Bat Cats score 13 runs on 19 hits to beat Illinois-Chicago
Taylor Black, Luke Maile and Brian Adams had three hits apiece and junior right-hander Alex Meyer struck out seven in five innings to lead the Kentucky baseball team to a 13-3 series-evening win over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (3-4) scored 13 runs on 19 hits. Black hit his first home run of the season, a grand slam in the fifth inning that helped put the game out of reach. He also scored three runs.
Maile, the 2009 Kentucky Mr. Baseball from Crestview Hills, got his fourth double of the season. Through seven games, the sophomore has batted .481 (13-for-27) and has five RBI.
Adams, UK's sophomore center fielder and a wide receiver for the football team, scored three runs and had an RBI.
Kentucky will wrap up the series against Illinois-Chicago at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Cats will start sophomore Jordan Cooper.
Softball strands 10 in loss to Stanford
Despite out-hitting the 16th-ranked Stanford Cardinal, the 24th-ranked Kentucky softball team lost 4-2 after stranding 10 base runners in the Stanford (Calif.) Nike Invitational on Saturday.
Junior pitcher Chanda Bell, who threw a no-hitter a day earlier, struck out six and gave up four runs in five innings. Senior Megan Yocke had a pair of doubles and scored a run. Junior Brittany Cervantes extended her hitting streak to eight games with a single in the first inning.
Kentucky defeated UC Davis 2-0 in its second game of the day. Yocke was 2-for-2 and scored both of the Cats' runs. Freshman Ellen Weaver and Bell combined on the shutout.
The Cats will play North Dakota State at noon Sunday to wrap up their trip to California.
■ Kentucky's women's tennis team won the top three singles matches, but lost 4-3 to Indiana on Saturday at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Center. At No. 1 singles, UK senior Megan Broderick defeated Leslie Hureau 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3. Broderick was down a break at 2-0 in the third set before rallying for the victory.
At No. 2 singles, sophomore Jessica Stiles defeated Evgeniya Vertesheva 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1. Freshman Caitlin McGraw provided the Cats' third win 6-4, 7-6 (3) against the Hoosiers' Katya Zapadalova.
Florida ahead at SEC indoors
Top-ranked Florida leads the team standings after the second day of the Southeastern Conference indoor track and field championships in Fayetteville, Ark. The Gators had 41 points after competition Saturday, leading fifth-ranked Arkansas by two points. The championships conclude Sunday.
The Gators, who last won the SEC indoors in 2004, are trying to snap Arkansas' six-year winning streak. Florida picked up 10 points from senior Kemal Mesic, who won the shot put with a throw of 64.07 feet, another 10 points from heptathlon winner Gray Horn, and 10 more points from 3,000-meter champion Dumisane Hlaselo.
In the women's competition, sixth-ranked Tennessee rallied in the final event Saturday to take control. No. 2 LSU trails by 29 points through five scored events. The Lady Volunteers scored 24 points in the 3,000-meter run with first-, second- and third-place finishes from Jackie Areson, Liz Costello and Brittany Sheffey. Areson won the event with a time of 9 minutes, 10.49 seconds, breaking a 24-year-old meet record held by Lisa Breiding of Kentucky in 1987. She ran the 3,000 in 9:15.69.
Kentucky's women are fourth in the team standings with 24 points. The men are 10th in the 10-team field with two points.
Heather Smith was fourth in the women's weight throw at 60-02.5 feet. Terri-Ann Grant was fifth in the high jump at 1.73 meters.
Rifle team in 2nd at conference meet
Paced by Heather Greathouse's team-best score, Kentucky's rifle team is second after the smallbore competition at the Great American Rifle Conference Championships in Oxford, Miss. The Wildcats totaled 2,322 points in smallbore, with top-ranked West Virginia (2,337) getting 591 from star Nicco Campriani. Greathouse led UK with a 582. Emily Holsopple had 581 and Ethan Settlemires had a 580. The teams will compete in air rifle on Sunday.
Visa problems sideline Reds' Volquez
Right-hander Edinson Volquez will miss the Cincinnati Reds' spring training opener because of visa problems.
Volquez was scheduled to start Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. He was scratched because he doesn't yet have his work visa. Volquez is in the United States on a travel visa.
Manager Dusty Baker already picked Volquez as his Opening Day starter. Volquez can continue to work out but can't pitch in a game until he gets his work visa.
The Reds got ready for their exhibition schedule by playing an intrasquad game on Saturday. Left-hander Travis Wood, who is competing for one of the two spots in the rotation, allowed only one hit in two innings, a homer by Jonny Gomes.
Rangers' Webb back on mound today
Brandon Webb is scheduled to pitch off a mound for the first time in 10 days Sunday. The Texas Rangers wanted Webb to build up arm strength before getting back on the mound again after a short bullpen session during the first workout of spring training. The right-hander hasn't pitched in a major-league game since the 2009 season opener for Arizona because of shoulder surgery. Webb, an Ashland native who starred at Kentucky, said Saturday that he had "a real good week" and can see a "huge difference" in how his arm feels after a week in which he threw off flat ground and longer distances.
Martin leads Rockets past Nets
Kevin Martin scored 30 points, Chase Budinger added 27 and Houston beat Deron Williams and the New Jersey Nets 123-108 on Saturday night in the host Rockets' first game since trading away Shane Battier and Aaron Brooks.
Chuck Hayes scored eight points to go with 11 rebounds and seven assists for Houston. Patrick Patterson added five rebounds and Courtney Lee scored 10 points and six boards.
■ Jason Terry scored 25 points, Tyson Chandler had a season-high 23 and 13 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks beat the host Washington Wizards 105-99 for their fifth straight win. John Wall had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Wizards.
■ Zach Randolph had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 21 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the second half to beat the Sacramento Kings 120-92. DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Kings.
Djokovic defeats Federer again
Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer for the second time in a month, a 6-3, 6-3 victory Saturday for his third consecutive Dubai Championships title. Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak in 2011 to 12 matches with his 20th title. The third-ranked Serb beat Federer in the semifinals on his way to winning the Australian Open.
■ Vera Zvonareva defeated top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to win the Qatar Ladies Open finals. The third-ranked Russian earned her 11th career WTA title and first since a victory in Pattaya City a year ago.
The last word
Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire on new middle infielders Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Alexi Casilla:
"The communication thing is going to be interesting. I don't understand either one of them."