Expectations are soaring as Kentucky opens the 2013 baseball season on Friday in South Carolina with…
Reed powers UK in season-opening win
Reed, a sophomore left-hander from Indiana, pitched five solid innings and also posted a career-best 4-for-5 line at the plate with a triple and three RBI.
"It was a lot of fun," Reed said. "It is always good to get a win in your first game. I was just going out there to try and do what I could to help the team get the win. Getting the start on the first game, there is a little bit of pressure and you are a little bit fired up, your adrenaline is going a little bit. You just got to settle down and make a pitch when you needed to and I was able to for the most part."
The Wildcats (1-0) also got a 3-for-4 performance with two doubles from junior second baseman J.T. Riddle in his first career start as UK's cleanup hitter. Kentucky's top four spots in the lineup went 11-for-19 on the day, including a 2-for-4 start by preseason All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino and a 2-for-5 day by leftfielder Zac Zellers.
Reed (1-0) allowed only six hits and two runs in his five innings of work. He struck out four and did not issue a walk. He gave way to senior reliever Walter Wijas in the sixth inning, who worked 1.2 scoreless. Freshmen Dylan Dwyer and Kyle Cody closed out the win for the UK pitching staff.
The Wildcats will play their second game of the season on Saturday, facing USC Upstate at 4 p.m. ET. UK will send preseason All-American Corey Littrell to the mound to face off with USC Upstate ace lefty David Roseboom. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, available in Lexington on WWTF 1580-AM and online at UKathletics.com.
• Kentucky opened its season in South Carolina for the fifth-consecutive year. UK has now won 11 straight games played in February.
• Riddle made his team-high 67th consecutive start for the Wildcats.
• Zellers has a six-game hitting streak dating back to the 2012 campaign. Cousino extended a five-game hitting streak.
• Max Kuhn made his first career start and played first base for the first time in his two-year career at UK.
AllWildcats.com Recommended Stories
Peyton Manning Breaks All-Time TD Record
Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…Read More
LenDale White escorted out of the Coliseum
Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.Read More
Video Tip: The 1-Minute Golf Swing
Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…Read More
Dr. Roto Video: Week 7 Recap
Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…Read More
Windy Weather Whitetails
As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.Read More