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    SEC Baseball Today: March 27

    BASEBALL RESULTS
    South Carolina 7, The Citadel 3
    Kentucky 7, Western Kentucky 4
    Samford 8, Auburn 5
    Tennessee 5, Mississippi Valley State 2
    Florida 4, Florida State 1
    Mississippi State 6, Alcorn State 2
    Clemson 10, Georgia 5
    UAB 1, Alabama 0
    Vanderbilt 6, Tennessee Tech 0
    Ole Miss 12, Jackson State 0

    Gamecocks Earn 7-3 Win Over The Citadel

    Charleston, S.C. – Freshman left-hander Jordan Montgomery retired the first nine batters he faced and allowed just one run in 5.2 innings of work to earn his first career win as 10th ranked South Carolina bounced back with a 7-3 win over The Citadel on Tuesday evening in front of 4,417 fans at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park in Charleston.  South Carolina is now 18-7 while The Citadel drops to 9-15 for the season.

    The Gamecocks raced out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed.  Carolina’s nine-hit evening included two hits from Evan Marzilli, Joey Pankake and Tanner English.  Marzilli and English each scored two runs as well with Pankake driving in a pair of runs.  Nick Orvin was 2-for-4 to lead The Citadel.

    Montgomery allowed one run on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts.  He is 1-0 on the year.  Bulldogs starter Brett Tompkins went three innings and allowed three runs on six hits.  He is 0-1 for the season.

    South Carolina broke ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning.  Evan Marzilli led off the game with a bunt for a base hit.  He has now reached base in all 25 games this year.  He would score on Joey Pankake’s double into the gap in right-center.

    That lead increased to 3-0 in the third inning.  Tanner English reached with one out on an infield single and a perfectly executed hit and run with Marzilli gave the Gamecocks runners on the corners. Pankake’s infield single would score English and Brison Celek’s two-out RBI double down the left field line plated home Marzilli.

    The Citadel scored a single run in the bottom of the fourth.  Montgomery had retired the first nine batters he faced until Nick Orvin led off with a base hit.  With one out, Justin Mackert roped a double over the head of English in left field scoring Orvin and cutting Carolina’s lead to 3-1.

    South Carolina’s lead extended to 7-1 in the top of the fifth inning.  English led off with a walk.  With one out and English on second base, the Gamecocks would again put runners on the corners as Joey Pankake reached first base on a throwing error by Bulldogs third baseman Zach Sherrill.  Walker would drive in English with a RBI single to left field.  With the bases loaded and one out, LB Dantzler tallied a RBI groundout.  Erik Payne’s team-leading second triple of the season was roped to the gap in left-center and scored both Walker and Celek giving the Gamecocks a six-run cushion.

    James Griffin made it 7-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning with a pinch-hit solo homer, his third home run of the season for the Bulldogs.  The Citadel added one more run in the ninth inning as Joe Jackson led off with a single and scored on Bo Thompson’s RBI double into right field.

    South Carolina is back in action this weekend with a three-game series at Vanderbilt.  First pitch on Friday night is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET.  Saturday’s game will start at 4 p.m. ET and will be televised live on CSS as well as Time Warner Cable channel 506 in South Carolina and North Carolina.  Sunday’s game is a 2 p.m. ET start.



    No. 2 Kentucky Extends School Record Home Winning Streak to 19

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Behind a three-run homer from freshman centerfielder Austin Cousino and a three-RBI game from senior catcher Michael Williams, No. 2 Kentucky extended its home winning streak to a school-record 19 games, with a 7-4 win over Western Kentucky, on a pleasant Tuesday night in front of 2,385 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

    Kentucky (25-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) won its school-record 19th consecutive home game, eclipsing the previous record of 16 straight home wins in 2007 and 2008. UK’s 19-game home winning streak ranks second in the NCAA, behind the 24-game home winning streak of Dartmouth.

    The Wildcats improved its nation-leading win total, owning the best record in the nation. UK fell behind after a two-run first inning for the Hilltoppers but answered with a run in the second to narrow the lead before taking the advantage on a two-RBI single from Williams in the fourth. UK added four runs in the sixth, before WKU made it a contest with two runs in the eighth.

