Super Regional Previews

The 2017 NCAA Super Regionals will take place June 9-11 (Friday-Sunday) and June 10-12 (Saturday-Monday); the winners of the Super Regionals will advance to the College World Series.

The 2017 College World Series consists of two, 4-team double-elimination brackets from June 17-24 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska; the two bracket winners will meet in a best-of-three CWS Championship series on June 26-28.

Here are the previews of this year’s NCAA Super Regionals. Continue reading “Super Regional Previews”

SEC Award Winners Announced

HOOVER, Ala. (May, 22, 2017)—–The Southeastern Conference on Monday announced its 2017 Baseball Awards and All-SEC Teams, recognizing standout performances from this season. The 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament will be played Tuesday through Sunday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Mississippi State’s Brent Rooker was named the SEC Player of the Year, Kentucky’s Sean Hjelle is the SEC Pitcher of the Year, Texas A&M’s Braden Shewmake is the SEC Freshman of the Year, Kentucky’s Nick Mingione is the SEC Coach of the Year and Kentucky’s Zach Logue is the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Rooker leads the SEC in several offensive categories, including batting average (.415), hits (85), RBI (73), home runs (20), doubles (28), slugging percentage (.873) and total bases (179). He is the first Mississippi State player to reach 20 home runs, 20 doubles, 70 RBI, and the first SEC hitter to do so since 2000.

Hjelle is 9-2 this season with a 3.17 ERA, including a 7-1 mark in SEC action with a 1.90 ERA. His nine wins this season move him into a tie for 6th place on Kentucky’s single-season wins list. Hjelle has allowed one earned run or less in six of his last seven starts and has given up six or fewer hits in his last 12 starts.

Shewmake is a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree, and he is batting .342 with 39 runs, 16 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 64 RBI. He ranks second in the SEC in RBI, fourth in hits and fourth in total bases.

Mingione was named SEC Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm of the Wildcats. Kentucky’s 38 wins on the season are the most since 2012, and 38 wins are the most for a first-year Kentucky head coach. Kentucky finished second in the Eastern Division and earned the No. 3 seed in the SEC Tournament.

Logue has earned a 3.96 GPA in Chemical Engineering at Kentucky. He is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he is 6-5 with a 5.03 ERA and has 76 strikeouts in 77.0 innings this season.

2017 SEC Baseball Awards
Player of the Year: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State
Pitcher of the Year: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky
Freshman of the Year: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M
Coach of the Year: Nick Mingione, Kentucky
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Zach Logue, Kentucky

First-Team All-SEC
C: Grant Koch, Arkansas
1B: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State
2B: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M
3B: Jordan Rodgers, Tennessee
SS: Ryan Gridley, Mississippi State
OF: Greg Deichmann, LSU
OF: Tristan Pompey, Kentucky
OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
DH/UT: Michael Curry, Georgia
SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt
*SP: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky
*SP: Alex Lange, LSU
RP: Logan Salow, Kentucky

Second-Team All-SEC Team
C: Troy Squires, Kentucky
1B: Evan White, Kentucky
2B: Riley Mahan, Kentucky
3B: Colby Bortles, Ole Miss
*SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU
*SS: Jax Biggers, Arkansas
OF: Jonah Todd, Auburn
OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
OF: Chandler Taylor, Alabama
DH/UT: JJ Schwarz, Florida
SP: Alex Faedo, Florida
SP: Brady Singer, Florida
RP: Michael Byrne, Florida

Freshman All-SEC Team
C: Hunter Coleman, Texas A&M
1B: Andre Lipcius, Tennessee
2B: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M
3B: Josh Smith, LSU
SS: Cam Shepherd, Georgia
OF: Carlos Cortes, South Carolina
OF: Zach Watson, LSU
OF: Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas
DH/UT: Logan Foster, Texas A&M
SP: Ryan Rolison, Ole Miss
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SP: Eric Walker, LSU
RP: T.J. Sikkema, Missouri

SEC All-Defensive Team
C: Michael Papierski, LSU
1B: Evan White, Kentucky
2B: Deacon Liput, Florida
3B: Josh Smith, LSU
SS: Dalton Guthrie, Florida
OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
OF: Jonah Todd, Auburn
OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
P: Brigham Hill, Texas A&M

* – Denotes a tie in voting. Ties are not broken.

SEC Baseball Recaps

Florida and LSU both picked up wins on Saturday and in the process earned a share of the 2017 SEC Championship. Florida rallied for a 6-4 win over Kentucky to clinch at least a share of the title. LSU waited out a three-hour and five-minute rain delay and completed a three-game sweep at Miss. State with an 11-7 win. The Tigers will share the league crown with the Gators.

LSU has captured a conference-leading 17 SEC Championships after winning its second league title in the last three years. LSU clinched the 2015 SEC Championship at Founders Park in Columbia, S.C.  LSU has also won 19 SEC Western Division titles.

