Littrell blanks UGA, Cats take series

Corey Littrell

The beat rolls on for Corey Littrell. Kentucky's ace left-hander improved to 8-0 in series-deciding starts over the last two years in shutting out Georgia for seven innings and recording a career-high 12 strikeouts on Sunday in a 5-0 win by the Wildcats.

The beat rolls on for Corey Littrell.

Kentucky's junior left-hander remained unbeaten in rubber-match games the last two years, striking out a career-high 12 batters in leading the Wildcats to a 5-0 win over Georgia and their third SEC series triumph in as many tries this season.

UK (21-6, 6-3 SEC) took two out of three games during the weekend series at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Wildcats got a run in the first, two in the third and two more in the fifth to make it easy on their ace.

Littrell (4-0) worked seven shutout innings, scattering three singles and two walks. The Louisville native has now started 11 series-deciding games in the last two years, posting an 8-0 record and a 1.68 ERA. The Cats have won all 11 games.

Austin Cousino paced the Wildcats at the plate, recording a single, double and triple. The All-America centerfielder also had an RBI and came within a warning-track fly out in the eighth inning of hitting for the cycle.

UK also got the two-run homer from Micheal Thomas, his second of the year, and hits from freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett, Matt Reida and Zac Zellers.

Georgia (10-19, 1-8 SEC) starter Bryan Benzor (1-1) worked four innings, allowing six hits and five runs, walking one and striking out two. Ross Ripple took over in the fifth, working three shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Jarrett Brown worked a scoreless eighth, allowing just a walk and a hit batter.

Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday, traveling to No. 10 Louisville for a 6 p.m. ET matchup at Jim Patterson Stadium.

NOTES:
* Zac Zellers tallied his team-high fourth sacrifice fly of the year.

* Thomas threw out his fourth baserunner attempting to steal. UK has now caught seven of 14 attempted base-stealers this season.

* Barrett extended his hitting streak to eight games and now leads the team in batting average at .364.

* Zack Storm made his first career SEC appearance, was hit by a pitch, and stole his first career base in the eighth.

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