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    SEC Baseball Today: Friday

    Baseball RESULTS
    South Carolina vs. Albany (Postponed)
    Kentucky 6, Elon 1
    Arkansas 10, Evansville 6
    Memphis 6, Mizzou 0
    Arizona State 4, Tennessee 0
    Georgia vs. Belmont (Postponed)
    Vanderbilt 5, Monmouth 1
    Ole Miss 8, Rhode Island 1
    Alabama 5, Florida Atlantic 2
    Mississippi State 3, Purdue 2
    Auburn vs. MTSU (Postponed)
    FGCU 8, Florida 2
    Pepperdine 5, Texas A&M 3
    LSU vs. SE Louisiana (Suspended)


    South Carolina's Tilt With Albany Pushed to Saturday

    Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina-Albany baseball game scheduled for Friday has been postponed due to inclement weather in Columbia.  The two teams will begin the series on Saturday with a single game scheduled for 4 p.m. at Carolina Stadium.  A doubleheader has been scheduled for Sunday beginning at Noon.  Both games will be nine innings.
     
    Saturday game tickets will be honored for Saturday's game.  Fans with tickets for either Friday or Sunday will be honored for the Sunday doubleheader.
     
    The 1977 South Carolina baseball team will still be honored before Saturday's contest.  The squad will receive College World Series rings recognizing their achievements.


    Grundy Dominates as Kentucky Cruises

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Senior southpaw Jerad Grundy worked seven dominating innings and faced just three hitters over the minimum, leading No. 8 Kentucky to a 6-1 win over Elon, during the second day of the Carravelle Resort Invitational hosted by Coastal Carolina, on a cold and windy Friday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Park.

    "We did some really good things at the plate, even though we only scored in two innings," UK head coach Gary Henderson said. "I thought the Elon pitcher was tough. I thought he was good. We strung some hits together the second time through the lineup and put a five up on the board. We had some good baserunning in that inning and later in the ballgame. Our defense was really good. Lucas (Witt), Austin (Cousino) and Zac (Zellers) were really good in the outfield."

    Grundy (2-0) worked seven strong innings, allowing just three hits and two walks, surrendering a run and striking out three. Over his first two starts of 2013, Grundy has worked 13 innings, including his first 12.1 innings without allowing an earned run, posting a 0.69 ERA.

    "After a loss, the next day you come out and you really want to play on edge, especially after losing a tough one like we did yesterday," Grundy said. "For the most part, we played errorless baseball and the five spot in the fourth was huge. When we play like that we have a great chance to win."

    The native of Johnsburg, Ill., faced only three hitters over the minimum, allowing one extra-base hit and getting two great double-play turns from his UK infield.

    "Obviously Jerad's outing was extremely encouraging," Henderson said. "Three over the minimum. A lot of ground balls and he kept them off balance the entire game. He got tired in the sixth and got through the sixth and then the seventh. His concentration was outstanding."

    In his two-year UK career, Grundy has an 8-3 record and a 3.38 ERA in 18 starts, holding opponents to a .234 average.

    "Working ahead keeps my pitch count down," Grundy said. "I am on the attack and I feel like I am in control as opposed to the hitter being in control. The defense behind me was great and that just had my confidence up. Outfield covered a lot of ground out there. We have some guys out there who can move a little bit. They did a good job today. I only have two starts, it is really early in the year and we have a lot of games left. To get going like I have these first two starts feels good."

    Kentucky (4-1) was led offensively in the win by a five-run fourth inning, later adding a run in the seventh. All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino launched a pair of doubles and stole his fifth base of the year, with Zac Zellers, A.J. Reed,Max Kuhn, J.T. Riddle and Paul McConkey each adding hits. Kuhn hit his second double of the year, with Riddle extending his frolicsome hitting streak to a club-best eight games and adding a steal. Leftfielder Lucas Witt drew a walk and hung a sacrifice fly, with catcher Micheal Thomas also adding a sacrifice fly.

    Grundy was replaced to start the eighth by freshman southpaw Ryne Combs, who worked two innings to finish the game, not allowing a baserunner.

    "Really happy to see Ryne Combs come in and face six guys and get six guys out in a row," Henderson said. "We have enough guys in the pen. I am not concerned so much about that part of it. I am more concerned about the message that we are sending to our club from our starting pitcher and then when we come in to clean up an inning. We have to be much sharper then we have been in two of our five games. We have talented people down there, we just have to learn out to fulfill the roles effectively, aggressively and confidently.

