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    Baseball RESULTS
    Vanderbilt 10, Central Arkansas 2
    Kennesaw State 2, Georgia 1
    Ole Miss 15, UT-Martin 2
    Texas A&M 7, Texas Southern 1
    Georgia Southern 8, Florida 7

    Vanderbilt Cruises Past UCA

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With temperatures in the 30s, No. 2 Vanderbilt heated up the diamond with 10 runs on nine hits in defeating Central Arkansas, 10-2, Wednesday at Hawkins Field. 
    Vanderbilt (4-1) spotted UCA (3-1) a 1-0 lead in the top of first before scoring the next 10 runs in the game, including four in the fifth inning. Vanderbilt knotted the game at one after the first inning and added a go-ahead score in the fourth before breaking the game open. 
    The Commodores loaded the bases in the fifth when freshman Xavier Turner greeted UCA side-armer John Kordsmeier to the game by hitting a chopper over the head of the third baseman, which scored two Commodores. Following Turner's double, Tony Kemp would score on Conrad Gregor's ground out and Turner followed by scoring on a wild pitch. 
    VU added another run in the sixth, two in the seventh inning and one in the eighth inning to score in each of its last five at bats. 
    Central Arkansas scored its second run of the game in the ninth inning after Jared Miller walked three batters. 
    Conrad Gregor went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Connor Harrell continued his hot play, going 1-for-1 with two RBI. 
    Vanderbilt freshman right-hander Walker Buehler made his first-career start Wednesday and worked around eight walks to allow just one run in four innings of work. Left-hander Steven Rice replaced Buehler and picked up the win, throwing three innings of shutout baseball. 
    Vanderbilt will be back in action Friday when the Commodores host Monmouth at 4 p.m. for the first of three games this weekend. 

    Georgia Drops 2-1 Decision to Kennesaw State

    ATHENS – Kennesaw State’s Andy Almonte scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning on a two-out fielder’s choice to edge Georgia 2-1 Wednesday at Foley Field in the Bulldogs’ home opener.
    Kyle Farmer went 1-4 with an RBI and a double, while Hunter Cole, Sean McLaughlin and J.T. Phillips each recorded a hit apiece for the Bulldogs. Cole also added a double and a walk on the evening.
    With the loss, Georgia drops to 1-3 on the while Kennesaw State improves to 4-0. Justin McCalvin earned the win for the Owls after allowing just one hit, no runs and three strikeouts through two innings of work. Sophomore Jared Walsh took the loss for the Bulldogs, giving up one hit and one run over 1.1 innings.
    “We need to get some confidence, and we’ll be in good shape because we’re still working the kinks out,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “That’s why you play 56 games, and I’m confident it will come together. I give credit to Kennesaw State, they threw strikes and played well. We just have to create some more scoring opportunities. I thought our pitchers did a good job, and I liked how David Gonzalez did in his debut.”                                         
    Gonzalez made the start for Georgia, the first of his career, and he opened the game by recording a strikeout against Jacob Bruce. Neither team scored through the first two innings, and it wasn’t until the third inning that the Bulldogs finally placed a runner on base. Justin Bryan reached first in the bottom of the third with one out on an error by the third baseman, but the Bulldogs were unable to push any runs across.
    In the fourth inning, Gonzalez issued a lead-off walk to Bo Way, and the next batter grounded out to third, allowing Way to advance to second. Max Pentecost then singled to center to score Way, giving Kennesaw State a 1-0 lead. Senior Blake Dieterich entered the game to relieve Gonzalez and forced the next two batters to pop out and strike out, respectively.
    Cole recorded Georgia’s first hit of the game in the bottom of the fourth, ripping a two-out double down the left field line, but a fly out to left ended the inning without any runs scored.
    Neither team scored in the fifth inning, but Georgia third baseman Curt Powell had a strong defensive effort in the top half of the inning, diving across his body to stop a hard-hit ball down the line that prevented a base hit.  Bryan Benzor entered the game to pitch for the Dogs in the sixth inning, and he surrendered a leadoff single up the middle to Way before Georgia quickly turned a 6-4-3 double play on the ensuing batter to get out of the jam.
    The Bulldogs finally pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth inning that began when Phillips recorded a lead-off single up the middle. A sacrifice bunt down the first-base line by Nelson Ward moved Phillips to second with just one out. Two batters later, Farmer dropped the ball in just fair down the left-field line for a two-out double that scored Phillips and tied the game at one run apiece.
    The Bulldogs retired the Owls in order to start the seventh before threatening to score in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Sean McLaughlin sent a two-out single to center and then advanced to second on a wild throw by the pitcher over to first, but a strikeout ended the inning for the Bulldogs. 
    Georgia brought in reliever Jarrett Brown in the eighth inning, and Brown hit the first batter of the inning, Kal Simmons, to place a runner on first. A sac bunt back by the next batter allowed Simmons to move into scoring position at second with just one out. The Bulldogs committed an error two batters later that placed runners on the corners with two outs, but Walsh entered the game at this point and came up with a huge strikeout against Pentecost to end the inning
    Georgia was unable to score in the bottom of the inning, and in the top of the ninth, Walsh issued a lead-off walk to Almonte to put the go-ahead run on base. A sacrifice bunt down the first base line by Chris McGowan allowed Almonte to move down to second, and an infield base hit by Kody Belcher put runners on the corners with just one out. Walsh then struck out Anthony Duran, but a fielder’s choice on the next play allowed Almonte to score the go-ahead run for the Owls.
    Cole drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth as Georgia attempted to rally for the tying run, but two back-to-back fly outs to center field sealed the 2-1 victory for Kennesaw State.
    The Bulldogs return to action this Saturday in a doubleheader against Belmont. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Foley Field. This is a slight change to the schedule as the series with the Bruins was set to begin on Friday. Fans with tickets for Friday’s game can exchange them for a ticket to Saturday’s game at the Foley Field ticket window or to a future game. They can also exchange that ticket to a future Bulldog home game this year at the UGA Ticket Office. Tickets for Saturday’s game will be good for both games that day.

