Several SEC teams were suffering from opening weekend hangover as Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee all dropped non-conference games on Tuesday.
Three games were affected by weather. Arkansas at Charlotte was cancelled due to weather. Florida and Vanderbilt rescheduled their games to Wednesday. Florida will host Jacksonville on Wednesday, while Vanderbilt and Belmont will meet at First Tennessee Park in Nashville.
Kentucky belted seven home runs in a 20-4 blowout win over Xavier. Keegan McGovern had two home runs and five RBIs in Georgia’s 12-2 win at Georgia State. The Bulldogs have won eight of nine games overall.
Here are Tuesday’s SEC recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 20)”
Arkansas 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)”
It 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)”
Texas A&M and Ole Miss completed weekend sweeps on Sunday. The Aggies dismantled Long Beach State, outscoring the Dirtbags, 27-3 in the series. Ole Miss swept Eastern Illinois on the final non-conference weekend.
The final undefeated team went down as Louisville suffered its first loss of the season in a 10-3 loss to North Carolina. Louisville was also the last team to lose in 2017.
St. Peter’s (0-6) extended the nation’s longest losing streak to 45 games with a pair of losses at LIU-Brooklyn on Sunday. The Peacocks lost 9-5 and 13-2 (7 innings). St. Peter’s plays at Seton Hall on Wednesday. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 11)”
Auburn’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)”
Mississippi 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)”
Mississippi 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)”