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    SEC Baseball Today: April 6

    Georgia 4, Arkansas 2
    Florida 7, LSU 0
    Mississippi State 7, Vanderbilt 4
    Tennessee 5, South Carolina 4
    Alabama 10, Auburn 6
    Kentucky 3, Ole Miss 2

    Wood Tosses A Gem To Lead Georgia to 4-2 Win

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Georgia sophomore Alex Wood pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts to lead Georgia to a 4-2 win over 13th-ranked Arkansas Friday.

     A crowd of 7,552 watched a typical SEC Friday Night pitching duel and Wood notched his second career complete game to move to 4-1 on the year. Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek entered the contest leading the SEC in wins (six) and ERA (1.26) but got his first loss after allowing four runs on six hits in six innings pitched. The Razorbacks (22-7, 5-5 SEC) lost for just the second time 20 home games this year.

    Arkansas grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second off Wood. First baseman Dominic Ficociello led off with a double and went to third on a groundout by Sam Bates. Catcher Jake Wise put down a safety squeeze bunt down the first base line and wound up with an RBI-single as Ficociello scored for a 1-0 advantage.

    Freshman designated hitter Nelson Ward drew a leadoff walk to start the contest, and then Stanek set down 11 in a row until two-out singles by freshman Hunter Cole and junior catcher Brett DeLoach in the fourth. For Cole, it extended his hitting streak to a team-best 13 games. He got out of the jam by striking out senior Colby May on three pitches to maintain a 1-0 edge.

    Georgia (19-11, 5-5 SEC) tied the game in the fifth. Junior third baseman Curt Powell lined a double that centerfielder Jacob Morris misplayed, allowing Powell to advance to third. Stanek got ahead of senior Peter Verdin 0-2 and then uncorked a wild pitch as Powell raced home to make it 1-1.

    The Razorbacks responded with a two-out rally in their half of the fifth to reclaim a 2-1 lead. Shortstop Tim Carver and designated hitter Jacob Mahan reached with a pair of singles. Then, Matt Reynolds lined a run-scoring single to left to plate Carver and Mahan tried to score but was thrown out on a strong relay from Cole to shortstop Kyle Farmer and on to DeLoach.

    Bulldog senior Levi Hyams began the sixth with a ground-rule double. Farmer followed with a line-drive single that Hyams had to hold up to see drop before getting to third. Cole drew a five-pitch walk to load the bases for DeLoach.  On a 1-0 pitch, Stanek tossed his second wild pitch of the night as Hyams scored to make it 2-all while Farmer and Cole moved in to scoring position. DeLoach grounded out to third and Farmer scored to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 edge. After Stanek struck out May, Conor Welton lined a two-out single that Carver kept from going in to the outfield. On his attempt to get Welton, Cole raced home for a 4-2 lead. Stanek retired Powell to end the top of the inning.

    Stanek surrendered four runs on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in six innings of work. Arkansas turned to left-hander Cade Lynch to start the seventh.

    “Alex was tremendous, and he got better as the game went along,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “It’s a team game, and as soon as we put three up, he went up to another level. He fed off of that. We need him to pitch like that, and we need to back it up with some offense, and we did that. It’s a game, and we need to play at a high level but also remember to have fun.”

    The series continues Saturday at 3:05 p.m. ET.

    No. 1 Florida Blanks No. 7 LSU, 7-0, To Even Series


    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore right-hander Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) tossed a career-high six scoreless innings and junior Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of doubles to lead No. 1 Florida (25-6/7-4 SEC) to a 7-0 shutout of No. 7 LSU (24-7/7-4 SEC) in front of 5,793 fans at McKethan Stadium on Friday night. The crowd was the second-highest attendance this season for the hosts and the third-biggest in school history. The victory evened the three-game series, with UF sophomore righty Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) (1-0, 4.05) set to start tomorrow’s series finale at 4 p.m. against LSU sophomore right Ryan Eades (4-1, 1.91).

