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SEC Baseball Weekend Recap, Week 4

A very busy weekend, including action out west in LA.

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


ALABAMA

How They Fared: (2-1)

Alabama took two of three from visiting New Mexico State this weekend. The Tide improved to 13-3 on the season as we march into the fifth week of the 2018 campaign. All three games were decided by three runs or less. The Tide fell 3-0 in the opener, but responded with 3-1 and 5-2 victories on Friday night and Saturday.

ARKANSAS

How They Fared: (2-1)

Arkansas took two of three from the Kent State Golden Flashes. They split a Friday doubleheader with a 7-2 victory and then won the finale on Sunday, 11-4. Sandwiched between there was a 10-4 defeat, but the Hogs were able to salvage it. Jordan McFarland slammed two home runs in the 11-4 rout on Sunday. Eric Cole, Grant Koch and Carson Shaddy also all homered in the Friday victory.

AUBURN

How They Fared: (2-1)

Auburn took the first two games of their series against Northeastern, but could not complete the sweep. The Tigers were dominant on Friday, as they won 6-0. They then responded with a 14-8 thumping. Brendan Venter hit two home runs in the series, and the long ball was used often by the Tigers in their victories. Four others hit homers on Saturday, as Steven Williams, Edouard Julien, Josh Anthony and Brett Wright all hit dingers. Wright himself had two, including a two-run shot and a solo blast.

FLORIDA

How They Fared: (3-0)

The Gators continued to roll, despite tripping up earlier in the week to UCF. They responded with a three-game sweep of the Rhode Island Rams. Florida throttled Rhody 9-0 and 9-2 on Friday and Saturday afternoon. They then edged them out 3-2 in the finale of their doubleheader on Saturday. Nick Horvath hit a home run and a double in the series against Rhody, proving to be one of the top performers. Brady Singer had a stellar outing against the Rams on Friday. Singer cruised through seven innings, allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out eight batters.

GEORGIA

How They Fared: (3-0)

After getting swept last weekend by the College of Charleston and losing to Charleston Southern, Georgia needed a rebound in the worst way. Luckily, the Dawgs were able to pick themselves up off the mat. They’ve now won four in a row after sweeping Toledo this past weekend. That, combined with their win against The Citadel earlier in the week has reset them a little bit. The Dawgs won 7-0 and 8-3 in the first two games, and then clipped the Rockets 7-6 in the Saturday night contest. They won on a walk-off SHRIMP on Saturday night after loading up the bases in the 10th inning. Chase Adkins tossed a gem on Friday. The Georgia hurler pitched six shutout innings and gave up just one hit and one walk. Adkins also struck out nine of the 20 batters he faced.

KENTUCKY

How They Fared: (2-1)

Kentucky picked up a huge series win over the weekend. They defeated previously 3rd-ranked Texas Tech in Lexington, winning two out of the three games they played. The Wildcats won 10-7 on Friday and then 11-6 on Saturday, as one of the best offenses in the SEC more than proved their worth. Troy Squires and Kole Cottam each hit home runs in the series.

LSU

How They Fared: (2-1)

The weekend didn’t start off on the right foot for LSU. But, the Tigers rebounded to take two of three from visiting Hawaii. They fell 4-2 on Friday night, but came back to win 5-1 and 14-1 on Saturday and Sunday. Zach Watson and Hunter Feduccia homered in the 5-1 victory on Saturday. It’s fair to say it was a superb weekend for LSU even despite the loss to the Rainbow Warriors on Friday night.

OLE MISS

How They Fared: (3-0)

Ole Miss continues to roll, as they swept Eastern Illinois. The sweep of EIU made it seven wins in a row for the Rebels, who’ve taken just one loss all season. Thomas Dillard, Jacob Adams and Chase Cockrell all picked up homers in the series. Cockrell smacked two of them in Ole Miss’ 7-3 win on Sunday.

MISSISSIPPI STATE

How They Fared: (2-1)

After losing 2-1 on Friday, Mississippi State followed that up with two wins over Utah Valley. They won the back half of their Friday doubleheader 4-2 and then picked up a 5-3 victory on Saturday. Luke Alexander hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning in their 4-2 victory that helped give them the lead. Rowdey Jordan hit a three-run bomb on Saturday that helped untie the game at 1 at the time.

MISSOURI

How They Fared: (3-0)

Mizzou has now won eight in a row after their sweep of La Salle over the weekend. The Tigers edged them out 8-5 on Friday, but responded with 7-1 and 7-0 victories in a doubleheader on Saturday. Bryce Montes De Oca tossed 10 strikeouts in the win on Friday over the Explorers. Michael Plassmeyer also put up a 10-strikeout outing on Saturday, and the Tigers also combined for 11 strikeouts on Sunday, with Andy Toelken racking up six on his own.

SOUTH CAROLINA

How They Fared: (3-0)

South Carolina followed up their win over NC A&T earlier in the week with a three-game sweep of the Princeton Tigers. They took them down 9-2 in the opener and then swept through their doubleheader with 7-3 and 6-4 victories. LT Tolbert had home runs in both contests on Saturday, including a 3-run shot on Saturday evening.

TENNESSEE

How They Fared: (3-0)

Tennessee took a trip up to Cincinnati and promptly swept the Bearcats. The Volunteers won 3-2 on Friday, 7-5 on Saturday and then 2-1 on Saturday. The Vols won in extras on Friday thanks to an RBI single by Brodie Leftridge in the 12th inning. They needed a rally in the ninth on Saturday, and Andre Lipcius and Justin Ammons helped to give them the lead with a fielder’s choice and a single. They, again, needed a late run on Sunday, and Ammons hit an RBI single to help give the Vols the lead for good. A lot of drama, but Tennessee was able to emerge victorious each time.

TEXAS A&M

How They Fared: (3-0)

Texas A&M trucked Long Beach State this weekend en route to a sweep. They won 3-1 on Friday and 5-1 on Sunday, and also racked up a 19-1 victory on Saturday. Logan Foster hit two home runs in the route on Saturday and Hunter Coleman slammed one of his own, as well. Foster also hit a homer on Friday to give him three over the weekend. Mitchell Kilkenny had a stellar outing on Friday night, as Kilkenny allowed five hits and no earned runs over eight innings of work. Kilkenny also had seven punchouts in the win and just two walks, as well.

VANDERBILT

How They Fared: (2-0)

While Vandy’s game against USC was rained out, the Commodores went 2-0 in their other games at Dodger Stadium. They won 7-4 against TCU and 6-3 over the UCLA Bruins. Certainly, it was a very successful trip out west for the Commodores, as they improved their record to 12-4. Ethan Paul hit a homer in the win over TCU and three players were credited with RBI in the win over UCLA.