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Sept. 2 Performances of the week

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 2:

Volleyball: Whitney Billings

Junior Whitney Billings led the Wildcats in all phases of the game during the toughest stretch of matches to date for UK. Billings led the Wildcats to the tune of 12 kills in a loss at Louisville, a team receiving votes in the coaches’ poll. She also had 13 digs to accompany the kills total, which marked her third consecutive double-double effort. At a hostile environment once again at Ohio, Billings totaled 13 kills on a then season-best .346 hitting percentage while also coming up with four blocks in the match. In a loss to No. 17 Oregon, Billings was the top offensive threat with nine kills while also pacing the defensive effort with a team-high three blocks. In the weekend finale, Billings was flawless from the floor with six kills and no errors en route to a career-high .545 hitting percentage.

Performances of the week: Aug. 26

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Aug 26:

Women's soccer: Arin Gilliland

Sophomore defender Arin Gilliland netted the game-winner for the Wildcats on Friday night vs. EKU in a thrilling 2-1 game. The sophomore headed in a corner kick to the nearside post for her first goal of the season in the 53rd minute of the game. The goal was the second goal in the game in which the Wildcats scored off a set piece. The Lexington, Ky., native's game-winner was the third of her career just two games into her sophomore season at UK.

Volleyball: Alexandra Morgan

Junior Alexandra Morgan made the most of her first three career starts by posting eight or more kills in all three of UK's victories including a career-high nine in a win over Long Beach State. Morgan led the Wildcats with a blistering .388 hitting clip, committing a mere six errors in 12 sets of action. Furthermore, her defensive presence as the net proved to be a momentum changer to keep the Wildcats' early-season record at an unscathed 3-0. Morgan turned back an SEC-leading 16 opponent attacks for an average of 1.33 blocks per set. She logged four or more blocks in all three matches in leading UK to a league-high 3.46 blocks per set. She also logged four digs including a career-high three in a win over the 49ers. Her defensive prowess limited UK's opponents to a mere .120 attacking percentage for the weekend. For her efforts she earned Kentucky Classic All-Tournament team honors, marking the first tournament honors of her career.

Volleyball: Sara Schwarzwalder

Freshman Sara Schwarzwalder made a positive impact in helping lead the Blue and White to a 3-0 record to begin the season. Schwarzwalder posted 1.42 kills per set and added 1.08 blocks per frame in her first collegiate action. Her eight blocks against Lipscomb were the most opponent turn backs recorded by a UK freshman since 2010.

Performances of the week: Aug. 19

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Aug 19:

Women's soccer: Cara Ledman

In her first game in a UK uniform, forward Cara Ledman made a big impact, scoring her first career goal off a rebound in the 67th minute, which sealed the win for the Wildcats in a 2-0 defeat of Coastal Carolina. Ledman was one of four freshmen in the starting lineup for UK, joining fellow newcomer Kelli Hubly up top for the Wildcats. The UK offense mustered 21 shots in the game, including 14 in the second half, as well as tallying 13 corner kicks. 

Women's soccer: Ashley VanLandingham

Ashley VanLandingham scored her second-career goal on Friday night in game-winning fashion on a ball the junior served into the box from 35 yards out on a free kick that took a hop and rolled into the back of the net from distance. In addition to tallying the game-winning goal for the Wildcats in Friday night's game, VanLandingham helped anchor the UK back line, which kept a clean sheet for the third-consecutive season opener. The Wildcats allowed just one Coastal Carolina shot the full 90 minutes, which was not on goal. VanLandingham has played in, and started in all 41 games she has been a Wildcat.

Performances of the Week: May 13

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, May 13:

Baseball: Corey Littrell

Corey Littrell dominated in the second game of UK's doubleheader vs. Alabama on Saturday, striking out seven over 6.2 innings and allowing just one run in the Wildcats' 8-1 win ... Littrell faced 27 batters, surrendering just six hits and striking out seven while only allowing two walks ... Littrell avoided giving up an extra base hit in his lengthy start ... Littrell is a reliable force as Kentucky's Sunday starter, boasting an 8-0 record with a 2.22 ERA, 68 strikeouts to just 20 walks, and only 20 runs allowed in 81 innings pitched from 13 starts ... In conference play, Littrell has a 6-0 record and a 2.37 ERA, with his six SEC wins leading the SEC.

