It's funny how baseball, a sport with seemingly an endless number of games just to get through a regular season, can all come down to one swing of a bat.
Perhaps that's the case with Kentucky baseball. After falling to EKU last week, the Cats' latest loss to a team with an RPI worse than 200, UK was falling off the NCAA Tournament bubble while Gary Henderson's warm seat was getting a lot warmer.
But on Sunday, senior Dorian Hairston’s walk-off home run in extra innings Sunday gave the Wildcats a series-clinching win over No. 7 South Carolina. UK entered the three-game stint with the Gamecocks losers of three straight league series and 10 of 15 after losing the opener Friday, but claimed the next two over USC to win the series and now are at least back on the tournament bubble.
Tweet(s) of the Day:
When you lock up the No. 2 seed in the #SECSB Tournament. @UKsoftball pic.twitter.com/MUp5tyEonO— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 8, 2016
The man of the hour, #18. pic.twitter.com/vVpS15ddQc— UK Stoops Troops (@UKStoopsTroops) May 8, 2016
DORIAN HAIRSTON GOES DEEP TO RIGHT FIELD WITH THE GAME-WINNING HOME RUN !!! UK WINS 5-4 IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 12TH !!!— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) May 8, 2016
WILDCATS #WALKOFF TO WIN THE SERIES!@UKBaseball upsets No. 7 South Carolina: https://t.co/GLOM3Ey4AV pic.twitter.com/wUbXxOyl9k— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 8, 2016
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