LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky baseball is coming off a campaign that ranks as the best in the history of the program, with coach Gary Henderson voted SEC Coach of the Year by the league coaches. The Cats won a school record 45 games but they're setting a goal of being better than they were last year.
The 2013 Cats return plenty of talent. Centerfielder Austin Cousino, 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year, lefthander Corey Littrell, a preseason All-American, who goes into the season as one of the top starters in college baseball and releiver Trevor Gott, recognized as one of the top closers in the game.
Littrell believes the cornerstone of the team will be pitching and defense. Winning always takes good leadership and he says the Cats will have it. "We've tried to establish the freshmen, let them know, like this is what we do, this is how we're gonna do it. And I think they're following just as much as we did when we were freshmen and sophomores."
Gott, who pitched at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, says Kentucky will not be able to sneak up on anybody. "After we swept South Carolina I think we set the tone we were for real, and we didn't sneak up on anyone after that." Gott believes the Cats will have the target on their back to be one of the top teams in the SEC.
Kentucky opens the season against UNC-Asheville, February 15 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The home opener is set for Feburay 26 against Murray State.