Baseball: Sam Mahar

Freshman lefthander Sam Mahar made three important appearances in relief for Kentucky, including two on Saturday during the doubleheader wins over Alabama ... In three appearances, Mahar tossed four innings of shutout baseball, striking out three while allowing no walks ... Mahar earned a save in the midweek game against Indiana, coming on in the 12th inning, facing four batters and striking out two to seal the 6-5 win for the Wildcats ... After pitching 0.2 innings in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, Mahar tallied his second save of the week, throwing 2.1 innings in relief to seal UK starter Corey Littrell's 8-1 win over Alabama ... As a midweek starter and relief pitcher, Mahar has a 3-3 record on the year, claiming a 2.75 ERA with 32 strike outs to only nine walks in 36 innings pitched.

Baseball: J.T. Riddle

Sophomore infielder J.T. Riddle led UK during a four-game week at the plate and in the glove, leading UK to a victory over Indiana and its first sweep over Alabama since 2008 ... Riddle hit .462 (8-for-18) during the week with two doubles, four RBI, 10 total bases and a .556 slugging percentage ... In the midweek win at Indiana, Riddle went 3-for-5 with one double, one RBI, a sacrifice fly and two runs scored ... Riddle batted .385 (5-for-13) during the weekend series vs. Alabama, with one double and three RBI ... Riddle  went 2-for-5 in game two of the weekend series, drilling his 11th double of the season and knocking in two RBI ... In the sweep-clinching win over Alabama, Riddle went 3-for-4 to help earn the Wildcats an 8-1 win ... On the year, Riddle has hit .291 (53-for-182) with 11 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 34 RBI.

Performances of the Week: May 6

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, May 6:

Softball: Chanda Bell

After having simply one of the best weekends of her career in leading the Wildcats to a series win at No. 2 Florida a week ago, senior Chanda Bell went and topped that performance by leading UK to a sweep of No. 22 LSU to become NCAA Tournament eligible and clinch the No. 5 seed at the SEC Tournament. The right-hander played a part in the circle in all three victories for UK. In the opening game of the series, she worked a complete-game eight-inning win, yielding four hits and striking out 10. It was the second consecutive game against a top-25 opponent she struck out 10 or more batters in the win. In the series-clincher, she was brought into the game in relief in the top of the seventh with runners on first and second and UK clinging to a one-run lead with one out. She promptly recorded outs against the only two batters she faced to earn her third save of the season and a UK-record breaking fifth of her career. She then saved her best performance for last. On Senior Day no less, Bell tossed a no-hitter to clinch a sweep of the Tigers. She worked all seven innings, striking out six and allowing just two walks. It was the fifth no-hitter of her career, but first of the season for the Indianapolis native. Following the weekend, she moves into third in UK's single-season record books for saves (3), fourth for strikeouts (194) and fifth for wins (16). With the two wins this weekend she becomes the first pitcher in program history to have 15 or more wins in all four seasons of her career. Furthermore, she became UK's first hurler to top 900 career strikeouts with 16 tossed this weekend to run her career total to 903. Finally, her ERA falls to a program-topping 2.48 for her career.

Softball: Brittany Cervantes

Senior Brittany Cervantes was a difference-maker in every at-bat in guiding UK to a sweep of LSU which marked the first-ever series win over the Tigers in program history. In Friday night's opening game with Kentucky trailing 3-0, Cervantes delivered a two-out two-run RBI double to bring UK within striking distance. In the bottom of the seventh and with two outs, Cervantes drilled a two-strike home run over the center field wall to tie the score at 3-3 and force extra innings. Kentucky would eventually win in the bottom of the eighth. In the second game of the series, she connected for her second solo home run in as many at-bats to drive in the game's first run in UK's 2-1 series-clinching win. Following the homer, she was walked twice to avoid her bat. In the final game of the series, Cervantes opened the game with a double - to mark all four hits in the series going for extra bases. For the weekend, she batted a team-high .571 and had four RBI. Three of those runs brought in came against the nation's leader in ERA in Rachele Fico who entered the game with a 0.90 ERA. With the tremendous weekend - Cervantes advanced in a number of categories in UK's record books. She now has the fourth-most single-season doubles (16) and home runs (12) and has drawn the third-most walks (32) in a season. Career-wise, she moved into second in slugging percentage (.580), third in total bases (363), fourth in doubles (42) and runs scored (146), sixth in assists (366) and seventh in career games played (228). She already owns UK career records in RBI and home runs and pushed those totals to 160 and 47, respectively.

