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    SEC Diamond Report - 2/16

    sec baseball RESULTS
    Kentucky @ SC Upstate - Postponed
    Arkansas 7,  W. Illinois 2
    Auburn 12,  Maine 2 (Game #1)
    Auburn 4,  Maine 3 (Game #2)
    Mississippi State 2,  Portland 1
    Liberty @ South Carolina - Postponed
    LSU 5,  Maryland 1
    Georgia Southern 3,  Georgia 2
    Ole Miss 5,  TCU 2
    Vanderbilt 12,  Long Beach State 2
    Southern Miss 5,  Missouri 3
    Alabama 10,  VMI 5
    Texas A&M 4,  UIC 3
    Florida 4,  Duke 2
    Tennessee 8,  UNLV 3  (Game #1)
    UNLV 5,  Tennessee 4  (Game #2)

     

    No. 1 Arkansas clinches series with 7-2 win

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Joe Serrano and Matt Vinson each drove in a pair of runs, while Barrett Astin worked five solid innings on the mound as the No. 1 Arkansas baseball team defeated Western Illinois, 7-2, on Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

    The victory clinches the series for the Razorbacks, who improve to 2-0 on the young season. Western Illinois falls to 0-2 with the loss.

    Astin (1-0) earned the win on the mound for the Razorbacks, throwing five innings and allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts. Jalen Beeks made his Razorback debut out of the bullpen and struck out four and allowed just two hits in three shutout frames. Thomas Altimont also made his debut in an Arkansas uniform, pitching the ninth and giving up a run on three hits with a strikeout.

    Western Illinois starter Tyler Willman (0-1) took the loss after allowing seven runs, all earned, on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

    Brian Anderson and Vinson each had two hits to lead the Razorbacks at the plate. Vinson drove in two runs, while Anderson scored twice. Serrano also drove in two runs and scored twice, while going 1-for-3 at the plate. Jake Wise and Brett McAfee also contributed an RBI each.

    Jameson Henning had two hits to lead the Leathernecks offensively. Brent Turner accounted for Western Illinois’ only RBI of the game.

    After a scoreless first inning, Arkansas took the lead with two runs in the second. Jacob Mahan doubled to the alley in right-center field to begin the inning and Serrano was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. After a fly out to center by Wise, McAfee grounded out to first to advance the runners to second and third with two out. Vinson was able to get a clutch two-out, two-RBI single into right field, plating both runners and giving the Razorbacks a 2-0 lead.

    Western Illinois cut the lead in half with a run in the top of the third. Neil DeCook drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a groundout by Joey White. Turner then went to the opposite field and singled to left, scoring DeCook from second base.

    Arkansas got the run back in the home half of the fourth. Anderson started the inning with a single to left and then stole second. A fly out by Mahan moved Anderson to third and a ground out to short by Serrano brought Anderson home to make the score 3-1.

    The Razorbacks put together their biggest inning of the day in the sixth, scoring four times. Eric Fisher started things with a leadoff walk and then advanced to second when Anderson singled on a line drive that hit off the pitcher’s leg. A sacrifice bunt by Mahan advanced runners to second and third. Serrano then singled into left, scoring Fisher. Anderson was also able to score and Serrano reached second after the WIU left fielder committed an error by bobbling the ball. A double down the left field line by Wise plated Serrano to make the score 6-1. After Wise stole third, McAfee drove in Wise with a RBI ground out to third.

    Western Illinois was able to get a run back in the top of the ninth. Jake Moore led off the inning with a double down the right field line and Mark Garton singled to right to put runners on the corners with no out. Tanner Glore grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to score Moore and make the score 7-2. The Leathernecks were unable to get any closer as Altimont struck out White looking to end the contest.
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    Auburn Takes Game One, 12-3, In Saturday Twin Bill

    AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn baseball team took advantage of four Maine errors and a five-run fifth inning to pick up a 12-3 win in game one of the Saturday doubleheader.
     
    Maine (0-2) opened up the game on a two-out solo shot to right from Michael Fransoso, but Auburn (2-0) manufactured three runs in the bottom of the first on two Maine errors and back-to-back singles from Jackson Burgreen and Dan Glevenyak.
     
    With bases loaded, a fielder’s choice from Garrett Cooper scored Burgreen, followed by a walk from Damek Tomscha to score Glevenyak. Sam Gillikin grounded into a double play, but was able to score Ryan Tella, who reached based on an error.
     
    Auburn added another run in the second, as well as the fourth, before opening the lead wider in the bottom of the fifth.
     
    Singles from Tella and Blake Austin and a double from Glevenyak gave Auburn a seven-run lead before Cooper belted one over the right field wall to make it a 10-1 game midway through.
     
