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Performances of the Week: March 25

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, March 25:

Gymnastics: Holly Cunningham

Sophomore Holly Cunningham posted the highest individual score for Kentucky at the SEC Championships with her career-high tying 9.85 on vault. Has now posted a 9.8 or higher on vault in nine of her last 10 meets.

Softball: Griffin Joiner

Freshman Griffin Joiner was her continued steady-self offering the Wildcats a .300 batting clip and a pair of crucial RBI in helping clinch a series over No. 18/21 Auburn. Joiner gave UK a 1-0 lead in both of the final two games of the series with the Tigers. In Saturday's game the lead would be one UK would not relinquish en route to earning a series win over the Tigers for just the fourth time in school history. Her sacrifice fly in the final game of the series proved to be UK's lone scoring of the game and it was a lead UK held until Auburn mounted a two-run bottom of the seventh rally to salvage a sweep. Joiner's presence at catcher cannot go unnoticed. She logged a perfect 1.000 fielding clip while notching 28 putouts and four assists. Runners attempted to steal on her a mere three times, and she successfully turned the play in all three attempts not allowing any runners to advance a base on her watch. Her success rate discouraged additional attempts as teams opted for sacrifice hits and hit-and-runs.

Men's tennis: Alex Musialek

Became the 14th player in school history to record 100 singles wins with his come-from-behind win over No. 82 Roberto Maytin of Baylor. The native of Dax, France, earned the historic win in a three-set thriller over No. 82 Roberto Maytin at No. 2 singles. After dropping the first set 3-6, Musialek dominated the second set 6-1 and then rolled in the third set 6-4 to grab the win.

Baseball: Alex Phillips

Senior southpaw Alex Phillips had a pair of strong relief outings in helping the Wildcats extend their NCAA-leading 24-1 record with a series win at Tennessee and a midweek win at Cincinnati ... In game two of the series at UT, Phillips entered the game after a rain storm had halted play on Sunday, working the final 4.1 shutout innings to post a win to even that series ... In a midweek win at UC, Phillips entered when the steady UK bullpen was allowing six runs to make the contest tight ... Phillips immediately got UK out of any trouble to lock the save down with two innings and two strikeouts ... On the year, Phillips owns a 3-0 record and a 2.11 ERA in 10 relief outings, tossing 21.1 innings, allowing only 12 hits and five walks, striking out 19, with a .190 opposing batting average.

Baseball: J.T. Riddle

Sophomore second baseman J.T. Riddle had a clutch week in helping No. 2 Kentucky to a midweek win at Cincinnati and a series victory at Tennessee ... Riddle's clutch hitting led UK to the series win over the Vols, UK's first in Knoxville since the 2008 season and helped the Wildcats improve to a nation-leading 24-1, including a 5-1 mark in SEC play ... After the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the year in the series opener on Friday night to snap a 22-game winning streak, Riddle's bat paced UK to the series-evening win in game two, batting 3-for-4 with three RBI, a homer and a triple ... In the series finale, a seven-inning game, the two teams were locked in a scoreless pitching duel in the top of the sixth when Riddle smacked a double off the wall in leftfield to score the go-ahead and game-winning run ... In a midweek win at UC, Riddle scored a pair of runs and added an RBI single ... In addition to his contributions at the plate, Riddle has played stellar defense at second base, with his instincts, range and arm strength helping the UK defensive unit rank second in the SEC in fielding ... On the year, Riddle has hit .318 (28-for-88), with five doubles, one triple, one homer and 18 RBI, with his 23 runs scored ranking eighth in the league. 

Softball: Rachel Riley

Senior Rachel Riley was flawless in her two starts and two victories this week in UK's impressive 3-1 weekend including taking a series from No. 18/21 Auburn for just the fourth time school history. Riley earned the decisive-series clinching victory over the Tigers with a complete-game effort. She worked 7.0 innings yielding just one earned run and limiting Auburn to a mere five hits. She struck out four in the win. The win marked the ninth of her career over a top-25 ranked opponent and the first in her senior campaign. She also contributed offensively with a 2-for-4 day at the dish which was her sixth multi-hit outing of the season. In UK's non-conference victory in front of her hometown of Bowling Green, Ky., on the campus of Western Kentucky, Riley again worked a complete-game. She struck out six batters and allowed just five Hilltopper hits. She also logged a 1-for-4 day at the plate in the UK victory. With 10 strikeouts this weekend, Riley moved into fifth place on UK's all-time career strikeout list. With two wins she also becomes just one of three pitchers in school history with 35 or more career wins.

Baseball: Chandler Shepherd

Right-hander Chandler Shepherd made his first career road start at Big East foe Cincinnati on Wednesday, posting his second career win ... Shepherd worked a career-long 5.2 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, striking out two ... Shepherd worked five shutout innings and came out for the sixth inning in an effort to extend his pitch count, with the Bearcats scoring two on a triple ... On the year, Shepherd has appeared in five games with four starts, posting a 2-0 record and a 3.15 ERA, in 20 innings, walking five and striking out 11.

