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The excitement around Kentucky baseball and first year head coach Nick Mingione is at fever pitch after a season of exceeded expectations. The Cats will travel to Hoover, Alabama as the No. 3 seed in the SEC tournament.

All of their success didn’t go unnoticed when the SEC doled out its season awards. Lots of recognition went UK’s way.

It started at the top, and deservedly so, with Nick Mingione taking home SEC Coach of the Year honors. Kentucky’s prolific offense was definitely going to garner a lot of attention in the hardware department and it did with Tristan Pompey making first team All-SEC and both Troy Squires and Riley Mahan making the second team.

There was diversity in the accolades too. Sean Hjelle won Kentucky’s first-ever Pitcher of the Year Award.

Kentucky was well represented off the field as well with Storm Wilson being named to the SEC Community Service Team and Zack Logue winning Scholar Athlete of the Year. It truly was a good day.

Kentucky will open SEC Tournament play against No. 11 seed South Carolina Wednesday morning at 10:30 A.M. ET. On April 28-30 Kentucky took two out of three from the Gamecocks in Columbia including the memorable 19-1 victory in the series opener.

Everyone’s slates are clean now and Kentucky looks to continue handling their business. If they do, hosting a Super Regional will be the next highlight of this great season.

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