By The Associated Press
HOOVER, Ala. — Mike Mayers gave up just one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings to lead Ole Miss past Kentucky 4-1 in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Tuesday.
Mayers (5-5) scattered six hits and walked one while striking out four. Tanner Bailey threw a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season.
Ole Miss jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning on Andrew Mistone’s sacrifice fly that scored Austin Anderson. The Rebels broke the game open with two runs in the sixth after run-scoring singles by Auston Bousfield and Will Allen.
Kentucky had eight hits, but only one for extra bases. Jerad Grundy (6-6) took the loss, giving up four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Ole Miss (37-20) advances to face Arkansas in the second round on Wednesday. Kentucky (30-25) was eliminated under the tournament’s new single-elimination format in the opening round.
No. 6 Ole Miss 4, No. 11 Kentucky 1
No. 7 Alabama vs. No. 10 Auburn, next
No. 8 Florida vs. No. 9 Texas A&M, 4:30 p.m.
No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Missouri, TBD