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Florida Ends Kentucky’s Amazing Run In The SEC Tournament 6-5.

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Kentucky Baseball’s 2014 SEC Tournament run has been quite the Cinderella story, unfortunately though it would seem that the clock has struck midnight on the boy’s in blue. Making it all the way to the semifinals, the Cats were knocked out by the very team they beat back on Wednesday by a score of 6-5 down in Hoover.

Much like their last game against the Gators, the Cats were able to get the scoring going early off of a first inning double by Max Kuhn, which scored Austin Cousino. Then in the second, the Cats would add two more runs via a sac-fly from Cousino, and a bases loaded single from Ka’ai Tom that scored JaVon Shelby. The final runs of the game came in the sixth inning, where a single by Cousino, and yet another double by Max Kuhn scored Barrett and Cousino respectively to give the Cats five runs on their final day in Hoover.

Pitching wise, Gary Henderson & Co. stretched out every bit of life their bullpen had left in it from the brutal tourney schedule. The Cats sent out four different pitchers in the form of Logan Salow (who made his first career start), righty Taylor Martin, righty Andrew Nelson, and finally righty Chandler Shepherd (L 5-4). Salow pitched for 2.1 innings, where he surrendered three hits and two runs (both earned), while walking and striking out one. Martin then came in for relief duties, where he gave up zero hits, but two runs (both earned as well), while walking two and striking out three. After Martin’s service, Nelson was called up to the mound to try to stop the Gators. His stat line read five hits, one run (earned), and no strikes or walks in his inning of service. Gary then finally called for Big Shep to come out and try to bring the magic to the mound that he brought in the Cats victory over the Gators back on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Shepherd would get a rare loss after pitching for 2.2 innings, where he gave up four hits, one run (earned), and a strike-out as well as a walk.

Overall, you have to be proud of how this baseball club had been able to beat three straight ranked SEC opponents to make it to a rare SEC semifinal appearance. For a handful of SEC teams, early exits from the tourney have potentially hurt their seeding in the NCAA Tournament. This will not be the case for Kentucky, as their wins in the SEC tourney should help their seeding once regional tournament sites are announced here soon. Now from what I have been able to gather, Kentucky will most likely find themselves as a 2 seed once it is all announced and official.

Until then though, the baseball writers here at KSR will keep you up to date on what should be a very interesting NCAA Tournament for Gary Henderson and his Kentucky Wildcat baseball club.

Article written by N. Jourdan

14 Comments for Florida Ends Kentucky’s Amazing Run In The SEC Tournament 6-5.



  1. uknbama
    8:27 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    I hate the format that the SEC has for this tourney. It should be single elimination just like the ACC and the SEC softball tournaments. Georgia Tech was in the same position UK was coming into the ACC. They didn’t have to play any of the teams that they had already beaten again to advance to the finals – they’d already beaten them. This is the 2nd time in recent memory that we’ve been undefeated in the tournament and had to play a team we’ve already beaten and yet fall to them somehow the 2nd time.



    • N. Jourdan
      8:29 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

      I totally agree with you on that.



    • ArmyCat
      9:23 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

      I agree with your assessment of the tourney format, but the bottom line is, UK was in position to win and just didn’t get it done.



    • David
      11:35 am May 25, 2014 Permalink

      I agree 100% and was going to write the same thing you said before reading you comment. I can under stand single elimination or double elimination but not a combination of both. Cats should have been playing LSU and then the winner of the loser’s bracket. I see no logic behind this current system at all.



    • uknbama
      5:49 pm May 25, 2014 Permalink

      As a follow up to my post yesterday, GT won the ACC as the 9th seed. Hmmmm… what would have happened if we weren’t put in such a bizarre system where you have to play teams you’ve already defeated twice.



  2. Louisville1Cal6
    8:33 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    Whoever came up with the retarded format for the SEC tourney needs to be beaten severely…



  3. TheDecker
    8:39 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    Agree with everyone above…stupid format. Double elimination until semis, then for some reason single elimination.



  4. Rixter
    9:07 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    Used to be in a double elimination tournament, when you lost to a team from the loser’s bracket, you played them again. Cats lost one game, and were eliminated from a double elimination tournament.
    Scratching my head…..



  5. CPACAT
    9:10 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    If you aren’t watching the girls play softball on ESPNU, you are missing a good one…KY down 2-0 to UCLA; UK had bases loaded, 2 outs, 3-2 count and UK Catcher Joiner hits a GRAND SLAM!!

    Check it out!! Go Kats!



    • DT in DC
      9:57 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

      I’m watching the ladies play, too. So frustrating! UCLA scores 2 on a dropped fly ball to RF and another dropped fly/miscommunication in the field allowed UCLA to put 2 in scoring position with no outs. I hope the ladies don’t lose this on a couple of awful errors!



  6. Rise
    10:05 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    Both men’s and ladies choked.



    • Hmmmm
      11:58 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

      Still beat your asses. #Tran5fer



  7. pj
    11:30 pm May 24, 2014 Permalink

    If u look at the pic a certain way it looks like the guy in the hat has his arms stretched behind his back.



  8. Bigbluenationbigredmachine
    1:46 am May 25, 2014 Permalink

    I seem to remember last time a Uk team went on a Sec Tourney run and fell to Florida we did pretty well in the Ncaa… Hope the BatCats can recreate that.