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Kentucky baseball improves to 15-0 with 7-5 win

Kentucky freshman Austin Cousino (UK athletics photo)
Kentucky freshman Austin Cousino (UK athletics photo)

The University of Kentucky baseball team extended its season-opening winning streak to 15 games Saturday with a 7-5 victory over Canisius at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky is the only undefeated team left in NCAA Division I after previously unbeaten Gonzaga lost for the first time Friday night.

The Wildcats are off to the third-best start in program history, equaling the 15-0 start by the 2000 team. UK set the school record in 2007 and 2008 with a 19-0 start.

Junior starter Jerad Grundy (3-0) pitched 71⁄3 shutout innings for Kentucky, allowing three hits, striking out seven and walking two.

Freshman center fielder Austin Cousino led the Wildcats' 12-hit attack with three, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Freshman designated hitter A.J. Reed had two hits and three RBI. Junior outfielder Cameron Flynn cracked his team-leading fourth home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning.

Sophomore second baseman J.T. Riddle and sophomore shortstop Matt Reida had two hits each.

Canisius (7-7) threatened with five runs in the ninth inning, but Trevor Gott finally closed off the rally by striking out the game's final two batters.

Kentucky's three-game series against Canisius concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.

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