Kentucky opens baseball season of high expectations Friday

February 14, 2013 

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Kentucky's A.J. Reed pitched 52⁄3 scoreless innings for the Cats in their 2-0 first round SEC Tournament victory over Mississippi on Tuesday in Hoover, Ala.

DAVE MARTIN — AP

  • Friday

    Kentucky vs. UNC Asheville

    When: Noon

    Where: Spartanburg, S.C.

    Radio: WWTF-AM 1580

  • 2013 UK schedule

    FEBRUARY

    15—a-vs. UNC Asheville, noon; 16—a-at USC Upstate, 4 p.m.; 17—a-vs. Niagara, noon; 22—b-vs. Elon, noon; 23—b-at Coastal Carolina, 3 p.m.; 24—b-vs. Kansas State, 11 a.m.; 26—Murray State, 4 p.m.; 27—Eastern Kentucky, 4

    MARCH

    1—Akron, 4 p.m.; 2—Akron, noon and 3 p.m.; 3—Akron, 1 p.m.; 5—Cincinnati, 4 p.m.; 6—Xavier, 4 p.m.; 8—Michigan State, 4 p.m.; 9—Michigan State, 2 p.m.; 10—Michigan State, 1 p.m.; 12—Ohio, 4 p.m.; 15—at Florida, 7:30 p.m.; 16—at Florida, noon; 17—at Florida, 1 p.m.; 19—Western Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.; 22—Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m.; 23—Mississippi State, noon; 24—Mississippi State, 1 p.m.; 26—Marshall, 6:30 p.m.; 29—Georgia, 6:30 p.m.; 30—Georgia, 2 p.m.; 31—Georgia, 1 p.m.

    APRIL

    2—at Louisville, 6 p.m.; 5—at LSU, 8 p.m.; 6—at LSU, 7:30 p.m.; 7—at LSU, 2 p.m.; 9—Austin Peay, 6:30 p.m.; 13—Tennessee, 6:30 p.m.; 13—Tennessee, 2 p.m.; 14—Tennessee, 1 p.m.; 16—Louisville, 6:30 p.m.; 19—at South Carolina, 7 p.m.; 20—at South Carolina, 4 p.m.; 21—at South Carolina, 1:30 p.m.; 23—at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.; 25—at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.; 26—at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.; 27—at Mississippi, 3:15 p.m.

    MAY

    3—Arkansas, 6:30 p.m.; 4—Arkansas, 2 p.m.; 5—Arkansas, 1 p.m.; 7—Wright State, 6:30 p.m.; 10—Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m.; 11—Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.; 12—Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.; 14—Indiana, 6:30 p.m.; 16—at Missouri, 7 p.m.; 17—at Missouri, 7 p.m.; 18—at Missouri, 2 p.m.

    a-Spartanburg, S.C. (at Wofford); b-Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • 2013 Kentucky roster