    "Obviously it has been a little up and down so when you have a guy like Combs come in, and even (Dylan) Dwyer and (Zach) Strecker yesterday, and do what they are supposed to do and how they can do it you are really pleased to see it and obviously really happy with Ryne."

    Elon (2-3) senior left-handed starter Dylan Clark (1-1) - a 2012 Cape Cod League All-Star - worked six innings, allowing six hits and five runs - four earned, not issuing a walk and striking out seven. Clark finished a strikeout shy of tying his career high, with all of the UK offensive output coming in the fourth inning off the dynamic Phoenix southpaw. Tyler Manez took over in the seventh, working two innings, allowing one hit and one run, walking one and striking out two.

    The Wildcats mounted a five-run rally in the fourth inning, breaking up Clark's perfect game and taking a 5-0 lead. Cousino led off with a double hit to the rightfield wall and Zellers followed with a single into right-centerfield. Reed then smoked a RBI single to rightfield to score Cousino and Kuhn followed with a double over the leftfielder's head. After a Riddle line out, McConkey singled into centerfield, with the throw from the outfield sailing to the backstop to score Zellers and Reed and move McConkey to third base. Witt then scored McConkey with a sacrifice fly to the rightfield warning track.

    Ryan Kinsella got Elon - a team that won 33 games in 2012 - on the board in the top of the seventh, belting a one-out solo homer over the rightfield fence.

    In the bottom of the seventh, UK added to its lead with a run for the final margin, 6-1. Witt led off with a four-pitch walk and Matt Reida came to the plate and successfully executed a sacrifice bunt down the third base line, with the speedy Witt motoring from first base to third with just one out. Thomas then hung a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Witt.
     



    Arkansas Opens Series With WIn

    FAYETTEVILLE – Jordan Farris and Jake Wise each homered and drove in three runs as the top-ranked Arkansas baseball team defeated Evansville, 10-4, in the series opener on Friday at Baum Stadium.
     
    The Razorbacks improve to 5-1 with the win, while Evansville is now 1-3 after the loss.
     
    Wise was the offensive start of the day for Arkansas, tying a career high with three hits and three RBI and hitting his first home run of the season. Farris also drove in three runs and added the first homer of his Razorback career in the win. Tyler Spoon added three RBI as well and went 1-for-5 at the plate. Brian Anderson went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
     
    Arkansas reliever Brandon Moore (1-0) took the win on the mound, giving up two runs, only one earned, on four hits and striking out a pair over 3.2 innings. Jalen Beeks and Chris Oliver combined to throw 2.1 shutout innings to close out the win.
     
    Ryne Stanek started for the Razorbacks and received a no decision after striking out four and giving up two runs in three innings.
     
    Evansville starter Kyle Freeland (1-1) took the loss. Freeland gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out five in five innings.
     
    Kevin Kaczmarski drove in three runs and went 2-for-4 to lead the Purple Aces offensively. Chris Pearson and Michael Eckstein each added two hits, with Eckstein scoring a pair of runs. Jason Hockemeyer also accounted for an RBI for the Purple Aces.
     
    Evansville struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the second. Pearson singled with one out and advanced to second on a single up the middle by Eckstein. Kaczmarski then doubled to the left-center field alley, scoring both runners. Kaczmarski was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play to end the inning.
     
    Arkansas answered back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the second. Anderson blooped a single into right field and with one out, Wise launched his first home run of the season, a two-run shot over the wall in left field to tie the game at two.
     
    The Razorbacks took their first lead of the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Eric Fisher led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He came around to score on a base hit to left field by Wise. The throw into the infield by the left fielder got away, allowing Wise to advance second on the E7. A fly out to deep center by Jacob Morris moved Wise to third and he scored on another wild pitch.
     
    Arkansas stretched the lead to five with a three-run bottom of the sixth. With one out, Farris reached on an infield single. Back-to-back walks with two out by Matt Vinson and Joe Serrano loaded the bases for Spoon. Spoon hit a liner to the alley that allowed two runs to score. Spoon made a wide turn around first and was caught in a run down between first and second. While he was caught in the rundown, Serrano was able to cross home to put the Razorbacks in front 7-2.
     