Performances of the Week: Mar. 18

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Mar. 18:

Gymnastics: Caitlyn Ciokajlo

  • Won her fourth uneven bars title of the season and her third straight with a 9.85 score on Saturday against Centenary. The native of Brooklyn, Mich., has now led UK on bars in six meets this season, scoring a 9.825 or higher in five consecutive meets.

Men's basketball: Anthony Davis

Averaged double-double in UK's two NCAA Tournament wins (15.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 4.5 bpg, 4.0 apg)

Track and field: Raymond Dykstra

  • Set a career-best mark in the javelin
  • Won the javelin competition by over 22 feet
  • Set the program record in his first ever collegiate competition in the javelin
  • Set the freshman record in the javelin

Track and field: Andrew Evans

  • Had career-best marks in the discus and in the hammer throw
  • Won the Discus, defeating all other competitors by over 11 feet
  • Recorded the seventh best mark in program history in the discus and in the hammer throw

Baseball: Trevor Gott

UK sophomore right-hander Trevor Gott solidified his role as one of the top closers in college baseball during Kentucky's 5-0 week, picking up three saves - including two against the two-time NCAA Champions, No. 2 South Carolina ... Appeared in three games with three saves, tossing three shutout frames, with one hit and no walks allowed, striking out six ... Made first appearance in the ninth inning of UK's 2-1 midweek win on Wednesday, locking down the save ... Came on in the ninth inning with UK nursing a 4-3 lead and a runner at second base and no outs in the series-clinching win over USC on Saturday ... After getting a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to third base, Gott struck out the next two hitters to end the game and leave the game-tying and inherited runner stranded at third base ... In the series finale, after UK allowed a leadoff runner to reach base on an error in the ninth inning with UK looking for the sweep, came out of the pen to get three consecutive outs to finish off the game and sweep the Gamecocks ... On the year, Gott - the 2011 Cape Cod League Reliever of the Year - has a 1-0 record and a 2.08 ERA, saving five games in 10 relief outings, striking out 16 and walking two in 8.2 innings.

Men's basketball: Terrence Jones

Averaged double-double in UK's two NCAA Tournament wins (15.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg)

Baseball: Luke Maile

Kentucky junior catcher Luke Maile continued to provide the vocal and physical leadership to a school-record 21-0 start to the season, launching a pair of homers during a 5-0 week, pacing UK to a series sweep over No. 2 South Carolina, the two-time defending NCAA Champions ... Maile hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in the series opener, a blast to dead centerfield with UK trailing by a run, part of a three-RBI game ... In the second game of the series, Maile delivered another clutch RBI single in UK's 4-3 win over the Cocks ... In the finale, Maile set the tone by launching his fifth homer of the year in the first inning off USC's Colby Holmes, leading UK to the sweep-clinching win ... Maile's walk-off homer was his staggering seventh game-winning RBI of the season, leading the team and tying the team leader Thomas McCarthy's seven game-winning RBI from the entire 2011 season ... On the year, Maile has hit .360 (27-for-75) with five doubles, five homers, 27 RBI, a 13-4 walk-strikeout ratio and six stolen bases.

Men's golf: Cody Martin

  • Opened with back-to-back rounds of 2-under-par 70 at the Bulls Invitational
  • Led Kentucky with a final score of 1-under-par
  • Finished in a tie for 21st

Track and field: Kayla Parker

  • Won the 100m hurdles
  • Set a career-best time in the 100m hurdles, breaking her previous career-best by .27 seconds
  • Recorded the seventh fastest time in program history

Baseball: A.J. Reed

Freshman A.J. Reed turned in one of the more prolific weeks in the history of UK baseball, leading UK to five wins as the No. 4 hitter, midweek starter and weekend late-inning reliever ... Picked up two wins on the mound, one coming in a midweek start on Tuesday and the second coming in relief of UK's series-clinching win over No. 2 South Carolina on Saturday ... In both of his wins on the mound, Reed - who owns a 12-game hitting streak - delivered the game-winning RBI at the plate ... In his start, tossed six innings, allowing only one run and striking out six, with first-pitch strikes hurled to the first 21 hitters he faced ... Reed became the first UK player in program history (modern era: 1979-present) to start on the mound and as the No. 4 hitter in the order in the midweek win ... On Saturday, Reed was summoned out of the bullpen on short rest working two shutout innings to set up the game for UK closer Trevor Gott in the ninth inning, picking up his fourth win of the year ... At the plate, Reed led UK in hitting all week batting .526 (10-for-19) with two doubles, one homer and five RBI ... Totaled a 2-0 record with a 1.12 ERA on the mound, striking out eight in eight innings ... In his midweek starting pitching assignment, collected a career-high three hits, batting 3-for-4 with three RBI ... Delivered two hits in a 2-1 midweek win over Murray State on Wednesday ... In his SEC debut on Friday, Reed went 2-for-4 with an RBI, adding the game-winning double in the seventh inning in the series-clinching win on Saturday ... Finished with two hits in the series finale, helping UK to its first series sweep of USC since 2006 ... On the year, has hit .386 (27-for-70) with seven doubles, two homers and 28 RBI, with a 4-0 record and a 1.83 ERA on the mound in 19.2 innings with 18 strikeouts.

