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    SEC Baseball Today: Saturday

    Baseball RESULTS
    Middle Tennessee 2, Auburn 1
    Tennessee 11, Arizona State 2
    Georgia vs. Belmont
    South Carolina 8, Albany 3
    Auburn 5, College of Charleston 1
    Ole Miss 1, Rhode Island 0
    Arkansas 5, Evansville 2
    Memphis 5, Mizzou 3
    Kentucky vs. Coastal Carolina (Postponed)
    Vanderbilt 11, Monmouth 1
    Texas A&M vs. Pepperdine
    Alabama 4, FAU 2
    Belmont 11, Georgia 10
    Mississippi State 8, Samford 2
    FGCU 8, Florida 3
    Mississippi State vs. Purdue
    LSU vs. BYU

    Auburn Falls to Middle Tennessee State

    AUBURN, Ala. - Johnny Thomas' two-out, two-run home run in the top of the eighth sent the Auburn baseball team to its first loss of the season as it fell to Middle Tennessee State, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Plainsman Park. The loss dropped Auburn to 4-1 on the season while Middle Tennessee State improved to 3-2.
    Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the first as Jackson Burgreen, who had two of Auburn's hit, walked, went to second on a balk, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Ryan Tella RBI groundout.
    Auburn held the 1-0 lead until the eighth when Thomas and Middle Tennessee State capitalized on an Auburn fielding error to lay claim to the win.
    Auburn, which had just three hits in the game, loaded the bases with one out in the ninth but could not drive in the tying run as Middle Tennessee State closer Paul Mittura induced a Blake Austin pop up to the second baseman and a J.D. Crowe pop-up to short to end the game and pick up his second save of the season.
    Daniel Koger was solid in his start for Auburn, scattering three hits over seven-plus innings and striking out six, one shy of his career high. The run he was charged with was unearned as he faced one batter in the eighth, who reached on the error and then scored on Thomas' home run off of Terrance Dedrick (1-1).
    Hunter Adkins (2-0) earned the win for Middle Tennessee State, working eight innings and allowing just one run on three hits and three walks while striking out five.

    Kentucky vs. Coastal Carolina Pushed to Sunday 

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The game with No. 8 Kentucky and Coastal Carolina has been pushed to a 1 p.m. ET first pitch on Sunday due to heavy rains in the Myrtle Beach area on Saturday. 
    The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Sports Network, in Lexington on WWTF 1580-AM and online at with Dick Gabriel calling the action. UK will send junior southpaw Corey Littrell (0-0, 13.50 ERA) to the mound to complete the three-game weekend. 
    Kentucky (4-1) has opened up its 2013 season with two consecutive weekends in the Palmetto State. Including Sunday’s stay, UK will have spent 11 of the last 12 days on the road to open 2013. 

    Tennessee Evens Series with Arizona State

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Freshman southpaw Drake Owenby fired four shutout innings out of the bullpen and fellow classmate David Houser was 3-for-4 at the plate as Tennessee evened its series against No. 20 Arizona State with an 11-2 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
    The Vols scored in five of the eight innings in which they went to the plate, including a five-run outburst in the fifth. Both Pierce Bily and Will Maddox had run-scoring singles in that stanza.
    Maddox finished the contest 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a walk. He also reached on a hit-by-pitch. Bily reached in all four of his plate appearances, adding two walks and an HBP of his own, coming around to score three times.
    The rubber match between the Vols and Sun Devils is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Big Orange will send freshman southpaw Andy Cox (1-0, 4.50) to the mound while Arizona State will counter with a lefty of its own in Ryan Kellogg (1-0, 0.00). 

