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    SEC Baseball Today: April 7

    BASEBALL RESULTS
    Ole Miss 9, Kentucky 3
    LSU 8, Florida 7
    Alabama 4, Auburn 3
    Arkansas 8, Georgia 3
    Vanderbilt 4, Mississippi State 3
    South Carolina 2, Tennessee 1

    No. 10 Rebels Down No. 1 Kentucky 9-3 To Even Weekend Series

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Two-out hitting proved to be the difference for the Rebels on Saturday as No. 10 Ole Miss (21-9, 6-5 SEC) scored eight runs with two outs on the afternoon to defeat No. 1 Kentucky (29-3, 8-3 SEC) by a score of 9-3.

    The loss snapped a 21-game home win streak for the Wildcats and evened the weekend series at a game each after Kentucky claimed the series opener 3-2 with an eighth-inning rally on Friday.

    Mike Mayers (3-2) picked up the win in his first Saturday start, working 7.1 innings and allowing only three runs on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout. Mayers was originally slated to start on Sunday but moved into the starting role when the team got to the ballpark.

    Senior right-hander R.J. Hively, who was slated to start Saturday’s game, is expected to start the Sunday contest.

    “We had a lot of two-out hits and clutch hits today that we didn’t get last night,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “What broke the ice for us was (Andrew) Mistone came up with the double to open the fifth. Then we got the single from Blake and things just started going. Matt Snyder really broke things open for us.

    “I was impressed with Mike (Mayers) today,” Bianco said. “He never flinched when we told him he was going to get the start today and as a coach, you have to feel good about that.”

    Ole Miss scored first on Saturday when Mistone came home from third on a wild pitch. Mistone opened the fifth inning with a double laced down the third base line. He then moved to third on a sac bunt from Zach Kirksey before scoring on the wild pitch on the first pitch to Blake Newalu.

    The Rebels kept things going with a single from Newalu and a Mathis walk before Kentucky would notch its second out with a strikeout of Bousfield. A double steal put both runners in scoring position and the Wildcats elected to intentionally walk Alex Yarbrough and bring Matt Snyder to the plate. The left-handed hitter then hit a 2-2 count over the wall in right field to clear the bases and put Ole Miss on top 5-0.

    Back-to-back singles from Will Allen and Preston Overbey put two more men on base, and both scored a batter later when Mistone came up for the second time in the inning and doubled off the wall in right field. The Rebels led 8-0 after the fifth.

    Snyder extended the lead in the sixth inning, hitting his second home run of the day with a solo shot to left center that put Ole Miss on top 9-0.

    Kentucky answered in the bottom of the sixth when Thomas McCarthy hit a solo shot over the wall in left center with two outs. The Wildcats couldn’t get any more runs as the Rebels led 9-1 after six innings of play.

    The Wildcats cut into the lead again in the eighth inning when A.J. Reed hit a two-run shot to right field to make it 9-3 in favor of the Rebels. McCarthy scored on the play after notching a one-out double in the previous at bat. Ole Miss then turned to the bullpen for right-hander Chris Ellis.

    Ellis was able to keep the Wildcats off the board in the ninth as the Rebels got a pair of nice snags on fly balls to left field, including a sliding one that saw Mathis glide under the ball, before a strikeout ended things to give Ole Miss the 9-3 win.

    The Rebels and Wildcats will play the final game of the series at noon CT on Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.



    Tigers Rebound from Five-Run Deficit to Beat Gators, 8-7

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Junior left-hander Brent Bonvillain pitched four innings of scoreless relief Saturday and seventh-ranked LSU rebounded from a five-run deficit to post an 8-7 victory over top-ranked Florida at McKethan Stadium.

    LSU, which won two of three games in the SEC series, improved to 25-7 overall and 8-4 in conference play. Florida fell to 25-7 overall, 7-5 in the league.

    The SEC home series loss for Florida was its first since March 25-27, 2011, when the Gators dropped two of three to South Carolina at McKethan Stadium. The Gators had a 17-1 record at home this season prior to the LSU series.

    The Tigers return to action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when LSU plays host to Alcorn State in Alex Box Stadium.

    Bonvillain (2-0) entered the game in the fifth inning with LSU trailing 7-5 and was brilliant on the mound, limiting Florida to no runs on one hit in four innings with one walk and five strikeouts.

    Freshman first baseman Tyler Moore led LSU’s 15-hit attack with a career-best four hits, and he scored one run. Second baseman JaCoby Jones contributed a two-run double, and reserve outfielder Arby Fields contributed a run-scoring triple to highlight LSU’s effort at the plate.