Baseball: Corey Littrell

Corey Littrell led No. 3 Kentucky to a 2-1 win over No. 5 Florida, shutting down the high-octane Gators by taking a shutout into the ninth inning ... Littrell dominated, striking out five batters while allowing no walks against 32 batters, with the only damage allowed coming as a leadoff solo homer to start the ninth inning with UK leading 2-0 ... Littrell's eight-inning effort is a career high, improving his overall record to a team-best 7-0 ... Littrell has become a fixture on Sundays for the Wildcats, boasting a 7-0 record with a 2.30 ERA, 61 strikeouts to just 18 walks and a team-high 74.1 innings pitched.

Track & field: Keffri Neal

  • Ran a season-best 800m run at the Billy Hayes Invitational, finishing in 1:50.67.
  • Finished third in the 800m at the Billy Hayes Invitational.
  • It is the second-straight week that Neal has recorded a season-best time in the 800m.

Baseball: Michael Williams

Junior catcher/first basemen Michael Williams led UK at the plate during their three-games series against No. 5 Florida ... Williams hit .455 (5-for-11) during the week with one home run, two double, two RBI, 10 total bases and a .909 slugging percentage ... Williams shined in the ESNPU SEC Game of the Week, going 2-4 and drilling a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to bring the game within one run ... In Sunday's 2-1 win over Florida, Williams went two for three, knocking his second double of the weekend ... On the year, Williams has hit .285 (43-for-151) with six doubles, two home runs, 15 walks and 26 RBI.

Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, April 29:

Softball: Chanda Bell

Senior Chanda Bell simply had the best pitching performance of the season during the most critical stages of the year for the Wildcats. With UK needing to stay close to .500 for the season for any post-season hope, UK traveled to No. 2 Florida who had not yielded a single SEC series this season. Bell opened the series as UK's starter and pitched a four-hit shutout of the Gators - only the fourth time all season Florida had been shutout. She struck out eight in the contest and gave up just one walk. After Florida evened the series on Saturday, UK turned to its senior right-hander in the rubber game. Bell simply was masterful; she struck out a season-high 13 batters and gave up just one run to the powerful Gators. Three times in the game she struck out the side. The 13 strikeouts tossed against Florida was the second-highest total of the year for any pitcher. She walked just one batter in the contest and for the weekend struck out 10.5 batters for every one she walked. The Gators stranded eight in the game including four in scoring position and every time it appeared Florida would threaten, Bell stood her ground and escaped the jams. For her career, she now sits a mere 13 strikeouts away from recording 900 for her career. She's the only pitcher in UK history to throw 150 or more strikeouts in each of her four seasons.

Track & field: Raymond Dykstra

  • Finished fourth in the men's javelin throw championship at the famous Penn Relays.
  • Threw 229-10 in the javelin at the championship at the Penn Relays, which would be the second-best javelin mark in school history (he currently holds the top mark).

Track & field: Andrew Evans

  • Won the men's discus championship at the famous Penn Relays with a throw of 185-06/56.56m.
  • Has led the Wildcats all season, currently holding the seventh best discus mark in UK history (188-10).

Track & field: Luis Orta

  • Ran a career-best time in the men's 3,000m steeplechase.
  • Ran the second-fastest time in the men's 3,000m steeplechase in school history.
  • Finished with the third-fastest time in his heat amongst collegiate athletes.
  • Was competing in arguably the most competitive distance running meet in the country.

Softball: Rachel Riley

Senior Rachel Riley provided both an offensive spark as well as one in the pitching circle to help lead the Wildcats to a series-upset of No. 2 Florida as well as earning a non-conference win over Morehead State. Against the Eagles, Riley tossed a complete-game win, striking out seven and giving up just three hits while also going 2-for-3 at the dish in an all-important win. In the opening game of the Florida series she drove in a run with a slicing single to give UK a 2-0 lead in the third inning. In the second game of the series, she notched another hit while also working 5.0 innings of relief and giving up just one earned run and striking out four. In the rubber game between the squads, Riley delivered the game-winning sixth-inning bases-clearing double to propel UK to a 5-1 upset of the Gators. It marked just the first time this season Florida has dropped a conference series, and the four-run margin was the largest win of the season for a Gator opponent. With four RBI this weekend, Riley has now driven in a career-high 30 RBI as well as logging a career-best 44 hits. Her 11 strikeouts tossed on the week runs her season total to a career-best 73. With three walks this week, Riley has now moved into UK's all-time top-10 list for career walks.

