Trevor Gott helped UK's bullpen set a school record for the best ERA.
June 26, 2013
2013 Kentucky Baseball Final Season Notes - Team 30-25, 11-19 SEC
Kentucky’s .973 fielding percentage was the third-highest in program history, just behind the record of .976 in 2012 and the 2008 total of .974.
UK set a new program record with a 2.29 bullpen ERA, eclipsing the previous record of a 2.97 ERA in 2012.
UK went 25-0 when staked to an eighth-inning lead and have now won 88 consecutive games when leading after eight innings, dating back to 2011.
UK played the longest game of the year in college baseball in 2013, an 18-inning midweek affair at Western Kentucky.
In 2012, UK played the second-longest NCAA Tournament game in history, a 21-inning marathon vs. Kent State.
Kentucky won its first three SEC weekend series for the second consecutive year and just the third time in program history, also winning its first three SEC weekends in 1992.
UK went 8-2 in its black jersey and white pants uniform combination and have posted a 22-3 record in that uniform combination the last two seasons.
UK spent 12 of 15 weeks ranked in the top 25, with its No. 7 rank by Baseball America on week seven its highest ranking of 2013.
Final Season Notes - Individual
Freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett was named to the All-SEC freshman team.
Barrett led the team in average (.349) and on-base percentage (.407).
Barrett’s .349 batting average was the highest for a club-leader since Thomas McCarthy hit .371 in 2011.
Barrett finished 2013 with the 11th-most hits in UK freshman history.
Barrett finished 2013 on a season-high streak of reaching base safely in 19 straight games, reaching safely in 34 of his 38 starts.
Barrett concluded 2013 ranked 10th in the SEC in batting average, and second among SEC freshmen, behind only NCAA Freshman of the Year, LSU shortstop Alex Bregman.
Ran up a 2013 high 16-game hitting streak over the final three weeks of the season, the longest streak since A.J. Reed had a 16-gamer in 2012.
Barrett was just the fourth freshmen in program history to lead the team in batting average, joining Mike Botkin (1979), Jeff Abbott (1992) and Austin Cousino (2012).
It marked the first time in UK history that a freshman has led the team in hitting in consecutive seasons.
IN THE SEC: Ranked 10th in average (.349).
RightyKyle Cody became the first UK freshman to start a weekend game in the SEC since Corey Littrell started in 2011.
Cody finished 2013 with five games and three starts vs. SEC foes, owning a 3.10 ERA in 20.1 innings, allowing 20 hits - 17 singles - and striking out 14.
Worked four quality starts, owning a 2.49 ERA in those outings.
Had a 2.96 ERA over his last four starts, posting quality outings at Western Kentucky, vs. No. 14 Arkansas and vs. No. 1 Vanderbilt.
Cody’s start vs. No. 14 Arkansas marked the first right-handed pitching UK had started on the weekend in a span of 106 games.
IN THE SEC: Ranked sixth among qualifying SEC pitchers in homers allowed (two).
Sophomore Austin Cousino started all 55 games in centerfield.
Cousino was hit by an SEC-leading 21 pitches, the second-most in UK single-season history and now ranks third in UK career history with 34 HBP.
Ranked second on the team in hitting in SEC games, batting .270.
Cousino moved out of the No. 1 spot in the batting order for the first time in his career, making starts in the batting order at No. 2 (eight), No. 3 (nine), No. 4 (two), No. 5 (two) and No. 6 (three).
IN THE SEC: Ranked ninth in homers (six), first in hit by pitch (21), 11th in steals (14) and eighth in strikeouts (46).
Junior righty Trevor Gott posted a 4-1 record and a 1.20 ERA, saving 12 games in 2013.
Gott’s 12 saves broke his own single-season record of nine saves in 2012.
Gott finished his career with a school-record 23 saves in 27 chances.
With 23 career saves, Gott is tied with Tennessee’s Todd Helton (1993-95) for the eighth-most saves in SEC history.
In Gott’s 23 career saves, he has thrown 24.2 innings, allowing only 10 hits and one earned run, walking just six and striking out 37 without a hit batter or wild pitch.
Gott helped lead the UK bullpen to a staggering 89-1 record when leading after eight innings in his career, with UK winning 88 consecutive games when holding an eighth-inning lead.
