SEC Baseball Recaps

Florida and LSU both picked up wins on Saturday and in the process earned a share of the 2017 SEC Championship. Florida rallied for a 6-4 win over Kentucky to clinch at least a share of the title. LSU waited out a three-hour and five-minute rain delay and completed a three-game sweep at Miss. State with an 11-7 win. The Tigers will share the league crown with the Gators.

LSU has captured a conference-leading 17 SEC Championships after winning its second league title in the last three years. LSU clinched the 2015 SEC Championship at Founders Park in Columbia, S.C.  LSU has also won 19 SEC Western Division titles.

Florida won its 14 SEC Championship, second only to LSU in league history.  The Gators own an SEC-best 23 SEC Eastern Division titles.

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

LSU 11, Miss. State 7
LSU wins series, 3-0
LSU 2017 SEC Co-Champions
LSU 2017 SEC Western Division Champions
LSU 11-1 in last 12 SEC games
Cole Freeman 3-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, SAC (reached base 5 times)
Beau Jordan 2-run home run
Caleb Gilbert (win) and Hunter Newman retired 11 of 12 hitters (6 K)
MSU pitchers issued 27 walks and 4 HBPs in series
Brent Rooker 3-for-4, R, 2B, RBI (set MSU single season record with 28 doubles)

Florida 6, Kentucky 4
Florida win series tied, 2-1
Florida 2017 SEC Co-Champions
Florida 2017 SEC Western Division Champions
Florida 16-3 in last 19 SEC games (5-6 in SEC on April 9)
Nelson Maldonado go-ahead 3-run home run (4 RBI total)
Jackson Kowar is 10-0 on the mound (6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 4 K)

Ole Miss 8, Auburn 4
Auburn wins series, 2-1
Ole Miss salvages series finale
Tate Blackman 4-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI
Nick Fortes 3-for-5, 2 RBI
Ryan Olenek 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Will Stokes (win) retired 13 of 14 hitters
Jonah Todd 3-for-4, 2 R, 3B for the Tigers

Arkansas 8, Texas A&M 0
Arkansas wins series, 2-1
Blaine Knight (win) and Kevin Kopps (save) combine on 5-hit shutout
Knight six scoreless innings
Chad Spanberger 2 solo home runs
Dominic Fletcher 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI
Arkansas scored in five different innings
Nick Choruby 2-for-4 for the Aggies

South Carolina 10, Georgia 0
Georgia wins series, 2-1
South Carolina salvages series finale
Gamecocks scored in six straight innings
Georgia made four errors
Four SC pitchers combine on 3-hit shutout
Jonah Bride 3-for-5, 3 R
Carlos Cortes and Danny Blair 2 hits each

Missouri 8, Tennessee 2
Missouri wins series, 3-0
Missouri snaps tie with 4-run sixth inning
Kirby McGuire game-winning single in sixth inning
Brett Bond 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI
Chris Cornelius 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI
Tennessee scored both runs in first inning
UT managed 2 runs and 11 hits in series
UT held scoreless in 26 of 27 innings

Vanderbilt 3, Alabama 3 (TIE)
Vanderbilt wins series, 2-0-1
Game called after eight innings due to rain and lightning
First tie in SEC game since 2014 (Georgia at LSU)
Vandy’s first tie since 1993 (VU 4, Kentucky 4)
Alabama’s first tie since 1980 (UA 6, Ole Miss 6)
Alabama and Vandy played to 2-2 tie in 16 innings in 1893
Jeren Kendall scored tying run in eighth inning on Davis Vainer balk
Alabama finishes with 24 SEC losses, tied for most in league history

 

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