Weekend play will begin in just a couple hours. Before we get there, here’s a quick recap of the week that was.
ARKANSAS, AUBURN AND VANDERBILT SUFFER LOSSES
A couple ranked squads from the Southeastern Conference lost their midweek games.
Sixth-ranked Auburn went to Atlanta and lost 6-4 to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets got off to a hot start in the game, drawing a run in the first. Three innings later, they put up a five spot to extend their lead to 6-0. Although Auburn drew closer and closer, they couldn’t quite get Georgia Tech to relinquish the lead. The loss for the Tigers dropped them to 19-3 on the year.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, fourth-ranked Arkansas suffered a 6-3 loss to the Charlotte 49ers. The usually loud bats of the Razorbacks were held in check, as they could only amount three runs on seven hits. They built up a 2-0 lead, but saw that evaporate over the course of the middle-to-late innings. By the time they scored again in the ninth, it was far too late. The loss puts Arkansas at 16-5 on the season.
Lastly, the 7th-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores lost to crosstown foe Belmont 8-5. Vandy held a 1-0 edge after the 3rd inning, before the Bruins went on to tie the game in the ensuing frame. One inning later, Belmont jumped all over Commodores hurlers Jake Eder and Justin Willis for five runs. They continued to pile it on as the game transpired, and the ‘Dores couldn’t quite overcome the deficit. Vandy dropped to 15-6 on the year after the defeat.
OLE MISS SCORES TWO WINS
Not only did Ole Miss defeat nonconference foe New Orleans on Tuesday, they also collected a victory over conference adversary Texas A&M on Thursday. The Rebels won 9-4 on Tuesday against the Privateers and then 5-4 on Thursday against the Aggies. The Rebs rallied to overtake the lead against the Aggies, as they scored three runs in the eighth inning. They wouldn’t relinquish the lead after that, as they grabbed a huge league victory in a rare midweek conference game. They’re now 21-2 as they head into the weekend.
KENTUCKY TAKES OUT FRUSTRATION ON XAVIER
The Wildcats were obviously not thrilled about their losses to Arkansas over the weekend. UK took it out on Xavier, as they won 20-4 in their Tuesday matchup. Five different players hit homers in the win, including Kole Cottam, who blasted two. Six players collected RBI in the blowout victory.