GAMECOCKS PICK UP 7-0 WIN AT COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
|South Carolina 7, College of Charleston 0
|Kentucky 19, Dayton 6
|Tennessee 6, Memphis 3
Charleston, S.C. – Junior left-hander Adam Westmoreland combined with relievers Tyler Webb and Nolan Belcher in a four-hit shutout and the 10th ranked Gamecocks belted out 13 hits on the way to a 7-0 victory over College of Charleston on Wednesday night at Patriots Point in Charleston, S.C. The Gamecocks are 21-8 on the year while the loss drops the Cougars to 21-9 for the season. It marked the second shutout of the year for South Carolina.
Westmoreland limited the College of Charleston to just two hits in 5.1 innings of work while walking one and striking out three. Webb followed him with 2.2 scoreless innings and just two hits allowed while walking one and striking out three as well. Belcher worked a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to close out the victory for the Gamecocks. College of Charleston starter Ryan West suffered the loss and is now 2-3 for the season. He allowed two runs on six hits in five innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
All nine position starters reached base at least once for Carolina with eight tallying at least one hit including Joey Pankake, who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Christian Walker, Brison Celek and Chase Vergason all had two hits apiece as well.
The Gamecocks broke ahead 1-0 in the top of the first inning. Pankake reached base with a one-out double that dropped in between the shortstop and both the left fielder and center fielder. After a single from Walker and a walk to Celek loaded the bases, Pankake would score on LB Dantzler’s RBI groundout.
Walker increased the lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning with a two-out RBI single. After Pankake reached base with his second double of the game, Walker drilled a 0-1 pitch to extend Carolina’s advantage to two runs. South Carolina pushed it to 4-0 in the sixth inning against College of Charleston reliever Christian Powell. Brison Celek greeted Powell with a double off the wall in left field and after a wild pitch he would score on LB Dantzler’s RBI base hit. After Carolina loaded the bases, Dantzler would score on Chase Vergason’s RBI sacrifice fly to left field.
A single run in the seventh inning and two more runs in the eighth inning made it 7-0 for Carolina. Pankake’s third hit of the night was a solo home run to right field, his second homer of the year. Evan Marzilli doubled in a run in the eighth inning and scored on a wild pitch. He has now reached base in all 29 games this year.
NO. 1 UK BELTS SIX HOMERS, WINS 20TH STRAIGHT AT HOME
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 1 Kentucky launched a season-high six home runs – including a two-homer game from catcher Luke Maile and a grand slam from outfielder Zac Zellers – to lead UK to its school-record 20th consecutive home win with a 19-6 shellacking over Dayton, on Wednesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (28-2) has now opened its season with a school-record 20 consecutive wins at Cliff Hagan Stadium, eclipsing the previous record of 16 consecutive home wins in 2006 and 2007. The Wildcats passed their first test as the newly ranked top-ranked team in the nation in a ranking by Collegiate Baseball, ranking No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches’ poll, No. 7 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and No. 8 in the Baseball America top-25.
The NCAA leader in wins, UK is off to the best start to a season in program history sitting alone atop the Southeastern Conference standings after just three of 10 league weekends. UK is coming off SEC series wins on the road at No. 18 Georgia and Tennessee, in addition to a series sweep over two-time defending NCAA Champions, No. 2 South Carolina.
The Wildcats had a season-best 24 hits and belted a season-best six homers, the first six-homer game for UK since cranking six at Tennessee on April 30, 2010. UK got two homers from Maile, a grand slam from Zellers and homers from Thomas McCarthy, J.T. Riddle, and the first career homer from shortstop Matt Reida. Maile and Zellers each had four RBI, with Maile batting 3-for-5, with Zellers going 3-for-3 with a career-high four RBI. McCarthy finished 3-for-4 with three RBI, three runs and his fourth homer of the year. Reida also collected a career-high three hits, going 3-for-5 with two runs.
UK got multiple-hit games from Austin Cousino, J.T. Riddle, Jeff Boehm and Micheal Thomas, with UK also getting hits from Tyler Raymond, Lucas Witt, Steven Hoagland and Michael Williams. Cousino went 2-for-4 at the top of the order with his seventh steal and his team-high 11th double of the year, while Riddle hit his third homer, batting 2-for-5 with two RBI. Boehm recorded his first career double, going 2-for-2. Hoagland’s hit was his first career knock, going as a double, with Raymond recording his second career hit.