Men's basketball: Marquis Teague

Career-high 24 points in win over Iowa State along with seven assists.

Performances of the Week: Mar. 11

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Mar. 11:

Baseball: Cameron Flynn

Enjoyed a breakout week in helping No. 23 Kentucky to five wins, including a series sweep over the weekend ... Batted .500 (7-for-14) in four games, with two homers and seven RBI, slugging .929 and reaching base at a .529 clip during the week ... Drew one walk and got hit by a pitch, adding one outfield assist while playing left and rightfield ... A native of Lexington, Ky., Flynn leads UK in hitting through his first 15 career UK games, batting .441 (15-for-34) with four doubles, a team-best four homers and 13 RBI ... Flynn owns a team-high .912 slugging mark, adding a .511 on-base percentage with a 6-5 walk-strikeout ratio ... Belted homers in back-to-back wins over Canisius on the weekend, joining fellow outfielder Zac Zellers as Wildcats to homer in consecutive games in 2012 ... Went 3-for-4 in UK's win over CC in the series opener, with the homer and a walk.

Track and field: Terri-Ann Grant

  • Finished ninth in the women's high jump at the NCAA Championships, clearing a mark of 1.78m/5-10.00.
  • Earned second-team All-America honors in the high jump.

Baseball: Jerad Grundy

Turned in a strong start in his final non-Southeastern Conference tune-up of the season, posting his third win of the season on Saturday vs. Canisius ... Tossed a career-high 7.1 innings, allowing only three hits and two walks, striking out seven ... Held CC to a .125 batting average ... Faced only three hitters over the minimum in the win ... On the year, Grundy has made four starts, posting a 3-0 record and a 2.25 ERA ... In 24 innings in 2012, Grundy has allowed only 16 hits and six earned runs, walking seven and striking out 23.

Gymnastics: Storey Morris

  • On Senior Day for the UK gymnastics team, senior Storey Morris had an outstanding meet. Morris won the balance beam title at the event with a career-high tying 9.875, while sticking her vault to go 9.775 and earning a solid 9.85 on bars.

Men's Golf: Chase Parker

  • Finished fourth out of 90 golfers at the USF Invitational with a final score of 3-under-par.
  • Shot a career-best tying 5-under-par 67 in the second round of the USF Invitational, his second round of 67 in his last three rounds played going back to the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.
  • Is 8-under-par in his last four rounds played going back to the final round of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.
  • Defeated all other SEC golfers at the USF Invitational.
  • Led Kentucky to a third-place finish at the USF Invitational, defeating two top-40 schools (No. 20 Florida State and No. 38 MTSU), with a 54-hole total of 868.
  • The Wildcats' 4-over-par 868 is their third-best 54-hole total of the year, and their best of the young spring season.

Baseball: A.J. Reed

Dynamic two-way talent led UK in the middle of the batting order in four of five wins during the week, starting the fifth game and picking up the win on the mound ... Batted .389 (7-for-18) in the four games, batting No. 4 and No. 5 in the order ... Had two doubles and six RBI, with a .500 slugging mark and a .431 on-base percentage ... Made a start for the Wildcats vs. Marshall on Wednesday, picking up the win in his second career starting assignment ... Tossed five innings, allowing four hits and two runs, striking out a career-best seven ... On the year, Reed leads UK with 23 RBI, adding a .333 (17-for-51) average with five doubles, one homer and eight walks ... Has posted a 2-0 record and a 2.31 ERA on the mound, with 10 strikeouts in 11.2 innings. 

Men's tennis: Grant Roberts

  • Went 2-0 in singles action over the weekend, including his match-clinching point against No. 9 Florida on Sunday. After falling in the first set, Roberts made some quick adjustments on the court to grab the second set and then dominate the third set 6-0 for the win.

Gymnastics: Whitney Rose

  • Performed very well for Kentucky in the last home meet of her career, tying a season best on uneven bars with a mark of 9.775. Rose has been in every bar lineup this season, holding a strong average.

Performances of the Week: Mar. 4

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Mar. 4:

Softball: Chanda Bell

Senior Chanda Bell enjoyed a successful week on the mound for the Wildcats en route to All-Tournament team honors at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational. Bell was involved in all three of UK's victories with two wins and a save. She tossed a team-high 13.0 innings with a 1.62 ERA and 15 strikeouts. She notched a season-high seven fanned batters in a six-inning win over Stephen F. Austin. Her save in the first game with the Jacks moved her into fourth all-time in saves. Bell increased her career win total to 57 games as she moved into just second all-time in career starts at UK. Bell gave up just 0.61 hits per inning pitched this weekend as batter's averaged just a .170 batting average against UK's right-hander.

