SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, April 13)

sec-baseball-logoFriday the 13th was lucky for some and unlucky for others on the college baseball diamond.  Harvard right hander Noah Zavolas threw a complete-game no-hitter in the 4-0 win over rival Yale at historic Yale Field.  It was the 19th no-hitter of the college baseball season and the first no-hitter by Harvard since 2001.

Kentucky overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat Georgia 6-4 in 11 innings. UK scored three runs with two out in the ninth inning to tie the game at 4-4 and force extra innings. Ben Aklinski roped a game-tying 2-run single. Trey Dawson stroked a 2-run double in the 11th inning to give the Wildcats a 6-4 win.

Casey Mize fired a complete-game five hitter in a 2-1 win over Mississippi State. Mize recorded nine strikeouts in the win. He retired the final 11 MSU hitters and threw 20 strikes in his final 22 pitches at Plainsman Park. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, April 13)”


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 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 (May 7)

One weekend in the SEC can make or break a season. Several teams found out this weekend that the SEC is still among the elite in college baseball from top to bottom.

Florida has reeled off nine straight wins, including back-to-back sweeps of Georgia and Ole Miss, to move into a first-place tie with Miss. State in the SEC standings. The Gators and Bulldogs are 16-8 SEC play heading into the final two weekends.

Kentucky, who dropped a home series to Georgia this weekend, falls to second place in the SEC Eastern Division, one game behind the Gators.  Kentucky and LSU are tied for third in the overall standings with a 15-9 league mark.

Arkansas (14-9 SEC) is third in the SEC West and fifth in the overall standings.

Auburn took the biggest hit this weekend after being swept at home by last-place and rival Alabama.  The Tigers entered the weekend in a three-way tie for first place with MSU and Kentucky. After three losses to Alabama, Auburn is now tied for fourth place in the SEC West and sixth place in the overall race with Texas A&M.  The Aggies won two of three from the Tigers in College Station on April 7-9.

Vanderbilt (12-11 SEC) would be eighth, while Ole Miss (11-13 SEC) and South Carolina are tied for ninth place in the overall standings.  The Rebels and Gamecocks do not play one another this season. Missouri (9-15 SEC) and Tennessee (7-15 SEC) would hold down the final two spots in the SEC Tournament.  Georgia (7-17 SEC) and Alabama (5-19 SEC) would be left out of the SEC Tournament field.

Alabama defeated Auburn 11-9 in 15 innings on Sunday in a game that lasted six hours and 36 minutes. The teams used 44 players and threw a combined 567 pitches in the marathon game.  Alabama held the lead after the fourth, seventh, 10th, 11th and 13th innings, but Auburn answered every time.  Alabama scored two runs in the top of the 15th inning on Sam Finnerty’s RBI single and Connor Short’s sacrifice fly. Auburn had two base runners in the bottom of the frame but did not score against Garrett Suchey, who got Dylan Ingram to fly out to end the game.

Here is the latest news and notes from Sunday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 7)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (April 23)

Auburn out-slugged Arkansas to win a crucial SEC Western Division series on Sunday at Plainsman Park; Kentucky overpowers LSU for series win in Lexington; Tennessee outlasts Texas A&M in 14 innings to salvage series finale; Ole Miss uses big inning to take series with Missouri.

Mississippi State (28-14, 13-5 SEC) is the overall SEC leader with four weeks remaining in the regular season.  MSU has a one-game lead over SEC Eastern Division leader Kentucky (28-13, 12-6 SEC), Auburn (30-12, 12-6 SEC) and Arkansas (32-10, 12-6 SEC) in the league standings.  Miss. State hosts Auburn next weekend at Dudy Noble Field.

Here is the latest news and notes from Sunday’s SEC baseball action.