    Maine put up two more runs in the top of the seventh, but that would be the only offense it could muster the rest of the way. Auburn tacked on two more runs in the seventh and eighth innings to collect the 12-3 victory.
     
    Burgreen finished the day 2-for-6 with two hits and three runs scored, while Glevenyak went 2-for-3 with four runs scored and one RBI.
     
    Justin Camp (1-0) entered in relief of starting pitcher Rocky McCord to get the win in his first career appearance after missing last season with an injury. Camp threw four innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with two strikeouts.
     
    McCord went four innings with one earned run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
     
    Starting pitcher Scott Heath (0-1) took the loss for Maine in two innings of work. Heath allowed four runs, two of them earned, on five hits with three walks.
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    LSU POSTS 5-1 WIN OVER MARYLAND SATURDAY IN ALEX BOX STADIUM

    BATON ROUGE, La.— LSU (2-0) strung together four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Maryland (0-2) by a score of 5-1 in the second game of the three game series at Alex Box Stadium.

    With LSU’s 1-0 victory on opening night, the Tigers guaranteed their first series win of the 2013 season. Game 3 starts Sunday at Noon – senior left-hander Brent Bonvillain will start on the mound for the Tigers.

    LSU right-hander Ryan Eades fired 6.1 innings of no-run baseball, allowed six hits and struck out six. Reliever Kevin Berry (1-0) picked up his first victory since April 5, 2011 against Tulane after getting the Tigers out of a seventh inning jam.

    Left-hander Chris Cotton allowed the Terrapins’ only run in the top of the eighth, recorded the final six outs of the contest and fanned three batters.

    Maryland starter Brady Kirkpatrick (0-1) was charged with the loss. The right-hander was solid through his first six innings, allowed two hits and struck out three, but got into trouble in the bottom of the seventh inning with a pair of walks.

    “We had a very strong effort from Ryan Eades and excellent defense for the second night in a row,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “For a while, I wasn’t sure we would score a run, but we finally broke through in the seventh with some timely hitting.”

    In the seventh, LSU first baseman Mason Katz and second baseman JaCoby Jones drew back-to-back one out walks. Terrapins’ reliever Ben Brewster replaced Kirkpatrick and gave up the game’s first run on an RBI by pinch hitter Alex Edward.

    “That was a tremendous at-bat by Alex, who is going to play a vital role for us this season,” Mainieri said. “He’s a senior and one of the leaders of our team, and he’s off to a great start. He’s really swinging the bat well right now.”

    Catcher Ty Ross executed a perfect squeeze bunt, reached base safely and scored Jones from third. Third baseman Christian Ibarra smashed a line drive that dropped into right field and scored pinch runner Jared Foster. The ball was mishandled, allowing Ross to reach third. Ross raced home on a passed ball before reliever Jake Stinnett ended the inning with a pair of strikeouts.

    Maryland scraped a run across the plate in the top of the eighth off of Cotton. Blake Schmitt led off the inning with a single and moved to second a sacrifice bunt off of the bat of Charlie White. Jordan Hagel scored Schmitt on a single.

    LSU responded with another run in the bottom of the eighth. Leftfielder Raph Rhymes led off the frame with a walk and advanced to second. Pinch hitter Sean McMullen brought home Rhymes with a single to right.

    Rightfielder Mark Laird was a standout on defense for the Tigers. The freshman tracked down two deep flies to right in a tense top half of the seventh inning and made a spectacular grab over the wall by the LSU bullpen.
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    Georgia Southern Edges Georgia 3-2

    STATESBORO-----Georgia Southern evened its series with Georgia by posting a 3-2 victory Saturday in front of a crowd of 3,098 at Jack Stallings Field.

    The Eagles (1-1) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first, utilizing two doubles, two stolen bases and a Bulldog miscue. Chase Griffin pushed the first run across on a sacrifice fly while T.D. Davis added an RBI-double. Georgia (1-1) got one run back in the second on an Eagle error. GSU reclaimed a two-run lead in the third. Third baseman Ben Morgan reached on a leadoff walk, stole second and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Arthur Owens for a 3-1 advantage.

