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Image 57 of Kentucky Alumni, vol. 77, no. 3, Fall 2006

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i l S P 0 R T S l I i I 1 Field of Dreams n Kentucky Baseball Team Has Record-Setting Season F University of ( J Kentucky baseball · { i The UK baseball team had a dream season. Wildcat fans were gg?]$rSJ5)f?Qh(é0VI2/?|ré_ 9 treated to the fun and excitement of championship baseball. Cats SEC Champr- ` a. i Under second-year coach John Cohen, the Cats went from worst— onghip trophies, ~ ‘ to—first in the SEC, winning the East title and claiming a share of “/ _ i· the school’s first ever SEC baseball championship. The Wildcats · reached as high as number four in the national rankings. Ken- € p tucky compiled the best record in school history (44-17), the most , _ p U__,_,;_···;,·m,_. _ i SEC wins, and first NCAA bid since 1993. For the first time in , I , 1 school history, the Wildcats hosted a NCAA regional tournament, . · 3 W :;."::“‘.,.:.‘. , l where the dream season came to an end after losses to Ball State 9 ¤ ?-I , r g University and the College of Charleston. ( .,_ _1 U =’-= I .: . y l Ryan Strieby, Sean Coughlin, John Shelby and Collin Cowgill _ ·-····=ms·m~¤—·~· s { `? were the anchors of Kentucky’s record—setting offense, which . * A shattered the school mark with 500 runs scored on the year. The ” ’ ` 5 5 3 J 3 ‘ 1 group combined to hit 71 home runs and 68 doubles while driving in 239 runs.They were only the hfth quartet in SEC history to each hit at least 15 home runs in a season. Strieby was named SEC Player of the Year, the first in school baseball history. He also received All—America hon- i ors from Baseball America (first team), Pro—Line Cap/NCBWA (second team), Louisville Slugger (first team). and i College Baseball Foundation (first team). Strieby was honored as the NCBWA District III Player of the Year, first i team All—SEC and ABCA All South District Team. Strieby was one of a record six UK players taken in the Major J League Baseball Draft. He was selected in the fourth round by the Detroit Tigers. Shelby, a second team All-SEC se- V [ lection and first team All South Region selection, was drafted in the fifth round. Other draftees are: Aaron Tennyson, i 22nd round, Zach Dials, 28th round, Michael Bertram, 39th round, and Couglin, second team All-SEC and first team i All South Region, was selected in the 42nd round. Cohen was named SEC Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation. , The Wildcat baseball team celebrated after defeating Georgia to claim a share ofthe SEC championship. __ . ·i* ·· wx I r _ ` ' ` · »— "" *9 · ·‘ . .·.· , ' - *` . ’·*.“'**—•‘ I I —»* —i 5* `. ` ‘·‘ · ·. l. .~ J.- " Q ·» .` . ‘ . i_ ‘ " r ·· WWE ·‘ t§@.a» T" . 2. T l / · jr · tv § . \.\ ·» y —, r ri ...... 5 MJ /‘/ ·-\ { g i ,» c wr Y mn - \ Q i l { it ‘· . =¢L ‘ `ZYZ { in . a wl" l i S lll? A I `*1llF / M "* ·x · A , li. V * i =— ° * i * / { { Z ( i ( VL, W ? _ `Umrw-UAr*~" i ii - » .· · l i _ ‘ ·` ` dri V.- :3 l li i A is ? `.·` _ * i \___a J`, ‘ ’ ·* at . { 1 , i ‘ ·~ l - ' ‘‘.r . . t) ~ ";· . , lil 1 r 5 ` 1. l- *‘5*;'i*‘¥‘°? i M egg p I ~ xs r _ lamb $‘·““·_w U rc, \ ~,..— 1 § ; \ < V _ .2 p ,. ir _,·§|_ I ',r _. zig u ·’ N'} . i' ’ , , ` i `. ` \ ‘ "F eq ' E 7 ., _ ¢;", Q I \ _ if 5 ' · A -‘ ’ _§` X 1* ·\_ X V Q · E i "",.· i · ·' ' iv ` ‘. i2ii4-·~ To \ ` ` r Q »‘ i ° A , V A = · . , C gi-" ‘ ii ·i i`_.—.·a.4·}.. 7 if { ··:¤@‘i“i`{Y i g § f ' Q , Q $ · ;_ tj QI · ,-is .‘., , T, gg ._,. i.__ ` .- ~ ».‘.- Z . i A KENTUCKY Arurvirii 55