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SEC Baseball Midweek Recap, Week 3

Weekend action has begun. But, before we get in too deep, here’s what happened this week.

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Weekend baseball action is about to begin. In case you need a primer for the weekend games, here you are. If you missed what happened this week, here’s a quick refresher:


ALABAMA

How They Fared: (2-0)

‘Bama went unbeaten during the week, as they soundly defeated both Samford and Alabama State. They first took down the Bulldogs 13-3 in a road victory. Then, they crushed the Hornets 11-1 in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday. Chandler Taylor hit a pair of home runs against Samford and five different players collected RBI in the win over Alabama State.

ARKANSAS

How They Fared: (2-0)

Arkansas swept their midweek series with Dayton, taking them down 18-1 on Wednesday and then 11-0 on Thursday. It was a dominant showing for the Hogs offense, which has been one of the better ones in the SEC thus far in the early goings. Heston Kjerstad went deep for the second time this season in their Thursday outing, as did Jared Gates. On Wednesday, Casey Martin clubbed two homers to bring his season total up to three. Caleb Bolden had a solid showing on Wednesday, as he threw six shutout innings. Bolden also had six strikeouts and while he allowed seven hits, no runs came to pass.

AUBURN

How They Fared: (1-0)

The Auburn Tigers won their lone game of the week, as they defeated the 22nd-ranked South Alabama Jaguars, 7-6. They rallied late to take the lead, as they plated four runs in the top of the eighth to go up 7-4. South Alabama added two runs in the bottom frame, but could not capitalize in the bottom of the ninth. The big blow was delivered by Luke Jarvis. Jarvis hit a go-ahead three-run bomb in the eighth inning, this after Brett Wright had tied the game two batters before.

FLORIDA

How They Fared: (2-0)

Florida soundly took down North Florida this week, sweeping a two-game series. They beat the Ospreys 4-0 on Tuesday and then 8-3 on Wednesday. Jordan Butler spun a gem, as he threw six innings of one-hit ball in the Tuesday win. Butler also struck out six of the 20 batters he faced while allowing no walks and no runs. In Wednesday’s meeting, Jonathan India went deep twice and JJ Schwarz and Brady Smith homered as well.

GEORGIA

How They Fared: (1-0)

UGA won their only game of the week 5-0 against the Wofford Terriers. Tim Elliott starred, as the Bulldogs hurler threw six shutout innings while allowing just one hit. Elliott struck out seven and allowed only one walk with no extra-base hits. Four different Bulldogs collected RBI, including Keegan McGovern, who has a team-high 14 now.

KENTUCKY

How They Fared: (1-0)

Kentucky probably had the most eventful game of anyone in the conference. The Wildcats faced a 3-0 deficit in the ninth, and the eighth-ranked ‘Cats came all the way back to win 4-3. It started with a home run from Ryan Johnson. Then, Troy Squires hit a game-tying, two-RBI single. Cam Hill came on to pinch run, and after Ben Aklinski had reached on an error, he then moved over, along with Hill, after a wild pitch. WKU then tossed a passed ball, and Hill came in to score to give UK the win.

LSU

How They Fared: (1-1)

LSU split their meetings with Grambling and SE Louisiana this week. THe Tigers won 10-3 over the former and fell 5-4 to the latter. Bryce Jordan, Austin Bain and Hal Hughes all homered in the victory over the Lions, all part of what was a 14-hit outburst. They had no such luck against SE Louisiana, however. Their hitters couldn’t quite get it going, as despite seven hits, they went scoreless through six innings and could only amount four runs in the final three.

OLE MISS

How They Fared: (1-0)

Ole Miss walked off the Murray State Racers by the score of 7-6 in their lone matchup of the week. The Rebels won thanks in part to a wild pitch that Thomas Dillared was able to score from third on. Dillard had a big game as he hit a double and drove in three runs and also stole two bases. He went 3-4 at the plate, so it’s safe to say he was the star of the game. Ryan Olenek also went 3-4 out of the two-spot, and like Dillard, also hit a double in this game and drove in a run.