    Georgia redshirt junior Patrick Boling made his first start since 2011, and the Bulldog registered a career-high nine strikeouts in four innings. However, he left trailing 3-1 as Georgia turned to senior Bryan Benzor to start the fifth. Meanwhile, Eagle sophomore left-hander Sam Howard kept the Bulldogs off balance, going seven innings and allowing just one unearned run on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

    The Eagled looked to Chris Myers who took care of the eighth and Kyle Rowe pitched the ninth for his first save. Georgia’s bullpen provided four scoreless innings. Senior right-hander Bryan Benzor pitched three innings, allowing just one hit with a walk and a strikeout. Sophomore left-hander Jarrett Brown tossed the eighth frame for the Bulldogs. Howard (1-0) earned the win while Boling dropped to 0-1.
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    Alabama Baseball Takes Series from VMI with 10-5 Win on Saturday
     
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama offense exploded for 13 hits on Saturday as the Crimson Tide defeated VMI 10-5 in the second game of the series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The winning pitcher was Alabama’s Jon Keller (1-0), moving Alabama to 2-0, and the losing pitcher was Campbell Henkel (0-1), as the Keydets dropped to 0-2.

    Sophomore first baseman Cary Baxter was 3-for-3 with a single, two doubles, a walk, a hit by pitch, a stolen base, two RBIs and a run scored. Senior catcher Brett Booth also had a three-hit day, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore drove in three runs and hit the first Alabama home run of the season. Freshman shortstop Mikey White had another solid day as he was 1-for-2 with a single, three walks, two stolen bases and a run scored.

    Keller provided four innings of work, allowing seven hits, three runs and a walk with a career high eight strikeouts. In his UA debut, Keaton Haack went three innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Jake Hubbard got the save (1) for Alabama after throwing the final two innings for the Tide.
     
    Alabama and VMI are scheduled to play game three of the series on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m., from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Tide will start senior right-hander Charley Sullivan (0-0) and the Keydets will counter with freshman lefty Connor Bach. 
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    OLE MISS DOWNS NO. 12 TCU TO CLINCH WEEKEND SERIES

    OXFORD, Miss. – The Rebel bats warmed up late on Saturday as No. 14 Ole Miss (2-0) put together a four-run rally in the eighth inning to come from behind and clinch the weekend series with a 5-2 win over No. 12 TCU (0-2) at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

    With the Rebels trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, senior outfielder Tanner Mathis sparked a two-out rally that allowed Ole Miss to take the lead on the way to the series clinching win.

    Mathis delivered a single up the middle to drive in Will Jamison from second base and tie the game at two and get things started for the Rebels. Mathis then stole second and took third on a wild pitch to Austin Anderson who drew a walk later in that at bat to put runners at the corners.

    Austin Bousfield then delivered a chop-single over the head of TCU first baseman Kevin Cron to push Mathis home and send Anderson to third with the Rebels up 3-2. Bousfield stole second to put two men in scoring position for Will Allen, who singled to second and drove in Anderson. Bousfield advanced to third and scored on the play as the Horned Frog second baseman dropped the ball to allow the fourth run in the inning to score.

    With the Rebels up 5-2, Ole Miss then turned to Brett Huber who picked up his second save in as many days as he closed out the ninth inning.

    Rebel reliever Aaron Greenwood (1-0) picked up the win, working 3.1 innings in relief of starter Mike Mayers. Greenwood struck out four and walked one while holding TCU to one hit in his time on the mound.

    TCU reliever Justin Scharf suffered the loss, allowing the go-ahead run (his only of the game) on one hit in 0.2 innings of work. Starter Preston Morrison worked 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.

    “It was another very well pitched game,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Preston Morrison gave us fits. We knew how good he was, from facing him twice in the regional last year. It’s mystifying when you stand from the side and watch it. His command is so good with three different pitches. We just looked very uncomfortable at the plate all day long. Mike (Mayers) obviously didn’t have his best day out there command wise. It was a tough day to play baseball, in these temperatures and the win. Mike really gutted it out.

    “They put three hits together in one inning,” Bianco said. “There haven’t been a lot of hits over the past two days. They had a great at bat by (Derek) Odell to get the big RBIs. Aaron Greenwood looked tremendous. He looked like he made them feel a little uncomfortable. He mixed three pitches in there and was able to work both sides of the plate. In the eighth inning, we had a great at bat by (Andrew) Mistone, a huge at bat by Tanner Mathis and then the big stolen base. The crowd really got into it. The people who were here were very loud in the eighth.”

    In a replay of the series opener, neither team got much offense going early as the Rebels got only one base runner off Morrison through the first four innings and TCU got three walks but only one hit off Ole Miss’ Mayers.

    The Horned Frogs scored their first runs of the weekend in the fifth inning, loading the bases with two outs on back-to-back singles from Keaton Jones and Daniel Bacack before Cody Jones would draw a walk. Derek Odell then delivered a two-RBI single through the right side to put TCU on top 2-0.

    Ole Miss answered in the bottom of the fifth, pushing one run across the plate when Jamison delivered an RBI single to right center to score Stuart Turner from second and cut the lead in half at 2-1. Turner reached on a walk to open the inning and advanced to second on a groundout from Andrew Mistone to get into scoring position for Jamison.

