UK baseball beats Cincinnati, improve to 22-0


UK’s Andy Burns bats against Bowling Green at Cliff Hagan Field on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. Photo by Scott Hannigan

The UK baseball team traveled to the University of Cincinnati and beat the Bearcats 10-7 Wednesday night in the first of a four-game road trip.

The Cats, now 22-0, extended the longest winning streak in program history. They are one win away from tying the SEC record for consecutive wins.

UK wasted no time getting a lead. Freshman Austin Cousino led off the game with a walk and advanced to second on a balk. Two batters later, junior Luke Maile singled him in to score the game’s first run. A sacrifice fly by junior Cameron Flynn and an RBI double by senior Thomas McCarthy made it 3-0 after one.

The Cats got another in the third on a Maile home run, his sixth of the year. RBI singles by senior Michael Williams and sophomores Matt Reida and J.T. Riddle in the next three innings gave UK a comfortable 7-0 lead.

The Bearcats strung together several timely hits in the sixth and seventh however, clawing back to make the score 7-6.

But, UK held strong. A wild pitch scored a run in the eighth and RBI singles by McCarthy and Flynn in the ninth gave the Cats some cushion as they polished off a three-run victory.

Maile continued his torrid pace so far this season. He went 3-3 Wednesday with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored, reaching base in each of his six at-bats. He elevated his season average to .385 with a team-leading 30 RBI.

The Cats will look to stay undefeated when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., Friday for a weekend series with Tennessee. Friday’s game starts at 6 p.m.