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SEC Baseball Weekend Recap, Week 3

It was quite the busy weekend in the SEC.

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Weekend baseball action has come and gone. Here’s how things shook out in the SEC:


ALABAMA

How They Fared: (1-2)

Alabama’s series with the Oklahoma Sooners didn’t go as planned. The Crimson Tide lost two of their first three meetings in Norman, averting the sweep with a 13-1 win on Sunday. That being said, ‘Bama still lost 2-1 on Friday and then 16-4 on Saturday. Sam Finnerty’s eight-inning outing went to waste on Friday. Finnerty let up eight hits but only one earned run.

ARKANSAS

How They Fared: (2-1)

Arkansas hosted the USC Trojans this weekend and went 2-1 to win the weekend series. The Razorbacks won 4-0 on Friday and then rallied to win a wild game on Sunday, 7-6. The Hogs went up 1-0 on USC after two innings, and the game was then tied 1-1 at the 4th inning. The Trojans put up a four-spot in the fifth to make it 5-1, but Arkansas responded with four in the sixth to tie it. USC then retook the lead in the ensuing inning, before the Razorbacks went up 7-6.

AUBURN

How They Fared: (3-0)

While Auburn had a close call on Friday, the Tigers still managed to complete a sweep of the BYU Cougars. Auburn won 4-3 on Friday and had to cling to their lead after the Cougars made it interesting late. The Tigers responded to that close call with a 21-4 victory on Saturday. On Sunday, they won 9-5 in the series finale to finish up a dominant weekend.

FLORIDA

How They Fared: (3-0)

Wil Dalton’s three home runs in Friday’s win over Stony Brook was a precursor to the Gators’ three-game sweep of the Seawolves. Dalton was one of three Florida batters to go deep over the weekend, as UF won 12-5, 8-0 and 3-1 over their visiting opponents. It was a stellar showing for the top-ranked team in the land, and it’s no surprise that they remain as much heading into this week.

GEORGIA

How They Fared: (0-3)

UGA had a miserable weekend up in Charleston, losing all three of their games to the Cougars. The sweep ruined what was a six-game win streak for the Dawgs heading into the weekend, and now they’ll have to spin it around in their upcoming midweek games. They will have to hope for higher offensive output, as they only scored six runs over the weekend and allowed 17.

KENTUCKY

How They Fared: (3-0)

Kentucky’s trip to Minute Maid Park was an extremely successful one. The Wildcats won all three games against Houston, including a huge, 14-2 win over the 22nd-ranked Cougars. The Cats also defeated Sam Houston 7-2 and UL Lafayette 10-4. Luke Heyer, the team-leader in BA, had a two-homer game against the Cougars and also had two doubles against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Justin Lewis had a seven-strikeout outing against UL Lafayette and Sean Hjelle allowed just one earned run to the Cougars.

LSU

How They Fared: (3-0)

LSU completed a three-game sweep against Toledo, Sacred Heart and SE Louisiana over the weekend. The sweep of their visiting opponents in Baton Rouge was highlighted by a BRILLIANT performance by right-hander Zack Hess. Hess, the National Player of the Week, had 13 strikeouts against the Rockets and only allowed one run over his seven innings of work. He had no walks either and allowed just six hits.

OLE MISS

How They Fared: (2-1)

Ole Miss took two of three from the Long Beach State 49ers over the weekend. The Rebels lost the first half of a doubleheader on Saturday, but rebounded to win by the same score: 4-3. They then returned Sunday to win 12-1 in a rout that was headlined by the bats. The Rebels had seven different players collect RBI in the win, with Ryan Olenek, Chase Cockrell, Will Golsan and Grae Kessinger picking up two each.

MISSISSIPPI STATE

How They Fared: (3-0)

Much like Kentucky, Mississippi State was also unbeaten in their stay at Minute Maid Park. That included a 3-2 victory over the Houston Cougars on Saturday, as they defeated their first ranked team of the season. It took a late rally and extra innings to decide a winner, but a sac fly by Hunter Stovall gave the Bulldogs the W.

MISSOURI

How They Fared: (3-0)

Mizzou continued their early success with a sweep of UMBC. Their win streak is now up to five after the three-game sweep, in which they outscored their opponents 18-6 over the weekend. This included wins of 7-1 and 5-0. Kameron Misner fell a single shy of the cycle in Friday night’s game, as he hit a double, a triple and a home run and drove in three runs, as well. The Tigers ALSO threw a combined no-hitter in that game on Friday, as well. Bryce Montes De Oca was the pitcher of record, as he threw 12 strikeouts in his seven innings of work with two walks.

SOUTH CAROLINA

How They Fared: (1-2)

South Carolina started the weekend right with a win over rival Clemson. But, the Tigers bounced back to take two of three from the Gamecocks. They won 5-1 in Saturday’s matchup and then edged SC 8-7 on Sunday in Clemson. This despite an effort to tie the game at 7 in the top of the ninth. The Gamecocks have now lost four of their last five games after starting the season 6-1.

TENNESSEE

How They Fared: (1-2)

Tennessee didn’t fare so well in Knoxville over the weekend. Taking part in a series that saw them play ETSU, Memphis and Middle Tennessee State, the Volunteers dropped two of the three games. They fell 10-9 to ETSU on Friday night and then 7-5 on Sunday. Their lone win came against Memphis, in which they defeated the Tigers 2-1. Andre Lipcius had a two-homer day in the loss to ETSU and also collected a double against MTSU.

TEXAS A&M

How They Fared: (2-1)

Texas A&M lost against Louisiana Tech in Frisco on Friday, but responded with wins over Baylor and Cal. The Aggies, playing in the Frisco College Baseball Classic, left it with just the one blemish and are now 11-1 on the year. The win over Baylor was a bit of a grinder as they had to avert trouble late but they were able to keep their former Big XII rivals at bay.

VANDERBILT

How They Fared: (1-2)

Vandy was the only team of the three in the SEC participating at Minute Maid Park to leave with a sub-.500 record. The Commodores dropped two of three to Sam Houston and Louisiana, but defeated Houston. So, all three teams could lay claim to a win over the previously-ranked Cougs. Vanderbilt is now 10-3 on the year and will look to rebound now with a trip out west in their future.