Yet another week of SEC baseball has wrapped up, and what a week it was. Auburn-Kentucky did not disappoint, and Arkansas-Florida was the complete opposite of what was expected. Here's a rundown.
Weekend Record: 3-4
Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Georgia all won their series, while Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Kentucky finished off their opponents.
After getting boat raced by Arkansas, the Kentucky Wildcats responded well, earning a statement series win over Auburn. They won on Friday night against the Tigers, which... there has to be a rule against beating Casey Mize, right? UK could have been behind the 8-ball immediately had they lost. That was a huge win.
The most surprising result of the weekend was Ole Miss over Texas A&M. The Ags are tough at home, but the Rebs bought it and got themselves a huge victory. Both of these teams are potential regional hosts come June.
Arkansas-Florida was the complete opposite of what everybody expected. In what was expected to be a grinding, scratch-across-a-couple-of-runs type of series, Florida found an offense rather than relied on their pitching to get them through. The pitching was still excellent, however, but it’s not easy to shut down the Razorbacks bats.
South Carolina will be taking some lumps in the transition year it appears. The Gamecocks got swept at Georgia. While the Bulldogs are better, Carolina has looked less than stellar at multiple points this season.
Part of the reason for Carolina’s struggles was the pitching of SEC Freshman of the Week, Ryan Webb. Webb tossed six shutout innings on Sunday to help complete the sweep. Luke Heyer was named Player of the Week. Heyer hit .500 with three home runs, two doubles, five runs scored, and 10 RBI to help win the series vs Auburn. Mason Hickman from Vanderbilt won Pitcher of the Week. Hickman threw a seven-inning complete game shutout, a 1-0 win, to take the series from LSU on Sunday.