Don't look now, UK faithful, but your Kentucky Baseball Cats are threatening to make the Bluegrass college baseball country.
The program has long been a good one in an unthinkably tough conference. Former coach Keith Madison coached 85 players either drafted or who signed professional contracts in 25 seasons at the helm, and that includes an impressive 14 who found their way to the big leagues. Among these are 2006 National League Cy Young winner Brandon Webb. When Madison hung up his spikes, he left as the third-winningest coach (735 wins) in Southeastern Conference history, trailing only legends Ron Polk (Mississippi State) and Skip Bertman (LSU).
My point is that in all that time, with all that success, the program never -- never, mind you -- reached the level it is currently motoring at under his replacement, John Cohen.
To wit, on Tuesday, Kentucky swept a doubleheader from Eastern Michigan to raise its record on the season to a perfect 15-0. Three more wins would equal a school record 18-0 start set way back in ... last year.
Kentucky currently ranks in the top 20 in all the major college baseball polls (notoriously freaky as they are), including: #4 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, #15 in the USA Today/Coaches poll, and #17 in Baseball America.
There is some debate as to how tough/weak the early season schedule has been, but one thing is certain, these guys can pound the ball.
Up next for the Cats: A weekend series at home against Alabama.