baseball-d1 flag

Wayne Cavadi | NCAA.com | June 9, 2017

Kentucky's run to Super Regionals built one cup at a time

  Freshman pitcher Austin Keen brought Kentucky's lucky cup cap to life.

The Kentucky Wildcats made program history this season, advancing to their first-ever Super Regionals.

Some may tell you it was the complete turnaround of its offense that got them here. Others will praise first-year head coach Nick Mingione's brutally honest approach as changing the destiny of the program.

Then, of course, is the cup cap.

The bizzare cap was crafted by freshman pitcher Austin Keen. As things usually go in the NCAA postseason, when something starts working as a lucky charm, it usually sticks. 

Kentucky dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to N.C. State in the Regionals, putting its back against the wall. The Wildcats reeled off three straight wins. The legend of the cup cap continued to grow.

As the cup cap continues to grow, Mingione has made it more than a good luck charm. It's a metaphor for the new found Wildcats success.

“He built that thing one cup at a time,” Mingione told SEC Country after defeating Indiana in the regionals. “And that’s how we’re going to have to do this. We’re going to have to win this pitch, then we’re going to have to win the inning, then we’re going to have to win the game — and that’s how we’re going to do it. Just the same way he’s built that same cap — one cup at a time.’”

Kentucky has a tall order in front of them as the Wildcats hope to advance to their first College World Series. They kicked of the 2017 Super Regionals with a Friday matinee against Louisville.

You can bet Keen was out and running from the start.

College football rankings: Georgia takes No. 1, SEC surges in Week 3's AP Top 25 Poll

Week 2 saw seven ranked teams lose, with three losses coming from top-10 teams and four losses coming to unranked opponents. Let’s break down Week 3’s movement in the latest poll.
READ MORE

Longest overtime games in FBS college football history

Illinois and Penn State joined an exclusive group with the Illini's 20-18 win in a nine-overtime thriller on Oct. 23, 2021. It is the only game in history to go nine overtimes.
READ MORE

Kentucky's Sydney McLaughlin wins NCAA title after a hail storm

We go inside the NCAA Video Vault to look at Sydney McLaughlin's championship 400-meter hurdles race during a wild day in Eugene, Oregon.
READ MORE
Division I
Baseball Championship
June 16 - 26, 2023
Charles Schwab Field Omaha | Omaha, NE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners