Ben Jordan, UK Baseball and former basketball player, has passed away

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It is with a heavy heart that we convey this news. Kentucky Baseball Player Ben Jordan, who also played for the basketball team last season, has died aged 22. Zack Klemme, the sports editor for the Daily Independent in Ashland, shared the news on Twitter this morning.

During his season as a walk-on, Jordan played two games, taking a single shot against Eastern Kentucky. Over the summer he decided to return to baseball full time. He was a right-handed pitcher for the Cats and played both sports at West Carter High School in Olive Hill, Ky., Where he was the team’s best rebounder and shot blocker and eighth in school history. in career points. As a senior, he won the Eastern Kentucky Conference Defensive Player of the Year and added EKC first-team honors during his senior season.

“Like so many others in the state of Kentucky, basketball has been a part of my life since I was little,” Jordan said in a statement after joining the basketball team last fall. . “When the opportunity arose to join the UK basketball team, I wanted to come in with an open mind, especially since I moved away from the sport to focus on baseball. After a few days of practice, it is clear to me that this is something that I want to get involved in.

“Baseball has been and will remain my top priority, but I’m excited about the opportunity and the challenge to compete in two sports that I love to play. I told Coach (Nick) Mingione about it and we did it with all his blessing. I look forward to helping in training and being a great teammate this season.

“I really appreciate Ben for helping our team and agreeing to be a part of it,” said John Calipari at the time. “He has a good demeanor and a way of him that fits really well in this team. The guys have already kissed him as one of us. I think he will be a great addition to this team.

As a baseball player, Jordan was an Under Armor All-American in 2016, Rawlings-Perfect Game Second Team All-American in 2017, and was considered the No. 97 overall in baseball and No. 33 right-handed pitcher in 2017 category. After redshirting his first year at Kentucky, Jordan returned to the field in 2019, where he appeared in 10 games and pitched 8.2 innings in total, allowing eight hits and seven runs while striking out. eight.

Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this devastating time.

UPDATE: The UK has confirmed the news.



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