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Softball and baseball teams fall, John Higgins back in the news, Wenyen Gabriel is preparing for a big sophomore season and more.

After wonderful regular seasons, there wasn't much to cheer about for both the UK baseball and softball teams last night.

After leading most of the game, the baseball team fell to South Carolina 3-1 after the Gamecocks' pinch hitter T.J. Hopkins hit a three run homer in the seventh inning after UK had led 1-0 until then. It was only the second hit for the Gamecocks and would be their last. The 'Cats were eliminated from the SEC tournament and will now await their fate as far as regionals for the NCAA tournament is concerned. That tournament starts next Friday.

The softball team was shutout 4-0 in Eugene, Oregon. The 'Cats fell to the Ducks in the Super Regionals. With their backs against the wall, they will have to win their next two games to advance to the college world series. You can all see the first game today at 7:00 PM on ESPN as the 'Cats take on the Ducks once again.

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A crowd packed it in for the Lexington Legends game last night as Tim Tebow's minor league team was in town. But fans of the Heisman winner didn't get to see him play.

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