March 3, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Winners of seven consecutive games, Kentucky has moved into the Baseball America top 25 at No. 23, also ranking No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 22 by Perfect Game, it was announced on Monday afternoon.
Kentucky (9-2) moved into the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball top-25 polls for the first time in 2014, after extending its winning streak to seven games with a four-game week to open its home schedule.
The Wildcats were last ranked in the Baseball America top 25, at No. 23, on April 29, 2013 after winning a three-game series at No. 16 Ole Miss. UK was last ranked by Collegiate Baseball on April 15, 2013, at No. 23. The last two weeks, UK ranked No. 25 by Perfect Game and No. 30 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Kentucky leads the SEC in average (.326), slugging percentage (.478), on-base percentage (.439), runs (106), RBI (92), doubles (28) and two-out RBI. Individually, junior left-handed pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed ranks as the league leader in homers (seven), RBI (20), slugging (1.024) and total bases (43), while also ranking tied for the SEC lead with three wins on the mound.
UK will return to action with a two-game midweek series with Cincinnati, starting with a 4 p.m. ET first pitch on Tuesday at Marge Schott Stadium in the Queen City, before UK hosts the Bearcats at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Both games will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network.