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Kentucky baseball - Weekend update (April 23)

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Overall Record: 35-6, 13-5 SEC
Record Last Week: 3-1, 3-1 SEC


Recent Results

Tuesday, April 17 - won vs. Cincinnati * 7-0.
Friday, April 20 - lost vs. No. 1 LSU * 4-5
Saturday, April 21 - won vs. No. 1 LSU * 8-1
Sunday, April 22 - won vs. No. 1 LSU * 7-6

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, April 24 - at No. 22 Louisville - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27 - at Vanderbilt - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 - at Vanderbilt - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29 - at Vanderbilt - 2:00 p.m.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

Luke Maile

6-2 * Jr. - C/IF - Crestview Hills, Ky.  
Week Stats: .462 (6-for-13), 2 HR, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 13 total bases, 1.000 SLG%, SF

Notes: Junior infielder/first basemen Luke Maile led UK during a four-game week at the plate, leading UK to its first series win over a No. 1 team in program history, taking two of three from No. 1 LSU ... Maile hit .462 (6-for-13) during the week with two home runs, one double, five RBI, 13 total bases and a 1.000 slugging percentage ... In the midweek blowout of Cincinnati, Maile went 2-for-3 with a home run and one RBI ... Maile batted .400 (4-for-10) during the weekend series vs. LSU, with one home run, one double and four RBI ... Maile  went 2-for-3 in game two of the weekend series, drilling his 11th home run of the year to go along with three RBI ... In the rubber-match win over LSU, Maile went 1-for-3 with his fourth RBI of the weekend ... On the year, Maile has hit .331 (50-for-151) with 10 doubles, an SEC-leading 11 home runs and 41 RBI.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Alex Phillips

6-4 - Sr. - LHP - Tenino, Wash.
Week Stats: 0.00 ERA, 2 app, 5.0 IP, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 1 SO,

Notes: Alex Phillips shut down LSU in two appearances out of the Kentucky bullpen, including earning a three-inning save in Kentucky's 8-1 win on Saturday over No. 1 LSU and a 2-inning save in the rubber match on Sunday, winning the series for Kentucky ... Phillips faced just 10 batters in his nine-out save on Saturday, allowing just two hits and forcing one strikeout ... Phillips notched his fourth save of the year in the rubber match vs. No. 1 LSU, allowing just one run on two hits ... Phillips has become a go-to reliever in the UK bullpen, posting a 5-1 record with a 2.33 ERA, four saves, 30 strikeouts and just seven walks in 38.2 innings pitched.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

Austin Cousino

5-10 - Fr. - CF * Dublin, Ohio
Week Stats: .368 (7-for-19), 2 HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 15 total bases, .789 SLG%, 2-2 SB

Notes:
Freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino was key for UK during a four-game week at the plate, leading UK from the leadoff spot to its first series win over a No. 1 team in program history, taking two of three from No. 1 LSU ... Cousino hit .368 (7-for-19) during the week with two home runs, two doubles, five RBI, 15 total bases, a .789 slugging percentage and swiping two bases on two steal attempts ... In the midweek blowout of Cincinnati, Cousino went 2-for-4 with a home run and one RBI ... Cousino batted .333 (5-for-15) during the weekend series win of LSU, with one home run, two doubles and four RBI ... Cousino  went 2-for-5 in game two of the weekend series, hitting his seventh home run of the year and 16th double of the year to go along with three RBI ... In the rubber-match win over LSU, Cousino led Kentucky at the plate, going 3-for-5 with his league-leading 17th double of the year ... On the year, Cousino has hit a team-high .351 (60-for-171) with seven home runs, a league-leading 17 doubles, .585 slugging pct. and 34 RBI.

TEAM NOTES

With No. 1 LSU coming to Cliff Hagan Stadium, No. 2 Kentucky solidified the buzz, winning the series over top-ranked LSU with wins in the second and third game of the series. Kentucky's series win is the first over a No. 1 ranked team in the modern era history of the program, with the Wildcats producing record crowd during the three-game set.

Kentucky (35-6, 13-5 Southeastern Conference) returns to action with four-game road trip during the week, visiting in-state-rival No. 22 Louisville on Tuesday in a midweek matchup, before heading to Nashville, Tenn., for an SEC East series against Vanderbilt, starting Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

UK leads the nation in wins, sits atop the SEC standings and owns a 12-3 record in one-run games and an 11-5 record in games against top-25 teams. The Wildcats have opened up the year with series wins over No. 2 South Carolina, at Tennessee, at No. 18 Georgia, No. 10 Ole Miss, at No. 9 Arkansas and No. 1 LSU. The Wildcats are off to the best start to a season in the over 100-year history of the program, with its SEC start the best in program annals.

The Wildcats have been paced by a team offense that leads the conference in nearly every category, hitting .316 as a team, with a .488 slugging and a .403 on-base percentage, belting 47 homers in 41 games and stealing 36 bases. Individually, freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino leads UK with a .351 average, with a league-leading 17 doubles, seven homers and 34 RBI, stealing nine bases. Freshman A.J. Reed has hit .311 with nine doubles, three homers and 39 RBI, while senior third baseman Thomas McCarthy has batted .329 with 15 doubles, five homers and 25 RBI. Catcher Luke Maile leads the club with 41 RBI, batting .331 with 10 doubles and 11 homers. Outfielder Cameron Flynn has also belted nine homers.

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