Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 28:
Baseball: Chris Bisson
Week Stats: .364 (4-for-11), 5 R, 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1.091 SLG%, BB, 0 SO, .500 OB%, 7 PO, 11 A, 0 E, 1.000 FLD%
Preseason All-American second baseman and leadoff hitter Chris Bisson continues to pace the Wildcats in nearly every statistical category, helping lead UK to a series sweep over two-time defending Mid-American champion Bowling Green during the weekend ... Hit .340 (4-for-11) during the three games, with two homers, a triple, six RBI and a .500 on-base percentage, reaching base safely in 7-of-14 plate appearances ... Collected two game-winning RBI on the three-win weekend and now owns four of UK's five game-winning RBI this season ... Hit first homer of the season Friday against BGSU, an opposite-field jack in the fourth inning that put UK ahead for good ... Collected four RBI in a two-hit game Sunday to secure the sweep for the Wildcats, including a three-run homer to give UK the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning, lifting UK to a comeback win ... On the season, Bisson - a 2009 second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection - has hit .350 (10-for-26), with seven runs, two doubles, a triple, two homers, 10 RBI, four walks and a sterling 1.000 fielding percentage ... In 2009, led UK in games played (53), at bats (222), average (.360), runs scored (49), hits (80), triples (three), RBI (52), walks (20) and defensive assists (133).
Softball: Molly Johnson
Senior Molly Johnson was sensational in UK's 3-1 week at the Frost Classic. She batted .500 from the plate with three home runs, a double and a triple while driving in five RBI. Johnson is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak as she hit safely in every game this weekend. Against Chattanooga she was 2-for-2 with a pair of home runs - the only offense UK generated in a 3-1 victory. She becomes the second player this season to hit two home runs in a single outing after UK had not achieved the feat since 2006. Additionally, she matched a career-high with two stolen bases against Kansas in a single game. Furthermore, her five RBI this weekend moved her into sole possession of second place on UK's all-time career list with 119 career RBI. With a double against Lipscomb she is now just one double shy of setting the career school record and she is just four home runs shy of breaking the school mark as well with her three round trippers this weekend.
Baseball: Matt Little
Week Stats: 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 2 App., 2 saves, 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 SO, .154 opp avg.
Right-handed junior Matt Little picked up his first two career saves in a pair of appearances during UK's three-game sweep over the defending Mid-American Conference Champion Bowling Green State Falcons ... Little tossed 4.2 innings in relief in two games during the week, allowing two hits and one run, striking out three ... Held BGSU to a .154 team average, holding an offensive attack that ranked eighth in the NCAA with a .345 team average last season ... In the Friday-night win over BGSU, came on in relief of Alex Meyer with a runner on and two out in the sixth inning and finished out the contest, allowing only two hits and one run, striking out two for his first career save ... In Sunday's win over BGSU, Little Came on with the bases loaded in a 7-4 game in the top of the eighth inning, getting out of the frame and sitting down the side in the top of the ninth for his second career save ... On the year, Little has a 1.50 ERA in three games, tossing six innings and allowing only two hits, one run, with three walks and three strikeouts.
Women's Basketball: A'dia Mathies
- Freshman guard A'dia Mathies averaged a team-high 14.0 points and pulled down 4.5 rebounds to go along with 2.0 steals and 1.0 assists in UK's two road games last week.
- Despite battling sickness all week prior to the Tennessee game, she still managed 24 minutes (a season low) and scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds against the Lady Vols.
- With two steals vs. Tennessee, she broke UK's freshman steals record of 69 set by Stacey Reed in 1991-92.
- Has the second-highest steals total on the team (72) and needs just one more steal to break into UK's top 10 list for steals in a single season. Has at least one steal in 15 consecutive games.
- Scored a team-high 20 points at Auburn, her fourth 20-point outing in SEC play this season.
- Shot an SEC-high 64.3 percent from the field against the Tigers, netting 9-of-14 attempts, including her only three-point attempt.
- Has pulled down at least four rebounds in 23 of 29 games.
Softball: Amber Matousek
Senior Amber Matousek tossed her first career no-hitter and just the second in school history in an 8-0 (5) victory over Evansville. Matousek did not allow a single hit and struck out eight batters in the contest. Even more impressively, she achieved the feat in 25-degree temperatures with bitter winds. Matousek moves into fourth all-time in career wins for Kentucky with the win over the Purple Aces.
Baseball: Taylor Rogers
Week Stats: 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 SO
Freshman southpaw Taylor Rogers turned in a splendid performance in just his second career start, tossing six innings, of one-run ball, to pick up his second win of the season over the two-time defending Mid-American Conference champion Bowling Green ... Facing his second straight team that ranked in the top eight in the NCAA in batting average a year ago, Rogers handcuffed the hot-hitting Falcons, allowing only six hits and just one run, striking out three ... Performance comes a week after a sparkling collegiate debut, where Rogers twirled 7.2 shutout innings against West Virginia (ranked third in the NCAA in 2009 with a .360 team average), carrying a perfect game into the fourth inning and retiring the first 13 hitters in order ... In the win over BGSU Saturday, Rogers tossed first-pitch strikes to 16-of-25 hitters and has now thrown first-pitch strikes to 41-of-54 hitters faced this season ... Forced 10 ground-ball outs in the win over Bowling Green ... With two wins in his first two career starts, Rogers has pitched 13.2 innings, allowing just one run and totaling a 0.66 ERA ... In the win over West Virginia at the Caravelle Resort Invitational, Rogers forced 14 ground-ball outs, not allowing a runner to reach scoring position until the seventh inning ... Earned first career Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors after the shutout win over WVU during season-opening weekend ... Tabbed as the seventh-best freshmen in the SEC and the 22nd-best freshmen in the NCAA in the preseason by Baseball America.