    “You could tell in the first inning that he [Jonathon Crawford] had his fastball,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “It was a challenge and he met the challenge, it’s as simple as that. He didn’t have a great start last weekend against Ole Miss and he took it upon himself to have a better start this week. In my opinion, that was the best start he’s had since he’s been here. It was a very, very important game for us. We needed to get back on the winning side of things and we were facing arguably the best pitcher in the country. He [Kevin Gausman] was outstanding tonight as well. [Jonathon] Crawford needed to match him pitch-for-pitch. With the importance of the game, with who he was pitching against, I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

    After Crawford (3-1) pitched brilliantly and out-dueled LSU sophomore starter Kevin Gausman (5-1), he was followed to the mound by junior Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.), who registered three strikeouts and retired all six batters he faced over two innings. Junior Steven Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) recorded the first two outs of the ninth and freshman Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) had a game-ending strikeout to secure Florida’s second shutout of the season and just its second over the Tigers in the series history. Led by multiple-hit efforts by Zunino, junior Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) (2-for-4, two RBI), senior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.) (2-for-5, two runs) and freshman Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (2-for-4), the Gators enjoyed an 11-4 advantage in hits. UF used a two-run double by Zunino on the third and sent nine batters to the plate during a four-run seventh that put the game out of reach.

    Senior Tyler Hanover drew a leadoff walk in the third inning and Crawford had junior Alex Edward line out to first baseman Gushue for a double play. Freshman Jared Foster had a single into center field for LSU’s first hit before sophomore JaCoby Jones flew out to center field. 

    Zunino opened the scoring in the bottom of the inning with a two-out, two-run double off Gausman. Pigott extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out single and freshman Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (1-for-3, three runs) followed with a walk. Zunino roped his team-leading 10th two-bagger to right center on a 0-2 pitch to clear the bases and the Tigers elected to walk senior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) intentionally. The move paid off when Gausman struck out junior Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) to complete the inning.

    Senior Austin Nola began the fifth with a double into left center field and junior third baseman Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) made a nice play to retire sophomore Ty Ross for the first out. Crawford had Hanover ground out to Dent and uncorked a wild pitch that moved Nola to third with two down before having Edward fly out to center field.

    Freshman Jared Foster was plunked to start the sixth but Crawford had Jones hit into 1-6-3 double play, the season-high third turned by the Gators on the night. Although senior Grant Dozar punched a two-out single into left field and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Crawford caught junior Mason Katz looking on strikes to end the inning.

    Junior Raph Rhymes was hit by Crawford to open the seventh and Maddox was summoned from the bullpen. Over a career-high six innings, Crawford gave up three hits, with four strikeouts and two walks. Maddox fielded a grounder by Nola and threw out the lead runner at second base, had Ross pop up to second base and struck out Hanover to keep the Gators ahead by a 2-0 count.

    “I was excited to get on the mound again,” Crawford said. “I tried my best to keep my team in it. I knew I had to come out and be really good because he’s [Kevin Gausman] is supposed to be a high draft pick, so I had to come out and battle for my team and give them the best chance to win.”
    The Gators broke open the game with four runs in the bottom of the stanza to build a 6-0 lead. Pigott had a leadoff single and Turgeon followed with a base-hit into left field. A wild pitch by Gausman enabled both runners to move into scoring position and the righty responded with a strikeout of Zunino. Tucker was walked intentionally to load the bases with one down and Rhymes misplayed a fly ball by Johnson into left field that allowed Pigott to come home. Fontana followed with a two-run single into right field to prompt a pitching change. Junior Joey Bourgeois took over for Gausman (6.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 8 K, 4 BB) and yielded an RBI double to Gushue down the right-field line that brought across senior pinch runner Jeff Moyer (Winter Springs, Fla.). Bourgeois struck out junior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) and Dent.

    Zunino finalized the scoring with an RBI double in the eighth that scored Turgeon, who had walked and stole second base for his first career theft. 

    “I’m just trying to grind out at-bats, foul off some good pitches and hopefully get something that I can handle,” Zunino said. “Baseball is a game where you can go through some struggles, I was just trying to keep a clear mind and battle as much as I could.”

