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
SEC Outright Champion with win at Miss. State AND Kentucky win at Florida
Share of SEC Championship with win over Miss. State
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
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. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps”
Kentucky, Florida and LSU are all tied first place in the SEC standings with two games remaining in the regular season. All three teams have identical 19-9 records with two games remaining. Kentucky pounded out 20 hits en route to a 12-4 win over Florida on Thursday. LSU rode the pitching of ace RHP Alex Lange to a 3-1 win at Miss. State.
LSU can clinch the SEC Western Division championship with one more win over MSU. LSU can clinch the overall SEC Championship with two more wins over MSU and a split of the final two games between Kentucky and Florida. Miss. State can still obtain a share of the SEC Western Division title with two wins over LSU and one loss by Arkansas. The Razorbacks are still mathematically alive in the SEC Western Division race. Arkansas can clinch the West with two more wins at Texas A&M and two wins by MSU over LSU.
Kentucky and Vanderbilt posted lopsided wins on Thursday. UK pounded out 20 hits in its 12-4 win over Florida in Gainesville. Tristan Pompey blasted a fourth-inning grand slam to give UK a 4-3 lead. The Cats then cruised from there. Seven UK players recorded multi-hit games, including three hits from Evan White, Riley Mahan, Kyle Cottam and Marcus Carson. Vanderbilt steam rolled Alabama 18-1 in Nashville. The Commodores scored five runs in the first inning and added eight runs in the fourth. Six Commodores collected at least two RBIs in the win. Jason Delay led the way with four RBIs.
Thursday night was also filled with dominant pitching performances from Auburn’s Keegan Thompson, Georgia’s Andrew Gist, LSU’s Alex Lange, Missouri’s TJ Sikkema and Vanderbilt’s Patrick Raby.
Thompson hurled six no-hit innings in the win over Ole Miss. The game was interrupted in the seventh inning by a weather delay. Gist held South Carolina scoreless on one hit through six innings. He allowed one run on three hits in eight innings as Georgia clinched a berth in the SEC Tournament. Lange allowed a leadoff home run to Ryan Gridley but settled down and punched out 11 in the win over Miss. State. Sikkema hurled a complete-game, four-hitter in the 5-0 win at Tennessee. Raby logged seven scoreless innings in the win over Alabama.
Kentucky’s Tristan Pompey and Missouri’s Matt Berler both hit grand slams on Thursday.
Here is the latest news and notes from Thursday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 18)”
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 17, 2017)—–The Southeastern Conference on Wednesday announced the Community Service Team for the sport of baseball. The conference names a Community Service Team for each of its 21 league-sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community through superior service efforts. The 2017 SEC Baseball Community Service Team is as follows: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Community Service Team”
REGULAR SEASON COMES TO END THIS WEEKEND
For a majority of the college baseball world, the 2017 regular season comes to close this weekend. Many teams across the nation are playing for conference champions, tournament seeding and NCAA Tournament bids.
It will be a nostalgic weekend for the University of Buffalo and New York Tech.
Buffalo plays its final ever series against MAC foe Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Bulls announced earlier this season the school would drop the baseball program following the 2017 season. Buffalo plays its final home game today against Niagara, before closing out the season (and program history) this weekend. The final game in program history is Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m. (ET) in Kalamazoo, Mich.
New York Tech played its final game at the Division I level on Sunday, May 7 with a 6-2 loss to New Jersey Tech. NY Tech is dropping down to NCAA Division II in all sports next season.