Track & field: Jennifer Svoboda

  • Finished fifth in the women's shot put championship with a season-best mark of 50-10 at the famous Penn Relays.
  • Threw a season-best mark in the shot put (50-10/15.49m).
  • Has led the Wildcats all season in the shot put.

Track & field: Keilah Tyson

  • Broke the Kentucky 100m dash freshman record for the second time this year.
  • Her time of 11.48 in the 100m dash is a career-best and the third best in school history.
  • Finished 1st in her heat in the 100m dash at the famous Penn Relays.
  • Finished 2nd in the 100m dash championship at the Penn Relays, running a UK freshman record in the process.
  • Has the fastest 100m time among freshmen in the SEC, and the eighth fastest overall.
  • Has set four freshman records at Kentucky, including two this outdoor season (100m dash and 200m dash).
  • Ran the second leg in Kentucky's first-place 4x100m relay team in the second final of the event.
  • Ran the final leg in Kentucky's seventh-place 4x200m relay team that advanced to the championship.

Performances of the Week: April 22

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Apr. 22:

Baseball: Austin Cousino

Freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino was key for UK during a four-game week at the plate, leading UK from the leadoff spot to its first series win over a No. 1 team in program history, taking two of three from No. 1 LSU … Cousino hit .368 (7-for-19) during the week with two home runs, two doubles, five RBI, 15 total bases, a .789 slugging percentage and swiping two bases on two steal attempts … In the midweek blowout of Cincinnati, Cousino went 2-for-4 with a home run and one RBI … Cousino batted .333 (5-for-15) during the weekend series win of LSU, with one home run, two doubles and four RBI … Cousino  went 2-for-5 in game two of the weekend series, hitting his seventh home run of the year and 16th double of the year to go along with three RBI … In the rubber-match win over LSU, Cousino led Kentucky at the plate, going 3-for-5 with his league-leading 17th double of the year … On the year, Cousino has hit a team-high .351 (60-for-171) with seven home runs, a league-leading 17 doubles, .585 slugging pct. and 34 RBI.

Baseball: Luke Maile

Junior infielder/first basemen Luke Maile led UK during a four-game week at the plate, leading UK to its first series win over a No. 1 team in program history, taking two of three from No. 1 LSU … Maile hit .462 (6-for-13) during the week with two home runs, one double, five RBI, 13 total bases and a 1.000 slugging percentage … In the midweek blowout of Cincinnati, Maile went 2-for-3 with a home run and one RBI … Maile batted .400 (4-for-10) during the weekend series vs. LSU, with one home run, one double and four RBI … Maile  went 2-for-3 in game two of the weekend series, drilling his 11th home run of the year to go along with three RBI … In the rubber-match win over LSU, Maile went 1-for-3 with his fourth RBI of the weekend … On the year, Maile has hit .331 (50-for-151) with 10 doubles, an SEC-leading 11 home runs and 41 RBI.

Baseball: Alex Phillips

Alex Phillips shut down LSU in two appearances out of the Kentucky bullpen, including earning a three-inning save in Kentucky’s 8-1 win on Saturday over No. 1 LSU and a 2-inning save in the rubber match on Sunday, winning the series for Kentucky … Phillips faced just 10 batters in his nine-out save on Saturday, allowing just two hits and forcing one strikeout … Phillips notched his fourth save of the year in the rubber match vs. No. 1 LSU, allowing just one run on two hits … Phillips has become a go-to reliever in the UK bullpen, posting a 5-1 record with a 2.33 ERA, four saves, 30 strikeouts and just seven walks in 38.2 innings pitched.

Performances of the Week: April 15

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Apr. 15:

Softball: Lauren Cumbess

In the series-clinching victory vs. No. 10 Georgia, sophomore pitcher Lauren Cumbess did the unthinkable. In just her second start in SEC action and against a top-10 ranked team with a .276 batting average and a .463 slugging percentage, Cumbess pitched her first career no-hitter. She limited the Bulldogs to a mere five base runners, with three reaching by way of a walk one on a hit by pitch and one on an error. She struck out seven in her second shutout win of the season. It marked the first no-hitter of the season for the Wildcats, and the first no-hitter against the Bulldogs since former Tennessee All-American Monica Abbott turned the trick in 2007. No UGA base runner advanced past second base in the game to add to her impressive performance.

