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SEC Softball Weekend Preview! March 6-8

Conference play begins for some!

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Let’s get back in the swing of things! An action-packed weekend awaits us on the softball diamond, as CONFERENCE PLAY is set to begin!!

(All times Eastern)

ALABAMA vs. ARKANSAS

Game Times:
March 6 — 7 p.m., SEC Network+
March 7 — 3 p.m., SEC Network+
March 8 — 2:30 p.m., SEC Network+

Arkansas and Alabama have proven to be two very solid squads this season. And they will be opening up conference play against one another this weekend. ‘Bama had won six in a row at one point, but have gone 2-2 over their last four games entering play. Arkansas, meanwhile, is riding a 4-1 stretch over their last five entering play and only have four losses in total on the year. Arkansas holds the advantage in ERA and BA in this one, and they have also scored more runs than the Tide have on the year and have been better at run prevention.

AUBURN vs. FLORIDA

Game Times:
March 6 — 6 p.m., SEC Network+
March 7 — 6 p.m., SEC Network+
March 8 — 3 p.m., SEC Network

Auburn and Florida are set to tangle this weekend. The 18-4 Gators and 14-8 Tigers have both been off to solid starts on the year, but both have plenty of room for improvement. This will be an intriguing series as far as offense goes. Florida is hitting over .300 and have bashed 24 homers as a team this year. Auburn, meanwhile, is in the bottom quadrant in the SEC with a .283 average and they’ve only driven in 114 runs. They’ve also been a bit sluggish in the circle, as they’ve posted a 2.77 ERA versus Florida’s 2.18. I will be very intrigued watching this one play out.

SOUTH CAROLINA vs. GEORGIA

Game Times:
March 6 — 6 p.m., SEC Network+
March 7 — 2 p.m., SEC Network+
March 8 — 2 p.m., SEC Network+

The hot-hitting Georgia Bulldogs are set to face the South Carolina Gamecocks this weekend. UGA has set a great pace this season, as they’ve hit .336 on the year with 27 homers as a team. That mark is tied with Kentucky for second-most in the SEC this year so far, trailing the sluggers at Mississippi State. Georgia figures to have a pretty solid advantage here in this one based on both offense and defense. Their 1.82 ERA is 4th-best in the SEC, and they’ve also posted the most strikeouts of any team on the year so far, with 215 Ks coming from their pitching staff. South Carolina has been rock solid, with a 2.31 ERA and 123 Ks, as well as a .304 team average, but just 107 runs, the second-fewest in the SEC.

KENTUCKY vs. TEXAS A&M

Game Times:
March 7 — 2 p.m., SEC Network+
March 8 — 7 p.m., SEC Network
March 9 — 7 p.m., SEC Network

The sluggers from Kentucky have been off to a raucous start at the plate. They’ll look to keep that trend going this weekend as they face Texas A&M down in College Station. The ‘Cats have won six in a row entering play, and are 17-3 on the season. They face the Aggies, who are an impressive 15-7 in their own right. A&M and Kentucky aren’t separated by much in the pitching categories. Kentucky has posted a 2.33 team ERA, with 118 Ks to 43 walks and a BAA of .222. A&M, meanwhile, has posted a 2.58 ERA with 134 Ks to 64 walks, with a BAA of .256. Offense is where they starkly differ. Kentucky has a league-best .370 BA with 27 homers and 178 runs scored. The Aggies have a BA of just .293, with 118 runs scored and 19 homers. We’ll see if those differences at the plate are the difference in this series.

OLE MISS vs. MIZZOU

Game Times:
March 6 — 7 p.m., SEC Network+
March 7 — 5 p.m.
March 8 — 5 p.m., SEC Network

The 16-6 Tigers and 12-10 Rebels are set to begin SEC play against each other. The Tigers and Rebels have had some struggles this year. Even though Mizzou is 16-6, they have the worst team ERA in the SEC (3.63) this year. But even with that said, they still have posted 141 Ks to just 44 walks on the year. Both of these offenses have been sluggish though. Mizzou’s team BA of .282 is third-worst in the SEC, and Ole Miss’ mark of .263 is right at the bottom. Time will tell to see how this one plays out, but there may not be many runs scored here.

ALSO FEATURED:

  • LSU takes on Campbell twice and Illinois State twice this weekend
  • Mississippi State battles Bryant, Mississippi Valley State and SEMO
  • Tennessee will face off with ETSU, Stanford and Toledo