    No. 8 Ole Miss Cruises Past Skyhawks

    OXFORD, Miss. – Fresh off an emotional series sweep of nationally-ranked TCU, the Rebels came out with energy on Wednesday night and pounded out 18 hits to push to victory as No. 8 Ole Miss (4-0) defeated Tennessee-Martin (0-5) by a score of 15-2.
    Every Rebel starter notched a hit with six players delivering multiple-hits and the Rebels put at least two runs on the board in each scoring inning on the way to the win.
    “I’m proud of the way we played tonight; the guys really locked in,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We tried to challenge them the best that we could, during pregame and in our meetings that you have to be ready tonight. It was about playing well, and we played about as well as you can play. I’m proud of the way a lot of guys took their appearance as an Ole Miss Rebel, either at the plate or on the mound.”
    Sam Smith (1-0) picked up the win in his first outing of the season, working 3.0 scoreless innings and allowing one hit with one walk and three strikeouts. He was one of six pitchers to see action, including season debuts by Matt Denny, Hawtin Buchanan, Brady Bramlett and Austin Blunt.
    Carter Smith (0-2) suffered the loss for the Skyhawks, allowing eight runs on 10  hits as one of four pitchers to take the mound for UT-Martin.
    The Rebels got things started with two runs in the first inning with back-to-back singles from Tanner Mathis and Austin Anderson before Auston Bousfield delivered the third consecutive hit to drive in Mathis. Will Allen then delivered the fourth hit of the inning to push a second run home and Ole Miss was off to the races.
    The Rebels plated two more runs in the second inning before breaking things open in the third with a seven-run inning. Three-straight singles loaded the bases to set up a three-RBI double to left center from Andrew Mistone. Ole Miss would add four more runs from there, sending 11 batters to the plate in total during the inning.
    Two more runs in the fifth on a single from Jake Overbey and a sac fly from Bousfield extended the lead to 13-0.
    The Skyhawks got on the board in the sixth inning, plating two runs off a double from pinch hitter Kenny King and single from first baseman Wade Collins. It was the only runs UT-Martin would muster on the night.
    The Rebels pushed the lead back out to 13 and the final score of 15-2 with a two-run seventh inning. A pair of errors put Preston Overbey and Cameron Dishon on base and Holt Perdzock came through with double to left center to drive them home.
    Ole Miss will return to action on Friday, kicking off a three-game series against Rhode Island at 4 p.m. at Oxford University Stadium/Swayze Field. It will be Bobby Wahl poster night at the stadium as the Rebels take on the Rams in the series opener. 

