OVERALL RECORD: 26-14 (8-10 SEC)
WEEK RECORD: 1-3
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.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE
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.