MISSISSIPPI STATE

How They Fared: (0-1)

Mississippi State unfortunately lost their lone game of the week, as they fell 6-3 to McNeese. The Bulldogs fell behind 2-0 early on and rebounded to tie the game in the second inning. However, McNeese responded with two runs in the fourth and one run in the sixth, and those runs were not answered until the eighth. By then, the score was 5-3, and McNeese added another run in the ensuing stanza to go up 6-3, and that was all she wrote. Tanner Allen went 3-4 at the plate but did not record an XBH. The lone XBH from State were recorded by Hunter Stovall and Luke Alexander, who each hit doubles.

MISSOURI

How They Fared: (2-0)

Mizzou promptly swept Alabama A&M in their two-game midweek series. The Tigers defeated them 7-3 in the first meeting and then 14-0 in the second. Five different Tigers drove in runs in the 7-3 win, and then five drove in the 14 in the second. Trey Harris hada huge series, in which he drove in a total of seven runs over the course of two games. Harris hit 3-7 in the series, including a grand slam in the 14-0 rout.

SOUTH CAROLINA

How They Fared: (0-1)

South Carolina fell 6-4 to the Furman Paladins earlier this week. The Gamecocks’ lone game of the week did not go as planned, as they’ve lost two in a row heading into this weekend’s showdown with rival Clemson. Despite going up 1-0 in the early goings and being tied 2-2, the Gamecocks lost as the Paladins erupted for three runs in the seventh. South Carolina scored two more in the eighth, but after Furman put up an insurance run in the ninth, they couldn’t answer the bell. Carlos Cortes and Madison Stokes each homered in the loss.

TENNESSEE

How They Fared: (2-0)

Tennessee had a 2-0 showing in midweek play, as they defeated Middle Tennessee adn Arkansas Pine Bluff by the scores of 5-4 and 9-1. The Vols were boosted by Jay Charleston and Justin Ammons in the 5-4 win, as they were the lone sources of offense int hat game. Later, Ammons would be one of five players to drive in runs in the 9-1 rout over Arkansas Pine Bluff. Andre Lipicius kept up his hot hitting in the two games. Lipicus, up to .344 on the season,

TEXAS A&M

How They Fared: (2-0)

Before their run in Frisco, A&M completed a 2-0 week with wins over Houston Baptist and Incarnate Word. Chris Andritsos and Braden Shewmake homered in a 7-1 victory over Houston Baptist on Tuesday. It was Shewmake’s first homer of the year, while Andritsos has already gone deep three times. Andritsos and Shewmake were two of five players to bring in runs in the victory. John Doxakis pitched a gem, throwing six innings of three-hit ball, allowing just the one run with eight strikeouts and no walks. Against Incarnate Word, the Aggies made it out with a 9-7 win despite a late scare in the ninth. Incarnate Word put up four runs in the ninth inning, but were eventually snuffed out. Logan Foster, who boasts a team-best .481 waverage to this point in the season, hit his first homer of the year, a two-run shot in the fifth inning.

VANDERBILT

How They Fared: (2-0)

Vandy went 2-0 this past week with victories over Austin Peay and Indiana State. Their victory over the Governors was quite lopsided, as the Commodores won 19-6. Ethan Paul, JJ Bleday and Walker Grisanti all socked home runs, with Grisanti’s being the biggest blow — a three-run shot in the fourth inning. Those three were among the eight Commodores who drove in runs in the win. The game against Indiana State was more of a struggle. The Commodores were down 3-0 after the first and 4-0 after the top of the fourth, and chipped away from there on. They scored one run in the bottom of the fourth, two in the fifth and then four in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead. They added another run in the seventh inning to go up 8-4, and although the Sycamores added another tally in the eighth, they couldn’t get enough to get a win. Pat DeMarco and Alonzo Jones each hit homers in the win, and were two of five players to drive in runs.