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Kentucky tops Missouri 5-1 in regular-season baseball finale

Kentucky freshman Zack Storm
Kentucky freshman Zack Storm

The University of Kentucky baseball team slumped badly in the second half of the 2013 campaign but closed the regular season on a high note Saturday, beating Missouri 5-1 in Columbia, Mo., to claim the No. 11 seed in this week's 12-team Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Kentucky opened the season ranked in the nation's top 10 and backed that up by winning 22 of its first 28 games. But the Cats went 8-18 the rest of the way and now find themselves possibly needing to win the SEC title in Hoover, Ala., to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

UK (30-24 overall, 11-19 SEC) scored runs in the fourth and sixth innings Saturday before freshman's Zack Storm's three-run homer in the ninth cracked open a close game.

Junior Corey Littrell (6-5) pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and one run, walking four and striking out seven. Littrell moved to No. 6 on UK's all-time victory list with his 21st career win.

Junior J.T. Riddle collected three of UK's 13 hits.

Missouri (18-31, 10-20) will be the SEC's No. 12 seed despite taking two of three from Kentucky this weekend.


SEC Tournament

At Hoover, Ala. (All times EDT)

Tuesday

(Single-elimination)

10:30 a.m. — No. 11 seed Kentucky vs. No. 6 Mississippi, followed by No. 7 Alabama vs. No. 10 Auburn

5:30 p.m. — No. 8 Florida vs. No. 9 Texas A&M, followed by No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Missouri

Wednesday

(Double-elimination games)

10:30 a.m. — No. 3 Arkansas vs. Game 1 winner, followed by No. 2 LSU vs. Game 2 winner

5:30 p.m. — No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. Game 3 winner, followed by No. 4 South Carolina vs. Game 4 winner.

Thursday-Sunday

Double-elimination play continues, wrapping up with title game Sunday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m.

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