    Evansville got two runs back in the top of the seventh. Shain Showers and Eckstein hit back-to-back singles to start the inning to put runners on the corners. Kaczmarski drove in Showers with a sacrifice fly to center. With two out, Pollock hit a pop up to shallow center. McAfee went out on the fly ball, but it hit off of his glove, allowing Pollock to reach and advancing Eckstein to third. Hockemeyer drove in a run with a single to right to cut the Arkansas lead to 7-4.
     
    The Razorbacks again responded, scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh, with all the runs coming with two outs. Wise started the two-out rally with a single to left and then advanced to second after a throwing error by the Evansville shortstop on a ball hit by Morris. Farris cleared the bases with the first home run of his collegiate career, a three-run blast into the Razorback bullpen in left field.
     
    The Purple Aces were able to get a runner on base in both the eighth and the ninth innings, but couldn’t score as Arkansas held on for the 10-4 victory.
     
    Arkansas and Evansville will meet in game two of the series on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Junior right hander Barrett Astin (1-0, 1.80) will start for the Razorbacks, while the Purple Aces will throw redshirt junior righty Sam Johns (0-0, 9.00). Single-game reserved tickets are available for Saturday’s game for $10 each. Tickets may be purchased by calling  1-800-982-HOGS (4647), by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or on gameday at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.



    Mizzou Drops 6-0 Decision at Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mizzou baseball's offense was stifled by Memphis starter Sam Moll as Mizzou dropped a 6-0 decision to Memphis on Friday evening (Feb. 22) at FedExPark in Memphis. The Tigers were able to get just two hits as Moll went 7.0 innings, allowing just one hit, one walk and one hit batter while striking out five while earning the win. Mizzou starter Rob Zastryzny (Corpus Christi, Texas) was tagged with his second loss of the season after going just 5.1 innings, allowing 10 hits, five earned runs and one walk while striking out four.
     
    Offensively, Mizzou got hits from just two players in the game. Dane Opel (Edwardsville, Ill.) tallied a triple, the Tigers' first of the season, and Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) posted his team-leading fourth hit of the season in the eighth inning. But the rest of the Tiger lineup struggled in the loss. Memphis tallied 14 hits in the win.
     
    After the Tigers went 1-2-3 in the top of the first, Zastryzny retired Memphis leadoff hitter Zach Willis before giving up a one-out double to Carter White and then a two run bomb to left center to three-hole hitter Tucker Tubbs, giving Memphis a 2-0 lead. Mempis. After another 1-2-3 inning for Mizzou, Memphis threatened to score more in the second inning, but Opel gunned a runner out at the plate and then Memphis had another runner throw out on an attempted steal of home, this time by Keeton on a strike to Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.). That sent the game to the third inning with Memphis leading, 2-0.
     
    Mizzou got its first base runner in the third inning after Kelly led off the frame with a walk, but he was stranded on second after Scott Sommerfeld (Manchester, Mo.) fouled out to first base. Memphis added another run in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Drew Griffin. Mizzou threatened to get that run back in the top of the fourth as Opel led off the frame with a triple, but two strikeouts and a pop-up by Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) left Opel stranded on third and kept the game at 3-0 in favor of Memphis. 
     
    Zastryzny settled down in the bottom of the fourth, but Mizzou couldn't get any runs in the top of the fifth after another 1-2-3 inning. In fact, Mizzou had just one hit through the first six innings of the game. Memphis added two more in the sixth inning after a single and a triple off of Zastryzny, but Ryan Yuengel (Festus, Mo.) minimized the damage as Memphis took a 5-0 lead into the seventh inning. Memphis added another run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but Opel threw out his second base runner at the plate in the game to keep another run off the board.
     
    The Tigers tried to score some runs in the eighth after Moll was lifted. After Gavin Stark (Lee's Summit, Mo.) gave on a ride to left center that was caught, Keeton tallied his fourth hit of the season and then leadoff hitter Sal Belfonte (Kansas City, Mo.) was hit by a pitch. After a Sommerfeld strikeout, Opel was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Munson. But he struck out looking to end the threat.
     
    Freshman Breckin Williams (Webb City, Mo.) made his Tiger debut in the bottom of the eighth and struck out the first collegiate batter that he faced and worked around a two-out hit for an impressive debut.
     
    Game two of the series will be contested at 2 p.m. tomorrow at FedExPark. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.



