12-INNING MARATHON ENDS WITH NO. 7 UK’S 38TH WIN
|Kentucky 6, Indiana 5
|Georgia Tech 8, Georgia 6
|South Carolina 7, Furman 0
|Tennessee 8, Memphis 7
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In a back-and-forth affair that saw No. 7 Kentucky plate go-ahead runs in the 11th and 12th innings, the Wildcats posted a 6-5 win in 12 innings over red-hot Indiana behind strong offensive games from J.T. Riddle and Cameron Flynn and a dominating pitching performance from A.J. Reed, on a Wednesday night at Sembower Field.
Kentucky (38-11) improved to 23-2 in non-conference action with the win, as UK posted a thrilling 6-5 win in its first extra-inning game of the year. UK has now won the fourth most games in the program’s 107-year history, sitting just six wins away from the school-record of 44 wins set in 2006 and 2008. The win over the Hoosiers comes against an IU team that entered the game winners of six of its last seven games and sitting second place in the Big Ten.
The Wildcats plated single runs in the second and third, with IU owning a 4-2 lead entering the sixth inning before two RBI from Brian Adams tied the game. With both UK and IU’s closers working, the game went into the top of the 11th locked in a 4-4 tie before the Wildcats plated a run to take a lead into the bottom of the frame. IU rallied to even it behind a leadoff double in the bottom of the 11th. In the top of the 12th, UK got a leadoff hit from Riddle, who scored from third base on a two-out balk with Austin Cousino at the plate. Freshman Sam Mahar then locked down his first career save with three outs in the bottom of the 12th.
The Wildcats mounted an 11-hit attack in the game, led by three-hit games from Riddle and Flynn. UK got two hits from Cousino and Matt Reida, with Reida launching his second homer of the year in the second inning. Adams collected two RBI as his two-RBI double was cleared from the board after an appeal ruled that he didn’t step on first base during his run to second. UK also got a hit from Reed and a career-high three walk game from Luke Maile.
A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Reed provided the heroics on the mound, tossing 5.1 innings with one unearned run allowed and six strikeouts, with Gott (2-0) and Mahar getting crucial late-inning outs.
UK starter Chandler Shepherd worked over two innings, allowing five hits and three runs – one earned – walking one and striking out one. Walter Wijas replaced him in the third inning with runners at first and second and no outs, Wijas got two outs by strikeout, allowing one hit before UK turned to Reed to get out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam. Reed allowed a hit before getting an out on the bases after the RBI knock. Tim Peterson took over the start the bottom of the ninth, allowing a two-strike single to leadoff before UK turned to Alex Phillips, who got two outs, before Gott got a strikeout with the walk-off run standing at third base in the ninth. Gott turned in a workhorse performance, tossing 2.1 innings and allowing just the one run, striking out two while pitching in tough spots. Mahar entered with UK owning the one-run lead in the 12th, striking out two for his first career save.
Indiana (24-25) starter Ryan Halstead worked five innings, allowing four hits and two runs – one earned – walking three and striking out five. Drew Leininger worked 0.2 innings, allowing two hits and two runs, walking two and striking out one. IU also used Matt Dearden, who worked a strong three innings, allowing two hits and two walks, striking out three. IU turned to closer Jonny Hoffman in a tight spot in the ninth, getting a first pitch out and working 1.1 shutout innings. Luke Harrison worked 0.1 innings with one unearned run allowed, with Brian Korte (0-4) getting two outs in the 11th inning. Korte tossed 1.2 innings, allowing the decisive run for the loss.
UK will return to action in its final home series of the year on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, taking on Alabama at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, as Flynn led off with a hard-hit single to rightfield, with the ball taking a wicked bounce and allowing Flynn to reach second on an error. After McCarthy’s groundout moved Flynn to third base, Riddle hung a fly ball into shallow leftfield, with Flynn sliding under the tag to score the first run.
UK added to its lead in the top of the third inning as Reida launched his second homer of the year, a no-doubt blast over the rightfield fence.
Indiana answered in the bottom of the third as Justin Cureton led off with a single through the left side of the infield. Kyle Schwarber then hit a single through the same spot in the infield. Sam Travis followed with a hard-hit ball at third base but the throw to second base was in the dirt, allowing Cureton to score from third and Schwarber to take third with no outs with Travis at first. Micah Johnson then singled up the middle to score Schwarber and end Shepherd’s start. Trace Knoblauch then singled through the right side on the first pitch before Wijas struck out Chris Sujka for the second out. UK turned to Reed, who got a grounder on the left side, with Travis scoring from third and UK getting Johnson out in between third and home.
IU added a run to its lead in the fifth, as Michael Basil led off with a single through the infield, taking second after Knoblauch’s attempted sacrifice bunt was misplayed by the UK pitcher for an error. Sujka then executed the sacrifice bunt to put runners in scoring position and one out. DeMuth scored Basil with a RBI groundout.
