From UK Athletics

OVERALL RECORD: 33-18 (13-14 SEC)

WEEK RECORD: 3-1

RPI: 17

STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: 18

 

LAST WEEK

May 8 – Win, 7-6, at No. 19 Indiana

May 11 – Win, 9-6, vs. Mississippi State

May 12 – Win, 4-1, vs. Mississippi State

May 13 – Loss, 8-18, vs. Mississippi State

 

THIS WEEK

May 15 – vs. Murray State (7 p.m.; Paducah, Ky.)

May 17 – at Vanderbilt (7:30 p.m.; Nashville; SECN+)

May 18 – at Vanderbilt (7:30 p.m.; Nashville; SECN+)

May 19 – at Vanderbilt (2 p.m.; Nashville; SECN+)

*times ET

 

TEAM NOTES

NOTES

  • Kentucky has scored in 59 consecutive games and 135 of the past 136 dating to the 2016 season. The lone shutout came in a seven-inning game.
  • Kentucky has won three series teams ranked in the current RPI top 12 – and in RPI top 10 at the time they played.
  • With a win at No. 19 Indiana the Cats have 11 wins vs. ranked teams this season, including five on the road.
  • The Wildcats have six wins this season when trailing after seven innings.
  • The Cats are 5-2 in games decided in the last at bat.
  • The Cats recorded a “biggie” inning in each of the three games of the series and now have 28 this season. A “biggie” inning is one of at least four runs.
  • The Cats scored 28 runs on 44 hits in four games this week.

 

  • Several Cats extended impressive reached base safely streaks …

o   Junior C/1B Kole Cottam has reached safely in 14 straight games, has hits in 25 of the past 27 games and is riding a career-long 14-game hit streak.

o   Junior INF Trey Dawson has now reached base safely in 12 straight and 21 of his last 22 games.

o   Senior INF/OF Luke Heyer has reached in 14 straight games and 19 of the last 20 games.

o   Senior INF Luke Becker has reached in 49 of 51 games (and 93 of 95 including 2017 summer ball).

 

 

SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK CANDIDATE

Senior INF/OF Luke Heyer

o   Hit .500 with four doubles, a home run, four runs, five RBI, three walks, a steal and an OPS of 1.588 for the week.

o   Had extra-base hits in three of four games for the week.

o   Heyer has 21 multi-hit game of the season and a team-high 14 multi-RBI games.

o   Heyer now has 16 doubles and 17 home runs on the season.

o   He is slugging .707 with an OPS of 1.150 on the year.

o   At No. 19 Indiana, gave the Cats a lead in the first inning it would never relinquish with an RBI double over the CF head. He later hit a two-run home run when the Hoosiers sliced the deficit to one.

o   In Saturday’s 4-1 win over Miss. State his SAC bunt provided the final two runs of the Cats’ four-run eighth inning rally. His hustle forced an errant throw by the Miss. State pitcher that allowed two runs to score.

o   Crushed two more doubles in Sunday’s series finale vs. Miss. State.

 

 

PLAYER NOTES

  • Senior C/1B Troy Squires

o   He has been hit by 29 pitches in his career, which moved him into ninth on the school’s all-time list.

 

  • Junior C/1B Kole Cottam

o   Currently owns a career-long 14-game hit streak and has hits in 25 of the past 27 games.

o   Has 26 extra-base hits (10 doubles, 16 home runs) and 45 RBI.

o   Is slugging .638 with an OPS of 1.070.

o   Cottam has homered at least once in seven of the nine SEC weekend series and 11 of 13 weekend series overall.

 

  • Senior INF Luke Becker

o   He has 17 multi-hit games this season and 44 for his career.

o   He had multi-hit games all three games of the Mississippi State series.

o   Had the game-winning hit in Saturday’s come from behind 4-1 win over State.

 

  • Junior OF Tristan Pompey

o   Hit .467 with three doubles, a home run, five runs, five RBI and three walks for the week.

o   Reached base all five times with four RBI in Friday’s win over Miss. State.

o   His ninth inning HR at No. 19 Indiana provided and insurance run the Cats would need.

o   Now has 52 career multi-hit games.

 

  • Junior INF Trey Dawson

o   On Sunday, homered for the third time this season.

o   He is now hitting .321 in SEC play with 22 runs scored in SEC play.

 

  • Junior OF Ben Aklinski

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o   Hit .522 with two doubles and two RBI for the week.

o   He had hits in his first three at bats on Friday, giving him six straight dating to the Indiana game earlier in the week.

 

  • Redshirt Freshman Brayden Combs

o   Homered on Sunday vs. Miss. State. The homer run was his first career hit and just his sixth at bat.

o   He is the first UK player to homer for his first career hit since T.J. Collett hit a grand slam against Ole Miss on March 23, 2017.

 

  • Sophomore RHP Chris Machamer

o   Earned two saves for the week, both of 2.0 innings.

o   Has 10 saves on the season, which places him third on UK’s single-season list, two behind Trevor Gott (2013) and Logan Salow (2017).

o   His 11 career saves tie him with three others for sixth on UK’s career list.

 

  • Junior RHP Sean Hjelle

o   Earned his seventh win of the season on Friday vs. Miss. State

o   Hjelle now has 22 career wins, ranking him fifth on UK’s list.

 

  • Sophomore LHP Zack Thompson

o   Made his second start since returning from a seven-week absence.

o   Thompson pitched 4.0 innings, giving up two hits, one run and striking out three vs. Miss. State.

o   In two starts since his return he has gone 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 BB and 10 K.

 

  • Freshman LHP Mason Hazelwood

o   On Saturday vs. Miss. State, pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, one walk and striking out three.

o   It was a career-long outing and his 45 pitches are a career-high.

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