    Texas A&M Picks Up Win

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies were paced by a pair of true freshmen as they registered a 7-1 win over Texas Southern in non-conference baseball action Wednesday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. First-year Aggies Grayson Long and Jonathan Moroney helped tame the Tigers as A&M won its fourth consecutive game to improve to 4-1 on the year.
    Making his first collegiate start, true freshmen Grayson Long (1-0) cruised through 5.2 innings of work, yielding just one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five.
    Texas A&M's bullpen entered the game allowing just two runs in 12.1 innings of work on the year, and the Aggies improved on the mark with 3.1 innings of shutout relief on Wednesday. Ty Schlottmann retired the only batter he faced to get out of the sixth inning. Zach Brashear and Matt Kent each worked a blank frame with one strikeout apiece and true freshmen Andrew Vinson and AJ Minter combined both pitched in a scoreless ninth.
    Moroney went 2-for-4 with one triple and three RBI to lead the Aggies offense.
    The Aggies pounced on the Tigers early with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Cole Lankford, on the ninth pitch of the at-bat, rattled a triple in the corner along the rightfield line to start the inning and Moroney followed with a single down the other line to stake A&M to a 1-0 lead.
    A&M inflated the cushion to 4-0 with three runs in the home half of the third. With one out, Mikey Reynolds reached on a bunt single, stole second base and scored when Krey Bratsen bounced a single up the middle. Daniel Mengden was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. After Lankford lined out to short for the second out of the frame, Moroney tripled to leftfield, knocking in Bratsen and Mengden for the four-run lead.
    The early flow of runs continued with two runs in the fourth. Charlie Curl hit a leadoff single to centerfield and Blake Allemand was hit by a pitch to start the inning. After JB Moss pushed both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, Reynolds drew a walk to saturate the bases. A wild pitch allowed Curl to score and after Bratsen drew a walk to reload the bases, Mengden plated Allemand with a sacrifice fly for the 6-0 lead.
    Texas Southern (3-2) shaved a run off the lead in the top off the sixth. With one out, Sebastian Stargell drew a walk and Corbin Smith reached on a bunt single. Chris Deleon broke the scoring seal for the Tigers with a single to leftfield, cutting the gap to 6-1. But Long would get Ellis Stephney to line out to third base and Schlottmann came in from the bullpen to induce a rally-killing double play from Tyler Flanagan.
    The Aggies capped off their scoring in the eighth inning. Allemand was issued a base on balls to lead off the inning, stole second base and scored on an error off a Bratsen grounder to short.
    Deleon led Texas Southern at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one RBI. Tigers' starter Adrian Losoya (1-1) was saddled with the loss. He allowed four runs on five hits while striking out two over 3.0 innings.
    Texas A&M returns to action on Friday when the Aggies start a three-game series with the Pepperdine Waves. First pitch for the opening contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park is set for 6:35 pm. Start time for Saturday's game has been pushed back to 6:05 pm. The Sunday finale will start at 1:05 pm.

