Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, May 9:
Baseball: Jordan Cooper
Week Stats: 1-0, 1.35 ERA, 1 GS, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, .182
Season Stats: 3-4, 5.11 ERA, 18 APP, 6 GS, 49.1 IP, 57 H, 32 R, 28 ER, 24 BB, 30 SO, .289 BAA
After Kentucky fell in the series-opening to No. 4 South Carolina on Friday, UK turned the ball over to freshman Jordan Cooper for his third career SEC start Saturday ... Cooper responded to shutdown the Gamecocks, helping UK even the series with his third win of the season, hand USC its first series loss in 10 SEC weekends, dating back to 2009 ... Tossed a career-high 6.2 innings, allowing only four hits and one run, walking two and striking out a career-best five ... With Cooper dueling with South Carolina standout Sam Dyson, the two strong-armed right-handers posted four consecutive scoreless innings to start the game ... USC struck first, getting its lone run in the form of a solo home run from Evan Marzilli, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth, with UK responded with a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth, taking a 2-1 lead ... Cooper then blanked USC in the sixth after UK took the lead and got the first two outs in the seventh inning, setting the stage for closer Matt Little to procure his seventh save of the season ... In his six starts the season, Cooper owns a 2.49 ERA and in his 12 relief outings, owns a 7.88 ERA ... All told in his freshman campaign, Cooper - a 17th round MLB Draft pick by the Pittsburg Pirates - has posted a 3-4 record and a 5.11 ERA in 49.1 inning, striking out 30.