Cousino gets 3 hits as UK baseball team wins home opener

February 25, 2014 

  • Wednesday

    Dayton at Kentucky

    When: 6:30 p.m.

    Radio: WLAP-AM 630

The top three batters in the Kentucky order combined to go 6-for-13, and seven UK pitchers worked at least one inning in a 7-1 victory over Wright State in the home opener at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Left-hander Dylan Dwyer survived a shaky first inning to go three innings for the Cats. Six relievers combined for six scoreless innings.

Austin Cousino led the offense with three hits, two runs and two stolen bases. Leadoff hitter Kyle Barrett hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and Max Kuhn went 2-for-5.

Barrett said his homer "felt great. Being a leadoff hitter, it's not my job, but running into one every now and then feels good."

The win improved Kentucky to 6-2. UK was to play host to Dayton on Wednesday but that game was postponed on Wednesday morning because of inclement weather and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Wright State opened the scoring with a run in the first inning off Dwyer, who walked two batters and balked twice. UK took the lead with two runs in the bottom half, but Coach Gary Henderson wasn't pleased.

"You want to give someone credit when they score, but we certainly did that to ourselves: a (leadoff) walk, two balks," he said. "You know, come on. You gotta be cleaner than that."

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