SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, April 28)

SIUE Player.JPGArkansas, Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss all posted series-clinching wins on Saturday.

Arkansas scored four runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Jack Kenley’s 2-run single to beat Alabama 7-3. Florida erased a three-run first inning deficit by scoring six runs in the fourth inning en route to a 12-3 win over Auburn. Nick Horvath ripped a three-run double in the decisive fourth inning. Georgia scored four runs in the second and fourth innings for a 12-4 win over Tennessee. Keegan McGovern hit a three-run home run.  Ole Miss scored five runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by Thomas Dillard’s game-winning 3-run home run to defeat LSU 9-8.  LSU reliever Caleb Gilbert gave up all five runs in the inning.  Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, April 28)”

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SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, March 27)

sec-baseball-logoSeveral marquee games headline Tuesday’s non-conference action.

The headliner was No. 2 Florida and No. 5 Florida State at The Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville. The Gators got a dominant pitching performance and Austin Langworthy drove in the game’s only run with a fourth-inning single as the Gators beat the Seminoles for the seventh straight time.

Florida freshman Jack Leftwich shined in just his third career start and picked up the win. He did not allow a hit through the first five innings and struck out five. Freshman Jordan Butler bridged the gap with two scoreless innings before handing the ball to junior closer Michael Byrne. Byrne tied the UF career record by picking up his 25th career save, pitching two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

On the other side, FSU starter Andrew Karp pitched eight strong innings in the loss. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, March 27)”

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 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 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)”

SEC Surprises; Buffalo Drops Baseball

SEC STANDINGS UPSIDE DOWN
The top three teams in the current SEC baseball standings failed to make of the post season last year.

Auburn (23-7, 7-2 SEC) and Arkansas (23-6, 7-2 SEC) lead the SEC Western Division through nine games. Neither team qualified for the 2016 SEC Tournament in Hoover. Auburn has won all seven series this season, including SEC series with Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The Tigers are equaled their overall win total from last year. AU finished 23-33 in 2016.  Arkansas has won is first three SEC series with Miss. State, Missouri and Alabama (the latter two on the road) and has equaled its conference win total from last season. Continue reading “SEC Surprises; Buffalo Drops Baseball”