    Arizona State Blanks Tennessee, 4-0

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee couldn't find an answer for the Arizona State pitching staff on Friday evening, falling 4-0 to the 20th-ranked Sun Devils in the 2013 home opener at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
     
    UT senior Zack Godley struck out nine in seven strong innings, but ASU starting pitcher Trevor Williams matched him pitch-for-pitch, punching out eight in seven shutout frames for the win.
     
    The Vols managed just three hits on the night with Andrew Lee, Taylor Smart and Vincent Jackson all recording singles.
     
    The Big Orange put some pressure on late, loading the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but ASU reliever Brett Lilek escaped the jam, getting a groundout to first to end the game.
     
    Tennessee and Arizona State will be back at it at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Vols will send freshman right-hander Aaron Quillen (0-0, 1.80) to the mound, while the Sun Devils will counter with sophomore southpaw Adam McCreery (0-0, 12.00).



    Georgia vs. Belmont Series to Start Saturday

    Georgia (1-3) plays host to Belmont (3-1) starting Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. The original schedule called for the series to start on Friday, but it has been changed due to heavy rains in the forecast. The Bruins took a pair from Valparaiso (4-3 and 7-3) and beat Ohio 5-1 last weekend. Then, No. 2 Vanderbilt beat them 9-3 in Nashville this past Tuesday.
     



    Vandy's Ziomek Dazzles in Win Over Monmouth

    NASHVILLE -- No. 2 Vanderbilt used an outstanding outing from starter Kevin Ziomek to beat Monmouth 5-1 at Hawkins Field on Friday afternoon. 
     
    Ziomek's night started off a little shaky when his first pitch of the game was raked into the left field corner for a double off the bat of Kyle Perry. But the left-hander responded getting a double play and a ground out to end the frame. The Hawks (1-1) tagged Ziomek (2-0) for a run in the second after the first two batters reached base but again the junior responded this time with a pair of strikeouts. Those two strikeouts jump started Ziomek's night, as the lefty fanned 10 of the next 12 batters he faced en route to a career-high 11 strikeouts. He finished the night allowing one run on five hits over seven innings for his second win of the year. 
     
    While Ziomek was mowing down the Hawks' offense the Commodores' (5-1) offense was battling for runs. Dansby Swanson's hustling double helped the home team tie the game in the third inning. The freshman led off with what appeared to be a routine single to left-center field but stretched it into a double before coming around to score on fellow freshman Xavier Turner's fielder's choice. In the fourth, Vince Conde put the Dores in the lead for good with a RBI-single to right field to score Mike Yastrzemski. Vanderbilt stretched the lead late in the game with two runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh. 
     
    Jack Lupo paced the Commodores' with two hits and one RBI as the bottom half of the VU lineup produced five of the team's six hits. Conrad Gregor matched a career-best with three walks and stole his team-leading sixth base of the season. Turner's first inning single pushed his hitting streak to six games to begin his collegiate career. Craig Sweeney had two hits to lead Monmouth and starter Andrew McGee (0-1) was pinned with the loss allowing four runs on four hits in 5.1 innings. 
     
    Vanderbilt hosts the Hawks tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. at Hawkins Field. Sophomore Tyler Beede (1-0) gets the ball for the Commodores against Monmouth's left-hander Dan Smith (0-0).



    Ole Miss Blows Past Rhode Island

    OXFORD, Miss. – The eighth-ranked Rebels got off to a quick offensive start and held the Rams offense in check as Ole Miss (5-0) defeated Rhode Island (0-4) by a score of 8-1 on Friday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field in the series opener with the Rams.
     
    Will Jamison helped lead an offensive outburst that saw the Rebels plate eight runs in the first three innings, going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and a walk. Six Ole Miss players turned in multiple-hit performances on the afternoon.
     
    “It was a terrific day on offense for us, especially early,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We had nine quality at bats to start off the game against a really good Rhode Island pitcher. We needed it tonight. Obviously Bobby (Wahl) wasn’t very sharp, and we gave them a lot of free base runners. With the lead, we kind of took them out of their running game, bunting and some of the things that they like to do, which enabled us to kind of get through the game. It’s a positive when you can give up nine free base runners and only give up a run. It means you pitched out of a few jams and play some pretty good defense.”
     
    Wahl (2-0) picked up the win, allowing one run on two hits with an uncharacteristic six walks and four strikeouts. Josh Laxer and Jeremy Massie closed out the game, allowing only two hits and a walk with two strikeouts combined over the final four innings.
     