Not only did Cumbess turn in the best pitching performance of the season for the Wildcats, she was equally impressive offensively for UK this week. She batted .471 for the week with a team-high eight hits and two doubles. Cumbess contributed in nearly every scoring inning for the Wildcats as she has found her stride and currently leads UK with a .409 average in SEC action. She had a career-high three-hit performance in UK's win over Arkansas, while also notching two hits in three other games this week.

Softball: Emily Jolly

Sophomore Emily Jolly had simply the best week of her career in helping lead the Wildcats to three SEC victories including taking two from No. 10 Georgia. Jolly logged a team-high .500 batting average with a 7-for-14 combined performance at the dish. She scored a team-high five times, drove in six runs and hit two homers and provided an offensive spark nearly every time the Wildcats needed one. In the opening victory over Arkansas, Jolly had a career-high three-hit performance which included a solo homer in the fifth inning. In the nationally televised victory over Georgia, Jolly plated the first run of the game with a sacrifice bunt before hitting a solo homer as an insurance run in the sixth inning. Jolly is currently on a career-long eight-game hitting streak. She also charted a perfect 1.000 fielding clip in splitting time between second base and center field for the Wildcats while logging 11 putouts and nine assists for the week. She played a part in eight of UK's 13 scoring innings this week.

Baseball: Corey Littrell

For the fourth consecutive weekend, Kentucky turned to Corey Littrell to start the finale of a series with the outcome of the set hanging in the balance ... Littrell delivered his fourth consecutive win, with his sixth quality start of the season, tossing 6.1 innings on short rest, allowing only one run with three strikeouts ... Littrell has paced the UK rotation in the Sunday spot all year, sporting a 6-0 record and a 1.95 ERA in nine starts, tossing 55.1 innings, allowing 14 walks and striking out 48.

Baseball: Thomas McCarthy

Senior third baseman Thomas McCarthy led UK during a four-game week at the plate, leading UK to its first series win at No. 9 Arkansas since the 2002 season, with UK snapping a nine-game home series winning streak of the Razorbacks ... McCarthy hit .471 (8-for-17) during the week with five doubles, three RBI, 13 total bases and a .765 slugging percentage ... McCarthy batted .462 (6-for-13) during the weekend series at Arkansas, with four doubles and three RBI ... McCarthy went 2-for-4 during a rivalry game with No. 19 Louisville, including his first double of the week ... In the series-opener at Arkansas, McCarthy went a season-best 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI ... In the second game of the series, McCarthy collected a pair of hits, including a double down the opposite-field line, sparking a UK comeback rally to even the series ... In the rubber-match win over Arkansas, McCarthy again ripped a double, leading off the inning that led to UK's two runs in the 2-1 win ... On the year, McCarthy has hit .319 (45-for-141) with 13 doubles, five homers and 23 RBI.

Men's tennis: Alex Musialek

Grabbed two singles wins over ranked opponents during the week, taking doen No. 38 Roy Kalmanovich and No. 94 Gonzales Austin. Has won five of his last six matches, including four against top-100 ranked players.

Men's tennis: Eric Quigley

Won both his singles matches on the week, defeating highly ranked foes in both matches. Started the week with a victory over No. 5 Dennis Nevolo, before taking down No. 34 Charlie Jones on Saturday. The victory over Jones sealed a undefeated regular season in conference play, ending 11-0 vs. SEC foes. It was also the decisive fourth point for Kentucky.

Performances of the Week: April 8

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Apr. 8:

Softball: Brittany Cervantes

Senior Brittany Cervantes exploded offensively for the Wildcats during a critical SEC series this weekend. Cervantes batted .500 against South Carolina while blasting three home runs, scoring five times and driving in four runs in helping UK keep pace in the hunt for the SEC Tournament. Cervantes, UK's career home run leader, had struggled early this season with finding her offensive rhythm and had hit just two home runs in her first 36 games this season. She then became the first UK player this season to hit home runs in three consecutive games - also a career-best for UK's all-time power leader. Cervantes batted in the leadoff spot this weekend and in the rubber game with the Gamecocks on Sunday, she watched the visitor's plate two runs in the top half of the first and answered with her second leadoff homer of the series to jump-start UK's offensive effort en route to plating 10 scores for the first time this season against league competition.

