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)”

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SEC Baseball Week 6 Preview

The second half of the SEC baseball schedule began Thursday night as Florida hosted South Carolina and Miss. State hosting Alabama. The other five series begin today.

South Carolina and Florida is the marquee series in the SEC Eastern Division this weekend. The Gators were the preseason favorite, along with LSU, to win the 2017 SEC Championship. Florida was the preseason favorite to win the SEC Eastern Division championship, while South Carolina was picked second in the division.

The marquee series in the league this weekend is SEC Western Division leader Arkansas at Auburn. Neither team qualified for the SEC Tournament last year, and both teams were picked near the bottom of the standings this year. Arkansas was tabbed fifth in the SEC Western Division, while Auburn (tied with Alabama) was picked sixth in the division.

SEC Eastern Division leader Kentucky hosts LSU in another headline series this weekend in the SEC.

The weekend has also seen a couple of schedule changes.  Due to impending weather, LSU and Kentucky, and Alabama and Miss. State will play double headers on Friday. LSU and UK will being at 2 p.m. (ET) with game two starting one hour following the conclusion on game one.  Alabama and Miss. State will play two, nine-inning games beginning at 4 p.m. (CT). Continue reading “SEC Baseball Week 6 Preview”