    Mississippi State Downs Vanderbilt, 7-4

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the Mississippi State baseball team, it was a Good Friday indeed.
    The Bulldogs won a third straight Southeastern Conference series opener with a 7-4 win over Vanderbilt Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. MSU ushered in the Easter holiday weekend with Chris Stratton’s seventh pitching win of the season and ace closer Caleb Reed’s seventh save.
    MSU improved to 19-11 overall and 4-6 in conference play, while Vanderbilt fell to 12-18 and 3-7. The Bulldogs snapped a six-game losing streak to the Commodores here at home. With victories over Arkansas, Auburn and now Vanderbilt, MSU makes it three straight series-opening wins for the first time since beating Kentucky, Arkansas and LSU on successive weekends in 2007.
    “Chris was excellent tonight,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “The biggest play may have been on a bunt attempt. Chris makes an incredible athletic move to make the catch. Caleb then comes through and totally shuts them down.”
    The Bulldogs built an early 6-1 lead with two runs in the first inning and four more scores in the third inning. Stratton carried that hefty lead until the sixth inning when the Commodores struck for three scores.
    Reed faced two batters past the minimum while throwing three innings of shutout relief.
    In the first inning, Adam Frazier opened the game with a leadoff single. Tyler Fullerton followed with a walk. After a pair of outs, Wes Rea followed with a two-run single.
    In the third inning, Mitch Slauter reached as a hit batsman. C.T. Bradford followed with a base hit, which chased VU starter Kevin Ziomek. New pitcher Drew VerHagen was reached for back-to-back run-producing hits by Wes Rea and Daryl Norris.
    Norris, the Bulldog designated hitter, returned to the lineup for the first time since March 7. His return included a pair of hits and an RBI.
    “It feels good to finally be getting everybody back,” MSU senior outfielder Brent Brownlee said. “These are our guys and we need them out there for us to be at our best.”
    Sam Frost followed with a two-run double – his second double of the game – and suddenly the Maroon and White held a 6-1 lead.
    Things stayed that way until Vanderbilt struck for three runs in the sixth inning. An RBI-double by Spencer Navin and two-run single by Riley Reynolds were the big blows in that inning.
    “Thing were going well until that inning,” Stratton said. “I made some pitches that I should not have. The team battled hard behind me though and we pulled through for a big win.”
    Brownlee brought home a critical insurance score with an RBI-single in the seventh inning.
    Stratton (7-0) allowed six hits and four runs (three earned), with six strikeouts and one walk. Reed allowed two hits, while facing 11 batters and throwing 35 pitches.
    Ziomek (2-5) took the loss in two-plus innings of work. The Commodores threw four total pitches, while allowing 10 hits and seven earned runs.
    Frazier, Rea, Norris and Frost each had multiple hits for the Bulldogs.
    Vanderbilt received two hits apiece from Tony Kemp and Anthony Gomez.
    The series resumes at 2 p.m. Saturday.

    Vols Win Thriller Over No. 10 South Carolina, 5-4

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – An error on a popped-up bunt allowed Tennessee to score the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and junior Nick Blount came on to record his seventh save in seven consecutive games as the Volunteers edged No. 10 South Carolina, 5-4, in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,242 at Carolina Stadium on Friday night.

    Tennessee improves to 20-10 overall and 6-4 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Gamecocks fall to 21-9 on the year and 3-7 in league action. For the Vols, it is the fastest they have reached the 20-win mark since going 20-8 to start the 2005 season, which culminated in an appearance in the College World Series.

    With the score deadlocked at 4-4 in the top of the ninth after three lead changes, the Big Orange put runners on the corners with one out after back-to-back singles by Zach Osborne and Will Maddox. With the count at 0-2 to Zach Luther following two unsuccessful bunt attempts, he was able to get the bat on the ball but popped the two-strike bunt back to the mound. Osborne was caught off third, but the throw to double him up by SC pitcher Matt Price sailed into left field, allowing the eventual game-winning run to score.

    “It’s baseball,” Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano said. “I don’t think anyone out there can figure out this game, I can’t figure it out. That’s why we continue to tell our players to play hard. Play hard and try to win the next pitch because if you try to analyze why this game does certain things, you are going to go crazy with it.”

    Blount then came on to retire all three batters he faced, sitting down the heart of the Gamecock order, with the last out traveling all the way to the warning track in dead center, to pick up his eighth save of the season and seven in seven consecutive games.

