SEC Baseball Recaps (May 7)

One weekend in the SEC can make or break a season. Several teams found out this weekend that the SEC is still among the elite in college baseball from top to bottom.

Florida has reeled off nine straight wins, including back-to-back sweeps of Georgia and Ole Miss, to move into a first-place tie with Miss. State in the SEC standings. The Gators and Bulldogs are 16-8 SEC play heading into the final two weekends.

Kentucky, who dropped a home series to Georgia this weekend, falls to second place in the SEC Eastern Division, one game behind the Gators.  Kentucky and LSU are tied for third in the overall standings with a 15-9 league mark.

Arkansas (14-9 SEC) is third in the SEC West and fifth in the overall standings.

Auburn took the biggest hit this weekend after being swept at home by last-place and rival Alabama.  The Tigers entered the weekend in a three-way tie for first place with MSU and Kentucky. After three losses to Alabama, Auburn is now tied for fourth place in the SEC West and sixth place in the overall race with Texas A&M.  The Aggies won two of three from the Tigers in College Station on April 7-9.

Vanderbilt (12-11 SEC) would be eighth, while Ole Miss (11-13 SEC) and South Carolina are tied for ninth place in the overall standings.  The Rebels and Gamecocks do not play one another this season. Missouri (9-15 SEC) and Tennessee (7-15 SEC) would hold down the final two spots in the SEC Tournament.  Georgia (7-17 SEC) and Alabama (5-19 SEC) would be left out of the SEC Tournament field.

Alabama defeated Auburn 11-9 in 15 innings on Sunday in a game that lasted six hours and 36 minutes. The teams used 44 players and threw a combined 567 pitches in the marathon game.  Alabama held the lead after the fourth, seventh, 10th, 11th and 13th innings, but Auburn answered every time.  Alabama scored two runs in the top of the 15th inning on Sam Finnerty’s RBI single and Connor Short’s sacrifice fly. Auburn had two base runners in the bottom of the frame but did not score against Garrett Suchey, who got Dylan Ingram to fly out to end the game.

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

Alabama 11, Auburn 9 (15)
Alabama sweeps series, 3-0
Alabama second straight sweep at Plainsman Park
Alabama has seven straight wins at Plainsman Park
Alabama 10-1 in last 11 SEC games with Auburn
Alabama three wins on weekend; only 2 SEC wins in first seven weeks
Auburn falls from first to seventh in SEC standings after three losses to Alabama
Six different players had seven or more at-bats in the game
AU 2B Jay Estes led the way with nine at-bats
UA LF/RHP Sam Finnerty led the Tide with eight at-bats
Alabama used eight pitchers; Sonny Potter collects first career win
Auburn used nine pitchers; Kevin Davis made first appearance since 2015
A total of 17 different players had at least one hit
A total of 13 different players scored at least one run
A total of 12 different players had at least one RBI
UA OF Chandler Taylor homered in all three games
Alabama (16) and Auburn (22) left 38 runners on base
Alabama improves to 18-29; 5-19 SEC
Auburn falls to 32-17; 14-10 SEC

LSU 7, South Carolina 6 (10)
LSU win series, 2-1
LSU LF Antoine Duplantis delivers walk-off single in bottom of 10th inning
LSU first walk-off win this season
LSU tied game with controversial run in eighth inning
Zach Watson reached on 2-out infield single that scored Josh Smith (TV replay showed Watson was out at first base)
South Carolina assistant coach Sammy Esposito ejected after play by HP umpire Christopher Griffith
Both teams scored in ninth inning sending game to extra innings
Duplantis 5-for-6, 2B, RBI in the win for the Tigers
Duplantis had OF assist as he threw out potential go-ahead run in 10th inning
LSU RF Greg Deichmann 3-for-5, 2 RBI
South Carolina CF TJ Hopkins 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B
South Carolina DH Alex Destino go-ahead 3-run HR in fifth inning
South Carolina RF Jacob Olson had OF assist as he threw out potential tying run in fifth inning
LSU improves to 32-16; 15-9 SEC
South Carolina drops to 27-19, 11-13 SEC

Georgia 6, Kentucky 3
Georgia wins series, 2-1
Georgia’s second SEC series win (at Tennessee; at Kentucky)
Georgia uses 5-run eighth inning for series win
UGa 3B Mitchell Webb belts eighth inning grand slam
UGa DH Michael Curry 3-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB
UGa 2B LJ Talley solo HR in second inning
UK 1B Evan White 3-for-4, R, 2B, K
UGa P Kevin Smith (7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) picks up third win
Georgia improves to 19-29; 7-17 SEC
Kentucky falls to 32-16; 15-9 SEC

Florida 6, Ole Miss 4
Florida sweeps series, 3-0
Florida has won nine straight games
Florida has swept last two SEC opponents (Georgia and Ole Miss)
Florida scored 24 runs in 3-game series; UF entered series 13th in average; Ole Miss first in ERA
UF Ryan Larson and 3B Jonathan India with solo home runs
UF RHP Jackson Kowar is SEC tri-leader with 8 wins on the mound
Michael Byrne collects 13th save for the Gators
Florida improves to 35-13; 16-8 SEC
Ole Miss falls to 29-20; 11-13 SEC

Vanderbilt 14, Missouri 5
Vanderbilt wins series, 2-1
Commodores score multiple runs in four different innings
Vandy collects 15 hits in series finale
VU Julian Infante 3-for-5, R, 3 2B, 7 RBI
The 7 RBI are most by VU player since 2006
VU P Zach King retired 16 of 17 batters faced (8 K) for the win in relief
Mizzou used 8 pitchers in the loss
MU C Brett Bond 2-for-3, 3 RBI in loss
Vanderbilt improves to 29-18; 12-11 SEC
Missouri falls to 29-20; 9-15 SEC

SEC Schedule (May 11-14)
Auburn at LSU (Thursday-Saturday)
Florida at Alabama
Vanderbilt at Arkansas
Miss. State at Georgia
Tennessee at Kentucky
Texas A&M at Ole Miss
South Carolina at Missouri

SEC Schedule (May 18-20)
Alabama at Vanderbilt
Arkansas at Texas A&M
Ole Miss at Auburn
Kentucky at Florida
Georgia at South Carolina
LSU at Miss. State
Missouri at Tennessee




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