|South Carolina at Georgia (Rained Out)
|Florida 2, Mississippi State 1
|Vanderbilt 5, LSU 4 (10 Innings)
|Ole Miss 4, Tennessee 2
Georgia-South Carolina Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather
ATHENS, GA.-----Due to inclement weather, the Georgia-South Carolina baseball Sunday has been cancelled and will not be made up.
It was to be the rubber game of the series as the fourth-ranked Gamecocks won Friday 3-0, and the Bulldogs claimed Saturday’s contest 6-5 in 10 innings. Georgia is 29-22 overall and 13-13 in the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks are 38-13, 17-9 in the SEC.
Fans holding a ticket for Sunday’s cancelled game can exchange that ticket for any available left for the East Tennessee State game on Tuesday, which is the final regular season home game. Rainout tickets can be exchanged at the Foley Field Box Office while tickets are still available. First pitch on Tuesday is slated for 6 p.m., and Georgia will honor its seniors before the game.
Zunino’s Homer Powers No. 5 Florida Past No. 25 Mississippi State, 2-1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Junior Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) belted a solo homer in the eighth inning to lift No. 5 Florida (38-14/16-11 SEC) to a 2-1 series-clinching victory over No. 25 Mississippi State (31-20/13-14 SEC) on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.
Zunino’s team-leading 13th homer came with one down off of freshman Jacob Lindgren (1-2) to move the Gators in front and junior Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) (3-2) completed a perfect outing by setting down the Bulldogs 1-2-3 in the ninth. In his first action since April 29, Maddox retired all seven MSU hitters he faced and totaled two strikeouts to pick up the win. The teams combined for six hits on the afternoon.
“We had a lot of guys on the mound today and each of them had to make good pitches,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Karsten Whitson battled through some jams and I thought he made some big pitches when he needed to. Daniel Gibson came in and did a nice job, Greg Larson rebounded from yesterday, Steven Rodriguez did a great job and it’s great to have Austin [Maddox] back. We hung in there today. We’ve got great hitters and one of these days we’re going to turn the page and get this offense going again. I truly believe that once we get this offense going, we’ll be really, really tough to beat. The positive is that we won two out of three. I don’t see how you could ever be disappointed in your team when you win a weekend series.”
Mississippi State had runners on the corners in the first inning but could not break the ice. Sophomore Adam Frazier opened the game with a walk and moved to second on a one-out walk by junior Trey Porter. Sophomore Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) had a fielder’s choice by sophomore Hunter Renfroe force Porter at second base and then the righty caught junior Mitch Slauter looking on strikes to end the frame.
The Gators threatened in the bottom of the frame with two runners in scoring position but were kept off the board by sophomore Evan Mitchell. Junior Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) drew a leadoff walk and collected his team-leading 10th stolen base in 10 attempts with one down. Zunino earned a free pass and Mitchell struck out junior Brian Johnson (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) for the second out. However, a wild pitch on the play permitted Fontana to take third base. Zunino stole second for a pair of runners in scoring position and Mitchell responded with an inning-ending strikeout of senior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.).
The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the second but were held at bay. Senior Brent Brownlee was hit by a pitch to start the inning, freshman Matthew Britton flew out to left field and a fielder’s choice by redshirt freshman Wes Rea forced Brownlee at second base for the second out. Junior Sam Frost and Frazier drew consecutive walks to load the bases and Whitson worked out of the jam by having sophomore Taylor Stark ground out.
Renfroe connected on a one-out solo shot in the third inning to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. His fourth homer of the season was his seventh hit of the series. Slauter followed with a single into right field and went to second on a wild pitch. A grounder by Brownlee pushed Slauter to third and Whitson stranded him there with a strikeout of Britton.
Florida answered with the tying run on an RBI grounder by senior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.). Junior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) led off with an infield single and went to second on a throwing error by Frazier. Fontana moved his teammate to third with a sacrifice bunt and Tucker’s ground ball to second base brought home Ramjit. Zunino walked with two down and advanced to third on a base-hit into right field by Johnson. A walk to Pigott ended the afternoon for Mitchell (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K) and MSU redshirt freshman Ross Mitchell had freshman Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) ground out to preserve the deadlock.
MSU loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but could not take the lead. Whitson (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 4 K) issued a one-out walk to Frost and was replaced by sophomore Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.). Frazier singled into right field, moving Frost to third, and went to second on a throwing error on the relay by Tucker. After an intentional walk to Stark loaded the bases, Gibson came through with an important strikeout of Porter and senior Greg Larson (Longwood, Fla.) was summoned from the bullpen. The righty had Renfroe fly out to leave the bags full.
Brownlee reached on a one-out error in the fifth and went to second on a grounder by Britton. Freshman Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) took over on the mound for Larson (1.0 IP) and walked sophomore pinch hitter Daryl Norris intentionally. Junior Steven Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) came in and struck out Frost.
Slauter earned a one-out walk in the seventh and a throwing error by Rodriguez on a pickoff throw enabled the runner to take third. Brownlee walked after an 11-pitch at bat for runners on the corners and Rodriguez (2.0 IP, 3 K, 2 BB) whiffed Britton for the second out. Maddox took over on the mound and struck out Norris to bring MSU’s runners left on base total to 13.
