Kentucky to Host Pair of Fall Exhibition Games

Wildcats set to host Xavier on Sept. 29, Michigan on Oct. 14 in new stadium

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – The Kentucky baseball team will host two free exhibition games this fall as part of new NCAA legislation that allows programs to schedule scrimmages against outside competition without the contests counting against the spring allotment.

The Wildcats welcome Xavier on Saturday, September 29 at 11 a.m. ET and Michigan on Sunday, October 14 at a time to be announced at a later date. Both exhibitions are scheduled to be played in the Cats’ new $49 million stadium, which is nestled along Alumni Drive adjacent to the John Cropp Stadium and the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex and across the street from Kroger Field and the Joe Craft Football Training Center.

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The games will be free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed for entry and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis in the main seating bowl. Gates for Saturday’s first exhibition will open at 10:45 a.m. and there will be signage to direct fans to the main stadium entrance. A limited selection of concessions will be available on a cash-only basis.

This Saturday’s game is part of what should be an action-packed day for UK Athletics. The Kentucky football team hosts South Carolina at 7:30 p.m., giving fans an opportunity to see both teams in action in one day. Fans with football gameday parking permits are encouraged to park in their permitted lot and walk to the new baseball stadium. For those wishing just to attend baseball, they may park in the Purple Lot on a first-come, first-served basis until full or nearby non-permit parking structures two, three and six. All vehicles that do not have a football parking pass or are not in their correct lot must be moved by 3:30 p.m.

The Cats are entering the third season under head coach Nick Mingione‘s leadership and have won 77 games through his first two seasons, the third-most over a two-year span in school history. The program has seen a national-best 21 players selected in the past two Major League Baseball drafts, including 13 off last season’s club, and reached the only Super Regional in program history in 2017.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com