Just one night after combining on a 4-10 night, SEC baseball rebounded with a 5-0 night in midweek action on Wednesday night. All five teams that played on Wednesday were on the wrong end of a beating the last time they left the field and were looking for an opportunity to get that nasty taste out of their mouths.
Even though the league lacked any games among its College Baseball Central Top 25 ranked SEC teams the games provided plenty of intrigue with a couple of teams, Missouri and Arkansas, playing a second game against the team that had upset them in midweek mayhem last night.
Missouri, Arkansas Get Revenge Wins
Facing that Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions that out-scored them 6-1 over the final three innings on Tuesday, the Missouri Tigers opened with a five-run first inning and jumped to an 8-1 lead over the first three innings on Wednesday as the Tigers got revenge with a 9-3 win.
Senior Logan Bone made his first career start count for the Tigers with a 2-for-4 night at the dish with an RBI double in the first and an RBI single in the third as Missouri built its lead. The Tigers cruised through the final, shaking of the doubts and let down that came with Tuesday’s loss.
The Arkansas Razorbacks were happy to look on the bump and not nee Alex Gunn ready to deal for the Memphis Tigers. Yet, Memphis hurlers kept the Hogs off the scoreboard until the Hogs took a 2-1 lead on a bases loaded walk and error.
Yet, junior Bobby Wernes sparked new life into the Razorbacks’ bats with a solo shot (3) in the sixth to retake the lead. Partner in crime Andrew Benintendi (So. OF) drove a two-run triple to the gap in right to extend the Hogs lead to 5-2. Wernes (.338/.545/.446) and Benintendi (.325/.613/.430, 24 RBI) are the pace-setters for the Razorbacks offense.
Tennessee Rebounds From Weekend Sweep
The last time the Tennessee Volunteers were on the diamond they had been swept at home by the Georgia Bulldogs by a combined score of 24-12, losing the getaway game by six runs, and looking like a far cry from the early-season team considered by most to be Regional-worthy.
Nothing went right this weekend, but everything went right on Wednesday as the Vols dropped the Cincinnati Bearcats 7-0 to snap their losing streak. Tennessee jumped to an early lead after a four-run second inning that launched with Nathaniel Maggio’s second long ball on the season, a two-run shot, for a 2-0 lead.
Maggio would add another run on a sac fly as Tennessee plated three more runs in the fifth with sophomore second baseman Nick Senzel’s two-run triple (4). Freshman southpaw Zach Warren tossed five innings of one-hit ball in the win.
Kentucky, Georgia Rebound
After taking a road series win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs this weekend, the Kentucky Wildcats were bludgeoned by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Tuesday. Senior right fielder Storm Wilson hit his first dinger on the year to get the offense started as the Wildcats beat the Morehead State Eagles 9-4.
The Georgia Bulldogs followed up a road sweep of Tennessee with a beat down loss at the hands of the Mercer Bears 12-8. However, Stephen Wrenn drove in a two-run single in the fifth to drive the offense in a five-run rally on route to a 9-5 win over the Kennesaw State Owls. Bulldogs Mike Bell (So., 2B) had an RBI single in the second with an RBI triple in the fourth while Trevor Kieboom (So., 3B) added two late RBI in the win.