SEC Baseball Recaps (May 13)

Four series are up for grabs on Sunday as Miss. State-Georgia, Vanderbilt-Arkansas, Missouri-South Carolina and Texas A&M-Ole Miss all play rubber games tomorrow; LSU swept Auburn in Baton Rouge and Florida (at Alabama) and Kentucky (Tennessee) have securer series wins. Auburn has dropped seven straight games and has suffered back-to-back sweeps at the hands of Alabama and LSU to tumble from No. 1 seed to current No. 8 seed at SEC Tournament.

Florida (37-14, 18-8 SEC) is in sole possession of first place in the SEC standings; the Gators hold a one-half game lead over SEC Western Division leader LSU (35-17, 18-9 SEC) and a one-game cushion over Kentucky (35-16. 17-9 SEC) and Miss. State (33-18, 17-9 SEC). All four teams play one another next week to decide the league race. Miss. State hosts LSU and Florida hosts Kentucky in the final weekend of the regular season.

LSU RHP Eric Walker and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Wright flirted with no-hitters on Saturday. Walker no-hit Auburn for 7.2 innings before Sam Gillikin broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out, solo HR in the eighth inning.  Wright took a no-hitter into the sixth inning at Arkansas before Jax Biggers delivered a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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

LSU 9, Auburn 1
LSU wins series, 3-0
LSU outscored Auburn 18-4 in series
LSU RHP Eric Walker took no-hitter into eighth inning
Walker (8 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) picks up sixth win
AU Sam Gillikin breaks up no-hitter with solo HR with 2 outs in eighth inning
LSU CF Zach Watson 3-for-4, R
LSU C Michael Papierski 1-for-1, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, Sac Bunt
Kramer Robrerson, Cole Freeman and Beau Jordan all had 2 RBIs
Auburn riding 7-game losing streak
LSU improves to 35-17, 18-9 SEC
Auburn falls to 32-21, 14-13 SEC

Florida 13, Alabama 6
Florida wins series, 2-0
UF in sole possession of first place in SEC standings
All nine UF starters with at least one run and one hit
Gators scored seven runs in seventh and eighth inning
LF Ryan Larson 2-for-5, R, 2 2B, 4 RBI; 3-run double in eighth inning
C Mark Kolozsvary 3-for-3, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB (reached base 5 times)
JJ Schwarz and Nelson Maldonado 2 hits and 2 RBIs each
Chandler Taylor and Alex Webb hits and 2 RBI each for UA
Florida improves to 37-14; 18-8 SEC
Alabama falls to 19-31; 5-21 SEC
Game 3 on Sunday at 3 p.m. (CT) on SEC Network

Georgia 4, Miss. State
Series tied, 1-1
Georgia moves one game ahead of Tennessee for final SEC Tourney spot with win
MSU one-half game behind LSU for overall lead and SEC Western Division lead
Georgia scored three runs in third inning
Mitchell Webb RBI double; LJ Talley 2-run single accounted for the three runs
Kevin Smith (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K) hurls seven scoreless innings
MSU held to one run and five hits in loss
Georgia improves to 21-30, 8-18 SEC
Miss. State drops to 33-18, 17-9 SEC
Game 3 on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET)

Kentucky 8, Tennessee 3
Kentucky leads series, 2-0
UK belts four home runs in series-clinching win
Kentucky 8 home runs in first two games of series
Evan White 2-for-5, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI (4-for-8, 3 R, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI in series)
Riley Mahan 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI (6-for-8, 5 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI in series)
White and Mahan both hit 2-run HRs in third inning
Chris Machamer (4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) retired all 13 UT batters he faced in relief
Andre Lipcius solo HR in second inning gave UT a 1-0 lead
Kentucky improves to 35-16; 17-9 SEC
Tennessee falls to 26-21; 7-17 SEC
Game 3 on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET)

Vanderbilt 6, Arkansas 2
Series tied, 1-1
Kyle Wright (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K) hurls seven scoreless innings
Wright took no-hitter into sixth inning
Jax Biggers breaks up no-hitter with one-out single in sixth inning
Will Toffey solo HR in fifth inning
Julian Infante 3-run HR in seventh inning
Jason Delay 2-run single in ninth inning
Gran Koch solo HR for Arkansas
Vanderbilt improves to 30-20, 13-12 SEC
Arkansas drops to 36-14; 15-10 SEC
Game 3 on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT)

Ole Miss 6, Texas A&M 4
Series tied, 1-1
Ole Miss scored four runs in eighth inning for win
Grae Kessinger game-winning, two-out double
Kessinger riding 6-game SEC hitting streak
Ole Miss scores two runs on Austin Homan error to tie game at 4-4
A&M 2B Braden Shewmake 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI
Ole Miss improves to 30-21; 12-14 SEC
Texas A&M falls to 35-16, 15-11 SEC
Game 3 on Sunday at Noon (CT) on SEC Network

Missouri 5, South Carolina 3
Series tied, 1-1
Kameron Misner 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
He hit go-ahead solo home run in sixth inning
RHP Tanner Houck (9 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K) complete-game gem for Mizzou
Chris Cornelius 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI
Robbie Glendinning 2-for-4, 2 RBI
Carlos Cortes 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI for the Gamecocks
Missouri improves to 30-21; 10-16 SEC
South Carolina falls to 30-20; 12-14 SEC
Game 3 on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT)





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