SEC Baseball Recaps (March 18)

sec-baseball-logoArkansas and Vanderbilt opened SEC play with three-game sweeps. Arkansas swept Kentucky in Fayetteville. Vanderbilt swept Miss. State in Starkville.

Vanderbilt held MSU to four runs in the weekend series. Arkansas belted 10 home runs in the sweep of the Wildcats.

Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss all had series wins.

Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt had road series wins.

On the national scene, Siena (0-14) and St. Peter’s (0-7) are the last two winless teams in the country.

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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.

Here are the SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 17)”

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.

Here are the SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 16)”

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 9)

sec-baseball-logoAuburn’s Casey Mize faced one batter over the minimum as he tossed a complete-game, no-hitter in the Tigers 6-0 win over Northeastern on Friday night.  Mize threw the ninth no-hitter in college baseball this season and the second by an SEC team.  Missouri, led by Bryce Montes De Oca had a combined no-hitter last Friday against Maryland-Baltimore County. It was the ninth no-hitter in Auburn history, and first since 2002.

Casey Mize final out of no-hitter (SEC Network)

Auburn is one of three undefeated Division I teams in the nation, joining Florida State and Louisville.  Kentucky handed Texas Tech its first loss of the season with a 10-7 win over the Red Raiders in Lexington. Cal State Fullerton knocked previously undefeated Oregon State 5-3 in Corvallis.

Pitching was the story on Friday as Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss also tossed shutouts. A trio of Gators combined on 2-hit shutout against Rhode Island. Brady Singer fired seven scoreless innings (2 H, 2 BB, 8 K). Four Bulldogs combined on 3-hit shutout (14 Ks) against Toledo. Chase Adkins (2-0) tossed six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts.  Ole Miss Brady Fiegl (4-0) logged seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. South Carolina recorded 17 strikeouts in the win over Princeton.

A number of SEC teams have altered their weekend schedules due to weather. Alabama, Arkansas, Miss. State and Ole Miss played double headers on Friday. Florida, South Carolina and Missouri will play two games on Saturday due to weather concerns. More changes could be made to the schedule as the front approaches.

Here are Friday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 9)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (March 6)

sec-baseball-logoMississippi State opened the new Dudy Noble Field with a 5-1 win over New Mexico State. A pair of MSU pitchers held the high-powered Aggies to one run on five hits. NMSU entered the game as the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation.

Auburn overcame a 5-run deficit in the seventh inning to keep its season-opening winning streak alive. AU scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings en route to an 11-8 win at UAB to improve to 13-0 on the season.

Appalachian State-South Carolina and Eastern Illinois-Missouri were rained out.

In non-SEC baseball news, Saint Peter’s (0-4) suffered its 43rd straight loss with a 21-1 setback to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The Peacocks return to action this weekend at LIU-Brooklyn.

Here are Tuesday’s SEC recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 6)”