On a beautiful Tuesday night in Hoover, Alabama, it was the Alabama Crimson Tide as the 9th seed taking on the 8th seeded Kentucky Wildcats in a heart-pounding matchup between two baseball teams with legitimate National Championship hopes. In the game between Alabama and Kentucky, NCAA Tournament seeding would be up for grabs as D1 Baseball has both are currently listed as Regional Hosts with the potential to be a top-eight seed in the upcoming 2023 NCAA Tournament. Given Kentucky took two out of three from the Crimson Tide in late March, still, Alabama has battled through and created an opportunity to be in a position to compete with Kentucky in the postseason for seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
Deadlocked through three complete innings, Alabama jumped ahead in the top half of the 4th inning behind an Andrew Pinckney two-run home run to deep right field to give the Crimson Tide an early 2-0 lead over Kentucky. Alabama and Kentucky would go scoreless in the 5th inning setting, the 6th inning frame for the Crimson Tide. In the top half of the 6th inning, Alabama would secure a few base runners with no outs and would plate Tommy Seidl off an errant fielding error from the Kentucky defensive unit, making it 3-0 Crimson Tide at the end of the top half of the 6th inning. Alabama would add an insurance run in the top half of the 8th inning when Ed Johnson drilled a base hit, scoring Andrew Pinckney to make it 4-0 Crimson Tide.
Alabama held Kentucky scoreless behind an impressive pitching outing from the Alabama pitching staff. Hunter Furtado started on Tuesday night, going five complete innings without giving up a run and holding Kentucky to two hits on two strikeouts. Kade Woods would come in to pitch in the bottom half of the 6th inning, giving up two hits on zero runs.
On the offensive side of the diamond tonight, Kentucky kept leaving runners on base, failing to bring them across the plate for needed runs. Kentucky had every chance on Tuesday night to beat Alabama, but the Wildcats could never close the door and take advantage of the given scoring opportunities.
With the loss, Kentucky will still host an NCAA Tournament Regional at Kentucky Proud Park but hopes for a top-eight seed have all but slipped away for the Wildcats. Kentucky will await the pod on Monday as Selection Monday rolls around in Bluegrass.
With the win over Kentucky on Tuesday night, Alabama has advanced to play the Florida Gators on Wednesday evening. Alabama has also strengthened the case for the Crimson Tide to earn the honor of being a top-eight seed in the 2023 NCAA Tournament.