Haynie’s homer helps power Alabama past Kentucky, 5-2

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – Will Haynie hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth and Alabama beat Kentucky 5-2 Tuesday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The ninth-seeded Crimson Tide (32-24) faces regular-season champion Mississippi State Wednesday. No. 8 seed Kentucky (32-25) awaits its NCAA regional fate.

Alabama led 3-2 going into the ninth before Chandler Taylor drew a two-out walk and Haynie brought him home with a shot over the left field fence.

The Tide hadn’t scored since a three-run second. Alabama had gotten a bases-loaded walk by Daniel Cucjen and Hunter Webb’s two-run single.

Evan White hit a solo home run in the fourth and Riley Mahan doubled home another run in the seventh for the Wildcats.

Nick Eicholtz (4-3) allowed three hits and two runs in six innings for Alabama. Thomas Burrows retired the final four batters for his 12th save.

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