Over the weekend in Omaha (located somewhere in Middle America, allegedly) the 2018 College World Series got underway. Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of action to parse through. Let’s take a look at how the teams of the SEC fared.
MISSISSIPPI STATE DEFEATS WASHINGTON, 1-0
One RBI single by Luke Alexander in the bottom of the 9th inning was all Mississippi State needed. The Bulldogs won their CWS opener against the Washington Huskies 1-0 thanks to Alexander’s heroics, as he drove in Hunter Stovall to secure the victory with a single to right.
Ethan Small was lights out on the mound. Small pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just four hits, with only one going for extra bases. He struck out five and walked none, inducing seven groundouts and eight flyouts. Zach Neff was the pitcher of record after pitching 0.2 clean innings in the top frame of the 9th.
ARKANSAS THUMPS TEXAS, 11-5
Arkansas handled their business in a big way on Sunday. The Razorbacks took down Kody Clemens and the Texas Longhorns 11-5, thanks in part to a big 8-run sixth inning.
14 batters went up in the 6th inning and it took until the 11th for their to be an out recorded, and the 12th for two outs. Every run that scored in the inning came off either a walk, a hit-by-pitch, or a single. It was, to say the least, an impressive feat and a painful one for the Longhorns to endure.
Apart from those shenanigans was a two-run homer by Luke Bonfield, who went deep in the bottom of the 5th. Heston Kjerstad led the team in RBI with three, and seven of the Razorback batters collected at least one RBI.
FLORIDA FALLS TO TEXAS TECH, 6-3
Despite jumping out to a 1-0 lead, the Florida Gators lost 6-3 to the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Sunday.
The Gators saw the Red Raiders score five unanswered runs through the 4th, 5th and 6th innings. Gabe Holt, Josh Jung and Grant Little were terrific in the Red Raider win, as they went 2-5, 2-5 and 3-3 at the plate respectively. Cody Farhat went 2-4 out of the 8-hole as well.
Outside of Nelson Maldonado, who went 2-5 and Jonathan India, who went 1-2 with two walks, the Gator lineup was stifled. They only collected five combined hits in 33 official at-bats. Compare that to the 12 hits that the Red Raiders got in 37 at-bats, and you’ll see why the result that occurred, occurred.