Like an old friend, a weekend of SEC Baseball comes around like clockwork. Once again, SEC Baseball has storylines so thick that even a butter knife could slice right through them. This week is no different; we have a new number one team in the country, the Tennessee Volunteers, Mississippi State travels to Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks, and Ole Miss will travel to the Bluegrass state to take on Kentucky.
Starting, we have the top-ranked team in the country heading to the middle part of the state of Tennessee to take on their arch-rivals in the Vanderbilt Commodores for another highly anticipated SEC Baseball series. Tennessee comes into the weekend series in Nashville with the weight of the entire world on their shoulders, with the number ranking them lingering overhead.
With all of that being said, Tennessee loves the underdog role that Head Coach Tony Vitello preaches to his team each night. On paper, Tennessee should defeat Vanderbilt with ease, but as College Baseball fans have learned, you can never count out Tim Corbin and his Commodores to do the unexpected. If Vanderbilt finds a way to end the Tennessee hot streak, it will be on the backs of the kid from Arlington, Tennessee, in Tate Kolwyck. Kolwyck has six home runs on the season and is an absolute monster while at home at Hawkins Field.
Second, can Mississippi State continue on its winning ways after taking the series against Alabama last weekend and defeating the Memphis Tigers on Tuesday night, or will the disappointments of defeat render its ugly head again? Honestly, after seeing Mississippi State in person on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, the more convinced I am that the Bulldogs still have a good bit of magic in the bottle remaining for another trip back to glory, they have the pieces to do it again, but it all starts this weekend as they travel to Fayetteville to take on the Razorbacks.
Sure, this season hasn’t been the season that many Mississippi State fans have expected, but baseball is a humbling experience, and the Bulldogs still have a legitimate chance to turn the 2022 season into something spectacular. A win over Arkansas would capitulate the program into a state of euphoria and would position the Bulldogs for an exciting finish to the season, a finish that could even add more hardware to the trophy case.
Lastly, how will Ole Miss respond this week at Kentucky after getting embarrassed at home last week to Tennessee? Honestly, out of the entire SEC slate this weekend, the Ole Miss and Kentucky matchup is the most intriguing one of the weekend. On one hand of this matchup, you have Kentucky, who is sky-high following the series win over Georgia last weekend. The Wildcats are looking to play spoiler again this weekend as they welcome Ole Miss to Lexington for a crucial three-game series. A win over Ole Miss would provide Kentucky with the opportunity to position themselves as a program to finish within the top half of the conference, which would provide the Wildcats a chance at advancing far in Hoover and even the potential to host an NCAA Tournament regional in Lexington.
For Ole Miss, they come into the series with Kentucky trying to forget about last weekend when the Rebels pitching imploded. Causing the Rebels to be outscored; 26-7. Ole Miss faces the harsh reality that a series loss to Kentucky would just put the program behind the eight balls in terms of earning an NCAA Tournament regional.
It’s another weekend of SEC Baseball; enjoy it! There’s nothing like it.