#30 Kentucky Wins Home Opener

#30 Kentucky opened its home baseball season yesterday at Cliff Hagan Stadium, starting this 5-game home series out with a win. Defeating Wright State 7-1, the Cats improve to 6-2 for the season.  UK’s bullpen has now worked 12.2 consecutive scoreless innings starting during the St. Joseph’s game last Friday.


Centerfielder Austin Cousino went 3-4 with two steals and rightfielder Kyle Barrett hit his first career homer in the victory Tuesday night. WSU scored in the first inning off two walks and two balls. Kentucky rallied, scoring two runs in the first, second and fourth innings and a final run in the seventh.

Cousino, a preseason third-team All-American candidate had a three hit game and had two stolen bases and a double. Third baseman Max Kuhn had two hits, and Michael Thomas drew two walks and had an RBI double. Thomas Bernal had a single and a walk and Connor Heady had a walk and scored a run.

A.J. Reed, who is currently SEC player of the week and Louisville Slugger National Player of the week extended his hitting streak to ten games.

UK sophomore Dylan Dwyer pitched the first three innings in his second career start, allowing two hits and a single run- he walked three and struck out two.

Junior Andrew Nelson took over the mound to start the fourth inning. Freshman Logan Salow pitched a shutout in the fifth, freshman Zack Brown and Robert Zeigler each pitched shutouts in the sixth and seventh innings. In the eighth inning, Spencer Jack stretched his shutout streak to six innings and sophomore Zach Strecker pitched a perfect ninth inning.

The Cats were scheduled to take on Dayton today at the Cliff, but due to the inclement weather, the game ahs been postponed. UK returns to action Friday at home against Eastern Michigan in a three-game series that starts at 4:00 p.m.

Tags: Aj Reed Andrew Nelson Austin Cousino Bat Cats Cliff Hagan Stadium Connor Heady Dylan Dwyer Kentucky Baseball Kentucky Wildcats Baseball Kyle Barrett Logan Salow Max Khun Michael Thomas Robert Zeigler Spencer Jack Thomas Bernal UK Baseball Zach Strecker Zack Brown

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