Alabama Baseball Defeats South Alabama 9-5
|Alabama 9, South Alabama 5
|LSU 10, Louisiana College 2
|Vanderbilt 16, UT-Martin 2
|North Florida 10, Florida 5
|Jacksonville State at Auburn, rained out
|Western Carolina at Georgia, rained out
|Ole Miss vs. Southern Miss, rained out
MOBILE, Ala. – Alabama collected 13 hits and Ben Moore and Taylor Dugas had three hits each, as the Alabama baseball team posted a 9-5 win over South Alabama at Stanky Field on Tuesday night. With the win, the Crimson Tide snaps a five-game losing skid.
The 13 hits against the Jaguars (11-18) marks the fourth straight game the Crimson Tide (10-19) has had double-digits in hits. Combined with a 4-3 win over the Jaguars back on Feb. 28, the Tide swept the season series against South Alabama.
“First of all it’s good to get a win when you’re struggling the way we have been,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “I’m happy for our players. They have been playing hard through all the struggles and this is a good win and tonight was a clean game for us.”
Ben Moore was 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, two RBI and two runs scored and has now hit safely in eight straight games, the longest current streak on the team. It was Moore’s 10th multiple hit game of the season and the third time this season he’s had three hits in a game.
Taylor Dugas was 3-for-4 with a triple and two singles, while scoring twice and adding two RBI. The triple for Dugas was the 13th of his career, and moved him into a tie with Emeel Salem for the Alabama school record. Additionally, Dugas has now reached base in every game this season to extend his streak to 41 games.
James Tullidge added a pair of singles and a walk as the starting third baseman on Tuesday. Jared Reaves was 1-for-2 with a walk and a sac bunt to extend his hitting streak to six games.
“Offensively, we’re battling more and we got some key two-strike hits,” Gaspard said. “We had some competitive at-bats, we had good pressure throughout the game and we defended well. It’s a good win against a quality in-state opponent on the road, which is always tough.”
Alabama starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull threw a career-high 6.0 innings, allowing five runs on five hits, with one walk and tied his career-high with six strikeouts. Taylor Guilbeau, Jay Shaw and Jake Hubbard combined to throw the final three innings, as the combined to allowing zero runs with one walk and five strikeouts.
“All the guys that took the mound did a nice job, and Turnbull gave us a really good start. He got a little tired there in the sixth, but Guilbeau, Shaw and Hubbard threw well to close it out,” Gaspard said.
Alabama took a 2-0 lead in the third, when Dugas’ school record tying triple allowed Hunter Gregory to score from first. Dugas scored when Brett Booth grounded out to shortstop.
After Turnbull retired the first 11 batters of the game, South Alabama got its first run of the game on a two-out solo home run to right field by Jordan Patterson in the fourth.
Jared Reaves singled to open the sixth and moved to third on a double by Ben Moore on the next pitch. With runners on second and third, Jon Kelton’s ground out to second moved the runners up 90 feet and a sac fly by Brandt Hendricks to center field was deep enough to allow Moore to tag and score from third, giving the Tide a 4-1 lead.
The Jaguars scored four times in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. With runners on first and second and one out, a single by Whitt Dorsey to right field to drove in Nolan Early, who walked to lead off the inning. With two outs and runners on first and second, Nick Zaharion hit a three-run home run to left field to put the Jags ahead by one.
The Tide answered the four-run USA sixth with three runs in the seventh to regain its their lead. Dugas walked and Booth followed with an infield single to start the inning. After Reaves moved the runners over with a sac bunt, Moore delivered a bloop single to right field to drive in both runners. Austen Smith followed with ak pinch-hit RBI single to left field to drive in more for a 7-5 Alabama lead.
“After they’re four run inning, it would have been very easy to shut down, especially coming off the heels of some of the games we’ve had,” Gaspard said. “The fact that we were able to answer with a three-spot, it comes back to the team’s competitiveness. These guys understand that the first half of the season has been a disaster, and it’s important to them to turn things around in the second half.”