    “This win demonstrates the character and determination we have on this  ball club,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We battled through all types of adversity with injuries and a five-run deficit, but we stayed together and everyone contributed to a great victory. To win a series against  a talented team like Florida in their own ball park is a tremendous accomplishment, and I’m extremely proud of the young men wearing LSU across their chests. They were never intimidated and never deterred from the goal of winning this game today.”

    LSU played the game without outfielder Raph Rhymes, the SEC’s leading hitter, who suffered a mild concussion when he was hit in the head by a pitch in Friday’s game. The Tigers also lost the services during Saturday’s game of starting leftfielder Alex Edward, who suffered an leg injury and was removed in the second inning.

    LSU also won the series with a shorthanded pitching staff as regular SEC starter Aaron Nola was held out of action with muscle fatigue in his throwing shoulder.

    Florida closer Austin Maddox (2-2) was charged with the loss Saturday as he allowed one run on five hits in 2.1 innings with no walks and two strikeouts.

    LSU took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jones was hit by a pitch, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Mike Zunino, and scored on designated hitter Grant Dozar’s groundout.

    The Gators responded with two runs in the bottom of the first when rightfielder Preston Tucker lined an RBI double, and the Gators grabbed the lead when LSU centerfielder Jared Foster misplayed designated hitter Brian Johnson’s fly ball, allowing Tucker to score.

    LSU tied the game at 2-2 in the second when Tyler Hanover was hit by pitch, moved to second on Moore’s single and scored on a throwing error by Florida reliever Steven Rodriguez.

    The Gators regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on an RBI grounder by centerfielder Daniel Pigott.

    Florida erupted for four runs in the third against Eades as shortstop Nolan Fontana highlighted the inning with a three-run homer, his sixth dinger of the year.

    LSU responded with three runs in the fourth to narrow the gap to 7-5. Jones lined a two-run double and rightfielder Mason Katz doubled home Jones to cut the Florida lead to two runs.

    The Tigers tied the game at 7-7 in the seventh when Fields tripled home a run and scored from third on a wild pitch by Maddox.

    LSU grabbed the lead in the eighth as Dozar, Katz  and shortstop Austin Nola contributed consecutive singles against Maddox to load the bases, and catcher Ty Ross lifted a sacrifice fly to score Dozar with the go-ahead run.

    Nick Goody earned his fourth save of the season, retiring the Gators in order in the bottom of the ninth.



    Alabama Baseball Defeats No. 23 Auburn 4-3 On Taylor Dugas’ Walk-Off Home Run

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    TUSCALOOSA, Ala.  – Taylor Dugas’ two-out, two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Alabama baseball team a thrilling, 4-3 come-from-behind victory over in-state rival, the No. 23 ranked Auburn Tigers. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 12-19 on the season and 3-8 in Southeastern Conference play, winning its third straight game and securing its first SEC series victory of the season. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 17-13 and 6-5 in the SEC play.

    “What a great big-time hit from Dugas at the end, a flare for the dramatic,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “The last two Saturday’s at home we’ve had that with Booth and now Dugas. I’m happy for our team. As I’ve said the last week or so, they’ve continued to battle and compete each day and fight through a lot of adversity. They are being rewarded right now.”

    One night after setting the Alabama school record for career triples, Dugas earned both the first walk-off home run and first walk-off hit of his illustrious UA career. The senior from Lafayette, La., took a 1-0 fastball from Auburn reliever Slade Smith (2-4) over the wall in right, giving him his second homer of the season and 14th of his career. The walk-off home run was the second of the year for the Crimson Tide, as Brett Booth’s two-run walk-off effort versus No. 17 Mississippi on March 24 gave Alabama its first SEC win of the season.

    Dugas finished the day 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI. Combined with Friday night’s 2-for-4, three RBI performance, Dugas has now hit for the cycle in two combined games versus the Tigers, totaling a single, a double, a triple and a home run. Additionally, UA left fielder Hunter Gregory tallied an impressive 3-for-4, one run, one RBI day at the plate, beating out a bang-bang play at first base that would have been the final out, allowing Dugas to come to the plate and win the game for the Tide.

    Trey Pilkington (1-0) earned the victory for Alabama pitching a solid 3.2 innings in relief of UA starter Justin Kamplain, allowing no runs on just one hit while striking out two batters. Kamplain, making his seventh start of the season, pitched 5.1 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out five. Smith took the loss for the Tigers, allowing three runs on four hits in 4.0 innings of work.

