SEC Baseball Recaps (May 18)

Kentucky, Florida and LSU are all tied first place in the SEC standings with two games remaining in the regular season. All three teams have identical 19-9 records with two games remaining. Kentucky pounded out 20 hits en route to a 12-4 win over Florida on Thursday. LSU rode the pitching of ace RHP Alex Lange to a 3-1 win at Miss. State.

LSU can clinch the SEC Western Division championship with one more win over MSU. LSU can clinch the overall SEC Championship with two more wins over MSU and a split of the final two games between Kentucky and Florida. Miss. State can still obtain a share of the SEC Western Division title with two wins over LSU and one loss by Arkansas.  The Razorbacks are still mathematically alive in the SEC Western Division race. Arkansas can clinch the West with two more wins at Texas A&M and two wins by MSU over LSU.

Kentucky and Vanderbilt posted lopsided wins on Thursday. UK pounded out 20 hits in its 12-4 win over Florida in Gainesville.  Tristan Pompey blasted a fourth-inning grand slam to give UK a 4-3 lead. The Cats then cruised from there. Seven UK players recorded multi-hit games, including three hits from Evan White, Riley Mahan, Kyle Cottam and Marcus Carson. Vanderbilt steam rolled Alabama 18-1 in Nashville. The Commodores scored five runs in the first inning and added eight runs in the fourth. Six Commodores collected at least two RBIs in the win. Jason Delay led the way with four RBIs.

Thursday night was also filled with dominant pitching performances from Auburn’s Keegan Thompson, Georgia’s Andrew Gist, LSU’s Alex Lange, Missouri’s TJ Sikkema and Vanderbilt’s Patrick Raby.

Thompson hurled six no-hit innings in the win over Ole Miss. The game was interrupted in the seventh inning by a weather delay. Gist held South Carolina scoreless on one hit through six innings. He allowed one run on three hits in eight innings as Georgia clinched a berth in the SEC Tournament. Lange allowed a leadoff home run to Ryan Gridley but settled down and punched out 11 in the win over Miss. State.  Sikkema hurled a complete-game, four-hitter in the 5-0 win at Tennessee. Raby logged seven scoreless innings in the win over Alabama.

Kentucky’s Tristan Pompey and Missouri’s Matt Berler both hit grand slams on Thursday.

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

Kentucky 12, Florida 4
Kentucky leads series, 1-0
UK rallied from 3-0 second inning deficit
Kentucky pounded out 20 hits
UK has scored 28 runs in its last two SEC road openers at South Carolina and Florida
UF RHP Alex Faedo allowed seven runs and 13 hits
Seven UK players recorded two or more hits
UK RF Tristan Pompey hits go-ahead grand slam in fourth inning
Evan White, Riley Mahan, Kyle Cottam and Marcus Carson all had three hits
Kentucky improves to 38-16, 19-9 SEC
Florida drops to 38-15; 19-9 SEC
Game 2 on Friday at 7 p.m. (ET) on SEC Network

LSU 3, Miss. State 1
LSU leads series, 1-0
Alex Lange records fourth double digit strikeout game (11 K) of season
MSU 0-for-7, 5 K with RISP
MSU 0-for-3, 2 K with bases loaded
LSU opponents are 0-for-17, 12 K with bases loaded vs. Lange this season
LSU scored two runs in fourth inning
Nick Coomes RBI single; Josh Smith sacrifice fly
Zach Watson sac fly in eighth inning for LSU
MSU Ryan Gridley led off game with solo home run
LSU can clinch SEC Western Division championship with one more win
MSU has lost 6 of 9 SEC games
LSU improves 37-17, 19-9 SEC
Miss. State drops to 33-20, 17-11 SEC
Game 2 on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CT)

Arkansas 6, Texas A&M 4 (10)
Arkansas leads series, 1-0
Seven of the 10 runs came off home runs
Four of six runs came off home runs for Arkansas
Chad Spanberger game-winning 2-run HR in 10th inning
Texas A&M scored two runs in ninth to force extra innings
Jorge Gutierrez game-tying sac fly in ninth inning
Jax Biggers go-ahead 2-run HR for Arkansas in eighth inning
Braden Shewmake go-ahead 3-run HR for Texas A&M in third inning
Trevor Stephan records 11 Ks in 7.2 IP (33 K n last 21.2 IP)
Arkansas moves into second place in SEC West
Arkansas improves to 38-14, 17-10 SEC
Texas A&M drops to 35-19, 15-13 SEC
Game 2 on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (CT)

Georgia 6, South Carolina 3
Georgia leads series, 1-0
Georgia clinches SEC Tournament berth
South Carolina losing SEC record for second time in three years
Georgia scored four runs in second inning
Cam Shepherd 3-for-5, 2B, RBI
Tucker Bradley 2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI
Andrew Gist limits Gamecocks to one run on three hits through seven innings
South Carolina managed only one hit through six innings
Alex Destino 2-run double in ninth inning
Georgia improves to 24-30, 10-18 SEC
South Carolina falls to 31-22, 12-6 SEC
Game 2 on Friday at 7 p.m. (ET)

Missouri 5, Tennessee 0
Missouri leads series, 1-0
TJ Sikkema fires complete-game, 4-hit shutout (7 K)
Tennessee eliminated from SEC Tournament contention
Matt Berler fourth inning grand slam gave Mizzou 4-0 lead
Mizzou Brett Bond breaks up perfect game with leadoff single in fifth
UT RHP Hunter Martin retired first 12 batters before running into trouble in fifth
Missouri improves to 33-21, 12-16 SEC
Tennessee falls to 27-23, 7-19 SEC
Game 2 on Friday at 6 p.m. (ET)

Auburn 4, Ole Miss 1
Auburn leads series, 1-0
Keegan Thomson and Cole Lipscomb threw seven no-hit innings
Tim Rowe breaks up no-hitter with leadoff double in eighth inning
Keegan Thompson fires six no-hit innings (8 K, 2 BB)
He left the game after lengthy weather delay in top of seventh inning
Daniel Robert 2-run HR in three-run fourth inning
Ole Miss avoids shutout with one run in ninth inning (Colby Bortles sac fly)
Auburn improves to 33-21, 15-13 SEC
Ole Miss falls to 31-23, 13-15 SEC
Game 2 on Friday at 6 p.m.

Vanderbilt 18, Alabama 1
Vanderbilt leads series, 1-0

Seven Vandy players with 2 or more hits
Six Vandy players with 2 or more RBIs
Five Vandy players with 2 or more runs
Vanderbilt 5 runs in first; 8 runs in fourth; 4 runs in seventh
Jason Delay 3-for-4, R, 2B, 4 RBI
Patrick Raby seven scoreless innings
Chandler Avant solo HR in eighth inning
Alabama 33 losses; one shy of tying school record for most losses
Alabama 2 losses shy of worst 30-game record in SEC history
Vanderbilt improves to 32-21, 14-13 SEC
Alabama falls to 19-33, 5-23 SEC
Game 2 on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT)

 

 

 

 

 

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