SEC Baseball Recaps (May 18)

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)”

SEC Baseball Community Service Team

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”

The Final Weekend of Regular Season

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”

SEC Baseball Recaps (May 14)

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)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (May 13)

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)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (May 12)

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)”

SEC Baseball Previews (May 11-14)

The penultimate weekend of SEC play offers some intriguing matchups as teams jockey for post season positioning.

Seven teams are within two games of first place in the Southeastern Conference standings heading into the final two weekends.

The SEC Eastern Division is a two team race between Florida and Kentucky. The Gators 7-game SEC winning streak has moved them into sole possession of first place with a 16-8 SEC record. Kentucky, who suffered a home series loss to Georgia this past weekend, is one game behind the Gators with a 15-9 SEC slate.

Florida travels to Alabama this weekend, while UK hosts Tennessee. The Gators and Wildcats will play one another with the division title on the line next weekend in Gainesville.

Five teams are within two games of first place in the SEC Western Division, including Miss. State, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Auburn.

Miss. State leads the division with a 16-8 record. LSU is one game back at 15-8.  Arkansas is 14-9, while Texas A&M and Auburn are two games out of first place with a 14-10 SEC record.

Miss. State travels to Georgia this weekend for a pivotal series, while LSU hosts Auburn in Baton Rouge.  LSU and MSU will close out the regular season in Starkville next week, with the winner more than likely winning the division title.

The weekend begins tonight with a crucial Western Division showdown between Auburn and LSU at Alex Box Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:32 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Previews (May 11-14)”