Overall, it was a relatively strong day for the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday as five of the six teams who saw the field picked up victories.
Kentucky continues to stare at goose egg in the win column following their 5-4 defeat at the hands of Liberty. The Wildcats held a 3-2 edge going into the bottom of the fifth inning and things simply fell apart. Liberty plated three runs across that inning and despite picking up a run in the sixth, UK would fall short in their quest for a win.
No. 6 Vanderbilt kept it going with a 7-4 victory over Evansville. Jeren Kendall went 1-for-4 at the dish with a run scored and a walk while five other Commodores drove at least one run in. Senior Ro Coleman was responsible for two RBI in the contest, bringing them home in the bottom of the eighth off a triple.
LSU meanwhile bounced back after taking a loss the previous night to New Orleans. The Tigers rebounded with an 8-1 victory over Hofstra, showcasing their top-flight offense in the process. 12 hits were tallied in the victory, with five coming for extra bases. Greg Deichmann himself was responsible for two of the five, which included a double and a home run.
Elsewhere, Auburn and Alabama were able to handle their business as the rival schools each scored 12 runs in victories over Florida A&M and Southern Miss. The Crimson Tide held the edge in runs allowed - just five to Auburn’s eight and both were able to sock home runs in their victories. The Tigers and Tide are in the thick of it in the early goings at 4-1 and 3-1 respectively.
Finally, Tennessee wrapped up the day with an 8-4 victory over Loyola Marymount. The Volunteers exploded out of the gate, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Although they allowed the game to be tied after four, they reignited the flame in the seventh, scoring three and tacked on another in the final frame. The Vols small-balled their way to victory, collecting only two extra base hits in the victory. Jordan Rodgers (not THAT Jordan Rodgers), Justin Ammons and Jeff Moberg collected seven of the eight RBI on Wednesday night, with the other coming from the bat of Reggie Southall.
On Deck for Today
Only two games. Fourth-ranked South Carolina plays host to Kansas State while Mizzou battles Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the first leg of the Kleberg Bank College Classic. This is the first of two scheduled meetings with Texas A&M-CC as they’ll face them on Saturday as well (at Whataburger Field, which frankly is making me hungry now).
You can find South Carolina-K State on SEC Network+ and WatchESPN. Unfortunately, the Mizzou game will not be televised but will air on KTGR, the Tigers’ radio network.