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SEC Weekend Preview (April 22nd-24th)

The SEC kicks off the second half of the season with the marquee matchup taking place in Nashville between the LSU Tigers and the Vanderbilt Commodores in the only series featuring ranked teams. South Carolina heads on the road to Mississippi State, Florida hosts Alabama, Arkansas goes to Kentucky, and Georgia heads to Tennessee. Auburn is hosting Ole Miss in the Thursday-Saturday series which Auburn took game 1 on Thursday night 6-3.

South Carolina leads the SEC Eastern Division with a 12-3 conference record which puts them one game ahead of Florida and Vanderbilt who are 11-4. Georgia is in fourth place at 9-6 while Tennessee is 4-11 and Kentucky rounds of the division at 2-13.

The SEC West is an mess heading into the weekend with Arkansas and Alabama tied for the division lead at 8-7 while Auburn and Ole Miss are tied in third place at 8-8. Mississippi State is in fifth place at 6-9 and LSU rounds out the conference at 4-11.

#12 Arkansas (27-9, 8-7 SEC) at Kentucky (17-21, 2-13 SEC)

Friday ARK So. LHP Randall Fant (1-2, 3.12 ERA) vs UK Jr. RHP Alex Meyer (3-5, 3.59 ERA)
Saturday ARK So. RHP DJ Baxendale (5-1, 1.62 ERA) vs UK Fr. LHP Corey Littrell (4-3, 6.13 ERA)
Sunday ARK TBA vs UK So. LHP Taylor Rogers (2-4, 4.89 ERA)

Prediction: Arkansas 2-1

Georgia (19-19, 9-6 SEC) at Tennessee (21-15, 4-11 SEC)

Friday UGA So. LHP Alex Wood (4-4, 4.02 ERA) vs UT Jr. LHP Steven Gruver (4-4, 2.60 ERA)
Saturday UGA Jr. RHP Michael Palazzone (6-1, 2.13 ERA) vs UT Sr. RHP Rob Catapano (2-3, 3.70 ERA)
Sunday (2:00 p.m. ET) UGA Jr. LHP Craig Gullickson (3-2, 6.67 ERA) vs UT TBA

Prediction: Georgia 2-1

Ole Miss (23-15, 8-7 SEC) at Auburn (20-16, 7-8 SEC)

Friday (6:00 p.m. CT) OM Jr. RHP David Goforth (2-5, 4.37 ERA) vs AU TBA
Saturday OM Jr. LHP Austin Wright (4-3, 3.99 ERA) vs UA Sr. LHP Cory Luckie (1-1, 4.60 ERA)

Prediction: Auburn 2-1

Alabama (25-15, 8-7 SEC) at #5 Florida (28-10, 11-4 SEC)

Friday UA Sr. RHP Nathan Kilcrease (4-3, 2.62 ERA) vs UF So. RHP Hudson Randall (6-1, 1.70 ERA)
Saturday UA Jr. LHP Adam Morgan (4-3, 4.12 ERA) vs UF So. LHP Brian Johnson (5-1, 2.42 ERA)
Sunday UA TBA vs UF Fr. RHP Karsten Whitson (4-0, 2.38 ERA)

Prediction: Florida 2-1

#27 LSU (24-14, 4-11 SEC) at  #3 Vanderbilt (32-5, 11-4 SEC)

Friday LSU Fr. RHP Kurt McCune (5-2, 2.40 ERA) vs VU Jr. RHP Sonny Gray (7-2, 1.79 ERA)
Saturday LSU Fr. RHP Kevin Gausman (2-4, 4.39 ERA) vs VU Jr. LHP Grayson Garvin (7-1, 2.44 ERA)
Sunday LSU Sr. RHP Ben Alsup (5-3, 3.06 ERA) vs VU Sr. RHP Taylor Hill (2-0, 3.19 ERA)

Prediction: Vanderbilt 3-0

#2 South Carolina (29-7, 12-3 SEC) at Mississippi State (23-14, 6-9 SEC)

Friday USC Jr. LHP Michael Roth (8-1, 1.24 ERA) vs MSU So. RHP Chris Stratton (4-4, 4.66 ERA)
Saturday USC So. RHP Colby Holmes (3-1, 4.19 ERA) vs MSU Jr. LHP Nick Routt (0-2, 4.91 ERA)
Sunday USC Fr. RHP Forrest Koumas (4-0, 2.35 ERA) vs MSU TBA

Prediction: South Carolina 2-1