After winning its second American Athletic Conference baseball title in 2018, ECU was chosen as the 2019 favorite by the league’s nine coaches in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll.
The 2018 American Player of the Year, ECU junior outfielder Bryant Packard, was voted as the conference’s 2019 Preseason Player of the Year, while UConn’s All-America southpaw Mason Feole was unanimously tabbed as The American’s Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Both players earned spots on the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster. Continue reading “East Carolina Picked to Win American Athletic Conference”
Three SEC teams – Arkansas, Florid and Miss. State – along with Pac 12 runner up Oregon State make up the Final Four at the 2018 College World Series. This is the second time in CWS history that three teams from the same conference were among the final four teams in Omaha. Three SEC Eastern Division teams (South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt) and Virginia comprised the final four teams in 2011.
An SEC team is guaranteed a spot in the CWS Finals. The SEC team has had a team play in the finals 10 times in the last 11 years, including the 2018 season. Coastal Carolina and Arizona played for the 2016 CWS Championship, which is the only time since 2008 the SEC was not represented in the finals. Continue reading “CWS Recaps (Thursday, June 21)”
Arkansas endured a nearly three-hour rain delay and then scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Texas 11-5 to open bracket two play on Sunday afternoon.
Luke Bonfield stroked a 2-run home run to give the Razorbacks a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. Arkansas added two more runs in the sixth inning had the bases loaded when the game was stopped due to a lengthy weather delay. After nearly three hours, Arkansas continued its offensive assault with an 8-run inning to take an 11-2 lead. Continue reading “CWS Recaps (Sunday, June 17)”
Ole Miss won a share of the SEC Western Division championship; Mississippi State swept No. 1 ranked Florida and Missouri claimed the final SEC Tournament spot with a series-clinching win over Tennessee on Saturday.
For only the second time in league history, nine SEC teams finished with .500 or better conference record (it also happened in 2016).
Here are Saturday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, May 19)”
Welcome to the final day of the 2018 SEC baseball regular season!
There is still so much to be played for in the final seven games on the regular-season schedule. Arkansas and Ole Miss are battling for the SEC Western Division title. The Missouri-Tennessee winner earns the No. 12 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament.
SEC Tournament seeding will be a major factor on the final day of the regular season.
Here are Friday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, May 18)”
The final weekend of the SEC regular season began Thursday night with 12 of the league’s 14 teams jockeying for post-season positioning.
Florida has locked up the No. 1 seed at the 2018 SEC Tournament and Mississippi State, with a thrilling comeback win over the Gators on Thursday night, clinched a tournament berth. Missouri defeated Tennessee 3-2 in 12 innings on Thursday and owns a one-game lead over the Vols for the final tournament berth.
Arkansas and Ole Miss, who are close to locking up first round byes in the SEC Tournament, are battling for the SEC Western Division championship. Arkansas holds a one-game lead over Ole Miss with two games to play. Arkansas needs one more win over Georgia and one loss by Ole Miss at Alabama to clinch the division title. Ole Miss wins the division with three wins over Alabama and one Arkansas loss at Georgia
Here are Thursday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Thursday, May 17)”
Florida scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Georgia 7-6 in the series opener at Gainesville on Friday night. The Gators are one win away from clinching the 2018 SEC Championship. Florida (19-6 SEC) has four-game lead over Georgia (15-10 SEC) and Arkansas (15-10 SEC) in the SEC standings.
Senior captain JJ Schwarz went 3-for-4 with one run, one double, one home run and three RBIs to lead the Gators to the win.
Ole Miss picked up a huge series win with an 8-3 victory over Auburn at Swayze Field. Tyler Keenan went 3-for-4 with two runs, one double, one home run and four RBIs. He delivered and RBI single in first and then belted a 2-run home run in the fourth inning. He capped the night with an RBI double in sixth inning. Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco recorded his 800th career win on Friday night. He also has 700 career wins at Ole Miss.
LSU kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive with an improbable 7-5 win over Alabama. Trailing 5-1 in the eighth, LSU scored six runs, capped by Beau Jordan’s go-ahead grand slam.
Here are Friday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, May 11)”