South Carolina 6, The Citadel 4
LSU 6, McNeese State 0
Southern Miss 4, Ole Miss 3
Alabama 4, South Alabama 3
Tennessee 14, UNC-Asheville 6
Mississippi State 18, Alabama A&M 0
Walker Leads Gamecocks Past The Citadel
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Christian Walker tied a season-high with four RBIs and South Carolina rallied for a 6-4 victory over The Citadel on Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium.
With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Walker blasted a two-out, solo home run into the left-field bullpen to give the Gamecocks their first lead of the game at 5-4, driving in his fourth run of the game after a 3-RBI double to tie things up in the fifth. Walker finished 2-for-4 on the night.
South Carolina (19-5) also got six innings of scoreless relief from Jose Mata, John Taylor and Matt Price, with Taylor moving to 2-0 on the season with two innings of no-hit ball with three strikeouts. Price picked up his sixth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Citadel (10-15) broke ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning. Drew DeKerlegand reached base on an infield single followed by a base hit up the middle by Matt Simonelli. With two outs and runners still on first and second, Joe Jackson delivered a RBI base hit to center field scoring DeKerlegand. The Bulldogs increased the lead to 2-0 in the top of the second inning. Justin Mackert led off with a single and scored on Grant Richards' two-out RBI double down the left field line.
That lead doubled to 4-0 in the top of the fourth inning. Mackert singled and Brad Felder was hit by a pitch to open the frame. That ended the night for Westmoreland and the Gamecocks went to the pen for reliever Jose Mata. After a sacrifice bunt, Mata got the second out of the inning with a strikeout against Richards. However, Nick Orvin would come up with a key two-out single to right-center that scored both runners and gave The Citadel a four-run cushion.
Carolina tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Robert Beary led off with a single and Scott Wingo and Peter Mooney each walked to load the bases for the Gamecocks. With one outs and the bags still full, Jackie Bradley Jr. drew a walk to score Carolina's first run of the game. With the bases still loaded, Christian Walker tied it as he drove a three-run double down the right field line to tie the game.
Jake Williams added an insurance run in the eighth as he was hit by a pitch, moved to third as a Brady Thomas sacrifice attempt led to a throwing error by the Bulldog third baseman, and scored on an infield single by Scott Wingo to give the Gamecocks a 6-4 lead.
LSU Shuts Out McNeese State
BATON ROUGE -- Sophomore rightfielder Mason Katz drove in three runs, and the LSU pitching staff combined for a six-hit shutout as the 16th-ranked Tigers blanked McNeese State, 6-0, Wednesday night in Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (18-7) improved to 24-9 all-time against McNeese State. The Cowboys fell to 13-13 with the loss.
Katz was one of three LSU hitters to collect a pair of hits on the evening as center fielder Mikie Mahtook and third baseman Tyler Hanover each batted 2-for-3 with an RBI. Mahtook also hit his second triple of the season, scored a pair of runs and stole two bases.
Right-hander Samuel Peterson (1-0), who relieved starter Forrest Garrett in the second inning, earned his first career victory after surrendering only two hits and a walk in 3.1 innings. Garrett, who had surgery on his throwing elbow last April, hurled 1.2 innings in his first appearance of the season.
"I thought Peterson gave us a great outing," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Originally, he was just going to pitch one inning, but he was throwing so well, we decided to let him keep going. He's a kid with a lot of competitiveness and desire, and he demonstrated that tonight.
"Overall, I thought it was a good team win. McNeese always plays us extremely tough, and they have a group of very good players. We executed at the plate, and we made things happen in some less-than-ideal hitting conditions. We played with a lot of spirit and enthusiasm, and that's something we plan to carry into this weekend."
LSU will return to Southeastern Conference play this weekend when the Tigers welcome Ole Miss to Alex Box Stadium. Game 1 of the series will begin Friday at 7 p.m. CDT.
Following an early-inning duel Wednesday between the pitching staffs, the Tigers broke the 0-0 tie with a run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. Mahtook legged out a triple after drilling a ball off the wall in right, and Katz successfully executed the squeeze play two batters later to bring home the junior.
