Baseball is already underway on this Friday afternoon. Lovely, ain’t it?
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|
As of writing, the LSU Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats have begun a doubleheader set for this Friday afternoon and evening. It could prove to be very pivotal as the two teams, though sitting in different divisions, are separated by just one game in conference play. The Cats are 10-5, leading the SEC East by two in the loss column, while LSU is 9-6, two games back of the lead that 14th-ranked Arkansas currently has.
Two other major encounters going down include the aforementioned Razorbacks battling with 12th-ranked Auburn and South Carolina and Florida’s second tangle of the weekend. In Thursday’s meeting, it was the Gators who bested the Gamecocks, merely winning 1-0 over their SEC East adversary. The only run they needed was plated off the bat of Keenan Bell who scored Christian Hicks on a fifth inning single. The Gators and Gamecocks are separated by just a game in the SEC East right now with Florida standing at 9-7 while South Carolina sits at 8-8. UF has a chance to create some more breathing room with a win on Friday but if South Carolina wins, they, of course, will be tied up with the Gators in second place.
Auburn and Arkansas meanwhile are separated by a game as well in the SEC West. Arkansas will be putting their 6-3 road record to the test when they go into Auburn on Friday, where the Tigers boast a 19-7 record on their home field. A series win for either team could provide some much needed distance with the season’s conclusion coming quickly.
Mississippi State and Alabama resume their series on Friday night with a doubleheader at 5 and 8:30 p.m. In Thursday’s meeting, the Bulldogs edged out the Crimson Tide 6-5 in a back-and-forth tussle. A three-run fifth inning proved to be the difference in the game as ‘Bama could only muster up two runs in the ensuing four innings, all coming in the sixth. Five State pitchers saw the mound but the four who took the hill after Konnor Pilkington left the mound allowed zero runs, three hits, two walks and struck out five.
The lone remaining contests are Tennessee-Texas A&M, Vanderbilt-Georgia and Missouri-Ole Miss. The latter should be the most impactful of the bunch as Texas A&M and Vanderbilt should be able to handle their opponents given the stark differences between them. Missouri-Ole Miss is a bit more evenly matched with the Tigers posting a 26-12 overall record while Ole Miss is 23-14. The two are also 7-8 in conference play this year and both are in need of some victories as the season winds down. This series could prove to be the difference for either team from hanging in the middle of the pack to lying near the cellar.