    UK was led offensively by Cousino and Williams, with Cousino batting 2-for-5 with his third homer of the year, a three-run job in the sixth inning. Williams picked up where he left off during his hot weekend at Tennessee, batting 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk. UK also got two hits from senior third sacker Thomas McCarthy and sophomore leftfielder Lucas Witt, with Witt drawing a walk, getting hit by a pitch and stealing a career-high two bases, reaching base safely in all four plate appearances. The Wildcats also got hits from J.T. Riddle – who added a jaw-dropping defensive play early in the game in shallow centerfield – and Matt Reida.

    UK starter Chandler Shepherd worked 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, walking two and striking out a career-high equaling five. Freshman Sam Mahar (1-0) took over in the fifth inning with two runners in scoring position and one out, getting consecutive strikeouts to get out of the jam. Mahar worked a career-long three innings, allowing two hits and two runs – one earned – walking one and striking out a career-best five. Tim Peterson took over for Mahar with two on and one out in the eighth inning, getting out of the jam with two outs and getting an out to start the ninth. Trevor Gott finished off the game with the final two outs.

    Western Kentucky (10-14) starter Austin Clay (3-3) worked 3.2 innings, allowing six hits and three runs, walking one and striking out four. Colton Satterlee replaced him in the fourth, going 1.1 innings without allowing a hit, allowing two runs on one walk with one strikeout. Tate Glasscock worked two innings, allowing four hits and two runs. Ross Hammonds pitched the bottom of the eighth inning without a base runner.

    UK returns to action with a three-game road series at No. 18 Georgia, starting Friday at 7 p.m. ET at Foley Field. The three-game series will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with the Voice of UK baseball, Neil Price, calling the action.

    Western Kentucky took an early lead with two runs in the top of the first inning. After Ivan Hartle drew a full-count walk and Shepherd struck out Jared Andreoli, Ryan Hutchison connected on a two-run homer off the videoboard in left centerfield, putting the Toppers up 2-0.
     
    UK answered with a run in the bottom of the second inning, as McCarthy ripped a leadoff single up the middle and Witt drew a one-out walk. Williams then drilled a hard-hit single through the left side to score McCarthy from second base and cut the WKU lead in half.

    The Wildcats gained the lead with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Riddle led off with a double into the right-centerfield gap, taking third after Witt smacked a single to leftfield, stealing second base to put a pair of runners in scoring position for Williams. Williams delivered again, ripping a single up the middle to score the duo and give UK a 3-2 lead.

    Kentucky stretched its lead with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Witt led off by getting hit by a pitch, stealing second base for the second time in the game. Williams then drew a walk to bring up Reida. Reida laid down a perfect bunt single down the third base line, with the throw going wide for an error that allowed Witt to score and Williams to take third. Cousino followed and ripped a first-pitch bomb over the rightfield fence, his third homer of the year.

    The Hilltoppers rallied for two runs on two hits and a UK error in the eighth inning, as Hartle led off with a single and Andreoli drew a walk. After Mahar struck out Hutchison for the first out, Dykes hit a grounder at first base, with UK trying to get the runner at second on the fielder’s choice, with the ball sailing into leftfield for an error and allowing Hartle to score, Dykes to move up to second and Andreoli to take third. Scott Wilcox then singled through the right side, scoring Andreoli.



    Auburn Falls At Samford, 8-5

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 24 Auburn baseball team battled back from a four-run deficit to take a one-run lead into the ninth but Samford’s Phillip Ervin hit a walk-off grand slam to send Auburn to an 8-5 loss on Tuesday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field. The home run was the second of the night for Ervin, who drove in six of Samford’s eight runs.

    “They got up early on us and we battled back and regained the lead. We just didn’t pitch real well in the early part of the game and certainly in the end. Unfortunately we weren’t able to hold that lead down. This is a very disappointing loss. We have to learn from it and move forward.”

    Samford (17-8) took a 2-0 lead in the second on three singles, a sac bunt and a sac fly, with Austin Allison’s bloop single scoring the first run and Zeth Stone’s sac fly bringing in the second.

