SEC Baseball Tournament 2022: Friday Scores, Updated Bracket and Schedule

Adam WellsMay 27, 2022

STARKVILLE, MS - MAY 21: Tennessee Volunteers players celebrate a home run during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers on May 21, 2022 at Dudy Noble Field at Polk-DeMent Stadium in Starkville, MS. (Photo by Chris McDill/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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It's been a challenge to play in the SEC baseball tournament so far this week, but things are starting to get back on track after the second round was completed Thursday. 

After most of Wednesday's games were washed out by rain, the rest of the tournament is going to be compressed to fit into the weekend schedule. 

Friday will feature four games in the third round of the double-elimination part of the tournament. The fourth round and semifinals will be held Saturday, followed by the championship game Sunday. 

Each of the top three seeds won their first game. Arkansas was the only team with a first-round bye that lost its opening game of the tournament. 

2022 SEC Tournament - Third Round (May 27)

No. 7 Florida (37-21) def. No. 3 Arkansas (38-18), 7-5

No. 12 Kentucky (31-25) def. No. 8 Vanderbilt (36-20), 10-2

No. 2 Texas A&M (36-17) def. No. 11 Alabama (31-25), 12-8

No. 1 Tennessee (50-7) def. No. 4 LSU (38-18), 5-2

2022 SEC Tournament Schedule - Fourth Round (May 28)

No. 7 Florida vs. No. 11 Alabama

No. 4 LSU vs. No. 12 Kentucky

Florida 7, Arkansas 5 

In the first elimination game of the day, Florida survived with a 7-5 victory over Arkansas. 

The Gators struck first in the bottom of the second inning on Jac Caglianone's two-run single off Arkansas starter Connor Noland. They extended the lead to 5-0 in the fifth thanks to homers by Caglianone and Colby Halter and an RBI double from BT Riopelle. 

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With the offense taking care of business against Noland, Florida got a solid start from Nick Pogue. The redshirt sophomore held the Razorbacks scoreless for the first five inning. 

Arkansas got to Pogue in the top of the sixth with back-to-back homers from Cayden Wallace and Michael Turner. 

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Florida got those runs back in the sixth. Deric Fabian led off the frame with a solo homer off Brady Tygart. Halter's RBI single extended the lead to 7-2. 

Those insurance runs proved to be crucial because Arkansas scored three times in the ninth. Braydon Webb had the big hit with a two-out, two-run homer to make it a 7-5 game. 

Florida closer Ryan Slater got Wallace to ground out to end the game. The Razorbacks lost both of their games in the SEC tournament after finishing third in the conference during the regular season. 

The Gators, who rebounded nicely after getting mercy-ruled in seven innings against Texas A&M on Thursday, will play the first game Saturday. They will take on the winner of the Kentucky-Vanderbilt matchup. 

Kentucky 10, Vanderbilt 2

Kentucky's incredible run continued Friday with a 10-2 win over Vanderbilt for its second upset victory of the tournament. 

The Wildcats opened the scoring with an RBI single from Oraj Anu in the second inning before tacking on another two runs in the fourth and fifth innings to extend their lead to 5-1.

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Kentucky did most of its damage in the bottom of the seventh inning, adding five more runs to take a 10-2 lead into the final two innings. 

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The Wildcats also received an impressive performance on the mound, with four pitchers allowing just two runs on seven hits and striking out seven batters. 

Kentucky will look to keep the momentum going on Saturday against the loser of Friday's game between Tennessee and LSU. The Wildcats lost to LSU 11-6 in the second round of this double-elimination tournament. 

Texas A&M 12, Alabama 8

No. 2 Texas A&M had to overcome a 6-1 deficit to defeat No. 11 Alabama in the third round of the SEC Tournament on Friday, and it wasn't easy. 

The Aggies didn't have a significant break through until the fifth inning when they scored three runs on a three-run home run from Dylan Rock. They added another three runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Rock being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, to take a 7-6 lead. 

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Texas A&M's offensive destruction only continued from there as it tacked on another four runs in the seventh inning. Trevor Werner sent a three-run blast over the left field fence to extend the Aggies' lead 11-8. 

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Brett Minnich added another RBI in the eighth inning before Will Johnston closed out the game to seal Texas A&M's victory. 

The Aggies will face the winner of No. 7 Florida vs. No. 11 Alabama in the semifinals on Saturday. 

Tennessee 5, LSU 2

The Volunteers scored two runs in the first inning and never relinquished the lead to punch their ticket to the tournament semifinals.

Jordan Beck delivered the key hit in the opening frame, an RBI triple, and he scored on a subsequent wild pitch to give the Vols the early advantage.

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It was a team effort offensively for UT as nobody recorded more than one hit, but six different players got on base and three drove in runs.

Chase Dollander was terrific on the mound for Tennessee. He allowed just one earned run across 6.2 innings with nine strikeouts. Redmond Walsh pitched two scoreless innings for the save.

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LSU scored its only two runs in the fifth inning and back-to-back errors by UT.

The Vols and Tigers could have a rematch during Saturday's second session. If LSU beats Kentucky in the losers' bracket, it will get another shot at the top seed in the semifinals.