Kentucky will face South Carolina in its first game of the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at approximately 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday in Hoover, Ala. The Cats’ game will begin 30 minutes after Georgia and Mississippi play in a game rescheduled from Tuesday night because of weather delays.
The 11th-seeded Gamecocks defeated Vanderbilt 7-4 in 11 innings in their in the single-elimination opening-round game on Tuesday. Wednesday’s game against Kentucky, the No. 3 seed, begins the double-elimination portion of the tournament.
Kentucky (38-18) won its regular-season series with 11th-seeded South Carolina (33-23), outscoring the Gamecocks 29-10 over a three-game set, and taking two games out of three in Columbia, which included a 19-1 drubbing.
The Cats, led by SEC Coach of the Year Nick Mingione, will probably start junior left-hander Brad Schaenzer in their opener. Schaenzer has appeared in 20 games this season, making three starts. He’s 5-0 with a 3.21 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 10 walks in 42 innings pitched.
Tuesday’s SEC highlights
South Carolina 7, Vanderbilt 4: Riley Hogan drew a bases loaded walk and Alex Destino added a two-run double with two outs in the 11th inning to lift South Carolina.
South Carolina capitalized on three walks and doubles by Justin Row and Destino in the top of the 11th to eliminate Vanderbilt (33-22-1) from the tournament.
Carlos Cortes and Jonah Bride both homered in the first two innings for South Carolina. Cortes drew four walks in the game, including an intentional pass in the 11th.
Vandy’s Will Toffey had a three-run double in the second inning and the Commodores tied it 4-4 on Connor Kaiser’s seventh-inning homer.
South Carolina reliever Tyler Johnson (1-2) pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out eight and walked one.
Missouri 12, Texas A&M 7: Robbie Glendinning hit a grand slam and Andy Toelken pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief as Missouri eliminated Texas A&M.
It was the seventh straight victory for the Tigers (36-21). Missouri will face No. 2 seed LSU (39-17) on Wednesday.
Texas A&M, seeded seventh, led 6-4 before Glendinning’s fourth-inning grand slam off Kaylor Chafin put Missouri ahead for good. Glendinning finished with five RBI.
Missouri’s Matt Berler and Chris Cornelius also homered.
Toelken shut down the Aggies after replacing starter Tanner Houck, who yielded seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. Toelken struck out five and allowed three hits.
Cam Blake knocked home three runs and Austin Homan drove in two runs for Texas A&M (36-21).
Rain delayed the game for about 1 hour, 45 minutes, in the sixth inning.
When: Through Sunday
Where: Hoover, Ala.
When Kentucky plays: About 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday vs. South Carolina
TV: SEC Network Plus (WatchESPN.com)
Radio: WLAP-AM 630