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Oct. 23, 2012

2013 Baseball SEC Opponent Preview

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Florida - March 15-17 (Gainesville, Fla.)

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Head coach: Kevin O'Sullivan
2012 record/SEC: 47-20, 18-12 SEC
Final RPI: No. 2
Final ranking: No. 3 (Baseball America), No. 6 (NCBWA), No. 6 (USA Today/ESPN), No. 7 (Collegiate Baseball).
Postseason: College World Series
Key returning position players: 2B Casey Turgeon (.281, 11 2B, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 10-13 SB), 1B Vickash Ramjit (.273, 5 HR, 20 RBI), 3B Josh Tobias (.252, 10 RBI, 3-5 SB), C Taylor Gushue (.206, 8 2B, 5 HR, 21 RBI), OF Tyler Thompson (.319, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4-7 SB).
Key returning pitchers: RHP Jonathon Crawford (6-2, 3.13 ERA, 19 APP, 14 GS, 77.2 IP, 73 SO), RHP Keenan Kish (0-0, 1.98 ERA, 13 APP, 1 SV, 27.1 IP, 28 SO), RHP Daniel Gibson (1-1, 2.96 ERA, 23 APP, 1 SV, 24.1 IP, 17 SO), RHP Karsten Whitson (4-0, 3.51 ERA, 14 APP, 10 GS, 33.1 IP, 20 SO), LHP Bobby Poyner (1-1, 3.18 ERA, 21 APP, 22.2 IP, 16 SO).
Key position player losses: C Mike Zunino (.322, 28 2B, 19 HR, 67 RBI), OF Preston Tucker (.321, 17 2B, 16 HR, 50 RBI), OF Daniel Pigott (.318, 13 2B, 8 HR, 41 RBI, 12-17 SB), LHP/1B Brian Johnson (.307, 13 2B, 6 HR, 41 RBI), SS Nolan Fontana (.284, 10 2B, 9 HR, 30 RBI, 13-14 SB).
Key pitcher losses: RHP Greg Larson (6-0, 1.33 ERA, 35 APP), LHP Steven Rodriguez (3-2, 2.18 ERA, 34 APP, 4 SV, 62 IP, 81 SO), RHP Austin Maddox (3-3, 2.44 ERA, 32 APP, 12 SV, 55.1 IP, 57 SO), RHP Hudson Randall (9-3, 2.59 ERA, 16 GS, 94 IP, 62 SO), LHP/1B Brian Johnson (8-5, 3.90 ERA, 17 GS, 90 IP, 73 SO).
Series record: Florida leads 131-57-1, including 71-23 in Gainesville
Last meeting: UF won series in Lexington in 2012 (3-5, 1-5, 2-1)

 

Mississippi State - March 22-24 (Lexington, Ky.)

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Head coach: John Cohen
2012 record/SEC: 40-24, 16-14 SEC
Final RPI: No. 22
Final ranking: No. 22 (Baseball America), No. 24 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 30 (NCBWA).
Postseason: NCAA Tallahassee Regional
Key returning position players: SS Adam Frazier (.371, 16 2B, 26 RBI, 50 BB, 9-15 SB), 3B Daryl Norris (.273, HR, 25 RBI, 2-3 SB), OF C.T. Bradford (.258, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 3-4 SB), OF Hunter Renfroe (.252, 16 2B, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 7-8 SB), OF Demarcus Henderson (.245, 10 RBI, 6-9 SB), 1B Wes Rea (.244, 5 HR, 38 RBI), C Mitch Slauter (.232, 10 2B, 3 HR, 23 RBI).
Key returning pitchers: RHP Jonathan Holder (2-1, 0.32 ERA, 9 SV, 28.1 IP, 30 SO), RHP Ben Bracewell (0-0, 0.93 ERA, 19.1 IP, 19 SO), RHP Ross Mitchell (3-0, 1.18 ERA, 38 IP, 24 SO), RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-2, 2.38 ERA, 34 IP, 37 SO), RHP Kendall Graveman (4-4, 2.81 ERA, 89.2 IP, 59 SO), LHP Jacob Lindgren (2-2, 3.18 ERA, SV, 28.1 IP, 24 SO), RHP Evan Mitchell (2-1, 3.52 ERA, 38.1 IP, 43 SO), LHP Luis Pollorena (4-1, 1.85 ERA, 34 IP, 24 SO).
Key position player losses: OF Brent Brownlee (.204, 3 2B, 11 RBI).
Key pitcher losses: RHP Chris Stratton (11-2, 2.38 ERA, SV, 109.2 IP, 127 SO), RHP Caleb Reed (1-5, 2.47 ERA, 9 SV, 58.1 IP, 52 SO).
Series record: MSU leads the all-time series 55-31
Last meeting: Mississippi State swept series in Starkville in 2012 (1-3, 3-4, 3-11), teams split SEC Tournament meetings (5-1, 1-2)

