While basketball’s March Madness took the sports world by storm over the last few weeks, college baseball rolled on, delivering fantastic showdowns and performances. Here’s what you may have missed
SEC conference play started and it’s unpredictable
SEC conference play started right around the same time as the DI men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, and even if you’ve been paying attention, the conference where “it just means more” may have been hard to follow thanks to its unpredictable nature.
We’ve seen results like Missouri sweeping a three-game series over Tennessee, only to get swept in back-to-back series by South Carolina and Kentucky. We’ve also seen a 10-inning thriller between LSU and Arkansas that ended with the Razorbacks scoring 8 runs, including a grand slam, in the top of the 10th to win 9-3.
DIGGSY IS GRAND pic.twitter.com/RqhZh5px1E— Arkansas Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) March 24, 2023
Then there was a fantastic series between LSU and Tennessee.
LSU vs. Tennessee lives up to the hype
LSU and Tennessee was a top-10 SEC battle between two teams with MCWS aspirations. The series didn’t disappoint.
LSU won the first two games of the series, with game one coming down to a base-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth to break open a tie game.
JORDY CLEARS THE BASES WITH A DOUBLE@J_thompson_13 | ESPNU pic.twitter.com/4f8QmBCLWF— LSU Baseball (@LSUbaseball) March 31, 2023
Tennessee turned the tide in game three, blasting the Tigers 14-7 after scoring 10 runs in the first two innings. It was a back-and-forth series that could be a postseason preview.
The man just keeps hitting and we continue to drive in runs!— Tennessee Baseball (@Vol_Baseball) April 1, 2023
📺 https://t.co/cKUI41OrP3#GBO // #OTH // #BeatLSU pic.twitter.com/eZhrMyqFBD
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First female baseball player takes the field
Brown’s Olivia Pichardo became the first woman to play in a DI baseball game during March Madness. Pichardo made a pinch-hit appearance when Brown battled Bryant.
HISTORY! Olivia Pichardo becomes the first female in history to appear in an NCAA Division I baseball game #EverTrue pic.twitter.com/35mqSIl7rS— Brown Baseball (@BrownU_Baseball) March 17, 2023
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Crazy Columbia comeback
Columbia rallied from 12-0 down to beat No. 19 UConn 19-14. Check out the crazy comeback below:
🎥 ICYMI: Lions smack 20 hits and erase a 12-0 deficit to defeat No. 19 UConn on Tuesday to close out the homestand! 🗽#RoarLionRoar pic.twitter.com/2GVM5Hlbmo— Columbia Baseball (@CULionsBaseball) April 5, 2023
Home runs are booming
Entering the early days of April, there have been 8,400-plus home runs hit. The deep balls are flying like never before.
🚨HOME RUN UPDATE🚨— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) April 4, 2023
Homers continue to be way up in @NCAABaseball.
Through the first 46 days of the season:
2023: 8,406 homers, 2.12 per game
2022: 7,126 homers, 1.83 per game
Check out some of these home runs below:
Trackman said...523 FEET?!?!?#AmericasTeam🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/CBBZMTkVNo— Air Force Baseball (@AF_Baseball) April 1, 2023
When Jared Jones hits homeruns for @LSUbaseball he really hits em pic.twitter.com/QAemMiailv— D1Baseball (@d1baseball) April 5, 2023
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Video game stat line
Vanderbilt’s Parker Noland went 5-6 for two grand slams and 11 RBIs in a 26-3 win over Mississippi State. It’s one of the best stat lines we’ll see this year.
🔲 5-for-6— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) March 25, 2023
🔲 2 Grand Slams
🔲 11 RBI
VIDEO GAME NUMBERS FROM PARKER NOLAND 🤯🤯
(📸: @VandyBoys) pic.twitter.com/xWGd8imEPV
There were walk-offs
In baseball, there are always walk-off, game-winning hits. Here are some of the best you may have missed during March Madness.
Garret Guillemette WALK OFF BOMB! MAKE IT 14 STRAIGHT WINS. Longest in the country— 11Point7: The College Baseball Podcast 🎙 (@11point7) March 26, 2023
TEXAS SWEEPS TEXAS TECH 🤟 pic.twitter.com/ycDjdec12A
DREW BOWSER CALLED GAME!— Stanford Baseball (@StanfordBSB) March 26, 2023
💻 » https://t.co/bUS3EtdPZ9#GoStanford x @dreezydoesit2 pic.twitter.com/xXt94RaTne
WALK OFF WIN!!!!— Gamecock Baseball (@GamecockBasebll) March 25, 2023
📺 https://t.co/5xzAf5rBqi#Gamecocks | #ForeverToThee pic.twitter.com/XxYR2B10I3