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    BASEBALL RESULTS
    Alabama vs. Southeastern Louisiana (Cancelled)
    Francis Marion 5, South Carolina 4
    Georgia 8, Clemson 7
    ETSU 4, Tennessee 3
    LSU 8, Southern Miss 3
    Vanderbilt 7, Belmont 0

    Alabama Baseball Game at Southeastern Louisiana Cancelled

    HAMMOND, La. – Tonight’s baseball game between Alabama and Southeastern Louisiana has been cancelled due to inclement weather in Hammond, La., and field conditions at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. The game between the Crimson Tide and the Lions will not be made up.

    Alabama returns to Southeastern Conference action on Friday, April 13 with game one of a three-game series at No. 5 LSU. First pitch on Friday night is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Alex Box Stadium. Starting pitchers for the weekend series have not been announced.

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    GAMECOCKS FALL 5-4 TO FRANCIS MARION

    Florence, S.C. – A three-run third inning and a two-run seventh inning was enough for Francis Marion, who knocked off ninth ranked South Carolina 5-4 on Wednesday evening in the first game ever played in brand-new Cormell Field at Sparrow Stadium in Florence, S.C.  The Patriots, currently ranked No. 20 in Collegiate Baseball’s Division II poll, improve to 27-13 while the loss drops South Carolina to 24-10 for the season.

    With Carolina trailing 5-3 entering the top of the ninth, the Gamecocks looked to rally as Grayson Greiner drew a one-out walk followed by a single by LB Dantzler to give the Gamecocks a pair of runners on the corners.  Pinch hitter Kyle Martin would drive in Greiner with a RBI groundout.  With pinch runner Patrick Harrington on second base in scoring position, pinch hitter Sean Sullivan hit a liner to right field that was collected by FMU’s Jarrod Reed to seal the victory for the Patriots.

    Francis Marion starter Matt Broderick picked up the win and is now 6-1 on the year.  He worked five innings and allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.  Francis Marion reliever Jeffrey Stoner allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings with one walk and two strikeouts for his second save.  South Carolina starter Adam Westmoreland suffered the loss and is now 2-1 on the year.  He allowed three runs on five hits in 2.2 innings with no walks and one strikeout.

    Francis Marion grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on the back of four consecutive two-out hits and a wild pitch.  Michael Wilson got it started as he singled to right-center followed by a bunt for a base hit by Tyler Boyd.  Tyler Hibbs drove in the first run with a RBI single to the gap in left-center with Buddy Sosnoskie adding a RBI single as well.  Hibbs eventually scored the third run on a wild pitch issued by Gamecock reliever Patrick Sullivan.

    South Carolina answered in the top of the fourth inning on Christian Walker’s seventh home run of the season.  Walker blasted a 1-0 pitch from Broderick over the wall in left-center to cut Carolina’s deficit to two runs.  The Gamecocks crept closer in the fifth with another run as Dantzler drew a one-out walk and after a balk moved him into scoring position, he would score on Dante Rosenberg’s RBI base hit up the middle.
    With the Gamecocks trailing by a run, Francis Marion got some insurance in the seventh inning.  With two outs and a runner on first base, the Patriots loaded the bases on walks to Hibbs and Sosnoskie.  That set the stage for Stephen Tarkenton, who knocked a RBI base hit up the middle to score a pair of runners.

    Despite a 5-2 deficit, South Carolina looked to mount a rally in the eighth inning as pinch hitter Michael Roth drew a walk.  With one out, Evan Marzilli laced a single to the gap in left-center.  On the play, pinch runner TJ Costen got caught up between second and third base and would be tagged out for the second out of the frame.  After Adam Matthews walked, Walker drove in his second run of the night with a single up the middle scoring Marzilli.  With runners on the corners, Stoner worked out of the jam with a strikeout against Joey Pankake ending Carolina’s threat.

    Francis Marion had nine hits with the Gamecocks ending the evening with seven.  Walker was 3-for-4- with a run scored and two RBI to lead South Carolina at the plate.  He now has 215 career hits and is tied for 17th all-time in Carolina history with Reese Havens (2006-07-08).  Wilson, Tarkenton and Reed all had two hits apiece to lead FMU.