Bama added two runs on four hits in the eighth inning to cap the score at 9-5, as the Tide snapped a five-game losing streak. Jake Hubbard threw a scoreless ninth inning that included three punch outs and a hit batter.
Alabama returns to Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Friday night to continue Southeastern Conference against the No. 23 ranked Auburn Tigers. Game one of the three-game series is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CT, and will be televised on Fox Sports South with Dave Neal and Larry Conley calling the action.
LSU Defeats Louisiana College 10-2 for Sixth Straight Win
BATON ROUGE, La. - No. 7 LSU (23-6, 6-3 SEC) defeated Louisiana College (10-15) by a score of 10-2 on Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium to extend the its winning streak to six games.
The Tigers rested the majority of their starters in preparation for a three-game series with top-ranked Florida in Gainesville beginning Thursday. Sophomore right-hander Kurt McCune will get the start against the Gators at 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday, and ESPNU will televise the contest.
The LSU offense racked up 14 hits Tuesday and was paced by three hits apiece collected by catcher Jordy Snikeris (a career high), centerfielder Jared Foster and first baseman Tyler Moore.
Junior left-hander Brent Bonvillain (1-0) picked up the victory for LSU after entering the game in the third inning for starter Cody Glenn. The Tigers’ bullpen used seven pitchers to hold Louisiana College in check and allowed a combined four hits.
Reliever Greg Uzee (1-4) took the loss for the Wildcats.
“We accomplished what we set out to do tonight,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We gave a lot of different guys the opportunity to play, and we were able to see some different pitchers. I thought we had solid efforts from most of the players , and it gave our regulars a chance to rest in preparation for the series in Gainesville.”
Louisiana College put a run on the board in the opening frame. Cole Bagbey led off the inning with a single to the third base side. After a balk moved Bagbey to second, Matt Scott grounded out and moved Bagbey to third. Jordan Marks’ ground out to third allowed Bagbey to score.
LSU responded in the bottom of the second. Shortstop Casey Yocom knocked a one-out single through the left side of the infield and moved to second on a wild pitch. Snikeris walked and both runners advanced a base on the second wild pitch of the inning. Third baseman Evan Powell’s sac fly plated Yocom.
The Tigers grabbed the lead in the third inning against Uzee. Leftfielder Arby Fields led off the inning with a single and stole second. Foster executed a perfect bunt and there was no play at first. With runners on the corners, rightfielder Alex Edward smacked a single to right field to bring home Fields.
Designated hitter Jackson Slaid ripped a single off of the pitcher and the throw to first got away. Foster scored and Edward and Slaid moved to third and second, respectively. Moore lined a single to right that plated Edward.
Snikeris ripped a single past the third baseman that allowed Slaid to score and Yocom to reach second.
Louisiana College plated a run in the top of the fourth. Mike Doughty and Steven Bowman drew consecutive one-out walks and moved up a base on a balk. Cary Myers grounded out to third, but Doughty raced home.
LSU added another run in the bottom of the fourth. Foster laced a one-out single to left and stole second on the next pitch. Edward’s hard single to left guided Foster to third and Edward moved to second on a wild pitch. Slaid’s groundout to third scored Foster.
The Tigers extended the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Snikeris led off the inning with a single to center and two batters later second baseman Beau Didier added a single of his own. Foster knocked a base hit down the left field line and scored Snikeris from second. Edward’s grounder to third was misfired by the third baseman and Didier scored.
After a pitch hit Slaid to load the bases, Moore slashed a two-RBI single to right.
Commodores fly by Skyhawks
Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt scored eight runs in the first inning Tuesday night en route to a 16-2 win over UT-Martin at Hawkins Field.
The Commodores (12-17) sent 12 men to the plate in the first inning, scoring a season-high eight runs on seven hits. Tony Kemp led off the inning with a hit by pitch and moved to third base on Anthony Gomez’s double. Mike Yastrzemski’s double scored Kemp and Gomez for a two-run lead. A third straight double, this one from Conrad Gregor, made it 3-0 VU before Spencer Navin’s single scored Gregor for a four-run lead. With two outs in the inning the Dores strung together three more runs. Jack Lupo knocked in a run with a single and Kemp capped the rally in a big way with his first career home run into the right field bleachers, a two-run shot that made it 8-0 after one inning. The Commodores cruised from there tacking on a single run in the third, three more in the fourth and four more in the eighth. Freshman John Norwood’s three-run homer over the left field scoreboard highlighted the Dores’ four-run eighth.
