Kentucky says Ben Jordan, a right-handed pitcher who performed final season on the lads’s Kentucky basketball workforce due to a scarcity of gamers, has died. He was 22 years previous.
The college introduced Jordan’s demise on Monday in a launch and a Kentucky baseball spokesman stated coach Nick Mingione has spoken with the participant’s household. The college launch didn’t specify a reason behind demise.
Mingione stated in a launch Tuesday that this system was devastated to be taught of Jordan’s passing.
“There aren’t any phrases to specific the shock and heartache our workforce is feeling with the lack of Ben,” the coach stated. “He was an absolute pleasure to teach and be round. … We’re all hurting and can discover a method carry Ben’s legacy ahead and preserve him in our coronary heart at all times.”
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Ben Jordan joined Kentucky’s basketball workforce final season when it lacked sufficient gamers for observe. He performed only one minute in two video games, however working towards in opposition to 6-11 Nick Richards was cited in serving to Richards develop into a first-team All-Southeastern Convention choice by The Related Press and coaches.
“Ben Jordan impacted our workforce final season in so some ways along with his sort coronary heart, his large smile and his fantastic persona,” coach John Calipari stated in a launch. “He cared so deeply approximately this place and it meant a lot to him to be part of this workforce.”
The Olive Hill, Kentucky, native had a 7.27 earned run common in 2019 after pitching 8 2/3 innings over 10 video games and allowed eight hits, eight runs (seven earned), 12 walks with eight strikeouts. Jordan redshirted his 2018 freshman season whereas recovering from an harm.
Ben Jordan was on Kentucky’s 35-man baseball energetic roster final spring however had not joined the workforce due to his basketball obligations earlier than the season was minimize brief by the coronavirus pandemic. He additionally made the SEC spring sports activities Tutorial Honor Roll.