    Mike Bradstreet (0-2) suffered the loss for the Rams, allowing eight runs on 12 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
     
    Ole Miss exploded in the first inning, pushing out to a 5-0 lead behind five hits and a walk in the inning. A Mathis single started things off before Austin Anderson delivered an RBI double to get the Rebels on the board. Anderson took second on a groundout from Auston Bousfield and scored on a groundout from Stuart Turner.
     
    The Rebels then added three more runs with a two-out rally sparked by a walk of Sikes Orvis. Will Allen then singled to put two men on before Andrew Mistone singled to score Orvis. Jamison then delivered a two-RBI double down the first base line to give the Rebels the five-run lead before the Rams would get out of the inning.
     
    Rhode Island got a run back in the second inning, after back-to-back walks with a man on base and two outs loaded the bags. A third consecutive walk pushed home the run before the Rebels would get a fly out to end the inning up 5-1.
     
    Ole Miss pushed two more runs home in the second inning, highlighted by a triple to right field from Bousfield, and a single run in the third inning to cap the scoring and give the Rebels the 8-1 lead.
     
    The pitching staff would keep the Rams in check down the stretch as Ole Miss picked up the win.
     
    The two teams will take the field at 1 p.m. on Saturday for game two of the series at Swayze Field. 



    Alabama Opens Weekend with Win at FAU

    Boca Raton, Fla. - In the first road game of the 2013 season, the Alabama Crimson Tide used a three-run eighth inning  to post a 5-2 victory over the Florida Atlantic Owls on Friday night from the FAU Baseball Stadium. With the win, the Tide improves to 5-0 on the season and the Owls fall to 3-2.
     
    "The key to the game was that we had good offensive pressure throughout the game," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "We were sitting with one hit towards the middle of the game, but we had a lot of quality at-bats and hit a lot of balls hard, but they just didn't fall. Overall we had good offensive pressure in seven of the nine innings."
     
    Georgie Salem paced the Crimson Tide offense with a 3-for-5 night that included three singles and an RBI. Kenny Roberts was 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored, Austen Smith got his first hit of the season, a two-out RBI single in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2. Ben Moore delivered the eventual game-winning RBI when he singled off the right field wall with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth.
     
    Tucker Hawley threw two innings of scoreless relief of Charley Sullivan, and was the benefactor of the three-run eighth, as he improved to 2-0 on the year. After Keaton Haack allowed a pair of runners to reach in the ninth, Jake Hubbard got a game-ending double play to earn his second save of the year. Florida Atlantic reliever Andrew Archer (0-1) took the loss, after allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits in one inning of work.
     
    Alabama starting pitcher Charley Sullivan did not factor into the decision after throwing 5.0 innings, allowing two unearned runs on five hits with a career-high six strikeouts and no walks. Florida Atlantic starter Austin Gomber threw 6.0 innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
     
    "Both starters had good night, but offensively for us we were able to get they're guys pitch count up and in the middle part of the game, but he did a good job battling. Sullivan did the same thing for us and got us through five, then our bullpen did a nice job to keep things settled. This really was a good ball game tonight."
     
    Florida Atlantic got on the scoreboard first with a pair of unearned runs in the second inning. The first came across on a controversial call at home plate when Sullivan tried to cut down Geoff Jimenez at home on a bunt. Later that inning, the Owls had runners on the corners, but a wild pitch on a swinging third strike to Levi Meyer allowed Mitch Morales to score from third.
     
    Alabama answered in the top of the third when an infield groundout by Salem plated Ryan Blanchard. Blanchard walked to open the inning and advanced to third on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt to first base.
     
    The Tide got the first two batters in the seventh inning aboard when Ben Moore and Roberts walked and singled, respectively. A failed sacrifice bunt attempt and a strikeout followed, before Smith delivered a two out RBI single to right field to score Roberts from second, for Smith's first hit of the season.
     
    Bama took the lead after scoring three times in the eighth inning. After a single by Salem, a walk by White and an error on an Overstreet ground ball, Moore delivered a single off the right field wall to score Salem to make the score 3-2. Roberts followed with a single to center to plate White and Booth pushed another run across when he grounded into a double play, scoring Overstreet. 
     
    In the FAU ninth, the Owls had runners on the corners with one out before Hubbard entered the game. On a 3-2 pitch, Hubbard got Geoff Jimenez to ground into a game-ending double play.
     
