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Kentucky baseball: Weekend update (April 8)

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Overall Record: 22-9, 6-6 SEC
Record Last Week: 1-3, 0-3 SEC

Recent Results
Tuesday, April 3 - won at No. 9 Louisville, 5-4 (10 innings)
Friday, April 5 - lost at No. 2 LSU, 11-1
Saturday, April 6 - lost at No. 2 LSU, 9-1
Sunday, April 7 - lost at No. 2 LSU, 11-4

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Tuesday, April 9 - vs. Austin Peay - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 11 - vs. Tennessee - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 - vs. Tennessee - 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 - vs. Tennessee - 1 p.m.

Team notes
The seventh-ranked Kentucky baseball team had a grueling week, facing four top-10 teams on the road. UK posted a midweek win at No. 9 Louisville on Tuesday in 10 innings, before traveling for a three-game series at No. 2 LSU, with the Tigers setting a new school record by sweeping UK to improve to 30-2 in 2013. UK will host four games at Cliff Hagan Stadium this week, welcoming 25-win Austin Peay on Tuesday, before hosting Tennessee for a three-game series.

Kentucky (22-9, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) suffered its first series loss of the year at the blistering-hot Tigers, previously owning series wins over Florida, No. 14 Mississippi State and Georgia. UK's midweek thrilling win at No. 9 Louisville game in 10 innings in front of a UL school-record crowd, with freshman Kyle Cody turning in a quality start and freshman Kyle Barrett driving in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th.

The Wildcats have hit .278 as a team, with a .391 slugging and a .386 on-base percentage, belting 19 homers and stealing 40 bases. On the mound, UK has a 3.00 team ERA, walking only 78 in 276 innings, striking out 223.

UK has been led offensively by junior J.T. Riddle, who has hit .322 with six doubles, one triple, one homer and 17 RBI, stealing five bases. Sophomore A.J. Reed has belted eight homers and has 33 RBI, batting .319, with Barrett hitting .316 with three doubles and five RBI. All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino has a .298 average with eight doubles, one triple, four homers and 21 RBI, stealing 10 bases. Catcher Micheal Thomas has added a .284 average with two homers and 18 RBI.

On the mound, UK has used the weekend rotation of Reed (2-4, 3.06 ERA), Jerad Grundy (5-3, 3.46 ERA) and Corey Littrell (4-1, 2.72 ERA). In relief, Trevor Gott (4-0, 1.06 ERA) has seven saves in nine chances, striking out 20 and walking three in 17 innings. Senior Walter Wijas (2-0, 0.57 ERA) has appeared in 14 games, with Chandler Shepherd (1-0, 3.77 ERA) appearing in 12 games.  

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