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SEC Baseball 2016: 5 things we learned from the weekend

#RALLYPOSSUM stole the show this weekend.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

1. The #RallyPossum was the hit of the weekend for LSU

LSU was trailing rival Arkansas 9-5 in their Saturday night matchup on the diamond. Then, as fate would have it, a furry creature would make an impact. The #RallyPossum showed itself on field. It was forced to leave the ballpark afterwards, but like the #RallySquirrel before him, this possum proved pivotal for the home team.

The Tigers struck for four runs, ALL unearned, thanks to back-to-back errors by Razorback fielders, to tie the game at nine runs apiece. Then in the bottom of the 10th, shortstop Kramer Robertson smacked an infield single that gave way to the winning run to net LSU a crazy victory.

LSU would go on to sweep the Razorbacks over the weekend. That very much keeps them alive in the SEC West as they find themselves two games back of Texas A&M with a 14-10 record in conference to this point. If they are somehow able to claim the SEC West, they may look back to their friendly, furry critter and send him a fruit basket.

2. South Carolina and Florida are back to being deadlocked

These two SEC foes can't seem to separate from each other. Through Monday, both the Gators and Gamecocks are tied atop the SEC East standings, three games over the Vanderbilt Commodores with records of 16-7. Down the stretch, it's UF who will have the tougher task with matchups looming with Vanderbilt and LSU as the final days of the season are steadfast approaching. South Carolina has tough encounters ahead at Alabama and against No. 2 ranked Texas A&M. But, they will have the luxury of having that series be played at home in Columbia.

Considering that they split their abbreviated series at the end of the month, it's likely they won't have that to look back upon when it's all done and dusted. Keep an eye on these two clubs the rest of the way as the drama is only just beginning to unfold.

3. Texas A&M took a hit at home, but maintained their lead in the West

The Aforementioned LSU Tigers might be gaining ground but so far no one has been able to unseat the Texas A&M Aggies from their spot atop the SEC West Division. The Vanderbilt Commodores, ranked seventh in the country, came to College Station and were promptly served up two shutouts. The 'Dores may have taken Friday's encounter 6-1 thanks to a big display by the offense, but the Ags were still able to shut them down in the other two encounters to maintain first place.

4. Mississippi State's Nathaniel Lowe had a big week

The SEC's Player of the Week was Bulldogs slugger Nathaniel Lowe. Lowe had a five-hit day at the plate on Thursday against the Missouri Tigers, joining Gene Cone as the only two hitters in the conference this season to have five-hit games per a release from the conference. He helped lift the suddenly surging Bulldogs to a sweep over Mizzou and they are now winners of nine of their last 11 contests with games against Troy, Auburn and Arkansas ahead of them towards the end of the season. Lowe was a big reason for their success this past week, and should only continue to be as the season nears its end.

5. Ole Miss' winning ways continued

After taking a loss in their series at Alabama back in mid-April, Ole Miss has yet to lose a series since. That stretch continued this past weekend after they took two out of three from the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens. They got bounced 13-2 when attempting the sweep on Sunday but the series victory was their third in a row. They'll look to make it four when they face Kentucky this coming weekend and have a potentially huge series against Texas A&M at the end of the season that could provide major implications for the SEC West and SEC Tournament as well.