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SEC Baseball 2016: 5 things we learned from the weekend

We're rounding third and headed home for the final stretch of the baseball season.

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State pounded Auburn into oblivion

While Auburn's softball team celebrated a victory in the 2016 SEC Softball Tournament for the second consecutive season, their baseball team was not nearly ass successful. In fact, you could argue that there were two completely different parallels in play. The Tigers played the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and the Bulldogs thumped Auburn in the win column and in aggregate too.

In total over the span of the three-game weekend set, The Bulldogs outscored Auburn 30-9 with a 16-6 beat down on Saturday being the most lopsided score.

As a result, the Bulldogs propped themselves all the way up to a first-place tie with Texas A&M in the SEC West. It could be a very important last week for both teams, especially A&M who will have to face Ole Miss while the Bulldogs play lowly Arkansas in their final three games of the season.

Florida picked up a huge series win over Vanderbilt

Given the circumstances at the top of the SEC East heading into this weekend, it was imperative that the Gators try to distance themselves from South Carolina as the two teams continue to jockey for position at the top of the standings. That's exactly what the Gators did as they took two out of three from the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Although they were shut out 5-0 on Saturday the Gators picked up a 4-2 victory on Friday and a 10-6 win on Sunday to beat their SEC East foes to remain at the top of the division. It all will come down to one final series for the Gators to see if they can win the East as they face highly touted LSU this weekend. With any luck, they will remain at the summit and may look back at this series as the one that helped the most.

South Carolina, meanwhile, lost a major series to Texas A&M

Though the Gamecocks avoided a sweep at the hands of the Aggies, given how UF played, this was a misstep for South Carolina as the final stretch approaches. They face unranked Alabama this weekend, so they, unlike the Gators, won't face as stiff competition so they could very well benefit from that. However, that does not take away from the fact that this was a big loss that could have worsened majorly if they did not salvage the series with a 10-7 victory on Sunday.

They stand one game back of Florida for the lead in the East, a division that will be decided this coming weekend in the final games of the year. For South Carolina's sake, this setback doesn't take them out of having the top spot in the division.

LSU picked up a vital sweep of Tennessee

The LSU Tigers were in need of a big lift this week, rumbling off their #RallyPossum-fueled victory the previous week against Arkansas. Sure enough, they got all that they could want out of their weekend series against Tennessee. THe Tigers would sweep the Volunteers to move to 17-10 in conference play. That mark is tied with Ole Miss, who had a good weekend themselves, and puts them at 36-16 overall on the season. The Tigers are no doubt headed to the NCAA Tournament and will likely have a high seed in the SEC Tournament now as well, so the sweep over UT was a major one. A big chance for them lies ahead this week as they take on the Gators in what should be an epic encounter.

Ole Miss, too, pounded its opponent into oblivion in a sweep

The Rebels handled the Kentucky WIldcats this past week in a series sweep. Ole Miss would go on to outscore UK 24-8 in the three-game set stretching from Thursday to Saturday, including a lopsided 14-2 result on Friday night. The series sweep put Ole Miss to within a game of first place in the SEC West, tying them with LSU and trailing Mississippi State and Texas A&M. With so little separation, things are fixing to get mighty interesting this weekend for the Rebels who are steamrolling towards the NCAA Tournament.