    Gators Lose Narrowly to Georgia Southern

    Down to its final strike, Georgia Southern (3-1) tied the game on a two-out RBI single by senior T.D. Davis (3-for-5, three runs) in the ninth inning and then used a bases-loaded walk in the 12th by freshman Cole Watson to post an 8-7 victory over No. 13 Florida (3-2) on Wednesday night at McKethan Stadium. Senior right-hander Kyle Rowe (1-0) hurled four shutout innings to earn the win, while sophomore lefty Corey Stump (Lakeland, Fla.) (0-2) took the defeat for the Gators.
    With the teams knotted at seven runs apiece, Davis started the 12th with a single to left field, ending the night for Stump (career-high 2.0 IP, 2 H). Sophomore reliever Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) mishandled a bunt attempt by redshirt junior Arthur Owens, resulting in two runners on base, and sophomore Hunter Thomas (2-for-6, two RBI) had a bunt single to fill the bases with none out. The Eagles moved in front on a walk to Watson, with freshman Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) replacing Harris. The right-hander induced a 5-2-3 double play on a grounder by sophomore Tyler Avera and then had redshirt freshman Kyle Streicher ground out to hold the margin at 8-7. However, Rowe set the Gators down in order in the home part of the frame to secure the victory.
    “When you get within one strike to finish the ballgame, you feel like you have it right there, but Mags [Johnny Magliozzi] threw the ball really well tonight,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Obviously, he’s disappointed with the outcome, but I was very pleased with the way he threw the ball – that’s the life of a closer. We obviously did not play very well, and I think that’s indicative of where we’re at as a team right now. We played so well last night; tonight we did not play well at all. We made six errors, balls were getting underneath the gloves of the infielders, we had a lead-off walk to start the fourth inning, then we gave up an 0-2 hit … so, there were a lot of things that factored into it tonight. It’s remarkable that we were able to stay in it.”
    “I think 6-1, at that point, [Justin] Shafer’s home run was a big lift for us. We’re going to build on that. Many teams would have folded their tent, gave in, but these guys fought back and it’s unfortunate that we fell one run short, but we did battle back. We do know that we need to clean up our defense and that will get cleaned up. We’re only five games in; it’ll get better.”
    After sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) retired the side on nine pitches to begin the game, Florida used a sacrifice fly by sophomore Casey Turgeon (2-for-5, three RBI) (Palm Harbor, Fla.) off freshman Evan Challenger to take a 1-0 lead. Freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) had drawn a leadoff walk, stole second base for his first career theft and was sacrificed to third on a bunt by freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.). Turgeon lofted a fly ball into left field for his first sac fly of the year to score Bader.
    The Eagles answered with an RBI double by Owens in the second inning to knot the game at 1-1. Davis reached on catcher’s interference to begin the frame and scored all the way from first base on Owens’ two-bagger down the left-field line. A grounder to the mound by Thomas advanced Davis to third and Shafer notched consecutive strikeouts of Watson and junior Brent Pugh to keep the contest tied.
    Thomas provided Georgia Southern with a 3-1 lead in the fourth with a two-run single up the middle. Sophomore Chase Griffin walked to begin the frame and Davis roped a single through the left side for a pair of Eagles aboard. Owens advanced his teammates with a sacrifice bunt and Thomas moved the visitors in front with a base-knock into center field. Thomas stole second and advanced to third on a grounder by Watson before Shafer had Pugh ground out.
    In the home part of the inning, Turgeon extended his hitting streak to six games with a single into right field and was erased on a fielder’s choice by Shafer. Shafer moved into scoring position with his first stolen base of the season and took third on a fly ball to the warning track by sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.). Challenger kept the Eagles’ lead at two runs by having senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) fly out.
    Shafer worked a career-high four innings in which he gave up three hits and three runs (two earned), with a personal-best four strikeouts. Georgia Southern tacked on three runs on two hits and three errors in the fifth to build a 6-1 advantage. Freshman right-hander Eric Hanhold (Palm Harbor, Fla.) took over and yielded a leadoff single to Streicher, who swiped second base. Senior Scooter Williams was hit by a pitch for two Eagles on base and junior Ben Morgan (2-for-6, two runs) reached on a bunt to load the bases with none out. An error by sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) on Griffin’s grounder enabled Streicher and Williams to score for a 5-1 margin. Davis reached on a fielding error by Martin and a throwing error by Bader allowed Morgan to score for a five-run lead for GSU. After Owens flew out, freshman Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) replaced Hanhold (0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER) and induced an inning-ending 1-5 double play.  
    The Gators exploded for five runs in the bottom of the inning with two down, highlighted by a two-run single by Turgeon and a three-run, game-tying homer by Shafer. Tobias was hit by a pitch with one down, ending the night for Challenger, who allowed two hits and two runs over 4.1 innings. Tobias moved to second on a passed ball and senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) walked on four pitches from senior reliever Josh Stevenson. Martin legged out an infield hit to load the bases with two down and Turgeon came through with a single into right field that brought UF within 6-3. Shafer picked an opportune time for his first career homer, launching a towering shot to deep left field that cleared the bleachers and emptied the bases. Gushue and Ramjit followed with consecutive singles, marking five-straight Gator hits, before Stevenson had a fielder’s choice by redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) end the inning.
    Freshman Mike Vinson (Miami, Fla.) became the fourth Florida pitcher in the sixth and struck out Watson before hitting Pugh. An error by Powers on a pickoff throw to first enabled Pugh to move into scoring position. Vinson had Streicher fly out to center field, plunked Williams and then had Morgan pop out.
    Tobias (2-for-5, two runs) opened the Gator sixth with a base-hit up the middle and Dent advanced his teammate to third with a single into right field. Although a grounder by Bader resulted in a double play, Tobias scored for a 7-6 UF lead.
    Redshirt freshman Aaron Rhodes (Venice, Fla.) made his collegiate debut in the seventh after a scoreless frame by Vinson and put down the Eagles in order. After Rhodes recorded the first out of the eighth inning, he hit Watson and was replaced by sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.). Watson stole second base and Magliozzi responded with back-to-back strikeouts of junior pinch hitter Stryker Brown and Streicher.
    Down to their last strike, Georgia Southern tied the game on an RBI single by Davis that brought across Morgan. Magliozzi had Williams ground out to begin the inning and Morgan followed with an infield single and then stole second base. Griffin went down swinging for the second out and Davis delivered the game-tying base-hit through the left side on a 0-2 pitch. Magliozzi fanned Owens to keep the game deadlocked at 7-7.
    In Florida’s ninth, Bader greeted Rowe with a single into right field and stole second with two down. Georgia Southern walked Shafer intentionally and the pair of Gators advanced into scoring position on a passed ball. Freshman Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) walked to load the bases and Rowe sent the game into extra innings by striking out Ramjit.
    The Gators will welcome FGCU (2-1) to McKethan Stadium for a weekend series that starts on Friday at 7 p.m. Junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) (0-0, 4.91) will start the opener against Eagle junior right-hander Ricky Knapp (1-0, 0.00). All three games can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell and will be streamed live on GatorVision.