In his career, Gott appeared in 69 games, ranking 11th-best in UK history.
Gott finished his career with a 9-5 record and a 2.30 ERA, striking out 107 in 82.1 innings.
In 2013, Gott inherited 13 runners, allowing just one to score (coming in the extra-inning thriller at No. 14 South Carolina).
In his career, Gott inherited 57 runners and allowed only 14 to score.
IN THE SEC: Ranked sixth in saves (12) and sixth in games finished (22).
Junior Max Kuhn started 54 of 55 games for the Wildcats, making 41 starts at third base, 11 starts at first base and two starts as the designated hitter.
Kuhn led the team with 37 walks, the most walks for a UK team leader in the Gary Henderson era and the most since Collin Cowgill drew 49 walks in 2008.
IN THE SEC: Ranked third in walks (37).
Junior left-handed starter Corey Littrell led UK starters with a 3.72 ERA, leading the team with six wins, 94.1 innings pitched and 77 strikeouts.
Worked a team-high nine quality starts in 2013.
Littrell finished 2013 with a 21-13 career record in 46 games and 43 starts, tossing 261.2 innings, striking out 215 and hurling 23 quality starts.
Ranked sixth in career history in wins (21), ninth in winning percentage (.618), tied for eighth in innings pitched (261.2) and ninth in strikeouts (215).
IN THE SEC: Ranked first in pickoffs (seven), sixth in innings pitched (94.1), 10th in strikeouts (77) and 14th in wins (six).
Sophomore A.J. Reed led the team in hits (60), homers (13), RBI (52) and slugging (.519), also making 14 starts on the mound to open weekends.
Reed’s 13 homers marked the most for a UK player since Sawyer Carroll and Collin Cowgill hit 19 in 2008, two years before the bat standard changes.
Ranked fourth among NCAA sophomores in homers.
Led the team with 16 multi-hit games and 14 multi-RBI games, including one five-RBI game and two four-RBI outings.
Worked seven quality starts in 2013.
Was given 4.43 runs per game in his starts, including 2.44 runs per game in his last nine starts, the lowest starting pitching run support for UK in 2013.
Worked a starting pitching career-long 8.1 innings in a no decision vs. Georgia.
Entered the final two starts of the season ranked among the SEC leaders with a 2.84 ERA, before allowing 14 runs in two starts vs. No. 1 Vanderbilt and Missouri to finish with a career-worst 4.04 ERA.
IN THE SEC: Ranked eighth in slugging (.519), fourth in RBI (52), fourth in homers (13) and ninth in total bases (111).
Junior shortstop Matt Reida started all 55 games and dating back to 2011, has made 126 straight starting assignments in the middle infield.
Laid down a club-high nine sacrifice bunts, the ninth-most in UK single-season history.
Now have 24 sacrifices in his career, ranking tied with Antone DeJesus (2004-07) and Andy Green (1997-00) for fourth-most in UK history.
IN THE SEC: Ranked 11th in sacrifice bunts (nine) and sixth in defensive assists (174).
Junior J.T. Riddle started all 55 games at second base and has now started 121 consecutive games, including 120 at second base and one game in rightfield.
Riddle finished his three-year UK career with 15 sacrifice bunts, ranking tied for 10th in UK career history.
IN THE SEC: Ranked fifth in defensive assists (177) and seventh in double plays turned (44).
Sophomore Chandler Shepherd appeared in 26 games with one midweek start, owning a 5-0 record and a team-leading 2.77 ERA.
Shepherd made his first career appearance at the plate in the series opener at No. 16 Ole Miss, seeing three pitches and striking out swinging on a ball in the dirt, forcing a throw to first base for the out in the top of the ninth inning.
It marked the second consecutive season that a UK full-time pitcher made his first career at bat in a late-inning jam, as Trevor Gott appeared at the plate in the 21-inning NCAA Tournament game in 2012.
Senior right-hander Walter Wijas appeared in a team-leading 27 games in relief.
Wijas’ 27 relief outings marked the 12th-most in UK single-season history, tied with Brock Baber (2005) and Adam Milburn (1995).
In his four-year career, Wijas appeared in 81 games with one start, ranking tied for fifth in UK career history with Andrew Albers (2005-08).
Wijas completed his career with a 3.69 ERA and a 7-1 record with his first career loss coming in his last career pitching appearance.