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 and Vanderbilt opened SEC play with three-game sweeps. Arkansas swept Kentucky in Fayetteville. Vanderbilt swept Miss. State in Starkville.
Vanderbilt held MSU to four runs in the weekend series. Arkansas belted 10 home runs in the sweep of the Wildcats.
Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss all had series wins.
Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt had road series wins.
On the national scene, Siena (0-14) and St. Peter’s (0-7) are the last two winless teams in the country.
Here are Sunday’s SEC Baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 18)”
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)”
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With conference play set to begin this weekend in Southeastern Conference baseball, the SEC will expand the use of official replay review to include six additional plays as allowed by the NCAA and implement a new experimental challenge system for head coaches.
Under existing NCAA baseball replay rules, there are six umpire calls that may be reviewed. At the SEC’s request, for the 2018 season the NCAA is permitting the SEC to review six additional calls on an experimental basis as well as utilize a head coach challenge system. Because the rule is experimental, the additional calls and challenge system can only be used in conference games. Continue reading “NEW REPLAY RULES, CHALLENGE SYSTEM IN EFFECT FOR SEC BASEBALL GAMES”
Southeastern Conference play begins this weekend and several SEC teams had some final tuneups for the 85th season of SEC play begins Friday.
Alabama belted five home runs in a 14-0 win over Alabama A&M. Hunter Alexander led the charge with two home runs and five RBIs. Auburn (17-1) matched the 1997 CWS team for best 18-game start with a comeback win over Memphis. Tennessee freshman Sean Hunley threw a complete-game shutout in the win over Western Carolina.
On the national scene, NAIA newcomer Lawrence Tech upended Michigan 8-3 on Wednesday. The Blue Devils are just in their second season of college baseball. The school is located in Southfield, Michigan.
St. Peter’s extended the nation’s longest losing streak to 46 games with a 2-0 loss at Seton Hall on Wednesday. The Peacocks (0-7) loss all 38 games in 2017.
Here are the SEC recaps. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 14)”
Several SEC teams beat up on midweek pitching Tuesday night. Seven times a team scored five or more runs in an inning on Tuesday.
Alabama scored eight runs in the first inning and added six more in the fifth in 15-0 mercy rule win over hapless Alabama A&M.
Arkansas jumped on former Southwest Conference rival Texas with seven runs in the third inning en route to the 13-4 win.
Auburn scored five runs in the sixth inning in the win over Georgia Tech.
Florida used a 7-run fifth inning to beat Florida State for the sixth straight time.
Georgia spotted Kennesaw State a 3-0 lead and then scored seven runs in both the second and third innings in the blowout win. Cam Shepherd and Michael Curry both hit grand slams.
On the flip side, UT Arlington and Texas A&M played 17 scoreless innings until the Mavericks broke the game open with five runs in the 18th inning for the 5-0 win. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 13)”