Well, that was a fun Opening Day, huh?
The SEC, on the whole, went 11-2 on the day. The lone team who didn’t play was Arkansas, as their opener was rained out. Not so fun, not so fun at all. But all things considered, it was a pretty great day.
Well, maybe not for South Carolina and Mizzou. The Gamecocks suffered a debilitating 6-5 loss to Liberty in 11 innings, while Mizzou fell 5-4 to North Florida. Liberty struck for the tying run in the top of the 9th to force a bottom stanza and prevented SC from winning. To make matters worse for the Gamecocks, the go-ahead run was scored on a wild pitch.
Mizzou, meanwhile, fell behind 2-0 after two innings, tied things up in the 5th but saw that lead evaporate in the bottom half of the inning. They retied the game, but then saw it teeter totter back in UNF’s favor. Mizzou tied it once again in the eighth, but fell behind yet again in the bottom half, and couldn’t score in the top of the 9th.
The SEC’s ranked teams all picked up victories in rather impressive fashion. Collectively, they outscored their opponents 75-25. This included a 5-1 victory for Georgia, a 10-1 rout by Ole Miss and a 14-3 win for Mississippi State. In addition, Auburn won 11-2, Florida won 8-2 and Vanderbilt bodied Virginia, 15-9.
That 14-3 win by Mississippi State included a casual 11-run 8th inning, by the way.
LSU meanwhile fought back to win 12-7 over UL Monroe. Daniel Cabrera and Antoine Duplantis each clubbed a pair of homers, as the duo combined for 11 RBI on the night. Duplantis had six, Cabrera had five, as they proved to be quite the powerful tag team.
Kentucky defeated Austin Peay 8-4 and used the longball to their advantage. They hit four homers on the day with the pride of Terre Haute, Indiana TJ Collett hitting a three-run bomb.
Dayton vs. Georgia (Noon, SEC Network+)
Wright State vs. Ole Miss (1 p.m., SEC Network+)
Eastern Illinois vs. Arkansas (1 p.m., SEC Network+)
Youngstown State vs. Mississippi State (1 p.m., SEC Network+)
Appalachian State vs. Tennessee (2 p.m., SEC Network+)
Presbyterian vs. Alabama (2 p.m., SEC Network+)
Kentucky vs. Austin Peay (2 p.m.)
Mizzou vs. North Florida (2:05 p.m.)
Georgia Southern vs. Auburn (3 p.m., SEC Network+)
Army vs. LSU (3 p.m., SEC Network+)
Fordham vs. Texas A&M (3 p.m., SEC Network+)
Vanderbilt vs. Cal State Fullerton (3 p.m.)
Liberty vs. South Carolina (3 p.m.)
Dayton vs. Georgia (3:30 p.m., SEC Network+)
Long Beach State vs. Florida (4 p.m., SEC Network+)
Eastern Illinois vs. Arkansas (4:30 p.m., SEC Network+)
Youngstown State vs. Mississippi State (4:45 p.m., SEC Network+)
Presbyterian vs. Alabama (6 p.m., SEC Network+)