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Kentucky baseball - Weekend update (May 7)

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Overall Record: 37-11, 15-9 SEC
Record Last Week: 1-2, 1-2 SEC


Recent Results
Thursday, May 3 - lost vs. No. 5 Florida - 3-5.
Friday, May 4 - lost vs. No. 5 Florida - 1-5
Saturday, May 5 - won vs. No. 5 Florida - 2-1

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Wednesday, May 9 - at Indiana - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 11 - vs. Alabama - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12 - vs. Alabama - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 - vs. Alabama - 1:00 p.m.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Michael Williams

6-2 - Sr. - C/IF - Knoxville, Tenn.  
Week Stats: .455 (5-for-11), 1 HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 10 total bases, .909 SLG%, S

Notes:
Junior catcher/first basemen Michael Williams led UK at the plate during their three-games series against No. 5 Florida ... Williams hit .455 (5-for-11) during the week with one home run, two double, two RBI, 10 total bases and a .909 slugging percentage ... Williams shined in the ESNPU SEC Game of the Week, going 2-4 and drilling a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to bring the game within one run ... In Sunday's 2-1 win over Florida, Williams went two for three, knocking his second double of the weekend ... On the year, Williams has hit .285 (43-for-151) with six doubles, two home runs, 15 walks and 26 RBI.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

Corey Littrell

6-3 - So. - LHP - Louisville, Ky.
Week Stats: 1-0, 1.12 ERA, 1 app, 8.0 IP, 9 H, R, 0 BB, 5 SO,

Notes: Corey Littrell led No. 3 Kentucky to a 2-1 win over No. 5 Florida, shutting down the high-octane Gators by taking a shutout into the ninth inning ... Littrell dominated, striking out five batters while allowing no walks against 32 batters, with the only damage allowed coming as a leadoff solo homer to start the ninth inning with UK leading 2-0 ... Littrell's eight-inning effort is a career high, improving his overall record to a team-best 7-0 ... Littrell has become a fixture on Sundays for the Wildcats, boasting a 7-0 record with a 2.30 ERA, 61 strikeouts to just 18 walks and a team-high 74.1 innings pitched.

TEAM NOTES
The No. 3 Kentucky baseball team broke for finals and returned to action with a stiff test, hosting two-time defending Southeastern Conference Champion and College World Series participant No. 5 Florida in a three-game set. UK suffered losses in the first two games,  before riding the dominating arms of Corey Littrell and Trevor Gott to a 2-1 win in the finale.

Kentucky (37-11, 15-9 SEC) returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Bloomington, Ind. to face Indiana before returning home to host the final SEC series of the year at Cliff Hagan Stadium, welcoming Alabama Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET. UK will wrap up the regular season at Mississippi State the following weekend, before traveling to the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala., May 22-27.

The Wildcats have amassed the fifth-most wins in program history, with their 15 SEC wins checking in third-most in program annals. UK lost its lead in the SEC for the first time in a span of eight weeks during the weekend loss to the Gators, as UK had led the conference standings for seven consecutive weeks.  UK sits a game back of the league lead, behind South Carolina (16-8) and LSU (16-8), a pair of team UK owns series wins against, with the Wildcats sweeping the Gamecocks.

UK has improved to 13-4 in one-run games, owning a 12-8 record against top-25 opponents and a 10-5 mark against top-10 foes. The Wildcats boast a 30-3 record in day games after posting the 2-1 win on Sunday vs. Florida, riding Littrell and Gott's pitching efforts.

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.  UK's lone series defeats have come at the hands of the defending league champions, at Vanderbilt and vs. the Gators, with UF entering the season as the consensus No. 1 team in the nation and as the first team in Baseball America history with seven preseason All-America selections.  

Individually, freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino leads UK with a .345 average, a tie for the league lead with 18 doubles, eight homers and 37 RBI, stealing nine bases. Junior Luke Maile has batted .326 with 10 doubles, 11 homers and 45 RBI, while senior third baseman Thomas McCarthy has batted .309 with 15 doubles, five homers and 26 RBI. Littrell has dominated on the mound for Kentucky, posting a 7-0 record with a 2.30 ERA. Gott broke set a school record Sunday afternoon, recording his ninth save of the season.

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