    TCU then retired the next seven batters before Ole Miss put together the eighth inning rally to claim the win.
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    Commodores walk by Long Beach State
     
    Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt started slowly before demolishing Long Beach State 12-2 Saturday afternoon at a chilly Hawkins Field to clinch the series.
     
    For the second straight day the Dirtbags (0-2) struck first, scoring a run in the third inning when Commodores’ starter Tyler Beede walked in a run. The free run was foreshadowing but in a good way for the No. 2 Dores. Vanderbilt (2-0) moved into the lead with a three-run fifth and tacked on two more in the sixth before blowing the game open in the seventh inning. That’s when the wheels fell off for Long Beach State’s pitchers, as the Dirtbags’ hurlers issued five walks and hit a batter forcing in five runs, eventually allowing seven runs in the inning. Vandy scored the first six runs of the inning without a hit before Conrad Gregor’s single up the middle drove in the game’s final run. On the afternoon, Long Beach State pitchers walked 10 Commodores.
     
    The Vanderbilt offense again took advantage of mistakes turning two hits and two errors in the fifth into three runs to take the lead. Vince Conde opened the frame with a single but should have been forced out at second later in the inning if not for an error on LBSU shortstop Michael Hill. Jack Lupo knocked in Conde with a single and Xavier Turner crossed the plate after the center fielder mishandled the ball. Lupo, Gregor and Turner all had two RBI to pace the VU offense. Jeff McNeil, Juan Avila and Hill all had two hits to lead the Dirtbags.
     
    Beede (1-0) earned his second career victory with five innings of work. The sophomore pitched in and out of jams after a 1-2-3 first inning. Beede stranded eight Dirtbags on the bases over his five frames getting clutch outs to end innings. He allowed one run on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts. Fellow sophomores Philip Pfeifer and Brian Miller followed and turned in a combined four innings of solid relief. Miller tossed 2.2 perfect innings in his 2013 debut. Long Beach State starter Shane Carle (0-1) was saddled with the loss allowing three unearned runs on three hits over five innings. The Dirtbags’ bullpen was roughed up for nine runs and issued seven walks over the final four frames.
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    No. 13 Florida Squares Series Against Duke, 4-2

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 13 Florida (1-1) evened its weekend series with a 4-2 victory over Duke (1-1) on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. Sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) clubbed a three-run homer in the first inning, freshman right-hander Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) worked four innings in his collegiate debut, freshman left-hander Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.) (1-0) earned the win in his first action with 3.2 shutout innings and sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) collected his first career save by setting down all four Blue Devils he faced. The teams will play the rubber game on the season’s opening weekend tomorrow at 12 p.m.

    “We got off to a good start today,” said head coach Kevin O’Sullivan. “Casey [Turgeon] put a really good swing on the ball and the ball stayed straight. From our angle, it looked like it wanted to take a right turn, but it stayed straight luckily for us. He’s hitting third for a reason and those first two guys got on base and did a nice job. We do have to do a better job of trying to score – I think they put up four zeroes after that. In the first inning as well, we had first and third with a 2-0 count and [Zack] Powers up and we ended up striking out there. We need to at least try to get one run there.”

    “Overall, it was our first win and we certainly have a lot of things to work on, but I was awfully pleased with our pitching. We had two freshmen go out there for 7.2 innings and gave up two runs on four hits, so it’s good to get those guys out there. I thought Johnny Magliozzi threw about as well as he has thrown since he’s been here.”

    The Gators sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning against Duke junior Drew Van Orden (0-1) and grabbed a quick lead on a three-run homer by Turgeon that smacked the foul pole overlooking right field. Freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) had led off by reaching on a throwing error by Duke junior shortstop Angelo La Bruna and freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) followed with a walk. Turgeon belted a 2-0 pitch out of the yard for his first homer since June 1 of last season against Bethune-Cookman in the NCAA Gainesville Regional. Senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) reached on a one-out throwing error by junior second baseman Mark Lumpa and sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) singled into right field on a hit-and-run for runners on the corners. However, Van Orden worked out of further trouble by striking out redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) and picking Gushue off first base.

    “The pitcher was trying to throw strikes, and I went up with one thing on my mind: look for that pitch down the middle,” Turgeon said. “He gave it to me, and I put a good swing on it. Coming out here and scoring a run in the first inning pumped our team up and got us going for the rest of the game.”

    Redshirt sophomore Chris Marconcini brought Duke within 3-2 in the fourth with a two-run homer. Junior Mike Rosenfeld began the inning with a single into left center for the Blue Devils’ initial hit off Simpson, stole second and went to third on a throwing error on the relay by Gushue. Marconcini delivered an opposite field shot to left field to close the gap to a run and Simpson responded by setting down the next three hitters.

