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SEC Baseball Midweek Review, Week 5

There were a few attention-grabbers this week.

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Midweek baseball action is all wrapped up. Here were the biggest headlines from this past week.


FLORIDA HANDLES FSU IN SUNSHINE STATE AFFAIR

The Florida Gators picked up a pivotal victory on Tuesday night over their rivals from Tallahassee. The Gators defeated the Florida State Seminoles 12-6 in Gainesville to improve to 16-3 on the year. The second-ranked Gators were aided by the play of 3rd baseman Jonathan India. India, who’s now boasting a .413 average on the year, smacked two home runs and collected three RBI. Each of India’s homers were solo shots, and his first led off the second inning.

Despite the fact that FSU tagged them for FOUR homers, the Gators built up a big enough lead to keep them at bay. Seven hitters collected at least one RBI, and four collected at least two.

The Gators used five pitchers en route to the win. Tommy Mace was the pitcher of record for UF.


SEVERAL RANKED TEAMS FALL

This week saw a couple SEC teams falter in midweek action. Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State all took losses this week to unranked opponents. The Aggies fell 5-1 to UT Arlington on Tuesday in an *EIGHTEEN INNING* affair. Yes. EIGHTEEN INNINGS. There’s almost no shame in losing in that case. Sometimes, another team just gets the best of you.

Meanwhile, Vandy lost 6-5 to Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night. The Commodores fell behind early and simply dug themselves into too big of a hole. Trailing 6-1 in the 9th, they tried to rally, and were almost successful. They garnered four runs to make it 6-5, but EKU soon would slam the door on their comeback attempt. The loss dropped Vandy down to 12-5.

Finally, Mississippi State lost 11-5 to SE Louisiana. Mississippi State saw a first inning 5-1 lead evaporate two innings later when SE Louisiana put up a four spot to tie the game. Then, they scored three runs in the sixth and three more runs in the seventh. State couldn’t respond after their big first inning at all, and the loss dropped them down to 10-7.


OLE MISS SWEEPS GEORGIA STATE

Despite their record, Georgia State was ranked up high in the RPI. So, the Ole Miss Rebels’ two-game set with them was fairly important in the early goings of this season. The Rebels would proceed to drop the hammer on them. The Rebs won 5-3 on Tuesday and then 16-2 on Wednesday. Nick Fortes, Cole Zabowski and Tim Elko each collected a home run in the series. The series win pushed their record up to 17-1 on the year.


Other musings included...

  • Alabama swept Alabama A&M. They scored 29 runs in two days. That was easy.
  • Arkansas swept Texas. The Hogs outscored the Longhorns 20-9 in the series, including a 13-4 showing on Tuesday.
  • Auburn had a perfect week, as they defeated both Georgia Tech and Memphis.
  • Georgia defeated Kennesaw State 15-3 in their lone game of the week.
  • LSU defeated South Alabama 9-4.
  • Mizzou triumphed over Wichita State, defeating the Shockers 9-4.
  • South Carolina won their lone game of the week, as they defeated Harvard 12-3.
  • Tennessee shutout Western Carolina, 5-0.