11 baseball games went down on Tuesday night. 10 of them were nonconference games, and the SEC emerged victorious in eight of them. We had one lone conference showdown, and in that one, one side in a heated rivalry got one over on the other.
After dismissing Mississippi State over the weekend with a sweep, the Arkansas Razorbacks kept their momentum going against Northwestern State. And by that, we mean they teed off on them, winning 19-2. Five players hit homers in the victory, including Dominic Fletcher and Heston Kjerstad. Casey Martin kept up his great play with two RBI and a triple. The Hogs are now 31-10 on the season and an impressive 22-4 at home.
Speaking of Mississippi State, the Bulldogs rebounded from that sweep to defeat the Ole Miss Rebels. State won 8-1 over the 19th-ranked Rebs in a game that broken open in the later innings. State found themselves trailing 1-0 after a Grae Kessinger double in the 3rd. The Bulldogs responded with the long ball, as Rowdey Jordan went deep to tie the game in the 5th. They then scored three runs in the 6th and three more in the 7th before tacking on their final run in the 8th. State is now 11-8 in SEC play, but still remains 4th in the SEC West. The Rebels, meanwhile, are 10-9 but have a comfortable spot in 6th, well ahead of last-place Alabama.
Three home runs powered Texas A&M to victory over UT Arlington. The Aggies won 10-5 off the strength of long balls by Braden Shewmake, Zach DeLoach and Ty Coleman. Shewmake’s blast was of the three-run variety, the biggest blow of the day by any Aggie hitter. The Aggies pushed their record up to 30-12 with the win.
5th-ranked Georgia wasn’t able to knock off rival Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. Playing at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, the home of the Braves did not play kindly to UGA, as they fell 8-6 to the 13th-ranked Yellow Jackets. They fell behind 1-0 early, and after striking for two runs in the 2nd, Georgia Tech responded with five runs in the bottom stanza. The biggest blow was dealt by Kyle McCann, as the Yellow Jackets star went deep for a three-run bomb. They tacked on another run the next inning, and despite making it close, Georgia couldn’t quite claw ahead.
Elsewhere, LSU, Tennessee and Auburn all collected wins, as Georgia and Ole Miss proved to be the only ranked squads from the SEC to take a loss. The Fighting Tigers defeated Lamar 5-3, Auburn beat Jacksonville State 14-2 and Tennessee won 5-0 over Gardner-Webb.
No one’s bat made a louder noise than Ryan Johnson’s on Tuesday night. UK’s slugger hit THREE homers to help lead the Wildcats to a 15-4 win over Western Kentucky. All the homers were of the solo variety. He was one of seven players to drive in runs in the victory and one of nine to record at least one XBH.
South Carolina slugged their way to a 10-5 victory over Charleston Southern. The Gamecocks got homers from Luke Berryhill and Noah Campbell on their way to their victory over the Bucs. They also got triples from Josiah Sightler and Brady Allen, who himself had two three-baggers. Daniel Lloyd, who started the game for the Gamecocks, had seven strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched.
Kameron Misner doubled and homered, as Mizzou celebrated a 6-2 win over Missouri State. The top of the order for Mizzou thrived, going 5-for-15, collecting five of the Tigers’ seven hits on the night. The victory was the Tigers’ 27th of the season, as they push themselves up to 27-15 on the year.
Florida’s struggles, meanwhile, continued on Tuesday night. Despite homers by Austin Langworthy and Wil Dalton — the homer by Langworthy being a grand slam — the Gators fell 13-11 to Florida Atlantic. UF’s pitching simply couldn’t keep the Owls off the board, and wound up being their undoing. They let up four runs in the ninth inning and five combined runs int he final two frames.
There are two games scheduled for Wednesday night.
Arkansas will face off with Northwestern State again at 4 p.m. ET. Then, Alabama will play Jacksonville State at 7 p.m. ET. The games will be on SEC Network+ and ESPN+, respectively.