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May 21, 2014

Hoover: Day Two Updates

HOOVER, Ala. As No. 15 South Carolina and No. 18 Mississippi State warm up for their Wednesday night game at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, here's a look at how the rest of the bracket has shaped up in day two of the SEC Tournament.

Kentucky 4, Florida 2. Unranked Kentucky continued to swing a hot bat Wednesday afternoon at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, scoring two runs in the first and third innings and holding on the rest of the way to earn a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Florida - the SEC Tournament's No. 1 seed - in the double-elimination round.

Winners of four of their last five games, the 9th-seeded Wildcats (34-22) will move on to the winners bracket, while Florida (37-20) falls to the losers bracket and will play in a win-or-go-home game Thursday.

Kyle Cody (4-0) earned the win on the mound for Kentucky, pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. The sophomore right-hander struck out four batters. Kentucky junior right-hander Chandler Shepherd came on for the final 3 2/3 innings to earn his first save of the season. Shepherd walked two batters and surrendered two hits, but kept the Gators off the scoreboard.

Florida starter Logan Shore (7-3) suffered the loss, allowing all four of Kentucky's runs off of six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings pitched.

Neither team will know their next opponent until after South Carolina's game against Mississippi State Wednesday night. The Wildcats will face the winner of that game at roughly 7:30 p.m. CT Thursday, while the Gators will play the loser in the 12:30 p.m. CT game Thursday.

LSU 11, Vanderbilt 1. No. 14 LSU advanced to the winners bracket of the SEC Tournament with an 11-1 drubbing of No. 19 Vanderbilt. The 3rd-seeded Tigers pounded out 15 hits before the game was called with two outs remaining in the bottom of the seventh inning because of the SEC Tournament's 10-run mercy rule.

Freshman left-hander Jared Poche (9-3) earned the win on the mound for the Tigers, tossing all seven innings and surrendering one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out three. Vanderbilt junior left-hander Jared Miller (6-2) suffered the loss, allowing four runs (all earned) on five hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.

LSU moved to 41-14-1 with the victory, while the 6th-seeded Commodores fell to 41-17. The Tigers will face Arkansas at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, while Vanderbilt will play Ole Miss in a do-or-die game at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

That shapes up favorably for the Gamecocks, who are competing with Vanderbilt and Ole Miss this week for a national seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Arkansas 2, Ole Miss 1. The 7th-seeded Razorbacks continued their SEC Tournament run Wednesday afternoon, pushing past No. 10 Ole Miss 2-1 to reach the winners bracket. Arkansas (37-21) plated runs in the first and sixth innings and got a strong day on the mound from its three pitchers to upset the 2nd-seeded Rebels (40-17) and earn a matchup with LSU at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Junior right-hander Chris Oliver (8-4) got the win in 6 1/3 innings of work for Arkansas, surrendering one run on four hits and two walks. Junior right-hander Jacob Stone came on to secure the final five outs for his second save of the season.

Ole Miss starter Chris Ellis (9-1) suffered his first loss of the season, giving up both of Arkansas runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings pitched. The Rebels will play Vanderbilt in a do-or-die game at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.


(All times Central)

Tuesday, May 20
Game 1 Vanderbilt 3, Tennessee 2.
Game 2 Arkansas 4, Texas A&M 0.
Game 3 Kentucky 7, Alabama 1.
Game 4 Mississippi State 5, Georgia 4.

Wednesday, May 21
Game 5 LSU 11, Vanderbilt 1.
Game 6 Arkansas 2, Ole Miss 1.
Game 7 Kentucky 4, Florida 2.
Game 8 TBD South Carolina vs. Mississippi State [CSS]

Thursday, May 22
Game 9 9:30 a.m. Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss [SPSO]
Game 10 TBD Florida vs. Loser Game 8 [SPSO]
Game 11 4:30 p.m. LSU vs. Arkansas [CSS]
Game 12 TBD Kentucky vs. Winner Game 8 [CSS]

Friday, May 23
Game 13 3:00 p.m. Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11 [CSS]
Game 14 TBD Winner Game 10 vs. Loser 12 [CSS]

Saturday, May 24
Game 15 Noon Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 11 [ESPNEWS]
Game 16 TBD Winner Game 14 vs. Winner Game 12 [ESPNEWS]

Sunday, May 25
Game 17 3:30 p.m. Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16 [ESPN2]

[SPSO] - SportSouth; [CSS] - Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast;
All games available in HD and on WatchESPN and/or ESPN3

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