Bat Cats headed to program’s first Super Regional

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It seemed unlikely after UK fell to NC State in the first meeting of what would be three between the two teams in the Lexington regional.  Kentucky would have to battle back out of the losers bracket in order to make history and that’s what happened in the winner-take-all final.  The Bat Cats are headed to the program’s first super regional behind a 10-5 win over the Wolfpack.

First-year head coach Nick Mingione led his team to an unprecedented victory Monday night into Tuesday morning in front of a packed house at Cliff Hagan Stadium.  5,005 on hand, good for an all-time record at CHS, to watch UK beat NC State in game that took nearly 4 hours and ended after 1 a.m.

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Up next for UK, a trip to Louisville to take on the rival Cardinals with a trip to Omaha on the line.

More to come on ABC 36 News Tuesday evening.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com