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Kentucky baseball - Weekend update

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Overall Record: 32-5, 11-4 SEC
Record Last Week: 2-2, 2-1 SEC

Recent Results
Tuesday, April 10 - lost vs. No. 19 Louisville, 0-12
Friday, April 13 - lost at No. 9 Arkansas, 7-8
Saturday, April 14 - won at No. 9 Arkansas, 5-4
Saturday, April 14 - won at No. 9 Arkansas, 2-1

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, April 17 - vs. Cincinnati - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 20 - vs. No. 3 LSU - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 - vs. No. 3 LSU - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 - vs. No. 3 LSU - 1:00 p.m.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Thomas McCarthy
6-2 - Sr. - 3B - Corvallis, Ore.  
Week Stats: .471 (8-for-17), 5 2B, 3 RBI, 13 total bases, .765 SLG%, SF

Notes: Senior third baseman Thomas McCarthy led UK during a four-game week at the plate, leading UK to its first series win at No. 9 Arkansas since the 2002 season, with UK snapping a nine-game home series winning streak of the Razorbacks ... McCarthy hit .471 (8-for-17) during the week with five doubles, three RBI, 13 total bases and a .765 slugging percentage ... McCarthy batted .462 (6-for-13) during the weekend series at Arkansas, with four doubles and three RBI ... McCarthy went 2-for-4 during a rivalry game with No. 19 Louisville, including his first double of the week ... In the series-opener at Arkansas, McCarthy went a season-best 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI ... In the second game of the series, McCarthy collected a pair of hits, including a double down the opposite-field line, sparking a UK comeback rally to even the series ... In the rubber-match win over Arkansas, McCarthy again ripped a double, leading off the inning that led to UK's two runs in the 2-1 win ... On the year, McCarthy has hit .319 (45-for-141) with 13 doubles, five homers and 23 RBI.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

Corey Littrell
6-3 - So. - LHP - Louisville, Ky.
Week Stats: 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 8 H, R, BB, 3 SO,

Notes: For the fourth consecutive weekend, Kentucky turned to Corey Littrell to start the finale of a series with the outcome of the set hanging in the balance ... Littrell delivered his fourth consecutive win, with his sixth quality start of the season, tossing 6.1 innings on short rest, allowing only one run with three strikeouts ... Littrell has paced the UK rotation in the Sunday spot all year, sporting a 6-0 record and a 1.95 ERA in nine starts, tossing 55.1 innings, allowing 14 walks and striking out 48.

TEAM NOTES

Facing its toughest test in a historically unprecedented season, No. 1 Kentucky baseball traveled to Baum Stadium and won a series at No. 9 Arkansas last weekend for the first time since 2002 and just the second time in the history of the program. UK won two of the three games at the high-octane Razorbacks, also suffering a midweek loss to No. 19 Louisville during the four-game week.

Kentucky (32-5, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) returns to action with four-game homestand during the week, hosting Cincinnati on Tuesday in a midweek matchup, before welcoming No. 3 LSU in a weekend series with conference standings implications, starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Wildcats are continuing the best start to a season in the history of the program, with its 11-4 opening through the first half of the 30-game league schedule the best in UK history. UK's series win at Arkansas was the first in a nine-game home series span for the Razorbacks, and UK's doubleheader sweep on Saturday was the first allowed by Arkansas to one team since the 1996 season.

UK leads the nation in wins, sits atop the SEC standings, own an 11-2 record in one-run games and a 9-4 record in games against top-25 teams. The Wildcats have opened up the year with series wins over No. 2 South Carolina, Tennessee, No. 18 Georgia, No. 10 Ole Miss and No. 9 Arkansas.

The Wildcats have been paced by a team offense that leads the conference in nearly every category, hitting .317 as a team, with a .483 slugging and a .406 on-base percentage, belting 41 homers in 37 games and stealing 34 bases. Individually, freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino leads UK with a .349 average, with 13 doubles, five homers and 23 RBI, stealing seven bases. Freshman A.J. Reed has hit .336 with eight doubles, three homers and 36 RBI, while senior third baseman Thomas McCarthy has batted .319 with 13 doubles, five homers and 23 RBI. Catcher Luke Maile leads the club with 36 RBI, batting .319 with nine doubles and nine homers. Outfielder Cameron Flynn has also belted nine homers.

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