Weather Wreaks Havoc on SEC Baseball
Seven of the twelve games scheduled for Sunday were cancelled due to rain or snow all across the southeast. Inclement weather caused the cancellation of 12 games this weekend, including the Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC.
* All rankings are from Baseball America’s Top 25 prior to the weekend series
Friday’s opener against Illinois-Chicago was cancelled due to rain, but the Crimson Tide swept the double-header scheduled for Saturday by the scores of 4-2 and 20-4. Sunday’s contest was cancelled due to snow. Alabama is now 5-2 on the season.
No. 21 Arkansas
It took 10 innings, but the Razorbacks won the opening game 8-7 on a sophomore Brett Eibner game-winning triple. The final two games of the series were cancelled due to weather in Fayetteville. Arkansas is now 5-1 on the season.
The Tigers opened up the first two games of the weekend series on Thursday at No. 22 Florida State. The Seminoles won both games in Tallahassee by the scores of 8-7 and 14-5. The series moved to Auburn on Saturday, where the home-standing Tigers won 10-9. Sunday’s game was cancelled due to snow. Auburn is now 3-4 on the season.
No. 24 Florida
The Gators struggled at in-state rival Miami this weekend, dropping all three games of the series. The Hurricanes won game one 8-5 and squeaked out a 2-1 victory on Saturday. The Gators couldn’t find the answer to the Hurricane bats in a 16-2 loss on Sunday. The Gators will likely drop out of the top 25 when the polls are released Monday. Florida is now 5-3 on the season.
No. 12 Georgia
The Bulldogs gave up five runs in each of their three games at Arizona but averaged 11 runs to sweep the series in Tucson. The Bulldogs won game one 11-5, game two 12-5, and game three 10-5. The Bulldogs remained perfect on the season at 8-0.
The Wildcats opened the home series against Western Michigan with a 16-5 victory, but weather forced the cancellation of the remaining two games. The Wildcats are 4-2 on the season.
No. 2 LSU
The Tigers racked up 40 runs in a three-game home sweep of Central Florida. The Tigers welcomed back their former assistant coach Terry Rooney (current Central Florida head coach) with a 13-4 victory on Friday night. LSU won game two 11-2 before shutting out the Knights on Sunday 16-0. The Tigers are averaging over 10 runs per contest. LSU stayed perfect on the season, pushing their record to 7-0.
The Bulldogs opening game against Nicholls State was cancelled on Friday, but the Bulldogs were able to sweep Saturday’s double-header 10-8 and 6-3. The Bulldogs wanted to play Sunday’s game despite snow on the ground, but Nicholls State decided to forfeit. Mississippi State is now 8-1 on the season.
No. 13 Ole Miss
The Rebels were forced to cancel game one of the three-game series against No. 23 TCU because of rain. The Horned Frogs won game two on Saturday 19-13 before game three was cancelled due to snow. The Rebels are now 3-3 on the season.
The Gamecocks traveled to No. 19 Clemson and picked up a 3-1 victory on Saturday. Sunday’s game scheduled in Columbia was cancelled due to weather. South Carolina is now 4-0 on the season.
The Vols continued their struggles with a 11-6 loss against West Virginia on Friday at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament. A double-header was scheduled for Friday because of the approaching bad weather. Tennessee dropped game two on Friday to Coastal Carolina 10-5. The remaining games were cancelled due to heavy rains in the Myrtle Beach area. Tennessee has struggled to a 1-4 record on the season.
The Commodores were one of the few SEC teams to get all three weekend games in, sweeping the series against Vermont 7-2, 14-3 and 14-1. The Commodores are now 5-3 on the season.
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