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    Georgia Rallies Past Clemson 8-7

    CLEMSON, S.C.------Georgia erased an early 7-2 deficit to post an 8-7 win over Clemson Wednesday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

    The Bulldogs (20-13) scored six runs on four hits in the fifth to rally past the Tigers who dropped to 19-15. Catcher Phil Pohl gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring single following a one-out double by centerfielder Thomas Brittle. Clemson chased Georgia freshman right-hander David Sosebee in the second with a four-run outburst. Steve Wilkerson delivered a two-run triple and Brittle added a two-run blast for a 5-0 advantage. Georgia pushed across a pair of runs in the fourth to trim the deficit to 5-2. Conor Welton and Brandon Stephens registered an RBI off of Daniel Gossett.

    Clemson responded in the bottom of the frame, scoring two runs off Ross Ripple to build its lead back to five at 7-2.

    The Bulldogs got to Gossett in the fifth, loading the bases with one out. Pinch-hitter Colby May delivered a two-run single and Clemson went to its bullpen in freshman Patrick Andrews. Freshman Justin Bryan drew a walk to load the bases again and then Andrews struck out Welton . Stephens came through again with a two-run single to bring Georgia to within one at 7-6. Third baseman Curt Powell tied the game with a run-scoring single and Georgia claimed an 8-7 lead when Stephens scored on a wild pitch.

    Georgia looked to right-hander Earl Daniels in the fifth, and he got two outs before leaving with the bases loaded when freshman Pete Nagel put an end to the threat by striking out Wilkerson to preserve the lead. Nagel took care of the sixth and Georgia looked to freshman Jarrett Brown in the seventh. Brown pitched around a leadoff error by Powell.  Jay Baum reached on the miscue and made it to third with two outs before Powell made a diving catch of a line drive off the bat of Jason Stolz.

    A total of 14 pitchers saw action in the contest including eight by the Bulldogs. Ripple (1-0) picked up his first career win while Andrews got the loss to fall to 0-2. Junior Blake Dieterich pitched the ninth for his sixth save. The Tigers had won the last five meetings in the series including a 10-5 decision in Athens last month.  Dieterich retired the Tigers in order in the ninth, the first time Clemson went quietly on the night.

    “It was a good comeback, and I liked what I saw from a few of our freshmen towards the end coming out of the bullpen,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “Pete (Nagel) and Luke (Crumley) did a good job, Jarrett (Brown) did some good things too. Then, we had one of our veterans in Blake Dieterich, and he was outstanding in closing it out.”

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    TENNESSEE EDGED AT ETSU, 4-3

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Freshman Will Maddox posted his team-leading fifth three-hit contest of the season but it wasn’t enough as East Tennessee State held off Tennessee, 4-3, on a chilly Wednesday night at Thomas Stadium. 

    “They took advantage of our miscues,” UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “We throw the ball away to centerfield on a pick to second base, a (wild pitch) that led to the guy to second base and then all they have to do is hit a groundball to score their first run. Little things like that (add up) in a one-run game. When you are having a tough time scoring runs, those things are magnified.

    “I didn’t think we took very good at-bats tonight. You have to give credit where credit is due. Their starting pitcher, who has gone 17 innings all year, goes a career-high seven innings in one game and keeps us at bay. We just have to get back to work tomorrow and get ready for a tough series this weekend against Florida.”

    Maddox finished 3-for-5 in the contest and scored two of UT’s three runs. Zach Luther added two hits of his own as the duo matched the Buccaneers’ hit total as a team. The Vols had eight hits on the night, but couldn’t string them together at the right times, leaving the bases loaded in the seventh and two on in the eighth.

    ETSU closer-turned-starter Kerry Doane (3-1) turned in 6.2 strong innings, striking out seven while scattering seven hits and allowing two runs to pick up the win. In his first relief appearance of the year, Jake Long claimed the save for the Bucs, yielding one run on a hit and two walks over the final 2.1 frames.

    Sophomore Carter Watson (3-2) suffered the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in two innings. Drew Steckenrider twirled two shutout innings out of the bullpen and Nick Blount added another for the Big Orange.

    An RBI groundout by Clinton Freeman put ETSU on the board in the bottom of the first and Dylan Pratt tacked on another in the second with a run-scoring double to the gap in left-center.

    The Vols cut the lead to one in the third. With one out in the frame, Maddox looped a single to left and then moved to second on a groundout. UT put the pressure on with Steckenrider at the plate as he punched a two-strike, two-out double to left with Maddox in motion on the basepaths to give the Big Orange its first tally of the game

    The Buccaneers got the run back on a solo home run to right by Pratt in the fourth but the Vols had an immediate answer. Once again it was a one-out single by Maddox that got the rally started as he bunted his way on. He then moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a single to left by Luther.

    The back-and-forth affair continued in the home half of the frame as ETSU pushed its lead back to two with a two-out RBI single by Andrew Greene.

