Auburn Downs Alabama A&M, 7-1
|Auburn 7, Alabama A&M 1
|Alabama 8, MVSU 0
|MVSU 8, Alabama 3
|LSU 5, Lamar 4
AUBURN, Ala. – Trey Cochran-Gill struck out a career high seven in his second career start, holding Alabama A&M off the board through seven innings as Auburn won, 7-1, on Wednesday night at Plainsman Park. The win upped Auburn’s record to 21-16 on the year with a three=game series against two-time defending National Champion No. 6 South Carolina on the horizon this weekend.
“You can’t say enough about the job Trey did tonight,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. “In his second collegiate start he gave us seven strong innings. Trey is one of those guys that had been waiting for his opportunity and when he has gotten the opportunity he’s taken full advantage of it. He threw his fastball for strikes, it was down in the zone, he threw his slider for strikes and showed his change-up. I felt like he was in command today and that was one of the biggest differences.”
Cochran-Gill (3-1), who was named the starter on Wednesday morning, had never worked more than 3 2/3 innings before his seven-inning effort. He was nearly flawless for the first seven innings, holding Alabama A&M to just two hits and two walks before departing following a leadoff double to Dylan Johnson to start the eighth. Though Johnson would come around to score, it did little to diminish the work that Cochran-Gill had done.
“I felt real good. For the most part I had all three pitches working,” Cochran-Gill said. “I just tried to keep my composure and make my pitches.”
Auburn jumped all over Alabama A&M (8-32) starter Sanchez Tucker (0-3), battering him for three runs in both the first and third innings. Auburn’s three runs in the first came courtesy of a two-run home run from Ryan Tella and back-to-back doubles from Garrett Cooper and Cullen Wacker. Cooper would finish the night 3-for-5 with three doubles, becoming the first Auburn player to collect three doubles in a game since Josh Donaldson did it against Kentucky on April 2, 2006.
Creede Simpson’s one-out RBI single started another three-run inning for Auburn in the third. Simpson, who was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, would score on a Jay Gonzalez single to make it 5-0. Gonzalez then scored on a Dan Glevenyak double as Auburn finished the game with a season-high seven doubles and nine extra-base hits.
Justin Bryant tripled and scored in the seventh to cap the Auburn scoring.
Alabama Baseball Drops Game Two of Doubleheader to MVSU, 8-3
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama baseball team dropped game two of its doubleheader versus the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils by a score of 8-3 on Wednesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 14-24 on the season after splitting the doubleheader versus MVSU, having won the first game, 8-0. The Delta Devils improve to 9-29.
“I thought that in the first game we had a really good start from Case Nixon, we got good pitching out of the bullpen with Ian Gardeck and Jay Shaw, and had a good clean game as well,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “As for game two, I give a lot of credit to Mississippi Valley State, they outplayed us in every way possible.”
The Tide mustered just three runs on four hits after totaling eight runs on 13 hits in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Freshman pitcher Cary Baxter (0-2), making his first career start for Alabama, took the loss allowing two runs on two hits while striking out two and walking three in 3.0 innings pitched. David Lostra (3-7) earned the victory for the Delta Devils, allowing just one run on two hits in 6.0 innings pitched.
“They swung the bats really well and we were sloppy defensively and didn’t play well,” Gaspard said. “But that takes nothing away from them. They had a very good win. Up and down there wasn’t a lot of offense and there was some poor pitching here and there.”
Alabama scored the game’s first run as designated hitter Cameron Carlisle was able to scurry home from third base on a MVSU wild pitch to make the score 1-0. Carlisle walked to open the inning, moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a passed ball and then home on a wild pitch.
The Delta Devils responded by plating a run in the third and then another in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead, before exploding for six runs in the fifth. MVSU sent seven batters to the plate, taking advantage of a bases-loaded, no-out error by the Tide to plate the first run of the inning before scoring five more on a single and a pair of fielder’s choice to run the score to 8-1. The six-run, sixth allowed the Delta Devils to earn their first win in 17 tries versus the Crimson Tide.
