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SEC Weekly Roundup (Apr. 20-23): What Just Happened?

Just when we thought the picture had become clear in the SEC, we have a wild weekend of upsets to turn everything upside down.


Of the seven SEC series this past weekend, five ended in a sweep with the most notable being Tennessee (26-14, 8-10) over Vanderbilt (29-11, 13-5).


Vanderbilt - Tennessee

Vanderbilt perhaps looked like the best team in the conference while the Volunteers were severely underperforming before getting the sweep at home.


A Griffin Merritt walk-off home run in the 12th inning of Game 1 set the stage for the weekend in Knoxville. Andrew Lindsey moved into the starting rotation for Tennessee and struck out 10 over 6.2 innings.


They won the next two games handily over their in-state rival and are now right back in the SEC East picture.


Florida - South Carolina

South Carolina (34-6, 13-4) took full advantage of Vanderbilt getting swept by sweeping another SEC East powerhouse in Florida (31-10, 11-7) at home.


Their pitching staff only allowed 10 runs on the weekend against a deadly Florida offense.


The Gamecocks now move into the top spot in the SEC East.


LSU - Ole Miss

There was a change atop the SEC West standings as well with LSU (32-7, 12-5) leaping past Arkansas (30-10, 11-7) with a sweep over Ole Miss (21-19, 3-15).


The defending College World Series champions are in real danger of missing the SEC Tournament with just three conference wins.


Everybody Else

LSU was able to move into first because of the upset of the weekend as Georgia (23-17, 7-11) swept Arkansas in Athens.


Alabama (29-12, 9-9) helped its chances of reaching the NCAA Tournament with a sweep over Missouri (23-16, 5-13), bringing them to .500 in conference play.


In the other two series of the weekend, Texas A&M (25-15, 9-9) continued its good play with a solid road series win over Kentucky (30-9, 11-7), while Auburn (23-16-1, 7-11) won a tight series at home against Mississippi State (23-17, 6-12) with all three games being decided by 1 run.

SEC Power Rankings Week 10

Tier 1

1. LSU

2. South Carolina (up 3)

3. Vanderbilt (down 1)

4. Florida (down 1)

5. Arkansas (down 1)

Tier 2

6. Tennessee

7. Texas A&M (up 1)

8. Kentucky (down 1)

Tier 3

9. Alabama

10. Georgia (up 4)

11. Auburn (up 1)

Tier 4

12. Mississippi State (down 2)

13. Missouri (down 2)

14. Ole Miss (down 1)

 

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