Cousino leads UK baseball team past Florida, 11-5

March 16, 2013 

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Austin Cousino, 2013 University of Kentucky Baseball. Credit: UK Athletics

UK ATHLETICS

  • Sunday

    Kentucky at Florida

    When: Noon Radio: WLAP AM-630

Austin Cousino punctuated a 3-for-5 game with a tape-measure home run to right field, and the Kentucky baseball team rocked Florida 11-5 Saturday in Gainesville to even the first Southeastern Conference series of the season.

Cousino also doubled, drove in four runs and stole his seventh base of the year. He is 5-for-8 in the series, which ends Sunday.

"Really good to see him get hot again," Coach Gary Henderson said. "His swings were good. His bat speed is good. He is seeing it well, laying off the bad pitches, all the things you do when it is going your way."

Kentucky trailed 3-0 going to the sixth inning. A.J. Reed tripled home the Cats' first run and scored the second.

UK (15-3, 1-1) rallied for five runs in the seventh to take a 7-3 lead and chase Florida starter Jonathon Crawford (0-3). Cousino's single to left scored two runs and gave UK its first lead.

Kentucky broke open the game with four runs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by Cousino's two-run blast over the scoreboard.

"We wanted to even up (the series)," Cousino said. "Friday didn't go the way we planned."

After a shaky start, Kentucky starter Jerad Grundy (4-1) turned in his fourth quality start of the season, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks in six innings.

"His concentration was good. His toughness was outstanding," Henderson said of Grundy. "The ability to simply maintain his poise ... I was impressed."

After Chandler Shepherd pitched the seventh and part of the eighth, closer Trevor Gott slammed the door. Gott entered with two runners on base and the tying run at the plate in the eighth and struck out Florida's Mike Fahrman to end the inning.

Gott pushed his school saves record to 17.


Sunday

Kentucky at Florida

When: Noon Radio: WLAP AM-630

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