Kentucky will likely have their season end the same way as 2015. The BatCats lost in the first round of the SEC Tournament for the second straight season with a 5-2 defeat against Alabama. UK never led as Alabama jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Evan White’s solo home run and Riley Mahan’s RBI double cut the lead to one, but Will Haynie’s two run bomb in the 9th ended all hope for UK.
Zach Logue pitched well in 5.2 innings for the Cats. The sophomore allowed two earned runs and three total in the third inning. An error by Mahan and some infield confusion led to a bases loaded jam with one out. Logue walked in a run before Hunter Webb drove two runs home on an RBI single to center. Nick Eicholtz would not need anything else on the mound. Eicholtz allowed two runs on three hits in 6.2 innings for the Tide. He held Kentucky’s offense at bay outside of White’s homer and a small rally in the 7th. Dorian Hairston walked and advanced to second before Mahan doubled down the line to score him.
Eicholtz was pulled in the 7th and Matt Foster entered. Foster and Thomas Burrows shut down UK’s offense for the remainder of the way. Haynie destroyed all hope with a monster home run ball to left field in the top of the ninth. It was the only blimish on a great performance by Zach Pop. Both Logue and Pop competed well in the biggest games of their young careers.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 25, 2016
The loss will likely end Kentucky’s chances of making the field of 64. Kentucky is now 32-25 (15-16) on the season and will have an RPI around 60 after tonight. Their are many questions moving forward about returning players and coaches, but don’t make any assumptions at this point. Aaron Fitt answered questions about coaching positions at UK and he was spot on. It’s always tough to lose the first game of the conference tournament, especially when a team has as many errors as they had hits in a loss.