Hello there, BBN! Today we’re going to take a look at the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team, who are on the ropes with only seven games left. Too many losses could knock them out of the NCAA Tournament picture, while big series win opportunities against Vanderbilt and South Carolina are also up for grabs.
Let’s break the matchups down.
May 14, 15, 16: South Carolina Gamecocks
The ‘Cats get the Gamecocks at home, but this is not an easy opponent. South Carolina is ranked #25 right now and it will take everything Kentucky has to get a series win. It’ll be tough to get in the tournament without one.
May 18: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
The final regular season home game at Kentucky Proud Park is an easy one, though of course that means if they lose it’ll be devastating to their tourney hopes. Plus, this is baseball, so upsets are far more common (upsets are rarest in football, then basketball, then baseball). The last time Kentucky played a mid-major opponent, Eastern Kentucky, they had to rally from a large deficit to win the game. Hopefully they are ready and can send the seniors out with a win in the final regular season home game.
May 20, 21, 22: @ Vanderbilt Commodores
These games will be rough. Vanderbilt is ranked #2 in the nation, and this series is on the road. Not an ideal way to end the season. On the other hand, if the ‘Cats get even one win against the Commodores in this killer series, they can really boost their tourney hopes.
If the ‘Cats are going to get in the NCAA Tournament, they probably need to win 3 or 4 of these games, preferably 4. The South Carolina series is a big one for sure, and even one win against Vandy would go a long way. Wins in the SEC Tournament would also help. We’ll see what happens.