Georgia first baseman Charlie Condon with a home run at Condron Family Baseball Park last year. [Cyndi Chambers/ Gainesville Sun]

SEC Baseball Continues To Reign Supreme

About one-third of the way through the college baseball season, the SEC standard is holding up. Out of 25 teams ranked in D1Baseball’s top 25 poll, 10 teams are from the SEC, with five in the Top 7.

This is no surprise, as the SEC has seemingly dominated the sport in recent years. The winner of the past four College World Series has been a SEC team and the conference has had the most participants in each of those years. In the last 20 seasons, nine SEC teams came out as national champions. When you think of college baseball, you should think SEC.

2024 Surprises

So far, there have been a few surprises in the rankings and on the field. Baseball is an unpredictable sport, and through about a month and a half of the season, a few teams have surprised.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs were predicted by many to finish at the bottom of the SEC Western Division this year. A year after going 27-26 with a 9-21 conference record, there was low expectations for MSU. The Bulldogs now sit at 19-10 and ranked No. 23 in the recent D1Baseball poll.

 

Lead by sophomore outfielder Dakota Jordan, who has hit .378 with 14 home runs, the Bulldogs are fourth in the SEC West.

Another team looking to continue a surprising start are the SEC East-leading Kentucky Wildcats. Projected by both FloBaseball and D1Baseball to finish fifth in the East, the Wildcats are 24-4 and ranked No. 17 in the nation. They are a dominant 8-1 to start conference play.

The Wildcats are hitting .287 on the season, while opponents are hitting a low .208 against them. Kentucky’s pitching staff has rung up 239 batters so far this year.

Exciting Stats

Georgia sophomore Charlie Condon is garnering a lot of attention this season. Condon leads D1 with 19 home runs and it hitting .482 with 41 RBIs. He has put his name at the top of Major League Baseball scouting boards.

 

Another star player having a great start to the season is Florida two-way gem Jac Caglianone, who has shown his power on the year, crushing 14 home runs while hitting .397. But it is his much-improved play on the mound that has opened eyes. In six starts, Caglianone (3-0) has a 2.18 ERA, striking out 44 in 33 innings. His ERA is down 2.26 points from last year.

Out of the 14 SEC teams, only Missouri (11-18) has a losing record. Though some teams have impressed more than others, it is safe to say Omaha will see a lot of the SEC once again this year as the conference dominance continues.

 

 

 

 

 

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