The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the fifth to go up, 2-0, when Hanover lined an RBI single up the middle to score first baseman Mike Lowery.
LSU plated three more runs in the sixth to claim a 5-0 advantage. Katz delivered a pair of RBI on a two-run single to center, and Lowery notched an RBI on an infield single.
Mahtook delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to give LSU a 6-0 lead.
Relievers Joe Broussard, Chris Cotton and Matty Ott were stellar out of the bullpen down the stretch as the trio gave up only two hits and struck out six in the final four innings.
Broussard fired a pair of perfect frames and struck out three, while Cotton and Ott preserved the shutout with scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
McNeese State left-hander Phil Parcell (2-2) was charged with the loss after allowing two earned runs off three hits in two innings.
Ole Miss Falls To Southern Miss
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Rebels took an early lead, but couldn’t hold off the Golden Eagles in extra-innings as Ole Miss (18-8) fell to No. 20 Southern Miss (19-5) by a score of 4-3 on Wednesday night at Pete Taylor Park.
Ole Miss scored three runs in the first three innings, but Southern Miss chipped away at the lead before claiming the win in extra-innings on an error that allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate.
Blair Wright (0-1) suffered the loss as he allowed one run on one hit in 0.2 innings of work. Wright entered the game to start the 10th and left with two outs and a man on first. That runner would go on to score the go-ahead run for the Golden Eagles.
Collin Cargill (2-1) picked up the relief win as he worked the final 1.1 innings, holding the Rebels to two hits with a strikeout.
“It was a good college ball game, although it’s disappointing to not get the win,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We had opportunities to get the lead back in the top of the 10th, but they made the plays. We have to execute better and make the play when we get the opportunity.”
Southern Miss got on the board first, pushing a run across the plate in the first inning when Isaac Rodriquez came up with a single to left that scored Tyler Koelling from second. Koelling reached on a walk before moving to second on a walk of B.A. Vollmuth to set up the score on the Rodriguez hit.
Ole Miss responded in the second when Preston Overbey doubled down the left field line to score Matt Snyder from first. Snyder drew a leadoff walk before coming home on the Overbey hit to even the score at one.
The Rebels took the lead in the third inning, scoring two runs to move out in front of the Golden Eagles 3-1. Tanner Mathis scored on a sac fly to right field from Matt Smith that advanced Alex Yarbrough to third. The Rebel sophomore then scored when Overbey came up with his second RBI double of the night to put Ole Miss on top by two runs.
Kameron Brunty hit a solo shot to open the fifth inning for the Golden Eagles and cut the lead to one run at 3-2.
Southern Miss tied things at three with a two-out single from Koelling that scored Brunty from second in the seventh inning. Brunty reached on a single to left and advanced to second on the throw to third that got the lead runner out.
Both teams had chances down the stretch, but neither could convert as the game went into extra innings.
Ole Miss put men on in the 10th, but a play at third and a play at the plate prevented the Rebels from scoring on two separate plays in the additional frame.
Southern Miss then grabbed the win in the bottom half of the inning when pinch runner Travis Creel scored from first on a fielding error in left on the two-out fly ball from Adam Doleac. Creel ran for Rodriguez who reached on a single to center in the at bat prior to Doleac.
Alabama Gets Walk-Off Win Against South Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 21-ranked University of Alabama baseball team (19-8) took home the 4-3 victory over South Alabama (13-11) in walk-off fashion, Wednesday evening at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. After a back-and-forth battle, the Tide came away with the win in the bottom of the ninth thanks to an RBI single from Brock Bennett to plate Taylor Dugas.
"One thing that's encouraging, that this team has been able to do, is find ways to win games," UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "Midweek games can get tough at times, but I thought we battled and we did a good job in the ninth inning."
Bennett, who sacrificed himself twice previously on the night, was allowed to swing away in the final inning, knocking a grounder up the middle to bring around Dugas from second. Bennett ended his night 2-for-3 with two RBI and two sac bunts. Dugas also excelled, going 1-for-1 on the night with three runs and a career-high four walks, reaching base all five plate appearances.
