Pinckney’s heroics elevate 9-seed Bama previous 8-seed UK

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Isaiah Houde | SEC Community

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HOOVER, Alabama — A commanding evening on the mound from a trio of pitchers and an unimaginable all-around efficiency by right-fielder Andrew Pinckney led 9-seed Alabama previous 8-seed Kentucky within the win-or-go-home first-round recreation of the SEC Baseball Event on the Hoover Met.

The Tide earned their first shutout win in SEC Event historical past. 

Pitcher Hunter Furtado pitched 5 innings for the primary time in his collegiate profession, permitting solely two hits and two walks whereas placing out two. Kade Woods pitched two good innings and Alton Davis II completed the sport out with a spectacular reduction efficiency. 

Kentucky almost broke the sport open within the backside of the second inning, however Pinckney gunned down UK’s Devin Burkes at residence plate for the ultimate out of the inning. Burkes doubled earlier within the inning and superior to 3rd on a Bama throwing error, and had tried to attain on Reuben Church’s flyout to proper.

The play was shut as Burkes collided with Alabama catcher Mac Guscette who was gradual to stand up. Kentucky challenged the out name but it surely was upheld.

Two innings later, Pinckney snapped the 0-0 tie by launching an extended two-run residence run over the right-field fence, giving Alabama a 2-0 lead.

Pinckney, who was awarded his co-Scholar Athlete of the 12 months award earlier than the sport and in addition was not too long ago named second workforce All-SEC, made a spectacular sliding catch an inning later. 

The Wildcats continued to battle headed into the sixth inning, solely totaling two hits after 5 frames. After holding Kentucky scoreless for the primary half of the sport, Furtado was relieved by Woods. 

Alabama put two batters on base with no outs and none apart from Pinckney stepped as much as the plate, driving in his third RBI and giving his workforce a 3-0 lead. After a stellar seventh inning by Woods on the mound, the Wildcats entered the eighth inning nonetheless scoreless.

Kentucky retired the No. 2 and three batters within the prime of the eighth, however Pinckney constructed on his unimaginable efficiency by drilling a ball down the left line and securing a double — his second hit of the evening. Regardless of having two outs earlier than Pinckney’s at-bat, the Tide put one other runner on base and finally scored Pinckney on a single from Ed James. 

Alabama stored recent arms in rotation by bringing in Davis II within the backside of the eighth to shut the sport out. He did simply that because the Wildcats had been unable to battle again and stop the first-round shutout loss. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

T4 | Tommy Seidl was hit by a pitch to guide off Alabama. One out later, Pinckney homered to proper subject. Alabama 2, Kentucky 0.

T6 | Seidl started the inning with a single up the center. Drew Williamson adopted with a double to left heart, advancing Seidl to 3rd. Pinckney reached base with an error and Seidl scored, whereas Williamson made it to 3rd. Alabama 3, Kentucky 0.

T8 | Pinckney doubled with a shot to heart subject. Colby Shelton was walked on the next at-bat. Johnson singled to proper heart and scored Pinckney. Alabama 4, Kentucky 0. 

UP NEXT

Alabama (39-17) superior to the second spherical in a troublesome matchup in opposition to 1-seed Florida (42-13). First pitch is scheduled for five:30 p.m. Wednesday and the sport shall be televised on SEC Community.

Kentucky (36-18) will await the announcement for the 2023 NCAA Division I baseball match.