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Kentucky baseball: Weekend update (April 1)

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Overall Record: 21-6, 6-3 SEC
Record Last Week: 3-1, 2-1 SEC

Recent Results
Wednesday, March 27 - defeated Marshall, 8-2
Friday, March 29 - defeated Georgia, 4-3 (10 innings)
Saturday, March 30 - lost vs. Georgia, 6-7
Sunday, March 31 - defeated Georgia, 5-0

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, April 2 - at No. 10 Louisville - 6 p.m.
Friday, April 5 - at No. 2 LSU - 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 - at No. 2 LSU - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 - at No. 2 LSU - 2 p.m.

Player of the week nominee
Austin Cousino

5-10 - So. - CF - Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Coffman)
Week Stats: .500 (7-for-14), 4 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 2 SO, .929 SLG%, .632 OB%

Notes: Austin Cousino had a dynamic week in leading Kentucky to a 3-1 mark and a series win over Georgia, its third straight SEC series win to open the year ... The sophomore hit .500 (7-for-14) during the four-game week, with four doubles, a triple, four RBI and five walks, sporting a .929 slugging and a .632 on-base percentage ... Reached base safely in 12 of 19 trips to the plate during the week ...  In the series-deciding win vs. Georgia on Sunday, went 3-for-4, finishing a homer shy of hitting for the cycle ... Became the first UK player to lead off the first inning with a triple since Antone DeJesus tripled to lead off the 2007 season lidlifter at Furman ...  Started the week with a double and a walk during a midweek win over Marshall ... Opened the series vs. Georgia with a 2-for-3 game, reaching base in four of five trips to the plate with a pair of walks and a two-RBI double ... Saturday vs. Georgia, doubled in a run in the eighth inning, drawing two walks ... Was 6-for-10 in the series with Georgia, with four of his hits going for extra bases and drawing four walks ... In 2013, has hit .315 with eight doubles, one triple, four homers and 20 RBI, stealing eight bases.
 
Pitcher of the week nominee
Corey Littrell

6-3 - Jr. - LHP - Louisville, Ky. (Trinity)
Week Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 SO, .120 opp. avg.

Notes: Corey Littrell twirled one of his best career starts in a win over Georgia on Sunday, tossing seven shutout innings with a career high 12 strikeouts ... Allowed only three singles and two walks ... Win marked the fourth of the season for Littrell and the 19th of his three-year career, moving him into sole possession of ninth place in UK career history ... Littrell's series-deciding win marked his 11th rubber-match start in the last two years, with the southpaw leading UK to wins in each game ... Has an 8-0 record and a 1.68 ERA in those 11 starts in 2012-13 rubber-match games ... On the year, Littrell has a 4-0 record and a 2.17 ERA, tossing 45.2 innings and striking out a team-high 47 ... Littrell ranks fourth in the SEC in strikeouts, 13th in ERA, fourth in innings pitched and ninth in wins ... In SEC games, Littrell leads the league with 23 strikeouts, with a 0.82 ERA in his three starts.

Freshman of the week nominee
Kyle Barrett

5-11 - Fr. - OF - Douglasville, Ga. (Chapel Hill)
Week Stats: .429 (6-for-14), .467 OB%, SB

Notes: Outfielder Kyle Barrett helped lead the Wildcats to a series win over Georgia and a midweek win over Marshall ... Batted .429 (6-for-14) during the four-game stretch, stealing his third base of the year ... The Douglasville, Ga., native leads the team with his .364 average, owning three doubles and a .444 on-base percentage.

Team notes
Eighth-ranked Kentucky completed a four-game week with a series win over Georgia, UK's third consecutive series victory to open league action. UK will travel to No. 10 Louisville on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. ET first pitch at Jim Patterson Stadium, before traveling to defending Southeastern Conference champion, No. 2 LSU for a three-game series at Alex Box Stadium.

Kentucky (21-6, 6-3 SEC) posted a midweek 8-2 win over Marshall, before opening the series with Georgia in a 10-game thriller. UK got a rally in the bottom of the 10th inning that resulted in a two-out walk from Max Kuhn with the bases loaded to give UK a 3-2 win. On Saturday, Georgia took a 7-3 lead before UK mounted a furious rally that fell short in a 7-6 loss. UK rebounded on Sunday in its third straight rubber-match win in 2013, 5-0, behind a dominating clutch performance from Corey Littrell.

During the four-game week, UK had a 2.19 ERA in its 37 innings, with Austin Cousino pacing the club with a .500 average (7-for-14), with four doubles, a triple and four RBI.

The Wildcats have hit .292 as a team in 27 games, with a .411 slugging and a .401 on-base percentage, stealing 37 bases. On the mound, UK has a 2.49 ERA in 242 innings, walking only 66 and striking out 208.

Freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett leads the team with a .364 average, owning three doubles and four RBI. Junior J.T. Riddle has a .359 mark with six doubles, one triple, one homer and 17 RBI, with a 14-4 walk-strikeout ratio and four steals. A.J. Reed has hit .340 with four doubles, two triples, six homers and 28 RBI, with Cousino batting .315 with eight doubles, one triple, four homers and 20 RBI, stealing four bases. Catcher Micheal Thomas has hit .315 with two homers and 18 RBI, with third baseman Max Kuhn owning a .273 average with seven doubles, one triple, one homer and 20 RBI, including a 24-16 walk-strikeout ratio.

UK's all-lefty rotation of Reed (2-3, 2.57 ERA), Jerad Grundy (5-2, 2.15 ERA), and Littrell (4-0, 2.17 ERA) have been dynamic on the weekends. In the bullpen, Trevor Gott (3-0, 1.20 ERA) has seven saves in eight chances, striking out 19 and walking only three in 15 innings. Senior Walter Wijas (2-0, 0.60 ERA) has appeared in 13 games and tossed 15 innings. Zach Strecker (1-0, 1.12 ERA), Ryne Combs (0-0, 1.23 ERA), Dylan Dwyer (1-0, 1.23 ERA), Chandler Shepherd (1-0, 4.07 ERA) and Kyle Cody (2-1, 6.48 ERA) have each appeared in at least seven games.

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