    Gamecocks Open Series Against Albany with Win

    Columbia, S.C. - LB Dantzler tallied a career-high four hits with a three-run homer and a career-high five RBI and junior outfielder Graham Saiko reached base all five times with two run scored as fifth ranked South Carolina defeated Albany 8-3 on Saturday afternoon in the first of a three-game baseball series. The Gamecocks are now 3-1 on the year while the loss drops the Great Danes to 0-3 for the year. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at Noon. Both games will be nine innings and can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College with live video broadcast available at
    Jordan Montgomery earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the year. He worked five innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out five batters and walked three. Freshman right-hander Curt Britt followed and was solid in four innings in his first stint on the mound to pick up a save. He allowed just one run on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Albany starter Kasceim Graham suffered the loss and is now 0-1. He allowed five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings of work with two walks as well.
    The Gamecocks went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Saiko drew a leadoff walk on four pitches. With two outs and Saiko on second base, Dantzler delivered with a RBI single to left field.
    Carolina added three runs in the second inning. TJ Costen led off with a base hit, Chase Vergason walked and Tanner English had a bunt for a base hit to load the bases with no outs. Saiko got on base for the second time in the day with a RBI single to left scoring Costen. Joey Pankake added a one-out RBI single to right field scoring Vergason. Dantzler then drove in his second run of the game as he knocked a hard hit up the middle that struck Albany shortstop Gordon Madej in the chest. English would score on the play.
    The Gamecocks would plate across one more run in the third inning to increase the lead to 5-0 despite not tallying a hit. Vergason and English were each hit by a pitch with one out and reliever Cameron Sorgie walked Saiko to load the bases. Vergason would score on Max Schrock's sacrifice fly to center field.
    Albany would get on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a solo home run by Josh Nethaway, his first of the season. The home run snapped a scoreless inning streak of 17.2 for Montgomery that dated back to last year's NCAA Regional. They added a run in the fifth inning as well with Gordon Madej driving in a run on a bloop RBI single to left-center.
    Dantzler gave the Gamecocks a little more cushion in the bottom of the sixth inning with a three-run homer. Saiko led off with a single to reach base for the fourth time in the game. Max Schrock also walked. With runners on the corners, Dantzler crushed a three-run homer to right-center extending the lead to 8-2.
    Albany added a single run in the ninth inning as pinch hitter Evan Harasta tallied a RBI single with two outs off of Britt.
    The Gamecocks pounded out 11 hits on the afternoon. Saiko was 2-for-2 with two run scored and Chase Vergason added two runs as well. Dantzler's five RBI were the most for him in a game since he tallied four vs. VMI on Feb. 18, 2012. Adam Mund went 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Great Danes at the plate.
    Before Saturday's game, the Gamecocks honored members of the 1977 National Runner-Up squad. June Raines' first club was recognized for their achievements and presented College World Series rings. Former players that returned were: William Allen, Jamie Chakales, Ronnie Crapps, John Hinkel, Hal Hutchens, Mark Kish, Randy Martz, Chuck McLean, Richard Ness, Robbie Parrish, Don Repsher, David Small, Michael Toalson and Mookie Wilson. Steve King's daughter also accepted her father's ring. Athletic trainer Daryl Driggers, assistant coach Johnny Hunton and June Raines attended as well. 

    Auburn Takes Down College of Charleston

    AUBURN, Ala. - Ryan Tella hit a two-run inside-the-park home run while Michael O'Neal and Trey Cochran-Gill combined to hold the College of Charleston to just four hits as the Auburn baseball team picked up a 5-1 win on Saturday afternoon. The win improved Auburn's record to 5-1 while College of Charleston dropped to 3-3.
    "The one thing that really sparked us in that game was Ryan Tella's hustle. That turned the game around quickly," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "This was the first crossroads that we faced on the young season. Coming back from the performance in the first game (a 2-1 loss to Middle Tennessee State), to do what we did against a good team was very important."
    Hitting in the third with two outs and Dan Glevenyak on first, Tella laced a ball down the line in left that College of Charleston left fielder Brandon Murray had trouble corralling. With Murray struggling, third base coach Gabe Gross continued to wave the hustling Glevenyak and Tella home, giving Auburn the 2-0 lead.
    The inside the park home run was Auburn's first since Trent Mummey hit one at Florida State in 2009 and the first at Plainsman Park since Jeff Boutwell hit an inside the park grand slam against Florida in 2005.
    "It was just a hustle play," Tella said. "I don't think inside the park home runs happen too often in college baseball."
    Tella finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
    Auburn added a third run in the inning when Damek Tomscha reached on a two-base error and scored on Garrett Cooper's RBI single.
    Glevenyak and Tomscha each finished with two hits.
    Handed the lead, O'Neal (2-0) continued to impress in his first season at Auburn. The lefty held College of Charleston to just four hits and one walk while striking out five over six.
    Cochran-Gill earned the first save of his career with three innings of relief, getting tagged for an unearned run in the ninth.
    College of Charleston starter Jake Zokan (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
    Auburn returns to the field at 2pm on Sunday against Indiana State.

