SEC Baseball Recaps (April 24)

sec-baseball-logoNorthwestern State right fielder Tyler Smith hit three home runs and knocked in seven runs as the Demons upset No. 6 Arkansas 10-7 in Fayetteville. The Demons split the two-game midweek series with Razorbacks. Northwestern State has two wins over SEC Western Division teams this year. NSU defeated LSU 3-1 on March 12.  Alabama scored three runs in the ninth inning for a 6-3 win at Jacksonville State. The Crimson Tide completed the season sweep of the Gamecocks. Junior RHP Kyle Cameron retired all 12 batters faced, with six strikeouts for the win.

Two SEC series begin in Thursday, with Ole Miss hosting Texas A&M and Vanderbilt hosting Auburn.  Texas A&M (30-12-1, 11-6-1 SEC) trails Arkansas by one-half game in the SEC Western Division standings. The Aggies are 1.5 games behind SEC leading Georgia. Ole Miss (27-15, 10-8 SEC) is in a three-way tie with Auburn and Miss. State for fourth place in the SEC Western Division. Auburn (27-14, 10-8 SEC) looks to break up that logjam with a trip to Nashville. Vanderbilt (31-9, 12-6 SEC) trails Georgia by one game for the overall lead in the SEC standings.

Updated SEC Baseball Standings

Here is Wednesday’s SEC baseball recap. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (April 24)”

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College Baseball Notes (April 20)

UTSAI took in a baseball triple-header on Saturday … My first two games was a Conference USA double header between Texas San Antonio and UAB at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham … UTSA was my 237th different college baseball team to see in person … The Roadrunners were my 184th different NCAA Division I baseball team … I have now seen 11 of the 12 C-USA teams, missing only Charlotte (the 49ers play at UAB on May 10-12) … Following the C-USA double header, I headed back to Tuscaloosa to watch Vanderbilt and Alabama … Some highlights of the day in college baseball … British Columbia College (NAIA) Niall Windeler tossed the first 9-inning no-hitter in school history in the 6-0 win over Oregon Tech … Kansas State scored 10 runs in its final three at-bats to overtake TCU 11-10 and take the Big 12 series in Manhattan … Navy senior right hander Noah Song tossed a complete-game one-hitter in the 3-0 win over Army in the Patriot League series opener … Rio Grande (NAIA) senior right-hander Zach Harvey became the school’s career shutouts leader following a 1-0 win over Indiana-Kokomo in River States Conference action … Saint Peter’s had the dubious distinction of losing three games on Saturday to Canisius … West Virginia junior RHP Alex Manoah was dominant again in the Mountaineers 1-0 win over Kansas. Manoah hurled a complete-game three hit shutout and struck out 15 batters … West Texas A&M senior first baseman Kyle Kaufman set the single-game school record with 10 RBIs in the Buffs 25-7 win over UT Permian Basin.

Here is Saturday’s college baseball notebook: Continue reading “College Baseball Notes (April 20)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, April 21)

sec-baseball-logoIn the only SEC game on Easter Sunday, Vanderbilt blanked Alabama 2-0 to complete the three-game sweep at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. It marked the Commodores first sweep in Tuscaloosa since 1906.

With the win the Commodores remained one game back of Georgia for the overall SEC lead in the standings.

Georgia (33-8, 13-5) is the overall leader and SEC Eastern Division leader with 12 games remaining. Vanderbilt (31-9, 12-6) is one game back of the first-place Bulldogs. Tennessee (30-11, 9-9 SEC) is the only other Eastern Division team with a .500 record. Missouri, Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky all have losing SEC records.

The SEC Western Division is a lot more congested as six teams are within two games of the division lead. Arkansas (30-10, 12-6 SEC) lead the West and is one-game behind Georgia for the overall league lead. Texas A&M (29-12-1, 11-6-1 SEC) is one-half game behind the Razorbacks. LSU is one-game back, while Ole Miss, Miss. State and Auburn are two games off the division lead.

Updated SEC Baseball Standings

Here is Sunday’s SEC baseball recap.

