Kyle Cody tosses complete-game gem on Senior Day for Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky needed a strong outing from starter Kyle Cody on Saturday in the regular-season finale against Missouri.

The right-hander delivered in a big way on Senior Day at Cliff Hagan Stadium, tossing his first career complete game to lead the Wildcats to a 7-2 victory over the Tigers in what may have been a "must-win" game for UK's NCAA Tournament resume.

Many national analysts had the Cats tabbed as a No. 3 regional seed in the tourney provided they won the Missouri series and did not fall below .500 in SEC play. UK (32-24, 15-15 SEC) will advance to face Alabama on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET in the SEC Tournament at Hoover, Ala.

Cody (6-2) allowed just one earned run on eight hits and only one walk while matching his career high with nine strikeouts in a 137-pitch effort. 

Sophomore first baseman Evan White had three hits and three RBI for Kentucky. It was the ninth time this season that White has collected at least three hits in a game, raising his team-leading average to .383. It also extended his hitting streak to 15.

JaVon Shelby, Dorian Hairston, Zach Arnold and Connor Heady also drove in runs for the Cats.

Michael Plassmeyer (4-7) started for Missouri, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on six hits through three innings on the mound.

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