James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE
It was a rough week for one SEC West team this past week.
Week 3 in the college baseball season saw one of the SEC West's top teams, Arkansas, have a rough time at the Coca-Cola Classic in Arizona. I was busy over the weekend, so I didn't really get a chance to keep up with baseball much. For this week, we'll just go with the SEC's players of the week, and then we'll have the updated records and a few notes to follow. I swear I will get into baseball mode when I get back into my usual swing of things.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
A.J. Reed • Kentucky
Sophomore • LHP/1B • Terre Haute, Ind.
• Drove in 15 RBI during the week, belting three homers and adding a double ... Hit .526 (10-for-19) during the week, with a 1.053 slugging and a .609 on-base percentage.
• Went 4-for-5 in the opener vs. the Zips, with five RBI and his second homer of the week ... Also started the opener vs. Akron on the mound, tossing six innings and allowing only two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out four.
• On the year, Reed leads UK with 22 RBI on four homers, a double and a triple, batting .409 (18-for-44) with 11 runs scored ... On the mound, as UK's Friday-night starter, Reed has a 2-1 record.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Kevin Ziomek • Vanderbilt
Junior • LHP • Amherst, Mass.
• Pitched his first career complete game with a one-hit shutout of Illinois-Chicago on Friday night on a cold and snowy night in Nashville... His 15 strikeouts set a new career-high and are the most by a Vanderbilt pitcher since Sonny Gray struck out 15 against Brown in 2011.
• Struck out at least one batter in eight of nine innings and struck out two or more in six innings, including the ninth. Eight of the 15 strikeouts were looking. He did not allow a hit after the first inning.
• Retired the final 10 batters he faced and 22 of the last 23 batters.
And here's the updated records. Arkansas, woof, what a week:
|#2 Vanderbilt||12-1||0-0||W10||#2 Vanderbilt 3, Ill-Chicago 1
|#11 Kentucky||10-1||0-0||W7||#11 Kentucky 9, Akron 2
|#6 South Carolina
||8-2||0-0||W1||#7 South Carolina 8, Clemson 0|
|Florida||5-7||0-0||W2||Florida 6, Miami 3
|Georgia||5-6||0-0||W3||Georgia 13, UAB 2
|Tennessee||4-7||0-0||L1||Virginia Tech 7, Tennessee 3
|Missouri||0-6||0-0||L6||Memphis 8, Missouri 2|
|#3 Mississippi State||15-0||0-0||W15
||#5 MSU 3, St. Josephs 2
|#7 Ole Miss||11-1||0-0||W4||#8 Ole Miss 8, FIU 1
|#8 LSU||10-1||0-0||W4||LSU 2, Nicholls St. 0
|Alabama||8-3||0-0||W1||Alabama 12, Tulane 6
|Auburn||8-3||0-0||W2||Auburn 8, E. Illinois 2
||8-5||0-0||L1||North Carolina 14, Texas A&M 2
|#16 Arkansas||7-5||0-0||L4||Pacific 4, Arkansas 3
- Most of the teams in the SEC continued along the path of dominance in the non-conference schedule. MSU, LSU, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Georgia all had easy times with fairly easy opponents.
- Arkansas, the top ranked team in some preseason polls, really had the roughest week in the country last week for ranked teams, as they went 0-4 out in Suprise, Arizona at the Coca-Cola Classic. The Razorbacks took lumps from Gonzaga, Arizona St., and Pacific -- all west coast teams. Those results certainly aren't indicative of the talent Arkansas has, they just had a rough week. I'd expect them to bounce back.
- Missouri played no games last week because they had a three game home series snowed out. SNOWED OUT. 'SPOSED BE SEC BASEBALL?!
- Dave Serrano continues to struggle at Tennessee. They're playing tougher competition than most, granted, and he's playing with a pretty young roster, but it looks like this season may be another tough one.