ROCKINGHAM — It is a logjam at the top of the Southeastern Conference baseball standings.
Five teams are within one game of each other entering tonight’s contest, which will mark the halfway point in the conference schedule.
Richmond and Lumberton are tied for first at 3-1. Pinecrest, Purnell Swett and Scotland are all 2-2 in the SEC. Only Hoke has yet to break through with a conference win thus far.
When the Patriots held on for a 5-4 home victory over the Raiders Tuesday night, it snapped the visitors’ 13-game conference regular season winning streak. Richmond last SEC loss came April 26, 2012 at home against Scotland and Curt Britt.
Lumberton was able to move into a tie with Richmond with its 2-1 win against Scotland. Purnell Swett inched within a game of first, turning back a late rally by Hoke to post a 12-7 victory.
Things could get even tighter following tonight’s contests and there is a chance it could be a five-team tie atop the SEC, if Scotland defeats Richmond, Pinecrest downs Hoke and Purnell Swett defeats Lumberton.
Then it would make an interesting final stretch to the conference season.
Richmond alone in first in softball
The Richmond softball team has separated itself from the rest of the field. It is perfect so far this season in both the SEC and regular season (13-0 overall, 4-0 in league play).
The Raiders are currently on a 17-game conference regular season winning streak. The team’s lost league loss was at Purnell Swett on April 17, 2012.
Purnell Swett trails Richmond by one game in the standings and lost in the initial head-to-head matchup 9-1.
Pinecrest and Scotland are tied for third with 2-2 records. Lumberton is fifth wtih a 1-3 mark and Hoke is in the cellar having lost all four of its conference games.
The Scots have a chance to tonight to try and tighten the race for the SEC regular season crown with a victory over the Raiders. Richmond’s last two losses to a conference foe have been to Scotland in the SEC tournament.