After taking down the Crimson Tide of Alabama yesterday, the Cats continued their hot streak by upsetting the SEC regular season champion Florida Gators 4-2 in the first round of double-elimination in the SEC Tournament down in Hoover.
The ninth-seeded boys in blue were able to do the one thing that they needed to do right off the bat, which was to get the offense clicking. The Cats were able to take an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first after scored runs from both Austin Cousino and Max Kuhn. Then in the top of the third, Kuhn smacked an absolute gem over the left field wall to score himself and Cousino off of a two-run homer. Kentucky’s (soon to be) Player of the Year A.J. Reed went 1-for-4 on the day, which included a deep double off the center field wall that easily would’ve cleared any other ballparks fence.
Sophomore right-hander Kyle Cody on the other hand improved his record to 4-0 in his first start post-injury. Cody worked five innings, allowing only two runs off of four hits while also walking only one and striking out four Gators. Junior right-hander Chandler Shepherd then came in for the last three innings to stymie the few last-ditch efforts the Florida ball club tried to string together. The Big Shep allowed only two hits, while walking two and striking out three to help the Cats beat the Gators for an unprecedented third time this season (something no other SEC team has been able to do on the year).
Because of the win, Kentucky will stay in the winners bracket and will play either Mississippi State or South Carolina tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. on CSS & WatchESPN as you can see below: