Georgia and South Carolina wrapped up series wins on Friday night. Georgia blanked Texas A&M 3-0 at Foley Field in Athens, while South Carolina posed a 6-2 series-clinching win over Tennessee. Georgia (21-6, 7-1 SEC) has won nine straight and 14 of 15 games. The Bulldogs are off to their best start in SEC play since 2002. South Carolina had lost 10 straight SEC series dating back to the 2017 season. The Gamecocks last three SEC series wins have come against Tennessee (2) and Alabama.
Alabama snapped a 7-game losing streak with a 4-2 home win over Kentucky. Joe Breaux went 2-for-4 with one run scored, one double, one triple and one RBI. He collected and RBI triple and scored a run in the Tide’s 2-run second inning. Cobie Vance singled and scored on Chandler Avant’s ground out in the third inning. Vance added an RBI single in the eighth inning.
Auburn right-hander Casey Mize closed out an eye-popping month of March for the Tigers. Mize posted a 4-1 record and 1.50 ERA in five starts this month. He recorded 54 strikeouts and one walk in 36 innings this month. He has not issued a walk since March 3. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, March 30)”
Cal State Fullerton right-hander Colton Eastman threw the fifth no-hitter in school history with a 3-0 win at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday. Eastman logged the first no-hitter by the Titans since 2014 and the first no-hitter in school history on the road. The previous four no-hitters came at Goodwin Field on the Fullerton campus. UCSB was no-hit for the first time since 1967.
Eastman’s no-hitter was the 17th Division I no-hitter this season, the most in NCAA history since aluminum bats were introduced in 1974. It was the second no-hitter in as many days as Lehigh no-hit St. Peter’s in a 14-0 win on Wednesday. Peter Woltersdorf (6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HBP) and Matt Svanson (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K) combined on the no-hitter against the Peacocks.
Eastman Tosses 17th No-Hitter of D-1 Season
Arkansas’ Jordan McFarland hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning to lift Arkansas to a 6-4 series-opening win over Ole Miss in Oxford. Arkansas (19-7, 5-2 SEC) moved into sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division with the win. Ole Miss (23-4, 4-3 SEC) remains one game back of the Razorbacks.
Georgia scored all 11 runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings en route to an 11-5 home win over Texas A&M. Michael Curry finished hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the fifth inning.
South Carolina took a no-hitter into seventh inning in its 6-1 win over Tennessee. Evan Russell broke up the no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning.
Here are Thursday’s SEC baseball recaps. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Thursday, March 28)”
Several marquee games headline Tuesday’s non-conference action.
The headliner was No. 2 Florida and No. 5 Florida State at The Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville. The Gators got a dominant pitching performance and Austin Langworthy drove in the game’s only run with a fourth-inning single as the Gators beat the Seminoles for the seventh straight time.
Florida freshman Jack Leftwich shined in just his third career start and picked up the win. He did not allow a hit through the first five innings and struck out five. Freshman Jordan Butler bridged the gap with two scoreless innings before handing the ball to junior closer Michael Byrne. Byrne tied the UF career record by picking up his 25th career save, pitching two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
On the other side, FSU starter Andrew Karp pitched eight strong innings in the loss. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, March 27)”
Georgia and Vanderbilt sit atop the SEC standings with identical 5-1 conference records. Georgia the early surprise of the SEC swept South Carolina and is off to its best 6-game SEC start since 2002. The Bulldogs completed their first home SEC series sweep since 2012 (Auburn). Georgia has won five straight SEC series dating back to last season.
Vanderbilt took two of three at home from LSU. The series finale was 1-0 pitcher’s duel between a pair of dominant freshmen. Mason Hickman (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) out-dueled Ma’Kahil Hillard (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) in the 7-inning game. Phillip Clarke score the only run in the first inning when he singled, stole second, move to third on fly ball and scored on passed ball.
Nelson Maldonado hit a game-winning two-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the Gators to a series-clinching win over Arkansas.
Arkansas and Ole Miss are tied for first place in the SEC Western Division with 4-2 league records. Nine teams are .500 or better in SEC play after two weekends. Five teams have losing records, with Alabama, Miss. State and South Carolina all sitting at 1-5 in SEC play.
Tennessee got a pair of 7-inning complete games from Garrett Stallings and Will Neely in the double header sweep of Alabama in Knoxville. Tennessee leads the SEC with five complete games this season. The rest of the league has only three CGs and two of those came from Hickman and Hillard on Sunday. Auburn’s Casey Mize has the other when he no-hit Northeastern on March 9. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, March 25)”
St. Peter’s was swept in a double header by Manhattan, 15-5 and 2-0.
The Peacocks (0-11) have now lost 50 consecutive games dating back to the 2016 season. It’s the longest losing skid in college baseball history.
The longest losing streak in Division I FBS history is 34 games by Northwestern (1979-82). The longest losing streak in college football history is 80 games by Division I FCS member, Prairie View A&M (1989-98). The longest losing streak on NCAA Division I basketball history is 41 games by the Towson State (2011-12).
St. Peter’s Drops Saturday Double Header
Manhattan Opens MAAC Play with Sweep of St. Peter’s
The weather affected three games across the SEC on Saturday, setting up two double headers and the completion of a suspended game on Sunday.
Auburn and Kentucky were rained out in Lexington, forcing a pair of 7-jnning games on Sunday. Alabama and Tennessee were also rained out in Knoxville and the two teams will play a pair of 7-inning games on Sunday.
LSU was leading Vanderbilt 6-2 in the game was suspended with two outs in the eighth inning. The teams will resume the game on Sunday at 10 a.m. and play the regularly scheduled game at Noon (CT) on ESPN2. The series finale will now be seven innings, according to SEC Baseball rules. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 24)”