Arkansas shuts out Missouri to finish sweep
|Arkansas 2, Missouri 0
|South Carolina 2, Davidson 1
|Ole Miss 11, Murray State 5
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Four Arkansas pitchers combined to post a four-hit shutout as the No. 18 Razorbacks completed a two-game midweek sweep of Missouri with a 2-0 win on Wednesday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas won its fourth straight game and improved to 33-13 on the season, while Missouri fell to 23-21 with the loss.
Trent Daniel, Michael Gunn, Colby Suggs and Barrett Astin combined to post a four-hit shutout of the Tigers. The shutout was Arkansas’ seventh this season, the most in a season since the 1986 pitching staff had eight shutouts. With its performance today, Arkansas lowered its team ERA to an SEC leading 2.61.
Gunn (1-0) picked up the first win of his collegiate career, throwing 1.2 hitless innings out of the bullpen with a strikeout. Astin earned his eighth save of the season, throwing a scoreless ninth inning.
Trent Daniel started for Arkansas and pitched well, but did not receive a decision. Daniel threw a career-long five innings and allowed just two hits, while striking out four.
Suggs also pitched well out of the bullpen. Suggs entered the game with two outs, runners on second and third and got a strikeout to get out of the jam. He finished the game by throwing 1.1 shutout innings.
Missouri reliever Jake Walsh (2-3) took the loss after giving up two runs, both earned, on one hit and striking out two in 1.1 innings.
Matt Reynolds provided the only run-scoring hit in the game with a pinch hit RBI double in the sixth inning. The double extended Reynolds’ streak of reaching base to 28 straight games.
Jacob Mahan had a pair of hits for Arkansas at the plate. Jimmy Bosco and Dominic Ficociello each had one hit for the Razorbacks.
Dillon Everett, Jake Ivory, Conner Mach and Andreas Plackis each had one hit to account for Missouri’s four hits in the game.
Each offense was quiet until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Arkansas put together a two-run rally. Ficociello reached on an infield single to lead off the inning and then stole second base. With one out, Bo Bigham was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Reynolds then came off the bench and deposited a double down the left field line, scoring both Ficociello and Bigham to put Arkansas in front 2-0.
Missouri put two runners in scoring position in the seventh, but wasn’t able to dent home plate. Eric Garcia drew a leadoff walk. After the next two batters were retired, Garcia stole second. A walk to Brannon Champagne put runners at first and second. The Tigers then executed a double steal with Garcia advancing to third and Champagne moving to second. Suggs got Case Munson to strike out looking to end the threat.
The Tigers would get a hit in both the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to score a run as Arkansas held on for the 2-0 victory.
GAMECOCKS EARN 2-1 WIN OVER DAVIDSON
Columbia, S.C. – Five Gamecock pitchers combined to limit Davidson to one run on five hits as third ranked South Carolina improved to 34-11 on the year with a 2-1 victory over the Wildcats (16-26) on Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium. Freshman first baseman Kyle Martin drove in the winning run in the fourth inning to give the Gamecocks the victory and Evan Marzilli added a sacrifice fly.
The starting lineup showed South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner tapping six freshmen to start, the most that he has ever started for the Gamecocks. Freshman right-hander Joel Seddon toed the slab for the Gamecocks in his first start of the year. The first inning saw him tie his career-high in strikeouts by sitting down the side. Seddon would finish with four strikeouts in four innings on the night and he allowed one run on three hits. Sophomore right-hander Forrest Koumas would pitch a scoreless fifth inning with a strikeout to pick up the win. He is now 2-2 on the year. Freshman right-hander Evan Beal worked two scoreless frames, junior left-hander Tyler Webb went 0.2 innings and junior right-hander Matt Price closed out the win to earn his sixth save of the year with 1.1 hitless innings and two strikeouts. Davidson starter Brian Russell suffered the loss and is 4-5 on the year. He allowed two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings with three walks and two strikeouts.
