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SEC pitching rotations (April 22-25)

 Barry Allen   in Baseball

SEC Baseball Weekend Pitching Matchups – April 22-25

Alabama at Kentucky    

Friday 6:30 p.m. ET (SECN+); Saturday 2p.m. ET (SECN+); Sunday 1 p.m. ET (SECN+)

Alabama Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Tyler Ras (5-1, 4.28 ERA)

Game 2: Jr. RHP Dylan Smith (0-4, 2.92 ERA)            

Game 3: TBA

Kentucky Rotation

Game 1: So. RHP Cole Stupp (4-2, 3.02 ERA)

Game 2: Sr. RHP Sean Harney (2-0, 3.98 ERA)

Game 3: So. RHP Zack Lee (3-3, 4.89 ERA)

Series Notes: A key series for two teams battling for post season berths … Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia all have identical 7-8 SEC records … The home team has won the last eight series … Alabama has not won a series in Lexington since 2004 … Kentucky has lost three straight series after winning five of their first six SEC games … Alabama has lost six of its last seven SEC road series … UK has lost six of its last SEC home series.

Florida at Auburn           

Friday 6 p.m. CT (SECN+); Saturday 11 a.m. CT (SECN); Sunday 1 p.m. CT (SECN+)

Florida Rotation

Game 1: So. RHP Franco Aleman (1-1, 4.06 ERA)

Game 2: Jr. RHP Tommy Mace (4-0, 3.78 ERA)             

Game 3: Fr. LHP Hunter Barco (5-2, 4.70 ERA)

Auburn Rotation

Game 1: Sr. LHP Jack Owen (1-2, 7.36 ERA)

Game 2: Jr. RHP Richard Fitts (0-3, 7.04 ERA)             

Game 3: TBA

Series Notes: The worst SEC home team faces the worst SEC road team this weekend at Plainsman Park … Auburn is 0-6 in SEC home games (swept by Kentucky and Miss. State) … Florida is 1-5 in SEC road games (0-3 at SC; 1-2 at Tennessee) … Florida has won four straight SEC games for the first time since 2018 … The Gators have lost seven their last eight SEC road series … Auburn is the first team since Alabama in 2017 to begin SEC play with a 2-13 record … Florida has won six of the last eight series over Auburn, including four of the last five played on the Plains … In Florida’s last trip to Plainsman Park, the Tigers swept the Gators to open the 2017 SEC slate.

Georgia at Missouri       

Friday 4 p.m. CT (SECN+); Saturday 4 p.m. CT (SECN); Sunday 1 p.m. CT (SECN+)

Georgia Rotation

Game 1: Sr. LHP Ryan Webb (2-2, 2.83 ERA)

Game 2: So. RHP Jonathan Cannon (2-2, 4.06 ERA)             

Game 3: TBA

Missouri Rotation

Game 1: RSo. RHP Seth Halvorsen (3-2, 7.07 ERA)

Game 2: So. RHP Spencer Miles (1-5, 7.57 ERA)            

Game 3: Fr. RHP Zach Hise (0-5, 6.27 ERA)

Series Notes: The visiting team has won six of the seven series since Mizzou joined the SEC in 2013 … Georgia (2019) is the only home team to win a series in the seven meetings … Georgia has won all three meetings (2014, 2016, 2018) in Columbia … Georgia has won its last two SEC series and is tied with Alabama and Kentucky in the SEC standings.

Mississippi State at Vanderbilt 

Friday 7 p.m. CT (SECN); Saturday 7 p.m. CT (ESPNU); Sunday 1 p.m. CT (SECN+)

Mississippi State Rotation

Game 1: Fr. LHP Christian MacLeod (3-2, 2.83 ERA)

Game 2: Fr. RHP Will Bednar (2-1, 3.55 ERA)

Game 3: Fr. RHP Jackson Fristoe (3-2, 4.08 ERA)

Vanderbilt Rotation

Game 1: So. RHP Kumar Rocker (8-1, 1.64 ERA)

Game 2: So. RHP Jack Leiter (7-0, 0.98 ERA)           

Game 3: TBA

Series Notes: Two elite pitching staffs collide this weekend on the West End … Vandy leads the league in ERA (2.79) … MSU leads the league in strikeouts (464) and ranks third in ERA (3.46) … Both teams have won 12 of the last 15 SEC series … MSU is 8-1 in its last three SEC series … The Bulldogs have won four straight SEC road series dating back to 2019 … Vanderbilt has Vanderbilt has swept six of the last 11 series over MSU … Miss. State won the last regular-season series in Nashville in 2016.

