Notes From SEC Baseball Tournament
Senior right fielder Kent Matthes hit his school record 28th home run in the SEC Tournament opener to break the previous Alabama record of 27 home runs set by Doug Duke in 1986. Matthes' school-record tying home run came with one out in the seventh inning and tied the game at 5-5. It was his 15th home run of the season that tied the game or gave Alabama the lead and was his fifth home run to dead center field. Matthes' first career home run came in the 2006 SEC Tournament against LSU.
Sophomore second baseman Ross Wilson extended his hitting streak to 13 games with first inning single. The 13-game hitting streak is his longest of the season and matches the longest of his career.
Junior designated hitter Brandon May extended his hitting streak to 13 game with a two-run double in the first inning. The 13-game hitting streak matches his career best mark. May also has a 21-game hitting streak in the month of May..
The Alabama-South Carolina game began at 9:57 p.m. (CDT) on Wednesday and ended at 1:54 a.m. on Thursday. Alabama played the final game of the first round in three of the last five years. The 2008 game against Kentucky also ended at nearly 2 a.m. local time.
The last six SEC regular-season champions have lost their first game in the SEC Tournament, including co-champions LSU and Mississippi this season. The streak also includes first round losses by Alabama (2006), Kentucky (2006), (2007) and Georgia (2008). Florida is the last SEC Champion to win its first SEC Tournament game in 2005.
Here are the recaps from Wednesday's first-round action at Regions Park.
Arkansas 8, Florida 5
Mike Bolsinger threw four-plus innings of relief to lead the No. 20 Arkansas Razorback baseball team to an 8-5 victory over the No. 9 Florida Gators. The No. 7 seeded Razorbacks (32-20) used a five-run fourth inning to dispatch the No. 2 seeded Gators (38-19) for the fourth time this season and advance in the winners bracket.
Georgia 6, Mississippi 3
Matt Cerione's grand slam in the top of the sixth inning gave Georgia a 4-1 lead and the Bulldogs held on for a 6-3 win over Mississippi. The No. 6 seed Bulldogs (36-20) advance to face No. 7 seed Arkansas Thursday at 6 p.m. Eastern. The Razorbacks defeated No. 2 seed Florida, 8-5.
Vanderbilt 4, LSU 1
Mike Minor tossed a complete game as No. 8 seed Vanderbilt knocked off No. 1 LSU on Wednesday afternoon.
The schedule for Thursday, May 21 includes:
10 a.m. - Florida vs. Mississippi
1:30 p.m. - LSU vs. Alabama
5 p.m. - Arkansas vs. Georgia
8:30 p.m. - Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina
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