Softball: Kara Dill

Junior Kara Dill continued her explosive offensive play with a team-high nine hits for a .500 batting average in leading UK to a 3-2 week at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational. Dill's efforts earned her All-Tournament team accolades for the second consecutive tournament. She's put together a career-long 15-game hitting streak which included at least one hit in all five contests this week. She scored a team-high eight times and drove in four runs as well. In a win over Stephen F. Austin she registered a single, double and triple for the second time this season. She was also perfect on the base paths with three stolen bases. Dill has been the offensive spark for the Wildcats as UK logged three run-rule victories this weekend including scoring eight or more runs in three victories.

Gymnastics: Audrey Harrison

Finished third in the all-around competition with a career-best all-around score of 39.225. Tied a career high on vault with a 9.825 and bars with a 9.775, while setting a career high on beam with a 9.825. Is currently ranked 33rd in the nation in the all-around competition with an RQS of 39.035

Softball: Griffin Joiner

Freshman Griffin Joiner moved into the No. 3 spot in the batting order and enjoyed a tremendous offensive weekend en route to All-Tournament team honors. Joiner led the Wildcats with a .571 batting average and ranked second on the team with four RBI. She strung together a career-long hitting streak of eight games and four consecutive games with at least one RBI. In a win over Stephen F. Austin she posted her first career double, and in the heartbreaking loss to No. 12 Louisiana she enjoyed her first career perfect outing at the plate with three hits and a walk in the win. In the second victory over the Jacks, she became the second UK player this season to score three runs in a single game. For the week, she batted more than .200 higher than her season average and scored five of her nine total runs for the season.

Baseball: Corey Littrell

Turned in a quality start in UK's sweep-clinching win over UIC ... Picked up the win with six shutout innings, allowing only two hits, walking two and striking out seven ... Allowed only two hits - both to the same hitter - with his two walks coming as two-out free passes ... On the year, Littrell has a 2-0 record and a 1.89 ERA in three starts, striking out 20 and walking four in 19 innings, allowing only 11 hits and a .177 batting average.

Baseball: Luke Maile

Had a monster week in leading UK to the nation's best record and one of only two undefeated teams in college baseball ... Led UK to five wins during the week with a .500 average (9-for-18) with three doubles, one homer and six RBI ... Caught all five games during the week behind the plate as UK senior catcher Michael Williams was held out as an injury precaution ... Finished with three walks and one strikeout during the week, with his strikeout the first of the 11-game season and his first encompassing all of UK's preseason scrimmages ... In UK's 3-2 win over Morehead State on Tuesday, Maile went 1-for-3 with the game-winning two-RBI single ... In a win over Xavier on Wednesday, Maile went 3-for-3 with a walk, homer and a double, driving in one RBI ... Maile drew a walk and launched an RBI single in a win over UIC in the first game of the series, also stealing a base ... In the second game, Maile went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI ... In UK's sweep clinching win, Maile was pulled from the lineup early for rest but went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles, stealing another base ... On the year, Maile has hit .405 (17-for-42) with four doubles, three homers and 13 RBI, stealing a team-leading six bases in seven attempts.

Baseball: A.J. Reed

Helped lead UK to five wins during the week, one as the starting pitcher and four as a middle of the order presence ... Posted a .308 average (4-for-13) during the week with a double, team-high seven RBI and three walks ... On the mound, made his first career start, tossing six innings with four hits and one run allowed, striking out two with a 1.50 ERA ... On the year, Reed has solidified himself as one of the top freshmen in the nation and one of the top two-way players in college baseball, batting .303 (10-for-33) with a homer and a team-high 17 RBI in his first 11 career collegiate games ... On the mound, Reed has one start in two games, with a 1.35 ERA and a 1-0 record ... His other pitching appearance came when he was inserted with the bases loaded and one out in the season opener at Wofford, striking out the first hitter he faced and getting out of the jam unscathed. 

Men's tennis: Grant Roberts

Grant Roberts: Stepped in nicely to earn two wins at the No. 6 singles position for Kentucky and was on track to earn a third when his match was abandoned due to the team result already being clinched. Both singles wins came in straight sets, taking down Michael Nott of Arkansas 6-3, 6-3 and Jarred Wynan of Louisiana-Lafayette 6-3, 6-4. Teamed with senior Alex Musialek to win his lone two doubles matches of the week as well.

Performances of the Week: Feb. 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, Feb. 26:

Men's basketball: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis tallied a pair of double-doubles on the week leading the Wildcats to a 2-0 record and its 45th SEC championship ... Davis posted his first double-double of the week in UK's come-from-behind victory at Mississippi State, giving him 12 on the season ... His 13th of the year came in Kentucky's victory over Vanderbilt which clinched the Wildcats' league championship outright ... Davis scored a career-high 28 points to go with 11 rebounds and five blocked shots ... Davis hit 91 pct. of his shots on the day the highest single-game pct. (min. 10 att.) for UK since the 1994-95 season.