VANDERBILT 2, ALABAMA 0
Vanderbilt won series, 3-0
Vanderbilt (31-9, 12-6 SEC); Alabama 24-17, 4-14 SEC)
Vandy completes first sweep in Tuscaloosa since 1906
Patrick Raby, Hugh Fisher and Tyler Brown combine in 3-hitter
Raby six scoreless innings (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K) for the win
Brown records second save of the weekend; ninth overall
JJ Bleday solo home run in second inning
Bleday (UA Series): .357 (5-14), 4 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB
Bleday and Tulane’s Kody Hoese share NCAA lead with 20 home runs
Alabama 7-game SEC losing streak; swept in last two series (MSU, VU)
Alabama shutout for third time in SEC play

SEC Baseball Schedule (April 25-28)
Texas A&M at Ole Miss (Thursday-Saturday)
Auburn at Vanderbilt (Thursday-Saturday)
Kentucky at Florida
LSU at Alabama
Tennessee at Arkansas
Georgia at Miss. State
South Carolina at Missouri

 

 

 

 

SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, April 20)

sec-baseball-logoArkansas, Georgia and Tennessee all completed weekend sweeps. Arkansas turned in a dominating performance with a sweep of Miss. State. The Razorbacks outscored the Bulldogs 27-10 in the three-game series. Tennessee won all three games at Kentucky, as the Vols recorded their first SEC road series sweep since 2010 at Georgia. Speaking of Georgia, the Bulldogs swept Missouri to maintain the top spot in the SEC.

Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt had series-clinching wins on Saturday. Auburn picked a walk-off win in 10 innings to take the series with Ole Miss. LSU took two out of three from Florida in a series where none of the three games were competitive. After falling behind 13-0 in the series opener, LSU outscored Florida 32-6 in the final 23 innings. Texas A&M picked up a road series win at South Carolina. Vanderbilt belted five home runs, including two from SEC home run leader JJ Bleday, to take the series at Alabama.

Georgia has a one game lead over Arkansas in the overall SEC standings. The Bulldogs lead the SEC East and the Razorbacks lead the SEC West. A total of eight SEC teams have won 10 conference games. Five teams are within two games of the overall SEC lead.

Updated SEC Baseball Standings

Here are Saturday’s SEC baseball recaps. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Saturday, April 20)”

SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, April 19)

sec-baseball-logoArkansas, Georgia and Tennessee all picked up series wins on Friday night. Casey Martin hit a second inning grand slam to spark the Razorback win. Georgia turned a triple play in the top of the first inning and then scored four runs in the bottom of the frame to take the series from Missouri. The triple play was the first by Georgia since 1963. Tennessee picked up its first SEC road series win since 2017 (at Florida) with a 16-1 thrashing at Kentucky. Ole Miss and LSU posted wins on Friday to set rubber games in their series on Saturday. Vanderbilt won its series opener at Alabama. It was the Commodores first trip to Tuscaloosa since 2012. Texas A&M and South Carolina were rained out on Friday.

Updated SEC Baseball Standings

 Here are Friday’s SEC baseball recaps. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Friday, April 19)”

SEC Baseball Legends Announced

SEC Tournament LogoFour former standouts from Southeastern Conference universities have been named to the 2019 class of the SEC Baseball Legends Presented by AT&T. The 2019 class includes Alabama’s Doug Duke, Arkansas’ Johnny Ray, Florida’s Josh Fogg and Vanderbilt’s Jeremy Sowers.

The legends class will be recognized at the SEC Baseball Tournament, which will take place May 21-26 at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Legends Announced”

SEC Baseball Weekend Preview

sec-baseball-logoThe second half of the SEC baseball season begins tonight with six of the seven series taking place Thursday through Saturday. The Vanderbilt-Alabama series is the only Friday through Sunday series this weekend.

Georgia (30-8, 10-5 SEC) and Miss. State (32-6, 10-5 SEC) lead their respective divisions. MSU has the most win among all NCAA Division I teams. Six teams are within one game of first place and eight teams are within 2.5 games of the league lead.

Here are the SEC weekend match ups for April 18-21. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Weekend Preview”