SEC Roundup: Big UGA, VU wins & Lynn Highlight Opening Day for the SEC

Lance Lynn of Ole Miss picked upwhere David Price left off in 2007, representing the SEC as one of the nation’s most starters. Lynn struckout the first 8 batters en route to a 5IP, 2H, 12K performance in Ole Miss’ 8-1 win over Minnesota.

Meanwhile UGA won a slugfest over Arizona (raked #1 by some publications) after beating up preseason All-American Preston Guilmet. Josh Fields impressed with a HR and the big save. Fields is this correspondent’s 1st Team Preseason AA closer.

As posted below, Vandy used a potent offense and brilliant pitching from Mikie Minor and Caleb Cotham to topple two-time defending champion Oregon State.

Two SEC squads featuring new coaches started out new eras on the right foot. Todd Raleigh’s Volunteers opened the season with a 9-4 win over Morehead State behind an 11 hit attack. Raleigh will have to work on some defense, as Steve Crnkovich was charged with 4 unearned runs, despite surrending just 4 hits to Morehead State.

Florida’s Kevin O’Sullivan also opened his SEC career with a victory, as the Gators downed Siena 10-7 in Gainesville. It wasn’t pretty as Siena jumped out to a 5-0 lead early before Florida rallied behind a potent offense led by Senior John Townsend.

In Baton Rouge, dominant Senior righty Jared Bradford shut down Indiana with 8K in a 7-1 victory.

In other SEC scores:

Auburn topped East Tennessee State, 6-3

Arkansas came from behind to beat Wright State, 9-4

Mississippi State defeated North Florida, 8-2

Alabama crushed Cal Poly, 10-1

UK and Xavier were rained out.

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