Around the SEC (2/21)
One weekend in the books, another gearing up to go. It’s midweek time and a chance for some good solid tuneups. Before we get into that, let’s see how the predictions worked out last week
|Florida (vs CSUF)||2-1||2-1||3-0|
|UGA (vs Presby)||3-0||3-0||3-0|
|UK (Upstate Tourney)||3-0||3-0||3-0|
|SC (vs VMI)||3-0||3-0||3-0|
|UT (vs N. Illinois)||3-0||3-0||3-0|
|Bama (vs FAU)||2-1||0-3||1-2|
|LSU (LSU Tourney)||3-0||3-0||3-0|
|Vandy (at Stanford)||1-2||0-3||2-1|
|Ole Miss (at TCU)||1-2*||1-1||2-0|
|MSU (vs Wazzou)||2-1||2-1||3-0|
|Ark (vs Nova)||3-0||3-0||3-0|
FLORIDA: Next up for the Gators is a midweek series with a couple of in-state foes, Bethune-Cookman (and their new head coach), and Central Florida. Bethune is already off to another solid start, after taking 2 of 3 from Florida Gulf Coast. UCF had little trouble with Long Island, completing a 3 game sweep. Next up for the Gators? A good tune-up homestand against William & Mary before traveling to Coral Gables for a big in-state brawl to kick off March. AUPPL Prediction: 2-0
Georgia: The Bulldogs had little trouble with Presbyterian and really don’t have any true test on the schedule until UCLA comes to Athens on March 9th. However, this is the same UCLA team that just dropped a series, at home, to Maryland. The Dawgs only have one midweek game (vs Georgia State): AUPPL Prediction: 1-0
Kentucky: The Wildcat offense really clicked this weekend. They scored 10 runs in their first 2 games and completed a weekend sweep at the USC-Upstate Tournament after dispatching the host school Spartans 6-0 yesterday. UK has no midweekers this week.
Carolina: It was touch and go for a while for the defending National Champions. 2 Close games against the visiting Keydets (2-1/3-2) but the bats came alive in the Friday finale as the Gamecocks exploded for a 13-1 victory. No Midweekers for USC this week either.
Tennessee: A good start for new Head Coach Dave Serrano. The Vols took care of Northern Illinois in convincing fashion. Big Orange has 1 midweek game this week: 2/21 against Western Kentucky. AUPPL Prediction: 1-0
LSU: The Bengals looked impressive. Only giving up 2 Earned Runs the entire weekend (vs AFA twice, vs Alcorn once). They will head into a midweek game against McNeese without having allowed a run in 19 consecutive innings. AUPPL Prediction: 1-0
Ole Miss: The Rebels got a great start from Bobby Wahl on Friday and managed to upset the homestanding Horned Frogs. Rain cancelled one of the games. Still, just getting one was a good vote of confidence for UM. Ole Miss plays their home opener today vs Arkansas State, the only midweek game for UM. AUPPL Prediction: 1-0
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs almost completed a solid sweep of Washington State, but the Cougars forced a Saturday extra-inning upset. No midweek games for the Maroons as they prep for the Starkville Tournament against Kansas and Mississippi Valley State.
Arkansas: Smooth sailing for the Hogs as they absolutely destroyed Villanova by a combined score of 41-7. Double Digit run production in every game. Two midweek games against Northwestern State before another likely sweep vs Valparaiso this weekend. AUPPL Prediction: 2-0
Now we come to the teams that had absolutely horrible weekends. Vanderbilt and Alabama. Yes, Auburn losing a DH on Sunday was painful, but these losses by the Commodores and Tide were even worse.
Vanderbilt: The road trip to the Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto turned disastrous for VU. The Dores were outscored 35-13. Heralded Freshman Tyler Beede had a rough debut: 4.1 IP/9h/5er/1bb/2k/1hbp. Overall, Vandy pitchers hit 9 batters. Rough pitching start. The Dores have a midweek game against Oakland to get back on track before Oregon travels to Nashville. AUPPL Prediction: 1-0
Alabama: Now, for the most shocking series of last weekend? Alabama. The Tide were swept by visiting Florida Atlantic and the Owl held UA’s bats in check for outputs of 2, 2, and 4 runs over the weekend. How shocking was it? :
Say It Ain't So Joe: Alabama was swept by Florida Atlantic at the Joe this weekend ... It marked the first time in 113 years that Alabama has been swept in a three-game, non-conference home series ... The Texas Longhorns were the only other team to sweep Alabama at home, taking all three games on April 17-19, 1899 ... The Longhorns won 9-3, 10-1 and 4-3 ... Alabama is 0-3 for third time in school history and the first time since 1952 ... The Crimson Tide also started 0-3 in 1946.
Alabama tries to right the ship next weekend when Arkansas Pine Bluff comes to town.