Sunday's SEC baseball wrap-up: Kentucky among the SEC's un-beatens, more
Chris Lee • 2/27/2022 in Baseball
Photo courtesy of Kentucky baseball.
This article was updated from a previous version to reflect the results of the Sunday night games between Texas A&M-Penn and Arkansas-Louisiana.
Arkansas blanked by Stanford
In the most anticipated matchup of the weekend between a pair of top 10 teams, Arkansas (3-2) managed just three hits in a 5-0 shutout against Arkansas in the Round Rock Classic in Texas. Arkansas freshman Hagen Smith wasn’t as good this week as he was last, allowing three earned runs over 2 1/3 innings.
The Razorbacks later knocked off Louisiana, 6-4, with shortstop Jalen Battles (home run, three RBIs) the offensive star. Jaxon Wiggins started and allowed three runs in six innings, with Zebulon Vermillion following with a scoreless inning to get the win.
Four still unbeaten
Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ole Miss remained unbeaten, with all but 6-0 Ole Miss standing at 7-0. Georgia both didn’t play on Sunday due to rain.
Ole Miss blasted VCU by a 14-3 score in a seven-inning game. Jacob Gonzalez, Tim Elko and Tywone Malone all homered (Elko now has three for the season) and Drew McDaniel and John Gaddis each threw three innings for the Rebels, with McDaniel giving up three runs (one earned).
Tennessee did what the Vols just keep doing: scoring runs. Tennessee hammered hapless Iona by a 12-2 score in seven innings on Sunday. Jordan Beck, Evan Russell and Cortland Lawson all homered for the Vols, who’ve scored 117 runs in seven games. Beck’s home run was his third this year.
While they may not be the Bat Cats of 2006, Kentucky's found plenty of offense lately. On Sunday, that included another Chase Estep home run as part of a 16- hit attack. with the hot-hitting Jacob Plastiak and Daniel Harris each adding three hits. The Wildcats are averaging 11 runs per game, with Plastiac's three home runs leading the way.
Missouri off to a 6-1 start
Josh Day and Ross Lovich homered, while Austin Troesser pitched five innings to get his second win of the season. While the Tigers’ schedule hasn’t been much to speak of so far, it’s a big improvement over last year, when it took Missouri 15 games to pick up its sixth victory.
Arkansas blanked by Stanford
In the most anticipated matchup of the weekend between a pair of top 10 teams, Arkansas (3-2) managed just three hits in a 5-0 shutout against Arkansas in Texas. Arkansas freshman Hagen Smith wasn’t as good this week as he was last, allowing three earned runs over 2 1/3 innings.
The Razorbacks had a second game in progress vs. Louisiana as we filed this.
Alabama swept at Texas
The good news for Alabama: the Crimson Tide (5-3) stayed with the nation's No. 1 team most of the weekend and allowed just nine runs. The bad news: 'Bama had nothing to show for it, scoring one run the entire weekend, which ended in a 6-1 Sunday defeat. Of course, Texas's pitching dominance is no new news as Alabama's Sunday run snapped a string of 41 2/3 innings without an earned run allowed. Alabama's lone run scored on Owen Diodati's home run.
Vanderbilt wins fourth straight
Vandy starter Nick Maldonado went four shutout innings and lefty Hunter Owen followed him with four more, as Vanderbilt (5-2) finished a sweep of Army with a 6-0 win. Dominic Keegan led the offense with three hits while Spencer Jones added two hits and three RBIs.
Mississippi State climbs above .500
The Bulldogs (4-3) lost a series to Long Beach last weekend and dropped the opener on Friday with Northern Kentucky, but MSU rallied to win the Saturday and Sunday games and take the series. Luke Hancock and Brad Cumbest both homered on Sunday and Cade Smith threw five scoreless innings while striking out seven.
LSU wins two Sunday blowouts
Dylan Crews, Jacob Berry and Brayden Jobert each homered in the Tigers' 11-1 rout of Towson. Ty Floyd started and pitched five innings, striking out five and allowing one run to pick up a victory. Jobert's homer was his fourth, tying him with Tennessee's Trey Lipscomb for the league lead.
LSU improved to 7-1 after smacking Southern in Game Two. The Tigers had just seven hits, but, took 14 walks and were hit twice by pitches in a seven-inning game. Will Hellmers threw four innings to get the win.
Gators extend winning streak to five
Florida (7-2) finished a sweep of Georgia State in Sunday's 12-1 win, thanks to home runs from Jud Fabian, Ty Evans and Colby Halter. Freshman Timmy Manning allowed one run over four innings while fanning six.
A&M splits doubleheader with Penn
Texas A&M's Micah Dallas went eight innings and stuck out 10 as he and Joseph Menefee combined on a one-hitter in a 5-0 win. Penn won the nightcap (and took the series) though Aggie freshman with Ryan Prager allowed one run and striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings before Menefee (2/3 IP, 4 ER) blew the lead.