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Kentucky Wildcat Baseball: Bat Cats will not host NCAA regional

In a somewhat surprising development, the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcat baseball squad has been left off the NCAA's 16 team regional host list. The Bat Cats, who lost to No. 21 Mississippi State 2-1 in the semifinals of the SEC tournament, the farthest UK has advanced in the SEC tourney since the field was expanded in 1998, are only one win away from tying the school record for victories, which currently stands at 44 (2006).

After losing to the baseball Bulldogs and ex-UK coach John Cohen, the 43-16 Bat Cats still felt confident they would be selected as a regional host.

"I would think so, sure," Bat Cats coach Gary Henderson told the Herald-Leader about UK's chances of being a regional host. "I would certainly think the four-seed in the SEC that's won 43 games, 20 of them against SEC competition, deserves a spot."

Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. Kentucky will learn its NCAA tournament fate Monday at noon (ET), as the NCAA will announce the field for this year's college baseball post season action.