    The win marked UT’s first in Carolina Stadium and first over South Carolina since 2009. 

    Junior Drew Steckenrider (3-2) launched his fifth home run of the season and struck out the side twice in his 2.1 innings of work to pick up the win after 5.2 strong innings by South Carolina native and UT starter Zack Godley. Both pitchers struck out six in the contest.

    The Vols touched up South Carolina starter Michael Roth for three runs on six hits, three of which went for extra bases. He had allowed just three extra-base hits all season entering the contest. It was Price (3-3) that suffered the loss, however, yielding two runs, one earned, in 2.2 innings.

    “(Michael Roth and Matt Price are) two guys that I have a lot of respect for, that I have watched on TV the last few years and I am very proud of our guys for being able to overcome those two guys and overcome ourselves,” Serrano said. “We kind of put ourselves in that situation a little bit and we kind of overcame ourselves which is what we have been doing lately, but I am very proud of how we overcame Roth and Price, two good quality pitchers in college baseball.”

    The Vols struck first, using doubles by Ethan Bennett and Maddox to bring in the first run of the game. Roth entered the contest having allowed just three extra-base hits all season before the two at-bats by the UT underclassmen.

    The Gamecocks threatened to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth, putting together the makings of a two-out rally with a double high off the wall and back-to-back walks to load the bases. Godley made quick work of T.J. Costen though, striking him out on three straight pitches to end the frame.

    South Carolina finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, striking for a pair of unearned runs to take a 2-1 lead.

    It wouldn’t last long though, as Steckenrider launched a mammoth bomb into the left-field bleachers with one on to give it right back to Tennessee in the top of the sixth. It was his team-leading fifth of the season and the first allowed by Roth this season.

    The back-and-forth affair continued in the home half of the frame, however, as Christian Walker laced a two-out, bases-loaded single to center to bring home two runs and put South Carolina back on top, 4-3.

    Following a scoreless seventh, the Vols answered right back in the eighth. Luther led off the frame with a first-pitch double to left-center and Steckenrider followed with a walk. Parker Wormsley, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner earlier in the contest, was unsuccessful on his first two bunt attempts, but laid a perfect one down with two strikes to move both runners up 90 feet. That allowed a groundout to short by Chris Fritts to bring in the tying run and set up the dramatic ninth-inning finish.

    Tennessee will go for the series win at 8 p.m. on Saturday night in a contest set to air on ESPNU. Carter Blackburn and former LSU star Ben McDonald will be on the call, while UT senior southpaw T.J. Thornton (0-0, 5.40) will square off with Gamecock lefty Jordan Montgomery (2-0, 3.27) on the mound.

    Alabama Baseball Defeats No. 23 Auburn 10-6 In Series Opener


    TUSCALOOSA, Ala.  – Taylor Dugas set a new Alabama career record for triples, while Kenny Roberts hit his first career grand slam to power the Alabama baseball team to a 10-6 victory over in-state rival, No. 23 Auburn. With the win the Crimson Tide improves to 11-19 and 2-8 in the Southeastern Conference, notching its second consecutive win, while Auburn falls to 17-12 and 6-4 in the SEC.

    Dugas finished the night 2-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI, all three of which came on his record setting triple, in the eighth inning. Roberts had a 2-for-3, two run and four RBI night at the plate, including a grand slam in the third inning. Freshman Taylor Guilbeau (3-2) earned the victory for the Tide, pitching 4.0 innings in relief of starter Charley Sullivan, allowing just one run while striking out three. Auburn starter Derek Varnadore (1-4) took the loss for the Tigers.

    “I thought that the key was in the middle of the game when Taylor Guilbeau came in,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “He really solidified the game and calmed things down. At that time Auburn had really gotten going offensively, and he was able to put some zeros up and put some quality innings out there.”

    Dugas’ two-out, three RBI, eighth inning triple broke the previous mark of 13 held by former UA standout Emeel Salem. Furthermore, Dugas also tied Crimson Tide legend Dave Magadan’s career doubles mark at 64, with a leadoff double in the bottom of the first inning. It was all part of a game that saw a combined 16 runs on 24 hits, including five doubles and four home runs.

