LEXINGTON, Ky. – With the bracket officially set for the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, Kentucky will face Alabama on Tuesday, May 24, at 5:30 p.m. ET at Hoover (Ala.) Metropolitan Stadium.
Kentucky (32-24 overall, 15-15 SEC) and Alabama (31-24, 15-15 SEC) tied for eighth place in the overall league standings. UK is slotted as the No. 8 seed and Alabama at No. 9 because the Wildcats won two out of three games between the teams earlier this season. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and also will be available on the UK Sports Radio Network.
The tournament features 12 teams. All four of Tuesday’s tournament games, which match seeds 5-12, will be single elimination. Tuesday’s four winners will join seeds 1-4 for double-elimination play Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s finals are single elimination. The winner of the UK-Alabama game will play regular-season champion Mississippi State on Wednesday.
Kentucky enters the SEC Tournament on a two-game win streak after defeating Missouri in the last two games of the series that ended the regular season. On Friday, senior Dustin Beggs threw eight shutout innings and the Wildcats hung on for a 2-1 victory. On Saturday, senior Kyle Cody threw a complete game and struck out nine batters in a 7-2 win over the Tigers.