Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, May 13:
Baseball: Corey Littrell
Corey Littrell dominated in the second game of UK's doubleheader vs. Alabama on Saturday, striking out seven over 6.2 innings and allowing just one run in the Wildcats' 8-1 win ... Littrell faced 27 batters, surrendering just six hits and striking out seven while only allowing two walks ... Littrell avoided giving up an extra base hit in his lengthy start ... Littrell is a reliable force as Kentucky's Sunday starter, boasting an 8-0 record with a 2.22 ERA, 68 strikeouts to just 20 walks, and only 20 runs allowed in 81 innings pitched from 13 starts ... In conference play, Littrell has a 6-0 record and a 2.37 ERA, with his six SEC wins leading the SEC.
Baseball: Sam Mahar
Freshman lefthander Sam Mahar made three important appearances in relief for Kentucky, including two on Saturday during the doubleheader wins over Alabama ... In three appearances, Mahar tossed four innings of shutout baseball, striking out three while allowing no walks ... Mahar earned a save in the midweek game against Indiana, coming on in the 12th inning, facing four batters and striking out two to seal the 6-5 win for the Wildcats ... After pitching 0.2 innings in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, Mahar tallied his second save of the week, throwing 2.1 innings in relief to seal UK starter Corey Littrell's 8-1 win over Alabama ... As a midweek starter and relief pitcher, Mahar has a 3-3 record on the year, claiming a 2.75 ERA with 32 strike outs to only nine walks in 36 innings pitched.
Baseball: J.T. Riddle
Sophomore infielder J.T. Riddle led UK during a four-game week at the plate and in the glove, leading UK to a victory over Indiana and its first sweep over Alabama since 2008 ... Riddle hit .462 (8-for-18) during the week with two doubles, four RBI, 10 total bases and a .556 slugging percentage ... In the midweek win at Indiana, Riddle went 3-for-5 with one double, one RBI, a sacrifice fly and two runs scored ... Riddle batted .385 (5-for-13) during the weekend series vs. Alabama, with one double and three RBI ... Riddle went 2-for-5 in game two of the weekend series, drilling his 11th double of the season and knocking in two RBI ... In the sweep-clinching win over Alabama, Riddle went 3-for-4 to help earn the Wildcats an 8-1 win ... On the year, Riddle has hit .291 (53-for-182) with 11 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 34 RBI.