High School Baseball-Friday’s scores: Christian County defeated Kenwood 5-1, Owensboro Catholic over Union County 15-5, Paducah Tilghman edged Webster County 7-6.
Today’s games: Christian County hosts Apollo, Hopkinsville hosts Muhlenberg County, Trigg County plays a doubleheader at Union County, Dawson Springs plays a double dip at Carlisle County, Russellville travels to Barren County, Logan County is at Glasgow, Henderson County meets Russell County and Bowling Green, Todd Central plays a pair of games at the Wooden Bat Classic at Ohio County, Madisonville hosts Livingston Central.
High School Softball-Friday’s scores: Christian County shut out Apollo 2-0, Metcalfe County defeated Todd Central 5-1 in the 4th region All A Classic, Hopkins Central lost to Reidland 10-0 and Massac County, IL 5-4 at the Lone Oak Lady Flash Invitational.
Today’s games: Hopkinsville meets Todd Central and Crittenden County at the Lady Rebel Classic, University Heights is playing in the Spartan Invitational at South Warren, Christian County hosts Daviess County, Hopkins Central, Lyon County, Livingston Central, Caldwell County, Paducah Tilghman and Marshall County are all playing in the Lady Flash Invitational at Lone Oak.
Western Kentucky gave top seeded Kansas all it wanted in their South Region matchup in Kansas City, but the Hilltoppers fell 64-57. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by Jamal Crook with 13 points, TJ Price added 12 and Alekjs Rostov added 11 as WKU finishes the season 20-16, while Kansas improves to 30-5 and will face North Carolina Sunday. The Tar Heels defeated Villanova 78-71.
There were several upsets on Friday including 15th seed Florida Gulf Coast knocking off 2nd seed Georgetown in South Region play 78-68. Florida Gulf Coast will face San Diego State Sunday after the Aztecs knocked off Oklahoma 70-55.
12 seed and SEC tournament winner Ole Miss knocked off Wisconsin 56-47 in the West Region and will face LaSalle Sunday. The 13th seeded Explorers upset 4 seed Kansas State 63-61 after blowing a 19 point lead.
Top seed Indiana won its opening game in the East Region easily over James Madison 83-62 and will face Temple Sunday. The 9th seeded Owls knocked off 8th seeded North Carolina State 76-72. Florida rolled with ease in defeating Northwestern State 79-47 and will next face Minnesota Sunday after the 11th seeded Golden Gophers upset 6th seeded UCLA 83-63.
Today’s action begins with Virginia Commonwealth meeting Michigan in South Region play at 11:15 am and includes Louisville meeting Colorado State at 4:15 in the Midwest Region in Lexington, with coverage of all games today beginning at 11 am on News/Talk WHOP.
The Women’s NCAA tournament begins today with Tennessee hosting Oral Roberts, Vanderbilt takes on St. Joseph’s in Storrs, Connecticut.
Kentucky will begin play tomorrow in Queens, NY against Navy, with pre game coverage at 10:45 on Lite 98.7.
Meanwhile, Samantha Drake did not make the trip with the Wildcats to their NCAA Tournament appearance. The Lexington Herald Leader reports Drake was suspended indefinitely for not “upholding to team standards” according to a UK spokesperson. Drake was averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds this season.
College Football: Kentucky had its third practice of the spring Friday, with coach Mark Stoops saying it was the best the team had looked in its three workouts. Stoops told the Lexington Herald Leader he felt the team had a sense of urgency and for the first time he felt the pressure the team could put on others. The Wildcats are scheduled to practice again today.
Kentucky also received a 2014 commitment Friday, with linebacker Dorian Hendrix committing during his unofficial visit. Hendrix had offers from a number of schools including Indiana and Illinois, along with Tennessee. 24-7 Sports has Hendrix as the 29th best prospect in Ohio.
University of Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt was placed on administrative leave Friday. Cardinals coach Charlie Strong says Hurtt was given time off so he could prepare to answer questions concerning NCAA violations while an assistant at the University of Miami.
Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich said last month Hurtt would remain on the Cardinals staff while his case was pending, but stopped short of saying he would return next season.
Western Kentucky began spring workouts Friday under new coach Bobby Petrino. The Hilltoppers are busy with much detail as they are putting in new schemes both offensively and defensively. WKU will practice again today and tomorrow, with the spring game scheduled for April 20th.
College Baseball: Austin Peay swept a pair of games from Jacksonville State 5-4 and 10-1 to improve to 19-3 overall and 4-0 in the OVC. The teams will close out the series this afternoon in Clarksville.
Murray State’s Cameron Finch tossed the eighth no hitter in school history Friday as the Breds defeated SIU Edwardsville in OVC play 1-0. The junior tossed his second career complete game and in 96 pitches walked four and struck out five. The two teams play again today at SIU Edwardsville
Other action saw Mississippi State defeat Kentucky 8-4 and Western Kentucky got by Florida International 4-3.
College Softball: Murray State swept a pair of games from Tennessee Tech 3-2 and 2-1. Former Christian County standout Casey Castile had a double in going 2-4 in the 3-2 win. The two base hit was Castille’s ninth of the season, tying her season high from a year ago. Murray State will play a doubleheader at Jacksonville State Sunday.
Austin Peay will play an OVC doubleheader today at Jacksonville State and at Tennessee Tech tomorrow.
NHL: The Nashville Predators look for their second win in as many games this evening as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. First puck at Bridgestone Arena drops just after 7.
PGA Tour: Tiger Woods bogied his last three holes Friday and stands four shots off the lead heading into the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational near Orlando. Woods fired a 70 and sits at five under par. Bill Haas and Justin Rose are tied for the lead at nine under 135, one shot ahead of John Huh.
Champions Tour: There’s a four way tie for the lead after the first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Hal Sutton, Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin and Roger Chapman are all at three under par 69. Six golfers including Fred Funk and Mark O’Meara are one shot off the lead. Paducah’s Russ Cochran fired a three over par 75.