Roquan Smith, Mize and Singer, SEC Golf, & LSU’s Pitching Adventure

Just some news and notes for a Friday morning:
 
 

The SEC dominated the first round of the NFL Draft. The league’s first pick came in the #8 spot when UGA’s Roquan Smith went to Chicago. After that, 9 more SEC players were selected in the next 23 picks. From selections 20 to 32, 7 of the 12 players were from the SEC.
 
Alabama led the way with 4 first-round picks while Georgia had 3. Arkansas, South Carolina, and Florida each had a pick.
 
Still on the board: Derrius Guice, Nick Chubb, and Christian Kirk among others. I expect 10-12 SEC players in the 2nd round as well.
 
 
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Florida’s Brady Singer out-dueled Auburn’s Casey Mize on Thursday night as Florida won the series opener, 3-1. Mize gave up a two-run shot to (about to be) 2018 SEC Player of the Year Jonathan India in the first inning. That was plenty of runs for Singer.
 
Before the hyped showdown, our Brad Towns went in-depth looking at the pitching styles of Mize and Singer.
 
 

SEC Golf is into Day 3 of stroke play with LSU holding the lead. The Aggies, who were in last place after day one, have steadily moved up and now are in 7th place. The top 8 teams make it to match-play. I think 13 teams are still alive to make it to match-play – only Mizzou is too far back.
 
Ole Miss’ Cecil Wegener (-5) leads after a 65 on Thursday.
 
 
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If you missed the bottom of the sixth inning of the LSU/Ole Miss game, you missed, well… hilarity. OM scored 11 runs on just 6 hits. How in the hell does that happen? Paul Mainieri had seen enough of Zach Hess so he was pulled and the inning went like this:
 
New pitcher
HBP
WP
Single
Double
Pitching change
Single
Single
Single
STRIKEOUT
BB
Single
Pitching change
BB
BB
STRIKEOUT
BB
BB
Pitching change
WP
BB
WP
STRIKEOUT
 
While you all choose to focus on the 11 runs, the 7 free passes, the 6 hits, and the 3 wild pitches … I’ll focus on the fact that LSU struck out the side! #GEAUX
 
Seriously, it was painful (yet strangely amusing) to watch. It was the biggest inning in the 18-year Mike Bianco era at Ole Miss. And it would have been bigger without leftfielder Thomas Dillard.
 
Dillard accounted for both the first and third strikeouts of the inning. You gotta believe he’s responsible for setting up BP today.
 

Ryan is a “since birth” fan of LSU and the SEC.
 
He misses Mike Shula, Curly Hallman, and Jim McElwain’s teeth. Ryan asked his prom date out at Waffle House.

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