SEC tournament play began on Tuesday where both Mississippi State and Ole Miss were in action.
The Ole Miss Rebels faced the number 11 team in the country, the Kentucky Wildcats, to kick off the tournament in Hoover, AL. Ole Miss decided to start right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl, who only had two losses during the regular season, against Kentucky. Wahl did his job and allowed only two runs on six hits and six strikeouts through six innings, but the Rebels were unable to mount much offense as they fell to the Wildcats 2-0. Tuesday’s loss sent the Rebels to the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament where they would be matched up with the loser of the Mississippi State vs. Arkansas game. Matt Snyder was the lone bright spot on offense for the Rebels as he went 4 for 4 at the plate.
The seventh seeded Mississippi State Bulldogs were matched up with sixth seeded Arkansas Razorbacks on Tuesday. The Bulldogs, unlike the Rebels, decided to save their star pitcher Chris Stratton, for a game later in the tournament. The Bulldogs were able to roll through Arkansas with freshman pitcher Brandon Woodruff pitching five scoreless innings and only giving up one hit in the 9-1 victory. The win on Tuesday meant the Bulldogs would advance to play number one seeded and SEC regular season champions LSU.
Southern Miss matched up with fifth seeded Memphis in the first round of their conference tournamentwhich didn’t begin until Wednesday. The Golden Eagles swept the Tigers in their series during the season, but were less successful in the conference tournament, dropping their opener 14-3. The Golden Eagles will face Houston on Thursday at 3 p.m. in the second game of the round robin tournament.
Late scores from Wednesday’s action had Ole Miss beating Arkansas 2-0. The Rebels will move on to face the loser of the LSU vs. Mississippi State game at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Mississippi State vs. LSU was in progress at the time of print, with the Bulldogs leading the Tigers 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning. The winner will go on to play Kentucky while the loser will face Ole Miss.
NCAA Regionals begin on Friday, June 1, with the tournament concluding in Omaha at the College World Series Tuesday, June 16.