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Kentucky baseball -- Weekend update (Feb. 17)

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Overall Record: 2-2
Record Last Week: 2-2

Recent Results
Friday, Feb. 14 - defeated No. 1 Virginia - 8-3
Saturday, Feb. 15 - defeated UNC Wilmington - 10-4
Sunday, Feb. 16 - lost vs. VMI - 9-10
Monday, Feb. 17 - lost at USC Upstate - 6-8

Upcoming Schedule (times Eastern)
Friday, Feb. 21 * vs. St. Joseph's * 12 p.m.  (Norfolk, Va.)
Saturday, Feb. 22 * at Old Dominion * 4 p.m. (Norfolk, Va.)
Sunday, Feb. 23 * vs. St. John's * 11 a.m. (Norfolk, Va.)

Player of the Week nominee
Austin Cousino

5-10 - Jr. - CF - Dublin, Ohio (Dublin Coffman)
Week Stats: .444 (8-for-18), 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, .722 SLG%, .500 OB%, 2-2 SB

Notes: Junior All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino has a strong debut to 2014, helping pace the Wildcats to a win over No. 1 Virginia and a win over two-time NCAA Tournament Champion UNC Wilmington ... Cousino hit .444 (8-for-18) with two doubles, one homer, three RBI and two steals ... Cousino slugged .722 and sported a .500 on-base percentage ... In a season-opening win over top-ranked Virginia, Cousino went 2-for-5 with a double and a steal ... In the win at UNCW, Cousino went 2-for-4 with a walk and a steal ... On Sunday vs. VMI, Cousino went 2-for-5 with his first homer of the year ... On Monday, Cousino launched his second double, going as a two-out, two-RBI knock, getting hit by a pitch and going 2-for-4 ... In his career, Cousino has reached base safely in 110 of his 121 games, batting .294 with 34 doubles, three triples, 16 homers and 71 RBI, stealing 31-of-33 bases.

Team notes
The Kentucky baseball team completed its four-game opening weekend with a 2-2 record that included wins over No. 1 Virginia and UNC Wilmington, before suffering narrow losses to VMI and USC Upstate.

Kentucky (2-2) posted a historic win over No. 1 Virginia in the season opener, pounding the Hoos 8-3 to post the fourth win over a No. 1 ranked foe in the UK head coach Gary Henderson era., after just one win over a top-ranked team from 2003-08. UK got a strong start from A.J. Reed in the game, a first-team preseason All-America selection, who added two hits.

On Saturday, UK got a three-run homer from Reed in a win at UNCW, that saw UK post a seven-run inning in the fifth. Starter Chandler Shepherd worked into the sixth inning in the win, as the Wildcats posted a 10-4 result. Sunday, the Wildcats suffered a 10-9 walk-off loss vs. VMI in a 10 a.m. ET first pitch, as the Keydets erased a UK lead with a four-run bottom of the eighth. The Wildcats then rallied with two runs in the top of the ninth inning, before UK committed two errors in the bottom of the ninth that led to a two-run walk-off single with one out. Monday, UK ventured to Spartanburg, S.C., where the Spartans got a three-run inning in the bottom of the sixth inning for an 8-6 loss.

Kentucky returns to action with another road trip to the East coast, traveling to Norfolk, Va., for a three-game weekend on the campus of Old Dominion. UK will face St. Joseph's on Friday, Old Dominion on Saturday and St. John's on Sunday.

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