SEC Weekend Preview (April 3-5)

Dave Perno and the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs host LSU in a SEC battle this weekend. (

Dave Perno and the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs host LSU in a SEC battle this weekend.

The SEC enters the fourth weekend of conference play this week.  The spotlight series is LSU at Georgia, with both teams ranked in the top five in the nation.  Georgia is coming off a mid-week sweep of Clemson and is looking to top it off with a weekend victory over the fifth ranked Tigers.  LSU is looking for a series victory to catch back up with Arkansas in the SEC West race.  The Hogs sit at a very impressive 8-1 in conference play and travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks.  The Florida Gators, winners of six straight conference games, travel to Vanderbilt to take on the Commadores.  The Kentucky Wildcats travel to Ole Miss to do battle with the Rebels, and Auburn will take its high-powered offense on the road to Mississippi State.  Alabama hosts Tennessee, in what is a must-win series for the Crimson Tide.

#5 LSU (21-7, 6-3 SEC) at #1 GEORGIA (24-3, 7-2 SEC)

FRIDAY (7:00 p.m. ET):  Anthony Ranaudo (RHP, 2-2, 3.08 ERA) at Trevor Holder (RHP, 5-1, 3.06 ERA)
SATURDAY (1:00 p.m. ET):  Louis Coleman (RHP, 6-1, 1.23 ERA) at Alex McRee (LHP, 2-0, 1.80 ERA)
SUNDAY (Noon ET):  Austin Ross (RHP, 4-2, 2.48 ERA) at Justin Grimm (RHP, 2-1, 4.11 ERA)

Brian’s Prediction: Georgia takes 2 of 3

Colin’s Prediction: Georgia takes 2 of 3

#14 ARKANSAS (20-5, 8-1 SEC) at #28 SOUTH CAROLINA (19-8, 4-5 SEC)

FRIDAY (7:00 p.m. ET):  Dallas Keuchel (LHP, 4-0, 3.32 ERA) at Sam Dyson (RHP, 4-1, 4.14 ERA)
SATURDAY (4:00 p.m. ET):  T.J. Forrest (RHP, 2-1, 3.72 ERA) at Nolan Belcher (LHP, 0-1, 5.70 ERA)
SUNDAY (1:00 p.m. ET):  Drew Smyly (LHP, 2-1, 2.84 ERA) at Blake Cooper (RHP, 4-2, 4.01 ERA)

Brian’s Prediction:  Arkansas takes 2 of 3

Colin’s Prediction:  South Carolina takes 2 of 3

#20 FLORIDA (18-9, 6-3 SEC) at VANDERBILT (17-11, 3-6 SEC)

FRIDAY (6:00 p.m. CT):  Jeff Barfield (RHP, 2-0, 2.42 ERA) at Mike Minor (LHP, 2-2, 3.26 ERA)
SATURDAY (3:00 p.m. CT):  Nick Maronde (LHP, 1-1, 3.77 ERA) at Caleb Cotham (RHP, 3-3, 4.54 ERA)
SUNDAY (1:00 p.m.):  TBA at TBA

Brian’s Prediction:  Florida takes 2 of 3

Colin’s Prediction:  Florida takes 2 of 3

KENTUCKY (18-9, 4-5 SEC) at #17 OLE MISS (19-8, 5-4 SEC)

FRIDAY (6:30 p.m. CT):  Alex Meyer (RHP, 1-1, 4.30 ERA) at Drew Pomeranz (LHP, 2-0, 3.55 ERA)
SATURDAY (4:00 p.m. CT):  Chris Rusin (LHP, 4-1, 3.21 ERA) at Phillip Irwin (RHP, 4-1, 2.83 ERA)
SUNDAY (1:30 p.m. CT):  James Paxton (LHP, 4-1, 5.62 ERA) at Scott Bittle (RHP, 1-2, 3.06 ERA)

Brian’s Prediction:  Ole Miss takes 2 of 3

Colin’s Prediction:  Ole Miss takes 2 of 3

AUBURN (18-9, 4-5 SEC) at MISSISSIPPI STATE (15-13, 3-6 SEC)

FRIDAY (6:30 p.m. CT):  Grant Dayton (LHP, 2-3, 3.18 ERA) at Tyler Whitney (LHP, 2-2, 3.81 ERA)
SATURDAY (2:00 p.m. CT):  Jon Luke Jacobs (RHP, 3-0, 4.78 ERA) at Nick Routt (LHP, 3-1, 2.79 ERA)
SUNDAY (1:30 p.m. CT):  Taylor Thompson (RHP, 2-4, 7.98 ERA) at TBA

Brian’s Prediction:  Mississippi State takes 2 of 3

Colin’s Prediction:  Auburn takes 2 of 3

TENNESSEE (12-16, 1-8 SEC) at ALABAMA (17-10, 3-6 SEC)

FRIDAY (6:30 p.m. CT):  Aaron Tullo (RHP, 1-3, 4.56 ERA) at Austin Hyatt (RHP, 4-1, 3.24 ERA)
SATURDAY (4:00 p.m. CT):  Nick Hernandez (LHP, 1-3, 5.35 ERA) at Del Howell (LHP, 2-1, 4.20 ERA)
SUNDAY (2:00 p.m. CT):  Bryan Morgado (LHP, 1-0, 5.27 ERA) at TBA

Brian’s Prediction: Alabama Sweeps

Colin’s Prediction: Alabama takes 2 of 3