In an active day of SEC baseball on Saturday, there were quite a few notable highlights.
For starters, there was Florida-Vanderbilt. The Commodores of course defeated Florida on Friday and, well, the Gators got some revenge and then some. The final score? 20-8 in favor of Florida, who thoroughly dismantled the ‘Dores on Saturday evening. They had innings of four and eight runs in the contest, as they sent 13 (!) batters to the plate in the eight-run third inning. Dalton Guthrie hit a pair of homers in the victory and JJ Schwarz and Nelson Maldonado added homers of their own, too.
Elsewhere, Mississippi State clinched their series with South Carolina, defeating the Gamecocks 5-4. State rallied for three runs in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie at the time and then fended off their opponents who drew close and made it a tight, one-run game before the final out was made. Luke Alexander homered in the victory while Carlos Cortes hit two homers on the other side.
Two teams that were able to avoid the upset bug were Auburn and Arkansas. The Tigers and Razorbacks thumped their opponents, defeating Tennessee and Georgia 8-1 and 11-3 respectively. Auburn had been deadlocked with Tennessee for three innings at 0-0 before opening up the floodgates, scoring two in the fourth and then two in the fifth. Three runs would later be scored in the seventh, putting the game out of reach for the Vols who got their only run of the game in the final inning. Bo Decker and Dylan Ingram each hit homers and Davis Daniel had a stellar outing, going eight innings, allowing three hits, no runs and hurled five strikeouts.
Arkansas, on the other hand, jumped all over Georgia early on. After being held to no runs in the first, trailing 1-0 at the time, the Hogs pounced, scoring seven runs in the second inning while sending 10 batters to the plate. The big bop of the inning came off the bat of Chad Spanberger who hit a three-run home run representing the eighth batter to come to the plate in the inning. Tucker Maxwell of Georgia was also able to connect on a long ball in the loss, a solo blast to lead off the third.
LSU, Texas A&M and Missouri meanwhile were all able to win tight, one-run contests. The Bayou Bengals tallied up a 3-2 victory over the Rebels, fending off any and all late charges that the Rebels had in them in the final innings of the game. Greg Deichmann hit his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot in the bottom of the third. Tate Blackman, meanwhile, showed off his power again with yet another home run, this one coming in the top of the third inning.
Texas A&M and Missouri meanwhile shared similar showings, winning 3-2 and 9-8 over Alabama and Kentucky. Each of them had to hold off late rallies by their opponents, who were each able to score in the final inning. For their sake, luckily, both were able to emerge victorious by night’s end but didn’t do so without sweating a bit.
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|