Softball: Kara Dill

Junior Kara Dill earned All-Tournament team accolades as she extended her team-leading and season-best hitting streak to 10 games with a hit in all four games at the Georgia Southern Invitational. Dill also had two or more hits in three of UK's four outings to run her season total to multi-hit outings to six games including five of her last six games. In a win over Jacksonville State, Dill nearly recorded a cycle with a single, double and triple in her three at-bats. She also scored twice in a pair of games.

Swimming & diving: Lucas Gerotto

Tyler Reed and Lucas Gerotto both qualified for the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with swims Sunday afternoon that catapulted them into elite company in the final day of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet. Gerotto swam a 46.75 in the 100-fly, just three one hundredths of a second off the UK record, and good enough to place him 13th overall in the nation this year.

Women's basketball: Bria Goss

Goss helped guide Kentucky to three victories in the last week, as the Wildcats won their first SEC Championship since 1982, and their second all-time. The Indianapolis native averaged 11.3 points per game during the three-game stretch, reaching double figures in scoring against Vanderbilt and South Carolina with 12 points and 14 points, respectively. Goss got to the line well throughout the week, converting 12 of her 14 attempts (.857), including a perfect 6-6 clip at Mississippi State on Sunday.

Gymnastics: Audrey Harrison

Harrison grabbed a career-best 9.9 on floor exercise, becoming the 19th gymnast in school history to record a 9.9 or higher on the event. A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Harrison's score is tied for the highest score by any gymnast on any event this season. Harrison won the all-around title at the event with a career-high all-around score.

Softball: Griffin Joiner

Freshman Griffin Joiner had a break-out weekend in helping lead UK to a 3-1 record at the Georgia Southern Invitational. She logged a .417 batting average which ranked second on the squad with five or more at-bats. She had two multi-hit outings, reached base four other times by way of a walk and hit by pitch. She also notched a pair of sacrifice hits and stole her first career base. Her two-out RBI-single in the top of the seventh against Georgia Southern forced extra innings. She's started every game of her freshman season and played all four games this weekend behind the plate.

Men's basketball: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tallied a a double-double at Mississippi State and grabbed eight more rebounds against Vanderbilt leading the Wildcats to a 2-0 record and their 45th SEC championship ... Kidd-Gilchrist recorded his sixth double-double of the season, scoring a team-high 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds in UK's win on the road at Mississippi State ... He was just as solid on the defensive end, guarding MSU's Dee Bost in the second half and holding State's leading scorer to just 1-6 from the field and allowing only five of his game-high 21 points ... Kidd-Gilchrist then pulled down eight rebounds in UK's win over Vanderbilt, the eighth time in the last nine games, he's pulled down seven or more rebounds ... the win gave UK its 45th SEC championship outright

Track and field: Luis Orta

  • Cliff Harper Trophy Co-Winner, awarded to both the men's and women's high-points scorer of the SEC Championships (20 points)
  • First winner of 3,000m and 5,000m runs in the same SEC Championships since 2007
  • Only male student-athlete to win two events at SEC Championships
  • First-ever UK winner in the 3K, and the first UK winner in the 5K since 1987
  • Holds the SEC's fastest times in the 3K and 5K

Swimming & diving: Tyler Reed

Tyler Reed and Lucas Gerotto both qualified for the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with swims Sunday afternoon that catapulted them into elite company in the final day of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet. Tyler Reed swam a 43.08 in the men's 100-freestyle to push himself to Seattle for the NCAA Championships in that event.

Men's golf: David Snyder

  • Finished in a tie for 10th at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, the best finish of his career.
  • Shot a final round career-low 4-under-par 68 to finish at even par for the tournament.
  • His 54-hole total of 216 is also a career-best.
  • Carded five birdies and one bogey in the final round.

Baseball: Zac Zellers

Junior outfielder Zac Zellers turned in a breakout week at the plate for the Wildcats, leading UK to a series sweep vs. Buffalo in the home-opening series ... The right-handed hitter led UK with a .667 average (6-for-9), with a double, triple, two homers and five RBI ... Zellers reached base safely in 9-of-12 plate appearances during the weekend, with a .750 on-base and a 1.667 slugging percentage ... He drew a walk and got hit by two pitches without striking out ... In the series opener on Friday, Zellers launched his first career home run as part of a 1-for-3 day ... On Saturday, UK star freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino was pulled from the lineup after starting 2-for-2 due to a minor injury, with Zellers coming off the bench to go 3-for-3 with two runs, a double and his second homer ... Became the first UK player to homer in back-to-back games since Taylor Black against Alabama in 2010 ... In the series finale, Zellers went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk and hit by pitch, driving in three runs ... Zellers' big hit came as the go-ahead, three-RBI triple in the sixth inning to give UK a lead ... After UK allowed the game-tying runs in the ninth inning, Zellers led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk, scoring the walk-off run with two outs ... On the year, Zellers leads UK with a .583 average (7-for-12).