 

Georgia - March 29-31 (Lexington, Ky.)

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Head coach: David Perno
2012 record/SEC finish: 31-26, 14-15 SEC
Final RPI: No. 57
Final ranking: not ranked
Postseason: SEC Tournament
Key returning position players: 3B Curt Powell (.355, 11 2B, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 12-16 SB), C Brett DeLoach (.303, 12 2B, 21 RBI, 6-6 SB), SS Kyle Farmer (.302, 4 HR, 31 RBI, 3-3 SB), OF Hunter Cole (.276, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 7-7 SB), OF Conor Welton (.271, 4 2B, 26 RBI, 5-9 SB).
Key returning pitchers: LHP Blake Dieterich (3-4, 3.52 ERA, 7 SV, 46 IP, 32 SO), RHP Jay Swinford (1-1, 2.01 ERA, 31.1 IP, 14 SO), LHP Jarrett Brown (0-0, 3.65 ERA, 23.2 IP, 9 SO), RHP Pete Nagel (1-1, 3.78 ERA, 3 SV, 52.1 IP, 41 SO), RHP Luke Crumley (3-2, 3.86 ERA, 37.1 IP, 21 SO), RHP Earl Daniels (1-1, 4.02 ERA, SV, 15.2 IP, 20 SO), RHP Bryan Benzor (5-4, 4.95 ERA, 2 SV, 36.1 IP, 35 SO).
Key position player losses: OF Peter Verdin (.307, 24 RBI, 15-17 SB), 3B/1B Colby May (.260, 2 HR, 20 RBI), 2B Levi Hyams (.250, 2 HR, 26 RBI, 5-6 SB).
Key pitcher losses: LHP Alex Wood (7-3, 2.73 ERA, 102.1 IP, 100 SO), RHP Michael Palazzone (2-7, 4.96 ERA, 85.1 IP, 70 SO).
Series record: Georgia leads 126-88-1, including 47-41-1 in Lexington
Last meeting: UK won series in Athens in 2012 (6-7, 9-8, 11-2)

 

LSU - April 5-7 (Baton Rouge, La.)

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Head coach: Paul Maineri
2012 record/SEC: 47-18, 19-11 SEC
Final RPI: No. 10
Final ranking: No. 9 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 9 (Baseball America), No. 10 (NCBWA), No. 11 (USA Today/ESPN).
Postseason: NCAA Baton Rouge Super Regional
Key returning position players: OF Raph Rhymes (.431, 4 HR, 53 RBI), OF Mason Katz (.320, 13 HR, 52 RBI), C Ty Ross (.292, 3 HR, 41 RBI), 1B Tyler Moore (.261, 4 HR, 27 RBI), 2B/CF JaCoby Jones (.253, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 11-16 SB), OF Arby Fields (.203, 12 RBI, 4-7 SB).
Key returning pitchers: RHP Aaron Nola (7-4, 3.61 ERA, 89.2 IP, 89 SO), RHP Ryan Eades (5-3, 3.83 ERA, 94 IP, 63 SO), Chris Cotton (7-0, 1.59 ERA, SV, 45.1 IP, 40 SO), RHP Joey Bourgeois (3-2, 2.38 ERA, 34 IP, 37 SO), RHP Nick Rumbelow (0-0, 3.65 ERA, 24.2 IP, 34 SO), RHP Kurt McCune (3-4, 4.04 ERA, SV, 42.1 IP, 24 SO).
Key position player losses: SS Austin Nola (.299, 16 2B, 4 HR, 43 RBI), 3B Tyler Hanover (.281, HR, 28 RBI).
Key pitcher losses: RHP Kevin Gausman (12-2, 2.77 ERA, 123.2 IP, 135 SO), RHP Nick Goody (1-2, 2.67 ERA, 11 SV, 33.2 IP, 45 SO)
Series record: LSU leads 43-25-1, including 23-7-1 in Baton Rouge
Last meeting: UK won series in 2012 in Lexington (4-5, 8-1, 7-6)