Shafer started the bottom of the inning with a walk, snapping a stretch of seven-consecutive batters retired by Mitchell (3.1 IP, 1 K, 1 BB). Freshman Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) greeted senior Caleb Reed with his fourth sacrifice hit of the season to move Shafer to second base. After a strikeout of Ramjit, Reed (0.2 IP) was replaced by Lindgren, who struck out Fontana to keep the stalemate.
Maddox made a tremendous defensive play on a bunt by Frost to record the first out in the eighth and then had Frazier foul out and Stark strike out. Zunino bashed a 2-1 pitch from Lindgren into the left-field bleachers for what turned out to be his second game-winning hit in Florida’s last three victories.
Vandy wins in extras, takes series at LSU
Baton Rouge, La. – Vanderbilt rallied to edge LSU 5-4 in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium to clinch the series and climb above .500 for the first time this season.
LSU (39-13, 17-10) broke up a tied game in the bottom of the eighth, scoring a run to take a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning. The Tigers handed the ball over to closer Nick Goody, who had allowed just two runs in 27 outings with opponents hitting just .151. Mike Yastrzemski immediately greeted Goody with a solo home run into the right field bleachers to tie the game at 4-4. Will Clinard worked a perfect bottom of the ninth to send the Commodores (26-25, 13-14) to their third extra innings game of the season.
In the top of the 10th, the Dores put together a rally starting with Connor Harrell’s triple to the right-center field gap. A bunt single from pinch hitter Andrew Harris put runners on the corners. Jack Lupo’s attempted squeeze bunt failed as Harrell was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning. With runners on first and second Tony Kemp bailed out the Commodores with a single up the middle to score Harris from second base. Clinard then worked another 1-2-3 inning to notch his sixth win of the season.
Vandy jumped out to an early lead, pushing two runs across in the second inning. A sacrifice fly from Vince Conde scored the first run with Jack Lupo’s single capping the rally. The Tigers answered back in the third to tie the game with two runs and took the lead in the fourth on Aaron Nola’s two-out, RBI-single. Anthony Gomez brought the game back to even in the fifth when he drove in Yastrzemski, who led off the inning with a double.
Lupo led the way for Vanderbilt with three hits and a career-best three stolen bases. With three stolen bases Lupo became the first Commodore since Jason Esposito against LSU in 2010 to swipe three bags in a game. Harrell chipped in two hits and Yastrzemski doubled and added his fifth homer of the season. Nola paced the Tigers with two hits and two RBI. Kevin Ziomek turned in 3.2 solid innings in relief allowing one unearned run on one hit with four strikeouts.
The win marks the Commodores’ second straight series win on the road after last weekend’s series victory at Tennessee. The series victory is the fifth straight for Vandy over LSU.
REBELS SWEEP TENNESSEE WITH 4-2 SUNDAY WIN
OXFORD, Miss. – R.J. Hively led a solid pitching performance from the Rebels as No. 24 Ole Miss (34-18, 14-13 SEC) defeated Tennessee (24-27, 8-19 SEC) by a score of 4-2 on Sunday to sweep the weekend series with the Volunteers.
The sweep was the first of the season for the Rebels in Southeastern Conference play and closed out the home portion of the regular season for Ole Miss. The Rebels will close out the regular season on the road this week with four games, including a Tuesday night contest at Arkansas State and a three-game series at Vanderbilt starting on Thursday night.
Hively (5-4) picked up the win for the Rebels, allowing two unearned runs on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work. Aaron Greenwood then worked 3.2 hitless with a walk and four strikeouts to hold Tennessee in check before Brett Huber would pick up his ninth save of the season with the final out of the game.
Hively factored into two of the three wins on the weekend, picking up a save on Friday night before taking the win in a start on Sunday. Huber moved into sole possession of second all-time in saves at Ole Miss with a pair of saves on the weekend and now has 25 for his carerer. He needs one more save to tie three-time All-American Stephen Head atop the saves list at Ole Miss.
“It’s good to finish out the weekend,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “It was not a game we played very well defensively, nor did they. It was just a tough day to play baseball. We didn’t have very good conditions. We gutted it out. R.J. (Hively) gave us a boost early. He put up some zeros. We only gave up two runs. Both of which were unearned. It was a tough day offensively. We struggled all day but we did enough to win the game.”
Tennessee capitalized on a pair of Rebel errors in the first inning to push a run home, but Ole Miss limited the damage to one run with a strikeout following an RBI double from Chris Fritts that put Tennessee on the board.
The Rebels used a pair of Tennessee errors in the bottom half of the inning to get a run across and tie the game after the first Ole Miss two batters reached on errors. A sac fly to center field from Will Allen with the bases loaded scored Tanner Mathis from third and the score was tied at one.
Ole Miss added two more runs in the second inning to grab the lead. Auston Bousfield opened the inning with a triple to right field before coming home a single from Preston Overbey. A sac bunt from Austin Anderson moved Overbey to second and he took third on a groundout to second from Mathis. Andrew Mistone then singled up the middle to score Overbey and Ole Miss held the 3-1 lead.
Tennessee cut the lead to one in the fifth when a third Rebel error allowed Zach Luther to score from third. Luther reached on a walk and moved to second on a single from Will Maddox. A double steal put both runners in scoring position before a throwing error with two outs allowed him to score and cut the lead to 3-2.
Ole Miss would get out of the inning, catching Maddox in a rundown as he attempted to steal home.