Arkansas opens Missouri series with 6-3 win
|Arkansas 6, Missouri 3
|Ole Miss 3, Southern Miss 0
|LSU 9, Tulane 5
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Derrick Bleeker went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead No. 18 Arkansas to a 6-3 win over Missouri on Tuesday night at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas improves to 32-13 with the win, while Missouri drops to 23-20 with the loss.
Bleeker reached base all four times he came to the plate, hitting a pair of doubles, a triple and reaching on a walk. Bleeker finished with two RBI and two runs scored. Jacob Morris and John Clay Reeves each had a hit and a RBI, while Dominic Ficociello also drove in a run.
Brannon Champagne, Case Munson, Andreas Plackis and Patrick Quintanilla each had a hit for Missouri. Quintanilla added a RBI, while Nick Moore also had a RBI.
Nolan Sanburn (3-1) started on the mound for the Razorbacks and earned the win after pitching four shutout innings, giving up just one hit and striking out seven.
Tyler Wright was effective out of the bullpen, throwing three scoreless frames and striking out three.
Missouri starter Blake Holovach (5-4) took the loss for the Tigers. Holovach gave up five runs, just one earned, on six hits in five innings.
The Razorbacks struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. Tim Carver led off the game with a single to center and then advanced to third on a hit-and-run single to right field by Jacob Mahan. A sacrifice fly to center field by Ficociello brought home Carver with the game’s first run.
Arkansas added four runs in the bottom of the third. Mahan started the rally with a walk and then advanced to second after an infield single by Matt Reynolds. Bo Bigham then hit a grounder up the middle that went off the shortstop’s glove and into center field for an error. Mahan scored on the play, while Reynolds advanced to third. After a pop out by Brian Anderson, Bleeker brought home Reynolds and Bigham with a triple just inside the right field line. Reeves then grounded a single to center to score Bleeker to put the Razorbacks up 5-0.
The Razorbacks stretched the lead to 6-0 with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Bleeker began the inning with a double to the left-center field gap and then advanced to third after a ground out by Reeves. Morris ripped a double down the left field line, scoring Bleeker.
Missouri got on the board with two runs in the top of the eighth. Dillon Everett reached on a fielding error by David Masters to start the inning and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Gavin Stark drew a walk to put runners at first and second. A wild pitch moved Everett to third and Stark to second. Another wild pitch scored Everett and put Stark at third. Quintanilla then singled to left to score Stark.
The Tigers added another run in the top of the ninth. Munson hit a leadoff double down the right field line and then moved to third after a groundout by Andreas Plackis. A ground out to short by Moore scored Munson to cut the lead to 6-3. Everett recorded the final out of the ballgame with a groundout to short.
Arkansas and Missouri conclude the two-game midweek series on Wednesday with first pitch set for 3:05 p.m. The Razorbacks will start redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Trent Daniel (1-0, 4.70), while Missouri will start freshman righty John Miles (3-1, 5.47).
Laxer, No. 24 Rebels Shut Out Southern Miss
PEARL, Miss. - Freshman right-hander Josh Laxer turned in a career night and the Rebel offense took advantage of limited opportunities as No. 24 Ole Miss (29-16) shut out Southern Miss (25-19) by a score of 3-0 on Tuesday night at Trustmark Park.
Laxer (4-0) worked a career-long 7.0 innings and handcuffed the Golden Eagle batters for most of that time, allowing four hits with a walk and five strikeouts. R.J. Hively picked up his second save of the season, working the final inning with two strikeouts and retired the side in order.
Dillon Day (0-1) suffered the loss for Southern Miss in his first pitching appearance of the season, allowing three runs - two earned - on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work.
"We played well tonight," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "Josh (Laxer) was tremendous. We played great defense. We normally play well defensively, but tonight we had a couple of web gems and in this type of game, those plays can be game changers.
"I'm proud of Josh," Bianco said. "I thought he was special tonight. We haven't seen that type of performance out of him yet this season, and it was good to see that tonight."
Ole Miss struck first, pushing two runs home in the second inning to get off to the quick start. Matt Snyder doubled down the right field line to start things off before taking third on a wild pitch. He then scored on a single up the middle from Will Allen for the first run. A throwing error on a pickoff move allowed Allen to move from first to third before an infield single from John Gatlin brought Allen home and gave Ole Miss the two-run lead.
The Rebels built on the lead in the fourth inning when Auston Bousfield delivered a sac fly to left field that scored Allen from third. Allen reached on a single through the left side before taking second on a wild pitch. The sophomore catcher then stole third to set up the score on the Bousfield fly out to make it 3-0.
Allen and Gatlin led the Rebel offense of the night with each player going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Allen also scored two of Ole Miss' three runs on the night.
The Rebels will return to action on Wednesday night, hosting Murray State at 6:30 p.m. at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field before hosting the No. 4 LSU Tigers this weekend in a three-game series.
Fourth-Ranked Tigers Post 9-5 Win Over Tulane
BATON ROUGE, La. – Shortstop Austin Nola provided the go-ahead run with a solo homer in the fifth inning Tuesday night, and fourth-ranked LSU erupted for a six-run sixth inning en route to a 9-5 win over Tulane in Alex Box Stadium.
LSU improved to 36-10, while Tulane dropped to 29-16. The Tigers extended their win streak over the Green Wave to four games, as LSU swept the season series with Tulane for the second straight year.
LSU’s 36 wins with 10 games remaining in the regular season equals the team’s final wins total in 2011, when the Tigers finished 36-20.
LSU travels to Oxford, Miss. for a three-game SEC series versus Ole Miss that begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
All nine LSU runs Tuesday night were scored with two outs, including Nola’s solo blast in the fifth that broke a 2-2 tie. The home run was Nola’s third of the season and his second in four games.
The Tigers took advantage of a pair of Tulane errors and scored six runs on four hits in the sixth, sending nine men to the plate.
Centerfielder Arby Fields’ two-run triple and a run-scoring double by rightfielder Mason Katz highlighted the LSU uprising.
Junior left-hander Brent Bonvillain (4-0), the second of seven LSU pitchers, was credited with the win as he worked the fifth inning and allowed one unearned run on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Tulane starter Alex Byo (6-4) was charged with the loss as he surrendered three runs on seven hits in five innings with one walk and two strikeouts.
“I thought we played pretty well tonight, and we demonstrated a lot of balance in the lineup,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Every starter in our lineup either had a hit or scored a run, and we had some tough, competitive at-bats. I was very concerned about this game because Tulane has an excellent club, and we had just finished an emotional series with Georgia, but our players were focused and earned an important win.”
LSU starter Joe Broussard worked the first four innings of the contest, limiting Tulane to one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Bonvillain, Kevin Berry, Chris Cotton, Cody Glenn, Nick Rumbelow, Kurt McCune and Nick Goody combined to allow just one earned run over the final five innings.