Brandon Kolditz, UK Creative Services
The Kentucky baseball team will hold its Fall World Series this weekend at Cliff Hagan Stadium as it wraps up its fall practice schedule. The three-game series will take place Friday through Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium and is free and open to the public.

First pitch for Friday is scheduled for 3:15 p.m., with both Saturday and Sunday set for an 11:30 a.m. start. The roster has been split into the Blue Team and Black Team after an internal draft was held this week.

UK returns three of its top starting pitchers in right-handers Sean Hjelle and Justin Lewis, and lefty Zack Thompson. Hjelle was the SEC Pitcher of the Year and Thompson a freshman All-American, while Lewis returned to school after being selected in the 11th round of the MLB Draft. The Cats will need to replace the production of five lineup mainstays from 2017 but do return All-America outfielder Tristan Pompey and Second-Team All-SEC catcher Troy Squires.

During fall camp the Wildcats have focused on leadership to continue pushing the program toward sustained elite level, fueled by a deep pitching staff and experienced catchers.

The Cats will open its 2018 season on the road with four games in three days beginning Feb. 16 as part of a challenging schedule that features 25 games against 11 opponents who made last season’s NCAA Tournament field, including defending national champion Florida. Two of the Wildcats’ 2018 opponents made the College World Series, three others advanced to the Super Regionals and five hosted a regional, once again setting up what should be one of the nation’s most difficult schedules.

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