All three SEC teams who took the field on Wednesday picked up wins.
Tennessee had to use a late rally to defeat EKU on the road, but the Volunteers will certainly take wins any way they can. A sac fly by Andre Lipcius scored Jordan Rodgers in the ninth inning with what was the go-ahead and game-winning run for the Vols. Luc Lipcius meanwhile hit a homer way back in the third inning, his first of the season. With the win, Tennessee improves to 26-19 and will now look toward a matchup against the eighth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats this weekend.
Alabama meanwhile stomped Grambling 12-2 to move to 19-29. ‘Bama opened up a can on Grambling, scoring eight runs in the first two innings including a five-spot in the second inning. Four runs were later scored in the eighth inning as the Crimson Tide used three big innings to take their commanding lead. John Trousdale and Hunter Alexander each hit homers in the win. The next time we see the Tide, they’ll be matched up with vaunted Florida on Friday night.
Finally, South Carolina won their matchup with Liberty to 10-7. The Gamecocks, who got to 29-19 with the victory, had to battle back from falling behind 4-0 in the first three innings. The lead grew to 6-1 after the top of the fifth, but South Carolina powered through in the bottom half. The Gamecocks scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth and never looked back after that. Two home runs by Danny Blair and Riley Hogan helped vault South Carolina over the top in the fifth inning along with an array of singles. Carlos Cortes also homered in the victory.
There is one game on the schedule for Thursday’s SEC baseball slate between No. 11 LSU and No. 14 Auburn.
The Bayou Bengals and Tigers open up a three-game series in Baton Rouge. LSU comes into the series with a 32-17 record overall and a 15-9 record in the SEC. The 15-9 mark has the Tigers in second place in the SEC West, one game behind Mississippi State. They have been struggling as of late, dropping two of their last four, including a loss at home to South Alabama on Tuesday. The player to watch in this series from LSU is Greg Deichmann, who is leading the team in batting average, home runs and RBI this season. He is hitting .333 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI in just 49 games.
Auburn meanwhile comes into the series with a similar 32-18 mark and a 14-10 record in the SEC. The Tigers are tied for fourth in the SEC West with Texas A&M and they have been struggled mightily as of late, dropping four in a row and six of their last eight. The player to watch for Auburn in this series will be Jonah Todd, who is leading the Tigers in batting average, OBP and runs scored. He is hitting .383 with 45 runs scored and holds an OBP of .476.
This series is very important for both teams as the end of the SEC baseball season approaches. Both are currently trying to get out of a rut and make a move up the standings in the SEC West.
The battle between these two ranked teams can be caught on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be found on WatchESPN where available.