SEC Baseball Recaps (March 17)

sec-baseball-logoArkansas was impressive in its three-game series sweep of the Kentucky Wildcats in a battle of Top 5 teams. The Razorbacks dominated the Wildcats in a double-header sweep on Saturday.  Arkansas posted a 14-2 win in game won and completed the sweep with a 16-8 win in the nightcap.

Arkansas roughed up the UK pitching staff.  The Razorbacks hit 10 home runs in the double header, including five home runs in each game.  Jax Biggers and Carson Shaddy were among the many hitting stars. Biggers went 7-for-9 with four runs scored, two home runs and six RBIs from the leadoff spot. He also drew two walks. Shaddy was 6-for-9 with five runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and four RBIs from the ninth spot in the order.  Kentucky’s starting pitchers were tagged for 16 runs and 17 hits in five innings for work.

Auburn and Vanderbilt also secured series wins on Saturday. The Tigers used an 8-run eighth inning to rally past Texas A&M 11-5. Steven Williams had an eighth-inning grand slam for the Tigers. Vanderbilt took a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning and then erupted for seven runs in the eighth and tacked on two more in the for a 10-1 series-clinching win at Miss. State. The Commodores pounded out 16 hits. VU starter Patrick Raby tossed five scoreless innings.

Four SEC series will be decided on Sunday as Georgia-Alabama, Florida-South Carolina, Missouri-LSU and Tennessee-Ole Miss have split the first two games of their weekend series.

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SEC Baseball Recaps (March 16)

sec-baseball-logoIt was Opening Night in the SEC. Alabama outlasted Georgia in 13 innings, while Casey Mize and Grant Koch helped Auburn and Arkansas to opening night wins. Mize punched out 13 batters in a 4-1 win over Texas A&M. Koch belted two home runs in a 9-4 win over Kentucky.

Alabama’s Hunter Alexander (0-for-8, 6 K) tied the NCAA single-game record with six strikeouts in the 13-inning win over Georgia. Sacramento State’s Brain McCall (vs. Pacific, May 7, 1996), Maine’s Peter Bushway (vs. Providence, May 13, 1983), Air Force’s Bob Wagner (vs. UC Santa Barbara, March 25, 1975) and Texas A&M’s Rob McAdams (vs. Texas, May 10, 1962) also had six strikeouts in one game in NCAA history.

On the national scene, USC and South Florida had no-hitters each of the last two nights. Kyle Hurt, Austin Manning and Connor Lunn combined on a no-hitter in the Trojans 2-0 win over Utah in the Pac 12 opener for both teams on Thursday night. It was the first no-hitter by USC since 1974.  South Florida also threw a combined no-hitter in a 14-0 win over Army on Friday night in Tampa. Shane McClanahan and Carson Ragsdale posted the first combined no-hitter in school history. It was the fourth no-hitter for USF, and first since 2010. That makes 13 no-hitters this season in college baseball.

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SEC Baseball Recaps (March 14)

sec-baseball-logoSoutheastern Conference play begins this weekend and several SEC teams had some final tuneups for the 85th season of SEC play begins Friday.

Alabama belted five home runs in a 14-0 win over Alabama A&M. Hunter Alexander led the charge with two home runs and five RBIs. Auburn (17-1) matched the 1997 CWS team for best 18-game start with a comeback win over Memphis.  Tennessee freshman Sean Hunley threw a complete-game shutout in the win over Western Carolina.

On the national scene, NAIA newcomer Lawrence Tech upended Michigan 8-3 on Wednesday. The Blue Devils are just in their second season of college baseball. The school is located in Southfield, Michigan.

St. Peter’s extended the nation’s longest losing streak to 46 games with a 2-0 loss at Seton Hall on Wednesday. The Peacocks (0-7) loss all 38 games in 2017.

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SEC Baseball Recaps (March 13)

sec-baseball-logoSeveral SEC teams beat up on midweek pitching Tuesday night. Seven times a team scored five or more runs in an inning on Tuesday.

Alabama scored eight runs in the first inning and added six more in the fifth in 15-0 mercy rule win over hapless Alabama A&M.

Arkansas jumped on former Southwest Conference rival Texas with seven runs in the third inning en route to the 13-4 win.

Auburn scored five runs in the sixth inning in the win over Georgia Tech.

Florida used a 7-run fifth inning to beat Florida State for the sixth straight time.

Georgia spotted Kennesaw State a 3-0 lead and then scored seven runs in both the second and third innings in the blowout win. Cam Shepherd and Michael Curry both hit grand slams.

On the flip side, UT Arlington and Texas A&M played 17 scoreless innings until the Mavericks broke the game open with  five runs in the 18th inning for the 5-0 win. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 13)”

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 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.

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SEC Baseball Recaps (March 3)

sec-baseball-logoThree weekends into the college baseball season and Auburn is the lone unbeaten SEC team on the diamond. The Tigers dispatched BYU in a three-game series this weekend on the Plains to improve to 12-0 on the season.

Auburn is off to the third-best start in school history and the Tigers 12 wins are more than any other team in the nation. Junior Brendan Venter is second in the SEC in hitting with a .500 batting average (22-for-44, 2 HR, 11 RBIs). On the mound, senior Calvin Coker (0.60 ERA) and freshman Tanner Burns (1.06 ERA) are among the Top 10 pitchers in the league.

Kentucky is averaging 10.5 runs per game in two wins over Houston and Sam Houston State at the 2018 Shriner’s Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Luke Heyer  has homered three times in the first two games, giving him seven home runs on the season.

Mississippi State, who has played all 10 games away from home, is also 2-0 at the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children College Classic, with last at-bat wins over UL Lafayette and Houston (12 innings).

Outside the SEC, Jacksonville State has been impressive with two extra inning wins at Florida International this weekend. JSU scored six runs in the 12th inning to post a 12-6 win in Friday’s opener. The Gamecocks scored seven  runs in the 10th inning on Saturday for a 13-6 series-clinching win.

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