UK got on the board during a wild inning in the sixth, plating two runs to even the game at 4-4. Reed drew a walk to leadoff and Riddle poked a single through the infield. Adams then ripped a double into the gap, tripping over first base, falling to the ground and being held at second base, with both runners scoring. After an appeal at first base, Adams was called out for never touching the base that he tripped over, inciting an argument from the UK dugout. After Reida took a called strike one on the next pitch, home plate umpire Grady Smith ejected UK assistant coach Brian Green, Green’s first career ejection. Reida then singled up the middle, a knock that would have likely scored Adams with the go-ahead run if not for the appeal.
UK plated the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, as Cousino led off with a single, taking second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball, before Flynn scored him with an infield-in single to the opposite field.
Indiana tied up the game in the bottom of the 11th, as Chad Clark doubled to rightfield to leadoff, taking third on a deep fly out from Cureton. With the infield in, Reida made a diving play to keep Schwarber’s hit in the infield and hold Clark to third base. Travis then scored Clark with a single to leftfield.
UK scored the go-ahead run in the 12th as Riddle led off with a two-strike single through the right side, taking second on Zac Zellers’ sacrifice bunt and taking third on Reida’s groundout. With Cousino at the plate and before the first pitch was thrown, Riddle scored on a balk called on Korte.
Tech Holds Off Georgia 8-6
ATLANTA------Georgia Tech posted an 8-6 win over Georgia Wednesday in front of a crowd of 2,382 at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (30-19) scored a pair of two-out runs in the first off freshman David Sosebee who saw his first action since April 17 in a planned staff night. First baseman Jake Davies drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and designated hitter Zane Evans added an RBI-double, scoring Daniel Palka who reached on a double. Georgia (28-21) got a run back in the second inning on a groundout by Conor Welton, scoring senior Colby May who reached on a one-out walk. The Bulldogs looked to redshirt freshman Jay Swinford who kept Tech off the scoreboard in the second before it added a run in the third on a successful sacrifice on a squeeze play by Thomas Smith for a 3-1 advantage.
In the fifth, Bulldog junior shortstop Kyle Farmer extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a two-out single. Meanwhile in the bottom of the inning, Tech sent nine to the plate, adding three runs on three hits and a bases loaded walk to extend its lead to 6-1. Tech freshman Josh Heddinger went six innings and allowed just one unearned run on four hits for the win to improve to 3-4 while Sosebee fell to 2-1.
Georgia rallied for five runs over the final two frames but missed a handful of chances earlier in the contest, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position through the first two innings and wound up hitting in to a season-high four double plays on the night. Senior left-hander Chase Hawkins was the lone Bulldog hurler out of the first six to not give up a run, taking care of Tech in the sixth. Also, junior Blake Dieterich pitched a scoreless eighth frame for Georgia. The Bulldog staff issued seven walks.
In the eighth, Tech brought in Jonathan Roberts who lasted five pitches. He hit Curt Powell and Farmer to start the inning and then Cole blasted a 1-0 offering over the centerfield wall to cut the deficit to 8-4. For Cole, it was his team-leading seventh home run of the season. Tech lifted Roberts in favor of Jarrett Didrick who escaped further trouble. Georgia scored two runs off Alex Cruz in the ninth. Welton lined a one-out double and scored on a two-out RBI-single by Farmer. Then, Cole smashed a run-scoring double to plate Farmer that made it 8-6. DeLoach drew a walk to bring up the go-ahead run in senior Levi Hyams who grouned out to end the game.
“We pitched poorly tonight, and I take the blame for that as we just can’t do that this late in the year,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “We wanted to keep some guys fresh for the upcoming South Carolina series, but we needed to do better tonight. As far as the double plays, it was just one of those nights, but we have to make adjustments when we see that happening too many times. Still, I was proud of the comeback there late, and we had a chance in the ninth. Hunter (Cole) bounced back to have a strong night at the plate.”
GAMECOCKS EARN 7-0 WIN OVER FURMAN
Columbia, S.C. – Junior center fielder Evan Marzilli belted a three-run homer and tied a career-high with four RBI and behind five scoreless innings from starting pitcher Joel Seddon, third ranked South Carolina defeated Furman 7-0 Wednesday evening in non-conference action at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 37-12 on the year while Furman drops to 22-26 for the season.
Seddon earned the win and is now 2-0 on the year. He allowed just two hits with one walk while tying a career-high with four strikeouts. Seddon, Nolan Belcher, Patrick Sullivan and Logan Munson combined for a four-hit shutout. Furman starting pitcher Ben Carlson suffered the loss and is now 1-5 for the season. He allowed one run on three hits in three innings of work with one walk and one strikeout.
Carolina broke ahead in the first inning. Marzilli reached base with a one-out single, stole second and scored on LB Dantzler’s two-out base hit up the middle. The game remained that way until Marzilli struck again in the fifth inning with a three-run home run to right field. Dante Rosenberg drew a two-out walk and Joey Pankake singled setting the stage for Marzilli. On a 1-1 pitch, Marzilli launched a deep fly over the right field wall increasing the Gamecock lead to four runs. Both of Marzilli’s home runs this season have been three-run homers and against Furman.