UK starter Chandler Shepherd did not make it out of the first inning, allowing four hits and four runs, not issuing a walk and striking out two, plunking two hitters in his sixth career start. He was relieved with two runners on and two outs in the first inning by freshman Sam Mahar (2-1), who got out of the jam, before working a career-high 4.1 innings without allowing an earned run, walking one and striking out a career-best five.
Freshman A.J. Reed worked a perfect inning, striking out two, before turning it over to freshman Taylor Martin for his third career appearance, working one inning, allowing two hits and one run, striking out one. Freshman Spencer Drake worked the eighth inning, striking out his first three career hitters with one hit allowed. Junior Walter Wijas got the final three outs in the ninth.
Dayton (12-18) starter Tim Bury worked one inning, allowing two hits and one run, striking out one. Tommy Konrad (3-2) followed and worked one inning, allowing six hits and six runs, striking out one. UD also used Trent Haughn, Bryce Lahrman, Matthew Miller, Denton Sagerman and Mike Hauschild in relief.
UK will return to action for a pivotal three-game series between two of the hottest teams in the nation, hosting No. 10 Ole Miss, starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The games will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, available in Lexington on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UKathletics.com.
The Flyers got on the board in the top of the first inning, as Bobby Glover reached on a one-out single up the middle, taking second on Brian Blasik’s seeing-eye single through the right side, just out of reach of Riddle’s diving effort. After Shepherd hit C.J. Gillman to load the bases, A.J. Ryan doubled into the left-centerfield gap, scoring Glove and Blasik. After Shepherd got a strikeout with a runner at third and one out, Joe Gayda doubled over the wall in right-centerfield, scoring two to make it 4-0 Flyers.
Kentucky got a run back in the bottom of the first, as McCarthy drove a homer into the right-centerfield gap, clearing the wall for his fourth homer of the year and his second consecutive game with a blast.
Dayton got that run back in the top of the second, as Glover again singled up the middle with one out, bouncing high off the bag and into shallow centerfield. Blasick then singled up the middle, with the ball skidding by Cousino in centerfield for a two-base error, allowing Glover to score from first base.
In the bottom of the second, UK gained the lead for the first time, plating six runs on six hits to take a 7-5 lead. Zellers led off with a hard-hit single through the left side and Riddle followed with a high chopping infield single. Williams loaded the bases with a single to centerfield to bring up Reida with the bases loaded and no outs. Reida grounded back to the pitcher, who got the lead runner out at the plate, with Reida reaching on a fielder’s choice to reload the bases with one out. Cousino then singled up the middle to score a pair and McCarthy followed with a single through the left side to score one. Maile then cranked a no-doubt, three-run homer over the centerfield fence, his seventh homer of the year.
In the bottom of the third, UK added two runs to its lead to take a 9-5 advantage. Zellers drew a walk to leadoff and Riddle deposited his third homer of the year over the rightfield fence, a line-drive blast that landed on the storage containers 50-feet behind the wall in right.
UK stretched its lead in the fourth inning, as Maile connected on his second homer of the night, a solo blast to the deepest part of the park, his eighth of the year.
The Wildcats got total of five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking a 15-5 lead. Reida launched his first career home run to right-centerfield to leadoff the inning, a line-drive shot that gave UK an 11-5 lead. Reida’s first career homer came in his 182nd career at bat. Cousino and McCarthy then drew walks and Flynn loaded the bases with a two-out walk. Zellers then deposited his fourth homer of the year into the deck in right-centerfield, going as a grand slam to put UK up 15-5.
UK added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Thomas led off with a double down the line, taking third on Reida’s infield single. McCarthy then scored Thomas with a RBI single through the left side, his third hit of the game.
Dayton got a run in the top of the seventh inning, as Blasik led off with a single through the right side, scoring on a double into the gap from Zac Stewart.
UK got a run in the bottom of the seventh frame, as Boehm led off with a single up the middle and Witt was hit by a pitch. Riddle then hit into a line-drive double play, with Boehm out on the play. Thomas then recorded his career-high second hit of the game, with Reida following with an infield single, with Witt scoring on an error in the hole on the right side.
In the eighth inning, UK got another run, as Raymond singled to centerfield and Boehm poked a double down the opposite-field line. Witt then singled to third base to score Raymond, with Hoagland then making his third career collegiate at bat. Hoagland ripped a liner up the middle, bouncing off the glove of the shortstop and going as a double in his first career hit, allowing Witt to score the 19th run of the game for UK.