    No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown

    35 Zach Arnold C R/R 6-2 175 Fr. Frankfort, Ky.

    37 Kyle Barrett OF L/L 5-11 175 Fr. Douglasville, Ga.

    46 Thomas Bernal IF/C R/R 6-0 210 So. Paso Robles, Calif.

    15 Jeff Boehm OF/LHP L/L 6-1 215 So. Lansing, Ill.

    3 Andrew Bryant IF R/R 5-9 170 Fr. Lexington, Ky.

    23 Kyle Cody RHP R/R 6-7 230 Fr. Chippewa Falls, Wis.

    25 Ryne Combs LHP L/L 6-0 185 Fr. Lexington, Ky.

    19 Austin Cousino OF L/L 5-10 180 So. Dublin, Ohio

    28 Tyler Cox RHP R/R 5-11 180 Fr. Lexington, Ky.

    24 Dylan Dwyer LHP L/L 6-1 170 Fr. Murray, Ky.

    40 Greg Fettes C R/R 6-2 225 Fr. Madison Heights, Mich.

    5 Trevor Gott RHP R/R 6-0 190 Jr. Lexington, Ky.

    26 Jerad Grundy LHP L/L 6-1 200 Sr. Johnsburg, Ill.

    44 Dorian Hairston OF R/R 5-11 210 Fr. Lexington, Ky.

    9 Max Kuhn IF R/R 5-11 195 So. Zionsville, Ind.

    21 Corey Littrell LHP L/L 6-3 195 Jr. Louisville, Ky.

    30 Sam Mahar LHP L/L 6-1 190 So. Kenosha, Wis.

    17 Taylor Martin RHP R/R 6-4 200 So. Lexington, Ky.

    4 Paul McConkey IF L/R 5-11 190 Jr. Knoxville, Tenn.

    12 Chase Mullins LHP L/L 6-9 280 Fr. Paris, Ky.

    22 Matt Pope RHP R/R 6-7 220 Fr. Johnson City, Tenn.

    18 A.J. Reed LHP/1B L/L 6-4 235 So. Terre Haute, Ind.

    6 Matt Reida IF L/R 5-11 180 Jr. Russiaville, Ind.

    10 J.T. Riddle IF L/R 6-3 185 Jr. Frankfort, Ky.

    11 Jacob Russell C/1B/OF R/R 6-4 240 So. Lawrenceburg, Ky.

    39 Casey Schroeder C S/R 6-2 190 Fr. Glandorf, Ohio

    14 Chandler Shepherd RHP R/R 6-2 185 So. Louisa, Ky.

    16 Zack Storm IF R/R 6-0 200 Fr. London, Ky.

    29 Zach Strecker RHP R/R 6-4 225 Fr. Louisville, Ky.

    42 Michael Thomas C R/R 5-11 210 Jr. Elizabethtown, Ky.

    27 Trace Vorbeck IF/RHP R/R 6-1 195 Fr. Corbin, Ky.

    34 Thomas Weaver IF R/R 6-1 175 Fr. Salem, Va.

    8 Walter Wijas RHP R/R 6-2 205 Sr. Elk Grove Village, Ill.

    47 Storm Wilson OF S/R 5-11 185 Fr. Science Hill, Ky.

    7 Lucas Witt OF R/R 6-1 190 Jr. Lexington, Ky.

    2 Zac Zellers OF R/R 6-0 185 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.

    Head coach: Gary Henderson. Assistant coaches: Brad Bohannon,

    Brian Green. Volunteer assistant: Keith Vorhoff

  • Friday

    Kentucky vs. UNC Asheville

    When: Noon

    Where: Spartanburg, S.C.

    Radio: WWTF-AM 1580

One of the most highly anticipated University of Kentucky baseball seasons ever gets started Friday when the Wildcats open a three-game weekend at Spartanburg, S.C.

Kentucky, ranked as high as No. 8 in the pre-season by Collegiate Baseball, gets things started against UNC Asheville at noon Friday on the campus of Wofford College.

The Cats play Saturday at USC Upstate (4 p.m.) and Sunday against Niagara (noon) back at Wofford.

Sophomore left-hander A.J. Reed (5-2, 2.52 ERA in 2012) gets the first start of the season on the mound for Coach Gary Henderson's Wildcats.

Junior lefty Corey Littrell (9-2, 2.74) pitches Saturday, and senior lefty Jerad Grundy (6-3, 3.78) goes on Sunday.

Reed is a pre-season All-America honoree after a consensus first-team freshman All-America season playing pitcher and first base in 2012. Reed appeared in 16 games with five starts as a freshman.

UNC Asheville will counter with junior Dean Roland, a durable right-hander who went 5-6 with a 3.92 ERA in 961⁄3 innings last season.

UNC Asheville is coming off a 25-30 season, including a fourth-place finish in the Big South Conference, where it went 12-12.

Niagara went 19-29 last season, including a 7-16 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

USC Upstate is coming off a strong debut season in the Atlantic Sun, where it finished second with a 16-10 record and went 33-20 overall.

UK returns six of eight position starters from its 45-win team in 2012 and two of three weekend pitching starters.

Leading hitter Austin Cousino (.319, 9 HR, 41 RBI in 2012) and senior Zac Zellers (.311, 5 HR, 19 RBI) will help lead the outfield, along with junior Lucas Witt (.319, 9 RBI).

Junior shortstop Matt Reida (.239, 2 HR, 22 RBI) and junior second baseman J.T. Riddle (.279, 5 HR, 38 RBI) anchor the up-the-middle defense, with Reed (.300, 4 HR, 43 RBI) a returning starter at first base. Junior Paul McConkey (.323, 2 RBI), sophomore Max Kuhn (.333, 3 RBI), sophomore Jeff Boehm (.357, RBI), Thomas Bernal (.370, 4 RBI) and junior Micheal Thomas (.250, HR, 4 RBI) give UK more experienced position players.

In addition to its No. 8 ranking by Collegiate Baseball, Kentucky opens the season rated No. 11 by Baseball America, No. 13 by Perfect Game and No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll.

UK enters the 2013 season, boasting three pre-season All-America honorees, including Littrell, Reed and Cousino.


FRIDAY

Kentucky vs. UNC Asheville

When: Noon

Where: Spartanburg, S.C.

