(11) Alabama Crimson Tide 5, (6) Georgia Bulldogs 3
Alabama began the SEC Baseball Tournament with a bang. The Tide upset sixth-seeded Georgia with their 5-3 victory on Tuesday. The Tide jumped on the Dawgs in the very first inning. Caden Rose scored the game’s first inning off a single off the bat of two-hole hitter Andrew Pinckney. Three batters later, William Hamiter fouled out but Pinckney was able to score from third. Dominic Tamez then waltzed home to make it 3-0 on a Zane Denton single. Tommy Seidl scored on a wild pitch in the ensuing inning to make it 4-0, and a fifth run was tacked on via a sacrifice fly by Drew Williamson. Georgia’s runs came on two home runs hit by Parks Harber and Connor Tate.
(7) Florida Gators 2, (10) South Carolina Gamecocks 1 (F/10 inn.)
Florida won in walk-off fashion to advance in the SEC Baseball Tournament. Brandon Sproat shined in this one as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. While it was eventually broken up, Srpoat pitched into the ninth inning and gave the Gators just about everything he could. He struck out seven Gamecock batters and allowed just four hits in 8.1 innings. Jac Caglianone broke the scoreless tie early on in the fourth inning with an infield single. South Carolina then tied the game late with an RBI fielder’s choice by Andrew Eyster, which scored Braylen Wimmer. Then in the 10th, Colby Halter hit a sac fly to bring Ty Evans to the plate to win the game.
(8) Vanderbilt Commodores 3, (9) Ole Miss Rebels 1
Vanderbilt moved on in the SEC Tournament with a 3-1 victory over Ole Miss. It was all about pitching for the ‘Dores, as they dominated on the mound in this game. Carter Holton, Nelson Berkwich, and Christian Little combined for 10 strikeouts, three walks, five hits, and one earned run. They allowed no extra-base hits to pass either. Holton was responsible for six of the 10 strikeouts thrown by Vandy pitchers. Dominic Keegan and Parker Noland drove in runs for the ‘Dores, with another scoring on a fielding error. The lone Rebel run was driven in by leadoff hitter Justin Bench.
(12) Kentucky Wildcats 3, (5) Auburn Tigers 1
Kentucky upset 5-seeded Auburn with a 3-1 victory. The win was grabbed in the late innings of the game thanks to two homers in the ninth inning. Oraj Anu went deep to break a 1-1 tie and then Adam Fogel went back-to-back, launching a solo blast for some insurance. Auburn’s Sonny DiChiara had previously tied the game in the prior stanza with a monster solo home run. But he was upstaged by the pair of sluggers from the Wildcats.
(11) Alabama 4, (3) Arkansas 3
Alabama reeled off a big upset win over third-seeded Arkansas. The 11th-seeded Crimson Tide a 4-3 victory over the touted Razorbacks and have remained hot through the early portion of the SEC Baseball Tournament. Their first two runs came off a fielder’s choice and a throwing error on the same play. In the ensuing inning, Drew Williamson fouled out, which allowed for another run to score. And then one inning later, after Arkansas inched closer with a solo homer, another run would be scored following yet another throwing error.
(2) Texas A&M Aggies 10, (7) Florida 0
Texas A&M jumped all over Florida and trounced them 10-0 in the most lopsided result in the tournament as of this paragraph. The Aggies scored seven runs in the sixth inning, six of them coming on home runs from Targac (solo), Thompson (two-run), and Bost (three-run). Werner homered in the third inning to start the scoring, as he blasted a two-run shot. The other runs were chipped in on a single and a sacrifice fly.
(1) Tennessee Volunteers 10, (8) Vanderbilt 1
Tennessee made easy work of in-state rival Vanderbilt. The Vols won 10-1 in what’s thus far the second-most lopsided result in the SEC Baseball Tournament. UT scored seven runs before Vanderbilt could answer the bell and would then go on to tack on three more the rest of the way. Only two Vols — Burke and Lawson — homered in the game, with the other runs coming on doubles, singles, and otherwise a sacrifice. Vol pitchers combined to allow just one extra-base hit all game long with eight strikeouts and four walks.
(4) LSU 11, (12) Kentucky 6
LSU dropped a tournament-high 11 runs against Kentucky, earning an 11-6 victory in the process. The star of the game, by far, was right fielder Josh Pearson. The LSU two-hole hitter went 5-for-5 with a double, a home run, no strikeouts, and three RBI and runs scored. Pearson’s multi-hit efforts were matched somewhat by Dylan Crews and Tyler McManus. Crews and McManus had five combined hits, with Crews notching two while McManus left the affair with three. This stirring offensive showing was a fun one!
(7) Florida 7, (3) Arkansas 5
Despite three runs scored in the ninth, Florida held off Arkansas and won 7-5 on Friday. The Gators’ victory assures them of playing on Saturday as a loss would’ve kicked them out after their loss to Texas A&M. Needless to say, this was a big one that the Gators had to grab and did so against one of the best teams in the conference. Jud Fabian starred with a home run and went 2-3 at the dish.
(12) Kentucky 10, (8) Vanderbilt 8
A disappointing season for the Commodores continued on Friday as they were sent packing from Hoover before the semifinals. Kentucky sent them off with an 11-2 rout in which they were simply overmatched. While Vandy equalized things at one run apiece after the third inning, they wouldn’t score again until the seventh. Their one run made it a 5-2 game before Kentucky went bonkers. The Wildcats dropped a five-spot in the bottom of the seventh to distance themselves from Vandy. Five Wildcat batters had two hits or more, with two (Fogel, Ritter) notching three-hit games.