    “Offensively we were really good for nine innings,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We kept pretty good pressure on them, but the big blow was from Kenny Roberts. That was really big for our team. We’d been waiting on Kenny to deliver, and hopefully that’s the hit that will really jumpstart him and get him going. And then obviously there’s Dugas. Not only does he break the record for triples, but it was the biggest blow of the night. It kind of put the nail in the coffin for us at the end. It was a good night for us and a good night for our players. As I said earlier, they have continued to work at it and stay strong. This is our first SEC Friday night win, and we’ve got an opportunity to come in on Saturday with a better feel for things, and an opportunity to win a series.”

    The Tigers notched the first score of the evening, plating an unearned run in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead before Alabama answered back with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score at 1-1. Dugas led off with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt then scored on a one-out RBI groundout by senior shortstop Jared Reaves.

    The Tide added to the run total in the bottom of the second, upping to the score to 2-1 on a two-out RBI single by James Tullidge, before Auburn tied the game at 2-2 in the top of third via a solo home run by the No. 3-hole hitter, Ryan Tella.

    The Tide exploded for five runs in the third, four of which came courtesy of Roberts’ grand-slam, to extend the advantage to 7-2. Austen Smith drove home the first run of the inning, scoring Reaves from second on a sharp, two-out RBI single to right field. After Jon Kelton walked to load the bases, Roberts unleashed a towering shot to left field, clearing the bases to push the Alabama advantage to five runs.

    Auburn answered back with a run in the top of the fourth, then three runs in the top of the fifth - all three of which coming off Tiger home runs – to cut the Alabama lead to 7-6.

    After a scoreless sixth and seventh innings, the Tide got out of a jam in the top of the eighth, utilizing a timely 6-4-3 double play to end an Auburn scoring threat, before adding three insurance runs in the bottom of the inning on the bases-clearing triple by Dugas to take a 10-6 advantage into the ninth inning.

    Jake Hubbard pitched a scoreless ninth inning of relief to preserve the victory for the Crimson Tide.

    Game two of the series between Alabama and No. 23 Auburn will begin at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The game will be televised on CSS with Matt Stewart and Rusty Ensor calling the action. The Tide is scheduled to start freshman left-hander Justin Kamplain (1-2, 3.21 ERA) while the Tigers will counter with sophomore lefty Will Kendall (4-0, 2.134 ERA).

    Late Heroics Push No. 1 Kentucky Past No. 10 Ole Miss, 3-2

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Locked in a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, Luke Maile launched a one-out double into the gap and Cameron Flynn laced a game-winning RBI single up the middle, with Trevor Gott coming on in the ninth for his seventh save of the year, as No. 1 Kentucky posted a 3-2 comeback win over No. 10 Ole Miss in the series opener, extending its school-record 21-game home winning streak, on Friday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

    Kentucky (29-2, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) extended its lead atop the conference standings with the win, claiming its school-record 21st consecutive victory at Cliff Hagan Stadium. UK has now won four consecutive SEC games against top-10 teams at home, also sweeping No. 2 South Carolina to open up conference play. The Wildcats sit alone atop the SEC standings after 10 of 30 games played in the league, with UK leading the NCAA in batting average and pacing the league in nearly every offensive category. On the year, UK owns a staggering 9-1 record in one-run games and has posted a 6-1 record against top-25 foes in 2012.

    The Wildcats rallied from behind yet again to claim the win, as Ole Miss took a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning, before UK evened up the game behind Maile’s leadoff double and an RBI from Zac Zellers. The teams entered the bottom of the eighth inning in a 2-2 tie, before Maile pounded a double, scoring on Flynn’s RBI single up the middle.

    Kentucky was led offensively in a seven-hit attack by Maile’s two doubles, with Flynn batting 2-for-4 with one RBI. Austin Cousino added a double, with Michael Williams and Matt Reida each adding hits, with Reida charting an RBI. UK also drew four walks, with Cousino, A.J. Reed, Zellers and J.T. Riddle adding walks. In addition to his hit and walk atop the order, Cousino totaled a career-high three outfield assists in the game, including gunning out two runners attempting to score at the plate from centerfield.

