LSU started off the 2013 season strong with a home sweep of Maryland - Crystal Logiudice-US PRESSWIRE
A look around the SEC at how opening weekend went for the conference's 14 baseball programs.
The first weekend of another college baseball season is in the books, and overall, it was a successful one for SEC teams. There were a few surprises here and there, but when series completed on Sunday, 12 of the league's 14 teams had taken series' over the first weekend of play. Let's take a quick look at some of the performers of the weekend, and how each teams stands after week 1.
Offensive Performers of the Week
Zack Powers, Florida - The redshirt sophomore had a monster day at the plate Sunday against Duke, going 2-for-3 with 2 grand-slam home runs and nine (!) RBI's on the day. Powers was 3-6 on the weekend.
J.T. Riddle, Kentucky - Riddle started off the season white hot for the Wildcats, going 9-for-11 with three doubles, one triple, and four RBI's in Kentucky's weekend opening wins against UNC-Asheville and Niagara. Riddle was 6-for-6 in the Wildcats 20-3 dismantling of Niagara.
Mitch Slauter, Mississippi State - The rock-solid catcher for MSU only played two games this weekend, but Slauter had a great start at the plate in the opening weekend, going 6-for-9 on the weekend with a home run and four RBI's.
Mikey White, Alabama - White was the 2012 Alabama POY from the Birmingham area, and was expected to come in and be an early contributor to the Alabama team. He got off to a good start in that effort this past weekend, going 6-for-11 with four RBI's in Alabama's three game sweep of VMI to open the season. White could be a strong candidate for newcomer of the year in the SEC this season. Keep an eye out for him.
Pitchers of the Week
Bobby Wahl, Ole Miss - Stop me if you've heard this before, but the talented Ole Miss junior had a great showing in his first start of the year against #14 TCU. Wahl turned in a three hit, eight strikeout performance in 6.1 innings of work while allowing no runs in Ole Miss' 1-0 season opening win.
Aaron Nola, LSU - Like Wahl, Nola is another one you could've easily expected a great start out of before the season started. And Nola didn't disappoint, turning in two hit, nine strikeout performance in 6.2 innings of work to beat Maryland 1-0 in the Tigers season opener Friday night.
Jerad Grundy, Kentucky - Like Riddle, Grundy was a big part of the Wildcats 20-3 win over Niagara this weekend. Grundy did his work on the other side of things, however, turning in a nine strikeout, four hit performance giving up two unearned runs and earning a win for #11 Kentucky.
||Alabama 7, VMI 4
||Western Illinois 7, #3 Arkansas 5
||Auburn 8, Maine 4
||#17 Florida 16, Duke 5
||Georgia Southern 11, Georgia 2
||#11 Kentucky 20, Niagara 3
||#10 LSU 14, Maryland 3
||#23 Southern Miss 6, Missouri 1
|#5 Mississippi State||4-0||0-0||W4
||#5 MSU 6, Portland 0
|#13 Ole Miss||3-0||0-0||W3
||#13 Ole Miss 5, #14 TCU 2
|#7 South Carolina||2-1||0-0||L1
||Liberty 3, #7 South Carolina 2
||UNLV 3, Tennessee 2
||Texas A&M 5, UIC 1
||Long Beach St. 13, #2 Vanderbilt 9