SEC Co-Champions Play for CWS Title

The Southeastern Conference will bring home its 11th College World Series championship this week as 2017 SEC co-champions LSU and Florida meet in a best-of-three series at TD Ameritrade Park to determine the best team in college baseball this season.

The series begins tonight at 6 p.m. (CT).  The second game of the series will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. (CT).  A third game, if necessary will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. (CT). All three games will be televised by ESPN.

LSU (52-18) is seeking its seventh CWS championship. The Tigers have won national championships in 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2009.  LSU’s first five national championships were one game, winner-take-all championship games under legendary coach Skip Bertman. LSU defeated Texas in a best-of-three series in 2009 under head coach Paul Mainieri.

LSU has won four of five games at the 2017 CWS to reach the championship series. The Tigers have been outscored 23-21 while in Omaha. LSU opened with a thrilling 5-4 comeback win over Florida in its CWS opener. The Tigers were then bounced into the loser’s bracket after a 13-1 beat down by No. 1 Oregon State last Monday. LSU remained alive with a 7-4 win over Florida State.  The Tigers, behind the stellar pitching of Alex Lange and Caleb Gilbert, shut down the mighty OSU Beavers with 3-1 and 6-1 wins to advance to the finals.

Florida (50-19) is in the CWS finals for the third time and seeks its first CWS Championship. Florida lost in the best-of-three finals to Texas in 2005 and SEC Eastern Division rival South Carolina in 2011.

Florida opened the CWS 2-0 record after wins over TCU (3-0) and Louisville (5-1). After a 9-2 loss to TCU on Friday, the Gators rebounded with a 3-0 win over TCU to reach the CWS finals. The Gators starting pitchers have 42 strikeouts in four CWS starts. Alex Faedo had 22 total strikeouts in both 3-0 wins over TCU on June 18 and June 24. Brady Singer recorded nine strikeouts in the 5-1 win over Louisville on June 20. Jackson Kowar had 11 strikeouts in the loss to TCU on June 23. Continue reading “SEC Co-Champions Play for CWS Title”

Super Regional Previews

The 2017 NCAA Super Regionals will take place June 9-11 (Friday-Sunday) and June 10-12 (Saturday-Monday); the winners of the Super Regionals will advance to the College World Series.

The 2017 College World Series consists of two, 4-team double-elimination brackets from June 17-24 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska; the two bracket winners will meet in a best-of-three CWS Championship series on June 26-28.

Here are the previews of this year’s NCAA Super Regionals. Continue reading “Super Regional Previews”

SEC Baseball Recaps (May 6)

Not much has changed in SEC baseball over the last three days; six teams are within 1.5 games of first place with seven conference games remaining.

Miss. State posted a huge road series win at Texas A&M and takes over sole possession of first place in the SEC standings with a 16-8 record.  Florida and Kentucky are tied atop the SEC Eastern Division and are both one game back of the Bulldogs. Arkansas, Auburn and LSU are all 14-9 in league play and 1.5 games behind MSU.

Alabama made the most noise on Saturday by winning both games of double header at arch-rival Auburn. The Crimson Tide posted 4-3 and 7-6 wins and doubled in SEC win total (from 2 wins to 4 wins) in a span of seven hours.  Alabama has six straight series wins over Auburn and won six straight games at Plainsman Park.  Alabama had two wins over Auburn on the same day for the first time since May 7, 1983, when UA won 9-1 and 7-4 in Auburn.

Missouri snapped a 13-game SEC regular-season losing streak to Vanderbilt in its 12-inning win over the Commodores on Saturday. Florida overcame a 4-0 deficit to take the series with Ole Miss, 7-4. LSU and Kentucky both evened their weekend series with wins on Saturday.

Here is the latest news and notes from Saturday’s SEC baseball action.  Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 6)”

SEC Recaps (March 25)

Vandy and Miss. State post lopsided wins; Florida offense roughs up Poche’; Georgia gets first SEC win; Auburn and Arkansas finally taste defeat; Aggies and Volunteers still searching for first victory. Here are the recaps on all seven SEC games from Friday night’s action.
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