Sunday, May 28, 2023

College Baseball Update

The weather in Birmingham was remarkably clear after the first day, and the Vanderbilt Commodores rolled to their fourth SEC Tournament title.  Here were the scores (seedings in parentheses):

Tuesday, May 23:
(6) S. Carolina 9, (11) Georgia 0 (Georgia eliminated)
(10) Texas A & M 3, (7) Tennessee 0 (Tennessee eliminated)
(9) Alabama 4, (8) Kentucky 0 (Kentucky eliminated)
(5) Auburn 10, (12) Missouri 4 (Missouri eliminated)

Wednesday, May 24:
(3) Louisiana St. 10, (6) S. Carolina 3
(2) Arkansas 6, (10) Texas A & M 5 (11 innings)
(1) Florida 7, (9) Alabama 6 (11 innings)
(4) Vanderbilt 6, (5) Auburn 4

Thursday, May 25:
(10) Texas A & M 5, (6) S. Carolina 0 (S. Carolina eliminated)
(9) Alabama 7, (5) Auburn 4 (Auburn eliminated)
(2) Arkansas 5, (3) Louisiana St. 4
(1) Florida 6, (4) Vanderbilt 3

Friday, May 26:
(10) Texas A & M 5, (3) Louisiana St. 4 (Louisiana St. eliminated)
(4) Vanderbilt 9, (9) Alabama 2 (Alabama eliminated)

Saturday, May 27:
(10) Texas A & M 5, (2) Arkansas 4 (Arkansas eliminated)
(4) Vanderbilt 11, (1) Florida 6 (Florida eliminated)

Sunday, May 28:
(4) Vanderbilt 10, (10) Texas A & M 4 (Texas A & M eliminated)

In other news, Western beat Florida Atlantic 9-7 on Friday, but were eliminated by Dallas Baptist 5-0 on Saturday.  The C-USA title went to Charlotte, which beat Dallas Baptist 5-2 in the championship.

Meanwhile, here are the pairings for the first round of the KHSAA Baseball Championship, which begins in Lexington on Thursday, June 1:

Bullitt East v. Lou. Eastern
Shelby Co. v. McCracken Co.
Raceland v. Lex. Catholic
Beechwood v. Owensboro Apollo
Pikeville v. Harrison Co.
Pulaski Co. v. Henderson Co.
Whitley Co. v. LaRue Co.
Breathitt Co. v. S. Warren


  1. This is Vandy's fourth SEC Baseball Tournament title -- they also won the SEC Baseball Tournament in 1980, 2007, and 2019.

  2. This is the first time since 1974-75 that Vanderbilt has beaten Florida in football, men's basketball, and baseball in the same academic year.

  3. This was also the first academic year in history that Vandy beat Kentucky in Lexington in both football and men's basketball.

  4. The NCAA just announced the 16 sites for the Regionals in the NCAA Baseball Tournament (in alphabetical order):

    Auburn, Ala. (hosted by Auburn)
    Baton Rouge, La. (hosted by LSU)
    Charlottesville, Va. (hosted by Virginia)
    Clemson, S.C. (hosted by Clemson)
    Columbia, S.C. (hosted by S. Carolina)
    Conway, S.C. (hosted by Coastal Carolina)
    Coral Gables, Fla. (hosted by Miami (Fla.))
    Fayetteville, Ark. (hosted by Arkansas)
    Gainesville, Fla. (hosted by Florida)
    Lexington, Ky. (hosted by Kentucky)
    Nashville, Tenn. (hosted by Vanderbilt)
    Stanford, Calif. (hosted by Stanford)
    Stillwater, Okla. (hosted by Oklahoma St.)
    Terre Haute, Ind. (hosted by Indiana St.)
    Tuscaloosa, Ala. (hosted by Alabama)
    Winston-Salem, N.C. (hosted by Wake Forest)

  5. The seedings and the rest of the field will be announced on Memorial Day, as usual.

  6. I will root with you for Vanderbilt.

    I followed WKU this season through the Facebook page of a friend whose nephew pitches for the Tops. Here's what he posted after the tournament: "Topper season ends at 33-16, with 15 more wins than last year, third best turnaround in program history. Tops held #14 Dallas Baptist (44-13) to a season low 5 runs but were shut out for the only time all year. They won 15 times having to come from behind and had 15 walk-off wins. ... CUSA coaches picked this team to finish dead last and miss the conference tournament. So a 4th seed and two wins to reach the semifinals is both a fine achievement and a sign of great things to come." This made me really happy to read.

  7. McCracken County goes out in the first round, losing 3-0 to Shelby County. That is a disappointing result for the Mustangs. With Trinity and St. X losing in the Seventh Region Tournament, it looked like the bracket had opened up for McCracken. But it had not.