Grundy's solid first start leads Bat Cats past Eastern Michigan
Southpaw Jerad Grundy didn't allow a run in his first career start and the Kentucky baseball team's offense pounded out 13 hits in a 10-2 victory against Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C.
The offensive attack for Kentucky (2-0) was led by Lucas Witt, who had three hits, and A.J. Reed and Matt Reida, who both had three RBI. Catcher Luke Maile hit his first home run of the year and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Witt, who was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, extended his hitting streak to eight games.
"We swung it really well today; we hit a lot of balls on the nose," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "They made three great catches in the outfield that would have changed the game even more."
Grundy (1-0) pitched 52⁄3 shutout innings, allowing three hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
Softball team splits doubleheader
Kentucky's softball team, ranked 22nd in the latest coaches' poll, stranded seven base runners in a 3-0 loss to No. 11 Michigan on Saturday in the FAU Kickoff Classic in Boca Raton, Fla. Emily Jolly led the Cats (4-4) with a pair of hits, including a double.
■ Alice O'Brien sliced a triple along the right-field line in the fifth inning and came around to score on an error to give Kentucky a 2-1 victory over LIU Brooklyn in their first game Saturday. Chanda Bell, who got her first victory of the season, had five strikeouts.
No. 3 Ohio St. edges UK men's tennis
Kentucky seniors Eric Quigley, ranked sixth nationally, and Alex Musialek, ranked 20th, both defeated top-16 ranked singles players in straights sets, but No. 3 Ohio State claimed the doubles point and three singles matches to defeated the sixth-ranked Wildcats 4-3 on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the International Tennis Association National Men's Indoor Championships.
Kentucky (10-1) will drop to the consolation portion of the bracket and face either No. 2 Virginia or No. 9 Stanford on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the tournament in Charlottesville, Va.
With the team score tied 3-3, Ohio State's Ille Van Engelen (No. 99 nationally) and Kentucky's Tom Jomby (79th) were battling in a third set at No. 4 singles to decide the match. Van Engelen opened up a 3-0 lead before Jomby won four of the next five games to tie it. Both players then held serve to tie the set 5-5 before Van Engelen fought off break point to go up 6-5 and then broke Jomby to clinch the set and the Buckeyes' 4-3 win.
Quigley, who is UK's all-time winningest singles player in school history, defeated 16th-ranked Chase Buchanan 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. The win is Quigley's 17th over a ranked foe this season. Musialek defeated No. 12 Blaz Rola at No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-4.
■ Kentucky's gymnastics team lost 197.225-193.125 to No. 4 Georgia on Saturday in Athens, Ga. The Wildcats' best event as a team was on vault (48.575). Caitlyn Ciokajlo's 9.875 on bars was UK's highest individual score.
Perry breaks Champions' 36-hole record
After the first round, Kenny Perry deadpanned that it was a typical day on the Champions Tour when he shot 8 under and wasn't in the lead. Saturday, it was time for the others to talk about him.
Perry shot a 10-under 62 and set the Champions Tour's 36-hole scoring record at 18-under 126 in the second round of the ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla.
"That's amazing," said Perry, three shots ahead of first-round leader Larry Mize. "So many great players have played this tour, and to be able to now say I've had the lowest 36 of all time is pretty neat. It's a neat accomplishment. It's just amazing I can make 20 birdies in 36 holes. That's just phenomenal."
Tom Lehman was four back, and defending champion Bernhard Langer another stroke behind at 13 under.
"What he's done the first two days is spectacular, but not surprising," Lehman said. "Nothing anybody does out here surprises me, and especially from him."
Perry, a Franklin resident who played in college at Western Kentucky, made five birdies on the front nine and six more on the back. He bounced back from a bogey on No. 15, with birdies on the last three holes. Perry made a 25-footer for birdie on No. 1, and followed that up with a 35-footer on No. 2.
"That really loosened me up, relaxed me, kind of really freed my game up," he said. "It was off and running."
■ Phil Mickelson hit into the trees and through the trees, and even hit one shot into a spectator's shorts. He still managed to stay atop the leader board Saturday in the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles. Mickelson scrambled his way to a 1-under 70 and was tied for the lead with PGA champion Keegan Bradley, who took only five putts over the last five holes and shot 66. On the 15th, when Mickelson's tee shot rolled into the hem of a fan's shorts, the man stayed still until Mickelson arrived to remove the ball and take his free drop. Mickelson managed to par the hole.
■ Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Yani Tseng after the third round of the LPGA Thailand. Miyazato birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine.
High school basketball
Sayre's Bowie has triple-double in win
Gabby Bowie had a triple-double and Sayre's girls jumped out to a 23-3 lead on Brown and cruised from there in a 66-43 victory in Lexington. Bowie, the daughter of former University of Kentucky star Sam Bowie, had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocked shots. She was 14-for-15 from the field. Twelve of Sophie O'Rourke's 16 points came from three-point range and Maddie Mitchell had 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
■ Lexington Christian's Kristen Jacob scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 62-41 victory at home against Moore. Kelli Mitchuson added eight points to go with 12 assists.
■ China Dow scored 19 points in Louisville Christian's 54-39 victory against visiting Bryan Station. DeShante Clay scored 13 points for the Lady Defenders.
Boys: Sayre's Reid Freeman scored 20 points and Phillip O'Rourke had 18 points and 10 rebounds in an 87-31 victory against Riverside Christian. Freeman also had four assists and four steals.
■ Buckhorn senior Matt Day had 33 points and 12 rebounds in an 84-70 victory at home against Estill County.
EKU softball knocks off No. 6 Missouri
Eastern Kentucky's softball team (3-0) defeated sixth-ranked Missouri 6-5 in 10 innings on Saturday in the Quality Inn Classic at Troy, Ala. Lauren Mitchell knocked in the decisive run on a sacrifice fly. Shaylon Robb (2-0) pitched the final eight innings to earn the victory.
■ The son of retired NFL running back Fred Taylor decided to attend Florida. Kelvin Taylor, who broke Emmitt Smith's state high school rushing record as a junior last season, announced his commitment Saturday morning, choosing the Gators over Alabama. Taylor started playing high school football as an eighth grader and has 9,698 yards rushing in four years at Glades Day High in Belle Glade.
■ In the NBA, Gary Neal hit go-ahead three-pointers in regulation and overtime, Tony Parker scored 30 points and the San Antonio Spurs held off the host Los Angeles Clippers 103-100 to earn their NBA-leading 10th consecutive victory.
The last word
NASCAR owner James Finch has high expectations and is eagerly anticipating his first season with 2004 Cup champion Kurt Busch as his driver. But when asked about the outbursts that Busch has become known for (and is trying to curb), Finch said:
"We're not going to put up with any of that. Where we come from, if you act up at the dinner table, you get slapped in the mouth."