Missouri and Georgia played in front of 33,025 fans at the first college game at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta on Saturday, April 8. It was the second-highest attended college baseball game in history and the highest-attended SEC game in history. The largest crowd in NCAA history took place on March 11, 2004 when San Diego State posted a 4-0 win over Houston at Petco Park in San Diego. The two teams played in front of an NCAA record 40,106 fans.
The SEC drew 179,813 fans for 21 conference games over the weekend. The teams averaged more than 8,000 fans per game. There were five games in excess of 10,000 fans last weekend. On Saturday, 89,743 fans watched seven SEC games. In addition to the record-setting crowd in Atlanta, Miss. State drew 13,691 for the middle game of Super Bulldog Weekend, Arkansas had 11,827 fans for its game with LSU, and Ole Miss packed in 10,247 for its walk-off win over Alabama.
SEC WEEKEND ATTENDANCE
Missouri at Georgia 36,434
LSU at Arkansas 31,584
Kentucky at Miss. State 31,029
Alabama at Ole Miss 26,300
Vanderbilt at South Carolina 22,328
Auburn at Texas A&M 18,624
Tennessee at Florida 13,514
SATURDAY ATTENDANCE FIGURES
Missouri at Georgia 33,025
Kentucky at Miss. State 13,691
LSU at Arkansas 11,827
Alabama at Ole Miss 10,741
Vanderbilt at South Carolina 8,012
Auburn at Texas A&M 7,165
Tennessee at Florida 5,776
#9 GETS 1,600th WIN
Stanford head coach Mark Marquess notched his 1,600th career win with an 8-4 victory over rival Cal on Tuesday, April 4.
Marquess is the fourth coach in NCAA Division I history to win 1,600 games and the third to do it at one school.
It’s special,” Marquess said, “I’ve been very fortunate to be at one place all this time, which is great. But the coaches don’t play, the players play. I’ve been very fortunate that we’ve had great players come here and I’m very proud of that. It’s really about the players. There are so many that went into those wins, a lot of them sitting in the dugout here. I’m just very blessed, very fortunate.”
The Cardinal scored all eight runs in the fourth inning in the non-conference win. Stanford sent 13 batters to the plate. Freshman Daniel Bakst had two hits in the inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
2017 ALL-MIDSEASON TEAM:
Three SEC players made the 2017 All-Midseason college baseball team, according to Ryan Cooper, of NCAA.com.
LSU pitcher Jared Poche’, Miss. State first baseman Brent Rooker and Vanderbilt center fielder Jaren Kendall were all named to the midseason all-star team.
Poche’ has compiled a 6-1 record and 2.32 ERA in eight starts for the Tigers. He has worked 50.1 innings and allowed 38 hits, 14 runs (13 ER) with 33 strikeouts and 12 walks. He threw a 7-inning no-hitter against Army in his first start of the season on Feb. 18. He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning in his second start against Maryland.
Rooker leads the SEC in virtually every offensive category. Rooker is batting .448 (56-for-125) with 15 home runs and 56 RBIs in 34 games. He has a .548 on-base percentage and 1.008 slugging mark. He also sports a 1.556 OPS, which is 700 points higher than the MLB average.
Kendall has started all 33 games for the Commodores and is batting .309 (43-for-139) with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs. He also had 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts.
COLLEGE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
Alcorn State (7-21, 5-10 SWAC) has lost 11 straight games.
Army (15-17, 6-2 Patriot) and Navy (23-12, 6-2 Patriot) are leading the Patriot League with identical 6-2 records. Navy has won five straight games, including a four-game sweep of Lafayette last weekend.
Central Michigan (17-14, 6-0 MAC) is undefeated in Mid-American Conference play after two weekend sweeps over Miami Ohio and Ohio the last two weekends. The Chippewas have won seven straight games.
Clemson (28-5, 13-2 ACC) owns a 1-game lead over Louisville in the ACC Atlantic Division. The Tigers have won five straight games following a sweep over Virginia Tech.
Georgia State (11-20, 1-11 Sun Belt) enters the week with a 10-game losing streak.
Jacksonville (18-16, 5-1 A-Sun) is tied with Stetson for first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference after two weeks of play. JU has won six straight games, including a 3-game sweep of New Jersey Tech this past weekend.
