that make the transition from team to team seamless. This includes an electronic netting feature, which divides the 108,000 square feet playing field into different practice sections for each team.
The baseball team was first formed 112 years ago in the spring of 1896. The first game was a double-header against Center College. The first game was a loss for the Wildcats with a score of 12 to 6 but the team didn't give up and in the second game claimed their first ever win with a score of 13-9. Like many college teams at this time, they were out of commission during the Depressions (1932-1933 and 1935-38) and if it weren't for the dedication of Frank Moseley then the team may never have made it back to action.
After the 1942 season the baseball program was closed down. Moseley was able to pull together players from a previous season and in 1949 and 1950 the Kentucky Wildcat baseball team reached its glory by reaching the NCAA Tournament. It was the 1949 team which season with a 15-10 score, and who also held the Dom Fucci, the first Kentucky Wildcat baseball All-American player.
Enough about history, what about now?
Last season Kentucky Wildcats baseball ended up in the middle of the pack in the SEC. They had a winning record overall, but lost more than they won in the SEC. We think 2007-2008 will be about the same. They may move up just a bit though. We shall see.
Kentucky baseball players give high five's after home run .