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Moore and Nicholson Power CATS to Sweep Over Bama

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Wildcats defeat Crimson Tide 10-1 at Kentucky Proud Park, move to 11-1 in SEC

LEXINGTON, Ky. – April 7, 2024

Mason Moore pitched seven innings of one-run baseball and Ryan Nicholson blasted his team-leading fifth and sixth home runs of the season as No. 12 Kentucky ran away with the series finale against No. 11 Alabama, securing a 10-1 victory to sweep a Southeastern Conference opponent for the third time this season.

The Wildcats (27-4, 11-1 SEC) now hold an 11-1 record in league play, good enough for first place in the East Division and a share of the overall conference lead.

Moore turned in another gem in his role as the Sunday starter, moving his record to 7-0 on the season, good for second best in the nation and tops in the SEC. He scattered four hits and two walks over his seven innings of work, striking out six and only allowing one earned run. His season ERA now sits at a 2.44, lowest on the team among starters.

On the weekend, Kentucky pitchers stole the show, as all three starters turned in outings of at least seven innings. The Wildcats only had to use five hurlers over the span of the weekend’s 27 innings, and they combined to limit the potent Alabama offense to just three runs in three games. Prior to the series, Alabama had not been held under three runs in a game all season; Kentucky held them under that mark in all three games.

At the plate, the bats exploded for the Cats, scoring double-digit runs for the fifth time in conference action. Nicholson led the offensive attack, turning in a career-high five RBI on a pair of home run blasts. He finished the day 3-5 at the plate and also scored three runs. Nicholson was one of six Wildcats to card multi-hit games, as Emilien Pitre and Grant Smith turned in three-hit days, while Ryan Waldschmidt, Nick Lopez, and Nolan McCarthy each had two base knocks on the day.

The Wildcats opened the scoring for the third time this weekend, as Nicholson and McCarthy recorded back-to-back hits to break the seal. James McCoy followed with an RBI groundout, then, after Smith and Waldschmidt reached, a Pitre single closed the second inning with a three-run advantage for the home team.

Alabama would respond in the following half inning, as a leadoff double, flyout, and groundout gave the Crimson Tide their only run. In the bottom of the third, Nicholson would balloon the lead to 5-1, blasting his first home run of the day to left center field.

The Tide would see multiple runners reach in the fifth and seventh innings, but Moore would slam the door on the threat both times. The Cats would put the game out of reach in the bottom of the seventh, as Nicholson drove in three more on a home run to right field. Kentucky would continue to score, as Waldschmidt and Pitre each had RBI hits to bring the score to 10-1.


  • Kentucky now is 27-4 in 2024, 11-1 in Southeastern Conference play.
    • Kentucky has won 15 of its past 16 games.
    • Kentucky is 16-4 in day games.
    • Kentucky is 16-2 in home games.
    • Kentucky is 8-0 on Sunday.
    • Kentucky is 3-0 in April.
  • At 11-1 in SEC play, Kentucky is off to the best league start in its history.
    • Kentucky is currently tied with No. 1 Arkansas in the overall SEC standings.
    • The Wildcats own the top spot in the East Division, holding a three-game lead over second-place Vanderbilt.
  • Kentucky is 9-0 vs. ranked teams this season and 67-92 under Coach Nick Mingione.
  • The Cats’ current seven-game win streak in SEC play is the longest in the Mingione era.
  • UK Coach Nick Mingione is in his eighth season at the helm and now owns a 243-154 career record.
    • Mingione needs 15 victories to become the second-winningest coach in school history.
    • UK is 52-54 in the month of April under Coach Mingione.
    • Mingione is 8-5 vs. Alabama.
  • Kentucky outscored Alabama 23-3 over the three-game series.
    • Alabama scored season-low run totals in all three games.
  • Kentucky has outscored SEC opponents 55-13 in the last four games.
  • Kentucky scored five runs in seventh inning.
    • It is the 18th time in the last 15 games UK has scored 4+ runs in an inning.
    • It is the 27th time this season UK has scored 4+ runs in an inning.
    • It is the 201st time in the Mingione Era.
  • Junior RHP Mason Moore picked up his league-leading seventh win of the season.
    • He pitched seven innings, allowing one run, four hits, two walks, and struck out six.
    • His 110 pitches thrown is a career high.
  • Junior LHP Jackson Nove pitched the final two innings.
    • He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck out a pair.
  • Graduate INF Ryan Nicholson blasted a pair of home runs to register a career-high 5 RBI.
    • He finished the day 3-5 with three runs scored.
  • Junior OF Ryan Waldschmidt finished 2-3 on the day with two walks and an RBI.
    • It is his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
  • Junior INF Emilien Pitre was 3-5 with two RBI.
    • It was his 13th multi-hit game of the season and eighth multi-RBI game on the year.
  • Graduate INF Nick Lopez finished 2-4 with a pair of runs scored.
    • He now has 12 multi-hit games on the season.
  • Redshirt-Junior OF Nolan McCarthy was 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
    • It was his fourth multi-hit game of the season.
    • He now has a hit in five straight games.
  • Senior INF Grant Smith was 3-4 on the day with a pair of runs scored.
    • The three hits set a new season high.
    • It was his fifth-multi hit game of the year.
    • Smith’s six-game hit streak and 10-game on-base streak on both current team highs.


The Wildcats will head to Alabama next week for a four-game road trip at Samford and Auburn. The Wildcats and the Bulldogs will square off in Birmingham on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Kentucky will then travel down to the Plains for a Thursday-Saturday series at Auburn. The Cats and the Tigers will be featured on ESPNU on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET, before wrapping up the series on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. ET and Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m. ET. The final two games of the weekend will be streamed on the SEC Network + with all four games featuring an audio broadcast via the UK Sports Network.

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