HOOVER, Ala. — Ninth-seeded Kentucky used a strong offensive output from the top of its lineup, leading from start to finish Wednesday in a 4-2 upset of top-seeded Florida in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
The Wildcats (34-22) jumped out early, scoring four runs in the first three innings to take a 4-1 lead. Kyle Cody (4-0) gave up two runs over 5⅓ innings to earn the win while Chandler Shepherd threw 3⅔ scoreless innings of relief for his first save.
Leadoff hitter Austin Cousino scored a pair of runs, while No. 2 hitter Max Kuhn went 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Kentucky will play today against the winner of Wednesday’s late game between South Carolina and Mississippi State. Florida will face the loser of the South Carolina/Mississippi State game today.
Florida (37-20), which had a 21-9 regular-season record in the SEC, managed just six hits. Gators’ ace Logan Shore (7-3) took the loss, giving up four runs in 5⅔ innings.
LOUISIANA STATE 11, VANDERBILT 1
Alex Bregman homered and drove in five runs to lead Louisiana State (41-14-1) over Vanderbilt (41-17).
The Tigers scored three runs in the seventh inning to win via the 10-run mercy rule.
Bregman was 3 for 4 with the three-run homer in the fourth. He also doubled and had a sacrifice.
Jared Poche’ (9-3) allowed five hits in seven innings. Mark Laird and Conner Hale also had three hits each for the Tigers. Laird scored four runs, drove in two, stole two bases and had a double and triple.
LSU outhit Vanderbilt 15-5.
ARKANSAS 2, MISSISSIPPI 1
Chris Oliver allowed only one unearned run in 6⅓ innings to help Arkansas beat Mississippi.
Oliver (8-4) allowed four hits and walked two batters before two relievers finished the win off for the Razorbacks (37-21). The Rebels (40-17) move into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
Michael Gunn worked around two hits in one inning’s work and Jacob Stone allowed a hit in the final 1⅔ innings for a save.
Brian Anderson scored what proved the winning run in the sixth. He singled, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
Pinch-hitter Colby Bortles singled home Sikes Orvis for the Rebels’ only run in the seventh.
Errol Robinson was 2 for 2 with a walk for Ole Miss.
Clark Eagan and Andrew Benintendi both had a pair of hits for Arkansas.