Littrell shuts out Ill.-Chicago as undefeated Bat Cats score 20
Corey Littrell pitched six shutout innings and Kentucky's baseball team totaled 19 hits in a 20-0 victory over Illinois-Chicago that completed a three-game sweep at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Sunday.
The Bat Cats' offensive onslaught included a career-high four hits from Austin Cousino and three hits by Luke Maile. Both have 10-game hitting streaks.
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Kentucky (11-0) and Gonzaga (10-0) are the only undefeated teams in NCAA Division I.
The shutout was UK's second of the season. Littrell, a former Louisville Trinity standout, gave up two hits and two walks and struck out seven batters.
Softball team rolls to 9-1 victory
Eight different Kentucky batters registered at least one hit as the softball team (10-8) defeated Nicholls State 9-1 in five innings in the final game of the Ragin' Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La. Junior Kara Dill extended her career-long hitting streak to 15 games and scored two runs. Senior Chanda Bell earned her second win of the weekend to improve to 5-1 overall.
Men's tennis dominates Razorbacks
The ninth-ranked Kentucky men's tennis team won the doubles point for the third-consecutive match and took five singles matches in a 6-1 victory against host Arkansas.
UK (13-3) swept all three doubles matches to grab a 1-0 lead before controlling singles action with four straight-set singles wins.
Eric Quigley, ranked sixth in the nation in singles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, clinched the match at court one when he defeated Gregoire Lehmann 6-4, 6-3. Moments later, No. 16 Alex Musialek pushed Kentucky's lead to 5-0 with his 6-4, 6-4 win at court two over Matt Walters.
■ UK's women's tennis team lost 4-3 to Arkansas at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex. Jessica Stiles, Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff and Stephanie Fox won singles matches for the Cats.
Freshman leading way for men's golf
A week after carding the first top-10 finish of his collegiate career, Kentucky freshman David Snyder led the Cats on Sunday, shooting a 1-over-par 73 in the first round of the USF Invitational in Tampa, Fla. Snyder, who played in high school for Somerset, is tied for 15th as an individual.
As a team, UK was 7-over and tied for fifth with two rounds to go.
McIlroy weathers late charge by Woods
Rory McIlroy was six holes away from winning the Honda Classic and going to No. 1 in the world, an outcome that looked inevitable as he stood on the 13th green Sunday at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
That's when he heard the roar. Even from the farthest corner of the course, McIlroy knew it was for Tiger Woods. And McIlroy could tell by the sheer volume that it was an eagle.
"I could hear the huge roar," McIlroy said. "And it definitely wasn't a birdie roar."
For Woods, it was a moment that finally put some color into that red shirt, a birdie-eagle finish for a 62, the lowest final round of his career to get within one shot of the lead and force the 22-year-old from Northern Ireland to play the final hour with little room for error.
McIlroy answered with clutch shots of his own, a performance that showed why he's the new No. 1 in golf.
He poured in the 8-foot birdie putt on the 13th for a two-shot lead. He gouged out a wedge from grass so deep he could barely see the ball to save par on the 14th, and he twice saved par from the bunker on the scary par 3s for a 1-under 69 and a two-shot win.
McIlroy became the 16th player to be No. 1 since the world ranking began in 1986. He replaced Luke Donald and became the second-youngest player to be No. 1 behind Woods, who was 21 when he first got to the top after the 1997 U.S. Open.
Major league baseball
Reds top Jimenez, Indians 8-6
Ubaldo Jimenez allowed five runs, only one earned, in one inning in his spring debut on Sunday and the Cincinnati Reds earned an 8-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Ariz. The Indians obtained Jimenez at the trade deadline last season after a 6-9 start at Colorado. He was 4-4 in 11 starts with Cleveland after the deal.
"It doesn't look good in the papers but I threw the ball good," Jimenez said. "They kept hitting bloopers. Only one guy hit the ball hard. People that know baseball know that things like this happen."
Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman, competing for the fifth spot in the Reds' rotation, each pitched two innings. Chapman allowed one run in two innings. He gave up two hits and a walk and struck out three. Shelley Duncan hit a three-run home run off Bailey. Duncan is trying to earn the starting left field job for Cleveland.
■ Hoping to earn a spot in Atlanta's rotation, Julio Teheran was tagged for six home runs in two innings and the Detroit Tigers connected nine times overall in romping past the Braves 18-3. Prince Fielder homered and Ryan Raburn hit two shots, including a grand slam. Teheran allowed only five homers while going 15-3 at Triple-A Gwinnett last season. He had a rougher time in the majors, giving up four homers in 192⁄3 innings.
■ Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Corey Hart, a former Greenwood standout, needs surgery on his right knee that will sideline him for up to a month. About 15 minutes before the Brewers' spring training opener, the club scratched Hart from the lineup because of swelling in his right knee. He went for an MRI that revealed the tear. Hart hit .285 with 26 homers and 63 RBI last season.
Derby contender Hansen to prep at Turfway
Hansen, the 2011 juvenile champion who is coming off a win this past weekend in the Grade III Gotham Stakes at Belmont Park, was scheduled to depart Monday for Turfway Park. He will prepare there for his next race, likely to be the Wood Memorial on April 7.
"He came back good, ate everything up, and is good today," trainer Michael Maker's assistant, Nelson Donis, said Sunday.
Running without blinkers for the first time in the Gotham, Hansen came from off the pace for a three-length victory. The near-white colt was also outfitted with a new bit for the race.
"That's my job," said Maker after the race of the changes. "Hopefully we can keep it figured out the next couple of months."
EKU's Rodriguez hits three home runs
Eastern Kentucky senior Richie Rodriguez hit three home runs, and missed a potential game-tying fourth by a few inches in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Colonels lost 11-10 to Indiana State in Richmond. Rodriguez hit a two-run home run in the third, a solo shot in the the seventh and another two-run home run in the eighth. His also had a two-RBI double in the ninth.
The last word
The Arizona Diamondbacks' grounds crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to help disperse a swarm of bees that delayed the San Francisco Giants' split squad's 11-1 win over Arizona for 41 minutes in the second inning Sunday. With runners on second and third and one out in the second inning, a dark cloud appeared in right field, sending Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young sprinting toward left. Young said:
"I didn't see them at first I just heard them. I am not afraid of one or two of them. I wouldn't flinch at that. When you start talking about 500, 600 of them yeah, I am afraid of that. I would be afraid of anything of that many. If there were that many mosquitoes, I would be afraid of that."