SEC Baseball Recaps (May 6)

Not much has changed in SEC baseball over the last three days; six teams are within 1.5 games of first place with seven conference games remaining.

Miss. State posted a huge road series win at Texas A&M and takes over sole possession of first place in the SEC standings with a 16-8 record.  Florida and Kentucky are tied atop the SEC Eastern Division and are both one game back of the Bulldogs. Arkansas, Auburn and LSU are all 14-9 in league play and 1.5 games behind MSU.

Alabama made the most noise on Saturday by winning both games of double header at arch-rival Auburn. The Crimson Tide posted 4-3 and 7-6 wins and doubled in SEC win total (from 2 wins to 4 wins) in a span of seven hours.  Alabama has six straight series wins over Auburn and won six straight games at Plainsman Park.  Alabama had two wins over Auburn on the same day for the first time since May 7, 1983, when UA won 9-1 and 7-4 in Auburn.

Missouri snapped a 13-game SEC regular-season losing streak to Vanderbilt in its 12-inning win over the Commodores on Saturday. Florida overcame a 4-0 deficit to take the series with Ole Miss, 7-4. LSU and Kentucky both evened their weekend series with wins on Saturday.

Here is the latest news and notes from Saturday’s SEC baseball action. 

Alabama 7, Auburn 6 (Game 2)
Alabama leads series, 2-0
Alabama six straight series wins over Auburn
Alabama six straight wins at Plainsman Park
Alabama 9-1 in last 10 SEC games with Auburn
Alabama 2 wins over Auburn on same day since May 7, 1983 (W, 9-1; W, 7-4 at Auburn)
Alabama doubled in SEC win total in seven hours on Saturday (4-19 SEC)
David Vanier recorded two saves in double header sweep
AU left tying and winning run on base in ninth inning
Kyle Kaufman 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI
Dylan Ingram and Josh Anthony: 5-for-10, 5 R, 2 HR, 2 RBIs
Alabama improves to 17-29; 4-19 SEC
Auburn falls to 32-16; 14-9 SEC
Game 3 on Sunday at 4 p.m. (CT) on SEC Network

Alabama 4, Auburn 3 (Game 1)
Alabama snaps 13-game SEC losing streak
Chandler Taylor 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Alabama turned three double plays
Jake Walters picks up fifth win of season

LSU 5, South Carolina 2
Series tied, 1-1
Cole Freeman and Zach Watson accounted for all five runs
Freeman 2-for-4, R 3B, 2 RBI; go-ahead 2-run triple in fifth inning
Watson 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 RBI; singled and scored in fifth; 2-run single in sixth inning
Jared Poche’ seven innings; career-high walks
Jonah Bride 2-for-4, 2 R for Gamecocks; scored both runs in loss
LSU improves to 31-16; 14-9 SEC
South Carolina drops to 27-18, 11-12 SEC
Game 3 on Saturday at 2 p.m. (CT) on ESPN

Kentucky 7, Georgia 4
Series tied, 1-1
UK scored four times in third inning; led 5-0 after four inning
Troy Squires 2-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI; 3-run double in fourth inning; RBI double in seventh
Zach Logue career-high 11 strikeouts for UK
Mitchell Webb solo home run in fifth inning (Georgia’s first hit of game)
Tucker Maxwell 3-run home run in seventh inning
Kentucky improves to 32-15; 15-8 SEC
Georgia drops to 18-29; 6-17 SEC
Game 3 on Sunday at Noon (CT)

Florida 7, Ole Miss 4
Florida leads series, 2-0
Florida has won eight straight games
Florida scored seven unanswered runs to claim series
Ole Miss led 4-0 heading into bottom of fifth inning
JJ Schwarz 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI for the Gators
He stroked 2-run double in eighth inning to give UF 6-4 lead
Mark Kolozsvary 3-for-4, R, 2 2B
Michael Byrne collects 12th save for the Gators
Tim Rowe 2-run double in first inning for Ole Miss
Florida improves to 34-13; 15-8 SEC
Ole Miss falls to 29-19; 11-12 SEC
Game 3 on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT) on SEC Network

Miss. State 4, Texas A&M 3
Miss. State wins series, 2-1
MSU scored three runs in seventh inning to take series
Josh Lovelady 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI
Tanner Poole 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Poole game-tying RBI single in seventh inning
Lovelady scored winning run on wild pitch
Joel Davis and Blake Kopetsky both homered for the Aggies
Stepen Kolek fans 11 batters in no-decision for Aggies
Riley Self retired 10 of the 11 batters he faced for fifth win
MSU improves to 32-17; 16-8 SEC
Texas A&M falls to 34-15; 14-10 SEC

Missouri 2, Vanderbilt 1 (12 Innings)
Series tied, 1-1
Missouri snaps 13-game regular-season losing streak to Vandy
Robbie Glendinning game-winning RBI single in 12th inning
Jason Delay game-tying sacrifice fly in ninth inning
Brian Sharp sacrifice fly in fifth inning gave Mizzou 1-0 lead
Kyle Wright and Tanner Houck battle in classic pitcher’s duel
Wright records 13 strikeouts (9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K) in no-decision
Houck adds nine strikeouts (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K) in no-decision
Missouri improves to 29-19; 9-14 SEC
Vanderbilt falls to 28-18; 11-11 SEC
Game 3 on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT)

Arkansas 2, Tennessee 0 (Game 2)
The two split rain-shortened series
Trevor Stephan complete-game, one hitter with 11 strikeouts
Stephen 0 runs allowed in last 12 innings; retired 36 of 42 hitters
Dominic Fletcher solo home run in fifth inning
Eric Cole RBI single in seventh inning
Luc Lipcius had the Vols lone hit (leadoff single in second inning)
Arkansas improves to 35-13; 14-9 SEC
Tennessee falls to 24-19; 7-15 SEC

Tennessee 5, Arkansas 4 (Game 1)
Completion of suspended game
Game was suspended in the second inning on Thursday (Arkansas led 1-0)
Matt Waldren and Pete Derkay score tying and winning run on error in sixth inning
Derkay 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, BB
Jeff Moberg 2-run double in second inning
Dominic Fletcher’s solo HR gave Arkansas 4-3 lead in sixth inning
Tennessee bullpen retires seven of eight batters to preserve the win






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