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JAMIE H. VAUGHT: Colorful Baseball Yearbooks Projecting Opposite Paths for Kentucky Wildcats &



Even though most folks are still focusing on basketball right now with March Madness just around the corner, UK’s highly-respected baseball team has already begun its 2018 campaign on a high note, posting a remarkable 7-1 record in nonconference action going into this week’s games.

As you probably remember, Kentucky baseballers – who will face Arkansas for their first SEC weekend series in mid-March -- are coming off an outstanding 43-23 performance last spring that saw the program advance to its first-ever Super Regional and finish with a Top 10 ranking. The Wildcats last year were one of SEC’s nation-leading eight selections to the NCAA baseball tournament with the championship series of the College World Series featuring an All-SEC final between Florida and LSU.

And the popular baseball yearbooks, which are now available on newsstands, are forecasting another great campaign for second-year head coach Nick Mingione and his Kentucky squad in 2018. Just like the other preseason polls such as Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball which have listed UK as a Top 10 squad.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based Street & Smith’s, which has an eight-page spread on NCAA baseball, has picked Kentucky at No. 8 in its preseason top 25 poll. The other SEC teams ranked among the top 10 are Florida (No. 1), Arkansas (No. 6) and Mississippi (No. 10).

See full column in Lexington's KyForward.com.


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