Things are running along smoothly two weeks into the SEC schedule. Three teams remain in the top five of D1Baseball.com’s top 25 after some changes this week. Six of the seven series last weekend resulted in sweeps. We’ll take a look around the league and see how things are shaping up.
- Alabama: 0-4
- Midweek: 0-1 vs Southern Miss
- Weekend: 0-3 vs Ole Miss
- No.2 Arkansas: 5-0
- Midweek: 2-0 vs Memphis
- Weekend: 3-0 @ No.8 Mississippi State
- Auburn: 0-3 vs Kentucky
- No.15 Florida: 0-3 @ No.14 South Carolina
- Georgia: 2-2
- Midweek: 1-0 vs Kennesaw State
- Weekend: 1-2 @ Texas A&M
- Kentucky: 4-0
- Midweek: 1-0 vs Butler
- Weekend: 3-0 @ Auburn
- LSU: 0-3 @ No.9 Tennessee
- No.3 Ole Miss: 4-0
- Midweek: 1-0 vs Central Arkansas
- Weekend: 3-0 @ Alabama
- No.8 Mississippi State: 1-3
- Midweek: 1-0 vs North Alabama
- Weekend: 0-3 vs No.2 Arkansas
- Missouri: 0-3 vs No.1 Vanderbilt
- No.14 South Carolina: 4-0
- Midweek: 1-0 Citadel
- Weekend: 3-0 vs No.15 Florida
- No.9 Tennessee: 4-0
- Midweek: 1-0 vs Eastern Kentucky
- Weekend: 3-0 vs LSU
- Texas A&M: 2-2
- Midweek: 0-1 vs Rice
- Weekend: 2-1 vs Georgia
- No.1 Vanderbilt: 4-0
- Midweek: 1-0 vs Lipscomb
- Weekend: 3-0 @ Missouri
It was a crazy weekend for SEC baseball. Arkansas, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt all swept their opponents. The result has been quite the shake up in the standings with an early gap between the top and bottoms of the divisions.
Ole Miss holds on to the SEC’s best record at 6-0 after their second consecutive sweep. Arkansas is right behind them in the West after an impressive sweep in Starkville, MS of Mississippi State. Auburn was swept for the second week in a row and sits at the bottom at 0-6. LSU is just ahead with one SEC win.
The East has similar results. Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Tennessee are all tied for first after weekend sweeps. Kentucky alone of those three teams will be facing a ranked opponent this weekend in No.8 Mississippi State. At the bottom remains Missouri. The Tiger will try to turn things around against Texas A&M this weekend.
- No.1 Vanderbilt: 19-3
- No.2 Arkansas: 19-3
- No.3 Ole Miss: 20-4 +1
- No.8 Mississippi State: 17-7 -5
- No.9 Tennessee: 21-4 +3
- No.14 South Carolina: 16-6 +11
- No.15 Florida: 16-8 -10
- Dropped Out: LSU
Ole Miss Off to Best Start Since 1969
The weekend sweep of Alabama marks a 6-0 SEC start for the Rebels – the best since 1969. That season Archie Manning was the starting shortstop. The Rebs did it with another come from behind win, as well as some powerful bats.
Ole Miss used an eight run 9th inning to take the lead on Alabama 9-3. The 9-6 win marked the sixth time the Rebels had won a game using their last at-bat, leading the NCAA. Game two of the double header was much less thrilling in a 2-0 pitcher’s duel. Doug Nikhazy returned from injury to deal five innings of 1 hit baseball, and Drew McDaniel and Taylor Broadway finished off the shutout.
Tim Elko is a great baseball player.
— Ole Miss Baseball (@OleMissBSB) March 27, 2021
In the third game Ole Miss scored 11 on 13 hits to win 11-6. They scored in every inning from the 5th on. Tim Elko had a huge day going 4-for-5 with 5 RBI’s. Ole Miss has a grueling stretch ahead of them now that starts at No.15 Florida.
Gamecocks Bounce Back With Gator Sweep
South Carolina had a huge weekend against Florida, sweeping the Gators for the first time since 2006. It had been a rough stretch for the Gamecocks who had lost six in a row before a win Sunday against Vanderbilt the week before.
Friday’s game was a 14 inning thriller that went deep into the night. Brady Allen had arguably the best catch of the young season in the 8th to save a run. Florida hit the go ahead homerun in the 14th to make it 8-7. With two strikes and two out, Andrew Eyster sent what could have been the last pitch of the game into the stands to make it 8-8. Two batters later Colin Burgess doubled to lock down the win.
That’s it. That’s the tweet.#SCTop10
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— Gamecock Baseball (@GamecockBasebll) March 27, 2021
Brannon Jordan pitched seven innings Saturday with one unearned run in his best start of the season. The senior continues to get better with each start. It was enough to earn the 4-1 win. Sunday’s 8-5 win was a windy affair that saw seven total homeruns. Wes Clarke continues to lead the SEC in that category while hitting his 13th of the year.
Jack Leiter and Vanderbilt Virtually Hitless
For Jack Leiter, it’s not virtual. The sophomore just had his second outing of hitless baseball. After last week’s no hitter against South Carolina, Leiter threw seven more hitless against Missouri before being pulled. He now has a 0.25 ERA with 59 strikeouts in six starts, all wins.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) March 28, 2021
Oh, and that’s the Saturday guy. The ace Kumar Rocker has been nearly as dominant. Rocker threw six innings of one-run baseball the night before. He has a slightly higher ERA at 0.73 with 53 strikeouts to go along with his six wins in six starts.
The Commodores pitching has been dominant in all facets this year. They lead the SEC in nearly every pitching category including ERA (2.19) and opposing batting average (.167). They’ll face LSU this weekend and unless the Tigers can figure out a way to break the Friday/Saturday duo, they could be looking at another sweep come Sunday.
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