Littrell leads Cats to 9-2 win over Akron, series sweep

March 3, 2013 

Corey Littrell, 2013 University of Kentucky Baseball. Credit: UK Athletics

Corey Littrell allowed one run and struck out a career-high eight over seven innings, and Kentucky capped a one-sided series against Akron with a 9-2 victory Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Cats outscored the Zips 37-4 in the three-game sweep.

Littrell dominated Akron hitters in much the same way fellow left-handers A.J. Reed and Jerad Grundy did in the first two games of the series. Littrell retired the first 10 hitters he faced and struck out seven in a row during one stretch. He allowed five hits and did not walk a batter.

"I thought Corey was a lot better today," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "I was really glad to see him make some adjustments. He had command, the ball was down, he worked ahead in the count. ... It was a much more efficient and poised outing."

Littrell (1-0) said he struggled in his first two starts this season, but "today I was able to focus on a certain things and maximize my performance."

Austin Cousino and Reed each had three RBI for the Cats (10-1). Cousino hit a three-run homer in UK's five-run second inning, and Reed had a three-run double during a four-run fourth inning.

Reed capped a monster week in which he batted .526 (10-for-19) with three homers and 15 RBI. He is batting .409 for the season with four homers and 22 RBI.

UK's Zac Zellers went 3-for-4 Sunday and Micheal Thomas was 3-for-3. J.T. Riddle went 0-for-4 to snap a 13-game hitting streak.

In the series against Akron (0-9), Kentucky starting pitchers allowed three earned runs, 13 hits and two walks in 21 innings, with 24 strikeouts.

Kentucky's next game is Tuesday at home against Cincinnati.

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