VOLS UPEND MEMPHIS, 6-3, IN FIRST MEETING SINCE 1995
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee scored four runs in the second inning and junior Nick Blount recorded a save for the sixth consecutive game as the Volunteers defeated Memphis, 6-3, in the first meeting between the two teams since 1995 on a rainy Wednesday evening at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The two teams waited out a rain delay of one hour and 12 minutes in the top of the fifth inning to complete the contest. UT improves to 19-10 on the season with the win, while the Tigers fall to 12-17.
The victory closed out a 10-game homestand for the Vols, who went 8-2 during that stretch with wins in each of the last six contests. Wednesday’s victory was UT head coach Dave Serrano’s first over an in-state team at Tennessee.
“I don’t look at any in-state win (as being bigger than) any other win,” Serrano said. “A win is a win and we had to fight and claw for that one. We will take it.
“I like dog fights because I think they bring out mental toughness, but I always like a couple extra runs in the last inning because it gives a little extra cushion so if someone does make a mistake you do have a little room for error. We were able to extend that (lead) and Nick (Blount) came out and did a great job tonight.”
Sophomore Dalton Saberhagen (3-0) picked up the win for Tennessee, allowing a run in 1.2 innings after working out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam in the fifth. Memphis starting pitcher Michael Wills (1-1) suffered the loss, yielding four runs on six hits in three innings on the mound.
At the plate, freshman Will Maddox was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk. It marked his fourth career three-hit performance and second in the last four games. He is now hitting .314 on the season.
Chris Fritts also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3, while five different Vols drove in runs in the contest.
Tennessee exploded for four runs on five hits in the bottom of the second, falling just a home run short of the cycle with two singles, a pair of doubles and a triple. After a quick first out, Fritts laid down a perfect push bunt to reach on an infield single. Chris Pierce immediately followed with a triple to right-center to put the first run of the game on the board.
Just seconds later, Wes Walker made it two extra-base hits in a row with a double to the corner in right to make it 2-0 Vols. A great play by Memphis third baseman Jacob Wilson on a hard-hit ball down the line put the second out on the board, but UT was undeterred using another double, this one by Maddox and a run-scoring single by Zach Luther to jump ahead 4-0.
Memphis threatened to put a dent in the Tennessee lead in the top of the third, loading the bases with just one out, but UT starter Robbie Kidd buckled down to limit the damage, allowing just one run on a sacrifice fly.
After a scoreless fourth inning, rain and lightning hit in the top of the fifth, forcing a delay of one hour and 12 minutes. Play resumed with a runner on first and nobody out and Memphis promptly got a single to center. A walk then loaded the bases before a hit batter brought in a Tiger run and forced the Vols to change pitchers.
Saberhagen entered the game with the bases loaded and nobody out and delivered a huge boost for the Vols, getting a big strikeout before inducing an inning-ending 5-3 double play that kept the Vol lead at two.
The run allowed by the Vols in the fifth snapped a streak of 17.2 shutout innings posted by the bullpen, spanning the last five games.
Saberhagen’s effort loomed large in the next frame as Memphis cut the UT lead to just one, scoring the first earned run of the season against Saberhagen on an RBI groundout from Keaton Aldridge that brought the tally on the scoreboard to 4-3.
The Vols tacked on an insurance run in the seventh to push the lead back to two at 5-3. Freshman pinch-hitter Jake Rowland entered the game after a one-out single by Davis Morgan. A balk moved him up to second before Rowland laced a 2-1 offering to right for his first career extra-base hit, an RBI double.
UT added one more for safe measure in the eighth as Maddox recorded his third hit of the evening, moved to second on a groundout and then came home to score on back-to-back wild pitches. That run pushed the score to 6-3, giving Blount a comfortable margin as he worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save of the season.
Tennessee hits the road this weekend as it travels to the Palmetto State for a weekend series against No. 10 South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. The Vols and Gamecocks will open with a 7 p.m. contest on Friday before playing at 8 p.m. on Saturday in front of a national audience on ESPNU. The series finale is set for a 1:30 p.m. start on Sunday.
“I am excited to get there and I am excited to see (Carolina Stadium),” Serrano said. “That is what I hope our stadium and atmosphere is one day. It is growing. I see our fans continuing to come out. It is too bad that the rain is sending some people away, but I appreciate what our fans are doing behind us. I am excited to go into a hostile environment and I think our players are excited about it too.”