Carson Fulmer put on an unreal performance last night in our 6-0 victory over Ole Miss before 3,111 fans at the Hawk. Carson pitched a complete game shutout allowing only two hits with no walks and 14 K's. Wow! Carson threw 106 pitches with 79 for strikes and 47 for balls. He was bringing it 94-95, his change up, what he calls his out-pitch, was superb, and his breaking ball was precise and had the Ole Miss hitters totally baffled. We got three home runs from Dansby, Bryan Reynolds and Rhett Wiseman. Dansby was two-for-four with a ribeye. He now is hitting .272 on the season with six homers and 31 ribbies. Reynolds was 2-for-4 with two ribeyes. He's now hitting .346 with three longs ones and 31 ribbies. Rhett is hitting .340 with seven deep ones and 25 ribbies. Zander Wiel is hitting .362 with six homers and 37 RBIs. We are now hitting .309 as a team. The flat seam baseball that is used in the minors has improved the college game immensely, at least for our team's hitting. Runs aren't up extravagantly, which means there is still good pitching, but the home runs are up significantly, which is much more exciting. This year's ball is estimated to travel 20 feet farther. We hit 21 home runs all of last year. We now have 28 this season. We've always been a good hitting team, now that we have a flat seam ball, the hitting has just skyrocketed. Committed one error last night. There was a shot hit to Dansby at short that for through his glove. It was a tough play. Still trust Dansby completely at short. He's an excellent defensive player. Just an all around stud.
We moved to 28-7 on the season and 11-2 in the SEC. We're in first in the conference. A&M is next at 9-2. We lead the SEC East by three games over Missouri, which lost last night at UT. The Tigers are 8-5. LSU is 8-4 and then Florida and South Carolina are next at 6-6. The conference teams are beating up on each other now. We've got to keep the momentum going. Carson moved to 6-1 on the season with a 1.89 ERA/ He has struck out 81 and walked 23 in 57 innings. Right hander Walker Buehler (3-0, 2.76, 28 K's, 8 walks) is on the mound for us tonight versus right hander Brady Bramlett of Ole Miss (4-2, 2.17). Game time is 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET on SEC Network+. RHP Jordan Sheffield (3-0, 2.66, 34 K's 31 walks) is on the hill for us tomorrow @ 2 PM CT/3 PM ET on the SEC Network. We play Belmont Tuesday (4-14) at home and then go to South Carolina next Thursday through Saturday. The Belmont game will start at 6:30 PM CT/7:30 PM ET on SEC Network+, and the SC games will all be televised. Thursday, April 16th's game, will be at 7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT on ESPNU, Friday's game (4-17) will be @ 7 PM ET/6 PM CT on the SEC Network, and Saturday's game (4-18) will be on at 1 PM ET/Noon CT on ESPN2.
Great stuff going on for the baseball team.
With the departure of Shelton Mitchell from the basketball team, we have some other options. There is a 5'11" guard from Dartmouth who is looking to transfer. His name is Alex Mitola. He's actually more of a shooting guard as he averaged 12.4 ppg. We'll see what develops there. As for point guards, I still believe Carter Josephs can get the job done well behind Wade. I think Shelton wants to be the guy somewhere and Wade was just better than Shelton. Wade is a terrific player and Shelton wasn't going to beat him out for the starting point guard spot. So Shelton wants to try somewhere else. The three possible replacements for Shelton who will help Wade and Carter, are: 2015 point guards Tookie Brown of Morgan County Georgia ( 88, three-star, 5'11", 180), Marcus Lovett of Morgan Park, Illinios (92, four-star, 6'0", 170) and K.J. Walton, of Brownsburg, Inidana (89, three-star, 6'3", 175). Like all three of these possibilities. If we can land one of these guys, we should be in good shape at the point next season with Wade set up for a phenomenal year. Our team is setup for a phenomenal year. The return of Josh Henderson really helps our front court. I think Kevin will have more confidence using Josh. He's a player, a great offensive player, and now that he has confidence in his knees, he should do well on defense and on the boards.
Brandt at +2 at the Masters and teeing off at 1:59 PM ET/12:59 PM CT. Jordan Spieth is just going off. He's -2 today through 5 and -10 for the tournament. He has a five shot lead over Ernie Els, Charlie Hoffman and Justin Rose. Els is through 9, Hoffman just finished No.1 and Rose tees off at 12:42 PM ET/11:42 AM CT.
Will have baseball, golf, tennis and any football news I can come up with on Monday. Have a great weekend.