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Kentucky baseball: Weekend update (March 18)

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Overall Record: 16-3, 2-1 SEC
Record Last Week: 3-1, 2-1 SEC

Recent Results
Tuesday, March 12 - won vs. Ohio, 6-3
Friday, March 15 - lost at Florida, 1-4
Saturday, March 16 - won at Florida, 11-5
Sunday, March 17 - won at Florida, 6-2

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, March 19 - vs. Western Kentucky - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 21 - vs. No. 8 Mississippi State - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 - vs. No. 8 Mississippi State - 12 p.m.
Sunday, March 23 - vs. No. 8 Mississippi State - 1 p.m..

Player of the week nominee
Austin Cousino
5-10 - So. - CF - Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Coffman)
Week Stats: .471 (8-for-17), 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 3 HBP, 3-3 SB, .706 SLG%, .550 OB%

Notes: Sophomore centerfielder Austin Cousino had a stellar week in leading the Wildcats to their first series win at Florida since 1999, with UK also picking up a midweek win over Ohio ... Batted .471 (8-for-17) with a double, homer and four RBI, getting hit by a pitch and stealing three bases in three attempts ... Was red hot during the series win at Florida, batting .538 (7-for-13) with a double, homer and four RBI, with all three of his steals coming vs. the Gators ... Had a .706 slugging and a .550 on-base percentage ... In the series opener at UF, Cousino went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, steal and a hit by pitch ... After UK fell in the series opener after three errors in the seventh, Cousino exploded in the series-evening win, going 3-for-5 with four RBI, a double, homer, hit by pitch and stolen base ... In the series finale rubber match, Cousino went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a stolen base ... In the midweek win over Ohio, Cousino went 1-for-4 with a hit by pitch ... On the year, Cousino has hit .325 with 22 runs, four doubles, four homers and 15 RBI, stealing 8-of-8 bases.

Pitcher of the week nominee
Corey Littrell

6-3 - Jr. - LHP - Louisville, Ky. (Trinity)
Week Stats: 1-0, 1.12 ERA, 1 GS, 8 IP, 10 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 SO

Notes: Junior southpaw Corey Littrell turned in a solid start in a rubber-match win at Florida in the series finale, pacing the Wildcats to its first series win at Florida since the 1999 season ... Littrell worked eight innings and allowed just one run, scattering 10 singles without issuing a walk and striking out seven ... The 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Winner as the NCAA's top defensive pitcher also picked off his third runner of the year and the 14th of his career ... Littrell's rubber-match start marked his ninth start in a series-deciding game in the last two years, with UK winning all nine of those games and Littrell posting a 7-0 record and a 1.92 ERA in those outings ... On the year, Littrell has a 3-0 record and a 2.84 ERA in five starts, tossing 31.2 innings, walking eight and striking out 31 ... With his 18th career win, Littrell moved into a tie for ninth place on the UK career list, just six wins shy of equaling the program mark.  

Team notes
Ninth-ranked Kentucky completed a four-game week with a historic series win at Florida, its first series win in Gainesville since the 1999 season. UK also picked up a midweek win over Ohio, before traveling to the Sunshine State. UK will return to action with a Tuesday game vs. Western Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium, before hosting No. 8 Mississippi State for a three-game SEC series at The Cliff.

Kentucky (16-3, 2-1 SEC) posted its first series win in Gainesville in 14 years over the weekend and just the fifth in the history of the series that dates back to 1953. The Wildcats fell in the opener after a three-error seventh inning in a 1-1 game and rebounded with an 11-5 win over the Gators on Saturday. In the rubber match, UK turned to Corey Littrell, who pitched UK to the series win in a 6-2 result at McKethan Stadium.

The Wildcats have hit .297 as a team, belting 31 doubles, five triples and 14 homers, scoring 149 runs and stealing 29 bases. On the mound, UK has a 2.45 team ERA, allowing 164 hits in 169 innings, walking 41 and striking out 138.

Individually, UK has been led by junior infielder J.T. Riddle who has hit .372 with four doubles, one triple, one homer and 16 RBI. Two-way All-American A.J. Reed has a .370 average with three doubles, two triples, five homers and 26 RBI, while catcher Micheal Thomas has hit .341 with one double, one homer and 12 RBI. All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino has added a .325 average with four doubles, four homers and 15 RBI, stealing 8-of-8 bases.

On the mound, UK's weekend rotation of Reed (2-2, 2.83 ERA), Jerad Grundy (4-1, 1.93 ERA) and Corey Littrell (3-0, 2.84 ERA) have been highly efficient through five weekends. In the bullpen, UK career and single-season record holder in saves, Trevor Gott (2-0, 0.79 ERA), lead the team with 10 appearances, posting six saves in 11.1 innings, striking out 11. Senior Walter Wijas (1-0, 0.93 ERA) has appeared in eight games, working 9.2 innings and striking out seven. Freshman righty Zach Strecker (1-0, 1.42 ERA) has worked in seven games, while freshman Dylan Dwyer (1-0, 0.00 ERA) has appeared in five games and worked 6.1 shutout innings. Ryne Combs (0-0, 1.50 ERA) and Chandler Shepherd (1-0, 3.21 ERA) have also been weapons in the bullpen.

Kentucky will host Mississippi State and former UK head coach John Cohen in its first home SEC series of the year. UK will welcome the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, with the series resuming at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday and concluding at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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