CBB Column: SEC Weekend Preview (April 30-May 2nd)

The SEC heads back into conference play this week with a full slate of action. The top sereis of the weekend sees LSU visiting Florida in a matchup between two ranked squads. The other series this weekend are Alabama visiting South Carolina, Arkansas hosting Auburn, Georgia heading to Vanderbilt, Ole Miss visiting intrastate rival Mississippi State, and finally Kentucky visiting Tennessee.

Alabama (27-15, 8-10 SEC) at South Carolina (32-8, 14-4 SEC)

Players to Watch
Alabama: Taylor Dugas (.417 BA, 22 RBI, 14-18 SB)
South Carolina: Whit Merrifield (.333 BA, 8 HR, 25 RBI)

Pitchers to Watch
Alabama: Jimmy Nelson (5-1, 3.86 ERA)
South Carolina: Blake Cooper (8-0, 2.67 ERA)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday: (7 p.m. ET) Bama Jr. RHP Jimmy Nelson (5-1, 3.86 ERA) vs SC Sr. RHP Blake Cooper (8-0, 2.67 ERA)
Saturday (1 p.m. ET) Bama So. LHP Adam Morgan (4-2, 5.91 ERA) vs SC Jr. RHP Sam Dyson (4-2, 4.35 ERA)
Sunday (1:30 p.m. ET) Bama TBA vs SC Sr. RHP Jay Brown (2-0, 4.22 ERA)

Predictions
Brian Foley: South Carolina 2-1

Alabama Series Notes
South Carolina Notes

Auburn (28-14, 10-8 SEC) at Arkansas (34-8, 13-5 SEC)

Players to Watch
Auburn: Hunter Morris (.403 BA, 13 HR, 53 RBI)
Arkansas: Zack Cox (.436 BA, 6 HR, 43 RBI)

Pitchers to Watch
Auburn: Sean Ray (2-1, 1.75 ERA, 15 app)
Arkansas: Drew Smyly (6-0, 2.22 ERA)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday (6:30 p.m. CT) AU So. LHP Cory Luckie (5-2, 6.64 ERA) vs ARK So. LHP Drew Smyly (6-0, 2.22 ERA)
Saturday (2 p.m. CT) AU TBA vs ARK Fr. LHP Randall Fant (3-0, 2.60 ERA)
Sunday (1 p.m. CT) AU Jr. LHP Grant Dayton (4-2, 5.14 ERA) ARK Jr. RHP Brett Eibner (3-3, 4.04 ERA)

Predictions
Brian Foley: Arkansas 2-1

Auburn Series Notes
Arkansas Series Notes

LSU (32-10, 11-7 SEC) at Florida (28-11, 12-6 SEC)

Players to Watch
LSU:Micah Gibbs (.415 BA, 5 HR, 40 RBI)
Florida: Austin Maddox (.349 BA, 12 HR, 45 RBI)

Pitchers to Watch
LSU: Anthony Ranaudo (2-1, 6.35 ERA)
Florida: Brian Johnson (3-2, 2.91 ERA)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday (8 p.m. ET) LSU Jr. RHP Anthony Ranaudo (2-1, 6.35 ERA) vs UF So. LHP Alex Panteliodis (6-2, 3.18 ERA)
Saturday (2 p.m. CT) LSU So. LHP Chris Matulis (5-1, 3.86 ERA) or TBA vs UF Fr. RHP Hudson Randall (4-3, 3.65 ERA)
Sunday (1 p.m. ET) LSU So. LHP Chris Matulis (5-1, 3.86 ERA) or TBA vs UF Fr. LHP Brian Johnson (3-2, 2.91 ERA)

Predictions
Brian Foley: LSU 2-1

LSU Series Notes
Florida Series Notes

Georgia (13-29, 3-15 SEC) at Vanderbilt (32-12, 9-9 SEC)

Players to Watch
Georgia: Zach Cone (.348 BA, 8 HR, 40 RBI)
Vanderbilt: Jason Esposito (.341 BA, 8 HR, 51 RBI)

Pitchers to Watch
Georgia: Justin Grimm (2-6, 6.00 ERA)
Vanderbilt: Sonny Gray (6-4, 2.22 ERA)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday (6 p.m. CT) UGA So. RHP Michael Palazzone (4-4, 8.26 ERA) vs VU Jr. RHP Taylor Hill (3-3, 3.23 ERA)
Saturday (6 p.m. ET) UGA Jr. RHP Justin Grimm (2-6, 6.00 ERA) vs VU So. RHP Sonny Gray (6-4, 2.22 ERA)
Sunday (1 p.m. CT) UGA TBA vs VU So. RHP Jack Armstrong (5-1, 3.83 ERA)

Predictions
Brian Foley: VU 2-1

Georgia Series Notes
Vanderbilt Series Notes

Ole Miss (30-13, 11-7 SEC) at Mississippi State (20-20, 5-13 SEC)

Players to Watch
Ole Miss: Tim Ferguson (.330, 6 HR, 22 RBI)
Mississippi State: Connor Powers (.399 BA, 12 HR, 60 RBI)

Pitchers of the Week
Ole Miss: Drew Pomeranz (6-0, 1.90 ERA)
Mississippi State: Greg Houston (5-0, 2.79 ERA)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday (7 p.m. CT) OM Jr. LHP Drew Pomeranz (6-0, 1.90 ERA) vs MSU Sr. LHP Tyler Whitney (0-1, 5.72 ERA)
Saturday (6:30 p.m. CT)OM Sr. RHP Aaron Barrett (6-2, 3.36 ERA) vs MSU Fr. RHP Chris Stratton (4-3, 4.97 ERA)
Sunday (1:30 p.m. CT) OM TBA vs MSU Fr. LHP Luke Bole (2-1, 6.89 ERA)

Predictions
Brian Foley: Ole Miss 2-1

Ole Miss Series Notes
Mississippi State Series Notes

Kentucky (23-18, 6-12 SEC) at Tennessee (22-20, 6-12 SEC)

Players to Watch
Kentucky: Chad Wright (.355 BA, 31 RBI, 9-12 SB)
Tennessee: PJ Polk (.354 BA, 8 HR, 35 RBI)

Pitchers to Watch
Kentucky: Brandon Kapteyn (1-0, 3.29 ERA)
Tennessee: Stephen McCray (4-3, 2.43 ERA)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday (5 p.m. ET) UK Jr. LHP Logan Darnell (3-3, 5.31 ERA) vs UT Jr. LHP Bryan Morgado (2-5, 6.83 ERA)
Saturday (4 p.m. ET) UK Fr. LHP Taylor Rogers (4-5, 5.26 ERA) vs UT Sr. RHP Stephen McCray (4-3, 2.43 ERA)
Sunday (3 p.m. ET) UK TBA vs UT TBA

Prediction
Brian Foley: UK 2-1

Kentucky Series Notes
Tennessee Series Notes