I hope you got your fill of SEC baseball last night because Thursday is not doing much in the way of matchups.
Wednesday was packed full of SEC baseball, as 11 SEC squads took the field. The Georgia Bulldogs began the day with game one of doubleheader against Xavier, losing by a score of 8-7; they ended up winning the second game by a score of 11-6 after two very offense-heavy outings.
No. 20 Ole Miss also found a way to add a tally to the loss column after being shut out by Georgia State, 2-0. The Rebels’ Will Ethridge pitched 7.2 solid innings, striking out 10 hitters, but it wasn’t enough to help propel them to victory. In the end, Ole Miss would end up drawing even with the Panthers in the two-game series.
Texas A&M, the 12th-ranked team in the country, managed to take down UT Rio Grande Valley by a score of 7-4. While praise should go to the Texas A&M batters for creating so much offense, much credit must go to the Aggies’ Corbin Martin, who came in for relief and allowed no runs in 4 innings. He was phenomenal, and his effort in shutting down the Vaqueros was certainly the game’s star performance.
Florida, who’s currently 2nd in the nation, lost a second game to Florida Gulf Coast, getting swept in the 2-game series. The difference was one run, and—although the Gators attempted to mount a comeback in the 9th—they could not get it done, losing 3-2.
Another team suffering an upset was LSU, who also lost a close, 5-4 affair to McNeese. In similar fashion to Florida, No. 7 LSU was down by two runs entering the final frame, but they were only able to muster one of the two requisite runs needed to prolong the game.
One important thing to note is that Missouri managed to pick up a 7-6 win over Western Carolina. While it may sound like an ordinary victory, it is really another win in what is an impressive start for the Tigers—they’re now sitting pretty at 12-1.
Other notable games included Kentucky’s 2-1 loss to Cincinnati, No. 24 Vanderbilt’s 9-5 win over Central Arkansas, No. 13 South Carolina’s 8-6 victory against Winthrop, Arkansas’ 11-2 rout of UL-Monroe, and Auburn’s 6-4 win against Kennesaw State.
Thursday’s slate of SEC games is quite light, as only two teams will be in action. Miami (OH) will be traveling to Lexington to take on the Wildcats at 6 pm ET, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff will be battling Alabama at 7 pm ET. Both games will stream on SECN+.