SEC Baseball Recaps (March 11)

sec-baseball-logoTexas A&M and Ole Miss completed weekend sweeps on Sunday. The Aggies dismantled Long Beach State, outscoring the Dirtbags, 27-3 in the series. Ole Miss swept Eastern Illinois on the final non-conference weekend.

The final undefeated team went down as Louisville suffered its first loss of the season in a 10-3 loss to North Carolina. Louisville was also the last team to lose in 2017.

St. Peter’s (0-6) extended the nation’s longest losing streak to 45 games with a pair of losses at LIU-Brooklyn on Sunday. The Peacocks lost 9-5 and 13-2 (7 innings). St. Peter’s plays at Seton Hall on Wednesday.  Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 11)”


SEC Baseball Recaps (March 10)

sec-baseball-logoAuburn fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in a bizarre series with Northeastern. Casey Mize no-hit the Huskies in Friday’s series opener. The Tigers then jumped on the Huskies on Saturday and took a 14-1 lead into the ninth inning.  That’s where the momentum changed. Northeastern scored seven runs in the ninth inning and lost 14-8, but rode that surge into a game-three win. Northeastern starter Sean Mellen no-hit the Tigers for 7.2 innings in the Huskies 2-1 win in the finale. Edouard Julian stroked a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to break up the no-hitter and shutout. After being no-hit in the series opener, Northeastern out-hit Auburn 22-17 in the final two games.

Alabama senior second baseman Chandler Avant accounted for four of the Crimson Tide’s five runs in the series-clinching 5-2 win over New Mexico State. Avant went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three doubles and two RBIs in the win. He broke the Aggies no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the fifth inning and scored the tying run on Jett Manning’s RBI ground out. He stroked an RBI double and scored on Manning’s RBI single in the Tide’s three-run seventh inning. He capped his day with an RBI double in the eighth inning.

Kentucky has been impressive all season, but have taken to the next level this weekend at home against No. 3 and previously -undefeated Texas Tech. The Wildcats had taken the first two games of the series, winning 10-7 and 11-6.  Troy Squires went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, one home run and four RBIs in Saturday’s series-clinching win.

Arkansas, Miss. State and Ole Miss did not play on Saturday due to weather issues. The three teams played double headers on Friday and will conclude their weekend series with a single game on Sunday. Arkansas hosts Kent State, Miss. State hosts Utah Valley State and Ole Miss faces Eastern Illinois. Arkansas and MSU split their double headers on Friday, while Ole Miss swept EIU.

In other weather related news, Vanderbilt and USC were rained out today in Los Angeles. The Commodores wrap up their 7-gama road trip against TCU on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (CT) at Dodger Stadium in the annual Dodgertown Classic.

Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and South Carolina wrapped up their weekend series on Saturday.

On the national scene, Hofstra threw its second no-hitter of the season in 10-0 win over Mount St. Mary’s at the UMBC Tournament in Baltimore. John Rooney (6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K) and Seamus Brazill (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) combined on the no-hitter. Brazill was involved in both no-hitters this season. He threw a seven-inning no-hitter at Lamar on Feb. 24.  Hofstra had never pitched a no-hitter prior to this season.

Five teams entered the weekend undefeated on the season.  Texas Tech (at Kentucky) and Oregon State (Cal State Fullerton) suffered their first loss of the season on Friday.  Florida State (at Wake Forest) and Auburn (Northeastern) lost for the first time on Saturday. That leaves Louisville (14-0, 2-0 ACC) as the lone unbeaten team.  The Cardinals go for the series sweep on Sunday against North Carolina.

Here are Saturday’s SEC recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 10)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (March 9)

sec-baseball-logoAuburn’s Casey Mize faced one batter over the minimum as he tossed a complete-game, no-hitter in the Tigers 6-0 win over Northeastern on Friday night.  Mize threw the ninth no-hitter in college baseball this season and the second by an SEC team.  Missouri, led by Bryce Montes De Oca had a combined no-hitter last Friday against Maryland-Baltimore County. It was the ninth no-hitter in Auburn history, and first since 2002.

Casey Mize final out of no-hitter (SEC Network)

Auburn is one of three undefeated Division I teams in the nation, joining Florida State and Louisville.  Kentucky handed Texas Tech its first loss of the season with a 10-7 win over the Red Raiders in Lexington. Cal State Fullerton knocked previously undefeated Oregon State 5-3 in Corvallis.

Pitching was the story on Friday as Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss also tossed shutouts. A trio of Gators combined on 2-hit shutout against Rhode Island. Brady Singer fired seven scoreless innings (2 H, 2 BB, 8 K). Four Bulldogs combined on 3-hit shutout (14 Ks) against Toledo. Chase Adkins (2-0) tossed six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts.  Ole Miss Brady Fiegl (4-0) logged seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. South Carolina recorded 17 strikeouts in the win over Princeton.

A number of SEC teams have altered their weekend schedules due to weather. Alabama, Arkansas, Miss. State and Ole Miss played double headers on Friday. Florida, South Carolina and Missouri will play two games on Saturday due to weather concerns. More changes could be made to the schedule as the front approaches.

Here are Friday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 9)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (March 7)

sec-baseball-logoMississippi State pitching dominated the nation’s top ranked offense, holding the New Mexico State Aggies to one run and eight hits in the two-game midweek series. MSU blanked the Aggies 6-0 on Wednesday night in Starkville.

Five Alabama pitchers combined on 3-hit shutout in 3-0 win over Southern Miss. Garret Rukes and Brock Love are less than one year removed from Tommy John surgery. In six combined appearances this year, the duo has spun 13 scoreless innings with 15 strikeouts.

UCF swept Florida in a 2-game midweek series. The Knights scored 12 of their 13 runs in the series with two outs. Florida pitchers issued 19 walks in the two losses.

Vanderbilt took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Long Beach State but allowed three runs in four hits in decisive seventh inning. The Dirtbags are in the midst of seven straight SEC games (Ole Miss, Vandy and at Texas A&M).

Here are Wednesday’s SEC recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 7)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (March 6)

sec-baseball-logoMississippi State opened the new Dudy Noble Field with a 5-1 win over New Mexico State. A pair of MSU pitchers held the high-powered Aggies to one run on five hits. NMSU entered the game as the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation.

Auburn overcame a 5-run deficit in the seventh inning to keep its season-opening winning streak alive. AU scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings en route to an 11-8 win at UAB to improve to 13-0 on the season.

Appalachian State-South Carolina and Eastern Illinois-Missouri were rained out.

In non-SEC baseball news, Saint Peter’s (0-4) suffered its 43rd straight loss with a 21-1 setback to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Peacocks return to action this weekend at LIU-Brooklyn.

Here are Tuesday’s SEC recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 6)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (March 4)

sec-baseball-logoAuburn (12-0) is the lone undefeated SEC team heading into the final weekend of non-conference play. The Tigers are one of five undefeated NCAA Division I teams, joining Texas Tech (13-0), Oregon State (12-0), Louisville (11-0) and Florida State (11-0).

The 2019 Shriner’s Hospitals for Children College Classic field was announced on Sunday during the Miss. State-Sam Houston State telecast. The field will have an all-Texas flavor as Houston, Rice, Baylor, Texas State, Texas A&M and TCU will participate in the three-day event.

The 2019 Frisco Classic field was announced on Sunday. The field will consist of Nebraska, Mississippi State, Sam Houston State and Texas Tech in the three-day event at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.

Here are the SEC baseball recaps from Sunday: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 4)”