    In the bottom of the frame, Powers singled through the right side of the infield, moved into scoring position with his first career stolen base and Tobias reached on a throwing error by junior third baseman Jordan Betts for two Gators aboard with one down. Sophomore Remy Janco replaced Van Orden (3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) and had senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) fly out to left field before giving way to redshirt junior Chase Bebout. Although Bader reached on an error by Lumpa that loaded the bases with two down, Bebout threw out Martin attempting to reach on a bunt single.

    Danciu made his collegiate debut at the beginning of the fifth after Simpson went four full innings in which he gave up two hits and two runs, with three strikeouts and two walks. Junior Anthony D’Alessandro earned a free pass to start the inning, stole second as junior pinch hitter David Perkins struck out and advanced to third on a throwing error by Gushue on the play. Danciu fielded a comebacker to the mound by sophomore Andrew Istler and held D’Alessandro at third for the second out before inducing an inning-ending grounder by senior Jeff Kremer.

    Freshman Nick Hendrix replaced Bebout (1.1 IP) at the outset of the Gator sixth and walked Gushue. Redshirt freshman Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) came through with a pinch-hit single for two runners on base and Tobias laid down a sacrifice bunt to move both of his teammates into scoring position. Dent then provided Florida with a 4-2 lead courtesy of a sacrifice fly into left field.    

    Istler started the eighth with an infield single and Danciu had Kremer ground to Ramjit, who stepped on first base and then turned a double play with Martin covering second base. Following a walk to Rosenfeld, Magliozzi took over for Danciu, who twirled 3.2 scoreless innings while permitting a couple of singles. The righty had a grounder by sophomore pinch hitter Reed Anthes force Rosenfeld at second base to complete the frame. Magliozzi hurled a perfect ninth to secure the win. Florida held a 5-4 edge in hits and the teams combined for seven errors (four by Duke, three by Florida).

    “It was awesome to be out there on the field with everyone,” Danciu said of his performance. “For me, it was exciting to have my first outing at Florida and I had a lot of guys do well behind me.”

    Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) will make his collegiate starting debut in tomorrow’s series finale at 12 p.m. against a Duke pitcher to be announced. The game will be carried live on GatorVision and can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.
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    Auburn Completes Doubleheader Sweep With 4-3 Win
                                        
    AUBURN, Ala. – Michael O’Neal held Maine to just three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings as the Auburn baseball team completed a doubleheader sweep on Saturday with a 4-3 win in the second game. The win improved Auburn to 3-0.

    “One of the things we talked about was focus and concentration; stay locked-in all 18 innings,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. “After the first game the concentration could have wavered. We scored a lot of runs with a lot of two-out hits and our guys really buckled down. It was a close game. That game wasn’t over until the last pitch.”

    “It was a really exciting atmosphere,” O’Neal said. “I can pitch a lot better. I didn’t hit my spots but I got outs like I should and I got quick outs. I was very efficient with my pitches. I was trying to get into the sixth inning. I didn’t finish it so I still have stuff to work on for my next outing.”

    O’Neal, a junior college transfer making his first appearance, retired the first six hitters he faced before surrendering a single run in the third on a Colin Gay RBI single. Auburn would answer Maine’s run with a three-run bottom of the third, marking the third time in as many games that Auburn would come from behind on Maine (0-3).

    Ryan Tella, who was 1-for-3, drove in two runs with a third-inning triple and then scored on a Garrett Cooper RBI groundout to put Auburn ahead, 3-1.

    A Tanner Cimo sac fly in the fourth scored Sam Gillikin, who had walked earlier in the inning, to stretch Auburn’s lead to 4-1.

    Maine clawed back in the sixth with a pair of runs off of O’Neal, capitalizing on the pitcher’s throwing error, to make it a one-run game but Auburn’s bullpen trio of Jay Wade (1 1/3 innings), Conner Kendrick (one inning) and Terrance Dedrick (one inning) limited Maine to just two hits while striking out five to close out the game.

    Dedrick, who earned the win in the season-opener on Friday, got the final three outs, striking out the first and last hitter he faced to pick up the save.

    Maine’s A.J. Bazdanes (0-1) took the loss, allowing all four of Auburn’s runs in five innings on five hits and three walks while striking out one.

    Auburn won the first game of the doubleheader, 12-3.
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    DOGS NIP PORTLAND FOR 1,000th WIN AT DUDY NOBLE FIELD

    STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Junior outfielder Demarcus Henderson delivered a clutch RBI single in the sixth inning and sophomore relief ace Jonathan Holder tossed 1.2 innings of shutout relief as No. 5 Mississippi State (2-0) nipped the Portland Pilots 2-1 on a wind-chilled Saturday afternoon Dudy Noble Field.

