LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Entering Saturday’s game, the Kentucky baseball team needed a win over No. 19 Auburn in order to make the SEC tournament and avoid falling to the bottom two spots in the conference standings ending their seasons.

If Missouri lost its game against Georgia then the Wildcats would make the tournament no matter the result, but UK took matters into its own hands by grabbing a 6-3 win, punching its ticket to the conference tournament in Hoover, Alabama next week.

“It’s my favorite thing it’s why I coach like if you said to me Nick what’s your favorite thing to do on a baseball field it’s to sit there and watch the players celebrate because it’s about them and man when they show that emotion all that stuff that’s what they do we do this to help develop men win championships and when you get a chance to see them win and celebrate it’s special,” Kentucky head baseball coach Nick Mingione said after the game.

A lightning delay halted the game in the 6th inning but once resumed, the Kentucky bats woke up with five runs in the bottom of the 6th, highlighted by a two-run RBI single from Jacob Plastiak to take a 3-1 lead.

The SEC tournament run for the Wildcats begins on Tuesday with a rematch against Auburn in the opening round in Hoover.