Performances of the Week: Feb. 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, Feb. 19:

Baseball: Austin Cousino

Dynamic freshman talent Austin Cousino made a monumental debut in his first two collegiate games, leading UK to wins at Wofford and vs. Eastern Michigan ... A native of Dublin, Ohio, Cousino's first five career hits came as extra-base knocks, with four doubles and one triple ... The 2009 MVP of the 16-U USA National Team's gold medal winning club in the IABF Championships, Cousino hit leadoff in all three games and started in centerfield, delivering the type of energetic, spark-plug at the top of the order igniting the UK offense ... A 2011 first-team high school All-America outfielder by Baseball America, Cousino added two outfield assists in his first three games, gunning a run down at the plate and nabbing a sure double at second base with a bare-handed grab and strong throw from the gap ... In addition to his sparkling defense and energy at the top of the order, Cousino had a play in his collegiate debut where he took third base from first on a routine grounder to the third sacker ... In his second career game, Cousino tallied a double and a triple, a game after recording a hit and a RBI in his debut ... On Monday at USC Upstate, Cousino opened the game with doubles in both the first and second innings to give the Wildcats a cushion ... Later in the tilt, Cousino laid down a perfect bunt single for his career-high third hit of the contest.

Swimming and diving: Greg Ferrucci

Greg Ferrucci took second in the men's 3m springboard to cap what was the best-ever 3m competition for UK in school history. Ferrucci went on to place third overall in the 1m springboard, jumping from 7th to 3rd in his final dive of the competition.  Ferrucci won all three of the preliminaries for the 1m, 3m, and platform while medaling in two of them.

Swimming and diving: Lucas Gerotto

Lucas Gerotto led the way for UK, placing third in the men's 100-fly with a time of 47.00 in the finals. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native finished on the podium of the SEC Championships for the first time in his career. The finish of 3rd was the best finish for the Wildcats in the water for the 2012 SEC Championships.

Men's basketball: Terrence Jones

Tallied his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds in Kentucky's win over Ole Miss ... Scored in double-digits in five of the last six games ... Has six or more rebounds in nine-straight games ... Helped UK win its national best 50th straight home game while extending the nation's longest winning-streak to 18 games

Baseball: Corey Littrell

In his first start of the year on Monday afternoon at USC Upstate, Kentucky sophomore southpaw Corey Littrell turned in his best career outing ... A native of Louisville, Ky., Littrell worked a career-long seven innings, allowing just two singles and fanning a career-best eight, facing just one hitter over the minimum ... Littrell dominated a Spartans team that had scored 10 runs in their first two games, including a blowout win over 2011 37-win Eastern Michigan earlier in the weekend ... Littrell's quality start was his fifth career.

Baseball: Taylor Rogers

Kentucky junior Taylor Rogers turned in a career performance in his first start of the year, tossing six innings in a win at Wofford in t he season lidlifter ... The 2011 Cape Cod League All-Star allowed only five hits and one run, walking one and striking out a career-high nine ... Allowed one run in the game on a fielder's choice that scored a runner, who had stole third base earlier in the at bat ... His quality start was the 12th of Rogers career.

Men's tennis: Anthony Rossi

Went 3-0 in singles action at the ITA National Indoors, taking his season record to 26-2, including a 9-0 mark in dual matches. Has won 16 consecutive matches dating back to his singles title in the SEC Coaches Indoor Championships.

Men's basketball: Kyle Wiltjer

Tallied 13 points in UK's win over Ole Miss ... 13 points was a personal best in SEC play for Wiltjer ... Three 3-pointers tied a career-high ... Shooting .462 pct. from the 3-point range in league play ... Helped the Wildcats extend the nation's longest home-winning streak to 50 games and the longest current winning streak to 18 games.

Baseball: Lucas Witt

Kentucky sophomore leftfielder Lucas Witt had two great games in his season debut, leading the Wildcats to wins over Wofford , 2011 37-win club Eastern Michigan and previously undefeated USC Upstate ... Witt finished the three games with a .462 average (6-for-13) with three RBI and one stolen base ... In the season opener, Witt recorded a 2-for-5 game with an RBI ... In a win over EMU, Witt collected a career-high three hits with two runs and one RBI ... On Sunday, Witt collected a hit and a RBI with a line-drive single up the middle.

Performances of the Week: Feb. 12

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Every Tuesday, UK Athletics recognizes outstanding performances for our student-athletes. These are the honorees for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 12:

Gymnastics: Kayla Hartley

Led Kentucky to a season-best score on floor exercise with a career best score of 9.9 ... Hartley, a native of Versailles, Ky., is only the 18th gymnast in school history to earn a 9.9 or higher on floor ... Her solid score is the highest for any UK gymnast this season on any event and the highest floor score of UK since Andrea Mitchell posted a 9.95 last season on March 4.

