BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama used a five-run first inning and starting pitcher Nathan Kilcrease struck out a career-high 10 batters as the Crimson Tide posted a 7-4 win over the No. 18 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in the opening game of the 2011 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament on Wednesday morning from Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. Continue reading SEC Tournament Day 1 Recap→
FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference has entered into a new agreement with the Alabama Sports Foundation and the City of Hoover, ensuring that the league’s annual event will remain at Regions Park through the year 2016, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced today. Continue reading SEC Baseball Tourney to stay in Hoover through 2016→
Here is your SEC Tourney Recap for Day 2 of action from Hoover Alabama.
#4 Florida 5 #15 Arkansas 4
Top-seeded Florida (41-14) edged fourth-seeded Arkansas (40-18), 5-4, in the second elimination game of the 2010 SEC Tournament on Thursday afternoon at Regions Park. With the victory, the Gators stay alive to face the loser of tonight’s winner’s bracket contest between fifth-seeded Vanderbilt (41-15) and eighth-seeded LSU (37-20) in tomorrow’s second game that will begin 30 minutes after the completion of the 4 p.m. game. Both elimination games will televised on SportSouth, air locally in Gainesville on WLUF-TV, channel 6 on Cox Cable and be streamed on www.GatorZone.com via ESPN3.com.
“I thought both teams played really well today,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “I mean, let’s face it, it was an elimination round and neither team wanted to go home. Both sides pitched very well and it came down to some key hits throughout the game. I think we played good defense for the most part. Both pitching staffs gave their teams the chances to win today.”
Here is your SEC Tourney Recap for Day 1 of action from Hoover, Alabama.
#30 LSU 10 #4 Florida 6
HOOVER, Ala. – LSU exploded for 19 hits, including three apiece by shortstop Austin Nola and left fielder Mason Katz, and junior right-hander Anthony Ranaudo hurled an outstanding 7.2 innings as the eighth-seeded Tigers defeated the No.1-seed Florida Gators, 10-6, Wednesday in the opening round of the SEC Tournament in Regions Park.
The Tigers (37-20) will face the winner of Wednesday night’s matchup between the fifth-seeded Vanderbilt and fourth-seeded Arkansas on Thursday night at a time to be determined. Florida (40-14) will face the loser of the Vanderbilt-Arkansas game Thursday afternoon.
The 2010 SEC Tournament will once again be played at Regions Park in Hoover, AL, Barring a 0-2 and barbecue from LSU, all the teams that made the SEC Tournament are likely to make the field of 64 in Omaha. Tennessee lost 5 of their last 6 conference games to fall out of contention, while Kentucky would need no upsets in other conference tournaments to have a shot. Mississippi State was expected to struggle to make the postseason as their season is over, and Georgia was supposed to have a down year compared to past years, but no one expected them to finish with only 16 wins overall this season.
One thing of note to look for in this tourney is the 20 second pitch count between pitches. If a pitcher takes longer than 20 seconds to deliver a pitch, he will be penalized with a "ball" call. None of the coaches that spoke to the media on Monday thought that this would be a problem, but it will be interesting to see if it comes into play at all. You can check out our Bracket 1 preview by clicking here.
The SEC Tournament starts up on Wednesday with Auburn and Alabama facing off in the first game of the tournament at 9:30 am. Ole Miss and South Carolina will play immediately following the Auburn and Alabama showdown. All four teams are solid contenders to advance through regionals, while Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Auburn could all become regional hosts bids with great weekends. You can check out our Bracket 2 preview by clicking here.
The LSU Tigers will open the SEC Tournament on Wednesday against the Florida Gators. The Tigers are expected to send Anthony Ranaudo to the mound as he has struggled throughout the year with a 3-2 record and an ERA of 8.49. The Gators are expected to send Brian Johnson to the hill as he is 5-3 with a 3.62 ERA. He defeated the Tigers back on May 2nd. Johnson went 6.1 innings giving up three runs (two earned), striking four, while struggling with his control as he walked six. The Gators were able to win that game by a score of 13-6 and swept the Tigers in that series. Continue reading Ranaudo looking to lead LSU to SEC Crown→
After losing their first game of the tournament, LSU battled back to reach the championship game of the SEC Tournament. The Tigers were seeking a conference tournament championship to go along with their regular season co-championship. Vanderbilt was a perfect 3-0 in the SEC Tournament heading into the championship game. Here is your SEC Tournament Championship recap for Sunday, May 24.
The semi-finals of the SEC championship are underway today. Here is your SEC recap for Saturday, May 23.
Updated May 24th, 1:55 A.M ET
Vanderbilt 11, #20 Arkansas 1 (7 innings)
HOOVER, Ala. — Caleb Cotham continued Vanderbilt’s strong run of starting pitcher at the Southeastern Conference tournament, pitching seven innings of five-hit ball to lead Vanderbilt to an 11-1 win over No. 20 Arkansas Saturday morning at Regions Park.
The SEC Tournament was in elimination mode on Friday, as Florida faced off against Arkansas and LSU battled South Carolina in win or go home games. Here is your SEC Tournament recap for Friday, May 22.