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South Carolina pinch hit home run eliminates Kentucky from SEC Tourney

Justin Lewis (Source: Butch Dill/UK Athletics) Justin Lewis (Source: Butch Dill/UK Athletics)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Sophomore right-hander Justin Lewis took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and did not allow a run in his 5.1 innings, but no run support was to be found as the No. 8 Wildcats fell 3-1 to South Carolina.

A walk and an error put two runners on base for the Gamecocks in the seventh, when TJ Hopkins came in to pinch hit for catcher Hunter Taylor. Hopkins hit a three-run homer to left off senior LHP Logan Salow, and sealed Kentucky's fate.

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The Cats are now 22-34 all-time in the SEC Tournament.

Kentucky (39-20) will now head back to Lexington to await its NCAA Tournament draw on Monday. They're expected to host a regional.

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