 

Tennessee - April 12-14 (Lexington, Ky.)

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Head coach: Dave Serrano
2012 record/SEC: 24-31, 8-22
Final RPI: No. 121
Final ranking: not ranked
Postseason: n/a
Key returning position players: 2B Will Maddox (.297, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 14-20 SB), IF Zach Luther (.245, 6 RBI, 8-9 SB), C Ethan Bennett (.188, 4 HR, 13 RBI).
Key returning pitchers: RHP Zack Godley (4-2, 3.50 ERA, 69.1 IP, 53 SO), RHP Nick Williams (3-5, 4.33 ERA, 3 SV, 72.2 IP, 55 SO), LHP Dalton Saberhagen (5-3, 4.66 ERA, 36.2 IP, 14 SO), RHP Robbie Kidd (2-3, 4.86 ERA, 63 IP, 41 SO).
Key position player losses: Davis Morgan (.296, 2 HR, 20 RBI), SS Zach Osborne (.258, 17 RBI, 8-9 SB), OF Chris Pierce (.254, 2 HR, 24 RBI), OF Chris Fritts (.247, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 3-10 SB), OF Drew Steckenrider (.221, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 12-20 SB).
Key pitcher losses: RHP Drew Steckenrider (4-6, 3.36 ERA, SV, 67 IP, 79 SO), RHP Nick Blount (2-3, 5.04 ERA, 10 SV, 44.2 IP, 24 SO).
Series record: UT leads 162-140, UK leads 73-70 in Lexington
Last meeting: UK won series in Knoxville in 2012 (1-4, 6-2, 6-0)

 

South Carolina - April 19-21 (Columbia, S.C.)

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Head coach: Chad Holbrook
2012 record/SEC: 49-20, 18-11
Final RPI: No. 7
Final ranking: No. 2 (Baseball America), No. 2 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 2 (USA Today/ESPN), No. 2 (NCBWA)
Postseason: College World Series
Key returning position players: OF Tanner English (.298, 23 RBI, 12-15 SB), SS Joey Pankake (.264, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 3-7 SB), 3B LB Dantzler (.262, 10 HR, 48 RBI), 2B Chase Vergason (.258, HR, 13 RBI, 2-4), C Grayson Greiner (.222, 6 HR, 32 RBI).
Key returning pitchers: RHP Colby Holmes (7-2, 3.05 ERA, 79.2 IP, 65 SO), LHP Jordan Montgomery (6-1, 3.62 ERA, 74.2 IP, 57 SO), LHP Tyler Webb (6-1, 1.56 ERA, 3 SV, 57.2 IP, 58 SO), LHP Nolan Belcher (4-2, 2.12 ERA, 2 SV, 29.2 IP, 35 SO), RHP Joel Seddon (2-0, 2.76 ERA, SV), RHP Evan Beal (4-4, 3.81 ERA, 5 SV, 52.IP, 55 SO), RHP Forrest Koumas (2-3, 4.82 ERA).
Key position player losses: 1B Christian Walker (.321, 11 HR, 55 RBI), OF Adam Matthews (.236, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 7-10 SB), OF Evan Marzilli (.284, 2 HR, 32 RBI, 13-17 SB).
Key pitcher losses: LHP Michael Roth (9-1, 2.43 ERA, 137 IP, 93 SO), RHP Matt Price (5-5, 3.48 ERA, 13 SV, 77.2 IP, 9 SO).
Series record: South Carolina leads 41-32, including 23-10 in Columbia
Last meeting: UK swept series in Lexington in 2012 (4-3, 4-3, 6-3)

 

Ole Miss - April 25-27 (Oxford, Miss.)

