SEC Baseball Recaps (April 24)

sec-baseball-logoNorthwestern State right fielder Tyler Smith hit three home runs and knocked in seven runs as the Demons upset No. 6 Arkansas 10-7 in Fayetteville. The Demons split the two-game midweek series with Razorbacks. Northwestern State has two wins over SEC Western Division teams this year. NSU defeated LSU 3-1 on March 12.  Alabama scored three runs in the ninth inning for a 6-3 win at Jacksonville State. The Crimson Tide completed the season sweep of the Gamecocks. Junior RHP Kyle Cameron retired all 12 batters faced, with six strikeouts for the win.

Two SEC series begin in Thursday, with Ole Miss hosting Texas A&M and Vanderbilt hosting Auburn.  Texas A&M (30-12-1, 11-6-1 SEC) trails Arkansas by one-half game in the SEC Western Division standings. The Aggies are 1.5 games behind SEC leading Georgia. Ole Miss (27-15, 10-8 SEC) is in a three-way tie with Auburn and Miss. State for fourth place in the SEC Western Division. Auburn (27-14, 10-8 SEC) looks to break up that logjam with a trip to Nashville. Vanderbilt (31-9, 12-6 SEC) trails Georgia by one game for the overall lead in the SEC standings.

Updated SEC Baseball Standings

Here is Wednesday’s SEC baseball recap. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (April 24)”

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College Baseball Notes (April 20)

UTSAI took in a baseball triple-header on Saturday … My first two games was a Conference USA double header between Texas San Antonio and UAB at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham … UTSA was my 237th different college baseball team to see in person … The Roadrunners were my 184th different NCAA Division I baseball team … I have now seen 11 of the 12 C-USA teams, missing only Charlotte (the 49ers play at UAB on May 10-12) … Following the C-USA double header, I headed back to Tuscaloosa to watch Vanderbilt and Alabama … Some highlights of the day in college baseball … British Columbia College (NAIA) Niall Windeler tossed the first 9-inning no-hitter in school history in the 6-0 win over Oregon Tech … Kansas State scored 10 runs in its final three at-bats to overtake TCU 11-10 and take the Big 12 series in Manhattan … Navy senior right hander Noah Song tossed a complete-game one-hitter in the 3-0 win over Army in the Patriot League series opener … Rio Grande (NAIA) senior right-hander Zach Harvey became the school’s career shutouts leader following a 1-0 win over Indiana-Kokomo in River States Conference action … Saint Peter’s had the dubious distinction of losing three games on Saturday to Canisius … West Virginia junior RHP Alex Manoah was dominant again in the Mountaineers 1-0 win over Kansas. Manoah hurled a complete-game three hit shutout and struck out 15 batters … West Texas A&M senior first baseman Kyle Kaufman set the single-game school record with 10 RBIs in the Buffs 25-7 win over UT Permian Basin.

Here is Saturday’s college baseball notebook: Continue reading “College Baseball Notes (April 20)”

SEC Baseball Legends Announced

SEC Tournament LogoFour former standouts from Southeastern Conference universities have been named to the 2019 class of the SEC Baseball Legends Presented by AT&T. The 2019 class includes Alabama’s Doug Duke, Arkansas’ Johnny Ray, Florida’s Josh Fogg and Vanderbilt’s Jeremy Sowers.

The legends class will be recognized at the SEC Baseball Tournament, which will take place May 21-26 at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Legends Announced”

SEC Baseball Weekend Preview

sec-baseball-logoThe second half of the SEC baseball season begins tonight with six of the seven series taking place Thursday through Saturday. The Vanderbilt-Alabama series is the only Friday through Sunday series this weekend.

Georgia (30-8, 10-5 SEC) and Miss. State (32-6, 10-5 SEC) lead their respective divisions. MSU has the most win among all NCAA Division I teams. Six teams are within one game of first place and eight teams are within 2.5 games of the league lead.

Here are the SEC weekend match ups for April 18-21. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Weekend Preview”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, April 16)

sec-baseball-logoA full slate of SEC baseball on Tuesday spilled into Wednesday morning as Georgia won an epic 20-inning thriller over Clemson at Foley Field in Athens. Connor Tate delivered the walk-off single in the bottom of the 20th inning to score Tucker Maxwell with the winning run to cap the six-hour and 33-minute game.

The 20-inning game was longest game for both Clemson and Georgia, and it was the second-longest game in the NCAA this season. Penn defeated Dartmouth 21-15 in 21 innings on April 6, 2019.

Georgia tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in a bizarre play down the left field line. Cam Shepherd doubled into the left field corner to send pinch-runner Steven Minter to third base. Clemson left fielder Chad Fairly accidentally threw the ball into the ground as the ball slipped out of his hand, and both runners scored on the error.

Clemson (26) and Georgia (24) set school records for most strikeouts in a game. The teams combined for 50 strikeouts in the game, one shy of the single-game NCAA record.

The teams combined to use 30 position player and 15 pitchers in the 20-inning game. Clemson used 13 position players and seven pitchers, while Georgia used 17 position players and seven pitchers.

Overall the SEC posted a 10-4 record on Tuesday night. The league split the four SEC-ACC matchups, with Georgia (Clemson) and South Carolina (North Carolina) posting wins, and Auburn (at Georgia Tech) and Kentucky (Louisville) suffering losses.

Here are Tuesday’s SEC baseball recaps. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, April 16)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (April 14)

sec-baseball-logoKentucky, Missouri and Texas A&M all posted series-clinching wins on Sunday. Kentucky doubled its SEC win total by winning both games of a double header at Ole Miss. UK won the opener 4-1 and took the nightcap 4-2. T.J. Collett homered in both games to give the Wildcats their first series win of the year. After posting its first-ever win over LSU in Columbia on Saturday, Missouri followed that up with an 11-5 win on Sunday for its first-ever series win over LSU. It was another impressive weekend for Mizzou, while injuries may finally be taking its toll on LSU. Logan Foster’s three-run home run gave Texas A&M the series-clinching 4-1 win over Auburn. Mississippi State moved into a first-place tie with Georgia after its three-game sweep of Alabama. MSU leads the nation with 31 wins this season. Arkansas avoided a sweep with a wild 14-12 win at Vanderbilt on Sunday. The Razorbacks scored five times in the ninth inning to claim the back-and-forth game.

Here are Sunday’s SEC baseball recaps. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (April 14)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, April 13)

sec-baseball-logoFlorida, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt picked up series wins on Saturday. The Gators got a walk-off three-run home run from Jordan Butler in the bottom of the ninth inning to each a 6-4 series-clinching win over South Carolina. Down to its final out, Florida got two-out walks from Austin Langworthy and Kendrick Calilao before Butler smacked his second home run of the game. Mississippi State got three late-inning home runs to pull away from Alabama 9-1. The MSU pitching staff has held the Crimson Tide to one run and 10 hits in the series. Vanderbilt scored seven first-inning runs and thumped Arkansas 12-2. Stephen Scott hit a first-inning grand slam and JJ Bleday hit a three-run homer in the third inning.

Auburn and Missouri both evened their series on Saturday.  Auburn blanked Texas A&M 7-0 and Missouri beat LSU 4-1. Ole Miss and Kentucky were rained out on Saturday and will play two 7-inning games on Sunday. Georgia salvaged the series finale with a 7-1 win at Tennessee. Tony Locey had six shutout innings on the mound.

Miss. State became the first NCAA Division I team to win 30 games this season.

Here are Saturday’s SEC baseball recaps. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, April 13)”