Gymnastics: Caitlyn Ciokajlo

Had a strong showing for Kentucky on uneven bars, posting a career-high tying 9.875 on the event at the NCAA Regional. The high mark placed the junior in fifth place overall at the event.

Baseball: Austin Cousino

Centerfielder Austin Cousino continued to pace the top offensive unit in college baseball atop the batting order, leading UK to a series win over No. 10 Ole Miss and a midweek win over Dayton during a four-game week ... Cousino hit .412 (7-for-17) with four runs, three doubles and three RBI, adding two walks and stealing a base ... In the series opener vs. Dayton, Cousino went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs, a double, a walk and an RBI ... In the series opener vs. Ole Miss, Cousino added a double and a walk , also collecting a hit in the second game of the set ... In the series-clinching win on Sunday, Cousino went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI, including a rally-sparking leadoff single in the late innings ... On the year, Cousino leads UK in nearly every category, including average (.365), runs (35), hits (50), doubles (13) and steals (seven), adding one triple, five homers and 27 RBI ... The 2011 Baseball America first-team high school All-America selection has reached base safely in 31 of his 32 career games and is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, reaching base safely in nine straight.

Softball: Griffin Joiner

Freshman Griffin Joiner led the Wildcat attack at the plate in a crucial series victory over South Carolina. Joiner led the team with a .444 average on the week, score three times, walked four times, drove in three runs and doubled twice while stealing her second base of the season. Joiner's three-RBI day against the Gamecocks in the series-tying win marks a new career-high as well as the three walks she drew in the game. Joiner's development at the plate has been a key for the Blue and White as she was one of just two players to tally a hit against No. 12 Louisville in a midweek contest. Behind the plate as UK's catcher she caught two of the three base stealers in their attempts against the Gamecocks, adding to her repertoire.

Baseball: Luke Maile

Junior Luke Maile continued to pace the NCAA's leading offense during a four-game week, leading Kentucky its fourth consecutive series win to open conference play, with a series victory over No. 10 Ole Miss ... Maile collected a staggering 20 total bases in four games, launching three homers and three doubles with six RBI, batting .471 (8-for-17) ... The catcher extended his seven-game hitting streak during the week, starting with a two-homer game in UK's midweek win over Dayton, including a double and four RBI ... In the series-opener vs. Ole Miss, Maile collected a pair of run-sparking doubles in a 3-2 win, scoring both runs, including the go-ahead tally in the late innings ... In the series clincher, Maile put UK on the board with a solo homer to even the game, going 2-for-4 with two runs ... In the second game vs. Ole Miss, Maile collected a single ... On the year, Maile has hit .341 (42-for-123) with nine doubles, nine homers and 26 RBI, stealing seven bases.

Baseball: Alex Phillips

Senior left-handed reliever Alex Phillips was a workhorse for the UK bullpen during a four-game week, pitching on Friday and Sunday to win and save UK's two series-clinching victories over No. 10 Ole Miss ... In the series opener, Phillips came on in relief of starter Taylor Rogers, tossing 3.1 shutout innings, striking out three to pick up the win ... On Sunday, with UK facing its third consecutive rubber match, Phillips worked three innings just two days after his first three-inning workload, allowing one run to pick up the save ... Phillips has been a major force for a stout UK bullpen on the year, appearing in 14 games with a 5-0 record and a 2.01 ERA, totaling two saves in 31.1 innings.

Men's tennis: Eric Quigley

Quigley was the star of the weekend for Kentucky, winning both of his singles matches to increase his impressive record to 10-0 against SEC foes. The native of Pewee Valley, Ky., defeated two highly ranked foes during the week, including No. 15 Artem Ilyushin and No. 19 Nik Scholtz. Quigley's win over Scholtz was the match clincher in its win over Ole Miss.