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Head coach: Mike Bianco
2012 record/SEC: 37-26, 14-16
Final RPI: No. 26
Final ranking: receiving votes
Postseason: NCAA Fort Worth Super Regional
Key returning position players: OF Tanner Mathis (.359, 23 RBI, 39 BB, 8-8 SB), C Will Allen (.302, HR, 24 RBI), OF Auston Bousfield (.281, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 6-8 SB), 3B Preston Overbey (.255, 2 HR, 12 RBI), 3B Andrew Mistone (.243, HR, 21 RBI, 3-6 SB), IF Austin Anderson (.239, 11 RBI).
Key returning pitchers: RHP Bobby Wahl (7-4, 2.55 ERA, 99 IP, 104 SO), RHP Mike Mayers (6-3, 3.50 ERA, 92.2 IP, 71 SO), RHP Chris Ellis (4-0, 2.84 ERA, 31.2 IP, 29 SO), RHP Tanner Bailey (2-2, 3.86 ERA, 32.2 IP, 35 SO), RHP Aaron Greenwood (1-0, 3.89 ERA, 37 IP, 37 SO), RHP Hawtin Buchanan (1-0, 3.98 ERA, 20.1 IP, 31 SO).
Key position player losses: 2B Alex Yarbrough (.380, 3 HR, 43 RBI, 4-4 SB), 1B Matt Snyder (.332, 12 HR, 63 RBI), SS Blake Newalu (.329, HR, 11 RBI), OF Zach Kirksey (.286, 13 HR, 47 RBI).
Key pitcher losses: RHP R.J. Hively (5-6, 3.02 ERA, 4 SV, 83.1 IP, 98 SO), RHP Brett Huber (2-2, 2.84 ERA, 10 SV, 25.1 IP, 29 SO), LHP Jon Andy Scott (0-0, 0.77 ERA, 11.2 IP, 5 SO).
Series record: Ole Miss leads 42-28, including 25-8 in Oxford
Last meeting: UK won series in Lexington in 2012 (3-2, 3-8, 8-3)

 

Arkansas - May 3-5 (Lexington, Ky.)

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Head coach: Dave Van Horn
2012 record/SEC: 46-22, 16-14
Final RPI: No. 9
Final ranking: No. 3 (USA Today/ESPN), No. 3 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 3 (NCBWA), No. 6 (Baseball America)
Postseason: College World Series
Key returning position players: 1B Dominic Ficcociello (.290, 6 HR, 41 RBI), OF Joe Serrano (.333, 7 RBI), OF Brian Anderson (.283, 2 HR, 11 RBI), OF Jacob Mahan (.257, 18 RBI), C Jake Wise (.244, 2 HR, 25 RBI), OF Jacob Morris (.236, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 5-7 SB), IF Matt Vinson (.217, 13 RBI).
Key returning pitchers: RHP Brandon Moore (5-2, 2.43 ERA, 3 SV, 81.1 IP, 36 SO), RHP Ryne Stanek (8-4, 2.82 ERA, 92.2 IP, 83 SO), RHP Colby Suggs (7-1, 1.38 ERA, 39 IP, 26 SO), RHP Barrett Astin (3-5, 1.99 ERA, 11 SV, 58.2 IP, 61 SO), LHP Cade Lynch (3-1, 2.11 ERA, 2 SV, 47 IP, 46 SO), LHP Randall Fant (2-3, 3.27 ERA, 52.1 IP, 39 SO).
Key position player losses: 3B Matt Reynolds (.323, 7 HR, 45 RBI, 15-21 SB), SS Tim Carver (.299, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 15-26 SB), 2B Bo Bigham (.269, HR, 18 RBI, 9-12 SB), Sam Bates (.240, 6 HR, 25 RBI).
Key pitcher losses: RHP DJ Baxendale (8-5, 3.11 ERA, 107 IP, 96 SO), RHP Nolan Sanburn (4-1, 2.43 ERA, 40.2 IP, 49 SO).
Series record: Arkansas leads 32-22, including 25-16 in Lexington
Last meeting: UK won series in 2012 in Fayetteville (7-8, 5-4, 2-1)

 

Vanderbilt - May 10-12 (Lexington, Ky.)

