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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Preakness Edition

Welcome to Preakness Saturday, Big Blue Nation. Oh, yeah, the Bat Cats play for a piece of the SEC East today, too.

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, to the Saturday Morning Quickies. There’s a lot to talk about for a Saturday in May, not the least of which are the Bat Cats and the Preakness.

First, the Preakness — Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming looks to back up his stellar performance on the first Saturday in May with a win in Baltimore. Derby winners often do well at Pimlico, but a number of people think that the Todd Pletcher charge doesn’t have the stuff to get it done on a fast track.

I disagree. This looks like a good setup for the Derby champ, and he’s shown the ability to get ahead and stay there. I think he gets it done today.

Second, we have the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team. Last night, the Wildcats had a chance to place themselves at least in a tie for the SEC regular-season championship with LSU. They still have a chance to tie the Gators for the SEC East title, but would need help from Mississippi State to tie the SEC overall with LSU and Florida.

Last night’s game was a mess for Kentucky, with Florida’s Brady Singer dominating Bat Cat hitting pitching by pitching five no-hit innings and Kentucky pitching throwing the ball like Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn before he got his glasses. By the time Kentucky’s pitching got on track, it was 11-0 Florida and the Wildcats were never in it.

Adding to the tension of the game was Nick Mingione’s ejection in, I believe it was, the sixth inning. It was a classic attempt to fire up the team by getting ejected, and Mingione was complaining about a call that was correctly made — Mingione thought batsman Marcus Carson was hit by a pitch, but the replay clearly showed he wasn’t. Check it out below:

So today, Kentucky finds itself in a must-win scenario on the road for a piece of the SEC East and a chance for a piece of the SEC. Should be high drama, so don’t miss it (SECN+). First pitch at 1 PM today, Kentucky is projected to start right-hander Justin Lewis (6-2, 3.23 ERA) and the Gators righty Jackson Kowar (9-0, 3.92 ERA).

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Heh. He did go bonkers, no question. If it was an act, as most suspect, it was an Oscar-level performance.

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