SEC weekend pitching matchups: 'Bama's Prielipp returns

 Barry Allen   in Baseball

Alabama's ace returns to the hill just in time to face the Crimson Tide's archrival.

Connor Prielipp photo courtesy of the University of Alabama

Alabama preseason All-American Connor Prielipp returns to the Crimson Tide rotation this weekend after a seven-week absence on the mound. Prielipp has not pitched since the season opener against McNeese State. Ole Miss has made a change in its weekend rotation as sophomore right-hander Drew McDaniel replaces Derek Diamond in the No. 3 spot in the Rebels rotation. 

Auburn at Alabama 

Thursday 6 p.m. CT (SECN); Friday 6 p.m. CT (SECN+); Saturday 4 p.m. CT (SECN+)

Auburn Rotation

Game 1: Sr. RHP Cody Greenhill (3-0, 1.83 ERA)

Game 2: Sr. LHP Jack Owen (0-2, 9.53 ERA)              

Game 3: Fr. RHP Joseph Gonzalez (0-3, 8.57 ERA)

Alabama Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Tyler Ras (5-1, 3.45 ERA)

Game 2: Jr. RHP Dylan Smith (0-3, 2.58 ERA)

Game 3: So. LHP Connor Prielipp (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Series Notes: Alabama is seeking its first four-game SEC winning streak since 2014 … The Crimson Tide swept Texas A&M last weekend in College Station … Auburn has won the last two series with Alabama, outscoring the Crimson Tide 72-25 in those six games … Auburn swept Alabama in last trip to Tuscaloosa in 2018 … It was the Tigers’ first sweep in Tuscaloosa since 1976 … Alabama won six straight series with Auburn from 2012-17.

 

South Carolina at LSU 

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 South Carolina Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Thomas Farr (2-2, 3.25 ERA)

Game 2: Sr. RHP Brannon Jordan (4-2, 3.02 ERA)

Game 3: Fr. RHP Will Sanders (5-1, 2.51 ERA)

LSU Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Landon Marceaux (3-3, 1.89 ERA)

Game 2: Jr. RHP AJ Labas (2-0, 3.43 ERA)

Game 3: TBA

Series Notes: South Carolina is off its best start in SEC play since a 10-2 mark in 2016 … The Gamecocks have as many SEC wins this season as they won in all of 2019 (last full SEC season) … LSU scored 27 runs in its series win at Kentucky … The Tigers scored 27 runs in its first nine SEC games … LSU has won three of the last five series with South Carolina.

 

Texas A&M at Arkansas 

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

Texas A&M Rotation

Game 1: Sr. LHP Dustin Saenz (5-3, 3.19 ERA)

Game 2: Sr. RHP Bryce Miller (2-1, 3.58 ERA)

Game 3: Fr. RHP Nathan Dettmer (3-1, 2.43 ERA)

Arkansas Rotation

Game 1: Jr. LHP Patrick Wicklander (1-1, 2.76 ERA)

Game 2: So. RHP Peyton Pallette (1-2, 4.83 ERA)

Game 3: Gr. LHP Lael Lockhart (1-1, 4.25 ERA)

Series Notes: Arkansas and Texas A& are former members of the Southwest Conference … The Aggies are 4-12 in their last 16 games … The recent skid comes on the heels of an 11-game winning streak … A&M has lost five straight SEC games to Missouri and Alabama … Arkansas is 9-3 and off to its best SEC start since 2010 … The Hogs have won 11 of its last 12 SEC series at Baum Stadium … Arkansas has won five of the seven series with Texas A&M since 2013.

 

Missouri at Florida 

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

Missouri Rotation

Game 1: RSo. RHP Seth Halvorsen (3-1, 6.27 ERA)

Game 2: So. RHP Spencer Miles (1-6, 7.43 ERA)

Game 3: Fr. RHP Zach Hise (0-4, 6.75 ERA)

Florida Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Franco Alemán (1-1, 3.58 ERA)

Game 2: Jr. RHP Tommy Mace (4-0, 3.00 ERA)

Game 3: Fr. LHP Hunter Barco (4-2, 5.22 ERA)

Series Notes: The last time Florida was 6-6 in SEC play was 2017 when the Gators captured the league title with a 21-9 mark … Florida is 5-1 in SEC home games this season … The Gators have won five of their last six SEC home series … Florida has dominated Missouri since 2013 … UF has swept the last four series, and five of seven overall with the Tigers … Florida has swept all three series in Gainesville … Missouri’s lone series win came in Columbia in 2015.

 

Kentucky at Georgia      

Friday 6 p.m. ET (SECN+); Saturday 7 p.m. ET (SECN); Sunday 1 p.m. ET (SECN+)

Kentucky Rotation

Game 1: So. RHP Cole Stupp (3-2, 3.38 ERA)

Game 2: Sr. RHP Sean Harney (2-0, 2.87 ERA)

Game 3: So. RHP Zack Lee (3-2, 3.82 ERA)

Georgia Rotation

Game 1: Sr. LHP Ryan Webb (2-1, 2.86 ERA)

Game 2: So. RHP Jonathan Cannon (2-2, 3.38 ERA)

Game 3: TBA

Series Notes: Georgia is coming off an impressive series win at No. 1 Vanderbilt … The Bulldogs outscored the Commodores 23-3 in the two wins … Kentucky started SEC play with a 5-1 record after series wins over Missouri and Auburn … The Cats are 1-5 in their last six SEC games against Miss. State and LSU … Kentucky has won four straight series with Georgia at Foley Field … Georgia has not won a series from UK in Athens since 2010.

 

Ole Miss at Mississippi State

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

Ole Miss Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Gunnar Hoglund (3-1, 2.57 ERA)

Game 2: Jr. LHP Doug Nikhazy (3-1, 2.43 ERA)

Game 3: So. RHP Drew McDaniel (4-0, 2.90 ERA)

Mississippi State Rotation

Game 1: Fr. LHP Christian MacLeod (3-2, 2.72 ERA)

Game 2: Fr. RHP Will Bednar (2-0, 2.10 ERA)

Game 3: Fr. RHP Jackson Fristoe (3-2, 4.13 ERA)

Series Notes: Mississippi State has swept its last two SEC opponents (Kentucky and Auburn), while Ole Miss as dropped its last two SEC series (Florida and Arkansas) … MSU has won four straight series with Ole Miss, including the last two in Starkville … Prior to that, Ole Miss won five of six series in Starkville.

 

Vanderbilt at Tennessee 

Friday 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU); Saturday 4 p.m. ET (SECN); Sunday 1 p.m. ET (SECN+)

Vanderbilt Rotation

Game 1: So. RHP Kumar Rocker (7-1, 1.88 ERA)

Game 2: So. RHP Jack Leiter (7-0, 0.55 ERA)

Game 3: Fr. RHP Patrick Reilly (3-1, 3.18)

Tennessee Rotation

Game 1: Jr. RHP Chad Dallas (5-0, 4.20 ERA)

Game 2: Sr. LHP Will Heflin (2-1, 4.24 ERA)

Game 3: Fr. RHP Blade Tidwell (4-1, 2.91 ERA)

Series Notes: The top two teams in the SEC Eastern Division meet this weekend in Knoxville … Tennessee has won its first four SEC series for the first time since 1970 … Vanderbilt takes a 15-game SEC road winning streak to Knoxville this weekend … The Commodores have swept their last five SEC road series … Vandy has won the last two series against Tennessee … The teams have split the last eight series in Knoxville.