Alabama starter Taylor Wolfe had another stellar midweek performance, going 6.0 innings, allowing only two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out eight batters, one shy of his career-high of nine. Adam Windsor also had a standout night, coming in for 3.0 innings of relief - the longest outing of his career - to earn the win, his first of the year, setting his record at 1-0. South Alabama reliever Jeff Miller (0-3) took the loss for the Jaguars.
Alabama kicked off the scoring in the first thanks to Dugas leading off the game with his 10th double of the season. He moved to third on a Brock Bennett groundout and then came home in the next at-bat on a Jared Reaves sac fly to center, setting the score at 1-0.
USA answered back in the top of the second with an inning that nearly mirrored the Tide's run-producing inning. A leadoff double was followed by an infield grounder that advanced the runner to third. The run would eventually cross on an infield grounder, tying the score even at 1-1.
The Tide added another run of its own in the bottom of the third. Dugas started this inning with a leadoff walk and then made his way around the bags to third in the next two at-bats. He eventually scored on a passed ball during Austen Smith's at-bat, putting the Alabama ahead once again, 2-1.
Alabama added another tally in the fifth. A one-out single to left from Bennett plated James Tullidge from second, making it a 3-1 ballgame.
The Jaguars came back with some runs in the top of the sixth and seventh. The sixth began with a liner to center, and after back-to-back strikeouts, a walk and another single, the runner came around to narrow the gap to one. In the very next inning, USA evened the score at 3-3 on an infield grounder allowed a run to score.
Alabama was not looking to stay all night as they closed it up in the ninth. Only two batters - Dugas and Bennett - were needed to close the door on the Tide's 19th win of the season and 17th at The Joe.
"Good to get the win tonight and get the good feel as you move forward into the weekend against Arkansas."
New Tennessee Lineup Pounds UNC Asheville
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee baseball team shook up its lineup on Wednesday and got exactly the result it was looking for as the Volunteers pounded out 16 hits and cruised to a 14-6 victory over UNC Asheville at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The first four hitters in the revamped UT lineup combined for nine hits, eight runs, six walks and nine RBIs.
"We did some good things," UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. "Obviously, we really swung the bats. One of the things that we put an emphasis on was getting the leadoff hitter on, and we got him on six of eight innings tonight. I think that was the difference for us. We've done some good things offensively, but when you don't get the leadoff guy on it's hard to score.
"We've been kind of looking at things a little bit and Zach (Osborne) is our leading hitter against lefties so we just decided to shuffle it up a little bit. I just want more guys on for (Khayyan Norfork). He may be the best lead-off guy in the country right now, but he is also our top hitter with runners in scoring position right now. We just wanted to give it a look and it worked tonight. That doesn't mean it's set in stone, but I do like it against lefties."
Hitting in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, senior Josh Liles was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs, two RBIs and a stolen base. Not to be outdone, junior Zach Osborne finished a home run away from the cycle with a perfect 3-for-3, three-run, three-RBI effort in his second appearance in the No. 2 position.
Batting in the three-hole for the first time, senior Khayyan Norfork tied his career high with three walks in addition to scoring twice, bringing home two more, stealing his league-leading 20th base and going 2-for-3 at the dish. To round out the top four in the lineup, senior Matt Duffy was 2-for-5 in the cleanup spot. He also knocked in two runs to increase his SEC-leading RBI total to 30.
Also posting a stellar offensive performance was senior Tyler Horne who had his best game of the year, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Junior Matt Ramsey, meanwhile, extended his hitting streak to six games with a pair of singles.
Picking up the win on the mound for the Volunteers was freshman Carter Watson who improved to a team-best 5-1 on the season with two innings of one-hit baseball, during which he struck out three hitters. Sophomore Drew Steckenrider closed out the contest with a perfect ninth, striking out all three batters he faced.