    Samford extended it to 4-0 as Ervin blasted his fourth home run of the season with one on in the second, ending Auburn starter Jon Luke Jacobs day after he allowed a season-high seven hits and a walk without recording a strike out.

    Auburn (15-10) answered Ervin’s blast with three unearned runs in the top of the fourth, capitalizing on a Cullen Wacker grounder to second that was bobbled. Garrett Cooper and Justin Bryant followed with singles to load the bases before Zach Alvord produced a RBI groundout to make it 4-1. Two batters later Dan Glevenyak singled to center to score two and put the deficit at one, 4-3.

    The game remained that way until Alvord smoked his third home run of the season with two outs in the eight, hitting one of the team flags beyond the fence in left-center for a 5-4 lead.

    Holding the one-run lead, Auburn called on its closer, Bryant (1-1). After getting a fly out to start the frame, he hit a batter and allowed back-to-back singles to load the bases, setting the stage for Ervin’s no-doubt home run to left.

    C.K Irby (3-0) picked up the win out of the Samford bullpen with a scoreless top of the ninth.

    Auburn returns home for a weekend series against Mississippi State beginning Friday at 6pm.



    Tennessee Defeats Delta Devils, 5-2

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee put its pressure offense on full display Tuesday night, scoring its final three runs without the benefit of even a single hit en route to a 5-2 victory over Mississippi Valley State on a gorgeous evening at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

    “We were able to take advantage of some of their miscues and that is what you have to do sometimes,” UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “We aren’t swinging the bat really well right now so we have to take advantage of every opportunity that our opponents are giving us. That is what good teams have to do to be successful. You have to take continue to advantage of what the defense gives you, by the free pass, a hit batter or an error on the field.”

    Sophomore Carter Watson picked up his first win of the season, firing 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. Junior Nick Blount tallied his third career save and second of the season, as he got the final four outs of the contest.

    Despite getting a no-decision, freshman Robbie Kidd was strong in his second career start, striking out two in four innings of two-hit, one-run ball. Sophomore Dalton Saberhagen also added an inning on the mound, yielding just one unearned run on one hit.

    At the plate, senior Davis Morgan pounded the second three-hit game of his career, going 3-for-5 with an RBI, while freshman Parker Wormsley and Zach Osborne each had two base-knocks as the trio accounted for seven of Tennessee's eight hits in the contest. Osborne and Wormsley also drove in two runs each.

    “Zach is doing a good job,” Serrano said. “He is starting to come into his own and starting to take quality at-bats. He is using his experience with what he has done in this program and the game is slowing down for him a little bit. Defensively he has been there all year for us, but early in the year he put a little bit of pressure on himself to help carry this team and now I think he is fitting into his role of what we need him to do. When he is at the bottom of the order and he is getting that kind of production, it is going to make it a lot easier as we flip the order over to get to the top of the lineup.”

    It was actually Mississippi Valley State that struck first, jumping out to an early lead thanks to a two-out home run by Allen Cheek that gave the Delta Devils a 1-0 advantage in the third inning. MVSU starting pitcher Chris Broadway held the Vols in check for the first four frames before finally getting touched up for two runs in the fifth.

    With two outs on the board, Osborne took off for second and just snuck in ahead of the tag. The stolen base turned out to be a huge play as Wormsley dropped a single into left just seconds later, allowing Osborne to score and tie the game at 1-1.

    Following another two-out single, this one by Drew Steckenrider, Morgan picked up his third hit of the day to plate Wormsley from third and put Tennessee ahead for good.

    The Big Orange added another run in the sixth, despite not getting a single hit. UT took advantage of a walk and two hit batters to load the bases with nobody out. Osborne then drove in his first of two runs on the day with a sacrifice fly to center that moved the lead to two at 3-1. Although an error loaded the bases once again, the Vols couldn't cash in on the opportunity as MSVU escaped further damage with a 6-4-3 double play.

    After a scoreless seventh, the Delta Devils inched back within a run, getting an RBI single from Michael Lowe that just hit off the end of the glove of a leaping and fully outstretched Osborne before falling safely into left.