Alabama threatened in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases to start the inning, but were only able to muster two runs. A sacrifice fly by Taylor Dugas scored the first run of the inning before a bases-loaded walk by Jared Reaves plated the second run. From there, though, Ben Moore struck out swinging and Carlisle popped up to second to end the game.
Alabama will host the Vanderbilt Commodores in a three-game Southeastern Conference series set to begin Friday at 6:35 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
TIGERS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO SEVEN WITH 5-4 WIN OVER LAMAR
BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior leftfielder Raph Rhymes provided three hits and three RBI Wednesday night as No. 1 LSU (31-7) recorded a 5-4 win over Lamar (13-22) in Alex Box Stadium.
With the victory, the Tigers have won 14 out of 15 games, including the last seven in a row. LSU will travel to Lexington on Friday to take on No. 2 Kentucky.
Game 1 of the LSU-Kentucky series begins at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday, Game 2 starts at 1 p.m. CT Saturday and first pitch for Game 3 is Noon CT Sunday. All three games may be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live audio and stats will be available at www.LSUsports.net.
The LSU-Kentucky games on Friday and Saturday will be televised by Fox Sports South, and they can be seen in Louisiana on Fox College Sports (Cox Cable Ch. 255).
Junior left-hander Chris Cotton (4-0) picked up the victory after striking out two in 1.1 innings. Nick Goody earned his fifth save of the season after a perfect ninth inning.
Ben Coram (1-2) took the loss for Lamar after allowing the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“I felt this might be a trap game for us because we had just completed a run of three very emotional SEC series, and Lamar has a very scrappy ball club,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We showed a lot of determination in coming back three different times from deficits, and the most important thing is that we earned a win.”
LSU’s entire lineup reached base and the offense strung together 10 hits. Catcher Ty Ross and third baseman Tyler Hanover each drove home a run.
Joe Broussard (4-0) started the game for LSU and struck out two in two innings of work. Seven pitchers combined to strike out 10 Cardinals in the game.
Lamar grabbed the early 2-0 lead in the opening frame. Third baseman Darian Johnson launched a two-run homer to right field after Jude Vidrine’s leadoff single. Broussard settled down and struck out the next two hitters to end the inning.
LSU knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom half of the first inning. Centerfielder Arby Fields and rightfielder Mason Katz connected on consecutive one-out singles. Rhymes plated both runners with a double down the left field line.
“I can’t tell you how nice it is to know that Raph Rhymes is on our team,” Mainieri said. “I’ve never had a player square up a ball the way he does, and he came through for us once again in clutch situations.”
Lamar took the lead back in the top of the third. Vidrine led off the inning with a single and a pitch hit Garret Autrey. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and Vidrine scored on Johnson’s RBI ground out.
LSU tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth. Rhymes, first baseman Tyler Moore and Ross each connected on singles to load the bases. Hanover greeted new pitcher John Gilligan with a single to center that scored Rhymes.
Lamar plated a run in the top of the fifth. Autrey led off the inning and proceeded to steal second. After a sacrifice bunt, Brad Picha’s ground out scored Autrey from third.
The Cardinals threatened to add more runs with two outs. Jeff Abt singled and moved to third on Seth Dornak’s double to left. Nick Rumbelow relieved Brent Bonvillain and struck out pinch hitter Thomas Henk to end the threat.
LSU evened the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Shor stop Austin Nola led off the inning with a double over the centerfielder’s head and moved to third on Moore’s ground out to the right side. Ross’ sacrifice fly to right scored Nola and tied the game.
The Tigers took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. Dozar and Jones led off the inning with back-to-back walks and Jared Foster entered the game to pinch run for Dozar. Rhymes later ripped a two-out RBI single up the middle to score Foster with the go-ahead run.