Kentucky baseball team starts SEC tourney play Tuesday

Special to The State Journal Published:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The ninth-seeded Kentucky baseball team will be making its third consecutive trip to the Southeastern Conference Tournament, facing off with No. 19 Alabama, the No. 8 seed, on the opening day of the tournament Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Tuesday’s round is a single-elimination bracket, with the winners advancing to the double-elimination field.

The game will be televised by CSS and ESPN3. The game will also be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network. Fans in Central Kentucky can hear the game live on WLAP 630-AM and online at UKathletics.com.

Kentucky will start junior southpaw A.J. Reed for his second career SEC Tournament start.

Reed, a native of Terre Haute, Ind., owns an SEC-best 10-2 record with a 2.11 ERA in 98 innings, allowing 83 hits and 27 walks, while striking out 66.

With 10 wins, Reed became the fifth player in school history to reach double-digit wins and the first since Greg Dombrowski went 10-2 during UK’s 2006 SEC Championship season.

Individually, UK has also been led by Reed, who came up .0002 percentage points in batting average shy of winning the SEC triple crown in the regular season.

Reed finished with a .359 mark in 54 games, with 14 doubles, one triple, 23 homers and 70 RBI, leading the nation in homers.

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