    Alabama and Florida Atlantic will continue the series on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. CT, from the FAU Baseball Stadium. Alabama is scheduled to start sophomore lefty Jon Keller (1-0, 6.75) and the Owls will counter with senior right-hander Jake Meiers (1-0, 3.60).
     
    Follow the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team on Facebook at Alabama-Baseball and on Twitter at @AlabamaBSB.



    Auburn vs. Middle Tennessee State Postponed Due to Rain

    The Auburn-Middle Tennessee State baseball game scheduled for Friday afternoon at Plainsman Park was postponed due to rain. The teams will make up the game at 11am on Saturday as part of a triple-header.
     
    The revised schedule will be as follows: Auburn vs. Middle Tennessee State 11am; College of Charleston vs. Auburn 2:30pm; Middle Tennessee State vs. Indiana State 6pm.
     
    Tickets for Friday's game will be honored on Saturday.
     
    Indiana State defeated College of Charleston, 3-1, in Friday's first game. Indiana State ace Sean Manaea held CofC to just one hit and two walks over six innings, striking out 10 but it took a two-run bottom of the eighth for ISU to claim the win.



    Gators Drop Series Opener to FGCU

    Florida Gulf Coast redshirt senior Brooks Beisner belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning and junior right-hander Ricky Knapp (2-0) hurled a complete game on 92 pitches as the Eagles (3-1) notched an 8-2 victory over No. 13 Florida (3-3) in the opener of the teams’ weekend series on Friday night at McKethan Stadium.
     
    After FGCU was held hitless by junior Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) (0-1) over 5.1 innings, Beisner turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead with a homer off of junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) and the Eagles tacked on five more runs in the eighth to snap a four-game slide to the Gators. Sophomore Zack Tillery had a three-run double in the eighth, while freshman Tyler Selesky (2-for-5) and senior Mike Reeves (2-for-4) were effective at the top of the lineup for FGCU. Senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) drove in both runs for Florida with two sacrifice flies.
     
    The Gators opened the scoring in the second inning on Ramjit’s second sacrifice fly of the season. Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (2-for-3, two runs) had led off with a single up the middle to increase his hitting streak to four games and redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) (2-for-3) followed with a double down the left-field line to put the hosts in business. Ramjit’s sac fly to center field brought home Shafer before Knapp had sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) foul out and sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) strike out.
     
    In the third inning, redshirt sophomore Alex Diaz walked with one down for FGCU and stole second base before Ramjit made a diving stop on a ball hit by Selesky just beyond first base for the second out. Crawford had Reeves fly out to center field to end the frame.
     
    Beisner came through with a three-run homer with two down in the sixth to move the Eagles in front. Crawford had retired eight-straight hitters before plunking Diaz to start the inning. After an infield fly by Selesky, a walk to Reeves prompted a pitching change. Over 5.1 hitless innings, Crawford matched his season-high of four strikeouts and issued two walks. He was charged with a pair of runs. Gibson had junior Sean Dwyer pop up to Ramjit for the second out and Beisner sent a 0-1 pitch to deep left field for his team-leading third homer of the campaign. It was also FGCU’s first hit of the contest.   
     
    “I thought he [Jonathon Crawford] was really good,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Obviously, when you pitch 5.1 [innings] and you don’t give up any hits, he’s doing something right. But, that one inning when we gave up a three-run homer, that started with a walk and a hit batter; I don’t know if he ran out of gas or what, but overall I thought he pitched much better than he did the first weekend and he certainly will build off of that for next Friday.”
     
    Freshman Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) replaced Gibson (0.2 IP, 1 H) prior to the seventh and yielded a one-out single to sophomore Michael Suchy. The righty had freshman Colton Bottomley fly out to left field and then picked Suchy off first base to complete the inning.
     
    Ramjit’s second sac fly of the game brought the Gators within 3-2 in the bottom of the frame. Shafer led off with a base-hit up the middle and Powers followed with a single into the gap in left center for two runners in scoring position after Shafer took third and Powers advanced on the relay throw. Ramjit flew out to center and Shafer tagged up and came home to narrow UF’s deficit to one run. Gushue moved Powers to third base with a grounder and Knapp had freshman pinch hitter Christian Dicks (Jacksonville, Fla.) ground out to second base to preserve the Eagles’ lead.
     