    “On the pitching end, we were good today,” Gaspard said. “Kamplain gave us a really good start. Pilkington worked through some really tough spots to keep the game where it needed to be. I felt like in the ninth inning if we could get Dugas to the plate, we were going to have a shot. A lot happened to get to that two-run homer. Carlisle had the good at-bat to get on then Gregory legs out the potential double play ball to set that up. That’s just playing hard and giving Dugas the opportunity and then he delivered the big hit.”

    Auburn scored the first run of the day in the top of the third inning on a RBI double by Caleb Bowen to make it 1-0, before Alabama answered back an inning later in the bottom of the fourth to even the score.

    Jared Reaves led off the inning by reaching on an Auburn error, then moved to second on a wild pitch. Reaves eventually reached third on a fielder’s choice before Jon Kelton ripped a two-out line drive to right field to plate Reaves and tie the score at 1-1.

    The Tigers came back to notch a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, chasing Kamplain from the game after 5.1 innings, to pull in front 3-1. Alabama edged closer in the bottom of the seventh, with Kelton coming around from second on Hunter Gregory’s two-out RBI single, to make the score 3-2 before Dugas’ ninth inning dramatics.

    The final game of the three-game series between Alabama and Auburn will begin at 1:05 p.m. CT on Sunday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Tide is scheduled to start freshman left-hander Jon Keller (0-1, 4.18 ERA), while the Tigers will counter with freshman lefty Daniel Koger (2-1, 1.85 ERA).



    No. 13 Arkansas evens series with 8-3 win

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jimmy Bosco hit a grand slam and drove in four runs, while Tim Carver went 2-for-5 with two RBI to lead No. 13 Arkansas to an 8-3 series-evening win over Georgia on Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

    With the win, Arkansas improves to 23-7 on the season and 6-5 in Southeastern Conference play. Georgia drops to 19-12 and 5-6 in SEC competition with the loss.

    The Razorback victory sets up a rubber game on Sunday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. Arkansas will throw junior right hander DJ Baxendale (5-1, 5.23), while Georgia will throw freshman righty Pete Nagel (0-0, 3.41). Sunday’s game will be televised by CST. Reserved tickets for Sunday’s game are available for $10 and can be purchased at the Baum Stadium box office.

    The Arkansas offense produced 13 hits in the win with five different starters recording two hits. Each of the first three players in the batting order had two hits, led by Carver in the leadoff spot who went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Jacob Mahan and Dominic Ficociello also added two hits with Mahan driving in a run. Bosco had the biggest hit of the day with a third inning grand slam, the first grand slam for Arkansas since Kyle Robinson hit one against McNeese State on March 2, 2011. Bosco finished the game going 1-for-5 with four RBI. Derrick Bleeker and Jake Wise also had two hits with Wise driving in a run.

    Hunter Cole and Jonathan Hester each had a pair of hits to lead Georgia at the plate. Levi Hyams and Kevin Ruiz had one RBI each.

    Arkansas reliever Brandon Moore (3-0) earned his third win of the season. Moore gave up a run on four hits and struck out one in 3.1 innings.

    Georgia starter Michael Palazzone (0-4) took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in four innings.

    Arkansas starter Barrett Astin gave up just two unearned runs on three hits and struck out five in 4.2 innings of work. Colby Suggs finished the game for the Razorbacks, striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning.

    Georgia jumped out to an early lead with a run in the top of the second. Cole began the inning with a single to left. A base hit to right-center field by Hester, coupled with a fielding error by Bosco, put runners on second and third with one out. Ruiz then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to put the Bulldogs in front.

    Arkansas had an emphatic answer in the bottom of the third inning, putting together a five-run rally. Brian Anderson led off the inning with a single and Carver followed with a double down the left field line to put runners at second and third. A base hit to left field by Mahan brought home Anderson. After a strike out by Ficociello, Matt Reynolds was intentionally walked to load the bases. Bosco cleared the bases with a grand slam just to the right of the scoreboard in right-center field.

    The Bulldogs got a run back in the top of the fifth. Brandon Stephens drew a one-out walk, but was retired at second after Curt Powell grounded into a fielder’s choice to second. Conor Welton then reached on a fielding error by Reynolds at third to put runners at first and second. Hyams had a two-out single to left field to score Powell to cut the lead to 5-2.