    It was a little bit of déjà vu all over again in the eighth, as the Vols had the exact same scenario as the sixth play out with Carter drawing a leadoff walk, followed by two hit batters and a sac fly by Osborne. Maddox then reached base without a hit, drawing a walk this time, to load the bases once again. That is where the similarities came to an end though, as Wormsley watched a 3-1 pitch miss the zone to earn a bases-loaded walk and an RBI, which moved the score to its final tally at 5-2.

    The Vols have now had eight innings in which they have scored at least one run without the benefit of even a single hit this season, totaling 13 runs in those frames.

    Tennessee (14-10) will go for the midweek series sweep over Mississippi Valley State (6-19) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Freshman southpaw Brandon Zajac will make his second career start in the Orange and White.



    Three-Run Sixth Moves No. 1 Florida Past No. 4 Florida State, 4-1

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Down by a 1-0 score, No. 1 Florida (23-2) tallied three runs with two down in the sixth inning on a two-run triple by freshman Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and an RBI single by junior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) on its way to a 4-1 victory over No. 4 Florida State (21-4) on Tuesday night in front of 10,751 fans at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Gator bullpen threw 5.1 scoreless innings to clinch the regular-season series between the Sunshine State rivals for the first time since 2009. The triumph was Florida’s first in Jacksonville since a 16-7 win over FSU on April 3, 2007.

    Freshman Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) (3-0) induced an inning-ending double play after the Seminoles loaded the bases in the top of the sixth and picked up the win, while junior Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) hurled a 1-2-3 ninth for his eighth save in as many chances. Ramjit (2-for-4) added an insurance RBI single in the eighth inning. 

    Florida State began the scoring in the fourth inning against senior right-hander Greg Larson (Longwood, Fla.) on an RBI grounder by senior James Ramsey. Senior Sherman Johnson had led off with a double down the right-field line and junior Devon Travis (2-for-4) followed with a bunt single for runners on the corners. Ramsey’s grounder to first base enabled Johnson to score the game’s opening run and Travis to occupy second base. Junior Jayce Boyd walked on four pitches and the Seminoles executed a double steal for two runners in scoring position. Larson struck out redshirt sophomore Stephen McGee and was replaced by sophomore Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.), who had junior Seth Miller ground out to end the frame. In his fourth career start, three against FSU, Larson gave up three hits and one run and matched his career high with four strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

    In the bottom of the frame, senior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) drew a one-out walk and junior Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) collected the Gators’ first hit off junior Scott Sitz with a two-out flare into left field. The right-hander had freshman Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) ground out to second base.

    Turgeon earned a free pass to start the inning but Sitz struck out Ramjit and junior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) fly out to left field. Although Boyd committed an error at first base on a ball hit by junior Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) to extend the inning, Sitz had senior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) fly out to straightaway center field.

    The Seminoles loaded the bases with one down in the sixth but came away empty-handed. Johnson drew a four-pitch walk to begin the stanza before Travis flew out to center field. Ramsey legged out an infield single to second for a couple of Seminoles on base and a passed ball by junior catcher Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) advanced the runners. Boyd was walked intentionally to load the bases and Gibson (1.2 IP, 1 H) was replaced by Magliozzi, who had McGee bounce into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

    Held scoreless through the first five innings, the Gators used a two-out, two-run triple by Turgeon and an RBI single by Ramjit to seize a 3-1 lead in the home part of the sixth. Zunino had a one-out single into left field, ending the night for Sitz, who gave up two hits, totaled five strikeouts and issued three walks over 5.1 innings. Senior Brian Busch had Johnson fly out to center field and then Gushue drew a walk. Turgeon launched a ball to deep center field that grazed off the glove of a diving Ramsey and allowed both Zunino and Gushue to come across. Senior Hunter Scantling took over for Busch (0-1) and surrendered an RBI single into right field by Ramjit that gave UF a two-run advantage.  

    Junior Steven Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) took the mound in the seventh and retired FSU in order. In the bottom of the frame, Pigott ripped a one-out triple off the wall in right center and the Seminoles brought in freshman Bryant Holtmann for Scantling (0.2 IP, 2 H). Tucker walked on four pitches for runners on the corners and the lefty had Zunino ground out, pushing Tucker to second but leaving Pigott on third. Holtmann worked out of the jam by having Johnson fly out to left field.