Auburn 11, Arkansas 6
Auburn wins series, 2-1
Auburn scores five runs in final two at-bats to win back-and-forth game
Josh Anthony 4-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 RBIs; go-ahead 2-run double in seventh
Luke Jarvis 3-for-4, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI; 2-run HR in four-run second inning
Dylan Ingram 3-for-4, 3 R, HR, RBI
Andrew Mitchell (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) picks up fifth win
Chad Spanberger 4-for-5, R, 2 RBI for the Hogs
Arkansas Starting Pitchers (Series); 5.1 IP, 18, H, 15 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
Auburn improves 30-12; 12-6 SEC
Arkansas drops to 32-10; 12-6 SEC

Kentucky 10, LSU 2
Kentucky wins series, 2-1
UK scores 10 runs on 18 hits in series finale
The Wildcats score four runs in first inning and add three runs in second and fourth
UK 1-5 Hitters: 15-for-23 (.652), 10 R, 6 RBIs
Kyle Cottam and Riley Mahan back-to-back homers in second inning
Zach Reks 4-for-5, 3 R, RBI
Riley Mahan 3-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
Justin Lewis (9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) complete-game win for UK
Zach Watson collects two hits for LSU
Eric Walker (2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER) suffers first loss
Kentucky improves to 28-13; 12-6 SEC
LSU falls to 27-14; 10-8 SEC

Tennessee 5, Texas A&M 3 (14)
Texas A&M wins series, 2-1
Vols score two runs in 14th; outlast Aggies in series finale
Luc Lipcius game-winning RBI single in 14th inning
Pete Derkay added base-loaded walk in the decisive frame
Tennessee scored two runs in eighth inning to force extra innings
Aggies held scoreless over final 9 innings
Zach Linginfelter (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K) hurls seven scoreless innings in relief for win
Nick Chourby, Logan Foster and Braden Shewmake combined for 7 hits for the Aggies
Texas A&M starting pitchers: 22 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 24 K (3-game series; 2 no-decisions)
Tennessee improves to 20-17; 5-13 SEC
Texas A&M falls to 28-13; 10-8 SEC)






Missouri 9, Ole Miss 3

Ole Miss wins series, 2-1

Ole Miss led 9-1 after four innings; holds on for series win

Mike Bianco 655th career win ties Roy Mewbourne (Vandy) for sixth most in SEC history

Colby Bortles 3-run home run in five-run fourth inning

Nick Fortes 2-for-3, 2 2B, 3 RBIs (career high)

Chris Cornelius 3-for-3, HR, 2 RBI for Mizzou

Ole Miss improves to 29-15; 9-9 SEC

Missouri falls to 27-14; 8-10 SEC


SEC Baseball Recaps (April 21)

A busy night in the SEC with nine total games on the Friday night slate; Miss. State sweeps Alabama in wild series finale with bizarre ending in 13-inning win; Auburn hits 3 home runs in exclamation point win over Arkansas; MSU sweeps Alabama with three straight come-from-behind wins, including epic comeback in series finale; Vandy hits 3 home runs to extend winning streak over Georgia to 12 games; Carolina’s Carlos Cortes remains red-hot with 4 home runs and 7 RBIs in last four SEC games; George Janca lifts Aggies with walk-off single over Tennessee; Braden Shewmake scored both runs for Texas A&M, including game-winner in ninth; Missouri cruises past Ole Miss (Tanner Houck did not pitch for Tigers); Tennessee RHP Kyle Serrano has left the team; there was even a double Showcase winner today on The Price is Right (missed bid by only 8 bucks); catch all the Friday night scoop in the SEC. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (April 21)”

SEC Recaps (Saturday, April 8)

Brent Rooker continues torrid pace with 3-home run game; Missouri and Georgia play in front of second largest crowd in NCAA history at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta; seven SEC games drew 89,743 fans on Saturday; Tennessee wins second straight 1-run, extra-inning game at Florida; first series win over Gators since 2008; Tate Blackman gives Ole Miss walk-off win over Alabama; Texas A&M and MSU overcome three-run, first-inning deficits; here are the recaps from Saturday’ SEC slate. Continue reading “SEC Recaps (Saturday, April 8)”