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SEC Baseball Weekend in Review, April 6-8

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RESULTS

FRIDAY

  • Alabama 2, Missouri 1
  • Vanderbilt 5, Georgia 3
  • Kentucky 14, South Carolina 1
  • Texas A&M 9, LSU 2
  • Arkansas 2, Auburn 1

SATURDAY

  • Mississippi State 13, Ole Miss 3
  • Missouri 1, Alabama 0
  • Vanderbilt 8, Georgia 3
  • Texas A&M 3, LSU 1
  • Florida 22, Tennessee 6
  • Ole Miss 6, Mississippi State 1
  • Alabama 5, Missouri 1
  • South Carolina 15, Kentucky 1
  • Arkansas 13, Auburn 2

SUNDAY

  • Florida 6, Tennessee 4
  • Kentucky 10, South Carolina 5
  • Mississippi State 7, Ole Miss 5
  • Tennessee 6, Florida 4
  • Arkansas 5, Auburn 4

TOP HEADLINES

ARKANSAS SWEEPS AUBURN

The Arkansas Razorbacks made serious moves over the weekend. The Razorbacks swept the Auburn Tigers, one of the top teams in the SEC and the country as well, in swift fashion. The Hogs, now 24-9 on the year, won a 2-1 result on Friday thanks to the bats of Grant Koch and Luke Bonfield. Koch and Bonfield plated their only two runs of the game in the fourth inning thanks to a solo shot from Bonfield and an RBI single by Koch. The deft pitching of Blaine Knight and Matt Cronin held the Tigers to just one run scored all night.

Saturday’s win was much more emphatic, as Arkansas won 13-2 over Auburn. The Hogs scored in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 8th innings of the game, getting at least two runs in those frames. Seven different Razorbacks collected at least one RBI in the game. On Sunday, Arkansas won 5-4 on a walk-off single by Heston Kjerstad. Kjerstad plated home his team-leading 32nd RBI of the season to lift his team to victory.

With Ole Miss losing their series to Mississippi State, Arkansas is now in front in the SEC West with an 8-4 conference record.

FLORIDA SLUGS TENNESSEE

Although the Vols didn’t get swept by the Gators, Florida certainly made it look a bit easy. They won 22-6 on Saturday in the most lopsided game of the weekend. The Gators had back-to-back 7-run innings in the 5th and 6th innings, which is pretty extraordinary. Jonathan India, Nick Horvath and Deacon Liput each clubbed homers and nine different Gator batters collected at least one RBI.

UF remains atop the SEC East with a 9-3 record in league play. They are a game ahead of Georgia, who stands at 8-4 after losing their series to Vanderbilt over the weekend.

GEORGIA DROPS SERIES TO VANDERBILT

Despite winning the first game of the series on Thursday, Georgia could not answer the bell on Friday and Saturday. The Vanderbilt Commodores did so instead, defeating the Dawgs 5-3 and 8-3. This was a major step forward for Vanderbilt, who had been in a bit of a rut over the past couple games, eating losses to Lipscomb, Florida and Middle Tennessee State. They won for the first time in the month of April and for the first time since all the way back on March 25. To say they needed these wins would be a serious understatement.

For UGA, this is a bit of a setback, of course. Since March 17 they were 11-1 over their last 12 before their two losses to Vandy on Friday and Saturday. They are still in very good shape and remain a game back of Florida in the SEC East. But, with a road tilt against Clemson looming on Tuesday (and then a home matchup the following Tuesday) and two series against Kentucky and Ole Miss these next two weeks, they may have missed a major opportunity.

OLE MISS DROPS SERIES TO MISSISSIPPI STATE

Things haven’t gone so swell for Mississippi State this season. But, they claimed a series win against in-state adversary Ole Miss this weekend. The Rebels only laid claim to one win this weekend in Starkville, a 6-1 result on Saturday. Apart from that, State triumphed 13-3 on Saturday and then 7-5 on Sunday.

The victory on Sunday was a dramatic one for State, as Luke Alexander slugged a two-run walk-off dinger to give the Bulldogs the victory in the series’ rubber match.

The win took Ole Miss out of first place in the West with Arkansas’ sweep of Auburn in the books. Ole Miss is now second, looking up at Arkansas, one game behind them at 7-5 in league play. Mississippi State is merely 4-8 and stands in last place right now in the West and in the SEC on the whole.