Super Regional Notebook

The 2017 NCAA Super Regionals begin this weekend. The eight winners of the best-of-three series will advance to the College World Series in Omaha.

SEC TIES RECORD WITH 6 SUPER REGIONAL TEAMS:
The SEC has six teams in the 2017 NCAA Super Regionals, tying its own record for most teams in a Super Regional; Florida, LSU, Vanderbilt, Miss. State, Kentucky and Texas A&M have advanced to this year’s Super Regionals.

The SEC also had six Super Regional teams in 2004 as Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt all won NCAA Regionals.

The SEC sent four teams to the 2004 CWS as Arkansas (defeated Florida State), Georgia (defeated Georgia Tech); LSU (defeated Texas A&M) and South Carolina (defeated East Carolina) to win Super Regionals; Florida (lost to Miami) and Vanderbilt (lost to Texas) were eliminated in the Super Regional round. Continue reading “Super Regional Notebook”

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”

Big Crowds and Milestone Wins

RECORD-SETTING CROWDS:
Missouri and Georgia played in front of 33,025 fans at the first college game at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta on Saturday, April 8. It was the second-highest attended college baseball game in history and the highest-attended SEC game in history. The largest crowd in NCAA history took place on March 11, 2004 when San Diego State posted a 4-0 win over Houston at Petco Park in San Diego. The two teams played in front of an NCAA record 40,106 fans.

The SEC drew 179,813 fans for 21 conference games over the weekend.  The teams averaged more than 8,000 fans per game. There were five games in excess of 10,000 fans last weekend.  On Saturday, 89,743 fans watched seven SEC games. In addition to the record-setting crowd in Atlanta, Miss. State drew 13,691 for the middle game of Super Bulldog Weekend, Arkansas had 11,827 fans for its game with LSU, and Ole Miss packed in 10,247 for its walk-off win over Alabama. Continue reading “Big Crowds and Milestone Wins”

SEC Recaps (April 2)

Arkansas, Auburn and Kentucky has best record in SEC (UK missed 2016 NCAA Tournament; UA and AU missed SEC Tournament); Conor Davis belts walk-off home run as Auburn takes series from South Carolina; Florida sweeps Mizzou with three straight 1-run wins; Infante and Toffey lead Vandy offense; all the scores and notes from Sunday’s SEC action. Continue reading “SEC Recaps (April 2)”

College Baseball Notebook

Oregon State remains the hottest team in the nation; Loyola Marymount finds perfection; Mount St, Mary’s finally wins. Catch the latest college baseball news.

LEAVE IT TO (THE) BEAVERS: Oregon State (20-1, 6-0 Pac 12) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games following its three-game sweep over Arizona this past weekend in Corvallis. OSU leads the nation in ERA (1.48), hits allowed per nine innings (5.43), WHIP (.087) and winning percentage (.982) this season. Oregon State’s 20-1 record matches the 1962 club for the best record 21 games into the season. The 1962 team started the season 23-1 after opening the year with 18 consecutive wins. OSU opens a four-game road swing through California beginning with today’s 3 p.m. (PT) game at St. Mary’s.  OSU plays a three-game Pac 12 series this weekend at Stanford. Continue reading “College Baseball Notebook”

SEC Baseball Recaps (March 24)

Auburn and Arkansas are SEC’s lone unbeaten teams; Faedo silences LSU bats; Missouri winning streak comes to screeching halt; Kendall slams Aggies; Georgia, Texas A&M and Tennessee remain winless. Here are the recaps on all seven SEC games from Friday night’s action.
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Thursday Night Baseball; Top 25 Showdowns

The opening weekend of SEC play featured six series sweeps, as Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri and LSU all got off to 3-0 starts. Missouri owns nation’s longest winning streak as the Tigers have won 20 straight games since losing the season opener to Eastern Michigan on Feb. 17.

The second weekend of conference play includes two head-to-head Top 25 matchups as No. 14 Ole Miss travels to No 19 Kentucky and No. 5 LSU travels to No. 11 Florida.

Ole Miss (14-7, 2-1 SEC) opened league play winning two out of three games from Vanderbilt last weekend in Oxford. Kentucky (16-6, 3-0 SEC) may have been the surprise of the SEC last weekend with a three-game sweep at Texas A&M.

LSU (17-5, 3-0 SEC) scored 34 runs in its three-game sweep of Georgia last weekend in Baton Rouge. The Tigers scored 22 runs in the SEC opener last Friday night. Antoine Duplantis tied an SEC record with six hits in the opener, while Kramer Robertson was 5-for-5 and scored five runs. Florida has struggled on offense this season. The Gators are 13th in the SEC with a .243 batting average through 22 games.

This weekend also introduces our first Thursday night game of the season. Ole Miss and Kentucky will kick off the Thursday night schedule at 7 p.m. (ET) on the SEC Network. Mike Morgan and Mike Rooney have the call from the UK campus.

Here is a look at this weekend’s matchups.
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