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Head coach: Tim Corbin
2012 record/SEC: 35-28, 16-14
Final RPI: No. 25
Final ranking: No. 25 (USA Today/ESPN), No. 27 (Collegiate Baseball)
Postseason: NCAA Raleigh Regional
Key returning position players: 1B Conrad Gregor (.328, 20 2B, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 10-10 SB), C Spencer Navin (.298, 3 HR, 27 RBI, 9-15 SB), OF Mike Yastrzemski (.286, 6 HR, 41 RBI, 14-19 SB), OF/2B Tony Kemp (.261, HR, 31 RBI, 21-25 SB), CF Connor Harrell (.241, 7 HR, 26 RBI).
Key returning pitchers: RHP Tyler Beede (1-5, 4.52 ERA, 71.2 IP, 68 SO), LHP Kevin Ziomek (5-6, 5.22 ERA, 79.1 IP, 79 SO), RHP Jared Miller (3-0, 3.06 ERA, SV, 32.1 IP, 23 SO), RHP Brian Miller (0-2, 3.26 ERA, 5 SV, 60.2 IP, 49 SO), RHP T.J. Pecoraro (2-4, 3.40 ERA, 53 IP, 39 SO).
Key position player losses: SS Anthony Gomez (.353, HR, 57 RBI, 11-17 SB), 2B Riley Reynolds (.258, HR, 17 RBI).
Key pitcher losses: RHP Drew VerHagen (6-3, 3.50 ERA, 2 SV, 69.1 IP, 37 SO), LHP Sam Selman (9-3, 3.55 ERA, 76 IP, 80 SO), RHP Will Clinard (7-3, 4.83 ERA, 5 SV, 54 IP, 47 SO).
Series record: UK leads series 141-133-5, including 71-49-1 in Lexington
Last meeting: Vanderbilt won series in 2012 in Nashville (5-2, 3-4, 1-6)


Missouri - May 16-18 (Columbia, Mo.)

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Head coach: Tim Jamieson
2012 record/Big 12: 33-28, 10-14
Final RPI: No. 74
Final ranking: not ranked
Postseason: NCAA Tucson Regional
Key returning position players: C/1B Scott Summerfield (.312, 2 HR, 29 RBI), OF Dane Opel (.283, 11 HR, 46 RBI), OF Brannon Champagne (.270, 23 RBI, 12-15 SB), IF Dillon Everett (.215, 19 RBI), IF Michael McGraw (.306, HR, 17 RBI), IF Case Munson (.182, 3 RBI), Jake Ivory (.182, 3 RBI).
Key returning pitchers: LHP Jake Walsh (2-3, 3.44 ERA, 8 SV, 34 IP, 32 SO), LHP Rob Zastryzny (5-5, 3.80 ERA, 109 IP, 76 SO).
Key position player losses: OF Blake Brown (.302, 10 HR, 30 RBI, 17-22 SB), IF Conner Mach (.291, HR, 30 RBI, 2-3 SB), IF Eric Garcia (.271, 2 HR, 35 RBI, 17-21 SB).
Key pitcher losses: RHP Jeff Emens (4-1, 2.71 ERA, 3 SV, 86.1 IP, 65 SO), RHP Dusty Ross (4-2, 3.00 ERA, 3 SV, 48 IP, 23 SO).
Series record: UK leads series 1-0, including 1-0 in Lexington
Last meeting: UK won the only meeting in the series, an 11-4 win in 1984 in Lexington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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