HOOVER, Ala. — Daniel Robert and Jackson Burgreen each had three hits, and Cole Lipscomb pitched 7.2 strong innings to lead Auburn to a 6-3 win over Kentucky on Tuesday night in the single elimination first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Tigers (35-22) will face regular-season champion LSU (46-9) on Wednesday. Lipscomb (8-2) allowed two runs on four hits while striking out nine. He didn’t issue a walk.
Tom Ka’ai led off the seventh inning with a home run for Kentucky (30-25) and had two RBIs.
Burgreen had a two-run triple in the fourth for Auburn. He and Robert both drove in two runs.
Auburn is playing in its first SEC tournament since 2013 and had lost five of its past seven games.
Kentucky scored two runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Ka’ai and Kyle Barrett. Ka’ai had three hits.
Alabama 6, Ole Miss 1: Geoffrey Bramlett pitched a complete game and struck out 10 to lead Alabama.
The Crimson Tide (31-26) plays Texas A&M on Wednesday, when the tournament moves to a double-elimination format. Ole Miss (30-26) was knocked out.
Bramlett (8-3) allowed nine hits, all singles, and didn’t walk anybody. Alabama gave him all the cushion he needed with a four-run seventh inning, including Casey Hughston’s RBI double. Hughston had two hits and drove in two runs.
JC Wilhite and Mikey White also had two hits for the Tide.
Ole Miss had four players with two hits each — Errol Robinson, Will Golsan, Kyle Watson and J.B. Woodman.
Robinson drove in the Rebels’ lone run with a single in the fifth.
Scott Weathersby (4-2) absorbed the loss after giving up three runs in six innings.
Arkansas 2, Tennessee 1: Michael Bernal’s ninth-inning double scored the winning run to lead Arkansas.
Arkansas (34-20) advanced to face fourth-seeded Florida on Wednesday, when the tournament’s format switches to double elimination. Tennessee (24-26) was eliminated.
Arkansas needed a two-out rally in the ninth to win. After the first two Razorbacks were retired, a Rick Nomura single, followed by Bernal’s double to left field ended the game.
Trey Killian started on the mound for the Razorbacks, giving up just one run over 7.2 innings. Zach Jackson (5-0) earned the win, throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Tennessee swept Mississippi State last weekend to earn the final spot in the SEC tournament but managed just four hits against the Razorbacks.
Missouri 5, South Carolina 1: Reggie McClain threw seven impressive innings to lead Missouri.
The seventh-seeded Tigers (30-26) face No. 2 Vanderbilt on Wednesday when the tournament moves to a double-elimination format. South Carolina (32-25) is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in 16 years.
Missouri jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and had 11 hits. Trey Harris led the Tigers with three hits. McClain (7-7) gave up just one run on six hits while striking out four.
Brecklin Williams threw two scoreless innings for his 13th save.
South Carolina’s Jack Wynkoop (8-5) gave up four runs in seven innings. Gene Cone had two hits.