SEC Baseball Tournament 2012: Why the Kentucky Wildcats Will Win Title

Alex Hall@@AlexKHallCorrespondent IIIMay 25, 2012

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photo courtesy of secsportsfan.com

The University of Kentucky is known in the sports world for its consistently contending basketball team, but its baseball team isn't half-bad either.

In fact, the fourth-seeded Wildcats are well on their way to taking home the 2012 SEC Tournament trophy.

The Wildcats have put together an impressive 43-15 season, good for 11th in the nation. And while they may not be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed like LSU and South Carolina are respectively, one could argue UK has been the most impressive of the three in the tournament.

Kentucky has given up just one run through two contests so far in the tournament and scored a combined seven runs against the sixth and seventh seeds in Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Mississippi State had come into its game against UK having won 13 of its last 17 games against SEC foes, only to fall rather easily in a 5-1 loss to the Wildcats.

While there have been no upsets through the first few days of the tournament, Kentucky has a fine chance at persevering as the underdog if and when they meet either the Tigers or Gamecocks on the diamond.

UK starting pitcher Jerad Grundy has already gotten himself off to a fine tournament start, posting a career-high nine strikeouts against Mississippi State through just six innings of work, while the Wildcats have enjoyed offensive bursts from players like Thomas McCarthy.

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McCarthy had four hits against the team's most recent tournament foe, three of which went for doubles.

The Wildcats have never won this many games during their history of competing in the SEC Tournament during the modern era. Kentucky already has made history by making it to the tournament's semifinals, but this squad has bigger accomplishments coming its way sooner rather than later.

While the top-seeded LSU Tigers may very well be waiting for the Wildcats in the semifinals, that shouldn't scare this Kentucky squad that has done everything right so far in this tournament.

Kentucky is holding its opponents to low scores while providing a solid amount of offense with players like Grundy and McCarthy getting hot at the right time. Whoever is waiting for the Wildcats in the semifinals and final rounds, this team is on fire and will surely be crowned champions of this tournament in due time.

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