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Jim Host, Keith Madison reflect on Kentucky Baseball's journey to the College World Series

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Posted at 8:00 PM, Jun 13, 2024
100+ years of Kentucky Baseball

The Kentucky Baseball program has reached new heights with a legacy spanning just over a century. Seeing its first College World Series berth, former head coach Keith Madison & UK baseball player turned UK Athletics Hall of Famer Jim Host know this team as if they’re still on the roster!

Listen to Madison and Host as they recount the program's journey, which has led the 2024 Bat Cats to Omaha. This achievement is not just for the current team but a testament to the spirit of every team—past, present, and future!

“I’ve thought they’ve had the capabilities of this point because we’ve had really talented players in the past, just not enough of them,” shared Host. “But what Nick has done is he’s built a culture here of great attitudes of people who fit what he coaches and how he teaches, and the job he’s done is just fantastic.”

The Southeastern Conference bolsters the moniker; “it just means more.” This year’s team finished the season 22-8 in the conference, earning a share of the regular-season championship.

“For us to do what we did in the conference this year is an incredible tribute to Mingione and this staff and the team,” said Madison. “I think they earned a lot of respect last year; I think they earned even more respect this year being the number two seed in the nation that’s getting it done.”

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