    UK starter Taylor Rogers worked five innings, allowing 10 hits and two runs, not issuing a walk and striking out five. Alex Phillips (5-1) took over for Rogers in the sixth inning and turned in 3.1 strong innings, not allowing a run, walking one and striking out three. Gott took over in the ninth inning with one out and the game-tying run at second base, getting a strikeout and a groundout, dancing around a ninth-inning two-base error, to lock down his seventh save of the year. Gott now has the second-most saves in UK single-season history, with his nine career saves ranking tied for eighth in UK career history.

    Ole Miss (20-9, 5-5 SEC) starter Bobby Wahl worked a season-low four innings, allowing two hits and one run, walking four and striking out two. Wahl – considered the frontrunner for SEC Pitcher of the Year – was relieved by Aaron Greenwood, who worked a strong 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and one run, striking out one. Dylan Chavez (3-2) took over for Greenwood with one down in the seventh inning, tossing 1.2 strong innings, allowing three hits and one run, striking out two.

    The series will resume on Saturday, with first pitch slated for 2 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game will be heard live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with the Voice UK Baseball Neil Price, calling the action. Fans in Lexington can hear the game live on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UK will turn to junior southpaw Jerad Grundy (3-0, 3.41 ERA) to face off with Ole Miss sophomore right-hander R.J. Hively (3-1, 1.71 ERA).

    Ole Miss came out swinging in the opening game of the series as Alex Yarbrough singled through the six hole with two outs in the top of the first. Matt Snyder doubled with a line drive down the rightfield line putting runners on second and third with two outs but Rogers got out of the jam by forcing a fly out to Zellers in right field.

    After the bottom half of the first in which Kentucky was unable to convert with runners in scoring position, Andrew Mistone singled in the top of the second for the Rebels with one out. Mistone advanced to second to second on a slow ground ball to third. With two outs, Blake Newalu singled up the middle with Mistone trying to score from second but was gunned at the plate by Kentucky’s Cousino to keep the Rebels scoreless through one and a half.

    Kentucky threatened in the bottom of the second as Riddle got the Wildcats started with a one-out walk. Williams stepped up to the plate and delivered Kentucky’s first hit of the game with a double down the leftfield line to give the Wildcats runners at second and third with one out. Riddle crossed the plate for the first run of the game on a Reida groundball up the middle. Wahl got out of the one-out, first-and-third jam with a 6-3 double play and the Wildcats leading 1-0.

    Ole Miss matched the Wildcats in the top of the third as Auston Bousfield reached on a single to the left side of the field with one out. Yarbrough followed up with a single up the middle, advancing Bousfield to third. Bousfield got the Rebels on the scoreboard after crossing the plate on a Snyder RBI, tying the game at 1-1 through two and a half.

    The Rebels kept it going in the top of the fourth as Preston Overbey led off the Rebels with a single through the right side. Mistone came up big for Ole Miss, drilling an RBI double off the leftfield wall to score Overbey. With two outs, Mathis reached on an infield single to shortstop but Mistone attempted to take home on the throw to first and was thrown out by Williams leaving Ole Miss with a 2-1 lead.

    Kentucky attempted to comeback in the bottom of the fourth as Flynn led off the Wildcats with their second hit of the game. Zellers walked and the runners advanced to second and third on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by Riddle.  Flynn tagged from third on a Williams fly out to right but was called out on a challenge as he left early, ending the inning.

    Maile got the Wildcats back in the game as he led off the bottom of the sixth with a double down the rightfield line. Maile advanced to third on a passed ball before scoring on a sacrifice fly to right by Zellers.

    Mathis led off the Rebels with a single in the top of the seventh and after a single to left by Yarbrough, a misplay in leftfield led to runners advancing to second and third. Snyder flew out to center and Cousino tallied his third outfield assist of the game, gunning out Mathis at the plate.

    Kentucky came up in the clutch again as Maile drilled a double to left center with one out in a tie ballgame in the bottom of the eighth. Flynn followed up with a two-out single up the middle to score Maile and give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead entering the top of the nine.

    Ole Miss fought back in the bottom of the ninth, including baserunners reaching first and second with one out but Gott came in for the Wildcats, grabbing his seventh save on the year with Kentucky winning 3-2.