Jacksonville State head coach Jim Case recorded his 500th career win as the Gamecocks defeated UAB 12-6 on Tuesday, April 4. JSU won the series from previously undefeated Tennessee Tech this weekend. The Gamecocks snapped Tennessee Tech’s 12-game Ohio Valley Conference winning streak with a 7-2 win in the series opener.
Mercer (28-6, 8-1 SoCon) continues to lead the Southern Conference. The Bears have won seven straight games and holds a one-game lead over second-place UNC Greensboro and Western Carolina.
Minnesota (19-8, 6-0 Big Ten) has won 10 straight games and sits atop the Big 10 standings after opening the season with back-to-back sweeps against Ohio State and Michigan State. The Gophers were 9-8 on March 17 and had lost four straight games. UM’s three-game home series with Rutgers this past weekend (April 7-9) was cancelled due to travel problems incurred by the Scarlet Knights. A makeup series has not been announced.
Missouri State (20-6, 6-0 MVC) is undefeated in Missouri Valley Conference play after sweeps over Bradley and Dallas Baptist the last two weekends.
New Jersey Tech (3-25, 0-6 A-Sun) has lost 13 straight games, the second-longest losing streak in the nation.
New Mexico (18-12, 11-2 MWC) had its series at San Jose State interrupted by weather and travel curfew this weekend. UNM dropped the opener 2-1 on Friday, April 7. The teams were rained out on Saturday and Sunday’s finale was called in the ninth inning (game was tied 5-5) due to travel curfew for the Lobos.
North Carolina (26-6, 12-3 ACC) has opened up a four-game lead in the ACC Coastal division following an eight-game winning streak. The Tar Heels have recorded consecutive sweeps over Florida State and Boston College the last two weeks. UNC hosts North Carolina State this weekend.
Oral Roberts (22-9, 11-1 Summit) is well on its way to a 17th consecutive Summit League championship. The Eagles have a four-game lead over second-place South Dakota State in the league standings.
Oregon State (28-1, 12-0 Pac 12) is running away with the Pac 12 Conference race. The Beavers own the nation’s longest winning streak with 22 games. OSU has opened the season with four straight sweeps over Pac 12 foes Arizona State, Arizona, Stanford and Utah. The Beavers kept the streak alive with a 5-4, 16-inning win over the Utes on Saturday. Utah tied the game in the ninth inning and took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 16th inning. Jack Anderson tied the game with an RBI triple in the bottom of the inning and later scored the winning run on sac fly.
Sam Houston State (23-9, 12-0 SLC) has won all 12 Southland Conference games this season. The Bearkats have swept Lamar, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Abilene Christian and Nicholls State the first four weekends of league play.
St. John’s turned a triple play (L7-4-3) in the first inning of Sunday’s 5-1 loss at Creighton.
St. Peters (0-14, 0-6 MAAC) is still the only winless team in college baseball. The Peacocks were outscored 50-5 in a three-game sweep against Rider this past weekend. St. Peters lost the opener 15-1 and suffered a 28-4 loss in game two. Rider completed the sweep with a 7-0 win in the series finale.
Stetson (15-19, 5-1 A-Sun) is tied with Jacksonville for first place in the Atlantic Sun Conference after two weeks of play. The Hatters took two of three from Florida Gulf Coast this past weekend in DeLand. On Sunday, Logan Gilbert fired a 2-hit shutout with 18 strikeouts in the series-clinching win over FGCU. Gilbert retired the first 23 batters before he hit a batter with two outs in the eighth inning. FGCU’s Eli Lovell broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff triple in the ninth inning.
Stony Brook (15-14, 4-2 America East) has won seven straight games following a four-game sweep of Sacred Heart this past weekend.
TCU (26-5, 8-1 Big 12) seems to be hitting its stride after a bumpy seven-game stretch in March. The preseason No. 1 ranked team has reeled off 12 straight wins and leads the Big 12 Conference by two games over second-place Texas Tech and West Virginia. The 12-game winning streak is the second-longest in the nation behind Oregon State.
UConn (19-10, 6-0 America East) leads the American Athletic Conference with a perfect 6-0 record after back-to-back sweeps over East Carolina and Memphis.
Wright State (21-8, 11-1 Horizon League) had its 11-game conference winning streak snapped in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Youngstown State.
Yale (16-12, 7-1 Ivy) leads the Red Rolfe Division in the Ivy League by two games over second-place Dartmouth. Yale has won four straight games.