St. Peter’s (0-35, 0-21 MAAC) enters the final weekend seeking its first win of the season. The Peacocks close out the year with a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series at Manhattan (15-33, 9-12 MAAC) beginning Thursday, May 20. St. Peter’s is trying to avoid becoming the eighth team in NCAA history to have a winless season. Coppin State (0-29) was the last winless team in 2009. Coppin State (0-44) was also winless in 2007. Pittsburgh had three straight winless seasons in 1943, 1944 and 1945, going 0-7 in all three years. Vanderbilt (0-18-1) was winless in 1951 and Norfolk State (0-12) was winless in 1973. Continue reading “The Final Weekend of Regular Season”
Florida completed the weekend sweep at Alabama and maintains its one-game lead over LSU and Kentucky in the SEC standings heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Five teams are mathematically alive for the SEC Championship or Division Championship this weekend. Florida (38-14, 19-8 SEC) owns a one-game lead over SEC Western Division leader LSU (35-17, 18-9 SEC) and Kentucky (36-16, 18-9 SEC) for the over championship.
The Gators hold a one-game lead over UK in the SEC Eastern Division race. Florida hosts Kentucky this weekend in Gainesville with the championship implications.
LSU maintains a one-game lead over Miss. State (33-19, 17-10 SEC) and a one and one-half game lead over Arkansas in the SEC Western Division. LSU plays at Miss. State this weekend, while Arkansas hosts Texas A&M. Arkansas can still win the SEC Western Division title with three wins over Texas A&M and two wins by Miss. State over LSU. In that scenario, Arkansas would finish 19-10, LSU 19-11 and Miss. State 19-11. In addition, Arkansas owns the tie-breaker with both LSU and MSU.
Alabama was eliminated from SEC Tournament contention on Sunday, leaving Missouri (31-21, 9-18), Georgia (22-30, 9-18) and Tennessee (26-22, 7-18 SEC) fighting for the last two spots. Missouri plays at Tennessee this weekend and clinches a spot with one win over the Vols. Georgia needs one win or one Tennessee loss to lock up a spot in Hoover. Tennessee makes it to Hoover if they sweep Missouri, or wins two of three from Missouri and Georgia loses three at South Carolina. Georgia owns tie-breaker with Tennessee.
Georgia, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Missouri all posted series-clinching wins on Sunday.
Here is the latest news and notes from Saturday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 14)”
Four series are up for grabs on Sunday as Miss. State-Georgia, Vanderbilt-Arkansas, Missouri-South Carolina and Texas A&M-Ole Miss all play rubber games tomorrow; LSU swept Auburn in Baton Rouge and Florida (at Alabama) and Kentucky (Tennessee) have securer series wins. Auburn has dropped seven straight games and has suffered back-to-back sweeps at the hands of Alabama and LSU to tumble from No. 1 seed to current No. 8 seed at SEC Tournament.
Florida (37-14, 18-8 SEC) is in sole possession of first place in the SEC standings; the Gators hold a one-half game lead over SEC Western Division leader LSU (35-17, 18-9 SEC) and a one-game cushion over Kentucky (35-16. 17-9 SEC) and Miss. State (33-18, 17-9 SEC). All four teams play one another next week to decide the league race. Miss. State hosts LSU and Florida hosts Kentucky in the final weekend of the regular season.
LSU RHP Eric Walker and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Wright flirted with no-hitters on Saturday. Walker no-hit Auburn for 7.2 innings before Sam Gillikin broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out, solo HR in the eighth inning. Wright took a no-hitter into the sixth inning at Arkansas before Jax Biggers delivered a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Here is the latest news and notes from Saturday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 13)”
Four of the seven games decided in seventh inning or later on Friday night; Florida beats Alabama in classic pitcher’s duel; Alex Faedo and Jake Walters combined for 16 strikeouts and 11 one-pitch outs in a pair of no decisions as the Gators edged the Crimson Tide 2-1; Arkansas gets walk-off win over Vanderbilt; Auburn suffers sixth straight loss at LSU; Kentucky belts four home runs in blowout win over Tennessee; Konnor Pilkington tosses eight scoreless innings; Brent Rooker and Elijah MacNamee homer in win at Georgia; Braden Shewmake hits two home runs as Texas A&M pounds Ole Miss; South Carolina rallies past Missouri on Battle of Columbia; here is the latest news and notes from Sunday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 12)”