Last night, the Kentucky Wildcats took game one of the three-game weekend series with the Vanderbilt Commodores, the defending SEC baseball champions, 5-2 in Nashville. Kentucky was powered buy an outstanding 3 hit, 2 RBI, 1 HR outing from star outfielder Austin Cousino, and a solid performance on the mound by Taylor Rogers, who finished 1 out shy of a quality start, pitching 5.2 innings allowing 2 runs, 7 hits, no walks and getting 3 strikeouts.
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The Wildcats were paced offensively by three hits from Cousino, including his eighth homer of the year. UK also got two hits from freshman A.J. Reed, with Luke Maile, Cameron Flynn, J.T. Riddle and Matt Reida recording hits. UK also got a walk from Zac Zellers and Thomas McCarthy, with McCarthy laying down a sacrifice bunt.
Vanderbilt (19-23, 7-12 SEC) starter TJ Pecoraro (0-2) worked 1.2 innings, allowing five hits and four runs, walking four and striking out two. Brian Miller got Pecoraro out of a jam in the second inning, working a strong 3.1 innings, allowing only one unearned run, walking one and striking out two. Steven Rice got VU out of the jam in the sixth, working 3.1 innings, allowing only one hit and no runs, striking out three. Drew Verhagen got the final out of the eighth inning.
The second game of the series is today with first pitch scheduled at around 3:00 PM ET in Nashville. The Wildcats will bring junior southpaw Jerad Grundy (4-1, 4.24 ERA) to the mound, and Vandy is scheduled to start freshman right-hander Tyler Beede (1-4, 4.78 ERA).