    Arkansas tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Bleeker led off the inning with a single, but was retired at second on a fielder’s choice bunt attempt by Joe Serrano. Wise followed with a double to the right-center field gap to advance Serrano to third. Anderson then hit a grounder to first with the first baseman throwing home to retire Serrano at the plate. Carver made sure that Arkansas would not leave the inning scoreless as he doubled to drive in both runs.

    The Razorbacks stretched the lead to 8-2 in the home half of the seventh. With two outs, Serrano singled into left field and then stole second base. Wise grounded an opposite field single into right to score Serrano.

    Georgia closed the scoring with a run in the top of the eighth. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with nobody out, but Moore was able to limit the damage by getting Hester to ground into a 4-6-3 double play, which brought in a run. Moore then got pinch hitter Nelson Ward to ground out to short to end the inning.

    The Bulldogs would manage a two-out walk in the ninth, but that was all as Arkansas recorded an 8-3 win.



    Vandy rallies to win in extras

    Starkville, Miss. – Vanderbilt rallied to beat Mississippi State 4-3 in 12 innings Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field to even the series at one game apiece.

    With one out in the 12th inning, Tony Kemp drew a walk and moved to second base on a balk by Bulldogs’ (19-12, 4-7) reliever Will Cox. Anthony Gomez immediately took advantage of the mistake singling through the left side of the Mississippi State infield to score Kemp, who slid under the tag of the catcher to put the Commodores (13-18, 4-7) back in front. Will Clinard then nailed down Vanderbilt’s first road win of the year, working a 1-2-3 inning to earn his third win of the season.

    Vanderbilt grabbed the lead in the 6th scoring three runs. Anthony Gomez reached third base on two errors on the same play by the center fielder and scored on Mike Yastrzemski’s infield single. Vince Conde pushed the lead to three runs with a two-run double over the left fielder’s head. The Bulldogs battled back in the seventh with two runs and eventually tying the game in the ninth. Mississippi State was down to their final strike in the ninth trailing 3-2 before Hunter Renfroe tied the game with a RBI-double off the left-center field fence. Gomez, Yastrzemski and Conrad Gregor all had two hits to lead the Commodores. The Bulldogs were held to just five hits in the game.

    Clinard (3-1) earned the win pitching 3.1 scoreless innings. Jacob Lindgren (1-1) took the loss allowing the winning run in the 12th. Vanderbilt starter Tyler Beede turned in another strong start giving up one run on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts over five-plus innings. The freshman did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.

    The Commodores and Bulldogs are set to play the rubber game tomorrow at 1:20 p.m. in Starkville, Miss.



    Gamecocks Even Series with 2-1 Win Over Tennessee

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    Columbia, S.C. –  LB Dantzler’s one-out single in the bottom of the ninth lifted 10th ranked South Carolina to a 2-1 win over Tennessee on Saturday evening at Carolina Stadium. South Carolina improved to 22-9 and 4-7 in the SEC while loss drops Tennessee to 20-11 and 6-5 in league play. The rubber game of the series is set for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network form IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game."  Live video broadcast is also available at GamecocksOnline.com

    South Carolina received a tremendous start from freshman lefthander Jordan Montgomery, who allowed just one run on three hits in eight innings of work. He struck out seven and walked none in the no-decision.  Montgomery’s solid work on the mound helped set the Gamecocks up for the victory.  With the score deadlocked at 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Gamecocks looked to score the final run as Connor Bright led off with a single to left field. Grayson Griener moved Bright to second on a sacrifice bunt and Bright continued to third on a wild pitch from Tennessee reliever Carter Watson. With one out and runners on the corners, Dantzler drove the first pitch he saw to deep center field scoring the winning run.

    Tyler Webb earned the win and improved to 3-0 on the season.  He pitched a perfect ninth inning.  Watson took the loss and is now 3-1 for the year.

    South Carolina had just five hits but managed to walk nine times in the game and the Gamecocks were also hit by three pitches.  TJ Costen was 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Carolina.

    Tennessee would grab an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first.  Will Maddox led off the game with a triple down the left field line and was brought home when Zach Luther grounded out to Joey Pankake at shortstop.

    South Carolina tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning.  A one-out walk to Dantzler followed by a single from TJ Costen and Evan Marzilli reached on an error from Tennessee’s first baseman loaded the bases for Adam Matthews. A sacrifice fly from Matthews to center drove in Dantzler putting the Gamecocks on the board.

    In his first SEC start, Montgomery retired 12 in a row at one point after the triple to lead off the game by UT and only allowed one more batter to reach third base the rest of the evening.  Tennessee starter T.J. Thornton allowed just one run, unearned on three hits in four innings with five walks and two strikeouts.