    In the eighth, Gushue drew a leadoff walk from freshman Luke Weaver and moved into scoring position on a grounder by Turgeon. Ramjit provided the Gators with a 4-1 margin with a base-hit into right center field that brought home Gushue but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.

    Rodriguez worked two scoreless frames, giving up just one hit, and had a couple of strikeouts. Pitching in his hometown, Maddox closed the game with back-to-back strikeouts of McGee and Miller. UF held a 6-5 edge in hits, including a season-high two triples.

    This Florida-Florida State baseball game was part of the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown Series. Presented by Fresh from Florida, its goal is to remind all fans of the importance of buying home grown and harvested products from Florida. It supports our state’s farmers and fishermen, and our local economies.

    The Gators continue their eight-game road trip with a three-game series at No. 16 Ole Miss (18-7/3-3 SEC) that begins on Friday night. The opener from O-U Stadium/Swayze Field will be carried live on Sun Sports at 7:30 p.m.



    Mississippi State Beats Alcorn State, 6-2

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Starting pitcher Will Cox retired all nine batters he faced and teammates Wes Rea and Sam Frost collected a pair of hits each Tuesday night as Mississippi State (17-9) registered a 6-2 win over Alcorn State (6-18) at Dudy Noble Field. It was the 16th win in 21 home games for MSU.

    Sophomore shortstop Adam Frazier walked to open the Bulldog first and later scored on a wild pitch by ASU starter Cedric Pomerlee (0-2). An errant pickoff throw to third base and a sacrifice fly enabled State to plate two more runs and extend its lead to 3-0 in the third inning.

    The Braves answered with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth, the second on a double by outfielder Eduardo Gonzalez. Frost got one of the runs back for State with an RBI double in the sixth and freshman Tyler Fullerton doubled in a run and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to cap the game’s scoring.

    Cox (2-1) struck out six of the nine batters he faced over three frames to lead the split pitching crew for State and claim his second win. Six other Bulldog hurlers took the hill, holding the Braves without an earned run on six hits the remainder of the game. Junior Luis Pollorena, in his first mound appearance in two weeks, worked two innings of scoreless no-hit middle inning relief while freshman Jonathan Holder retired the three batters he faced in the ninth to close out the game.

    Rea, a starter in all 26 games at first base, singled twice for his 11th multi-hit game.  Frost registered his second multi-hit game to extend his current hitting streak to four games, going 7-for-11 in that span.

    The win, by the narrowest of margins (four runs) in the 11-game MSU-ASU baseball series, extended State’s dominance in the series to all 11 games.

    The Bulldogs continue Southeastern Conference competition this weekend at Auburn, taking on the 24th-ranked Tigers (15-10, 4-2 SEC) at 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.



    Clemson Defeats No. 25 Georgia 10-5

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    Athens, Ga. - Clemson used a 16-hit attack to defeat No. 25 Georgia 10-5 Tuesday at Foley Field.

    The Tigers improved to 12-11 while the Bulldogs dropped their third straight to fall to 17-9. Georgia freshman pitcher David Sosebee gave up a run in the first and was chased in the second.  In the first inning, Clemson second baseman Steve Wilkerson led off with a single up the middle, and three batters later designated hitter, Phil Pohl, singled to left, followed by a walk to Brad Felder to load the bases.  Sosebee—who had only allowed one base on balls all season— walked Georgia native, Spencer Kieboom, to give Clemson a 1-0 lead.

    When the Bulldogs came to the plate in the bottom of the inning, they responded with a little help from Clemson starting pitcher, Daniel Gossett.  Senior Levi Hyams and freshman Nelson Ward led off the inning with singles.  With two outs, Gossett threw back-to-back wild pitches allowing Ward to score to tie the game.  Gossett continued to struggle with his control, walking both Hunter Cole and Brett DeLoach.  Colby May then gave Georgia a 3-1 lead as he rocketed the ball over right fielder Brad Felder for a two-run double. It would be Georgia’s last lead as the Tigers responded by scoring three runs in the second and eventually built a 10-4 advantage going to the ninth. 