Florida won its 14 SEC Championship, second only to LSU in league history.  The Gators own an SEC-best 23 SEC Eastern Division titles.

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

SEC Baseball Recaps

Florida, LSU and Kentucky enter the final day of the regular season with a chance to win the 2017 SEC Championship.

LSU clinched the SEC Western Division championship with an 11-5 win at Miss. State on Friday. LSU has won 19 SEC Western Division championships. It is the Tigers fourth division title in the last six years.

Florida has clinched at least a share of the SEC Eastern Division with its 14-3 win over Kentucky on Friday. The Gators have an SEC-record 23 Eastern Division titles.

The path to the SEC Championship is simple.  LSU wins a share of the title with a win at Miss. State.  Florida wins a share of the title with a win over Kentucky. The Wildcats can gain a piece of the trophy with a win at Florida and an LSU loss at Miss. State, creating a three-way tie for first place.

SEC Championship Scenarios
LSU

SEC Outright Champion with win at Miss. State AND Kentucky win at Florida
Share of SEC Championship with win over Miss. State

Florida
SEC Outright Champion with win over Kentucky AND LSU loss at Miss. State
Share of SEC Championship with win over Kentucky AND LSU win at MSU

Kentucky
Share of SEC Championship with win over Florida AND LSU loss at MSU

One the flip side, Alabama can set the all-time SEC with its 25th SEC loss on Saturday at Vanderbilt. With a loss, the Crimson Tide would finish 5-25, the worst 30-game record in conference history. Alabama would also finish the season with 35 losses, tying the 1994 team (21-35) for the most losses in school history. The Crimson Tide would finish with less than 20 wins for the first time since 1980 (18-28).

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

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)”

The Final Weekend of Regular Season

REGULAR SEASON COMES TO END THIS WEEKEND
For a majority of the college baseball world, the 2017 regular season comes to close this weekend. Many teams across the nation are playing for conference champions, tournament seeding and NCAA Tournament bids.

It will be a nostalgic weekend for the University of Buffalo and New York Tech.

Buffalo plays its final ever series against MAC foe Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Bulls announced earlier this season the school would drop the baseball program following the 2017 season. Buffalo plays its final home game today against Niagara, before closing out the season (and program history) this weekend. The final game in program history is Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m. (ET) in Kalamazoo, Mich.

New York Tech played its final game at the Division I level on Sunday, May 7 with a 6-2 loss to New Jersey Tech. NY Tech is dropping down to NCAA Division II in all sports next season.

St. Peter’s (0-35, 0-21 MAAC) enters the final weekend seeking its first win of the season. The Peacocks close out the year with a three-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series at Manhattan (15-33, 9-12 MAAC) beginning Thursday, May 20. St. Peter’s is trying to avoid becoming the eighth team in NCAA history to have a winless season. Coppin State (0-29) was the last winless team in 2009. Coppin State (0-44) was also winless in 2007. Pittsburgh had three straight winless seasons in 1943, 1944 and 1945, going 0-7 in all three years. Vanderbilt (0-18-1) was winless in 1951 and Norfolk State (0-12) was winless in 1973. Continue reading “The Final Weekend of Regular Season”

SEC Baseball Recaps (May 14)

Florida completed the weekend sweep at Alabama and maintains its one-game lead over LSU and Kentucky in the SEC standings heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

Five teams are mathematically alive for the SEC Championship or Division Championship this weekend. Florida (38-14, 19-8 SEC) owns a one-game lead over SEC Western Division leader LSU (35-17, 18-9 SEC) and Kentucky (36-16, 18-9 SEC) for the over championship.

The Gators hold a one-game lead over UK in the SEC Eastern Division race.  Florida hosts Kentucky this weekend in Gainesville with the championship implications.

LSU maintains a one-game lead over Miss. State (33-19, 17-10 SEC) and a one and one-half game lead over Arkansas in the SEC Western Division. LSU plays at Miss. State this weekend, while Arkansas hosts Texas A&M. Arkansas can still win the SEC Western Division title with three wins over Texas A&M and two wins by Miss. State over LSU. In that scenario, Arkansas would finish 19-10, LSU 19-11 and Miss. State 19-11. In addition, Arkansas owns the tie-breaker with both LSU and MSU.

Alabama was eliminated from SEC Tournament contention on Sunday, leaving Missouri (31-21, 9-18), Georgia (22-30, 9-18) and Tennessee (26-22, 7-18 SEC) fighting for the last two spots. Missouri plays at Tennessee this weekend and clinches a spot with one win over the Vols. Georgia needs one win or one Tennessee loss to lock up a spot in Hoover. Tennessee makes it to Hoover if they sweep Missouri, or wins two of three from Missouri and Georgia loses three at South Carolina.  Georgia owns tie-breaker with Tennessee.

Georgia, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Missouri all posted series-clinching wins on Sunday.

Here is the latest news and notes from Saturday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 14)”