SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, May 19)

sec-baseball-logoOle 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).

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SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, May 18)

sec-baseball-logoWelcome 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.

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SEC Baseball Recaps (Thursday, May 17)

sec-baseball-logoThe 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

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SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, May 11)

sec-baseball-logoFlorida 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.

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SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, May 6)

sec-baseball-logoAuburn and Georgia were the only teams to sweep their SEC series this weekend.

Georgia posted a three-game road sweep at Missouri. It was the Bulldogs first SEC road sweep since 2015 (at Tennessee).  Auburn completed the sweep of Vanderbilt with a resounding 14-0 win on Sunday.  It was Auburn’s first sweep vs. Vanderbilt since 2002 and first shutout of the Commodores since 1998.  The 14-run win was largest margin of victory vs. SEC Eastern Division team since 1967.

Mississippi State, LSU and Tennessee all picked up series wins on Sunday. Miss. State posted a 6-4 win at Alabama. LSU knocked off No. 4 Arkansas 7-5. Tennessee got a 2-run HR in the seventh inning from Brandon Chinea to defeat Kentucky 5-3.

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SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, May 5)

Alabama CelebrationFlorida has turned in a pair of dominant pitching performances to take the first two games of the series at Texas A&M. Florida pitchers have held the Aggies to one run and nine hits in the first two games. The Gators have now won 18 straight series.

Georgia recorded its first SEC road sweep since 2005 after its 7-1 win at Missouri on Saturday. Adam Sasser had an incredible weekend for the Bulldogs. He was 7-for-13 with five runs scored, four home runs and 10 RBIs. He tied the Georgia single-game record with three home runs in Thursday’s series opener.

Alabama snapped its 10-game SEC losing streak with a 4-3, 10-inning win over Miss. State. Keith Holcombe’s walk-off single scored Joe Breaux with the winning run.  John Trousdale hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning. It was also Alabama’s first win against an SEC Western Division team this year.

South Carolina has outscored Ole Miss 24-12 in the first two games in Columbia. South Carolina won the opener 13-6 and then took the series with an 11-6 win on Saturday. Ole Miss has allowed 10+ runs in back-to-back games for first time since 2010.

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SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, May 4)

sec-baseball-logoFormer Vanderbilt standout Walker Buehler threw six no-hit innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a combined no-hitter with 4-0 in over the San Diego Padres in Monterrey, Mexico. It was the 298th no-hitter in MLB history and the 18th combined no-hitter in MLB history. The Dodgers have 23 no-hitters, but this was the first combined no-hitter in franchise history.

Buehler, the 23-year-old rookie making only his third career start, pitched six innings and was removed after making 93 pitches, having struck out eight and walked three. Buehler has been handled delicately since requiring Tommy John surgery in 2015 and being drafted in the first round.

In keeping with the pitching theme, Auburn RHP Casey Mize and Florida RHP Brady Singer were dominant on Friday night. Mize tied the Auburn single-game record with 15 strikeouts in a complete-game victory over Vanderbilt.  Singer posted his 10th win of the season with a complete-game shutout at Texas A&M.

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