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Kentucky baseball week 10 in review

Pitcher Justin Lewis  (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

OVERALL RECORD: 26-14 (8-10 SEC)



Apr. 17 – Loss, 2-8, at Louisville

Apr. 19 – Loss, 2-11, vs. #1 Florida

Apr. 20 – Loss, 4-9, vs. #1 Florida

Apr. 21 – Win, 3-2, vs. #1 Florida


Apr. 25 – vs. Morehead State (6:30 p.m.; Lexington; SECN+)

Apr. 27 – vs. Missouri (7:30 p.m.; Lexington; SEC Network)

Apr. 28 – vs. Missouri (2 p.m.; Lexington; SECN+)

Apr. 29 – vs. Missouri (1 p.m.; Lexington; SECN+)


  • The Wildcats have 10 wins against ranked foes this season, including five against top-10 teams.

o   The Cats have three wins vs. top three teams.


  • The offense has …

o   Has homered in 32 of 40 games this season.

o   Racked up 151 extra-base hits

o   Hit .300 as a team this season

o   Slugged .504 as a team

o   Has seven lineup regulars hitting over .300

o   Team on-base percentage of .411

o   Eight players have drawn at least 18 walks.

o   Stolen 43 bases.


  • Several Cats extended impressive reached base safely streaks this week …

o   Senior INF Luke Becker has reached in 39 of 40 games (and 83 of 84 including 2017 summer ball).

o   Junior C/1B Kole Cottam has reached safely in nine straight games and has hits in 14 of the past 16 games.

o   Junior INF Trey Dawson singled in the second inning and has now reached base safely in 10 of his last 11 games.

o   Junior OF Ben Aklinski has reached in 33 of the last 35 games.



Junior RHP Justin Lewis…

  • Needing a win to avoid a sweep at home that would have left the Cats fighting out of a hole the rest of the way, Lewis turned in the best performance of his career against the No. 1 team in the nation.

o    The righty went 8.0 innings, gave up just one hit, one unearned run and struck out 11.

o    The hit came by the first hitter of the game and Lewis then did not allow a hit to the final 28 batters he faced in the game.

o    The 11 strikeouts tied a career-high.

o    His 119 pitches were a career-high.

  • UK now is 5-0 in Lewis’ last five starts, with the junior getting the win in four of those and holding No. 18 Georgia scoreless through 6.0 innings in the Cats’ 1-0 win in the other.

o   In each of those five starts the Cats have needed a win in the final game of its weekend SEC series to either win the series or avoid a sweep, which Lewis has made possible.

o   In those five starts Lewis is 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 31.2 innings, allowing just 17 hits.

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