Baseball Hosts Canisius Wednesday at The Cliff
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Coming off a 4-2 win over Cincinnati on Tuesday night, the Kentucky baseball team will return to action in its final midweek game before traveling to Alabama for a three-game Southeastern Conference series, hosting Canisius on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (13-8, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) posted a 4-2 win on Tuesday, riding a strong starting-pitching performance from freshman southpaw Corey Littrell and an outstanding relief effort from junior Braden Kapteyn, who struck out the side in the ninth for his second save of the year. UK was also boosted in a 12-hit attack by three hits each from catcher Michael Williams and freshman J.T. Riddle, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week.
The game will be broadcast live on the Big Blue Sports Network (radio), with the Voice of UK Baseball, Neil Price, calling the action. Fans in Lexington can hear the game live on WLAP 630-AM and online at UKathletics.com.
The Wildcats will send freshman right-hander Jonathan Paquet (0-0, 5.14 ERA) to the mound on Wednesday vs. Canisius' Scott Whitehead (0-1, 10.38 ERA). A sophomore right-hander, Whitehead has appeared in two games with one start in 2011, tossing 4.1 innings with four hits and five runs, walking four and striking out one.
Paquet has made two midweek starts this season, hurling seven innings in his two outings. The 6-foot-4 native of Quebec, Canada, has allowed 10 hits and four runs in his seven frames, walking three and striking out five. In his first career start, Paquet helped UK win at Morehead State on Feb. 22, also getting a starting assignment vs. Middle Tennessee State on March 9.
Canisius (6-13, 0-0 MAAC) has played 19 games on the year, without any home games. The Golden Griffs are coming off a record-breaking win, beating Morehead State 32-17 in Morehead on Tuesday night. Canisius has hit .270 as a team with 117 runs scored and 10 homers, stealing 27 bases and fielding .960 as a club. On the mound, Canisius has a 5.85 ERA with four saves, walking 80 and striking out 78 in 157 frames on the year.
Individually, Sean Jamieson leads the team with a .365 average (27-for-74) with six doubles, one triple, five homers and 21 RBI, stealing eight bases. Drew Pettit has a .357 average (25-for-70) with two homers and 13 RBI, while Will Chomicki has hit .307 (23-for-75) with nine RBI. On the mound, Tim Seil (0-0, 3.23 ERA) has two of the four team saves, tossing 8.2 innings with two strikeouts.
The Wildcats have hit .307 as a club through 21 games, totaling 124 runs, 15 homers and 40 stolen bases, fielding .977. On the mound, UK's pitching staff has charted a 3.77 ERA through 186 innings, striking out 177 with 64 strikeouts.
In the bullpen, Kapteyn (0-1, 4.32 ERA) is coming off the strong save on Tuesday night, his second of the year, while senior Mike Kaczmarek (0-0, 1.42 ERA) leads the team with four saves in seven relief outings. Freshman Trevor Gott (1-1, 0.00 ERA) has a save in 14.2 innings, striking out 19. Kapteyn has struck out 16 with just one walk issued in 8.1 innings on the year. Freshman Walter Wijas (2-0, 1.84 ERA) has appeared in eight games, striking out 12 in 14.2 innings.
At the plate, Riddle leads UK with a .413 average (19-for-46), pacing the team with a .587 slugging percentage and a .517 on-base mark, courtesy of nine walks and just five strikeouts. Chad Wright has hit .333 (24-for-72) with seven doubles, three homers and a club-best 18 RBI. Senior shortstop Taylor Black has hit .325 (27-for-83) with six doubles, two triples, one homer and 14 RBI, while Kaptyen has hit .321 (25-for-78) with four doubles, one triple, three homers and 17 RBI. Wright leads UK with 10 stolen bases.
UK will utilize three lots during UK's spring break: the C8 lot behind Shively Sports Center, the "R" lot, adjacent to the dorms or on the south side of the Nutter Training Facility, and the brand-new Parking Structure 7 on the corner of Complex Drive and Jerry Claiborne Way. All three parking lots are only steps away from Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Fans who park in the PS7 lot will be given a parking value card to exit the structure free of charge. Value cards should be picked up at the baseball ticket booth prior to the fifth inning.
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