    Five Bulldog pitchers combined to limit Portland (0-2) to a run on four hits.

    The win was Mississippi State’s 1,000th at the current site of Dudy Noble Field, MSU’s on-campus baseball home since 1967.

    “It’s great to be a part of a program with so much history,” said Cohen, who has now been associated with 179 of those wins as a player and head coach at State. “The 1,000 wins represent a lot of players, coaches and fans who through the years have given so much to Mississippi State baseball.”

    Starting pitchers Evan Mitchell and Travis Radke hooked up in a dandy pitching duel. Mitchell allowed one run on three hits while striking out six in five innings, his longest stint since a career-best 8-inning freshman year performance in the NCAA Atlanta Regional. Radke, the 2012 West Coach Conference Freshman of the Year, registered nine strikeouts and scattered seven hits before exiting the game in the seventh.

    After three scoreless innings, State broke scoring ice. Junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe reached on a bunt single that scored Wes Rea from third. The Pilots avoided further damage later in the fourth by turning an inning-ending double play.

    Mitchell walked the first Pilot batter he faced in the sixth and Jeff Melby then came through with his second single of the game to tie the score.
    State used a two-out rally to regain the lead in the home half of the sixth.  Daryl Norris delivered a two-out single and later touched home on Henderson’s game-winning hit.

    Ross Mitchell (1-0), who replaced starter Evan Mitchell in the sixth, pitched an inning of scoreless relief to get the win. Ben Bracewell and C.T. Bradford blanked the Pilots in the seventh and into the eight before Holder, a candidate for the 2013 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, came on to close the door. Holder fanned four of the six batters he faced over the final two frames to earn his first save of the year and the 10th of his two-year career.

    “Jonathan Holder did a great job for us and Nick Ammirati was outstanding today behind the plate,” said Cohen. “That’s going to be so important for us to have two catchers that can do a great job for us.  We hung in there pretty well against a very good, SEC-caliber pitcher (Radke), and then Demarcus (Henderson) gets the big hit for us.”

    Designated hitter Trey Porter laced a double and a single to lead State at the plate. Melby had two of Portland’s four hits.
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    VOLS BOUNCE BACK, EVEN SERIES WITH 8-3 WIN OVER UNLV

    LAS VEGAS - The Tennessee baseball team (1-1) rattled off eight unanswered runs to overcome an early deficit and claim its first win of the 2013 season, downing UNLV, 8-3, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.

    One of seven true freshmen in the starting lineup for UT, southpaw Andy Cox picked up his first career win in his collegiate debut, throwing four of the game’s seven innings in which he allowed just two earned runs while striking out two.

    Another first-year Vol, freshman Trevor Bettencourt finished out the contest, fanning four of the 11 batters he faced over the final three frames for his first career save.

    Four different Tennessee players posted two-hit performances at the plate, including freshman Vance Vizcaino who was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored.

    Also helping the team pound out 11 hits in the contest were sophomore Will Maddox and juniors Scott Price and Taylor Smart who each had two hits. For Price, he is now hitting .778 through the first two games of the season after going 5-for-5 last night.

    The Rebels jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead through two innings but much like Friday night’s season opener, the Vols refused to go out without a fight.

    Tennessee got the comeback started in the third, with Price knocking Maddox in from second with an RBI single into right field. It was the next inning in which the Tennessee offense exploded though.

    Back-to-back singles by Andrew Lee and Taylor Smart started the frame off, followed by consecutive walks to Stewart and Vizcaino, the second of which brought in UT’s second run of the game. Although the next two Vols were retired, another run crossed the plate on an RBI groundout by Vincent Jackson.

    An odd play on a wild pitch then gave Tennessee the lead as a pitch got away from the catcher and Stewart scored from third. In the process of trying to retire him at the plate, an errant throw then allowed Vizcaino to come racing in all the way from second.

    Now leading 5-3, the Big Orange continued to apply the pressure in the fifth, plating three more runs. A throwing error to start the inning gave the Vols a runner on second with nobody out. Smart then pulled a bouncing single into left for his first RBI at UT.

    Freshman Christin Stewart put two runners on with a base knock of his own before Vizcaino drove Smart in with his second hit of the game. UT’s final run of the game came just moments later thanks to a balk with a runner at third.

