Big Blue Brew 2/12: Season Opening Dubs

Softball opened its season with four huge wins in the five games they played.

🔵 The Official Daily Newsletter For Kentucky Athletics

Good morning. The start of the week is a great time to pick up a new series to binge-watch. Kentucky football posted its first short of What it Means. Chapter 1: Our Home. Watch here.

What else are we mixing into today’s Brew?

🥎 Tourney winners
👟 Track finished indoor regular season
🔵 And much, much more!


🔼 Weekend Recap. Kentucky softball began its season with a five-game weekend. The Cats defeated UC Santa Barbara first, 5-1. Rylea Smith was hitting bombs, going 3-4 at the plate and hitting a two-run home run. Next, the women took down No. 3 Stanford 2-1. Jaden Vickers threw a complete game, only allowing two hits and one run. Taylor Ebbs scored both of Kentucky’s home runs with her home run and RBI single.

The Cats fell to No. 24 San Diego State where Sydney Langdon threw a complete game, only allowing three hits, two runs and got 10 strikeouts, but the offense wasn’t up to her speed and they lost 2-1. Next, the Cats took No. 3 Stanford into extra innings and won 3-2. Stephanie Schoonover outdueled Stanford’s National Freshman of the Year, NiJaree Canady, and took the win. 

Finally, Kentucky beat Minnesota on Sunday 3-2. The Cats went 4-1 to win the 2024 Aztec Opening Weekend Kickoff Tournament. They allowed two runs or less in each of its first five games for the first time in program history.

🔼 Double the Fun. The track and field team competed at the Tiger Paw Invite and David Hemery Valentine Invite and recorded multiple top-10 finishes and personal bests. Overall, there were 19 top-10 finishes, two being in the top three, six being in the top five, and a total of 11 personal bests. Alex Justus got his first career win in the 800m, and Keaton Daniel earned his third victory of the season in pole vault.

🔼 Home Cure. The women’s tennis team defeated Wichita State 5-2 at home. Freshman Julia Zhu clinched the victory for the Cats with her singles win. Ellie Myers earned her sixth win of the season, which is tied for the team-high.

🔼 Upset Alert! The No. 11 ranked men’s tennis team took down No. 8 Harvard 5-2 on Friday for its second straight win over a top-10 opponent. Charlelie Cosnet earned the final singles points for the Cats. The men were unable to defeat No. 15 Duke on Sunday as they fell 4-3. 

🔼 Went Down. The women’s basketball team faced Texas A&M on Sunday and lost 61-44. Ajae Petty scored 11 points and had seven rebounds. Read about the game here.


Snapped. The women’s tennis team snapped its three-game losing streak after beating Wichita State 5-2 on Friday.

What is the team’s overall record this season?

Think you got it? Scroll on down to the bottom of this email for the answer!


Party like a Rockstar. The No. 5 UK gymnastics team took down No. 12 Missouri 197.350-196.600 during Rockstar night in Rupp Arena. The women set a new program record with a 49.750 on the floor exercise. Raena Worley got another title, making it her 25th total.


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Monday, February 12

⛳️ Women’s Golf Nexus Collegiate

Tuesday, February 13

⛳️ Women’s Golf Nexus Collegiate
🏀 Men’s Basketball vs. Ole Miss @ 9pm ET | Live Stats | Tickets

Wednesday, February 14

⛳️ Women’s Golf Nexus Collegiate

Thursday, February 15

🏊 Swim and Dive First Chance Meet
🥎 Softball vs. North Carolina/Wisconsin @ 11am/5pm ET | Designated Players Club | Join Ticket Waitlist
🏀 Women’s Basketball at Auburn @ 7pm ET

Friday, February 16

🏊 Swim and Dive First Chance Meet
🥎 Softball vs. Washington @ 9:30am ET | Designated Players Club | Tickets
📣 Stunt vs. Texas/Oklahoma Baptist @ 12pm/4pm ET
⚾️ Baseball at USC Upstate @ 3pm ET | Watch | Live Stats
🤸 Gymnastics vs. BYU | Tickets

Saturday, February 17

⛳️ Men’s Golf Gators Invitational
🎯 Rifle NCAA Qualifier @ 8amET | NCAA Scorecard | Live Targets
🥎 Softball vs. UCF/Texas @ 1pm/7pm ET | Designated Players Club | Join Ticket Waitlist 
📣 Stunt vs. Oklahoma State/Central Arkansas @ 2pm/3:15pm ET
⚾️ Baseball at USC Upstate @ 3pm ET | Live Stats
🏀 Men’s Basketball at Auburn @ 6pm ET

Sunday, February 18

⛳️ Men’s Golf Gators Invitational
🏀 Women’s Basketball vs. Florida @ 12pm ET | Tickets
🎾 Women’s Tennis vs. Eastern Kentucky @ 10am ET
⚾️ Baseball at USC Upstate @ 3pm ET | Live Stats


Answer: 5-3!

🔵 Have a great Monday!