Performances of the Week: April 1

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Apr. 1:

Baseball: Austin Cousino

Freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino launched three homers, owned a .375 average (6-for-16) and paced the club with nine RBI to help carry Kentucky to a midweek win over Western Kentucky and its first series win at No. 18 Georgia since 2000 ... Hit three homers during the four-game week, adding five runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, two sacrifice bunts and a stolen base ... Has hit a homer in four of his last five games, including a stretch of three consecutive that was snapped in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, hours after his three-run homer rallied UK from a six-hole deficit in the first of the twinbill ... Launched another three-run homer to kick off the week in a win over Western Kentucky, adding a single ... In the series opener at UGA, with UK trailing 6-0, launched a seventh-inning, three-run homer over the cavernous right-centerfield fence at Foley Field to spark a six-run inning to even the game ... In a pressure-laden rubber match at UGA Sunday, batted 2-for-5 with three RBI, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning ... During the series at UGA, Cousino launched two homers and had six RBI, with a steal, two sacrifice bunts and four runs scored ... Cousino ranks among the SEC leaders in nearly every category, ranking ninth in average (.358), eighth in slugging (.583), first in runs scored (31), third in hits (43), 11th in RBI (24), fourth in doubles (10), eighth in home runs (five), second in total bases (70), 10th in steals (six) and first in at bats (120) ... Cousino is also leading the club with four outfield assists ... He already ranks among the all-time UK freshmen hitting records in home runs (ninth), 22nd in RBI (24) and 22nd in hits (24), through his first 29 career games ... He has hit safely in 26 of his 27 games in 2012.

Track & field: Raymond Dykstra

  • Set a career-best mark in the javelin with a throw of 75.41m/247-05.
  • His javelin mark is the best in program history.
  • Now holds the UK freshman record in the javelin.
  • Finished third in the javelin at the Texas Relays.

Track & field: Terri-Ann Grant

  • Career-best mark in the high jump of 1.81m/5-11.25.
  • Second-best mark in Kentucky history.
  • Finished third in the event at the Texas Relays.
  • Broke her previous career-best mark by 1.25 inches.

Men's tennis: Tom Jomby

Was the star of Kentucky's win over No. 3 Georgia, winning a three-set thriller at court 4 to give the Wildcats the win. The native of Nantes, France won a third-set tiebreaker 7-1 to earn the win over No. 33 Ignacio Taboada.

Baseball: Corey Littrell

Sophomore starter Corey Littrell turned in his second consecutive winning effort in a road rubber match, leading UK to its first series win in Athens since the 2000 season on Sunday... Worked a career-high 7.2 innings in the win at No. 18 Georgia on Sunday, allowing eight hits and one run, walking two and striking out five ... Littrell ranks among the SEC leaders in several categories, including fourth in ERA (1.88), eighth in innings pitched (43.0), ninth in strikeouts (41), sixth in wins (four) and first in pickoffs.

Track & field: Luis Orta

  • Ran a career-best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
  • Third-best 3,000m steeplechase in school history.
  • Won the race at the Texas Relays by 4.27 seconds.
  • Was competing in his first outdoor race of the year.

Men's golf: David Snyder

  • Finished in a tie for second at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate.
  • Recorded a career-low 54-hole total of 212, 4-under-par.
  • His second-place finish is his best in his collegiate career.
  • Has now had 15.5 of his 17 rounds played counted toward the team score - best rate on the team (91 percent).

Track & field: Keilah Tyson

  • Broke the Kentucky 100m dash freshman record.
  • Her time of 11.52 in the 100m dash is a career-best and the third best in school history.
  • Finished 10th in the 100m dash at the Texas Relays.
  • Was the top freshman finisher in the 100m dash at the Texas Relays.

Baseball: Michael Williams

UK senior catcher Michael Williams hit .500 (8-for-16) during a four-game week, leading the Wildcats to their first series win at No. 18 Georgia since the 2000 season ... A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Williams launched two doubles and led the club with nine RBI ... In a series-evening game at Georgia on Saturday, Williams notched a career-high four RBI, including a bases-clearing double that erased a three-run hole early in the game ... Went 2-for-4 in the Saturday win to even the series ... Collected a career-high three hits in the rubber match win, including two RBI, a walk and a double ... In the series opener at UGA, recorded one hit ... In a midweek win over Western Kentucky, Williams batted 2-for-3, tying his then career-high with three RBI, drawing a walk ... On the year, Williams has hit .310 (27-for-87) with three doubles, one homer, 22 RBI and 10 walks, despite missing five games due to a finger injury on his catching hand.

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