SEC Baseball Recaps (May 13)

Four series are up for grabs on Sunday as Miss. State-Georgia, Vanderbilt-Arkansas, Missouri-South Carolina and Texas A&M-Ole Miss all play rubber games tomorrow; LSU swept Auburn in Baton Rouge and Florida (at Alabama) and Kentucky (Tennessee) have securer series wins. Auburn has dropped seven straight games and has suffered back-to-back sweeps at the hands of Alabama and LSU to tumble from No. 1 seed to current No. 8 seed at SEC Tournament.

Florida (37-14, 18-8 SEC) is in sole possession of first place in the SEC standings; the Gators hold a one-half game lead over SEC Western Division leader LSU (35-17, 18-9 SEC) and a one-game cushion over Kentucky (35-16. 17-9 SEC) and Miss. State (33-18, 17-9 SEC). All four teams play one another next week to decide the league race. Miss. State hosts LSU and Florida hosts Kentucky in the final weekend of the regular season.

LSU RHP Eric Walker and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Wright flirted with no-hitters on Saturday. Walker no-hit Auburn for 7.2 innings before Sam Gillikin broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out, solo HR in the eighth inning.  Wright took a no-hitter into the sixth inning at Arkansas before Jax Biggers delivered a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Here is the latest news and notes from Saturday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 13)”

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SEC Baseball Recaps (May 12)

Four of the seven games decided in seventh inning or later on Friday night; Florida beats Alabama in classic pitcher’s duel; Alex Faedo and Jake Walters combined for 16 strikeouts and 11 one-pitch outs in a pair of no decisions as the Gators edged the Crimson Tide 2-1; Arkansas gets walk-off win over Vanderbilt; Auburn suffers sixth straight loss at LSU; Kentucky belts four home runs in blowout win over Tennessee; Konnor Pilkington tosses eight scoreless innings; Brent Rooker and Elijah MacNamee homer in win at Georgia; Braden Shewmake hits two home runs as Texas A&M pounds Ole Miss; South Carolina rallies past Missouri on Battle of Columbia; here is the latest news and notes from Sunday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 12)”

Gators Stay Red-Hot; St. Peter’s Winless

This week’s college baseball notebook takes a look at the red-hot Florida Gators, who have won nine straight games. St. Peter’s remains winless and looks to avoid becoming the eighth winless team in college baseball since World War II.  Post season play begins this weekend for the Ivy League and Patriot League. Continue reading “Gators Stay Red-Hot; St. Peter’s Winless”

SEC Baseball Recaps (May 7)

One weekend in the SEC can make or break a season. Several teams found out this weekend that the SEC is still among the elite in college baseball from top to bottom.

Florida has reeled off nine straight wins, including back-to-back sweeps of Georgia and Ole Miss, to move into a first-place tie with Miss. State in the SEC standings. The Gators and Bulldogs are 16-8 SEC play heading into the final two weekends.

Kentucky, who dropped a home series to Georgia this weekend, falls to second place in the SEC Eastern Division, one game behind the Gators.  Kentucky and LSU are tied for third in the overall standings with a 15-9 league mark.

Arkansas (14-9 SEC) is third in the SEC West and fifth in the overall standings.

Auburn took the biggest hit this weekend after being swept at home by last-place and rival Alabama.  The Tigers entered the weekend in a three-way tie for first place with MSU and Kentucky. After three losses to Alabama, Auburn is now tied for fourth place in the SEC West and sixth place in the overall race with Texas A&M.  The Aggies won two of three from the Tigers in College Station on April 7-9.

Vanderbilt (12-11 SEC) would be eighth, while Ole Miss (11-13 SEC) and South Carolina are tied for ninth place in the overall standings.  The Rebels and Gamecocks do not play one another this season. Missouri (9-15 SEC) and Tennessee (7-15 SEC) would hold down the final two spots in the SEC Tournament.  Georgia (7-17 SEC) and Alabama (5-19 SEC) would be left out of the SEC Tournament field.

Alabama defeated Auburn 11-9 in 15 innings on Sunday in a game that lasted six hours and 36 minutes. The teams used 44 players and threw a combined 567 pitches in the marathon game.  Alabama held the lead after the fourth, seventh, 10th, 11th and 13th innings, but Auburn answered every time.  Alabama scored two runs in the top of the 15th inning on Sam Finnerty’s RBI single and Connor Short’s sacrifice fly. Auburn had two base runners in the bottom of the frame but did not score against Garrett Suchey, who got Dylan Ingram to fly out to end the game.

Here is the latest news and notes from Sunday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 7)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (May 5)

Eddie Rabbit was probably enjoying the SEC baseball landscape on Friday night as a several games were affected by rain; Arkansas and Tennessee were washed out for the second straight day reducing the weekend to a two-game series; Alabama and Auburn were also rained out on Friday night on the Plains; the start time of the Georgia-Kentucky game was moved up four hours and the teams still played in heavy rains in Lexington on Friday afternoon.

South Carolina snapped its 6-game losing streak in SEC series openers with a 3-2 win at LSU; the Gamecocks scored all three runs in the second inning and got 4.2 scoreless innings from relievers Josh Reagan and Tyler Johnson for the much-needed road win.

Georgia scored four unearned runs in the ninth inning to shock Kentucky 5-3; Florida scored seven runs in the fourth inning and cruised past Ole Miss 11-2 in Gainesville; Miss. State posted a 5-1 win over Texas A&M to even the series in College Station; Vanderbilt got a solid start from Patrick Raby and three RBIs from Julian Infante to top Missouri 5-2 in Nashville.

Here is the latest news and notes from Friday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 5)”

SEC Weekend Previews (May 4-7)

SEC Baseball Week 8 Preview

Seven teams are within one game of first place in the Southeastern Conference standings heading into the final one-third of regular-season schedule.

Auburn, Mississippi State and Kentucky are all tied for first place in the SEC standings with a 14-7 conference record; Auburn won two out of three at Miss. State this past weekend and owns the tie-breaker over the Bulldogs; MSU won two out of three from Kentucky in Starkville on April 7-9 and owns the tie-breaker over the Wildcats; Auburn and Kentucky do not meet in the regular season.

Arkansas, Florida, LSU and Texas A&M are all one game back of the league leaders with identical 13-8 SEC records.

The weekend gets underway tonight as Tennessee hosts Arkansas, and Texas A&M hosts Miss. State in key three-game series.  Continue reading “SEC Weekend Previews (May 4-7)”

Pennant Races, Playoffs and Stats Leaders

SEC RACE HEATING UP:
Seven teams are within one game of first place in the Southeastern Conference standings heading into the final one-third of regular-season schedule.

Auburn, Mississippi State and Kentucky are all tied for first place in the SEC standings with a 14-7 conference record; Auburn won two out of three at Miss. State this past weekend and owns the tie-breaker over the Bulldogs; MSU won two out of three from Kentucky in Starkville on April 7-9 and owns the tie-breaker over the Wildcats; Auburn and Kentucky do not meet in the regular season.

Arkansas, Florida, LSU and Texas A&M are all one game back of the league leaders with identical 13-8 SEC records. Continue reading “Pennant Races, Playoffs and Stats Leaders”