Despite some weather delays, the 2022 SEC baseball tournament continued Wednesday with some of the conference's top teams starting their path to a title.
Georgia, South Carolina and Ole Miss were eliminated from contention on Day 1, while Kentucky and Auburn battled for the final spot in the second round on Day 2. The second round also represents the start of double-elimination play, with elite squads such as Tennessee, Texas A&M and Arkansas all looking to make deep runs.
It is enough to set up some high-intensity games between rival teams at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama, though weather cut the slate in half.
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𝗪𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗨𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲<br><br>Game 6 between <a href="https://twitter.com/AggieBaseball?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AggieBaseball</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/GatorsBB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GatorsBB</a> has been postponed until tomorrow at 9:30 AM CT. We're done for the night at the Met.<br><br>🌧 <a href="https://t.co/U0WVz1DJMM">https://t.co/U0WVz1DJMM</a> <a href="https://t.co/t4Pt4Eg8fd">pic.twitter.com/t4Pt4Eg8fd</a>
Here is the latest from Day 2.
2022 SEC Baseball Tournament Results - Wednesday
No. 12 Kentucky def. No. 5 Auburn; 3-1 (1st Round)
No. 11 Alabama def. No. 3 Arkansas; 4-3 (2nd Round)
Full schedule available at SECSports.com.
Day 2 Recap
Alabama 4, Arkansas 3
Another day, another upset for the Crimson Tide.
One day after knocking off No. 6 Georgia, Alabama continued its hot run with a 4-3 win over No. 3 Arkansas.
The Razorbacks aided the Crimson Tide in that effort, as a throwing error in the second inning led to two Alabama runs. Some smart baserunning from Caden Rose also pushed in a run:
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T3 | Hustle play from Caden scores one more of the flyout in foul territory! (📺 <a href="https://t.co/v3Y8ilEq1C">https://t.co/v3Y8ilEq1C</a>)<br><br>3-0 Alabama<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RollTide?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RollTide</a> <a href="https://t.co/7L37z5t8Uk">pic.twitter.com/7L37z5t8Uk</a>
A solo homer from Jalen Battles and a two-run shot from Chris Lanzilli kept things close for Arkansas.
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see yuh 👋<a href="https://twitter.com/RazorbackBSB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RazorbackBSB</a> on the board via a solo shot!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SECBSB?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SECBSB</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SECTourney?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SECTourney</a> <a href="https://t.co/KnwL4hjVvr">pic.twitter.com/KnwL4hjVvr</a>
But Alabama held on, with Alabama's relievers shutting down the door from there. In total, six Crimson Tide pitchers allowed just five hits while striking out nine. And Alabama didn't hurt themselves in the field, avoiding any errors, in contrast to Arkansas' two.
Alabama now awaits the winner of Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt.
Kentucky 3, Auburn 1
Auburn was looking for a top seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Tigers won't even get past the first round in the SEC bracket after an upset loss to 12th-seeded Kentucky.
With the score tied heading into the ninth inning, the Wildcats took the lead thanks to back-to-back home runs from Oraj Anu and Adam Fogel:
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ANU game!<br><br>Cats go BACK-TO-BACK AND BELLY-TO-BELLY as <a href="https://twitter.com/OrajAnu_Bb?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OrajAnu_Bb</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/adamfogel55?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@adamfogel55</a> answer with solo homers!<br><br>3-1 UK, T9. <a href="https://t.co/IW8CLnTMcN">pic.twitter.com/IW8CLnTMcN</a>
Auburn couldn't even things up despite getting its first two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth.
Pitcher Sean Harney was the big story for Kentucky, shutting out Auburn for seven innings.
He might have been able to keep mowing down opposing batters, but a freak injury knocked him out of the game.
Auburn couldn't get any runs against Harney, but it scored just one inning later against the Kentucky bullpen. Sonny DiChiara hit a bomb to left field to tie the game 1-1.
Kentucky rebounded, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth before holding on in the bottom of the inning.
It sets up a second-round game against LSU scheduled for Thursday.
Auburn will hope to regroup in the NCAA tournament, although the draw could be more difficult after the latest loss.