It was actually the Bulldogs that got on the board first, plating a run with a double and a two-out single off of UT starter Jon Reed. Tennessee answered immediately and resoundingly though, scoring three runs in the home half of the frame. The Big Orange needed just eight pitches to take the lead in the contest as Liles drew a four-pitch walk before Osborne laced an 0-2 offering to right for a triple.
Norfork then followed with a perfectly executed bunt on the very next pitch that went for an RBI single. Just two batters later, Norfork quickly swiped second despite an attempt at a pitch out before racing home to make it 3-1 Tennessee on a single back up the middle by Ramsey.
Asheville made it a one-run game with an RBI single by Jordan Lurie in the top of the second, but Reed was able to keep the lead intact by working out of a bases-loaded jam. The Orange and White wasted little time getting its offense rolling once again, as it tallied three runs for the second straight stanza to take a commanding 6-2 advantage.
Back-to-back errors started off the frame before Liles sliced a double into right-center on a hit-and-run, allowing both runners to race around to score. Osborne followed by ripping a 3-1 fastball inside the line at third for another two-bagger that knocked Liles in.
Following a scoreless third, Tennessee tacked on two more in the fourth on a sac fly by Osborne and an RBI groundout by Duffy. Ramsey did some work in the fifth to give UT another tally, leading off the inning with a single before stealing second, moving to third on a double play and scoring on a passed ball. The Vols' final run would come in the seventh when junior Wes Walker collected his second RBI of his UT career with a bases-loaded single in his only at-bat of the day.
The Bulldogs refused to go away quietly, however, scoring four runs on six hits in the top of the eighth to cut its deficit to single digits at 14-6. That would be as close as they would get though, as Godley left the bases loaded when Nick Collazo hit a long flyball to right that UT junior Chris Pierce settled under on the warning track for the final out. Steckenrider then slammed the door closed in the ninth by striking out all three batters he faced on just 14 pitches.
Tennessee will hit the road this weekend for a three-game set at No. 3 Florida in Gainesville. The Vols will take on the Gators at 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The first two games of the series will be televised live on Comcast Sports Southeast with Bernie Guenther and Brian Jordan on the call.
Miss. State Ousts Alabama A&M
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Playing as a ranked team for the first time this season, the Mississippi State baseball team shut out Alabama A&M 18-0 on a cold, windy Wednesday night at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs entered Collegiate Baseball's national rankings at 24th earlier this week. In honor of that mark, the Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits and tallied a season-best 18 runs to close out a perfect four-game homestand.
For Bulldog pitching it was their fifth shutout of the season. Coming on the heels of Sunday's 5-0 Southeastern Conference win over Auburn, the Bulldogs ran their scoreless streak to 16 straight innings with seven more shutout innings in a contest shortened by a 12-run rule.
Offensively, the Bulldogs (19-6) scored five times in the second inning, once in the third inning, eight times in the fourth inning and four times in the fifth inning.
"We got what we wanted accomplished tonight," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "We were able to get some kids some extra at-bats and some playing time. It is a good tune-up situation going into a critical SEC series at Georgia."
An infield error and three walks opened the door in the MSU second inning. Jaron Shepherd lined a two-run double, while Ryan Collins added a two-run single.
An RBI-single by Adam Frazier extended the lead to 6-0 in the third inning.
A three-run triple by Taylor Stark was the big blow in the MSU fourth inning. Also in that at-bat, Cody Freeman had an RBI-double and Daryl Norris added an RBI-single.
In the fifth inning, the Bulldogs expanded the lead with an RBI-single from Frazier, two-run double from Trey Johnson and sacrifice-fly from Hunter Renfroe.
Kendall Graveman (3-0) was perfect in four innings on the mound, while picking up the win. Graveman retired all 12 batters he faced, including three by strikeout. Victor Diaz, Luis Pollorena and C.C. Watson threw an inning apiece in relief.
Demarcus Steward (0-2) was chased during the eight-run fourth inning and took the loss for Alabama A&M (3-20). Sanchez Tucker and Joseph Bryant had the lone hits for the visiting Bulldogs.
Freeman paced the MSU offensive attack with three hits. Collins and Frazier each added multiple hits. Stark and Johnson each had three RBIs.