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Kentucky baseball - Weekend update (April 30)

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Overall Record: 36-9, 14-7
Record Last Week: 1-3, 1-2 SEC

Recent Results
Tuesday, April 24 - lost at No. 20 Louisville, 2-10
Friday, April 27 - won at Vanderbilt, 5-2
Saturday, April 28 - lost at Vanderbilt, 3-4
Sunday, April 29 - lost at Vanderbilt, 1-6

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)

Thursday, May 3 - vs. No. 1 Florida - 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Friday, May 4 - vs. No. 1 Florida - 7 p.m. (CSS)
Saturday, May 5 - vs. No. 1 Florida - 2 p.m.

The Kentucky baseball team suffered its first Southeastern Conference series defeat of the year last week, falling in a rubber match on Sunday at the hands of defending conference champion Vanderbilt, also dropping a midweek game at No. 20 Louisville. UK breaks for final exams and returns to action on Thursday, hosting No. 1 Florida in a three-game series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky (36-9, 14-7 SEC) sits in a three-way tie atop the conference standings, joining Western Division leader, No. 3 LSU and No. 4 South Carolina. UK has three conference weekend meetings remaining, hosting No. 1 Florida and Alabama, and traveling to Mississippi State. The Wildcats own league series wins over South Carolina, LSU, No. 10 Ole Miss, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 18 Georgia and Tennessee.

The UK series with Florida will pit the Wildcats against the consensus preseason No. 1 team in the nation, with the Gators setting a Baseball America record with seven members of the preseason All-America team. Florida will face UK at Cliff Hagan on Thursday in the ESPNU Thursday Night SEC Game of the Week at 7:30 p.m. ET, following College Baseball Live on ESPNU. On Friday, the series will resume at 7 p.m. ET and conclude on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Wildcats have been paced by an offense that ranks among the SEC leaders in nearly every offensively category, batting .309 with 94 doubles, 48 homers and 312 runs scored. Individually, freshman Austin Cousino owns a .348 average with 18 doubles, one triple, eight homers and 37 RBI, stealing 10 bases. Luke Maile has hit .329 with 10 doubles, 11 homers and 43 RBI, stealing nine bags. Thomas McCarthy as hit .323 with 15 doubles, five homers and 26 RBI, while outfielder Zac Zellers has hit .310 with eight doubles, five homers and 18 RBI. Freshman A.J. Reed has a .302 average with nine doubles, three homers and 39 RBI, while Cameron Flynn owns a .286 mark with nine homers and 30 RBI.  

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