SEC tournament team capsules

dshirley@macon.comMay 19, 2014 

Florida

Record: 37-19, 21-9 SEC.

Players to watch: Taylor Gushue (.335, six HR, 46 RBI); Peter Alonso (.277, four HR); Logan Shore (7-2, 1.69 ERA).

Of note: The Gators have won this tournament six times, the last coming in 2011. … Shore is third in the conference in ERA. … Kirby Snead is tied for second in pitching appearances (29).

Mississippi

Record: 40-16, 19-11.

Players to watch: Will Allen (.359, seven HR, 55 RBI); Sikes Orvis (.302, 12 HR, 41 RBI); Austin Bousfield (.353, five HR, 45 RBI); Chris Ellis (9-0, 2.12 ERA); Christian Trent (2.44, 8-0 ERA).

Of note: The Rebels have won this tournament twice. … Mississippi is tied for the conference lead in batting average at .304. … Allen leads the conference in average, while Bousfield is third. … Orvis is second in home runs.

LSU

Record: 40-14-1, 17-11-1.

Players to watch: Andrew Stevenson (.341, 31 RBI); Connor Hale (.309); Aaron Nola (9-1, 1.42 ERA); Jared Poche (8-3, 2.29 ERA).

Of note: The Tigers have won this tournament a record 10 times, including last year. … Nola leads the conference in strikeouts (120) and is second in ERA, wins and innings pitched (101-2/3).

South Carolina

Record: 42-14, 18-12.

Players to watch: Kyle Martin (.335, four HR); Grayson Greiner (.333, eight HR, 50 RBI); Jack Wynkoop (7-4, 2.80 ERA); Wil Crowe (7-3, 3.05 ERA).

Of note: The Gamecocks lead the conference in ERA (2.15) and wins (42). … South Carolina won this tournament in 2004. … The Gamecocks went 7-1 down the stretch. … Greiner is third in the conference in RBI. … Joel Seddon leads the conference in saves (15).

Mississippi State

Record: 35-20, 18-12.

Players to watch: Brett Pirtle (.341); C.T. Bradford (.294); Ross Mitchell (8-4, 1.85 ERA); Trevor Pitts (4-3, 2.59 ERA).

Of note: The Bulldogs have won this tournament seven times, the last coming in 2012. … Bradford is tied for second in the conference in triples (five). … Mitchell is fourth in ERA.

Vanderbilt

Record: 40-16, 17-13.

Players to watch: Dansby Swanson (.340, 30 RBI); Bryan Reynolds (.319, four HR, 42 RBI); Vince Conde (.305, four HR, 41 RBI); Walker Buehler (9-2, 2.31 ERA); Tyler Ferguson (7-3, 2.60 ERA).

Of note: The Commodores have won this tournament twice. … Vanderbilt’s pitchers lead the conference in strikeouts (498). … Carson Fulmer leads the conference in ERA (1.34)

Arkansas

Record: 35-21, 16-14.

Players to watch: Brian Anderson (.319, six HR, 45 RBI); Joe Serrano (.311); Jalen Beeks (5-4, 2.11 ERA); Chris Oliver (7-4, 2.63 ERA).

Of note: The Razorbacks have never won this tournament. … Arkansas went 6-1 down the stretch. … Eric Fisher is tied for fourth in the conference in home runs (eight).

Alabama

Record: 34-21, 15-14.

Players to watch: Austen Smith (.320, six HR, 36 RBI); Ben Moore (.310, nine HR, 35 RBI); Mikey White (.305, six HR, 32 RBI); Spencer Turnbull (5-6, 2.28 ERA); Justin Kamplain (6-3, 3.07 ERA).

Of note: The Crimson Tide have won this tournament seven times. … Moore is third in the conference in home runs. … Thomas Burrows is second in saves (11).

Kentucky

Record: 32-22, 14-16.

Players to watch: A.J. Reed (.359, 23 HR, 70 RBI, 10-2, 2.11 ERA); Max Kuhn (.327, seven HR, 50 RBI); Michael Thomas (.303, seven HR, 43 RBI);

Of note: The Wildcats have never won this tournament. … Kentucky is tied for the conference lead in batting average at .304. … The Wildcats lead the conference in runs scored (430) and home runs (57). … Reed leads the conference in wins, RBI, home runs, slugging percentage (.788) and on-base percentage (.492) and is second in average and runs scored (58).

Texas A&M

Record: 33-23, 14-16.

Players to watch: Nick Banks (.349); Cole Lankford (.339, four HR, 42 RBI); Grayson Long (6-2, 3.07 ERA).

Of note: The Aggies have never won this tournament. … Banks is fifth in the conference in batting average. … Lankford is third in hits (77).

Tennessee

Record: 31-22, 12-18.

Players to watch: Christian Stewart (.336, five HR, 39 RBI); Nick Sensel (.305, 39 RBI); Nick Williams (5-5, 3.22 ERA).

Of note: The Volunteers have won this tournament three times. … Tennessee leads the conference in stolen bases (85). … Stewart is second in the conference in slugging percentage (.551). … Will Maddox is second in stolen bases (24).

Georgia

Record: 26-28, 11-18.

Players to watch: Hunter Cole (.327, 30 RBI); Nelson Ward (.302, 34 RBI); Robert Tyler (6-4, 2.68 ERA);

Of note: The Bulldogs have never won this tournament. … Ward is tied for sixth in the conference in triples (three) and is fourth in walks (33).

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