    Carmichael (1.1 IP, 1 H) registered his first career strikeout to start the eighth and was replaced by freshman Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.). The Eagles erupted for five runs on four hits to build an 8-2 lead. Selesky punched a single into right field and Reeves sliced a base-hit into right field for runners on the corners with one down. An RBI single by Dwyer gave the Eagles a 4-2 lead and brought redshirt freshman Aaron Rhodes (Venice, Fla.) in from the bullpen for Danciu (3 H, 3 R). Beisner walked to fill the bags with one out and Bednar was hit by pitch to drive in Reeves for a 5-2 score. Tillery then cleared the bases with a three-run double into the left-field corner.
     
    Knapp became the first Florida opponent to register a complete game since Arkansas’ DJ Baxendale accomplished the feat on May 5, 2011. Knapp gave up six hits and two runs, with four strikeouts and zero walks, to collect his second victory in as many starts.
     
    The Gators will send freshman right-hander Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) (0-0, 4.50) to the mound tomorrow at 4 p.m. against FGCU junior left-hander Brandon Bixler (0-0, 0.00). The game can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell and will be streamed live on GatorVision.



    LSU and SE Louisiana Suspended, Will Resume Sunday

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The LSU-Southeastern Louisiana baseball game was suspended Friday night due to severe weather in the Baton Rouge area. The game was halted with no score in the bottom of the first inning.
     
    The game will be resumed at 1 p.m. CT Sunday in Alex Box Stadium. Fans are asked to hold onto their Friday night tickets in order to be admitted to the stadium when play resumes Sunday.
     
    Saturday's slate of games will remain the same as originally scheduled. Southeastern Louisiana will meet BYU at 1 p.m. Saturday, and LSU will face BYU at 6 p.m. Saturday.
     
    Admission is free to the Southeastern Louisiana-BYU game. The stadium will be cleared following the game, and fans will be admitted to the LSU-BYU game with the proper ticket.
     
    Fans are encouraged to follow @LSUbaseball on Twitter and use www.Facebook.com/LSUbaseball.


    Texas A&M Drops Weekend Opener

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies were unable to capitalize on a three-run first inning and dropped a 5-3 decision to the Pepperdine Waves in a non-conference series opener on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Friday evening.
     
    The Aggies pounced on the Waves early with a three-run first inning. With one out, Blake Allemand drew a walk and stole second base. Daniel Mengden reached on an infield single and a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. Cole Lankford bounced a single up the middle to plate both runners for the 2-0 edge. Troy Stein kept the rally going with a single to the gap in left center to put runners on the corners. With two outs and two strikes on Charlie Curl, the Aggies pulled the double steal with Stein baiting the throw to second base and Lankford sliding just left of the tag on the return throw home.
     
    Texas A&M (4-2) had opportunities to add to the lead in the second when Krey Bratsen reached on a leadoff single, stole second and moved to third on a groundout up the middle by Mikey Reynolds, but a strikeout and groundout ended the frame.
     
    The Aggies got the leadoff man aboard again in the fourth with a bunt single by Curl, but Jace Statum's sacrifice bunt attempt did not get out far enough in front of the catcher and Curl was retired at second base. Statum was caught stealing and Bratsen struck out to quell the rally.
     
    Another leadoff runner was erased in the fifth inning when Reynolds reached on a single, but was caught stealing.
     
    Pepperdine (5-1) shaved two runs off the lead in the top of the sixth inning. David Oppenheim singled up the middle to start the frame and, with one out, Hutton Moyer was hit by a pitch to put two aboard. Austin Davidson broke the scoring seal for Pepperdine with a single to leftfield, plating Oppenheim. After Sam Meyer singled to load the bases, Chris Amezquita hit a slow grounder to second base and the Aggies could only get the out at first, allowing Moyer to score and trim the lead to 3-2.
     
    A&M was able to get a pair of runners on with one out in the seventh, but were unable to manufacture a much-needed insurance run. With one out, Statum singled to leftfield and Bratsen drew a walk, but a flyout by Reynolds and groundout by Allemand dried up the rally.
     
    The Waves took their first lead of the game in the eighth inning. Ranny Lowe hit a single to rightfield, driving A&M starter Kyle Martin from the contest. Matt Kent came in from the bullpen and allowed a bunt single by Moyer and a sacrifice bunt by Davidson to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. Zach Brashear replaced Kent on the mound and allowed a two-run single by Meyer for the 4-3 advantage. Meyer went to second on the throw home and, with two outs, advanced to third on a passed ball. Nate Johnson tacked on an insurance run for Pepperdine with a single up the middle, plating Meyer for the 5-3 advantage.
     
