SEC Baseball Recaps

Florida, LSU and Kentucky enter the final day of the regular season with a chance to win the 2017 SEC Championship.

LSU clinched the SEC Western Division championship with an 11-5 win at Miss. State on Friday. LSU has won 19 SEC Western Division championships. It is the Tigers fourth division title in the last six years.

Florida has clinched at least a share of the SEC Eastern Division with its 14-3 win over Kentucky on Friday. The Gators have an SEC-record 23 Eastern Division titles.

The path to the SEC Championship is simple.  LSU wins a share of the title with a win at Miss. State.  Florida wins a share of the title with a win over Kentucky. The Wildcats can gain a piece of the trophy with a win at Florida and an LSU loss at Miss. State, creating a three-way tie for first place.

SEC Championship Scenarios
LSU

SEC Outright Champion with win at Miss. State AND Kentucky win at Florida
Share of SEC Championship with win over Miss. State

Florida
SEC Outright Champion with win over Kentucky AND LSU loss at Miss. State
Share of SEC Championship with win over Kentucky AND LSU win at MSU

Kentucky
Share of SEC Championship with win over Florida AND LSU loss at MSU

One the flip side, Alabama can set the all-time SEC with its 25th SEC loss on Saturday at Vanderbilt. With a loss, the Crimson Tide would finish 5-25, the worst 30-game record in conference history. Alabama would also finish the season with 35 losses, tying the 1994 team (21-35) for the most losses in school history. The Crimson Tide would finish with less than 20 wins for the first time since 1980 (18-28).

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

LSU 11, Miss. State 5
LSU wins series, 2-0
LSU clinches 2017 SEC Western Division championship
LSU has won 19 SEC Western Division titles (4th in last 6 years)
LSU wins outright SEC Championship with win and UK win on Saturday
LSU scored eight runs in 5-6-7 innings
LSU 3-4-5 Hitters: 1-for-9, R, 7 RBI, 7 BB
Kramer Robertson 3-for-5, 3 R, RBI, BB
Michael Papierski 2-for-4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI
MSU pitchers issue 11 walks and 2 hit batters
MSU Ryan Gridley, Brent Rooker and Jake Mangum 7-for-15
Rest of Team: 3-for-22
LSU 10-1 in last 11 SEC games
MSU 3-7 in last 10 SEC games
LSU improves 38-17, 20-9 SEC
Miss. State drops to 33-21, 17-12 SEC
Game 3 on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU

Florida 14, Kentucky 3
Series tied, 1-1
Teams have traded lopsided wins
Florida clinches share of SEC Eastern Division championship
Gators win outright division title with win on Saturday
Kentucky wins share of SEC Eastern Division championship with win on Saturday
Florida scored 11 runs in 2-3-4-5 innings
UF C Mark Kolozsvary and 2B Deacon Liput combined for 9 RBIs
Kolozsvary 3-for-4, 3 R, HR, 5 RBI
Liput 1-for-3, 2B, 4 RBI
UF RHP Brady Singer took no-hitter into sixth inning
Singer (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) records seventh win
Dalton Guthrie and Jonathan India 3 hits each
UK Kole Cottam 2-run HR in seventh inning
Florida drops to 39-15; 20-9 SEC
Kentucky falls to 38-17, 19-10 SEC
Game 3 on Saturday at 1 p.m. (ET)

Auburn 9, Ole Miss 1
Auburn wins series, 2-0
Auburn has outscored Ole Miss 13-2 in first two games
AU DH Conor Davis 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI; 2-run double in fifth inning
AU CF Jonah Todd 2-for-4, 2 R
AU 3B Josh Anthony 2-run single in first inning
Ole Miss 2B Tate Blackman RBI single in seventh inning
Auburn improves to 34-21, 16-13 SEC
Ole Miss falls to 31-24, 13-16 SEC
Game 3 on Saturday at 1 p.m. (CT)

Texas A&M 5, Arkansas 2
Series tied, 1-1
Corbin Martin dominates on mound with 12 Ks
Martin (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) picks up sixth win
Hunter Coleman 3-run HR in the Aggies four-run third inning
Coleman, Blake Kopetsky and George Janca all had 2 hits
Jared Gates RBI single in third inning gave UA 1-0 lead
Chad Spanberger RBI double in seventh inning
Texas A&M improves to 36-19, 16-13 SEC
Arkansas falls to 38-15, 17-11 SEC
Game 3 on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT) on SEC Network

Georgia 5, South Carolina 4
Georgia wins series, 2-0
Georgia third straight series win
Georgia 6-2 in last 8 SEC games (5-16 in first 21 games)
South Carolina lost eight straight SEC series
South Carolina SEC losing record for second time in three years
South Carolina ties school record for most SEC losses (1996, 1997 and 2015)
Keegan McGovern 3-run double in fifth inning (4 RBI total)
SC TJ Hopkins 2-run single in second inning
Georgia improves to 25-30, 11-18 SEC
South Carolina falls to 31-23, 12-17 SEC
Game 3 on Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET) on SEC Network

Missouri 2, Tennessee 0
Missouri wins series, 2-0
Missouri has posted back-to-back shutouts
Tigers have outscored Vols 7-0 in series
Missouri 13 SEC wins (second most in school history)
Cole Bartlett complete-game 1-hit shutout
Bartlett allowed one-out single to Justin Ammons in first inning
He closed with 8.2 no-hit innings against the Vols
Kirby McGuire 2-run HR in second inning
Tennessee is 5-for-57 (.088) in series
Missouri improves to 34-21, 13-16 SEC
Tennessee falls to 27-24, 7-20 SEC
Game 3 on Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET)

Vanderbilt 13, Alabama 1
Vanderbilt wins series, 2-0
Vanderbilt has outscored Alabama 31-2 in series
Vanderbilt scored 8 runs in first inning
Vandy outscored Alabama 13-0 in first inning in series
Alabama ties all-time SEC record with 24 losses
UA one loss away from worst 30-game record in league history
Alabama 34 losses; second most in school history
VU CF Jeren Kendall 3-for-5, 2 R, 3B, HR, 5 RBI
Kendall 2-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI in first inning (3-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI in series in first inning)
VU 3B Will Toffey 4-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 RBI
VU RHP Kyle Wright 11 Ks
Chandler Avant and Chandler Taylor 2 hits each
Vanderbilt improves to 33-21, 15-13 SEC
Alabama falls to 19-34, 5-24 SEC
Game 3 on Saturday at 1 p.m. (CT)

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