The first slate of midweek matchups begins tonight. Twelve of the 14 SEC teams will be in action between today and tomorrow. Multiple teams will be playing both Tuesday and Wednesday games. Just Arkansas and Missouri have the week off. We’ll take a look at the schedule.
Tuesday – February 18
Ten different games are on the schedule for Tuesday evening. Several teams face undefeated teams that we’ll take a look at. Kentucky is the lone winless team in the SEC. They will get SE Missouri State who is 1-2, hoping for their first win.
Troy (3-0) @ Alabama (3-0), 5pm ET SECN+4
Troy’s offense absolutely unloaded on Northern Kentucky in their first series of the year. They scored 67 runs over the four games, averaging 16.75 per game. The pitching did their part allowing just 11 runs over the first three games before giving up 11 in the fourth game.
Troy split in two games against Alabama a year ago. Alabama is coming off a smooth sweep of Northeastern in their own opening weekend. The Tide shutout the Huskies in the first two games and allowed just three runs on Sunday. They’ll need to shut down the Trojans’ bats in a similar fashion.
Winthrop (3-0) @ South Carolina (3-0), 5pm ET SECN+
Winthrop took on a bad Maine team to open up 2020 and handled them accordingly. A close 3-1 opening game was followed by two blowouts that totaled 22-8 in favor of the Eagles. Winthrop won 34 games a year ago and finished third in the Big South.
South Carolina is off to a good start after an atrocious 2019. The Gamecocks have high hopes for this season and a 3-0 sweep of Holy Cross has them off on the right foot. None of the games were close and the Gamecocks shutout the Crusaders in two of the three games.
Samford (3-0) @ No.10 Mississippi State (3-0), 6pm ET SECN+
Samford hosted UNC Asheville in their opening weekend. They dominated for most of the weekend, outscoring the Bulldogs 35-11. They are no stranger to SEC play having played four SEC games a year ago including a 4-6 loss to Mississippi State.
Mississippi State used some fine pitching to sweep a good Wright State team in their opening weekend. The starters pitched 12 innings allowing just three runs. They’ll be looking to tune-up before a big series against Oregon State this weekend.
Wednesday – February 19
Alabama State (3-0) @ Alabama (3-0), 4pm ET SECN+
Alabama will turn around Wednesday and face another undefeated team. Alabama State swept the board in the Andre Dawson Classic in New Orleans over the weekend.
Their three wins weren’t against the best of teams but the win against Southern sits well with them as the Jags were second in the SWAC last season. Alabama State won the SWAC last season and will pose another solid midweek opponent for the Tide.
Oakland (2-0) @ No.8 Auburn (4-0), 7pm ET SECN+
Oakland was absolutely atrocious a season ago going just 11-37. It’s a game Auburn certainly should be able to win. The Golden Grizzlies beat the Akron Zips in a shortened two-game series by one run in each game.
Auburn blew the University of Illinois-Chicago out of the water in the opening weekend. The Flames were a regional team a year ago and a favorite to win the Horizon again this year. Auburn allowed just seven runs over the four-game series and eclipsed 14 runs themselves in two of the games.
No.5 Georgia (3-0) @ Kennesaw State (3-0), 7pm ET
Georgia heads about 100 miles east to take on Kennesaw State. The Owls beat all three teams they saw over the weekend which included St. John’s, Saint Peter’s and Cincinnati. The offense flexed their muscles scoring 36 runs over the three games.
Georgia found themselves struggling against the Richmond Spiders. The opening game saw the Bulldogs trailing the Spiders for most of the game. Some ninth-inning heroics got the two runs they needed to walk it off 7-6. Sunday was another one-run win as they were able to hold on to a 5-4 lead.
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