    From there, Bettencourt did the rest of the work, holding the Rebels to just two baserunners over the final three innings for the save and giving Tennessee its first win of the season.
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    A&M Picks Up 4-3 Victory Over UIC

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies picked up their first win of the season with a 4-3 victory over the UIC Flames on a sun-soaked Saturday on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

    The Aggies once again got a solid effort from a starting pitcher as Daniel Mengden (1-0) allowed just one run on three hits and one walk while striking out two over 5.2 innings to pick up a win his first career weekend start. Jason Jester picked up a save in his first career game. He allowed three hits while striking out two over 1.2 innings.

    Texas A&M (1-1) drew first blood in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cole Lankford started the rally with an infield single to short. With one out, Charlie Curl pushed Lankford to second with a grounder to second. Jace Statum put a run on the board, depositing a single down the leftfield line. Mikey Reynolds doubled to leftfield to put a pair of runners in scoring position. Krey Bratsen capped off the rally, slashing a two-run single into centerfield for the 3-0 lead.

    UIC (1-1) responded with a run of their own in the top of the sixth. John Coen hit a leadoff single through the left side of the infield and Alex De LaRosa was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners on. Ryan Shober put both runners in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and Tyler Detmer plated Coen with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, cutting the lead to 3-1. Ryan Boss drew a walk to put runners on the corners and the tying run on first. Matt Kent came into to relieve Mengden and induced an inning-ending grounder to short to get out of the jam.

    The Aggies tacked on a key insurance run in the home half of the seventh. Jonathan Moroney reached on an infield single and was replaced on the base paths by pinch-runner Brandon Wood. Curl advanced Wood to second with a sacrifice bunt and Reynolds drove him home with a two-run single to leftfield for the 4-1 advantage.

    The Flames continued to flicker in the top of the eighth. With Aggie reliever Corey Ray on the mound, Coen was issued a base on balls to start the frame and Shober reached on a one-out walk. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position and Detmer cut the lead 4-3 with a two-run single to centerfield.

    Jester entered the game with a runner on second and one out. He forced a fly out by Boss before Curl saved a tying run with a nice defensive play. Harry Kammholz singled up the middle, but Curl, playing second base, was able to keep the ball from reaching the outfield, forcing Detmer to stay at third base. Jester induced an inning-ending groundout by Alex Grunenwald to keep the tying run off the board.

    In the ninth inning, Jester was able to sandwich three outs around a pair of hits to close out the game.

    The Aggies registered eight hits for the game, including two apiece by Reynolds, Bratsen and Lankford. Lankford went 2-for-3 with his first career-extra base hit, a double. Reynolds went 2-for-4 with one run, one double, one stolen base and one RBI. Bratsen went 2-for-4 with one stolen base and two RBI.

    Detmer paced the UIC offense, going 1-for-2 with three RBI.

    Jack Andersen (0-1) was saddled with the loss, yielding four runs on eight hits while striking out four over 7.0 innings.

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    Missouri Drops Second Game At Southern Miss

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mizzou sophomore Brett Graves (St. Charles, Mo.) put together a solid start in his first of the season but the Mizzou baseball team dropped a 5-3 decision to No. 23 Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 16) at Pete Taylor Park. Mizzou led throughout until a three-run homer off of Tiger reliever Ryan Yuengel (Festus, Mo.) by Mason Robbins gave USM a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh. Graves was very good in his first start since May 13 last season as he went 5.0 innings, allowing just four hits, two runs (only one earned) with five strikeouts and just one walk. The loss drops the Tigers to 0-2 on the season.

    Yuengel took the loss for the Tigers after allowing the three-run shot to Robbins while Cameron Giannini earned the win for the Eagles. At the plate, Gavin Stark (Lee's Summit, Mo.) was a bright spot for the Tigers as he went 2-for-3 while reaching base in three of his four plate appearances. Dane Opel (Edwardsville, Ill.) and Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.) tallied RBIs for the Tigers and Case Munson (St. Charles, Mo.) scored a pair of runs for Mizzou in the loss.

    Mizzou got on the board early as it drew blood in the first inning. Munson opened the game by reaching on an error from USM's Isaac Rodriguez but USM starter Jake Drehoff then retired the next two Tiger batters before plunking Opel to put a pair of runners on for Steele. He deposited a 1-0 pitch through the left side to score Munson to put the Tigers on top 1-0.
     
    Graves took to the mound in the bottom of the first and looked electric, tallying a pair of strikeout while getting through the side on 12 pitches, 10 of which went for strikes. In the top of the second inning, Stark crushed a two-out double off the wall in left that nearly got out of the park if not for a 25 mile-per-hour head wind. Graves was filthy again in the second, retiring the side in order, including his third strikeout of the game.

