Kentucky Baseball releases 2021 SEC schedule

The Wildcats open league play at home for first time since 2012 as part of traditional 30-game conference slate

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – The Kentucky baseball team will play a daunting 10-series, 30-game Southeastern Conference schedule this spring featuring 24 games against opponents that are ranked in preseason Top 25 polls, the league announced Tuesday.

UK coach Nick Mingione will appear on LEX-18’s “BBN Tonight” on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET to discuss the schedule and preview the 2021 season.

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The non-conference schedule will be announced at a later date. Fans should be aware that the COVID-19 pandemic does create schedule changes, so for the most up-to-date information throughout the season, Big Blue Nation is asked to check UKathletics.com and follow Kentucky Baseball on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updated information.

The Wildcats will open the 2021 conference gauntlet at home for the first time since the 2012 season, hosting Missouri at Kentucky Proud Park on March 19-21, and close the slate at Vanderbilt, the 2019 national champions, May 20-22 in Nashville.

Following the opening series vs. Missouri the Cats will travel to Auburn (March 26-28) and Mississippi State (April 1-3) before returning home to face LSU (April 9-11). The Cats also will host Alabama (April 30-May 2), preseason No. 1-ranked Florida (May 7-9) and South Carolina (May 14-16). Additional road trips include Georgia (April 16-18) and Tennessee (April 30-May 2).

For fans interested in purchasing tickets to home games, the University of Kentucky will release information on updated attendance protocols for the 2021 UK Baseball season at a later date.

The Cats are entering their fifth season under head coach Nick Mingione and have won 114 games during his tenure, including 11 during the 2020 season shortened by the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 club is led by 2020 National co-Freshman of the Year John Rhodes, 2021 preseason All-Americans T.J. Collett and Austin Schultz, as well as an experienced lineup and deep pitching staff.

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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