Alabama baseball beats Kentucky to advance in SEC Tournament as Andrew Pinckney shines

Maxwell Donaldson
The Tuscaloosa News

HOOVER — Alabama baseball will see its postseason last a little longer after a 4-0 win over Kentucky on Tuesday at the Hoover Met.

The 9-seed Crimson Tide will move onto the double-elimination portion of the tournament, guaranteeing Alabama at least two more games. It will face the 1-seed Florida at 4:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday on SEC Network.

Alabama struck first via an Andrew Pinckney two-RBI home run in the fourth inning. Pinckney also brought in the third run on an infield grounder to extend the lead in the sixth. It was Pinckney who started a two-out rally and scored in the eighth as well.

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Andrew Pinckney makes big plays

The first big play by Pinckney was his throw from right to get the runner tagging up to home. The throw itself was perfect, a line drive that hit Mac Gucsette's glove, who got the tag down in time. The throw kept the game scoreless. It was Pinckney who ended up breaking the scoreless tie with a two-RBI home run in the fourth inning. Also in the fourth, he made a sliding grab in foul territory.

Hunter Furtado shines

Alabama didn't turn to a weekend starter, instead giving Furtado his second start of the season. Furtado had not thrown more than five innings all season but threw five scoreless innings in the opener. He had two strikeouts and only allowed two hits and two walks. The performance allowed Alabama to keep its three weekend starters and most of its bullpen rested for the more grueling parts of the week.