Men's basketball: Doron Lamb

Helped lead the top-ranked Wildcats to a 2-0 record on the week, including wins over seventh-ranked Florida and on the road at Vanderbilt ... Scored a game-high 18 points in 20-point win over seventh ranked Florida ... Went 4-5 from 3-point range in win over Gators, tying his season-high for 3s made in a game ... Scored game-high 16 points in win at Vanderbilt, hitting multiple 3-pointers for the seventh time in the last eight games ... Averaging three 3-pointers per game over the last three games ... His first 3-pointer against the Commodores game UK a four-point lead in a back and forth game, while his second 3-pointer put Kentucky ahead for good 64-63 with 3:18 left in the game.

Track & field: Luis Orta

Ran a career-best 14:02.45 in the 5,000-meter run, the fourth best 5,000m run in school history. Orta has the best 5,000m in the SEC by 11.90 seconds, and the 25th best time in the country. Orta finished sixth in the at the Husky Classic on Friday, which featured eight teams ranked in the latest top 25.

Track & field: Bradley Szypka

Set a career-best mark in the shot put with a throw of 16.31m/53-06.00. Syzpka has the ninth best shot put throw in the SEC, and the second best among freshmen. Szypka's mark leads the team this season.

Men's basketball: Marquis Teague

Helped lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 mark on the week including a 20-point win over seventh ranked Florida as well as a win in Memorial Gym against Vanderbilt ... Teague tallied his first-career double-double in the win against Florida scoring 12 points and dishing out a game-high 10 assists ... He also hit a pair of 3-pointers, the fourth time this season he's hit multiple 3-pointers ... Teague followed that performance with a 13-point, eight assist, one turnover game on the road at Vanderbilt ... Over the last eight games, Teague has dished out 46 assists against just 17 turnovers.

Track & field: Keilah Tyson

Won the 200m dash at the SPIRE Division I Collegiate Invitational by breaking the UK 200m dash freshman record for the second time in as many weeks with a time of 23.69. Her time of 23.69 is a career-best and the second best in school history. Tyson is tied for the fourth fastest 200m in the SEC this season, and is the fastest time among freshmen. Additionally, Tyson's time is tied for the 15th fastest in the country. Tyson also competed in the long jump this weekend, finishing sixth in the event, but with the top mark among the freshmen.

Feb. 5 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, Feb. 5:

Gymnastics: Holly Cunningham

Had a fantastic meet against No. 14 LSU, performing well on both the vault and balance beam. Started the meet by sticking her vault and posting a career-high score of 9.85, which tied the highest individual vault score on the season for UK. Cunningham was the last to go on balance beam with Kentucky currently holding a team score of 194.95. The native of Colorado Springs, Colo., delivered a clutch routine that was scored 9.8, which helped UK eclipse the 195 mark for the second consecutive meet.

Men's basketball: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis helped lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 mark on the week picking up a win at home and one on the road ... Posted 15 blocks on the week, including eight blocks against South Carolina pushed his season total to 116, breaking Shaquille O'Neal's SEC freshman record for blocks in a season, doing so in only 24 games ... Now ranks ninth on the league's single-season blocks list ... Leads the nation in blocks and has more blocks than eight other schools in the league ... Has blocked at least two shots in every game this season ... Missed only two shots on the week ... Led all scorers in both games ... Also led both games in rebounding as well as blocked shots.

Men's tennis: Alejandro Gomez

Clinched Kentucky's match against No. 12 Pepperdine with a straight-sets 6-1, 6-1 win over David Sofaer. The native of Cali, Colombia, has earned the decisive fourth point in three consecutive matches for UK, including two against top-25 ranked foes. Gomez is 7-0 in dual matches this season and has a season record of 27-4.

Men's tennis: Alex Musialek

The senior co-captain showed his heart and toughness in UK's win over No. 12 Pepperdine by defeating No. 21 Sebastian Fanselow in a three-set thriller 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. With the match tied 2-2, Musialek broke the Pepperdine star to win the third set and give UK a 3-2 lead it would not relinquish. Musialek is now 3-0 in dual matches and 17-5 this season.

Performances of the Week: Jan. 31

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

Track & field: Terence Boyd

Freshman Terence Boyd had a strong weekend at the Rod McCravy Memorial, recording the seventh best mark in UK history in the long jump Friday, and the eighth best mark in UK history in the triple jump Saturday.

