Hjelle, a sophomore right-hander who earned SEC Pitcher of The Year honors, may get the starting assignment for the Cats in the opener. He sports a 9-3 record and a 3.87 ERA on the season with 91 strikeouts in 93 innings pitched.
The 6-foot-11 hurler will attempt to put a rough outing against LSU in the SEC Tournament behind him whenever he takes the mound for his NCAA Tourney debut.
UK will face Ohio in the opening game at Noon ET on Friday. It will be broadcast live on ESPNU.