All 14 teams were in action on Friday as conference matchups ruled the day.
In the lone ranked-vs.-ranked showdown, No. 21 Mississippi State earned a 7-4 victory over No. 11 South Carolina. Brent Rooker hit his 16th home run of the season in the win, a solo shot in the second at-bat of the entire game.
Despite a three-hit day by Alex Destino, the Gamecocks offense couldn’t muster up many runs. They earned all four in the seventh inning but were, by in large, held in check. Five times throughout the game, sans the outburst in the seventh, they were able to bring a runner aboard in the inning but proved unsuccessful in driving him in.
Elsewhere, Vanderbilt earned a 2-0 win over 10th-ranked Florida. The Commodores were helped by Jeren Kendall and Connor Kaiser who were responsible for driving the two runners in on Friday night. Kyle Wright stood tall on the mound, earning a complete game shutout with 13 strikeouts. Jason Delay went 3-4 in the win and was responsible himself for the two runs scored in the contest after being brought in to home by Kendall and Kaiser.
In another upset, Ole Miss took down 8th-ranked LSU 4-1 on a day where the Rebels softball team also notched victories over the Tigers. The Rebs got it started in the first, drawing first blood on a leadoff home run by Tate Blackman. After LSU tied it in the second, Ole Miss broke the tie with two runs in the fourth off home runs by Colby Bortles and Nick Fortes. Blackman would homer again to lead off the sixth inning, giving Ole Miss more insurance that they would even need. The Tiger bats were kept quiet by great pitching from the Rebels. David Parkinson earned the victory and Will Ethridge and Dallas Woolfolk shut the door in relief.
13th-ranked Auburn couldn’t avoid the upset bug either as Tennessee tagged them with a 5-4 loss. The Volunteers rallied back after trailing 4-3 in the eighth inning before Matt Waldren drove in a run on a sac fly. It would take extras to decide this one as Andre Lipcius hit a walk-off sac fly that plated Justin Ammons.
14th-ranked Kentucky and 15th-ranked Arkansas were able to avoid the upset bug. The Razorbacks edged out Georgia with a 5-4 win while Kentucky netted a 5-2 victory on the road against Missouri. The Hogs needed extras to win over the Bulldogs after allowing UGA to tie the game up in the top of the ninth. The win was decided on an error after a bunt single by Eric Cole. Luke Bonfield homered in the win, as did Michael Curry for Georgia. Kentucky meanwhile had a much easier time with Missouri as they held a 5-0 lead at one point after the sixth inning. The Tigers did score two runs in the ninth but their rally would eventually be cut short. Riley Mahan hit his first homer of the year for the Cats while Trey Harris and Brett Bond hit solo homers for the Tigers.
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|