Radio: WWTF-AM 1580


2013 KENTUCKY ROSTER

No. Name Pos. B/T Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown

35 Zach Arnold C R/R 6-2 175 Fr. Frankfort, Ky.

37 Kyle Barrett OF L/L 5-11 175 Fr. Douglasville, Ga.

46 Thomas Bernal IF/C R/R 6-0 210 So. Paso Robles, Calif.

15 Jeff Boehm OF/LHP L/L 6-1 215 So. Lansing, Ill.

3 Andrew Bryant IF R/R 5-9 170 Fr. Lexington, Ky.

23 Kyle Cody RHP R/R 6-7 230 Fr. Chippewa Falls, Wis.

25 Ryne Combs LHP L/L 6-0 185 Fr. Lexington, Ky.

19 Austin Cousino OF L/L 5-10 180 So. Dublin, Ohio

28 Tyler Cox RHP R/R 5-11 180 Fr. Lexington, Ky.

24 Dylan Dwyer LHP L/L 6-1 170 Fr. Murray, Ky.

40 Greg Fettes C R/R 6-2 225 Fr. Madison Heights, Mich.

5 Trevor Gott RHP R/R 6-0 190 Jr. Lexington, Ky.

26 Jerad Grundy LHP L/L 6-1 200 Sr. Johnsburg, Ill.

44 Dorian Hairston OF R/R 5-11 210 Fr. Lexington, Ky.

9 Max Kuhn IF R/R 5-11 195 So. Zionsville, Ind.

21 Corey Littrell LHP L/L 6-3 195 Jr. Louisville, Ky.

30 Sam Mahar LHP L/L 6-1 190 So. Kenosha, Wis.

17 Taylor Martin RHP R/R 6-4 200 So. Lexington, Ky.

4 Paul McConkey IF L/R 5-11 190 Jr. Knoxville, Tenn.

12 Chase Mullins LHP L/L 6-9 280 Fr. Paris, Ky.

22 Matt Pope RHP R/R 6-7 220 Fr. Johnson City, Tenn.

18 A.J. Reed LHP/1B L/L 6-4 235 So. Terre Haute, Ind.

6 Matt Reida IF L/R 5-11 180 Jr. Russiaville, Ind.

10 J.T. Riddle IF L/R 6-3 185 Jr. Frankfort, Ky.

11 Jacob Russell C/1B/OF R/R 6-4 240 So. Lawrenceburg, Ky.

39 Casey Schroeder C S/R 6-2 190 Fr. Glandorf, Ohio

14 Chandler Shepherd RHP R/R 6-2 185 So. Louisa, Ky.

16 Zack Storm IF R/R 6-0 200 Fr. London, Ky.

29 Zach Strecker RHP R/R 6-4 225 Fr. Louisville, Ky.

42 Michael Thomas C R/R 5-11 210 Jr. Elizabethtown, Ky.

27 Trace Vorbeck IF/RHP R/R 6-1 195 Fr. Corbin, Ky.

34 Thomas Weaver IF R/R 6-1 175 Fr. Salem, Va.

8 Walter Wijas RHP R/R 6-2 205 Sr. Elk Grove Village, Ill.

47 Storm Wilson OF S/R 5-11 185 Fr. Science Hill, Ky.

7 Lucas Witt OF R/R 6-1 190 Jr. Lexington, Ky.

2 Zac Zellers OF R/R 6-0 185 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.

Head coach: Gary Henderson. Assistant coaches: Brad Bohannon,

Brian Green. Volunteer assistant: Keith Vorhoff


2013 UK SCHEDULE

February

15—a-vs. UNC Asheville, noon; 16—a-at USC Upstate, 4 p.m.; 17—a-vs. Niagara, noon; 22—b-vs. Elon, noon; 23—b-at Coastal Carolina, 3 p.m.; 24—b-vs. Kansas State, 11 a.m.; 26—Murray State, 4 p.m.; 27—Eastern Kentucky, 4

March

1—Akron, 4 p.m.; 2—Akron, noon and 3 p.m.; 3—Akron, 1 p.m.; 5—Cincinnati, 4 p.m.; 6—Xavier, 4 p.m.; 8—Michigan State, 4 p.m.; 9—Michigan State, 2 p.m.; 10—Michigan State, 1 p.m.; 12—Ohio, 4 p.m.; 15—at Florida, 7:30 p.m.; 16—at Florida, noon; 17—at Florida, 1 p.m.; 19—Western Kentucky, 6:30 p.m.; 22—Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m.; 23—Mississippi State, noon; 24—Mississippi State, 1 p.m.; 26—Marshall, 6:30 p.m.; 29—Georgia, 6:30 p.m.; 30—Georgia, 2 p.m.; 31—Georgia, 1 p.m.

April

2—at Louisville, 6 p.m.; 5—at LSU, 8 p.m.; 6—at LSU, 7:30 p.m.; 7—at LSU, 2 p.m.; 9—Austin Peay, 6:30 p.m.; 13—Tennessee, 6:30 p.m.; 13—Tennessee, 2 p.m.; 14—Tennessee, 1 p.m.; 16—Louisville, 6:30 p.m.; 19—at South Carolina, 7 p.m.; 20—at South Carolina, 4 p.m.; 21—at South Carolina, 1:30 p.m.; 23—at Western Kentucky, 7 p.m.; 25—at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.; 26—at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.; 27—at Mississippi, 3:15 p.m.

May

3—Arkansas, 6:30 p.m.; 4—Arkansas, 2 p.m.; 5—Arkansas, 1 p.m.; 7—Wright State, 6:30 p.m.; 10—Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m.; 11—Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.; 12—Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.; 14—Indiana, 6:30 p.m.; 16—at Missouri, 7 p.m.; 17—at Missouri, 7 p.m.; 18—at Missouri, 2 p.m.

a-Spartanburg, S.C. (at Wofford); b-Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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