    Knight's Walk-Off Lifts Ole Miss Over Rhode Island

    OXFORD, Miss. – Sophomore Austin Knight got one at bat on Saturday afternoon and made the most of it, delivering a walk-off single to left center with two outs in the ninth to give No. 8 Ole Miss (6-0) a 1-0 win over Rhode Island (0-5) and clinch the series for the Rebels.
    With two outs and two men in scoring position following a double steal, a pinch-hitting Knight connected with a full count offering and sent it deep to the gap in left center to drive in pinch-runner Cameron Dishon and give Ole Miss the 1-0 victory.
    The Rebels got two men on to start the inning, but a pop out on a sac bunt attempt and a caught stealing erased both base runners and put two outs on the board. Will Allen then drew a walk and was replaced on the base path by Dishon before Andrew Mistone delivered a single to left field to put two men on base. Knight then entered the game to hit for Will Jamison and delivered the two-out hit that gave the Rebels the win.
    It was one of only five hits on the afternoon for the Rebels, but came right when the team needed one to pick up the win and clinch the second straight series win for Ole Miss.
    “I think it’s what makes our sport so special, that we could come out and look so good offensively Friday night and then today, their guy (Sean) Furney really just handled us,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “He pitched so well. Mike Mayers was terrific today, much better than last week. There is still more in his tank, for sure. Today he showed the command with the fast ball that we know he has. He threw a lot of good change ups today, which kept some of those left handers off balance. (Matt) Denny did a good job of coming in and giving us several outs.
    “One of the keys to winning these games and being a special team is being able to make pitches when the game is on the line. Denny did that, and of course (Tanner) Bailey, (Brett) Huber and Mike (Mayers). Today was a great day, and for Austin (Knight) to come up and get a big hit. I’m proud of him. It couldn’t happen to a better kid. “
    Brett Huber (1-0) picked up the relief win after entering the game in the top of the ninth with one out and two men on base. Huber got a fly out to left and fanned the second batter faced to keep Rhode Island off the board and give the Rebels the chance for the walk-off win.
    Mike Mayers worked 6.0 scoreless innings in the start, allowing only two hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Matt Denny and Tanner Bailey also saw action to get the Rebels into the ninth after Mayers left the game.
    Ty Sterner (0-1) suffered the loss in relief for the Rams, allowing the one run on two hits with a walk in 0.2 innings of work. He entered the game with one out in the ninth to relieve starter Sean Furney. Furney worked 8.0 scoreless innings with a walk and seven strikeouts while allowing on three hits.
    The two teams will face off in the series finale at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

    Grand Slam Propels Arkansas Past Evansville

    FAYETTEVILLE – Tyler Spoon broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with a grand slam over the seats in left field to lift the No. 1 Arkansas baseball team to a 5-2 victory over Evansville on Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
    The victory for the Razorbacks clinches the series and improves the team’s record to 6-1. Evansville drops to 1-4 with the loss.
    With the game tied at one in the bottom of the eighth, Arkansas put together a rally to win the game. Willie Schwanke led off the inning with a single and pinch runner Jordan Farris advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brett McAfee. Matt Vinson then laced a double off the left field wall, but Farris stumbled rounding third and had to hold to put runners on second and third. Jacob Morris was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Spoon, who belted a 1-0 pitch over the Razorback bullpen and left field seats to put Arkansas in front 5-1.
    Evansville would not go quietly in the ninth. Kyle Pollock struck out to start the inning, but was able to reach first on a wild pitch on strike three. Another wild pitch moved Pollock to second and Jason Hockemeyer drew a four-pitch walk to put runners on first and second. Jonathan Ramon popped out to second for the first out of the inning. A walk to Chris Pearson loaded the bases and Andy Lasher drew a walk to force in a run and trim the lead to 5-2. The Razorbacks then called on Trent Daniel out of the bullpen and he was able to get the final two outs as has struck out Shain Showers for the second out and induced a ground out to second by Kevin Kaczmarski to finish the game and give Arkansas a 5-2 win.
    Spoon extended his hitting streak to seven games with his eighth-inning grand slam. The homer was his second of the season and the four RBI gave him 12 runs batted in over his last five games. Spoon was on base a total of four times in the game, also drawing two walks and getting hit by a pitch. Eric Fisher added a pair of hits and drove in a run in the win.
    Five different players had one hit each for the Purple Aces. John Day, Kaczmarski, Lasher, Pearson and Pollock each had a hit in the game. Lasher and Jake Mahon each contributed an RBI.
    Arkansas reliever Jalen Beeks (1-0) earned the first win of his Razorback career. Beeks allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work. Daniel earned his first save of the season, striking out one and retiring both batters he faced.
    Evansville reliever Cole Isom (0-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs on four hits and striking out two in 2.2 innings.
    Both starters received a no decision. Arkansas starter Barrett Astin pitched well, striking out five and giving up only two hits in six innings. Evansville starter Sam Johns allowed one run on two hits and walked six over 4.2 innings of work.
    The Razorbacks struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. With one out, Joe Serrano and Spoon drew back-to-back walks. Fisher then chopped a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Serrano with the game’s first run.
    Arkansas had numerous chances throughout the game, leaving 12 runners stranded. The Razorbacks left the bases loaded in the third, stranded two runners in the fifth and again left the bases loaded in the seventh.
    The score would remain 1-0 until the top of the eighth when Evansville tied the game at one. Lasher reached on an infield single to begin the frame and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Showers. An infield single by Kaczmarski put runners on the corners for Mahon, who lifted a fly ball to left-center that was caught by Vinson, but was deep enough to allow Lasher to score from third with the game-tying run and set up Spoon’s heroics in the bottom of the eighth.
    Arkansas and Evansville conclude the three-game weekend series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Freshman right hander Trey Killian (0-0, 0.00) will start for the Razorbacks, while the Purple Aces will counter with senior righty Kyle Lloyd (0-0, 0.00). Single-game reserved tickets are available for Sunday’s game for $10 each. Tickets may be purchased by calling  1-800-982-HOGS (4647), by visiting the online ticket center at or on gameday at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.

