Postgame Notes: UK vs. Georgia (Game Two)
Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky improves to 24-27 overall and 7-19 in the SEC, while Georgia drops to 25-26 on the season and 14-12 in league games.
• Kentucky now has an all-time record of 86-124-1 vs. Georgia. The Wildcats are 41-46-1 against the Bulldogs in games played in Lexington.
• UK head coach Gary Henderson is now 83-79 in his coaching career.
• The Wildcats are now 1664-1430-25 in NCAA play all-time.
Team Game Notes
• Kentucky sent 10 batters to the plate in the second inning and had seven hits.
• UK registered 17 hits for the second time in its last three games.
• Taylor Black’s grand slam in the second inning was Kentucky’s third grand slam of the season.
• UK clinched its first series victory over Georgia since 2007. The Cats were 1-8 against the Dogs in 2008, 2009 and 2010 combined.
• Kentucky’s 12 runs were the most by the Wildcats since scoring 15 against Xavier on April 5.
• Taylor Black, Chad Wright, and Braden Kapteyn continued to be the only Wildcats to start all 51 games this season for UK.
• UK scored 10 or more runs for the seventh time this season (6-1).
• Kentucky improved to 18-6 when scoring first in 2011.
• The Wildcats are 21-9 overall at Cliff Hagan Stadium in 2011, including 7-7 in conference home games.
• UK is now 17-19 when facing a starting right-handed pitcher.
• Kentucky had two steals in the sixth inning.
• Kentucky’s next game is Sunday as the Cats close out the three-game series against Georgia. The game will begin at 1 p.m. The voice of UK Baseball, Neil Price will be calling the game on WLAP 630-AM and streamed live on UKathletics.com. Coverage will begin at 12:55 p.m.
Individual Game Notes
• Taylor Black snapped a 1-for-23 streak with a grand slam in the second inning.
o The home run was his third of the season and his second grand slam of 2011.
o Finished 2-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs.
o His four RBIs tied his season-high, set on two other occasions.
o Started his 91st straight game at shortstop which is a team-high for most consecutive games started at one position.
o Recorded his 12th stolen bases of the season in the sixth inning.
• Thomas McCarthy extended his hitting streak to six straight with single in his first at bat of the game.
o Added his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot, in the fourth inning.
o Hit another solo home run (7) in the eighth for his first career two-homer game.
o After going 13 games without a home run, McCarthy now has three in his last six games.
o First Wildcat to hit two home runs in a game since Michael Williams did it on Feb. 25 against Illinois-Chicago.
o Recorded his team-high 24th two-out hit and his 15th two-out RBI of the season.
o Finished 4-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs.
o Now leads the team with 71 hits in 2011.
• Corey Littrell tied his season-high of six strikeouts with back-to-back K’s to end the fifth inning.
o Improved his record to 6-5 in 2011.
o He had three strikeouts in the fifth inning. A walk after the first one prevented a 1-2-3 inning.
o Pitched six innings, allowed seven hits and four runs to go along with six strikeouts.
o It is Littrell’s longest outing in his last five starts.
• Luke Maile hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season in the fifth inning.
o Maile has two home runs in his last three games.
o Finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
• Chad Wright hit his 14th double of the season in the first inning.
o Wright scored his 38th run of the season, second most on the team.
o Recorded his team-leading 16th steal of the season in the sixth inning.
o Finished 2-for-5 with a run scored.
• Neiko Johnson has at least one hit in each of his last four games and has scored at least one run in three straight.
o Made a diving catch in right field for the third out of the second inning.
o Drew a bases loaded walk in the second to force in a run.
o Finished 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs and one RBI.
• Walter Wijas made his 19th relief appearance of the season and his first since April 30 at LSU.
o Pitched 1.1 innings, allowed one run on four hits and struck out one batter.
• Mike Kaczmarek made his 17th relief appearance of the season and his first since April 30 at LSU.
o Pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, allowed two hits, no walks and struck out one.
o It was his 12th scoreless outing of the season.