Men's basketball: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis helped lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 mark on the week, both wins coming on the road ... Moved to second on the all-time SEC freshman blocks list with eight blocks on the week ... Has now totaled 101 blocks on the season, 14 shy of the SEC freshman record ... Pulled down double-figure rebounds against Georgia, the 11th time this season ... Davis tallied his 11th double-double of the season in helping lead UK to its 13th straight win of the season over LSU ... Davis is currently one of only four freshmen in the SEC since 1990 to average 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game

Men's tennis: Alejandro Gomez

With UK holding a 3-1 lead in a key match against No. 22 Tulsa and play at No. 2 and No. 6 singles also in a third set, sophomore Alejandro Gomez took matters into his own hands, dominating Tristan Jackson for a 6-0 win to clinch the match and send Kentucky to the National Indoor Team Championships. The native of Cali, Colombia, won the first set 6-3, before Tristan Jackson returned the favor in the second set with a 6-3 win. Gomez would break early in the third set to take a 2-0 lead and never looked back, earning the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.

Track & field: Terri-Ann Grant

Senior Terri-Ann Grant won the high jump, setting a personal record in the event, eclipsing 1.82m/5-11.50, the second best high jump mark in program history.

Gymnastics: Alexis Gross

Helped Kentucky earn a season-best team scored against Illinois-Chicago with career-high scores on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around. Gross started the meet strong with a 9.775 on bars and followed that with a 9.6 on vault. The native of Pasadena, Md., finished the night with a 9.725 on floor and a 9.775 on beam for a career high all-around score of 38.875.

Men's basketball: Darius Miller

Tallied a pair of double-figure scoring games in helping Kentucky to two road wins on the week ... Scored a season-high 19 points in win at Georgia going 4-4 from 3-point range and shooting 87.5 percent from the field ... Miller followed that with another double-digit performance in UK's win over LSU ... His 13 points pushed him to 1,081 for his career moving into Kentucky's top 50 (48th) all-time scorers.

Men's tennis: Eric Quigley

After earning two singles wins Tuesday against No. 29 Indiana and Eastern Kentucky senior Eric Quigley has earned his 145th career singles win to stand alone on top of Kentucky's all-time career singles wins list. Quigley earned win 144 when he defeated Josh MacTaggart of Indiana in three sets and then broke the record with a straight-sets win over Niklas Schroeder of EKU. Quigley's victories Tuesday give him a 145-44 career record, passing former UK All-American Paul Varga for first all-time in career singles wins at Kentucky. Varga, who played from 1982-85, ended his career with a 144-80 record and has held the title as the winningest singles player in school history for over 27 years.

Track & field: Keilah Tyson

Freshman sprinter Keilah Tyson broke the women's indoor 60-meter dash freshman school record Saturday with a time of 7.36 at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet. Tyson's race tied the third fastest time in program history. The Norfolk, Va., native broke the record previously set by Kentucky great Passion Richardson, who went on to help the United States 4x100 relay team win bronze at the 2000 summer Olympic games in Sydney.

Performances of the week: Jan. 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, Jan. 22:

Men's basketball: Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis helped lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 mark on the week ... Davis tallied seven blocks in the win over Arkansas breaking the Kentucky single-season blocks record, he now has 93 on the season besting the previous record of 83 ... Tallied his 10th double-double of the season against Arkansas ... Hit four big free throws, going 4-4 from the free throw line inside the final 3:30 to help seal win against Alabama ... Leads the nation in blocks and the SEC in field goal percentage ... He did break the UK freshman record for blocks this week ... Davis now has more blocks than eight other teams in the league and entered the weekend's game with more than 302 other schools

Women's basketball: Bria Goss

  • Scored a career-high 22 points, including a career-high tying three 3-pointers, on the road at No. 15/14 Georgia.
  • Scored 17 of her team- and career-high 22 points at Georgia in the second half, rallying the Wildcats from a 10-point second half deficit.
  • While her shot wasn't falling vs. Florida, Goss relied on her defense to help push UK to victory, taking three charges and grabbing a team- and career-high nine rebounds.
  • Hit both of her free throws with 22.8 seconds left to help preserve UK's victory over Florida.
  • Has started in every game this season.
  • Leading freshman scorer in the SEC.

Men's basketball: Terrence Jones

Scored in double-figures in both games helping to lead Kentucky to a 2-0 mark on the week ... Has scored in double-figures in six-straight games ... Blocked a career-best five shots in win over Arkansas ... Scored a team-high 15 points in win over Alabama to help push Kentucky's home-winning streak to a national best 47-straight

Women's basketball: Samarie Walker

  • Scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in just 20 minutes of play at No. 15/14 Georgia.
  • Was one rebound shy of recording her first double-double of the season on the road against No. 15/14 Georgia (18 points, nine rebounds).
  • Blocked a career-high tying three shots vs. Florida and also had a career-high tying three steals vs. the Gators.
  • Scored nine points and grabbed seven boards vs. Florida.
  • Averaged 13.5 points, the second most on the team, and a team-high 8.0 rebounds in a pair of UK wins over the week.
  • Shot 73.3 percent (11-15) from the field, the highest shooting percentage on the team.

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