    Mizzou nearly got on the board again in the fourth as Stark tallied his second hit of the day on the 10th pitch of his at-bat, but Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) was thrown out at the dish after trying to score from first, sending the game to the bottom of the fourth with Mizzou on top, 1-0. Graves got USM 1-2-3 again in the fourth thanks in large part to a great running grab on the track by Logan Pearson (Bentonville, Ark.) for the third out.

    Mizzou added to its lead in the top of the fifth inning with an RBI single from Opel, scoring Munson. But Mizzou failed to tack on more as they left runners stranded on the corners after a pop-up from Steele and a fly out by Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.). Southern Miss then got that run back in the bottom of the fifth. Graves appeared to be breezing through the frame until a pair of errors put two men on for USM catcher Chase Fowler, who tapped a hopper back up the middle to plate an unearned run. Graves got out of the jam, allowing just the unearned run as he got Travis Creel to ground out to third with the bases loaded and two outs.

    But the Tigers responded in the top of the sixth inning with another run. Lester tallied his second hit of the day with one out in the inning and then Stark earned a full-count walk as he reached base for the second time on the day. That brought in Munson who ripped a ball to third that got through the legs of Bradley Rooney, allowing Lester to score from second.

    USM again got to Graves in the sixth, tallying a hit and a walk to put two aboard with one no one out. That ended Graves' day in favor of Ryan Yuengel (Festus, Mo.) who came into clean it up. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, designated hitter Tim Lynch hit a sacrifice fly to plate the run, cutting Mizzou's lead to 3-2. But Yuengel pitched out of the jam, sending the game to the seventh with Mizzou on top, 3-2.

    Yuengel retired the first batter he saw in the seventh, then hit nine-hole hitter Fowler to put a runner on. Mizzou nearly turned a 4-6-3 double play but it was just late at first. Then Yuengel walked two-hole hitter Creel and that brought in Mason Robbins who ripped a three-run bomb to right field, giving USM a 5-3 lead. That was all they needed to close it out as Mizzou's last nine batters were retired in order.
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    NINTH-INNING RALLY COMES UP SHORT, VOLS FALL, 5-4

    LAS VEGAS – Down by four runs heading into the ninth inning, the Tennessee baseball team rallied to within one and loaded the bases before a hard-hit line drive to center was caught to end the game and give UNLV a 5-4 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Saturday.

    “There is nobody in the program or in the dugout today that is wearing the Vol uniform that is proud that we are 1-2 right now, but as the coach of this program I go away tonight with a lot of good thoughts about what this team has done so far,” UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “We knew there were going to be challenges. I think there are a lot of good things going on, it is just the things that we need to clean up.

    “Those little things add up to why we were on the short end of a 5-4 game, but character-wise, I have no complaints at all about the way these guys are playing. They are playing hard, there is no quit and this is going to pay dividends for us down the line as we continue to grow up together, knowing that we can come back and we will start winning these games when we start cleaning up the things that we need to.”

    After scoring 17 runs in the first two games of the series, the Tennessee offense was held in check by UNLV starter Buddy Borden who struck out nine and allowed just one unearned run on four hits in 7.2 innings.

    The top two hitters in UT's lineup, sophomore Will Maddox and freshman A.J. Simcox each finished with three hits in the contest to account for six of the team’s nine hits, four of which came in the ninth inning.

    The Vols actually got the scoring started in the contest, as Maddox drove the first pitch of the game into right for a leadoff single. He would later steal second with two outs before coming around to cross the plate on a UNLV error.

    From there it was all Borden until he gave way to reliever Zack Hartman in the eighth inning. The Rebel offense, meanwhile, scratched across runs in the second and third frames before scoring twice more in the sixth and one more time in the seventh.

    Despite trailing 5-1 going into the game’s final stanza, the Vols refused to give in. After setting a school record with 92 hit batters last season, UT finally got its first of the 2013 season at a critical time as Andrew Lee took one off the back to lead off the ninth. Freshman Jeff Moberg then picked up his first collegiate hit with a single to center before Christin Stewart crushed an RBI double off the top of the wall in right field.

    Now down by three and down to its last two outs after a strikeout, freshman David Houser loaded the bases for the Big Orange by taking one for the team off his right leg. Yet another freshman, Vincent Jackson cut the UNLV lead down to two as he brought a run in on an RBI fielder’s choice. That would give the Vols a slim margin of error though as it left them with just one out to work with.

    Maddox stood tall, however, stroking a single up the middle to make it a one-run game. Simcox followed with a chopper over the mound that went for an infield single and loaded the bases once again. Price then hit a pitch on the nose, but right at the centerfielder to end the contest with Tennessee one run short.

    Freshman Matt Esparza suffered the loss in his collegiate debut after yielding a pair of runs in three innings of work.
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