Before we talk about what’s in store for the first day of May, let’s talk about last night, shall we?
The four ranked teams from the SEC who were in action all won in resounding fashion on Tuesday night. In fact, those four teams outscored their opponents 62-18. Pretty insane, right?
Let’s start with the highest-ranked teams who were in action. Vanderbilt and Arkansas soundly defeated Tennessee Tech and Grambling. The Commodores dropped 21 runs on Tennessee Tech, while Arkansas had to “settle” for a mere 17. The ‘Dores allowed 10 runs to plate, while the Hogs allowed just three. These were certainly dominant performances by the top dogs in the conference right now, as they flexed their muscles in a big way.
Not to be outdone, 8th-ranked Georgia pitched a 9-0 shutout over The Citadel. And Texas A&M won 15-5 over Sam Houston State in a road matchup that certainly should give the 17th-ranked Aggies plenty of confidence going forward.
There are just two games on the schedule today, neither of which will be on TV.
25th-ranked Mizzou, new to the polls, will face off with Southeast Missouri State. The Tigers come into this game riding a four-game win streak, having swept South Carolina over the weekend. They did so impressively, defeating them on aggregate 25-9, including an 11-0 shutout. TJ Sikkema pitched a 7-inning shutout in that 11-0 outing, striking out 10 in the process, earning him Pitcher of the Week honors.
Meanwhile, 15th-ranked Ole Miss hits the road to take on Southern Miss in Hattiesburg. The Rebels are on the heels of a sweep of Texas A&M that helped them jump in the SEC West standings in the process. They’ve won four of their last six games as they head into Hattiesburg to take on the Golden Eagles, and will hope to keep that momentum going. They’ll need it, as a trip to Baton Rouge awaits them this weekend.