Bat Cats Get Miss State, Again

Reported by: Dan Rieffer
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Updated: 5/26/2012 12:25 am
Kentucky will play Mississippi State for the fifth time in ten days when the two meet Saturday in the SEC tournament semifinals.

HOOVER, Al. - Kentucky will face Mississippi State in Saturday's SEC tournament semifinals at 1 PM ET at Regions Park in Hoover, AL.

Miss State rallied from a 3-0, eighth-inning deficit to beat the tourney's top seed, LSU, 4-3 on a walk-off single in the tenth.

Kentucky was swept by Mississippi State in Starkville to end the regular season. UK got some payback Thursday with a 5-1 win over the Dogs to advance to the semis.

The tourney has been double elimination through its first four days, but it's single elimination the rest of the way.

Even though UK has not lost and has already beaten MSU, the Cats would be out of the tourney should the Bulldogs win Saturday.

The advantage for UK, the No. 4 seed, will be its rest. Kentucky has played two games and had two days off.

Mississippi State will be playing its fifth game in five days.

So far, Kentucky has used four pitchers, who've combined to allow one run in 18 innings.

Miss State has used 11 different pitchers, who've made a total of 17 appearances in 36 innings over the last four days, allowing 11 runs.

Kentucky will send Corey Littrell to the mound against the Dogs. The only blemish on Littrell's 8-1 record came to Mississippi State last Saturday in the final game of the regular season.

That loss completed the Bulldogs' three-game sweep of the Cats.

That loss also kept Kentucky from claiming a share of only its second SEC regular season title.

Instead, LSU took the crown and the Cats wound up fourth.

Kentucky will be the home team when Littrell looks for redemption against the Dogs.

Mississippi State head coach (and former UK head coach) John Cohen said Friday night that he was still unsure who'd pitch for his team.

Cohen is the coach responsible for Kentucky's only SEC regular season title, which came in 2006.
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