    Martin registered the longest outing of his career, going 7.0 innings. He yielded three runs on five hits while striking out six. Matt Kent (0-1) was saddled with the loss. He allowed one run on one hit over 0.1 innings.
     
    Scott Frazier started for Pepperdine, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight. Eric Karch (2-0) earned the win in relief with 1.1 shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. Michael Swanner picked up his first save of the season with two hits and one strikeout in a scoreless ninth.
     
    Lankford went 2-for-4 with one run, two RBI and one stolen base. Jace Statum went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and Reynolds went 2-for-5 with a steal.
     
    Meyer, Moyer, Johnson and Oppenheim all went 2-for-4 for Pepperdine. Moyer had two runs and Meyer logged two RBI.
     
    The Aggies and Waves return to action on Saturday with a 6:05 pm contest at Blue Bell Park.



    MSU Edges Purdue

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Sophomore relief ace Jonathan Holder retired all four batters he faced, three via strikeouts, as No. 5 Mississippi State (6-0) eased past defending Big Ten Conference champion Purdue 3-2 in a rain-delayed game Saturday night at Dudy Noble Field.
     
    Freshman Jacob Robson broke a 2-2 deadlock in the eighth inning with a sacrifice line-drive to left, setting the stage for Holder's first win of the campaign.
     
    Mississippi State's 6-0 start is its best since 2006.
     
    "We played a solid, quality Purdue ball club and had some pretty good swings tonight... we just didn't have a lot to show for it," said State coach John Cohen. "I thought we did a nice job of focusing after the rain delay."
     
    The Bulldogs had two runners on base with two outs in the seventh inning in a 1-1 game when rain forced suspension of play. Some 91 minutes later the game resumed, and PU pitcher Mike Lutz struck the next two batters he faced, Mitch Slauter and Hunter Renfroe, to load the bases and drive in the go-ahead run for the Bulldogs.
     
    The lead was short lived. Purdue got a pair of two-out hits in the ninth off relief pitcher Luis Pollorena, the second an RBI double into the right field corner by Kyle Wood that tied the score at 2-2.
     
    In the home half of the eight, Alex Detz drew a lead-off walk. Pinch-runner Derrick Armstrong then stole second, advanced to third on an errant throw to second base, and then raced home with the winning run on Robson's smash line-drive to the leftfielder. McElroy (0-1), the third of four Boilermaker hurlers in the game, took the loss.
     
    Holder earned his third career win and first of the season, fanning three of the four batters he faced. He now has two wins and 10 saves in his last 14 mound career appearances of 2012-13. This year he has retired 13 of 14 batters faced, 11 with strikeouts.
     
    Starting pitchers Jacob Lindgren and Jordan Minch allowed one hit and three hits respectively as the duo dueled in shutout fashion over the first five frames.
     
    Purdue broke the deadlock when Kyle Johnson opened the sixth with a single and touched home later on Sean McHugh's bases-loaded infield groundout. Rookie relief man Myles Gentry got the final two outs in the frame to douse the Boilermaker rally.
     
    Minutes later in the bottom of the sixth Bulldog junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe evened the score, launching a season-first home run to left.
     
    The game, whose start was delayed 24 minutes by rain, was then suspended by rain with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and State threatening.
     
    Shortstop Adam Frazier collected a pair of singles and Renfroe drove in two of MSU's three runs while Purdue lead-off hitter Brandon Krieg singled twice for Purdue.
     
    Lindgren struck out six and did not walk a batter in 5.1 innings of no-decision mound work.
     
    Minch gave up a run on four hits and struck out five in over innings.
     
    In the earlier game, Purdue erupted for five runs in the eighth inning to top Samford 9-4. Second baseman Brandon Krieg and Conner Hudnall collected four hits each to lead the Boilermaker's 16-hit attack.
     
    The Bulldogs resume play Saturday in the inaugural Diamond Classic presented by Polk's Meat Products, taking on Samford (4-2) at 3 p.m. and Purdue at 6 p.m. A pair of right-handers, junior Evan Mitchell (0-0, 1.80) and senior Kendall Graveman (1-0, 0.00), have been designated for Saturday starts.