The Rundown for SEC Baseball: February 24
Rain, rain... please go away. We want baseball games to be played!
After a lot of washouts and whatnot, we have a loaded slate that includes a couple of doubleheaders and backlogged games.
They day will begin with a matchup at 10 a.m. between Vanderbilt and Pepperdine. Vandy’s matchup with the Waves was postponed so they’ll be playing two on Sunday. The ‘Dores haven’t played in the last few days, with their last game being on Wednesday, a 5-4 win over Evansville. They, along with much of the rest of the conference, have had to deal with some postponements thanks to inclement weather.
Then, at 11 a.m., two games will begin, as Georgia hosts UMass Lowell while Mizzou plays Rhode Island out in the Ocean State. The Tigers dropped the Friday matchup with Rhody but bounced back with a 12-4 shellacking on Saturday. Meanwhile, Georgia is looking to go 2-for-2 on Sunday with a doubleheader scheduled. They defeated UMass Lowell 6-2 on Saturday in the only game played so far in this series.
Alabama is set to resume their game with Ball State on Sunday afternoon at Noon ET/11 a.m. CT. They currently lead the Cardinals 7-4 in the Top of the 7th. After completion, they’ll play the Cardinals again for a full game starting at 2 ET. They took the opener 7-1 on Friday, so they’ll be hoping to sweep.
At 1 p.m., we have three games on the slate. Florida battles Miami in a Sunshine State showdown. Elsewhere, Tennessee will be playing Indiana while Auburn battles with UCF. The Tigers will look to take two of three after falling 6-1 on Saturday to the Knights. They won 4-1 on Friday. The Gators will be hoping the same against the ‘Canes, having lost on Friday and won on Saturday. Tennessee is the only team looking for a sweep, having defeated the Hoosiers in the first two games of the series. The Vols pitching staff tied a program record with 21 strikeouts in the 11-0 win.
At 1:30 p.m., South Carolina plays Utah Valley while UGA/UMass Lowell and Pepperdine/Vandy are going down. The Gamecocks defeated the Wolverines 15-3 in the first game and then 6-5 in the second game on Saturday, having gotten heroics from Noah Campbell who blasted off with a two-run walk-off homer. So the Gamecocks, as a result of their successes, will be hoping to sweep the Wolverines on Sunday.
At 2 p.m., while Alabama plays Ball State, Texas A&M faces off with UIC while Mississippi State matches up with Southern Miss. State conquered the Golden Eagles 8-1 in a rebound from a 1-0 defeat on Friday. While their bats were silent in the first game, they proved to be a lot louder in the second. Dustin Skelton hit two homers and Justin Foscue went deep himself, too. JT Ginn picked up nine strikeouts in the game as well.
Texas A&M meanwhile is looking to stay unbeaten and pick up another sweep. They won 3-1 on Friday and 4-0 on Saturday, as they have held opponents to just 12 runs in their first seven games with two shutouts including the one on Saturday. Asa Lacy made folks look silly on Saturday as he posted 10 strikeouts and allowed just two hits in six innings.
Also at 2 p.m., Kentucky will face Texas Tech and Ole Miss will face Tulane. The Wildcats are looking to save face in this series as the Red Raiders have won the first two games in the series. That included a 10-7 defeat on Saturday and a 7-4 loss on Friday. Ole Miss, meanwhile, played a wild one with the Green Wave on Saturday, losing 13-12 after beating Tulane 6-4 on Friday. So they will look to win the rubber match on Sunday.
Finally, LSU will be facing Bryant at 3 p.m. The Fighting Tigers have showed off their tremendous offense in the first two games, scoring a combined 30 runs, including 17 on Saturday. They are just mashing the baseball right now and it’s been quite the sight to behold at this point. The Fighting Tigers are the top-ranked team in the nation, and they’ll look to flex their muscles again Sunday when they aim to sweep.