Sept. 23, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In the second intrasquad scrimmage of the 2012 Kentucky baseball fall practice season, the Wildcats got extra-base hits from Thomas Bernal, Max Kuhn, J.T. Riddle and Casey Schroeder and shutout pitching outings from Dylan Dwyer and A.J. Reed, on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
After UK opened official fall team practice on Friday with a 3-3, six-inning game, the Wildcats again split into Blue and Black squads for a five-inning game. Riddle got Blue on the board to open the game with a triple, scoring on Jeff Boehm's RBI groundout. Kuhn also added a leadoff triple later in the game, scoring on Damon Saunders sacrifice fly.
Bernal got his RBI double for the Black team on a liner smashed into the left-centerfield gap, scoring Lucas Witt, who finished with a single and a walk. Also for the black team, Paul McConkey notched a single into rightfield.
For the Blue squad, Riddle had the triple and a sacrifice fly, while Boehm recorded the first RBI of the game. Austin Cousino, the 2012 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the year, added a walk, while freshman Dorian Hairston added two singles through the left side of the infield. Schroeder, a switch-hitting catcher and a 21st round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 MLB Draft, finished with an RBI double down the leftfield line and a single into centerfield.
On the mound, Reed started for the Blue squad and threw two shutout innings. Freshman Kyle Cody - a 6-foot-8 righty - threw two innings, with Chandler Shepherd tossing two innings. Senior southpaw Jerad Grundy started for the Black team and went two frames, while Dwyer didn't allow a run in his two innings.
Kentucky is fresh off a historic 2012 season that saw the Wildcats set a bevy of school records, including most wins in a season (45). UK returns one of the top teams in college baseball for 2013, despite ranking second in the NCAA with a UK-record nine players drafted in 2012, and during the summer led the nation with nine players in either the Cape Cod League or with the USA National Team.
RIDDLE AFTER SUNDAY'S SCRIMMAGE