Friday was a mostly successful day for the SEC in the NCAA tournaments -- five of the seven teams won, and while winning isn't quite as important in a double-elimination tournament as a single-elimination format, it's almost as meaningful. The two teams that lost, Ole Miss and Auburn, now face a longer road to get to the super regionals, but no one is out of anything just yet.
Baton Rouge Regional: (2) LSU 10, Lehigh 3: After a lengthy rain delay, Lehigh took an early 2-0 lead, and everyone had fun going, "hey, LSU is losing to Lehigh" -- except, presumably LSU fans -- and then no one except LSU had fun anymore. The Tigers immediately tied the game, then had a 6-2 lead before Lehigh scored its last run. Lehigh pitchers also might want to work on their pickoff moves; LSU stole eight bases, which is kind of a lot (as in a school record). The Tigers did go through seven pitchers in this one, though only one of them pitched more than a single inning, and it's easier to deal with bullpen issues as long as you stay in the winners' bracket.
Gainesville Regional: (4) Florida 19, Florida A&M 0: Remember how there's a mercy rule in the SEC tournament? Yeah, they don't have that in the NCAA tournament. The Gators totaled 17 hits, four walks and got the unnecessary help of three FAMU errors. Florida had 40 at-bats and scored two or more runs in five of their eight innings. (Since the Gators were the home team, at least the ninth inning was superfluous, or they probably would have ended up breaking 20.) Logan Shore, meanwhile, allowed just two hits and a walk in five innings of work.
College Station Regional: Texas A&M 5, Texas Southern 0: Matt Kent pitched seven innings of scoreless ball, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out nine. This was actually a relatively tight game for a while; Nick Banks' two-run home run in the fourth inning was the difference until the bottom of the eighth, when the Aggies poured on three more runs to all but put it out of reach for Texas Southern.
Nashville Regional: Vanderbilt 9, Lipscomb 1: Vanderbilt effectively ended this game in the bottom of the sixth, when the Commodores scored five runs to take an 8-1 lead. Carson Fulmer, meanwhile, spent the evening doing Carson Fulmer things, which included allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out 11. Three-foot-tall Ro Coleman was 3-for-3 with a walk, Bryan Reynolds also had three hits and Jeren Kendall hit a two-run home run.
Los Angeles Regional: Maryland 3, Ole Miss 1: Mike Shawaryn and the rest of the Terps' pitching staff baffled the Rebels all night. Ole Miss only managed two hits (though they did draw six walks) and struck out 15 times. And while allowing nine hits and five walks is not necessarily anything for the Rebels' pitchers to brag about, you would like to think that you have a shot at winning a game when you manage to hold the other team to three runs in the no-longer-dead-ball era. But three was enough to send Ole Miss to the losers' bracket for an elimination game.
Stillwater Regional: Arkansas 8, Oral Roberts 6: This one should not have been this interesting. The Hogs had an 8-3 lead heading into the ninth, then survived a two-out, three-run homer by Anthony Sequeira before locking down the win. Andrew Benintendi was 3-for-4 with a double, and it took five Arkansas pitchers to get through this one, but the Razorbacks are in the winners' bracket.
Tallahassee Regional: College of Charleston 7, Auburn 6 (11 innings): Talk about a back-and-forth game. After the teams traded runs early, College of Charleston took a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Auburn then scored three in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. The Cougars then scored three in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead, 6-4. Melvin Gray's two-run shot in the seventh -- Gray's first home run of the season -- then tied things up. And there things stayed until Erven Roper hit a walk-off home run -- the Cougars' fourth long ball of the day -- in the bottom of the 11th.
These are current as of 1:20 a.m. ET on Saturday. Keep in mind that things like TV lineups could be fluid and will be updated here as possible.
|Noon ET||Tallahassee||Auburn vs. Mercer -- ELIMINATION GAME||SEC Network|
|7 p.m. ET||Gainesville||Florida vs. USF||ESPN3|
|7 p.m. ET||College Station||Texas A&M vs. Cal||ESPN3|
|7 p.m. ET||Stillwater||Arkansas vs. Oklahoma State||ESPN3|
|7 p.m. ET||Los Angeles||Ole Miss vs. UCLA or Bakersfield -- ELIMINATION GAME
|8 p.m. ET||Nashville||Vanderbilt vs. Indiana||ESPN3|
|9 p.m. ET||Baton Rouge||LSU vs. UNC Wilmington