SEC Weekend Wrap-Up

With two weekends left in conference play, the Vanderbilt Commodores took a one-game lead for the SEC Championship over the weekend. Coming in tied with Florida and South Carolina, the Commodores were the only one of the three teams not to lose their weekend series.

Vanderbilt (40-6/19-5 SEC) wins two of three from Kentucky (21-27/5-19 SEC): In a matchup of two first-round draft picks, Kentucky ace Alex Meyer tossed a shutout, allowing five hits, one walk and recording five strikeouts. Sonny Gray went the distance for Vanderbilt, allowing two runs and suffering defeat.

The Commodores got a dominant pitching performance of their own on Saturday. Grayson Garvin went eight innVandings, allowing one run and six hits. Vanderbilt won 10-3 to even the series.

It wasn't the pitching duel that the first two games were, as the teams combined to use ten pitchers. The Commodores scored two in the first to take an early lead, but it was their three-run ninth inning that put the game away for a 6-3 win.

Arkansas (32-15/12-12 SEC) wins two of three from Florida(36-12/18-6 SEC): The Gators took a 3-1 lead in the first game of the series, and with ace Hudson Randall on the mound, the game looked to be in hand. However, Collin Kuhn hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to tie the game for the Razorbacks. Jarrod McKinney hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to chase Randall and give the Razorbacks a win.

Arkansas clinched the series on Saturday behind six strong innings from Randall Fant. The Razorbacks jumped on Florida starter Brian Johnson, who lasted only four innings while giving up four runs. Dominic Ficociello and Kyle Robinson each had a pair of RBIs, while Arkansas reliever Barrett Astin threw a perfect three final innings to clinch a 5-3 win and the series win over Florida.

The Gators were able to salvage the series finale behind an important seventh inning. Preston Tucker used an RBI single to tie the game at three, while Daniel Pigott followed later in the inning with a two-run single that gave the Gators a 5-3 win.

Ole Miss (27-21/11-13 SEC) wins two of three from South Carolina (37-10/18-6 SEC): Another Friday night, another dominant performance from South Carolina ace Michael Roth. He allowed one run over eight innings to give the Gamecocks the opening win.

Ole Miss answered back on Saturday. The Rebels scored in five of their eight trips to the plate, and David Goforth allowed two runs in six innings to keep the South Carolina offense at bay while Ole Miss won 10-2.

Preston Overbey had a walk-off sacrifice fly to give the Rebels a 7-6 win and the series win. The Rebels rallied in the ninth inning against South Carolina closer Matt Price, who was in his third inning of work.

Alabama (30-20/12-12 SEC) wins two of three from LSU (30-19/8-16 SEC): The Tigers went up 10-2 and held off Alabama win a 10-6 win in the first game of the series. The top two hitters lead the LSU offense as Trey Watkins had three hits and Mason Katz drove in four runs.

Adam Morgan's eight shutout innings helped the Crimson Tide even the series. Three different Alabama players recorded an RBI while Morgan allowed just eight hits and struck out five, while the Crimson Tide won 4-0.

Alabama won the series decisively on Sunday with a 9-0 victory over LSU. One day after recording a save, Jonathan Smart threw 8.1 shutout innings while the Alabama offense put seven runs on the board in the first two innings.

Mississippi State (29-18/11-13 SEC) sweeps Tennessee (22-23, 5-19): Jarrod Parks and Nick Vickerson each had three hits while Brent Brownlee and Adam Frazier had two, leading the Bulldogs to a 16-5 win in the opening game. Mississippi State starter Luis Pollorena gave up 11 hits in 5.1 innings, and the Bulldogs continue to search for consistency out of the Friday night starter.

The Bulldogs clinched the series on Saturday behind six strong innings from Nick Routt, who went six innings and allowed three runs (two earned), while the Mississippi State offense scored enough to secure a 5-3 win.

Mississippi State completed the sweep on Sunday while Chris Stratton and closer Caleb Reed held the Tennessee offense down. Jaron Shepard and Jonathan Ogden each drove in two runs for the Bulldogs.

Auburn (25-22/11-13 SEC) wins two of three from Georgia (25-23/14-10 SEC): Tony Caldwell had a two-run walk-off single in the eleventh inning to give Auburn a 4-3 win in the series opener. It was Caldwell's fourth hit of the night.

Auburn got a complete game from Derek Varnadore to give the Tigers the series win after a 3-0 victory. The junior allowed five hits and three walks while striking out seven hitters.

The Bulldogs got a nine-run ninth inning to secure a 14-11 win and salvage the final game of the series. The rally was keyed by a Kyle Farmer grand slam that allowed Georgia to leave Auburn with one win.

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