SEC Weekend Previews (April 13-16)

The SEC baseball schedule has reached the midway points this weekend.

Auburn (25-10, 8-4 SEC), Arkansas (26-8, 8-4 SEC) and Miss. State (23-12, 8-4 SEC) are in a three-way tie for first place in the SEC Western Division. Kentucky (23-11, 8-4 SEC) lead the SEC Eastern Division through four weekends of conference play. A total of 10 SEC teams are within two games of first place in the conference standings.

Five of the seven series begin tonight as teams adjusted their schedules for Easter weekend.  Florida opens a pivotal three-game series at Vanderbilt tonight at 8 p.m. (CT) on EPSNU.  Ole Miss plays a crucial three-game set at LSU beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m. (CT).

Florida (22-11, 6-6 SEC) at Vanderbilt (21-13, 6-6 SEC)
Series begins Thursday at 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU
Florida, Vanderbilt and Missouri all tied with 6-6 SEC records
Florida has won five of last seven series, including two straight from Vandy
Florida is last in the league with a .246 batting average
Florida is second in the league with 3.07 ERA
Florida is second in the league with .979 fielding percentage
Vanderbilt is 11th in the league with .271 batting average
Vanderbilt is sixth in the league with 3.28 ERA
Vanderbilt is ninth in the league with .973 fielding percentage
VU sophomore Julian Infante ranks seventh in league with .356 average; riding 9-game hitting streak

Ole Miss (21-12, 6-6 SEC) at LSU (23-11, 7-5 SEC)
Series begins Thursday
Ole Miss has not won series in Baton Rouge since 1982
LSU has won 18 straight home series with Ole Miss
Ole Miss won 2-of-3 last year to snap LSU 5 series winning streak
Ole Miss ranks 13th in the league with a .246 batting average
Ole Miss has scored the fewest runs (149) in SEC this season
Ole Miss leads SEC with 2.72 ERA; ranks second in SEC with six shutouts
Ole Miss is 11th in the league with .972 fielding percentage
LSU ranks third in SEC with .296 batting average
LSU ranks eighth in the league with 3.67 ERA
LSU leads SEC with .980 fielding percentage
LSU senior Cole Freeman ranks ninth in SEC with .350 batting average
LSU senior Jared Poche’ ranks 10th in SEC with 2.32 ERA

Texas A&M (23-11, 5-7 SEC) at Alabama (4-19, 2-10 SEC)
Series begins Thursday
Teams have split two series since the Aggies joined SEC in 2013
Texas A&M has never won a game in Tuscaloosa (0-2 all-time)
Alabama hosted A&M in 2015 at Hoover Met (stadium renovations)
Alabama SS Chandler Avant suffered season-ending injury (broken ankle) last year at Texas A&M
Texas A&M ranks sixth in the league with a .287 batting average
The Aggies lead the SEC with 16 triples
Texas A&M ranks ninth in SEC with 3.66 ERA
Texas A&M ranks 7th in the league with .975 fielding percentage
Alabama has lost 9 of last 11 games; 4-game SEC losing streak
Alabama ranks 10th in SEC with .273 batting average
Alabama ranks 11th in the league with 4.01 ERA
Alabama ranks fifth in SEC with .975 fielding percentage
Alabama leads SEC with 37 double plays turned
Texas A&M Braden Shewmake leads all SEC freshman with .359 batting average (ranks 5th overall in SEC)

Auburn (25-10, 8-4 SEC at Tennessee (17-13, 3-9 SEC)
Series begins Thursday
Auburn has dominated the series with Tennessee
AU has won three straight series; 6 of 7 (since 2008) and 16 of 19 overall
Auburn ranks eighth in the league with a .282 batting average
Auburn ranks 10th in SEC with 3.88 ERA
Auburn ranks tied for 8th in the league with .973 fielding percentage
Tennessee ranks seventh in the league with a .287 batting average
Tennessee ranks 12th in SEC with 4.20 ERA
Tennessee ranks tied for 8th in the league with .973 fielding percentage
Tennessee has two of SEC’s Top 10 Hitters: Jordan Rodgers (.376; 2nd) and Jeff Moberg(.355; 8th)
Auburn has two of SEC’s Top 4 ERA leaders; Keegan Thompson (1.27; 3rd) and Casey Mize (1.37; 4th)

Georgia (15-19, 4-8 SEC) at Arkansas (26-8, 8-4 SEC)
Series begins Thursday
Arkansas has won three straight series with Georgia
Georgia has only two series wins all-time in Fayetteville (2006 and 2008)
Georgia ranks 12th in the league with a .262 batting average
Georgia ranks last in the SEC in ERA and fielding percentage
Georgia is last in SEC with 4.51 ERA
Georgia is last in the league with a .954 fielding percentage
Georgia leads the league with 59 errors in 34 games
Arkansas ranks fifth in the league with a .293 batting average
The Razorbacks lead the SEC with 45 home runs
Arkansas ranks sixth in SEC with 3.40 ERA
Arkansas ranks fourth in the league with .978 fielding percentage
Sophomore Grant Koch ranks fourth in SEC with 9 HRs
Junior Carson Shaddy ranks sixth in SEC with 7 HRs
Arkansas sophomore RHP Blaine Knight ranks seventh in SEC with 1.94 ERA

Miss. State (23-12, 8-4 SEC) at South Carolina (21-11, 7-5 SEC)
Series begins on Friday
South Carolina has won eight of the last 11 series
South Carolina has won 6 straight series in Columbia (8 of 9 since 1995)
MSU has not won series in Columbia since 2008
MSU ranks second in SEC with .299 batting average
MSU ranks next-to-last in the SEC with 4.41 ERA
MSU ranks sixth in SEC with .976 fielding percentage
South Carolina ranks ninth in SEC with .276 batting average
South Carolina ranks fourth in SEC with 3.25 ERA
South Carolina ranks second in SEC with .979 fielding percentage
MSU junior Brent Rooker leads SEC in average (.450), home runs (15) and RBIs (56)Rooker is the reigning SEC Player of Week (three-time winner this season)
South Carolina junior Clarke Schmidt ranks second in SEC with 1.15 ERA (tops among starting pitchers)

Kentucky (23-11, 8-4 SEC) at Missouri (25-9, 6-6 SEC)
Series begins on Friday
Teams have split four series since Mizzou joined SEC in 2013
UK has won last two series with Mizzou
UK leads SEC with .311 batting average
UK also leads SEC in on-base (.416), slugging (.481), runs scored (263), hits (356) and doubles (87)
UK ranks seventh in SEC with 3.44 ERA
UK ranks 12th in SEC with .968 fielding percentage (39 errors)
Mizzou ranks fifth in SEC with .288 batting average
Mizzou ranks third in SEC with 3.11 ERA
Mizzou is next-to-last in SEC with .963 fielding percentage
Mizzou ranks second in league with 51 errors
Mizzou freshman LHP TJ Sikkema leads SEC with 0.64 ERA

 

 

 

 

 

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