SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, April 29)

sec-baseball-logoArkansas completed a three-game sweep of Alabama to move into first place in the SEC Western Division. The Razorbacks (32-13, 13-8 SEC) leads Ole Miss (34-11, 12-9 SEC) by one game in the division standings. Texas A&M (32-12, 11-10 SEC) is two games back of the Razorbacks and is the only other team in the division with a winning SEC record.

Florida (36-10, 16-5 SEC) is running away with the SEC Eastern Division. The Gators have a four-game lead over second-place Georgia in the division standings.

South Carolina took the series at Vanderbilt this weekend with a pair of comeback wins. The Gamecocks trailed South Carolina trailed 4-0, 6-3 and 9-6 before its 10-9 comeback win to capture the series on Sunday. In Friday’s opener, South Carolina trailed 7-0, before winning 8-7. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, April 29)”

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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 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 18)

Kentucky, Florida and LSU are all tied first place in the SEC standings with two games remaining in the regular season. All three teams have identical 19-9 records with two games remaining. Kentucky pounded out 20 hits en route to a 12-4 win over Florida on Thursday. LSU rode the pitching of ace RHP Alex Lange to a 3-1 win at Miss. State.

LSU can clinch the SEC Western Division championship with one more win over MSU. LSU can clinch the overall SEC Championship with two more wins over MSU and a split of the final two games between Kentucky and Florida. Miss. State can still obtain a share of the SEC Western Division title with two wins over LSU and one loss by Arkansas.  The Razorbacks are still mathematically alive in the SEC Western Division race. Arkansas can clinch the West with two more wins at Texas A&M and two wins by MSU over LSU.

Kentucky and Vanderbilt posted lopsided wins on Thursday. UK pounded out 20 hits in its 12-4 win over Florida in Gainesville.  Tristan Pompey blasted a fourth-inning grand slam to give UK a 4-3 lead. The Cats then cruised from there. Seven UK players recorded multi-hit games, including three hits from Evan White, Riley Mahan, Kyle Cottam and Marcus Carson. Vanderbilt steam rolled Alabama 18-1 in Nashville. The Commodores scored five runs in the first inning and added eight runs in the fourth. Six Commodores collected at least two RBIs in the win. Jason Delay led the way with four RBIs.

Thursday night was also filled with dominant pitching performances from Auburn’s Keegan Thompson, Georgia’s Andrew Gist, LSU’s Alex Lange, Missouri’s TJ Sikkema and Vanderbilt’s Patrick Raby.

Thompson hurled six no-hit innings in the win over Ole Miss. The game was interrupted in the seventh inning by a weather delay. Gist held South Carolina scoreless on one hit through six innings. He allowed one run on three hits in eight innings as Georgia clinched a berth in the SEC Tournament. Lange allowed a leadoff home run to Ryan Gridley but settled down and punched out 11 in the win over Miss. State.  Sikkema hurled a complete-game, four-hitter in the 5-0 win at Tennessee. Raby logged seven scoreless innings in the win over Alabama.

Kentucky’s Tristan Pompey and Missouri’s Matt Berler both hit grand slams on Thursday.

Here is the latest news and notes from Thursday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 18)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (April 1)

Cannizarro makes history; Kentucky keeps rolling; Gators pitching dominates Mizzou again; Schmidt silences Auburn bats; Aggies take series in Baton Rouge; Duarte shuts down Arkansas; all the night’s action from Saturday, April 1. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (April 1)”