Lexington, Ky. – Kentucky says right-handed pitcher Ben Jordan, who has played in the men’s basketball team last season due to a lack of players. he was 22 years old.
The school announced Jordan’s death in a release on Monday and a Kentucky baseball spokesman said coach Nick Mingione has spoken with the player’s family. The school’s release did not reveal the cause of death.
Mingione said in a release on Tuesday that the program was scrambled to learn about Jordan’s passing.
The coach said, “Our team is not feeling with Ben to express shock and heartache.” He said, ‘It was an absolute pleasure to be a coach and be around. … We are harming everyone and will find a way to carry Ben’s legacy forward and keep him in our hearts forever. “
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Jordan joined Kentucky’s basketball team last season when he lacked enough players to practice. He played just one minute in two matches, but was cited by the Associated Press and coaches for helping him make a first-team All-Southern Conference selection, citing practice against 6–11 Nick Richards.
“John Calipari said in a release,” Ben impressed our team last season with his kind heart, his big smile and his amazing personality. “He cared so deeply about the place and meant that being part of this team meant a lot to him.”
The Olive Hill, Kentucky, native scored runs at an average of 7.27 after 8 2/3 innings in 10 matches in 2019 and gave up eight hits, eight runs (seven earned), 12 runs with eight strikes. Recovering from an injury, Jordan began his 2018 new season.
Jordan was on Kentucky’s 35-man baseball active roster last spring, but did not join the team due to his basketball obligations before the season was cut by a coronovirus epidemic. He also made the SEC Spring Sports Academic Honor Roll.