Tennessee at Texas A&M            

Friday 6:30 p.m. CT (SECN+); Saturday 5 p.m. CT (SECN+); Sunday 12 p.m. CT (SECN)

Tennessee Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Chad Dallas (5-1, 3.97 ERA)

Game 2: Sr. LHP Will Heflin (2-1, 3.73 ERA)            

Game 3: Fr. RHP Blade Tidwell (4-2, 3.50 ERA)

Texas A&M Rotation

Game 1: Sr. LHP Dustin Saenz (5-4, 3.91 ERA)

Game 2: Sr. RHP Bryce Miller (2-1, 3.21 ERA)           

Game 3: Fr. RHP Nathan Dettmer (3-1, 3.02 ERA)

Series Notes: Tennessee sits at 10-5 in the SEC standings for the first time since 2005 … It is the first time since 2008 that the Volunteers have been above the .500 mark at the halfway point in the conference schedule … UT is seeking its third SEC road series win, a feat it has not accomplished since 2007 … They have not won three consecutive road series in a single season since 1995 … Texas A&M owns one series victory this season but finds itself having lost seven of its last eight games during a three-series losing streak … Texas A&M has won three of the four series over Tennessee since joining the SEC in 2013.

Arkansas at South Carolina

Thursday 6 p.m. CT (SECN); Friday 1 p.m. CT (SECN+); Friday, 6  p.m. CT (SECN+)

Arkansas Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Caleb Bolden (2-0, 4.63 ERA)

Game 2: So. RHP Peyton Pallette (1-2, 4.06 ERA)

Game 3: TBA

South Carolina Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Thomas Farr (2-3, 3.28 ERA)

Game 2: Sr. RHP Brannon Jordan (4-2, 3.15 ERA)

Game 3: Fr. RHP Will Sanders (6-1, 2.11 ERA)

Series Notes: Arkansas and South Carolina both joined the SEC in 1992 … The teams have met 79 times, with the Razorbacks holding a 42-34 series edge … Arkansas has won five of the last six meetings with South Carolina … The teams have not played in Columbia since 2016 … The Gamecocks swept the last series with the Razorbacks at Founder Park …  Arkansas defeated South Carolina 1-0 in 14 innings at the 1985 College World Series … South Carolina is 1-4 SEC series openers this season, but 9-1 in the final two games of the series, including a perfect 5-0 record in the series finale … Arkansas is 3-2 in SEC series openers with home losses to Alabama and Auburn … The Razorbacks are 4-1 in both game two and game three of SEC series.

LSU at Ole Miss

Thursday 7 p.m. CT (ESPNU); Friday 6:30 p.m. CT (SEC N+); Saturday Noon CT (SECN+)

LSU Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Landon Marceaux (4-3, 1.65 ERA)

Game 2: Jr. RHP AJ Labas (2-0, 3.35 ERA)

Game 3: TBA

Ole Miss Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Gunnar Hoglund (3-2, 2.23 ERA)

Game 2: Jr. LHP Doug Nikhazy (4-1, 1.86 ERA)

Game 3: So. RHP Drew McDaniel (4-0, 2.97 ERA)

Series Notes: Ole Miss will retired former baseball and basketball standout Don Kessinger’s number (#11) prior to the series opener with LSU … The LSU-Ole Miss series dates back to 1906 … The Tigers lead the all-time series, 177-155 … LSU has won six of the last nine regular-season series with Ole Miss … However, Ole Miss has won the last two series in 2018 (Oxford) and 2019 (Baton Rouge) … Ole Miss is 5-0 in Doug Nikhazy’s five SEC starts this season … The Rebels are 4-6 in the games not started by Nikhazy … LSU is 2-3 in SEC series openers with wins over Kentucky and South Carolina … The Tigers are 1-4 in games two and three of SEC series.