Will Haynie hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth and Alabama beat Kentucky 5-2 Tuesday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The ninth-seeded Crimson Tide (32-24), who finished tied for eighth with the Cats in the regular season, faces regular-season champion Mississippi State on Wednesday. No. 8 seed Kentucky (32-25) awaits its NCAA regional fate.
Alabama led 3-2 going into the ninth before Chandler Taylor drew a two-out walk and Haynie brought him home with a shot over the left field fence.
The Tide hadn’t scored since a three-run second off UK starter Zach Logue. Alabama had gotten a bases-loaded walk by Daniel Cucjen and Hunter Webb’s two-run single.
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Evan White hit a solo home run in the fourth and Riley Mahan doubled home another run in the seventh for the Wildcats. Nick Eicholtz (4-3) allowed three hits and two runs in six innings for Alabama. Thomas Burrows retired the final four batters for his 12th save.
Vanderbilt 7, Missouri 0
Patrick Raby and two other pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as No. 6 seed Vanderbilt defeated No. 11 seed Missouri 7-0 in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Vanderbilt (42-15) faces No. 3 seed Texas A&M (41-13) on Wednesday as the tournament moves to double-elimination play. Missouri (26-30) was eliminated.
The Commodores have won all 14 of their all-time meetings with Missouri.
Missouri’s Tanner Houck kept the game scoreless until Vanderbilt broke through with four runs in the sixth. Bryan Reynolds opened the scoring with a two-run double, and Vanderbilt added two unearned runs later in the inning.
Julian Infante hit a two-run homer as Vanderbilt broke the game open with three runs off Austin Tribby in the eighth. Raby allowed two hits in six innings. Collin Snider gave up one hit in two innings of relief and Donny Everett allowed one hit in the ninth.
Mississippi 5, Georgia 1
J.B. Woodman tripled, doubled and drove in three runs Tuesday as No. 7 seed Mississippi defeated No. 10 seed Georgia 5-1 in the first round of the SEC tournament.
Ole Miss (41-16) will face No. 2 seed South Carolina (42-13) on Wednesday as the tournament moves to double-elimination play. Georgia (27-30) was eliminated.
Woodman hit a two-run triple and Colby Bortles doubled home two more runs as Ole Miss took the lead for good by scoring four times in the fourth inning. Woodman doubled home Will Golsan in the fifth.
Georgia had taken a 1-0 lead on Stephen Wrenn’s homer in the first.
Brady Feigl, Will Stokes and Wyatt Short combined for five innings of shutout relief after Brady Bramlett allowed one run in four innings. Georgia starter Heath Holder yielded four runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Georgia hasn’t won an SEC tournament game since 2011.
SEC Baseball Tournament at Hoover, Ala.
All times EDT
10:30 a.m.: No. 3 seed Texas A&M vs. Vanderbilt, followed by No. 2 South Carolina vs. Ole Miss
5:30 p.m.: No. 1 Mississippi State vs. Alabama, followed by No. 4 Florida vs. LSU-Tennessee winner
TV: SEC Network