Day 3 at the SEC Championship Tournament got off to an early start with Kentucky finally getting to play their first tourney game due to weather reaking havoc on the tourney’s original schedule. It was a cool damp day at Davis Diamond for the game but the Wildcats lived up to their name as they came out fighting like wildcats and when the dust had settled they had put a 8-0 drubbing on Ole Miss. Autumn Humes got the complete game win in the circle for Kentucky while Brittany Finney took the loss for Ole Miss. Molly Jacobsen and Ava Tillmann also made appearances in the game in relief of Finney.
It looked like it was gonna be a good day for Ole Miss when in their first at bats they had runners on second and third with just one out but then Finney struck out swinging and Horton grounded out ending the inning. In the bottom of the first Kentucky put two runs on the board thanks to a double by Katie Reed followed by a home run from Abbey Cheek giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. Things calmed down from there until Kentucky came to bat in the 3rd inning and added 6 more runs making it a 8-0 game and that’s how it ended in the 5 innings run rule shortened game.
Game two of the day got the semi-finals round started as Florida and Auburn took the field. Kelly Barnhill got the start for Florida while Chardonnay Harris took the ball for Auburn. Lexie Handley entered the game in relief for Auburn in the third inning with Florida having a 3-0 lead. Florida’s three runs came off of Hannah Adams’ bat, first a homerun in the bottom of the first with Kendyl Lindaman on base and then knocking Amanda Lorenz in with a single in the third inning. Barnhill took care of things in the circle and held Auburn off of the scoreboard to get the 3-0 win for Florida. With the win Florida punches its ticket to familiar ground playing in the SEC championship game.
The final semi-final game of the day brought together tourney #1 seed and regular season SEC champion’s Alabama against Kentucky who played earlier in the day defeating Ole Miss. Alabama jumped out to a big 6-0 lead in the second inning. Kentucky chipped away at Alabama’s big lead getting one run in the third, fourth and sixth innings but it wasn’t enough as Alabama got the 6-3 win. Sarah Cornell started for Alabama going six strong innings before Krystal Goodman entered the game in relief. Kentucky went through several pitchers in the game including, Meghan Schorman, Larissa Spellman and Autumn Humes. Alabama now moves on to face Florida on Saturday to see if they can claim both the regular season and tournament SEC championships or if Florida will get in their way.