Kentucky put the wraps on a five-win week with a three-game sweep of Akron, punctuated by Corey Littrell's strong starting effort in Sunday's 9-2 win over the Zips at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Littrell pitched seven innings of five-hit baseball for the Wildcats, who outscored Akron 37-4 in the series. The sophomore left-hander faced only two batters over the minimum and struck out a career-high eight in picking up his first win on the season.
"I thought Corey was a lot better today," UK head 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 and he had secondary command. It was a much more efficient and poised outing, and he will keep getting better."
"The first two (starts) I struggled with my rhythm and mechanically, but today I was able to focus on a certain things and maximize my performance," Littrell said.
Eighth-ranked Kentucky (10-1) also got three-RBI games from preseason All-America picks Austin Cousino and A.J. Reed. Cousino belted his first home run of the season, walked and scored two runs. Reed had a bases-clearing double off the centerfield wall to cap a monster week at the plate. He batted .526 with a double, three home runs and 15 RBI in the Cats' five wins.
Zac Zellers and Micheal Thomas each added three hits for the UK.
Akron starter JT Brubaker (0-3) worked 3.2 innings, allowing seven hits and nine runs – seven earned – walking four and striking out two. The 0-9 Zips have faced ranked opponents Georgia, Louisville and Kentucky to open a brutal early-season schedule.
Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday as the Cats play host to Cincinnati at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
• Second baseball J.T. Riddle made his 76 consecutive start for UK.
• Zellers stole his first base of the year.
• UK's Jeff Boehm drove in his first run of the season with his first hit.
• Littrell recorded his second pick-off of the year.
Littrell helps lead Cats to sweep of Akron
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