    Clemson’s scoring continued in the second frame. Jay Baum and Tyler Slayton began the inning with singles.  After a fielder’s choice, Georgia made the move to the bullpen and brought in freshman reliever Luke Crumley.  Sosebee finished the day with 1.1 innings, allowing four hits, three earned runs and two walks.  With two outs and runners on second and third, Crumley threw a wild pitch to allow Slayton to score.  Later in the frame, Clemson’s third baseman, Richie Shaffer smashed a two-run home run to right center fence to make it 4-3.

    Georgia brought in Earl Daniels to pitch the fourth inning, which started off promising with a strikeout to Jason Stolz, but then a fielding mistake by third baseman Curt Powell led to Clemson increasing the lead to 5-3. In the fifth, Clemson added another run to their lead.  Kieboom led off the inning with a walk; the Tigers then laid down a bunt followed by a ground out to second to move him to third.  Slayton extended the lead to 6-3 when he hit the ball just out of the reach of second baseman Hyams, and into left field.  Georgia employed eight pitchers on the ninth.

    Bulldog freshman Hunter Cole crushed his fourth home run of the year in the sixth, a solo shot. Georgia scored its final run in the ninth courtesy of a balk..

    Gossett (2-2) picked up the win, pitching five innings while allowing six hits and four earned runs.  Crumley got the loss to fall to 1-1.

    “We didn’t play very well tonight,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “I liked that we had a big first inning at the plate; we haven’t done that in a while. We need to clean up some things with our pitching and offensively, we didn’t do much after that first inning. I have to credit Clemson for making some nice defensive plays. They hit the ball well and scored in almost every inning. It’s still early in the season and we’ve got a lot of baseball left.”

    Georgia will play host No. 10 Kentucky (25-1) this weekend at Foley Field, starting Friday at 7 p.m.



    Alabama Baseball Falls in 12 Innings to UAB, 1-0

    HOOVER, Ala. – The UAB Blazers got a two-out RBI single by John Frost in the bottom of the 12th inning to post a 1-0 win over the Alabama baseball team on Tuesday night from Regions Park. The loss drops the Crimson Tide to 9-16 overall, while the Blazers improve to 17-9.

    In the 12th, Ivan De Jesus drew a two-out walk off Nathan Kennedy, then stole second on the next pitch to move into scoring position. Frost delivered the game’s only run on a single to right center field on a 1-1 offering by Kennedy. With the loss, Kennedy falls to 0-1 on the season. The benefactor of the win was Jacob German (3-0), who pitched a perfect 12th inning for UAB.

    Trey Pilkington had a career outing for the Crimson Tide, as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Pilkington, who did not factor into the decision, threw a career-high 7.0 innings, allowing two hits (both in the seventh) with a career-high eight strikeouts and one walk. He did not surrender a hit until there was one out on the seventh.

    “Trey Pilkington was outstanding tonight,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We got another quality start, it was our fourth in a row, Jake Hubbard was good out of the pen and I thought Nate Kennedy did a nice job as well. From a pitching and defensive side, we played the game well enough to win tonight.”

    Alabama was able to put seven hits together against UAB starting pitcher Tanner Bryant, through four innings, but the Crimson Tide could not push any of its 11 base runners through five innings across the plate. UA had a runner picked off, another caught stealing and another thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.

    “The offensive struggles continue,” Gaspard said. “I thought we were good in the early part of the game and we had a good aggressive approach. We missed on to many opportunities and couldn’t get the big hit. When you go 12 innings and you don’t score, you’re missing some offensive pressure along the way.”

    The Tide left two runners on base in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, before not getting a base runner until there was one out in the eighth. UAB had runners on first and second in the seventh and ninth, a runner on third in the eighth.

    Alabama out-hit UAB 10-6 in the game, as Ben Moore and Jared Reaves had two hits each to lead the Tide, while six other players tallied one hit each. Taylor Dugas was 1-for-5 and Jon Kelton was 1-for-4 and each player was hit by a pitch.

    The Crimson Tide returns to Southeastern Conference play with three games at Tennessee this weekend. The Tide and Vols start the series on Friday night with first pitch at 5 p.m. (CDT), from Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Game two is scheduled for noon CDT on Saturday and will be televised on CSS, and the series finale will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday.



