Conference play was in full swing on Saturday for the first time this season.
Mississippi State made a statement in Gainesville. After taking the opener, the Florida Gators and Bulldogs played two on Saturday due to more impending weather. Hasn’t this winter/spring been a blast so far?!
Former first round pick JT Ginn carried the Bulldogs, going 6 1/3 innings and giving up 4 runs in a 10-5 win in Game 1. Those numbers are a bit misleading, as he had a shutout through five, and it all kind of came undone in the seventh as the rain came. But Ginn was otherwise lights out. The Bulldogs pounded out 17 hits, three home runs and nine doubles to back him up.
The Gators were able to salvage the finale with a 4-2 win. Mississippi State should be able to jump into the Top 4 next week.
Alabama isn’t quite there yet, and that had seemed evident before this weekend. Well, I may have been wrong. After dropping a tight one in Friday night’s opener, the Tide rolled out an 8-6 win today to even the series heading into Sunday.
Joe Breaux led the way with two hits, a home run, and two walks. Drew Williamson delivered the game winning two out two run double in the eighth inning and Jeremy Randolph closed it out for his fourth save.
Arkansas took care of Missouri in the first two games of the series, winning 4-3 on Saturday. The Tigers closed the gap in the eighth by scoring two, but were kept off the board the rest of the way.
Kole Ramage pitched three key innings in the win, and stopper Matt Cronin recorded his sixth save already this season.
Texas A&M and Vanderbilt was everything we’ve expected and more. The Aggies evened up the series today in walk-off fashion, 8-7.
After being down 7-2 in the eighth, the Aggies rallied furiously, scoring five runs in the eighth and the winner in the ninth. Cam Blake had the big hit in the eighth with a game tying three-run triple. Jonathan Ducoff delivered the walk-off single.
What a finale we have for tomorrow.
Georgia just finds a way to win. They took the series out in Columbia against South Carolina on Saturday, 8-7. This was a back and forth affair all game: 5-1 Gamecocks, then tied, 6-5 South Carolina, 8-6 Georgia. The Dawgs would hang on from there.
UGA overcame three home runs by the Gamecocks. Aaron Schunk had two hits, two RBIs, and recorded his seventh same of the season. Isn’t versatility fun?
Here it is for Tennessee again, conference play. They have dropped the first two games against Auburn. Sure, they faced Tanner Burns, which puts any team behind the eight ball to begin with.
Jack Owen isn’t too bad himself. He and Brooks Fuller combined for just two runs and four hits in 7 2/3 innings. The Vols look to avoid the sweep on Sunday.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The best game of the day happened in Baton Rouge. In the first game of a doubleheader, Kentucky had a 1-0 lead on LSU. The Tigers tied it and had the bases loaded, before a 3-2-3 double play ended the threat. The score would stay the same until the 12th inning, when the Tigers would win the game on a literal WALK-off. SHRIMP!
Game 2 was all Tigers, as they won 16-4. They scored six in the second and then five in the fourth, the biggest blows of them all. Zach Watson hit a three-run bomb in the bottom of the 4th, providing the only homer of the game.