Wednesday No SEC-cess
By Doug Kroll - March 27, 2008
Boy would the SEC like to forget about Wednesday in a hurry. Nine teams were in action, five won, and not very handedly at that. Taking a look across the nation for that matter, things didn't quite go as planned for some of the big clubs, including a fourth straight loss for No. 6 Arizona. Not so pretty for the Wildcats at the moment.
Jacksonville 8, No. 26 Florida 5
Note to the Gators: this is how you reward us for putting you in the rankings this week? Weak. The Gators drop to 18-5 with an uninspiring loss in Jacksonville Wednesday night. Florida uses six pitchers, with the Dolphins putting up three runs in the decisive seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie. The win snapped JU's five game losing skid.
Centenary 5, Arkansas 1
Look out. Centenary is now 14-5 with a win in Fayetteville. Dakota Robinson, Justin Kraft and Boone Whiting combined for a four-hit, one-run performance. It's a nice bounce-back after getting pounded 9-0 on Tuesday night at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks are now just 2-3 in their last five games and face the daunting task of traveling to Nashville to face Vanderbilt this weekend.
Kennesaw State 8, Georgia 6
Here's a recipe for a loss: Gordon Beckham goes hitless in three at-bats, and you commit five errors. That would probably do it every time. For Georgia, that's what was cooked up last night in Athens. The Owls took advantage for their ninth win of the season. Micah Sales picked up the win for KSU, tossing five innings of three-run ball. The Dawgs used six pitchers in this one, none having overpowering success, but lets pin this one on those guys behind them. As for Beckham, his numbers have tailed off a bit this week. He's ONLY hitting .474 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI. Come on man, no homers in like four games. Jeez.
New Orleans 8, LSU 6
LSU wins 4-of-5 and then drops a midweeker to UNO. They are still 15-8, and losing to the Privateers is nothing to be ashamed of. After falling behind 6-4, New Orleans put up two spots in the 7th and 9th to take this one in Baton Rouge. Daniel Bradshaw took the loss for the Tigers, falling to 1-2 after giving up 4 runs (2 earned) in three innings. The game featured 11 pitchers.
SEC Almost Clunkers
-Vandy survived with a 12-10 win over Middle Tennessee State in 12 innings. The 'Dores were down 8-3 but came back to win with a 17-hit performance, which included a walk-off homer by freshman Curt Casali. His second of the season.
-South Carolina bounced back from a loss to Furman Tuesday with a two-run win over College of Charleston on Wednesday. How about Sam Dyson? Moves to 2-0 with a 7 inning performance, giving up three runs and striking out eight.
-Mississippi State improve to 10-13 (ouch) with an 11-inning win over South Alabama. Shortstop Russ Sneed saves the day with a walk-off blast to win 7-6 in a game that the Bulldogs trailed 5-0 in the 2nd inning. How about this attendance gaffe: Paid-Attendance was 6,037. Actual Attendance was 1,109. Eeek.
Not So Wild-Cats
Arizona, what has happened? Four straight losses, four runs in four games. Two straight losses at Oklahoma State, and they have now lost six-of-seven games overall. We'll see if Preston Guilmet can pitch like an ace on Friday at home against UCLA as they look to put a stop to an ugly skid.
Posted by Doug Kroll at 10:27 AM on March 27, 2008