Vanderbilt starter Sam Selman (2-3) did not need much help Tuesday night turning in five no-hit innings for his second straight win. The lefty retired the first nine batters he faced and allowed only two walks while striking out seven to match a career-best. Four relievers worked one inning each to finish off the win with left-handers Nevin Wilson and Jared Miller each tossing a scoreless frame. UT-Martin (8-20) starter Brendan Lozupone (0-3) took the loss, recording two outs and allowing six runs on five hits.
Lupo helped the way for Vandy with two hits and a career-high three RBI. Navin, Gregor and Gomez all had two hits while Kemp added three RBI. Sonny Mastromatteo scored both runs for the Skyhawks and had one of the team’s two hits.
Vanderbilt’s 16 runs scored are the most in a game this season while the team’s eight-run first also set a season-high for runs in an inning. With Kemp and Norwood each hitting home runs in the win it marked just the second time this season the Dores have hit two homers in a game and the first since Connor Harrell hit two home runs at Stanford February 18.
The Commodores hit the road this weekend to visit Mississippi State. The Dores and Bulldogs play Friday night at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
North Florida Downs No. 1 Florida, 10-5
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – North Florida (18-13) plated four runs in the second inning and scored in six different innings to defeat No. 1 Florida (24-5), 10-5, on Tuesday night in front of 2,144 fans at Harmon Stadium, the second-highest attendance in the facility’s history.
Senior T.J. Gavlik was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, senior Andrew Karmeris (2-for-5) homered and doubled and sophomore Alex Bacon was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs to help the Ospreys snap a three-game losing streak to the Gators. Senior Chandler Jagodzinski (1-0) threw two scoreless innings as the second of UNF’s five pitchers to earn the victory, while freshman Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) (1-1), the second of eight Gator pitchers, took the loss.
The Gators took advantage of an error to take a 1-0 lead against senior Evan Stermer in the first inning. Senior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) (3-for-4, two runs) extended his hitting streak to nine games with a leadoff infield single and freshman Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (3-for-5) followed with a base-hit into right field. Junior Mike Zunino’s (Cape Coral, Fla.) grounder to third base was misplayed by Andrew Karmeris, enabling Pigott to score and Turgeon to reach third. Stermer retired both senior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) and freshman Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) on foul pop-ups and had junior Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) ground out to end the frame.
Making his return to action for the first time since Feb. 26, freshman right-hander Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) breezed through the first inning on eight pitches (seven strikes) and registered a pair of strikeouts.
UNF used four-straight hits off Poyner and five total in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead. Sophomore Tyler Marincov started things off with a double and senior Michael Wesner (3-for-4, two runs) singled into right field to move his teammate to third. Bacon doubled to deep left center to clear the bases and give the Ospreys a 2-1 lead. Junior Chris Carter (2-for-4) singled into left field for runners on the corners and Poyner (4 H, 4 R, 3 ER) was replaced by freshman Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.). Bacon scored on junior Corey Bass’ fielder’s choice, and a throwing error by junior first baseman Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) enabled Carter to take third. Gavlik roped an RBI single into left field to bring home Carter with the fourth run. A sacrifice bunt by junior Joe Wielbruda pushed Bass and Gavlik into scoring position and Magliozzi caught Andrew Karmeris looking on strikes and had junior Paul Karmeris ground out to prevent any further damage.
A two-out RBI single by Carter in the third frame expanded UNF’s advantage to 5-1. Wesner poked a one-out single into right field and was able to reach second base on a fielding error by Tucker. Magliozzi had Bacon foul out to third base and Carter drove in Wesner with a hard single up the middle.
Andrew Karmeris launched his third homer of the year to left field with two down in the fourth to build a 6-1 margin for the Ospreys.
