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Kentucky baseball - Weekend update (March 12)

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Overall Record: 16-0, 0-0 SEC
Record Last Week: 5-0, 0-0 SEC

Recent Results
Tuesday, March 6 * defeated Tennessee Tech, 10-6
Wednesday, March 7 * defeated Marshall, 7-3
Friday, March 9 * defeated Canisius, 19-9
Saturday, March 10 * defeated Canisius, 7-5
Sunday, March 11 * defeated Canisius, 5-4

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)

Tuesday, March 13 * vs. Wright State * 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14 * vs. Murray State * 4 p.m.
Friday, March 16 * vs. No. 2 South Carolina * 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 * vs. No. 2 South Carolina * 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 * vs. No. 2 South Carolina * 1 p.m.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

Cameron Flynn
6-0 * R-Jr. * OF * Lexington, Ky.
Week Stats: .500 (7-for-14), 5 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI, .929 SLG%, .529 OB%, 1 outfield assist

Notes: Enjoyed a breakout week in helping No. 23 Kentucky to five wins, including a series sweep over the weekend ... Batted .500 (7-for-14) in four games, with two homers and seven RBI, slugging .929 and reaching base at a .529 clip during the week ... Drew one walk and got hit by a pitch, adding one outfield assist while playing left and rightfield ... A native of Lexington, Ky., Flynn leads UK in hitting through his first 15 career UK games, batting .441 (15-for-34) with four doubles, a team-best four homers and 13 RBI ... Flynn owns a team-high .912 slugging mark, adding a .511 on-base percentage with a 6-5 walk-strikeout ratio ... Belted homers in back-to-back wins over Canisius on the weekend, joining fellow outfielder Zac Zellers as Wildcats to homer in consecutive games in 2012 ... Went 3-for-4 in UK's win over CC in the series opener, with the homer and a walk.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Jerad Grundy

6-2 * Jr. * LHP * Johnsburg, Ill.
Week Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 SO, .125 b/avg.

Notes: Turned in a strong start in his final non-Southeastern Conference tune-up of the season, posting his third win of the season on Saturday vs. Canisius ... Tossed a career-high 7.1 innings, allowing only three hits and two walks, striking out seven ... Held CC to a .125 batting average ... Faced only three hitters over the minimum in the win ... On the year, Grundy has made four starts, posting a 3-0 record and a 2.25 ERA ... In 24 innings in 2012, Grundy has allowed only 16 hits and six earned runs, walking seven and striking out 23.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
A.J. Reed

6-4 * Fr. * LHP/1B * Terre Haute, Ind. (Terre Haute South)
Week Stats: .389 (7-for-18), 2 2B, 6 RBI, .500 SLG%, .421 OB%, 1-0, 3.60 ERA, 1 GS, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 SO

Notes: Dynamic two-way talent led UK in the middle of the batting order in four of five wins during the week, starting the fifth game and picking up the win on the mound ... Batted .389 (7-for-18) in the four games, batting No. 4 and No. 5 in the order ... Had two doubles and six RBI, with a .500 slugging mark and a .431 on-base percentage ... Made a start for the Wildcats vs. Marshall on Wednesday, picking up the win in his second career starting assignment ... Tossed five innings, allowing four hits and two runs, striking out a career-best seven ... On the year, Reed leads UK with 23 RBI, adding a .333 (17-for-51) average with five doubles, one homer and eight walks ... Has posted a 2-0 record and a 2.31 ERA on the mound, with 10 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.  

TEAM NOTES
The No. 23 Kentucky baseball team completed a five-game week with a three-game weekend series sweep over Canisius, in addition to midweek wins over Tennessee Tech and Marshall. The Wildcats will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Wright State at 4 p.m. ET and hosting Murray State on Wednesday at  4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky (16-0) opens conference play on Friday, hosting the two-time defending NCAA Champion No. 2 South Carolina on SEC opening weekend at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The series will open at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday, start at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The Wildcats are the lone team in the NCAA still undefeated, posting a 16-0 record and owning the longest winning streak and the most wins in the nation. UK's 16-0 start is the third-best start to a season in the over 100-year history of the program, passing the 15-0 start the 2000 team opened up with under Keith Madison. The 2007 and 2008 teams own the school record with a 19-0 start.

During the week, UK posted a 10-6 win over Tennessee Tech and a 7-3 win over Marshall. UK then charted a 19-9 win over Canisius in the series opener, before winning the series on Saturday with a 7-5 result and sweeping the Golden Griffins with a 5-4 walk-off win on Sunday.

UK has been paced by the best offense in the SEC, owning a .349 team average, belting 16 homers through 16 games, with a 3.25 ERA on the mound and 163 strikeouts in 144 innings. Individually, UK has been led by outfielder Cameron Flynn, who owns a .441 average with four doubles, four homers and 13 RBI. Freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino has hit .426 with seven doubles, one triple, one homer and 13 RBI, stealing four bases. Luke Maile owns a .386 average with five doubles, three homers and 21 RBI. Freshman A.J. Reed leads the team with 23 RBI, batting .333. Maile leads the team with six game-winning RBI through UK's 16 contests.

On the mound, UK's weekend rotation of Taylor Rogers (4-0, 4.24 ERA), Jerad Grundy (3-0, 2.25 ERA) and Corey Littrell (2-0, 1.88 ERA) have anchored the pitching staff. Tim Peterson (1-0, 1.00 ERA) has appeared in a staff-best eight games, while Trevor Gott (1-0, 3.18 ERA) leads the team with two saves in seven outings.

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