LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky baseball fell just short of claiming its second ever SEC regular season title, but the Wildcats head to Hoover, Ala., as the No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament in search of a resume boost that could land Nick Mingione’s squad a national seed.
The eighth-ranked Wildcats (38-18, 19-11 SEC) dropped two of three games in their regular-season finale at Florida. But the season, Mingione’s first at Kentucky, was packed with a surprising number of successes.
Kentucky started the season unranked and finished inside the top 10. And while SEC leaders Florida and LSU were picked preseason by conference coaches to finish in the top 2, UK was predicted to finish fourth in the SEC East.
Kentucky’s 19 SEC wins were the second most in school history, just short of the 20 the 2006 squad recorded. The Cats’ 38 total wins were the most since the 2012 team won a school-record 45 games. Kentucky finished 17-12 against ranked opponents and an even 4-4 against top-10 teams.
Eight teams are awarded a national seed, and although the series loss at Florida put a dent in the odds, Kentucky still could wind up with one. The Wildcats have never hosted a Super Regional, and a top-8 seed would award them that opportunity given a win in the regional round.
But for now, the focus is on the conference tournament.
2017 SEC Baseball Tournament bracket
What time does Kentucky play in the SEC Baseball Tournament?
The No. 3 seed Wildcats will face the winner of No. 6 Vanderbilt and No. 11 South Carolina at 10:30 a.m. ET at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.
What TV channel is broadcasting Kentucky’s SEC Baseball Tournament games?
All SEC Baseball Tournament games can be seen on the SEC Network. ESPN2 will have the broadcast for the championship game at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.
How can I watch the SEC Baseball Tournament online?
Fans can watch the game at WatchESPN or using the WatchESPN app on mobile devices.