Arkansas seeks first-ever SEC Baseball Championship on Sunday against LSU – SECcountry.com
HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas and LSU are rolling from the Hoover Met for this 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament Championship. Follow along with live stats and updates right here on SEC Country.
Arkansas baseball vs. LSU live blog, score updates
3 p.m. – An LSU single to rightfield and an E5 – Jared Gates booted the ball on an easy grounder – have the Tigers cooking with nobody out.
2:47 p.m. – Eric Cole going yard. First runs of the game come off his massive shot to right-centerfield. It’s 1-0, Razorbacks.
2:36 p.m. – A Koch strikeout and a Jared Gates flyout ended that threat right quick. Can’t have many of those, lest you come to regrest.
2:32 p.m. – Biggers just sent a harsh liner to right, but catchable. Deichmann didn’t catch it, though. Biggers to second. Shaddy to third.
2:29 p.m. – Carson Shaddy’s ground-rule double to the left-centerfield gap, over the wall, has given the Razorbacks their first hit of the day. One out now for Jax Biggers.
2:26 p.m. – Greg Deichmann, the only possible player who could steal Most Valuable or Most Outstanding Player honors from Chad Spanberger, singled for LSU. Grant Koch caught him trying to steal second, though, and the Tigers got nothin’.
2:16 p.m. – The Razorbacks lineup does the same as LSU’s the half-inning before. A whole lot of nothing.
2:09 p.m. – Nice and easy. Kevin Kopps sat down LSU’s 1-2-3 hitters in order. Nothing doing yet.
2:04 p.m. – Rolling from the Met.
Follow along with real-time game stats here at game time.
Arkansas baseball vs. LSU game preview
The Arkansas baseball team will play in its first SEC Baseball Championship in 10 years Sunday when the Razorbacks play LSU.
Arkansas has never won an SEC Tournament title. The Razorbacks are 0-3 in such games with losses in 1998, 1999 and 2007. LSU has won the championship 11 times, more than any other team. Its last title came in 2014.
LSU won the teams’ regular-season series, two games to one. The second game was memorable for its dramatics. Arkansas led 8-1 going into the seventh inning. The Tigers scored one in the seventh, three in the eighth and five in the ninth to win 10-8. LSU won the finale the next day with Eric Walker throwing a four-hit shutout in which Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn was ejected in the first inning. Walker is going in the championship for LSU.
“He can really spot up his fastball. Doesn’t really leave much out over the plate to hit,” Van Horn said. “He’s just a really solid pitcher for being as young as he is. Right out of high school. Get thrown (into) this league and next thing you know he’s pitching on Sundays.”
Another shutout of Arkansas would be a sight considering what the team’s offense has been doing lately. They’ve scored 40 runs in four games at the tournament this week. Two of their three wins – against Auburn and Florida – have come by run-rule.
The Diamond Hogs locked in hosting duties for next weekend’s NCAA Tournament Regionals with a win over Mississippi State on Friday. A win over LSU might do one even better.
Odds are long, but Arkansas could sneak into becoming a national seed with its first SEC title. The conversation would be between the Razorbacks, Stanford and Kentucky. Stanford’s season is finished as the Cardinal won 21 of their last 23 games.
That will come later Sunday. First, the business at hand. A first SEC title would make the day enough.
Arkansas baseball vs. LSU TV channel, stream online
The game can be found on ESPN2. Fans can watch via WatchESPN or the WatchESPN app.
Arkansas baseball vs. LSU game time
Saturday – Approximately 3 p.m. (ET)
Arkansas baseball schedule
SEC Tournament — May 28
NCAA Tournament Regionals — June 2-5
NCAA Super Regionals — June 9-12
College World Series — June 17-29