SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, April 22)

sec-baseball-logoSouth Carolina and Tennessee picked up wins in the only two games on the SEC docket on Sunday afternoon.

South Carolina completed its three-game sweep with a thrilling comeback win over LSU.  The Gamecocks trailed 6-0 in the sixth inning before scoring the game’s final eight runs against the LSU bullpen.  Justin Row hit a game-tying two-run home run the seventh inning and LT Tolbert delivered the game-winning two-run single in the eighth.

Tennessee claimed a home series win over Texas A&M.  Justin Ammons put the Vols ahead with a go-ahead single in the sixth inning.  The UT bullpen closed the game with 3.1 scoreless innings. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Sunday, April 22)”

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SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, April 17)

SamfSamford Baseballord won its 13th straight game with a dominating 6-0 win at Alabama on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs set the tone with two runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Ayrton Schafer and Max Pinto.

Brooks Carlson went 3-for-4 with one home run and two RBIs. He had an RBI single in the third and then blasted a solo home run in the sixth. Samford added two more runs in the ninth.

A trio of Bulldog pitchers had its way with a listless Alabama offense. Hamp Skinner, Jack Rude and Wyatt Burns combined on the two-hit shutout. The trio faced four batters over the minimum and at one point retired 13 straight UA hitters.

Sam Praytor and Jett Manning had the lone two singles for Alabama.

Samford (22-14) owns the nation’s third-longest winning streak behind Tennessee Tech (21) and Michigan (16). The Bulldogs 13-game winning streak is the second longest single-season winning streak in school history. Samford had a 17-game winning streak to begin the 1959 season, which was a part of a school-record 28 game winning, dating back to the last 11 games of the 1958 season.

Jacksonville knocked off top-ranked Florida 8-4 in Gainesville. John Cassala led the charge by going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. He smacked a 2-run home run in the seventh to give the Dolphins a four-run lead.

Here are Tuesday’s SEC baseball recaps: Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (Tuesday, April 17)”

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)”

Gators Stay Red-Hot; St. Peter’s Winless

This week’s college baseball notebook takes a look at the red-hot Florida Gators, who have won nine straight games. St. Peter’s remains winless and looks to avoid becoming the eighth winless team in college baseball since World War II.  Post season play begins this weekend for the Ivy League and Patriot League. Continue reading “Gators Stay Red-Hot; St. Peter’s Winless”

SEC Baseball Recaps (May 7)

One weekend in the SEC can make or break a season. Several teams found out this weekend that the SEC is still among the elite in college baseball from top to bottom.

Florida has reeled off nine straight wins, including back-to-back sweeps of Georgia and Ole Miss, to move into a first-place tie with Miss. State in the SEC standings. The Gators and Bulldogs are 16-8 SEC play heading into the final two weekends.

Kentucky, who dropped a home series to Georgia this weekend, falls to second place in the SEC Eastern Division, one game behind the Gators.  Kentucky and LSU are tied for third in the overall standings with a 15-9 league mark.

Arkansas (14-9 SEC) is third in the SEC West and fifth in the overall standings.

Auburn took the biggest hit this weekend after being swept at home by last-place and rival Alabama.  The Tigers entered the weekend in a three-way tie for first place with MSU and Kentucky. After three losses to Alabama, Auburn is now tied for fourth place in the SEC West and sixth place in the overall race with Texas A&M.  The Aggies won two of three from the Tigers in College Station on April 7-9.

Vanderbilt (12-11 SEC) would be eighth, while Ole Miss (11-13 SEC) and South Carolina are tied for ninth place in the overall standings.  The Rebels and Gamecocks do not play one another this season. Missouri (9-15 SEC) and Tennessee (7-15 SEC) would hold down the final two spots in the SEC Tournament.  Georgia (7-17 SEC) and Alabama (5-19 SEC) would be left out of the SEC Tournament field.

Alabama defeated Auburn 11-9 in 15 innings on Sunday in a game that lasted six hours and 36 minutes. The teams used 44 players and threw a combined 567 pitches in the marathon game.  Alabama held the lead after the fourth, seventh, 10th, 11th and 13th innings, but Auburn answered every time.  Alabama scored two runs in the top of the 15th inning on Sam Finnerty’s RBI single and Connor Short’s sacrifice fly. Auburn had two base runners in the bottom of the frame but did not score against Garrett Suchey, who got Dylan Ingram to fly out to end the game.

Here is the latest news and notes from Sunday’s SEC baseball action. Continue reading “SEC Baseball Recaps (May 7)”

Notebook; Winning/Losing Streaks

This week’s college baseball notebook, plus a look at the nation’s longest winning and losing streaks.

COLLEGE BASEBALL WEEKLY NOTEBOOK:
Tulane, UConn, South Florida, Houston and UCF are all tied for first place in the American Athletic Conference standings with identical 9-6 records. Four of the five teams meet in head-to-head series this weekend. UConn travels to Houston and UCF plays at Tulane in a two crucial late-season series. South Florida hosts East Carolina, who is currently in last place in the league. Continue reading “Notebook; Winning/Losing Streaks”

Big Crowds and Milestone Wins

RECORD-SETTING CROWDS:
Missouri and Georgia played in front of 33,025 fans at the first college game at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta on Saturday, April 8. It was the second-highest attended college baseball game in history and the highest-attended SEC game in history. The largest crowd in NCAA history took place on March 11, 2004 when San Diego State posted a 4-0 win over Houston at Petco Park in San Diego. The two teams played in front of an NCAA record 40,106 fans.

The SEC drew 179,813 fans for 21 conference games over the weekend.  The teams averaged more than 8,000 fans per game. There were five games in excess of 10,000 fans last weekend.  On Saturday, 89,743 fans watched seven SEC games. In addition to the record-setting crowd in Atlanta, Miss. State drew 13,691 for the middle game of Super Bulldog Weekend, Arkansas had 11,827 fans for its game with LSU, and Ole Miss packed in 10,247 for its walk-off win over Alabama. Continue reading “Big Crowds and Milestone Wins”