Cats left out of tournament field for second straight year


Kentucky vs. Austin Peay at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff.

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UK baseball was not one of the 64 teams chosen on Monday for the NCAA Baseball Tournament. This marks the second straight year that the Cats will not be playing in the tournament.

After such a strong start, UK made an appearance in the top 10, but things quickly changed for the club.

The downward spiral began in early April when the Cats headed into a matchup with Louisville with a record of 20-8, which would change quickly.

UK would go 12-17 from that point on and finish the season at 32-25 and 15-15 in the SEC. Regardless of its .500 record in the best conference in the nation, it proved to be the tough midweek losses and the teams low RPI that hurt the Cats.

Seven other SEC teams made the field, and each team is hosting a regional which sets a tournament record. The fact that the Cats have series victories over two of those teams and a .500 record in that conference has been an interesting conversation, but nonetheless, things did not go UK’s way.

Now that the offseason has officially begun, the Cats will be looking towards 2017 and ending the two year NCAA tournament drought.