Cats top Wright State in home opener

Austin Cousino collected three hits and stole two bases as Kentucky won its home opener on Tuesday against Wright State.

Austin Cousino collected three hits and stole two bases while Kyle Barrett belted his first home run of the season in Kentucky's 7-1 win over Wright State on Tuesday in the home opener at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Cousino, a junior centerfielder and preseason All-American, raised his season average to .441 with a 3-for-4 day against the Raiders. His RBI double to deep left-center in the first inning got the Wildcats rolling to an early lead and they never looked back.

Max Kuhn had two hits and an RBI for Kentucky (6-2) and Barrett hit a two-run homer down the right field line in the fourth inning to give the Cats a comfortable 6-1 lead. It marked his first career homer and UK's eighth in as many games this season after finishing with only 36 in 55 games last season.

Micheal Thomas added an RBI double for the UK offensive attack.

Sophomore lefty Dylan Dwyer started for the Cats, but struggled with his command over three innings of work. He was lifted after giving up one run on two hits, three walks and two balks.

The UK bullpen came through with six innings of scoreless relief, including one inning of work from Andrew Nelson, Logan Salow, Zack Brown, Robert Zeigler, Spencer Jack and Zach Strecker. Salow (1-0) picked up the win.

The Cats knocked out Wright State starter Taylor Braun (0-1) in the first inning with two runs on two hits, the second which was a liner off one of his legs that forced him to leave the game. Five other pitchers worked for the Raiders, who dropped to 2-5 on the season.

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