Today’s Baseball Schedule
|Arkansas vs. Texas A&M||Noon||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|Kentucky vs. Florida||1 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Ole Miss vs. Auburn||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Alabama vs. Vanderbilt||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Missouri vs. Tennessee||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Georgia vs. South Carolina||3 p.m.||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|LSU vs. Mississippi State||4:30 p.m.||ESPNU||WatchESPN|
The premier matchup in this weekend’s SEC slate is South Carolina vs. Auburn. The Gamecocks and Tigers are ranked 6th and 17th in the country and are each 5-1 in SEC to this point in the year. It’s not much of a surprise that South Carolina’s in this position, but their adversaries are a little different. D1Baseball.com projected them to be dead last in the SEC but they’ve usurped expectations in a big way to say the least. They have the luxury of hosting the Gamecocks as they’re 17-5 at home, but to be fair, South Carolina hasn’t lost a road game yet in five tries.
Depending on results, either South Carolina or Auburn could have sole possession of first place in their divisions after the weekend’s over. The Kentucky Wildcats, who are tied with the Gamecocks atop the SEC East, begin a series with the Vanderbilt Commodores while the Arkansas Razorbacks get a crack at lowly Alabama. The Hogs are on the heels of taking two of three from Missouri last weekend while the Wildcats are winners of their last three and 11 of their last 12. Vandy will have to try and cool them off, but the ‘Dores of course have been mired in struggle, failing to be consistent this year. With that said, they’ve won four of their last five and have won 11 of the last 15, so they may be finally in the midst of putting it all together.
Elsewhere, Florida and Missouri begin a weekend series in Columbia. Mizzou, of course, were riding a huge hot streak before ultimately falling to Arkansas last week. They saw their bad luck continue this past Tuesday when they lost 6-5 to lowly Southeast Missouri State, so this weekend’s series is pretty pivotal if they want to avoid an albeit brief pitfall. They’ll be tested against the ninth-ranked Gators, and while their SEC record may be a meager 2-4, they’re certainly one of the most talented teams in the entire country.
LSU’s offense has been a storyline for many of the wrong reasons in their recent 1-4 stretch and they’ll hope that their bats wake up as their weekend series with Texas A&M continues Friday night. They lost 4-0 on Thursday night, so it wasn’t exactly the up-bringer of confidence that they needed. For their sake their luck flips on Friday night in Baton Rouge, but the Aggies have won three in a row and four of their last six, so they won’t be an easy out.
Finally, Georgia faces off with Tennessee while Mississippi State takes on 22nd-ranked Ole Miss. The Bulldogs and Volunteers are each at the bottom of the SEC East with a combined record of 1-11 in SEC play. They will each look to make moves to get out of the cellar in this weekend set. Mississippi State and Ole Miss meanwhile are separated by a game, with the Bulldogs being 4-3 and the Rebels posting a 3-4 mark in conference play. With 4-3 LSU in action, this series could see some leapfrogging as they look to climb up to the top of the SEC West.