Our Regional Weekend Running Commentary:
The schedule for Saturday includes 5 games on ESPN TV with the rest streaming:
Ole Miss has decided to just move their regional back a day instead of trying to cram everything in by Monday.
Games that interest me today:
Friday’s News & Notes
SLU vs. Ole Miss / Campbell vs. Georgia
With rainouts in Oxford and Athens, the SEC finished the first day of regional play with a 7-1 record. Only Mississippi State’s embarrassing 20-10 loss nicked the league record.
Things got so bad at Swayze that they were swimming in the dugout:
Blaine Knight shuts down another opponent on Friday to move to 11-0 on the year. Knight goes 8 innings and gives up just 2 runs is a great start to the tournament for the Razorbacks.
And freshman Heston Kjerstad: welcome to the Road to Omaha. The SEC Freshman of the Year had 2 home runs and 4 RBI in his first NCAA tournament game as Arkansas put up 10 runs on 14 hits. The Hogs are sitting pretty and will face Southern Miss Saturday night.
Mississippi State and Oklahoma teamed up to play a really ugly game today. The pitching was terrible and the fielding was worse. In a game that finished with a classic SEC football score of 20-10 there were 34 hits, 17 walks and 5 errors.
State held a 10-7 lead going into the 7th and that is when the dung hit the fan. 7 hits, 4 walks, 2 errors, a wild pitch and a hit batter (that dinged the batter, catcher and umpire for the trifecta of pain) led to a 9 run inning that lasted nearly an hour. And OU even left the bases loaded, meaning it could have been worse.
The bright side is that although MSU used 8 pitchers during the slaughter only Pilkington through enough pitches to rule him out of the rest of the regional. Friday was the first time MSU had given up 20 runs in almost a decade – since a game with Kentucky in 2009.
I was excited about Tommy Mace as the third starter for Florida in the postseason but Mace gave up 3 ER in just 2+ innings on Friday.
Jordan Butler came on in relief and threw 5 innings of two-hit ball as the Gator bats finally came alive in the 4th to propel Florida to a 13-5 win. Wil Dalton broke out of his slump and went 4/5 with 6 RBIs. Dalton had the best performance of any SEC hitter on Friday.
Vandy got a big 2-0 win over St. John’s in the opener. Drake Fellows was sensational today. 7 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks and 8 K’s is everything you can hope for in a regional. He pounded the zone all day throwing 72 strikes in 103 pitches. Reid Schaller and Chandler Day pitched an inning a piece to lock up the shutout. Vandy is in the best shape they could ever hope for advancing to the winners bracket and having a full bullpen available the rest of the way.