UK set for series against Georgia

Special to The State Journal Published:

LEXINGTON – Winners of its first two Southeastern Conference series tests of 2013, No. 8 Kentucky will host Georgia in a three-game set starting tonight at 6:30 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The series will resume on 2 p.m. Saturday and conclude Sunday at 1.

Kentucky (19-5, 4-2 SEC) is coming off a pair of SEC series wins to open the year, claiming two games at Florida and picking up the series win over No. 14 Mississippi State last weekend.

The Wildcats will send the weekend rotation of sophomore southpaw A.J. Reed (2-3, 2.94 ERA) tonight, senior lefty Jerad Grundy (5-1, 1.99 ERA) Saturday and junior left-hander Corey Littrell (3-0, 2.56 ERA) Sunday.

A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Reed will be making his seventh Friday night start of 2013. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound southpaw has tossed 33.2 innings, walking only eight, allowing 37 hits and striking out 26.

Grundy has made six Saturday starts for the Wildcats, tossing 40.2 innings, allowing only 27 hits and eight walks, striking out 38.

In his two-year career, Grundy has an 11-4 record and a 3.21 ERA, tossing 126.1 innings, allowing only 106 hits and 44 walks, striking out 101.

Littrell, the 2010 Kentucky High School Louisville Slugger Player of the Year out of Louisville’s Trinity High School, will be making his seventh series finale start of 2013. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound southpaw has worked 38.2 innings in 2013, allowing 34 hits and 14 walks, striking out 35.

UK has been led by an offense that has hit .292, slugged .412 and reached base at a .404 clip, stealing 35 bases and belting 15 homers.

Individually, junior J.T. Riddle leads the club with a .352 average, totaling five doubles, one triple, one homer and 17 RBI, sporting a 13-3 walk-strikeout ratio and stealing four bases.

Reed has hit .341 with four doubles, two triples, six homers and 28 RBI, while Max Kuhn has a .310 average with seven doubles, one triple, one homer and 19 RBI.

Catcher Micheal Thomas has hit .291 with a double, homer and 14 RBI.

All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino has batted .286 with five doubles, four homers and 16 RBI, swiping eight bases.

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