Baseball Cats To Appear Nine Times on National TV

UK catcher Coltyn Kessler, who is the team's leading returning hitter, meets the press in Tuesday's annual UK Media Day. Kessler hit .297 last season with five home runs and 29 runs batted in. (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky baseball team will be featured nine times on national television this season, including twice in the Southeastern Conference’s Thursday night showcase, the league announced on Tuesday. Additionally, all of the Wildcats’ 36 home games and 30 conference games will be available via SEC Network plus.


The Wildcats, who finished at 26-29 overall (7-23 SEC) last season, again will face one of the most difficult schedules in the country in 2020 with 31 games slated against teams that made the 2019 NCAA Tournament, including 11 against College World Series participants and 20 against teams ranked in the preseason top 11.


The season opens on the road against perennial power TCU before returning home on February 18 to open a 15-game homestand as part of a 36-game schedule at Kentucky Proud Park.


UK first appears on national television on Saturday, April 4 when Alabama comes to town, and again three days later when preseason No. 1 Louisville arrives in Lexington. The first two games, including a Thursday night affair, of a trip to Auburn (April 16 and 17), and another Thursday night game against Missouri on April 23 are part of seven nationally televised games that month.


The full schedule can be found at UKathletics.com and season tickets are on sale now at UKBaseballTix.com.


The Cats are entering the fourth season under head coach Nick Mingione and have won 103 games during his three-year tenure. The program has seen 24 players selected in the past two Major League Baseball drafts, including a school-record 13 in 2018, and a pair of first-round selections in Evan White (2017) and Zack Thompson (2019). The program also advanced to the Super Regional for the first time in school history in 2017 and opened $49 million Kentucky Proud Park last season.

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