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Kentucky baseball - Weekend update (March 5)

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Luke Maile had four extra base hits, six RBI and four stolen bases as UK won five games this week to move to 11-0. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Luke Maile had four extra base hits, six RBI and four stolen bases in five games last week as UK moved to 11-0. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Overall Record: 11-0, 0-0 SEC
Record Last Week: 5-0, 0-0 SEC


Recent Results

Tuesday, Feb. 28 * defeated Morehead State, 3-2
Wednesday, Feb. 29 * defeated Xavier, 9-2
Saturday, March 3 * defeated UIC, 4-3
Saturday, March 3 * defeated UIC, 8-2
Sunday, March 4 * defeated UIC, 20-0

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, March 6 * vs. Tennessee Tech * 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7 * vs. Marshall * 4 p.m.
Friday, March 9 * vs. Canisius * 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 * vs. Canisius * 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 * vs. Canisius * 1 p.m.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

Luke Maile
6-3 * Jr. * C * Crestview Hills, Ky. (Covington Catholic)
Week Stats: .500 (9-for-18), 3 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, SO, .833 SLG%, .571 OB%, 4-4 SB

Notes:
Had a monster week in leading UK to the nation's best record and one of only two undefeated teams in college baseball ... Led UK to five wins during the week with a .500 average (9-for-18) with three doubles, one homer and six RBI ... Caught all five games during the week behind the plate as UK senior catcher Michael Williams was held out as an injury precaution ... Finished with three walks and one strikeout during the week, with his strikeout the first of the 11-game season and his first encompassing all of UK's preseason scrimmages ... In UK's 3-2 win over Morehead State on Tuesday, Maile went 1-for-3 with the game-winning two-RBI single ... In a win over Xavier on Wednesday, Maile went 3-for-3 with a walk, homer and a double, driving in one RBI ... Maile drew a walk and launched an RBI single in a win over UIC in the first game of the series, also stealing a base ... In the second game, Maile went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI ... In UK's sweep clinching win, Maile was pulled from the lineup early for rest but went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles, stealing another base ... On the year, Maile has hit .405 (17-for-42) with four doubles, three homers and 13 RBI, stealing a team-leading six bases in seven attempts.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Corey Littrell
6-3 * So. * LHP * Louisville, Ky. (Trinity)
Week Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 SO, .105 opp. avg.

Notes: Turned in a quality start in UK's sweep-clinching win over UIC ... Picked up the win with six shutout innings, allowing only two hits, walking two and striking out seven ... Allowed only two hits - both to the same hitter - with his two walks coming as two-out free passes ... On the year, Littrell has a 2-0 record and a 1.89 ERA in three starts, striking out 20 and walking four in 19 innings, allowing only 11 hits and a .177 batting average.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
A.J. Reed

6-4 * Fr. * LHP/1B * Terre Haute, Ind. (Terre Haute South)
Week Stats: .308 (4-for-13), 2B, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 3 SO, .385 SLG%, .412 OB%, 1-0, 1 GS, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 SO

Notes: Helped lead UK to five wins during the week, one as the starting pitcher and four as a middle of the order presence ... Posted a .308 average (4-for-13) during the week with a double, team-high seven RBI and three walks ... On the mound, made his first career start, tossing six innings with four hits and one run allowed, striking out two with a 1.50 ERA ... On the year, Reed has solidified himself as one of the top freshmen in the nation and one of the top two-way players in college baseball, batting .303 (10-for-33) with a homer and a team-high 17 RBI in his first 11 career collegiate games ... On the mound, Reed has one start in two games, with a 1.35 ERA and a 1-0 record ... His other pitching appearance came when he was inserted with the bases loaded and one out in the season opener at Wofford, striking out the first hitter he faced and getting out of the jam unscathed.  

TEAM NOTES
The Kentucky baseball team continued its hot start to the season with five wins during the week to improve to 11-0 on the season. The Wildcats return to action with another five-game week, starting Tuesday and Wednesday with a pair of midweek tests against Tennessee Tech and Marshall at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky (11-0) owns the best record in the nation and is one of only two undefeated teams in college baseball, joining 10-0 Gonzaga. The Wildcats are off to the fourth-best start to a season in school annals and the best since opening up a school-record 19-0 in 2007 and 2008 and a 15-0 start in 2000.

UK posted five wins during the week, with midweek wins over Morehead State (3-2) and Xavier (9-2), before posting a series sweep over Illinois-Chicago. After Friday's game was postponed due to tornadic activities, UK swept a twinbill on Saturday, using a 4-3 result over UIC in game one and an 8-2 win over UIC in the finale. On Sunday, UK's offense exploded and the pitching staff dominated in its second shutout of 2012, with UK posting a 20-0 win to sweep the series.

The Wildcats have been paced by a balanced approach throughout the year, with an explosive offense that owns a .334 average with 13 homers in 11 games, a 2.64 team ERA with 113 strikeouts in 99 innings and a .983 fielding percentage.

UK will host TTU on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium, with TTU coached by former UK great Matt Bragga. The Wildcats will then host Marshall at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, before beginning its final non-conference weekend series of the regular-season with a three-game set against Canisius starting Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

UK has been led offensively by freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino, who owns a .447 average (21-for-47) with six doubles, one triple, one homer and 10 RBI. Catcher Luke Maile has hit .405 (17-for-42) with four doubles, three homers and 13 RBI, stealing six bases. Freshman A.J. Reed has led UK with 17 RBI through his first 11 collegiate games, while Zac Zellers joins Maile in leading the team with three homers. Thomas McCarthy and Cameron Flynn have each launched two homers, with Reed and Micheal Thomas each belting a homer.

UK's weekend rotation of Taylor Rogers (3-0, 3.18 ERA), Jerad Grundy (2-0, 3.24 ERA) and Corey Littrell (2-0, 1.89 ERA) has been dominating through the first three weekends. In the pen, Tim Peterson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) has allowed only one hit and no walks in his first five career innings with nine strikeouts. Lefties Sam Mahar (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Alex Phillips (0-0, 1.23 ERA) have each appeared in four games in relief, with Trevor Gott (1-0, 5.40 ERA) leading the team with two saves and seven strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

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