    The Orange and White had a prime opportunity slip away in the seventh as it loaded the bases only to see a pop-up in foul territory end the threat. UT loaded the bases once again in the eighth, this time with just one out, but could only get one run home on a sacrifice fly by Zach Osborne before a strikeout left two runners stranded.

    Trailing by a run in the ninth, Long retired the Vols in order with a pair of groundouts and a strikeout to close out the contest.

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    LSU DEFEATS SOUTHERN MISS, 8-3, IN WALLY PONTIFF JR. BASEBALL CLASSIC

    METAIRIE, La. – Eight LSU pitchers combined to scatter eight hits Wednesday night, and the Tigers capitalized on 10 walks issued by Southern Miss pitching to post an 8-3 victory over the Golden Eagles in the ninth annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Baseball Classic at Zephyr Field.

    LSU, which won for the 10th time in 11 games, improved to 27-7 on the year. The Tigers play host to Alabama this weekend in a three-game SEC series beginning with Game 1 at 7 p.m. Friday in Alex Box Stadium.

    Southern Miss dropped to 19-13 with Wednesday’s loss.

    The Tigers erased an early 2-0 Southern Miss lead with four runs in the bottom of the first inning as LSU took advantage of six walks and a hit batsman issued by three USM pitchers.

    LSU scored its four first-inning runs on bases-loaded walks to first baseman Tyler Moore, third baseman Tyler Hanover, catcher Ty Ross and leftfielder Jared Foster.

    The Tigers added a run in the third on a run-scoring single by centerfielder Arby Fields, and LSU expanded its lead to 8-2 with three runs in the sixth on two bases-loaded hit batsmen and a bases-loaded walk.

    “It was kind of an awkward game, but I thought we executed and did what we needed to do to win,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Our pitching was excellent; we really pounded the strike zone and attacked their hitters. It’s always nice to get a win in front of our fans in the New Orleans area, and our players really enjoyed the experience of playing in a Triple-A ball park and  honoring the memory of Wally Pontiff.”

    Wally Pontiff Jr., an all-SEC third baseman at LSU, died in 2002 at the age of 21 due to a heart abnormality. Proceeds from Wednesday’s game will go to the Wally Pontiff Jr. Foundation, which benefits charitable organizations throughout Louisiana.

    LSU starting pitcher Aaron Nola (4-1) was credited with the victory as he worked the first inning and was charged with one earned run on two hits with no walks and one strikeout.

    Left-hander Brent Bonvillain,  who relieved Nola to begin the second inning, fired three scoreless frames with no walks and three strikeouts. LSU’s pitching effort was also highlighted by the one-inning outings of right-handers Joey Bourgeois and Kurt McCune, who struck out the sides in the fifth and eighth innings, respectively.

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    Commodores shut out Bruins

    Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt used three pitchers to shutout Belmont 7-0 on a chilly Tuesday night at Hawkins Field.
     
    Commodores’ (14-19) starter Sam Selman (3-3) worked a career-high six innings to earn his third straight win. The lefty dominated for the third straight outing, scattering three hits before leaving after facing one batter in the seventh inning. He matched a career-best with seven strikeouts while running his scoreless inning streak to 17 innings. Brian Miller turned in two scoreless innings and Steven Rice finished off Vanderbilt’s fourth shutout victory of the season working the ninth inning.
     
    Vanderbilt’s offense scratched out a two-out run in the first with three straight hits. Mike Yastrzemski’s double chased home Conrad Gregor for an early 1-0 lead. The Dores tacked on another run in the fourth on Joel McKeithan’s grounder that scored Chris Harvey from third base. Vandy used small ball to score two runs in the sixth with Riley Reynolds’ squeeze bunt scoring a run and Tony Kemp’s safety squeeze driving in another. The Commodores blew the game open in the eighth inning scoring three runs on one hit and two Belmont (24-11) errors. Gregor’s sacrifice fly and Anthony Gomez’s two-run single capped the rally and the night’s scoring.
     
    Gomez and Harvey each had three hits to pace Vanderbilt’s 11-hit attack. Harvey’s three hits set a new career-high. John Norwood added a career-best two hits in his first start in the leadoff spot and Gregor chipped in a pair of singles. Spencer Navin extended his on base streak to 13 games when a pitch hit him in the eighth. With three hits Gomez now has five straight games with at least two hits. Matt Beaty had all three hits for the Bruins.
     
    Belmont starter Dan Ludwig (1-4) was pinned with the loss allowing four runs, three earned, on 10 hits in 5.2 innings.