No, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke, an NCAA record did indeed fall last night in College Station. We shouldn’t be surprised as we’ve become accustomed to the breakout of midweek mayhem in baseball action this season, especially when it concerns the Southeastern Conference. Just last Tuesday a slew of SEC baseball midweek upsets made headlines as the conference was dealt an overhand right to the kisser.
However, SEC baseball would rebound and respond with a winning night on Wednesday. This Tuesday featured in-state and cross-border, out-of-conference matchups that involved teams ranked in the College Baseball Central Top 25 with No. 3 Florida travelling to Jacksonville to face No. 11 Florida State, No. 5 Texas A&M hosting Sam Houston State and Missouri playing No. 24 Illinois at a neutral site.
No. 5 Texas A&M Sets NCAA Record In Win Over Sam Houston State
The No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies (28-2) celebrated being placed on top of our mid-season College Baseball National Seeds Projections by setting the NCAA record for hits in a third inning with 13 in the third inning of Tuesday’s 19-4 win over the struggling Sam Houston State Bearkats (14-17).
The Aggies were tied at 2-2 before tying the NCAA record for consecutive hits, banging out 11 straight hits (tying another NCAA record) to open the third inning. Blake Allemand led off the frame with a solo homer, his second on the year, to take a 3-2 lead.
Then the floodgates opened and by the time the water stilled A&M had hit four homers, a double and a triple in 17 plate appearances and had extended the lead to 15-2. Ronnie Gideon hit two homers, a two-run blast and a solo shot that tied Logan Taylor for the team lead at six while Logan Nottebrok’s third dinger of the season was of the three-run variety.
Gideon’s two-homer inning tied “many players” for the NCAA record for home runs in an inning.
“Any time NCAA Division One records are set, broken, tied or toyed with…I notice…its’ in my genes.” – Literal Larry, College Baseball RPI Analyst
No. 3 Florida Win Streak Snapped By No. 11 Florida State
After a 14-8 win over the No. 11 Florida State Seminoles (23-7) a couple of weeks ago extended the No. 3 Florida Gators (23-7) win streak to five, the Seminoles evened the season series and snapped the streak in an 8-3 win Tuesday night before 8,306 fans.
John Sansone made it his mission to put the streak to rest with a 4-for-4 night at the dish that included a walk. The junior second baseman notched the Noles’ first hit with a first-inning single and then scored on a double by DJ Stewart after hitting a single in the third. Sansone singled and scored again in the fifth on a Dylan Busby single as FSU built a 5-1 lead.
The 5-foot-11-inch, 200-pound second baseman doubled in the sixth and drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to extend the Noles’ lead to 7-1. Sansone raised his average to .296 which puts him on the verge of a nice slash line (.296/.504/ .442) for Florida State.
No. 24 Illinois Edges Missouri
First baseman David Kerian launched his seventh homer of the season, a two-run, sixth-inning, game-winning blast as the No. 24 Illinois Fighting Illini (21-6-1) edged the Missouri Tigers (20-10) by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday night.
The 6’3” 200-pound senior slugger has been a central bat for Illinois with a .337/.576/.426 slash that includes being tied for the team lead with 19 ribbies.
The win gave the Illini Braggin’ Rights in the cross-border rivalry and should serve to boost their resume and RPI for postseason contention.
SEC Baseball Scores:
No. 2 Vanderbilt 6, Wofford 0
No. 7 LSU 8, Louisiana 6
No. 16 South Carolina 2, The Citadel 0
Alabama 7, UAB 2
Auburn 9, Samford 4
Georgia Tech 13, Georgia 6
Indiana 11, Kentucky 7
South Alabama 8, Mississippi State 7, 11 innings
Missouri State 2, Arkansas 0
Ole Miss 7, Memphis 5