Chasing History

The Kentucky baseball team is on the verge of something very special, but you could never tell from talking to the players.

Friday's 6-4 win against Tennessee-Martin improved the UK's record to 14-0 on the season and just one win shy of etching its name in the record books.

Should they win Saturday, the 2007 Cats will have won their first 15 games and matched the mark set by Keith Madison's 2000 team. Should they sweep Tennessee-Martin this weekend, the 2007 squad will stand alone with the greatest start in UK baseball's 103-year history.

And while the UK team is chasing history; the players are not.

Senior Mike Brown acknowledged that he knew the Cats were close to the record after Friday's game, but said that the team really had not paid much attention to it.

"I'm sure we have all heard that," Brown said. "It really hasn't been addressed by the coaching staff, but that is not even really a factor for us. Tomorrow we are just trying to do a little better than we did today."

Brown said that the record did not place any extra significance on Saturday's game.

"If we win tomorrow that will be history and we will be in the record books," Brown said, "but then we are going to have to play on Sunday and then again on Monday. We are a pretty focused group and we are just really more concerned about the task at hand instead of record books."

Senior catcher Sean Coughlin acknowledged that a win on Saturday would tie the record, but said that is not what UK is focused on.

"It's something that I think everybody is peeking around their shoulder for," Coughlin said, "but that's not something we are focused on. What we are focused on is coming out and winning a series tomorrow."

"If we get into the record books, that's great. But we still have a long season ahead of us and we are focused on that," Coughlin said.

Still, it is hard to imagine there will not be some disappointment if UK falls one game short of tying for the best start in school history.

"If we play well and lose, then that is just the game of baseball," Brown said. "But if we play well I think we have a good chance of winning."

Though setting the school record would be special, the Cats would rather be chasing an SEC championship and a trip to Omaha.

"It's always special when you achieve something in the record books or you have your name on an SEC championship banner and things of that nature," Coughlin said. "It will mean something, but we have to get over that fact if we accomplish it and stay focused."


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