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Link: UK's lefties lead off Baseball America's Three Strikes

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Baseball America's Aaron Fitt - the nation's preeminent college baseball writer - was in town on Saturday for Kentucky's doubleheader sweep of Mississippi State. He spent time talking to a number of Wildcats postgame and saw some good baseball, so you can expect to see a few UK-related stories from him in the near future.

On Monday, he posted the first of them in his week six "Three Strikes" piece. He led off with a story about UK's lefty-heavy weekend starting pitching staff after Jerad Grundy and Corey Littrell pitched the Cats to a pair of Saturday victories. Here's an excerpt.

It's like the old adage says: momentum is only as good as the next day's starting pitcher. After Mississippi State won Friday's opener 8-4, Grundy stifled the Bulldogs in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, allowing just two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out 10 over eight innings. And Littrell followed with seven gritty innings in the series finale, yielding three runs (one earned) on two hits over seven innings, persevering despite a career-high six walks.

Grundy started his career at Miami in 2010, then transferred back to Heartland (Ill.) Junior College for his sophomore year before landing at UK last year. He spent the entire season in the weekend rotation, going 6-3, 3.78, but he has become a much more consistent pitcher as a senior, going 5-1, 1.99 with 38 strikeouts and nine walks in 41 innings. Kentucky coach Gary Henderson said during the winter that it was very apparent to him that Grundy is "way better" than he was the previous spring.

"Yeah, I was right about that--it's nice when you are," Henderson said. "He was clearly better in the fall. He is an extremely steady kid--that's just his personality. He's grounded, knows who he is. I just felt that once I saw the skills and poise were indicative of growth, that he was going to be better, and he has been."

Link: UK's lefties lead off Baseball America's Three Strikes

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