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Kentucky baseball: Weekend update (April 22)

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Overall Record: 24-15, 7-11 SEC
Record Last Week: 0-4, 0-3 SEC

Recent Results
Tuesday, April 16, lost vs. No. 8 Louisville, 5-12
Saturday, April 20, lost at No. 14 South Carolina, 2-5
Saturday, April 20, lost at No. 14 South Carolina, 6-7 (11 innings)
Sunday, April 21, lost at No. 14 South Carolina, 1-3

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, April 23 - at Western Kentucky - 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 25 - at No. 17 Ole Miss - 7:30 p.m. [ESPNU]
Friday, April 26 - at No. 17 Ole Miss - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 - at No. 17 Ole Miss - 3:15 p.m. [Fox Sports]

Team notes
Kentucky continued a grueling stretch with 14-of-16 ranked opponents with a four-game week, with No. 8 Louisville earning a midweek win and No. 14 South Carolina sweeping the Wildcats in Columbia over the weekend. Kentucky will return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Bowling Green, Ky., to face Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET at Bowling Green Ballpark. UK will then venture to No. 17 Ole Miss to face off with the Rebels, starting on Thursday in Oxford.

Kentucky (24-15, 7-11 Southeastern Conference) will face the Hilltoppers in a rematch of a 6-3 WKU win in Lexington on April 2. The game will be played at the low class A stadium of the Tampa Bay Rays, the Bowling Green Ballpark. The series with Ole Miss will begin on Thursday as the ESPNU SEC Game of the Week, with a 7:30 p.m. ET first pitch. The series will resume on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET and conclude at 3:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.

UK has been led offensively by freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett, who has a .352 average with 10 RBI. Slugger A.J. Reed has a .318 mark with six doubles, two triples, 10 homers and 44 RBI, with J.T. Riddle batting .301 with seven doubles, one triple, one homer and 11 RBI. All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino has hit .268 with nine doubles, one triple, four homers and 22 RBI, stealing a club-best 12 bases.

On the mound, UK's Corey Littrell (4-3, 3.20 ERA), Reed (2-5, 3.20 ERA) and Jerad Grundy (5-4, 4.43 ERA) have worked in 10 weekend starts. In relief, senior Walter Wijas (2-0, 0.83 ERA) has appeared in a team-best 20 games, working 21.2 innings, striking out 20 and walking just four. Junior Trevor Gott (4-1, 1.19 ERA) has nine saves in 18 outings, striking out 26 in 22.2 frames. Freshmen Zach Strecker (1-0, 0.84 ERA), Ryne Combs (0-0, 1.50 ERA), Dylan Dwyer (1-0, 4.76 ERA) and Kyle Cody (3-2, 6.21 ERA) have each appeared in at least 10 games, with sophomore Chandler Shepherd (2-0, 3.82 ERA) appearing in 16 games.

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