CWS Recaps (Thursday, June 21)

2018 CWS LogoThree 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)”

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CWS Recaps (Sunday, June 17)

2018 CWS LogoArkansas 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)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, April 14)

sec-baseball-logoArkansas posted back-to-back shutouts in a double header sweep of South Carolina to earn its third straight home series win on Saturday. Arkansas posted a 2-0 win in game won and followed with a 3-0 win in the nightcap.  Arkansas held South Carolina to four total hits in the double header.

South Carolina was shutout in back-to-back games for the first time since April 2-3, 1980 when the Gamecocks lost 9-0 and 5-0 at Miami, Fla. in Coral Gables. Arkansas turned in back-to-back shutouts for the first time since April 22-23, 2016 when the Hogs blanked Kentucky 1-0 and 2-0 in consecutive games.

South Carolina was shutout twice in the same day for the first time since April 25, 1969 when the Gamecocks lost 1-0 and 2-0 at Duke. Arkansas posted two shutouts on the same day for the first time since April 7, 1984 when the Razorbacks blanked Texas A&M, 1-0 and 4-0. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, April 14)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, March 25)

Hawkins FIeldGeorgia and Vanderbilt sit atop the SEC standings with identical 5-1 conference records. Georgia the early surprise of the SEC swept South Carolina and is off to its best 6-game SEC start since 2002. The Bulldogs completed their first home SEC series sweep since 2012 (Auburn). Georgia has won five straight SEC series dating back to last season.

Vanderbilt took two of three at home from LSU. The series finale was 1-0 pitcher’s duel between a pair of dominant freshmen. Mason Hickman (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K) out-dueled Ma’Kahil Hillard (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) in the 7-inning game. Phillip Clarke score the only run in the first inning when he singled, stole second, move to third on fly ball and scored on passed ball.

Nelson Maldonado hit a game-winning two-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the Gators to a series-clinching win over Arkansas.

Arkansas and Ole Miss are tied for first place in the SEC Western Division with 4-2 league records. Nine teams are .500 or better in SEC play after two weekends.  Five teams have losing records, with Alabama, Miss. State and South Carolina all sitting at 1-5 in SEC play.

Tennessee got a pair of 7-inning complete games from Garrett Stallings and Will Neely in the double header sweep of Alabama in Knoxville.  Tennessee leads the SEC with five complete games this season.  The rest of the league has only three CGs and two of those came from Hickman and Hillard on Sunday. Auburn’s Casey Mize has the other when he no-hit Northeastern on March 9. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, March 25)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (March 10)

sec-baseball-logoAuburn fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in a bizarre series with Northeastern. Casey Mize no-hit the Huskies in Friday’s series opener. The Tigers then jumped on the Huskies on Saturday and took a 14-1 lead into the ninth inning.  That’s where the momentum changed. Northeastern scored seven runs in the ninth inning and lost 14-8, but rode that surge into a game-three win. Northeastern starter Sean Mellen no-hit the Tigers for 7.2 innings in the Huskies 2-1 win in the finale. Edouard Julian stroked a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to break up the no-hitter and shutout. After being no-hit in the series opener, Northeastern out-hit Auburn 22-17 in the final two games.

Alabama senior second baseman Chandler Avant accounted for four of the Crimson Tide’s five runs in the series-clinching 5-2 win over New Mexico State. Avant went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three doubles and two RBIs in the win. He broke the Aggies no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the fifth inning and scored the tying run on Jett Manning’s RBI ground out. He stroked an RBI double and scored on Manning’s RBI single in the Tide’s three-run seventh inning. He capped his day with an RBI double in the eighth inning.

Kentucky has been impressive all season, but have taken to the next level this weekend at home against No. 3 and previously -undefeated Texas Tech. The Wildcats had taken the first two games of the series, winning 10-7 and 11-6.  Troy Squires went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, one home run and four RBIs in Saturday’s series-clinching win.

Arkansas, Miss. State and Ole Miss did not play on Saturday due to weather issues. The three teams played double headers on Friday and will conclude their weekend series with a single game on Sunday. Arkansas hosts Kent State, Miss. State hosts Utah Valley State and Ole Miss faces Eastern Illinois. Arkansas and MSU split their double headers on Friday, while Ole Miss swept EIU.

In other weather related news, Vanderbilt and USC were rained out today in Los Angeles. The Commodores wrap up their 7-gama road trip against TCU on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (CT) at Dodger Stadium in the annual Dodgertown Classic.

Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and South Carolina wrapped up their weekend series on Saturday.

On the national scene, Hofstra threw its second no-hitter of the season in 10-0 win over Mount St. Mary’s at the UMBC Tournament in Baltimore. John Rooney (6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K) and Seamus Brazill (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) combined on the no-hitter. Brazill was involved in both no-hitters this season. He threw a seven-inning no-hitter at Lamar on Feb. 24.  Hofstra had never pitched a no-hitter prior to this season.

Five teams entered the weekend undefeated on the season.  Texas Tech (at Kentucky) and Oregon State (Cal State Fullerton) suffered their first loss of the season on Friday.  Florida State (at Wake Forest) and Auburn (Northeastern) lost for the first time on Saturday. That leaves Louisville (14-0, 2-0 ACC) as the lone unbeaten team.  The Cardinals go for the series sweep on Sunday against North Carolina.

Here are Saturday’s SEC recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 10)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (March 4)

sec-baseball-logoAuburn (12-0) is the lone undefeated SEC team heading into the final weekend of non-conference play. The Tigers are one of five undefeated NCAA Division I teams, joining Texas Tech (13-0), Oregon State (12-0), Louisville (11-0) and Florida State (11-0).

The 2019 Shriner’s Hospitals for Children College Classic field was announced on Sunday during the Miss. State-Sam Houston State telecast. The field will have an all-Texas flavor as Houston, Rice, Baylor, Texas State, Texas A&M and TCU will participate in the three-day event.

The 2019 Frisco Classic field was announced on Sunday. The field will consist of Nebraska, Mississippi State, Sam Houston State and Texas Tech in the three-day event at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.

Here are the SEC baseball recaps from Sunday: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (March 4)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Feb. 18)

sec-baseball-logoThe first weekend of the college baseball season is in the books. Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Texas A&M all had perfect weekends on the diamond. Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt all posted series-clinching wins on Sunday. Tennessee salvaged the final game of its weekend series with Maryland to give head coach Tony Vitello his first career coaching win. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Feb. 18)”