    Commodores blank Golden Eagles

    Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt shut out Tennessee Tech 6-0 Tuesday night at Hawkins Field behind a pair of solid pitching performances.

    Sam Selman (1-3) earned his first collegiate win matching a career-best with five innings pitched. The lefty also matched a career-high with seven strikeouts, fanning at least one batter in each of his five frames. Tennessee Tech (9-15) put the lead off man aboard in the second inning but Selman rebounded to strike out two batters and get a groundout to end the inning. In the fifth the Golden Eagles again put the leadoff man on base but Selman worked out of the jam to finish his night. Brian Miller entered in the sixth inning and worked four scoreless innings to finish off Vanderbilt’s (10-15) third shutout victory of the season. The right-hander allowed two hits over his four innings to notch his first career save and the Dores’ first of the season.

    The Commodores claimed an early lead in the second inning with two runs. Joel McKeithan drove in the first run of the game with his first single of the night and came around to score on Anthony Gomez’s base hit. Vanderbilt blew the game open in the seventh sending nine men to the plate and scoring four runs. McKeithan led off with his third single of the night and crossed the plate when Conrad Gregor delivered a two-run, bases loaded single to right field. Chris Harvey’s grounder and Vince Conde’s bases loaded walk capped the rally and stretched the lead to six runs.

    McKeithan led the way with a career-best four hits, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. Gregor added two hits and two RBI in the win. Zach Stephens led the Eagles with two of the squad’s four hits. Tennessee Tech starter Garrett Baugh (1-2) took the loss allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits over four innings.

    Vanderbilt hosts tenth-ranked South Carolina this weekend at Hawkins Field. The Commodores and Gamecocks are scheduled to play Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. on CSS and Sunday at 1 p.m.



    No. 16 Rebels Post 12-0 Shutout Of Jackson State

    OXFORD, Miss. – Chris Ellis was solid in his first career start and the Rebel bullpen took advantage of an early offensive showing to help No. 16 Ole Miss (18-7) post a 12-0 shutout over Jackson State (16-8) on Tuesday night at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

    Chris Ellis (2-0) picked up the win in a predetermined start, working 4.0 scoreless innings and allowing only one hit with six strikeouts. Ole Miss’ bullpen kept things in check from there as five more pitchers combined for the shutout over the Tigers.

    Desmond Russell (4-2) took the loss for Jackson State, allowing seven runs on nine hits with three walks and a strikeout in 5.0 innings of work.

    The Rebels jumped out of the gates with a four-run first inning, sparked by a three-run home run from Zach Kirksey, and never looked back on the way to the 12-0 win. It was Kirksey’s ninth home run of the season.

    “We played really well tonight,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We got off to a really good start with (Zach) Kirksey’s home run, and Chris Ellis was good in his first collegiate start. He was aggressive and able to fight through the first two innings. I was proud of the way we kept it clean and played well defensively.

    “There were a lot of good nights on offense,” Bianco said. “Will Jamison had a terrific night. A lot of guys played well for us tonight. It doesn’t happen often that you get that many innings out of your relievers, and the best thing was that they all pitched well.”

     An Alex Yarbrough double with two outs got things started in the first inning before Yarbrough came home on a single to right from Matt Snyder. Will Allen walked in the next at bat before Kirksey delivered his three-run shot to make it 4-0 in favor of the home team.

    The Rebels added a fifth run in the second inning when Will Jamison scored on a single up the middle from Tanner Mathis.

    Ole Miss pushed two more runs across in the fourth inning to stake a claim to a 7-0 lead. Preston Overbey singled and Jamison walked to get things started before both runners came home on back-to-back singles from Mathis and Anderson.

    The lead continued to grow for the Rebels from there with two more runs in the sixth inning before Ole Miss would cap the scoring with a three-run eighth inning on an RBI-single from John Gatlin and a two-RBI single from Overbey.

    The Rebels will return to action this weekend, hosting the nation’s top-ranked team in the Florida Gators. Ole Miss and Florida kick-off the three-game set at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night in a game televised by SunSports. The two teams will then play again at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and conclude the series at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.