Kentucky fell behind early, but scored six unanswered runs to take a 7-2 win against South Carolina in the second round of the SEC Baseball Tournament.
The 3rd-seeded Wildcats are headed to the third round of the tournament in Hoover, Ala., where they’ll face the winner of this evening’s matchup between 2nd-seeded LSU and 10th-seeded Missouri. South Carolina, the No. 11 seed in the tournament, will play the loser of the LSU-Missouri matchup in an elimination game.
Kentucky took two of three games from South Carolina in the regular season and added another on Wednesday. The Cats trailed 2-0 after the top of the third, but scored 2 in the bottom of the third, 1 in the fourth, three more in the sixth and one in the eighth.
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1B Evan White
The second-team All-SEC selection drove in four of Kentucky’s six runs, including a 3-RBI double that broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth inning. White’s big hit came with the bases loaded and it represented three of his four RBI.
South Carolina outhit Kentucky 8-7, but no knocks were bigger than White’s sixth-inning double.
SP Zach Logue
Logue, Kentucky’s Saturday starter in the regular season, made his first relief appearance of the year in this one. Brad Schaenzer got the spot start as Kentucky’s regular four starters were all on short rest. Schaenzer gave up two runs on five hits and three walks and was pulled by coach Nick Mingione after three innings.
Logue stabilized the game for the Wildcats with three shutout-innings in relief. He struck out four South Carolina batters and allowed two hits. He threw an efficient 35 pitches and could still be available to start later in the tournament depending on how deep Kentucky goes.
Freshman Chris Machamer pitched the final three innings and allowed just one hit. He and Logue combined for six shutout innings out of the bullpen.
What’s next for Kentucky?
Kentucky will face the winner of No. 2 seed LSU and No. 10 seed Missouri. That game is slated to start at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The Wildcats will take on either Tiger team on Thursday. The time is still to be determined as rain has pushed back the schedule.