Davidson marked the board first in their half of the second inning as James Cerbie led off with a double down the left field line on the first pitch he saw. After advancing on a wild pitch, Ryan Lowe knocked a ground ball to second that brought home the opening run.
The Garnet and Black answered back in the third. Freshman right fielder Tanner English led off with a beautiful bunt single to the right side. After taking second on a stolen base, English advanced to third on a flyout by Chase Vergason. Fellow freshman TJ Costen would follow with a walk, bringing up junior centerfielder Evan Marzilli. The Cranston, R.I. native would knock in English with his team-leading seventh sacrifice fly of the season to tie the game up at one, heading to the fourth.
The Gamecocks took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by Martin. Shortstop Joey Pankake got the inning started with a leadoff walk. After being sacrificed over to second by Adam Matthews, Martin stepped to the plate and laced a one-out double into right-center to give Carolina the 2-1 advantage.
South Carolina had six hits with Davidson ending the evening with five. English went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and a run scored. He leads the Gamecocks with 16 multi-hit games. Forrest Brandt went 2-for-4 to lead Davidson at the plate.
REBELS USE BIG FOURTH INNING TO DOWN MURRAY STATE 11-5
OXFORD, Miss. – The Rebel offense put together a nine-run fourth inning and got solid relief pitching to hold the Thoroughbreds in check as No. 24 Ole Miss (30-16) defeated Murray State (21-25) by a score of 11-5 on Wednesday night at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
After falling behind early when Murray State put four runs across the plate in the first inning, the Ole Miss offense came alive – paced by three multiple-hit performances – and rallied to claim the win heading into the
Chris Ellis (4-0) picked up the win in relief, entering the game in the first inning with the bases loaded and the Rebels down four runs. He struck out the first batter faced on his way to 4.1 scoreless innings of work and allowed three hits with five strikeouts.
Kyle Cornett (3-3) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs – five earned – on seven hits with three walks and strikeout in 3.1 innings of work.
“This game was a game that we needed. We needed a game that we won offensively. They came out swinging the bats well. They are a team that scores a lot of runs. We needed to fall behind early and hit our way out of it. Chris Ellis was a big part of our success. He was able to have four scoreless innings and that helped. It was good too that we put together that big inning. We stayed patient.”
Murray State jumped out to the early lead, loading the bases with a pair of singles and a walk for the first three batters. An RBI single brought home the first two runs before a sac fly would make it 3-0 for the Thoroughbreds. A fielding error at short loaded the bases for a second time in the inning before a two-out single brought home the fourth run.
A hit batter loaded the bases for the third time in the inning and the Rebels called in Ellis out of the bullpen who struck out the lead-off hitter to end the inning.
The Rebels got a first run across in the third inning when Austin Anderson scored on a sac fly to left field from Alex Yarbrough to make it 4-1.
Ole Miss then used the big fourth inning to move in front for good, plating nine runs and sending 13 men to the plate.
It started with a lead-off double from Will Allen before a John Gatlin single up the middle brought Allen home. A walk of Auston Bousfield put two men on and brought Preston Overbey to the plate. Overbey laid down a sac bunt, but a throwing error by the Murray State third baseman allowed Overbey to reach safely, Gatlin to score and Bousfield to move to third on the play. Anderson then lay down a sac bunt to advance Overbey and score Bousfield and the game was tied at four.
Ole Miss would go on to get an RBI double and an RBI single from Tanner Mathis and Andrew Mistone in back-to-back at bats to put the Rebels on top 6-4. Yarbrough then walked before Allen came up with his second hit in the inning, an RBI single through the left side to continue the scoring and put the score at 7-4.
Zach Kirksey then delivered a two-RBI double to left that hit the top of the wall and bounced back into the field of play. A Bousfield RBI single capped the scoring in the inning and left the score at 10-4.
Murray State cut the lead back to five runs with a sac fly in the seventh inning, but Ole Miss pushed it back out to a six-run lead with a single run in the eighth inning when Austin Knight came up with an RBI single to left to make it 11-5.