SEC Baseball Recaps (April 20)

Alex Faedo and Michael Byrne combine on 3-hit shutout in the Gators 1-0 win over South Carolina; Miss. State bullpen logs 3.1 scoreless innings in win over Alabama; the latest news and notes from Thursday’s SEC games. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (April 20)”

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SEC Baseball Week 6 Preview

The second half of the SEC baseball schedule began Thursday night as Florida hosted South Carolina and Miss. State hosting Alabama. The other five series begin today.

South Carolina and Florida is the marquee series in the SEC Eastern Division this weekend. The Gators were the preseason favorite, along with LSU, to win the 2017 SEC Championship. Florida was the preseason favorite to win the SEC Eastern Division championship, while South Carolina was picked second in the division.

The marquee series in the league this weekend is SEC Western Division leader Arkansas at Auburn. Neither team qualified for the SEC Tournament last year, and both teams were picked near the bottom of the standings this year. Arkansas was tabbed fifth in the SEC Western Division, while Auburn (tied with Alabama) was picked sixth in the division.

SEC Eastern Division leader Kentucky hosts LSU in another headline series this weekend in the SEC.

The weekend has also seen a couple of schedule changes.  Due to impending weather, LSU and Kentucky, and Alabama and Miss. State will play double headers on Friday. LSU and UK will being at 2 p.m. (ET) with game two starting one hour following the conclusion on game one.  Alabama and Miss. State will play two, nine-inning games beginning at 4 p.m. (CT). Continue reading “SEC Baseball Week 6 Preview”

SEC Midseason Report; National Notes

SEC MIDSEASON REPORT CARD:
The second half of the SEC baseball schedule begins this weekend. The first half had many compelling story lines and the second half should be just as entertaining.

The SEC has 10 teams in the Top 40 of the latest NCAA RPI rankings. Seven teams are in the Top 25. Kentucky is the only SEC team with a Top 10 RPI. http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/baseball/d1/rpi

Arkansas (29-8, 11-4 SEC), Auburn (27-11, 10-5 SEC), Kentucky (25-12, 10-5 SEC) and Miss. State (25-13, 10-5 SEC) appear to be the midseason favorites to host NCAA Regionals. LSU (25-12, 9-6 SEC), Florida (24-12, 8-7 SEC), South Carolina (22-13, 8-7 SEC) are certainly in the mix for host sites.

The SEC had an NCAA record four national seeds and seven NCAA hosts sites in 2016. Continue reading “SEC Midseason Report; National Notes”

BIG 12 COUNTRY, BREAKFAST AND BASEBALL

My work with ESPN, SEC Network and FOX Sports calls for a lot of time on the road. My first road trip of the 2017 college baseball season covered seven games in nine days in four different cities.

The trip began on Friday, March 24 as I headed to Big 12 Country for an early season showdown between Oklahoma State and TCU at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth. OSU and TCU (along with Texas Tech) were among three Big 12 teams in the 2016 College World Series. Both teams were one win away from all-Big 12 championship series in Omaha.  Oklahoma State lost back-to-back games to Arizona and TCU dropped two straight to eventual national champion Coastal Carolina.

The weekend series did not have quite the same magnitude but it was still an important early season test. TCU was still trying to find its way on offense, while Oklahoma State was battling some serious injuries with its pitching staff. Continue reading “BIG 12 COUNTRY, BREAKFAST AND BASEBALL”

SEC Baseball Recaps (April 16)

The Easter Sunday SEC baseball schedule featured only two games and both were 6-1 decisions in the city of Columbia; Kentucky picked up a series win with a 6-1 victory at Missouri; South Carolina avoided a series sweep with a 6-1 home win over Mississippi State; the latest news and notes from Sunday’s SEC games. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (April 16)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (April 15)

Trey Harris belts three home runs as Mizzou evens series with Kentucky; Wildcats and Tigers combine for 9 home runs on a breezy night in CoMo; Gators hammer Commodores with 20-run outburst in Nashville; Davis Daniel hurls eight scoreless innings as Tigers take series on Rocky Top; Texas A&M sweeps Alabama; Aggies are 8-2 in last 10 SEC games (started 0-5 in SEC play); Arkansas sweeps Georgia; Chad Spanberger stays hot for the Hogs; LSU protects home turf; Tigers have won 19 straight home series with Rebels; Miss. State wins first two games at South Carolina; MSU 10-1 in last 11 SEC games after being swept to open season at Arkansas;; the latest news and notes from Saturday’s SEC games. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (April 15)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (April 14)

Tennessee and Arkansas post walk-off wins; all was Wright in Nashville as Commodores even series with Gators;  Jason Delay scores both runs in Vandy’s 2-0 win; Ole Miss uses long ball to even series at LSU; Colby Bortles and Nick Fortes hit back-to-back home runs in fourth inning; Brent Rooker hits solo home run in first inning; has homered in all five SEC series; South Carolina 0-3 in SEC home openers this season; all the news and notes from Friday night in SEC. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (April 14)”