The Kentucky baseball team had a rough weekend in Knoxville as they lost the series 2-1. The only game they were able to take was Game 2 on Saturday, when Zack Thompson returned to the mound for the first time since his injury.
Since the Cats dropped two of three, where does that put them in the SEC race for Hoover Alabama?
The worst two teams in the conference fail to make the SEC Tournament. With that being said, the Cats currently sit in 4th place in the SEC East and have a 11-13 record in SEC play.
As they stand today, Missouri and Alabama are the teams that would fail to make the conference tournament. However, Kentucky only has a two-game cushion on Missouri, who is 9-15 in the SEC.
Missouri doesn’t have an easy weekend coming up however as they must travel to face South Carolina who is 22-9 this season at home and 13-11 in SEC play. So, maybe South Carolina will help us out and take that series with the Tigers.
While Kentucky is in a place where they control their own postseason fate, they only have two SEC series remaining and can’t afford to come up short in them like they did this weekend.
This week, the Cats have a midweek game against Indiana in Bloomington before they return home for what will be the last SEC home series in the beloved Cliff Hagan Stadium against Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs, like Kentucky, are 11-13 in the SEC but they have a five-game lead over last place Alabama, so their situation isn’t as serious as the Cats’ is, but they still wont want to lose a series.
Then Kentucky will wrap up the season with a trip to Nashville to face the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vanderbilt is also 11-13 in the SEC, but Kentucky has the tiebreaker. So, when Kentucky rolls into town on May 17th, both these teams could potentially have a lot on the line and it could be a crucial series for them.
If the Cats can pull it together when it matters most, they won’t have any problems making to the SEC Tournament and would have a good shot at competing for the SEC Tournament championship.