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Big Ten & SEC Tournaments Day 1 Recap

 Conor Liguori  |    May 22nd, 2024 3:06pm EDT

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Big Ten Conference

No. 3 Indiana 8, No. 6 Purdue 6 – Despite a lengthy rain delay, Indiana’s bats were on fire on Tuesday. The Hoosiers led 8-1 after six innings. Indiana’s second baseman Jasen Oliver went 3-for-4 with four RBI and fell a triple short of the cycle. Oliver hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to give Indiana a 3-1 lead.

Down 8-2 in the top of the ninth inning, Purdue scored four runs to cut Indiana’s lead to 8-6 but could not complete a miraculous comeback.

Purdue will play Nebraska at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, and Indiana will play Ohio State at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

No. 7 Ohio State 15, No. 2 Nebraska 2 (7 Innings) – Every starter in the Ohio State lineup had at least one hit on Tuesday night in the upset of Nebraska. The Buckeyes scored eight runs in the bottom of the fourth and four more in the fifth.

Ohio State starting pitcher Landon Beidelschies struck out eight and allowed one earned run on two hits in five innings. Second baseman Joseph Mershon led the offense, who went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a walk.

Nebraska will play Purdue at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, and Ohio State will play Indiana at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

 

Southeastern Conference (SEC)

No. 11 LSU 9, No. 6 Georgia 1 – Starting pitcher Gage Jump delivered a season-high 105 pitches on four days rest and allowed one earned run in the win over Georgia.

The LSU offense backed Jump up, scoring nine runs in the tournament’s opening round. On Wednesday, LSU moved on to the double-elimination round and will face off against No. 2 Kentucky at 10:30 a.m. ET. With the loss, Georgia was eliminated from the tournament.

UPDATE: LSU defeated Kentucky 11-0 in eight innings on Wednesday

No. 10 South Carolina 10, No. 7 Alabama 5 – South Carolina utilized a six-run top of the third inning to defeat Alabama on Tuesday. The offense belted four home runs, including a grand slam from catcher Dalton Reeves.

South Carolina starting pitcher Chris Veach was fantastic for his team on the mound, striking out six and giving up three hits in 5.2 innings.

South Carolina will face No. 2 Arkansas on Wednesday, May 22, approximately 30 minutes after the completion of Kentucky vs. LSU.

No. 8 Vanderbilt 6, No. 9 Florida 3 – Vanderbilt starting pitcher Bryce Cunningham led his team to victory on Tuesday, throwing six scoreless innings in the win over Florida.

Outfielder Calvin Hewett led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to extend Vanderbilt’s lead to five, his second home run in the last three games. Florida pulled to within three on a two-run home run from center fielder Michael Robertson but was denied further runs.

Vanderbilt will play No. 1 Tennessee on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

No. 5 Mississippi State 2, No. 12 Ole Miss 1 – Ole Miss led 1-0 until the bottom of the ninth but could not secure the win.

With a runner on third, Mississippi State infielder Connor Hujsak belted a two-run walk-off home run over the left field wall to end the game. The Mississippi State offense tallied only four hits, but starting pitcher Brooks Auger allowed one earned run and struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings to back them up.

Mississippi State will play No. 4 Texas A&M on Wednesday, approximately 30 minutes after the completion of Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee.

 

You can watch these tournaments on the Big Ten Network and WatchESPN

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