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Kentucky baseball: Weekend update (Feb. 25)

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Overall Record: 5-1
Record Last Week: 2-1

Recent Results
Thursday, Feb. 21 - lost vs. Kansas State, 5-7
Friday, Feb. 22 - defeated Elon, 6-1
Sunday, Feb. 24 - defeated Coastal Carolina, 8-2

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, Feb. 26 - vs. Murray State - 4 p.m. (HOME OPENER)
Wednesday, Feb. 27 - vs. Eastern Kentucky - 4 p.m.
Friday, March 1 - vs. Akron - 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 - vs. Akron (DH) - 12 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 * vs. Akron * 1 p.m. ET

PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE

Jerad Grundy
6-1 - Sr. - LHP - Johnsburg, Ill. (Heartland/Miami, Fla.)
Week Stats: 1-0, 1 GS, 1.29 ERA, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, .136 opp. avg.

Notes:
Senior southpaw Jerad Grundy continued his dominating start to 2013 with a win over Elon in a pitching duel with 2012 Cape Cod League All-Star Dylan Clark ... Grundy worked seven innings in the win, allowing only three hits and one run, walking two and striking out three ... Elon hit .136 against the Johnsburg, Ill., native with Grundy only facing three hitters over the minimum ... Grundy opened the first 12.1 innings of the year without allowing an earned run, before the Phoenix got a solo homer in the seventh inning ... On the year, Grundy has a 2-0 mark and a 0.69 ERA, tossing 13 innings, allowing seven hits and three walks, striking out 12, with foes hitting .152.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
Max Kuhn

6-1 - So. - 3B/1B - Zionsville, Ind. (Zionsville)
Week Stats: .385 (5-for-13), 2B, 2 RBI, 1-2 SB

Notes: Sophomore infielder Max Kuhn continued his blistering pace to open the 2013 season, leading UK in hitting during a challenging three games at the Caravelle Resort Invitational ... Kuhn hit .385 (5-for-13) with a double and two RBI during the week, including a career-best three-hit game vs. Kansas State on Thursday ... On the year, Kuhn is hitting .320 (8-for-25) with two doubles and a triple, adding seven RBI and a 5-3 walk-strikeout ratio.

TEAM NOTES
Eighth-ranked Kentucky continued its season-opening six-game road trip with the Caravelle Resort Invitational, hosted by Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach. S.C., picking up wins over CCU and Elon and suffering its first loss of the year to Kansas State in the opener on Thursday.

Kentucky (5-1) - which has spent 11 of the last 12 days on the road - will return to action with its 2013 home opener on Tuesday, hosting Murray State at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. UK will then host Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, before welcoming Akron for a four-game weekend series.

The Wildcats posted a pair of challenging wins during the tournament, beating Elon, 6-1, in a pitching duel with 2012 Cape Cod League All-Star Dylan Clark and the Phoenix. UK's Jerad Grundy outdueled Clark for the win, tossing seven strong innings and allowing only three hits and one run, snapping a steak of 12.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to open 2013. UK finished the weekend with a ninth-inning win at Coastal Carolina, getting a base-clearing double from Lucas Witt to break open a 2-2 game, with Trevor Gott closing the door for his second win. UK suffered its first loss of the year on Thursday, as the Wildcats traveled to Myrtle Beach a day early to beat the rain and play Kansas State. The Cats beat UK, 7-5, getting a two-out two-run homer in the ninth inning for the final margin.

UK has hit .314 as a team through six games, slugging .435 and reaching base at a .311 clip. UK has stolen 12 bases and on the mound, owns a 3.57 ERA, with 16 walks and 42 strikeouts in 53 innings. Individually, J.T. Riddle has led the team with a .556 average (15-for-27) with three doubles, one triple, one homer and seven RBI, stealing two bags. Thomas Bernal has added a .364 average (4-for-11) with a pair of doubles and RBI, with sophomore Max Kuhn adding a .320 average (8-for-25) with a double and seven RBI. All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino is hitting .320 (8-for-25) with two doubles, a homer and four RBI, stealing five bases and scoring a club-best nine runs. A.J. Reed has hit .320 (9-for-25) with a triple, homer and seven RBI, while shortstop Matt Reida owns a .273 average (6-for-22).

On the mound, UK has used the weekend rotation of Reed (1-1, 5.79 ERA), Grundy (2-0, 0.69 ERA) and Corey Littrell (0-0, 6.52 ERA). In the bullpen, Gott (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has both wins with 3.2 shutout innings, with Walter Wijas, Dylan Dwyer, Zach Strecker  and Tyler Cox each owning perfect ERAs in the bullpen.

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