South Carolina increased the lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning. After loading the bases with one out, LB Dantzler singled a run and Kyle Martin drove in another with a sacrifice fly to right field. The Gamecocks made it 7-0 in the eighth inning with Marzilli driving in his fourth run with a two-out RBI single.
A nine-hit evening for South Carolina included a 3-for-5 day for Marzilli, who also scored two runs. Dantzler was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Pankake and Rosenberg scored two runs apiece also. Chris Ohmstede was 2-for-4 to lead Furman.
VOLS CLAIM PROGRAM’S FIRST WIN IN MEMPHIS, 8-7 OVER TIGERS
MEMPHIS – Davis Morgan hit a home run and drove in a career-high four runs while Drew Steckenrider launched a longball of his own and recorded his second career save as Tennessee picked up the program’s first win in the Bluff City with an 8-7 triumph over Memphis in front of a record-breaking crowd of 2,107 at FedEx Park on Wednesday evening.
“This was a good win for our guys,” UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “We are on a long road trip and haven’t played tremendously well on the road this year. To me, that was a character game right there. There were a lot of things where we could have said, ‘Oh, no. Here we go again.’ And we didn’t. We stayed with the process and came out on top.”
The win marks UT’s first in 14 attempts in Memphis, although it was the first meeting between the two squads in the city since 1993. The victory also completes the season sweep over the Tigers as the Vols claimed a 6-3 decision in Knoxville on April 4.
“I love this series,” Serrano said. “I want to continue this. I think it is good for both programs. It’s good for us to get over to West Tennessee because we have a lot of supporters over here and it’s good for kids over here to see what the Big Orange is all about.”
Sophomore Dalton Saberhagen improved to 5-1 on the year, picking up the win with 1.2 perfect innings out of the bullpen before Steckenrider came on to get the final three outs of the game in the bottom of the ninth for his first save of the season and second of his career.
Freshman Conner Stevens was tremendous in relief as well, twirling two scoreless innings. Fellow first-year Vol Brandon Zajac made his third career start, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits in 2.2 frames of work.
At the plate, Morgan drove in a career-high four runs with a three-run home run, his second of the season and a sacrifice fly. Steckenrider followed Morgan’s first-inning sac fly with his team-leading sixth home run of the year to give the Vols just their third multi-home run game of the campaign.
Will Maddox, Zach Osborne and Nick Powell each added a pair of hits in the contest as well. For Powell, a Memphis native, it was his first career multi-hit contest.
It was a late-inning replacement that scored the winning run though as pinch-hitter Chris Fritts opened the eighth inning with a double and scored on a sac fly two batters later to break a 7-7 tie.
The Tennessee pitching staff did a good job of working out of jams all night, stranding 13 Memphis runners on base, including seven in scoring position. The Tigers left the bases loaded three times in the game as well.
The Vols got the scoring started quickly, needing just one hit to plate a pair of runs in the game’s opening frame. Maddox opened the contest by taking a pitch off his shoulder and promptly moved up to third on a wild pitch and sac bunt before Morgan knocked him in with a sacrifice fly to deep center. DREW Steckenrider followed with a solo shot to dead centerfield to put Tennessee up 2-0.
Tennessee tacked on another run in the second as Powell followed a one-out walk and stolen base by Parker Wormsley with a check-swing RBI single through the right side of the infield.
Memphis cut the UT lead to one, using a leadoff single and consecutive one-out walks to load the bases before a sac fly and single brought in two runs to make it 3-2.
The Big Orange had an immediate answer, however, as Maddox and Osborne opened the third inning with back-to-back singles and Morgan followed by crushing an 0-1 offering over the wall in left for a three-run home run that put the score at 6-2.
Another Memphis sac fly gave the Tigers their third run of the game in the third inning, but the Vols got it right back in the top of the fourth when Osborne knocked in a run with a bases-loaded chopper to short that put the Vols up by four at 7-3.
After Jacob Wilson launched a three-run home run to cut the UT lead back down to one once again at 7-6, Tennessee had a prime opportunity to tack on an insurance run in the fifth as Steckenrider drew a leadoff walk and promptly stole both second and third. After a strikeout, the Vols put the suicide squeeze play on but couldn’t get the bunt down and Steckenrider was tagged out.
The Tigers took advantage of the miscue, using a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases with one out for Ethan Gross who singled to right to bring in a run and tie the game at 7-7.
The damage could have been much worse, but Stevens came out of the bullpen and got two quick outs on just four pitches as he got Wilson to pop-up in foul territory and then struck out Adam McClain on three pitches to leave the bases full of Tigers.
Memphis loaded the bases with just one out again in the sixth, but Stevens was able to buckle down for the second inning in a row, inducing a weak pop-up to second and a groundout to shortstop to escape unscathed.
The Vols finally got the lead back in the top of the eighth. Fritts led off the frame with a pinch-hit double, chopping one over the third baseman’s head and hustling out the two-bagger. A groundout to first then moved him up to third and Wormsley brought him in with a sac fly to left.