Cats eliminated from SEC Tournament


Pitcher Justin Lewis delivers a pitch during the game against the Buffalo Bulls at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky. on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff.

Charlee Schaefer

No. 3 seeded UK baseball was eliminated from the SEC Tournament on Friday evening after being upset by the No. 11 seeded South Carolina Gamecocks with a final score of 3-1.

On the mound for the Cats was sophomore right-hander Justin Lewis who went 5.1 innings and allowed only one hit, while recording six strikeouts.

The Gamecocks went with their Saturday night starter Adam Hill who pitched six innings and allowed three hits and one run.

After taking the first game in the double-elimination round against the Gamecocks, the Cats had yet another week riddled with defensive errors and poor base-running. The Cats recorded a total of five errors in the past two games alone.

The Gamecocks took advantage of these defensive errors and scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Cats stranded nine base runners and had two picked off at first base at crucial points in the game.   

Senior left-hander Logan Salow pitched 1.2 innings and allowed one hit which was a three-run home run off the bat of TJ Hopkins, a pinch hitter, after two were on base from errors.

Freshman left-hander Zack Thompson relieved Salow to close out the game, allowing no hits.

The Cats head home and will be anticipating the NCAA draw on Monday with hopes of hosting both regionals and super regionals at Cliff Hagan in the coming weeks.