Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, March 31:
Basbeall: Kyle Barrett
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.
Baseball: Austin Cousino
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.
Baseball: Corey Littrell
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.