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Kentucky baseball - Weekend update

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Overall Record: 30-3, 9-3 SEC
Record Last Week: 3-1, 2-1 SEC


Recent Results
Tuesday, April 4 - won vs. Dayton, 19-6
Friday, April 6 - won vs. No. 10 Ole Miss, 3-2
Saturday, April 7 - lost vs. No. 10 Ole Miss, 3-9
Sunday, April 8 - won vs. No. 10 Ole Miss, 8-3

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, April 10 - vs. No. 18 Louisville - 6:30 p.m. (FSS)
Friday, April 13 - at No. 9 Arkansas - 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 - at No. 9 Arkansas - 3:05 p.m. (CST)
Sunday, April 15 - at No. 9 Arkansas - 1:05 p.m.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

Luke Maile
6-3 - Jr. - C/1B - Crestview Hills, Ky.
Week Stats: .471 (8-for-17), 6 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1.176 SLG%

Notes: Junior Luke Maile continued to pace the NCAA's leading offense during a four-game week, leading Kentucky its fourth consecutive series win to open conference play, with a series victory over No. 10 Ole Miss ... Maile collected a staggering 20 total bases in four games, launching three homers and three doubles with six RBI, batting .471 (8-for-17) ... The catcher extended his seven-game hitting streak during the week, starting with a two-homer game in UK's midweek win over Dayton, including a double and four RBI ... In the series-opener vs. Ole Miss, Maile collected a pair of run-sparking doubles in a 3-2 win, scoring both runs, including the go-ahead tally in the late innings ... In the series clincher, Maile put UK on the board with a solo homer to even the game, going 2-for-4 with two runs ... In the second game vs. Ole Miss, Maile collected a single ... On the year, Maile has hit .341 (42-for-123) with nine doubles, nine homers and 26 RBI, stealing seven bases.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Austin Cousino

5-10 - Fr. - CF - Dublin, Ohio
Week Stats: .412 (7-for-17), 4 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, .588 SLG%, 2 BB, .474 OB%, 1-1 SB

Notes: Centerfielder Austin Cousino continued to pace the top offensive unit in college baseball atop the batting order, leading UK to a series win over No. 10 Ole Miss and a midweek win over Dayton during a four-game week ... Cousino hit .412 (7-for-17) with four runs, three doubles and three RBI, adding two walks and stealing a base ... In the series opener vs. Dayton, Cousino went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, a double, a walk and an RBI ... In the series opener vs. Ole Miss, Cousino added a double and a walk , also collecting a hit in the second game of the set ... In the series-clinching win on Sunday, Cousino went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, including a rally-sparking leadoff single in the late innings ... On the year, Cousino leads UK in nearly every category, including average (.365), runs (35), hits (50), doubles (13) and steals (seven), adding one triple, five homers and 27 RBI ... The 2011 Baseball America first-team high school All-America selection has reached base safely in 31 of his 32 career games and is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, reaching base safely in nine straight.
 
PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Alex Phillips
6-4 - Sr. - LHP - Tenino, Wash.
Week Stats: 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 1 SV, 2 APP, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, .208 opp. avg.

Notes: Senior left-handed reliever Alex Phillips was a workhorse for the UK bullpen during a four-game week, pitching on Friday and Sunday to win and save UK's two series-clinching victories over No. 10 Ole Miss ... In the series opener, Phillips came on in relief of starter Taylor Rogers, tossing 3.1 shutout innings, striking out three to pick up the win ... On Sunday, with UK facing its third consecutive rubber match, Phillips worked three innings just two days after his first three-inning workload, allowing one run to pick up the save ... Phillips has been a major force for a stout UK bullpen on the year, appearing in 14 games with a 5-0 record and a 2.01 ERA, totaling two saves in 31.1 innings.

TEAM NOTES
The top-ranked Kentucky baseball team completed a four-game week with three wins, including a series win over No. 10 Ole Miss and a midweek smashing over Dayton. UK will return to action on Tuesday, hosting No. 18 Louisville in a 6:30 p.m. ET matchup at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky (30-3, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) completed its first series win over the Rebels since the 2008 season, as the Wildcats won the set over a blistering-hot Ole Miss club that entered the weekend fresh off a series win over consensus No. 1 Florida. UK posted a 3-2 win in the opener, suffered a 9-3 loss in the second game, before riding a strong pitching effort from Corey Littrell to a series-clinching win on Sunday, 8-3.

Ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in school annals, the Wildcats have been paced by an offensive attack that leads the nation in average, in addition to pacing the SEC in nearly every offensive category. UK has opened up the 2012 with a 30-3 mark, the best start to a season in school history, leading the NCAA in wins and pacing the conference atop the standings for the second consecutive week.

UK's 9-3 start to conference play is also a program best, with UK running up a school-record 21-game home winning streak earlier in the year and a program-best 22 game winning streak to open the season, the second-longest streak in the storied history of the SEC. UK now owns a 7-2 record against teams ranked in the top-25, with UK also boasting a 9-1 record in one-run games in 2012.

The Wildcats own a .328 average as a team with a .506 slugging mark and a .421 on-base percentage, belting 40 homers in 33 games. Freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino leads the team in nearly every offensive category, batting .365 with 13 doubles, one triple, five homers and 27 RBI, stealing seven bases and recording seven outfield assists. Freshman A.J. Reed has hit .350 with three homers and 33 RBI, while catcher Luke Maile owns a .341 mark with nine homers, 36 RBI and seven steals. Cameron Flynn has added a .341 average with eight homers and 26 RBI.

UK will host No. 18 Louisville at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Tuesday, with UK looking to improve on its 21-game non-conference winning streak to open the year. The game will be televised live on the UK IMG Network, with Dick Gabriel, Ryan Lemond and MLB Gold Glove winner Doug Flynn calling the action. Fans can see the game on Fox Sports South, in addition to locally on C-WKYT. The game will also be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, available in Central Kentucky on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UKathletics.com. Louisville (23-9, 7-2 Big East) will enter the Tuesday tilt coming off a road series win at Georgetown over the weekend. The Cardinals were ranked as high as No. 18 in the polls last week, entering their three-game conference tilt at the Hoyas.
 

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