SEC Leaders All Sweep This Weekend

The three teams tied at the top of the SEC standings didn't blink over the weekend. Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt each swept its series to move their conference record to 17-4 with nine conference games left to decide the regular season SEC champion.

South Carolina (35-8/17-4 SEC) sweeps Auburn (23-21/9-12 SEC): Auburn starting pitcher Jon Luke Jacobs and South Carolina starter Michael Roth each tossed eight innings of one-run baseball to send a tie game into the ninth inning. The Gamecocks pulled out a 2-1 win after Scott Wingo drove in Robert Beary with an RBI single.

The Gamecocks clinched the series behind 7.1 innings of two runs from starting pitcher Colby Holmes. A six-run seventh inning gave South Carolina room to work with after four different players drove in a run. The Gamecocks clinched the series with a 10-2 win.

Auburn starting pitcher Cory Luckie lasted only 1.2 innings, but the Tigers didn't give up. Auburn loaded the bases against Gamecocks closer Matt Price in the ninth, but he got out of it and picked up his 13th save of the season after throwing the final two innings of a 7-3 win.

Florida (34-10/17-4 SEC) sweeps Mississippi (24-20/9-12 SEC): The Gators scored in seven of their eight plate appearances on Friday, cruising to a 9-3 win. Starting pitcher Hudson Randall allowed three runs in 7.1 innings, and the Florida bullpen combined to throw 1.2 scoreless to close it. Josh Adams and Vickash Ramjit each put up four hits.

Brian Johnson tossed 6.2 scoreless innings and went 2-for-3 at the plate on Saturday. Florida scored multiple runs in four innings, and Mike Zunino and Jeff Moyer each added two hits and a home run while Florida won 8-1.

Freshman Karsten Whitson threw six scoreless innings on Sunday as the Gators won 7-2 to sweep the series. Florida catcher Mike Zunino went 4-for-4 with three doubles, ending the weekend 7-for-12 with a home run and 8 RBIs to earn SEC Player of the Week honors.

Vanderbilt (38-5/17-4 SEC) sweeps Tennessee (22-20/5-16 SEC): The Vanderbilt offense exploded late to allow starting pitcher Sonny Gray to pick up his ninth win of the season after giving up one run in eight innings. Aaron Westlake hit his seventh home run of the year, while Mike Yastrzemski drove in three runs. The Commodores won the first game 10-1.

Vanderbilt scored in six of its eight times to the plate on Saturday, manufacturing runs and getting multiple hits from four players. Grayson Garvin picked up his ninth win of the season after giving up one run in 5.2 innings, while the Commodores picked up another 10-1 win.

As if the nine-run victories during the first two games weren't enough, Vanderbilt pounded out a 19-3 victory over Tennessee on Sunday to record the sweep. Six Commodores had multiple hits while ten drove in at least one run. Starting pitcher Taylor Hill went six scoreless innings to record his fourth win of the year.

Georgia (24-21/13-8 SEC) takes the series from Arkansas (29-13/10-11 SEC): Arkansas took the first game of the series because of a dominating performance from right-hander D.J. Baxendale, who gave up one run in seven innings. Freshman first baseman Dominic Ficociello went 3-for-4, scoring two runs and driving in three, helping the Razorbacks to a 10-4 win.

Michael Palazzone threw eight shutout innings for Georgia and Tyler Maloof picked up his 15th save of the season to help the Bulldogs even the series with a 3-0 win. Peter Verdin drove in the first two runs and Levi Hyams had an RBI triple to bring across their third run of the game.

Down two runs in the ninth inning, the Bulldogs pushed across three runs to win the series after a 6-5 victory. Zack Cone was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to end the game after Verdin used a two-run single to tie it four batters earlier.

Alabama (28-19/10-11 SEC) takes the series from Mississippi State (25-18/8-13 SEC): The Crimson Tide won the first game of a Saturday double header 5-4 in ten innings. Brett Whitaker hit a pinch-hit home run to give Alabama the late lead, while closer Jonathan Smart picked up the win.

In game two of the doubleheader, a two-run eighth inning gave Alabama the series win. Brock Bennett and Jared Reaves drove back-to-back RBI singles to give the Crimson Tide a 5-4 win they wouldn't give up. After picking up the win in game one, Smart came back to pitch in game two and got the save.

The Bulldogs trailed by a run heading into the eighth inning, but a Cody Freeman two-run home run keyed a four-run inning to help Mississippi State secure an 8-5 win in the series finale. Evan Mitchell picked up the win for the Bulldogs after tossing 3.2 innings and allowing only one unearned run in relief.

LSU (28-17/7-14 SEC) sweeps Kentucky (20-25/4-17 SEC): The Wildcats wasted a good start from Alex Meyer, who struck out ten in seven innings while giving up three runs, as the bullpen gave up six runs in the last three innings. The LSU offense broke out, as five different players recorded an RBI, as the Tigers took a 9-5 win to start the series.

Kevin Gausman allowed only two hits and one run over seven innings while recording eight strikeouts while LSU gave him plenty of a cushion after a five-run second inning. The lower third of the Tigers' order went 8-for-13 at the plate, driving in seven runs and scoring four.

The Tigers swept the series with an 8-4 win on Saturday. After Ben Alsup allowed four runs in 5.2 innings, Kevin Berry and Matty Ott combined to allow only one hit in the final 3.1 innings. Mason Katz and Mikie Mahtook each hit a home run and drove in two runs to secure a sweep that LSU hopes will give it momentum down the stretch.

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