Florida narrowed the gap to 6-3 in the fifth inning. Junior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) (1-for-4, two runs) reached on an error by Gavlik to open the stanza, Pigott drew a walk from freshman Spencer Herrmann and Turgeon bunted for a single to load the bases with none out. Zunino grounded into a 5-3 double play, bringing Dent across, and Tucker delivered an RBI single into left center to score Turgeon and prompt a pitching change. Junior Trey Ferrano came in for Herrmann (1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R) and had Gushue ground out.
Sophomore Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) replaced Magliozzi (3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER) prior to the Ospreys’ fifth at bat and surrendered a one-out single into center field to Bacon before walking Carter and Bass to fill the bags. Gavlik brought home Bacon with an RBI grounder to first base for a 7-3 score, ending the stint for Gibson. Freshman Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) had Wielbruda line out to Fontana to strand the runners.
The Ospreys tacked on another run in the sixth on a wild pitch for an 8-3 lead. Andrew Karmeris doubled to left field to begin the inning and went to third on a grounder by his brother Paul. Shafer had Marincov fly out to center field and then walked Wesner intentionally before uncorking a wild pitch that brought home Karmeris.
Zunino lofted a sacrifice fly in the seventh that brought the Gators within 8-4. Pigott led off the frame with a single and Turgeon blooped a double down the left-field line. Zunino’s team-leading sixth sac fly reduced the deficit to four runs and redshirt freshman Jamie Cardwell replaced Ferrano (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R). Tucker walked on four pitches but was picked off first base before Gushue drew a two-out free pass. Cardwell had Fontana fly out to complete the inning.
In the bottom of the frame, Gavlik ripped an RBI triple into right center field off freshman Corey Stump (Lakeland, Fla.) to score Bass and Andrew Karmeris’ two-out grounder was misplayed by Maddox to bring home Gavlik for a 10-4 score.
Pigott’s third hit of the night was a two-out double to the gap in right center field in the eighth that drove in Dent with the game’s final run. Dent had singled and gone to second on a throwing error. UNF held a 13-10 advantage in hits and each team committed three errors.
Florida returns to McKethan Stadium on Thursday night by hosting No. 7 LSU (22-6/6-3 SEC) on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. in the opener of a three-game series.
Tuesday’s Auburn-Jacksonville State Game Canceled Due To Rain
AUBURN, Ala. – Tuesday night’s Auburn vs. Jacksonville State baseball game has been canceled due to rain. There will be no make-up date. Auburn returns to the field on Friday at Alabama at 7pm.
Georgia-Western Carolina Rained Out
Due to heavy rains at Western Carolina, the Georgia Bulldog baseball game today has been cancelled. There are no plans to make up the game with WCU.
Weather Forces Cancellation Of Rebels, Golden Eagles At Trustmark Park
PEARL, Miss. – Tuesday night’s baseball game between No. 10 Ole Miss (20-8) and Southern Miss (16-12) at Trustmark Park was cancelled due to lightning and inclement weather in the area.
Rain began approximately 30 minutes prior to first pitch and continued until the game was called shortly after 8 p.m.
A makeup date has not been announced, but plans for a game at a future date will be made available as soon as possible.
Ole Miss will return to action this weekend with a three-game series at No. 1 Kentucky beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT on Friday.
MSU-MVSU Baseball Game Rescheduled As May 8 Twinbill
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Tuesday night's scheduled Mississippi State-Mississippi Valley State baseball game at Dudy Noble Field has been cancelled due to weather concerns as well as travel and financial considerations.
It has been rescheduled as a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) May 8 at 4 p.m. that also replaces a Mar. 21 rainout against Alabama A&M on the MSU schedule.
Holders of MSU baseball season tickets are advised to retain today's original MSU-Mississippi Valley State game ticket for admission at the May 8 twinbill.
Mississippi State (18-11, 3-6 SEC) resumes SEC competition this weekend at Dudy Noble Field, testing 2011 College World Series participant and defending SEC tri-champion Vanderbilt (11-17/3-6 SEC) in a three-game Easter weekend series. Weekend game times are set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Dudy Noble Field gates and ticket windows open two hours prior to each game.