    Mizzou Loses at Memphis Despite Three-Run Lead

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Despite opening a 3-0 lead, the Mizzou baseball team fell at Memphis, 5-3, on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23) at FedExPark. The loss drops the Tigers to 0-5 on the season while Memphis moves to 3-3. The Tigers got a good start from sophomore Brett Graves (St. Charles, Mo.), who allowed just three earned runs (four total) over six innings pitched while striking out five. He was perfect through four innings and retired the first 13 batters he faced, but he struggled in the seventh inning, walking two and allowing a single before getting the hook as Memphis scored three in the frame to gain a 4-3 lead.
    Memphis added another run in the bottom of the eighth to complete the comeback as Heith Hatfield earned his first win of the season. In fact, he retired 12 straight Mizzou batters, including eight strikeouts, after allowing a single to the first batter he faced in the sixth. Graves was tagged with the loss despite a great start as he ran out of gas in the seventh. Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) led the Tigers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss.
    The turning point in the game came in the top of the fifth with Mizzou leading 3-0. After Dane Opel (Edwardsville, Ill.) singled, Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.) ripped what looked to be an RBI double into left center, but Memphis left fielder Jake Little hauled in an amazing over-the-shoulder catch and doubled off Opel at first, swinging momentum to Memphis.
    Mizzou threatened in the first as Belfonte led off the inning with a good two-strike hit and eventually moved to third base on a pair of wild pitches before he was stranded there after a strikeout from Opel and a pop up from Steele. Graves was electric in the first inning, needing just 13 pitches to get through the frame with two strikeouts. 
    The Tiger offense gave Graves some support in the second as Kelly led off the inning with another two-strike hit, this one down the third base line. Shane Segovia (Sinton, Texas) then singled on a 0-1 pitch, setting up a sacrifice bunt by Michael McGraw (Newnan, Ga.). Then, with runners on second and third, Memphis starter Erik Schoenrock threw a wild pitch to score Kelly and move Segovia to third. Segovia then scored on an error by Memphis shortstop Ethan Gross, giving Mizzou a 2-0 lead after the top of the second.
    Graves was electric again in the bottom of the second, needing just 12 pitches to retire the side as he amassed just 25 pitches through the first two innings. The Tigers added another run in the top of the third. Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) hit a one-out double to left center, hustling out of the box and beating the throw and then with two outs, Steele hit a single through the left side to plate the run, giving Mizzou a 3-0 lead.
    Graves continued to mow down the Memphis order, getting them 1-2-3 in both the third and fourth inning as he needed just 43 pitches to get through four innings. After Graves retired the first 13 batters he faces, Memphis finally got to Graves in the fifth, breaking up a perfect outing at that point. An error by Steele on a hard-hit ball gave Memphis its first base runner and then a double by Keaton Aldridge put runners on second and third with one out. A single then scored a run, but Graves got a fielder's choice out at the plate and then a strikeout of Ethan Gross to get out of the inning. Through five, he had allowed just two hits and one unearned run.
    Graves got Memphis to go 1-2-3 in the sixth but then walked two and gave up a hit to load the bases with one out in the seventh, ending his day. Jace James (Oklahoma City, Okla.) came on in relief with one out and the bases loaded and he walked in a run to pull Memphis within one. Then an error at first by McGraw scored another run and a single by Ethan Gross gave Memphis its first lead of the game at 4-3. Mizzou issued three walks and an error in the three-run Memphis seventh.
    Meanwhile, Memphis' Hatfield sat down nine straight Mizzou batters, striking out six, and Memphis took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning. Memphis tacked on an insurance run in the eighth and then Hatfield set down the Tigers in order in the ninth to seal the win.
    The series finale will be contested at 1 p.m. tomorrow at FedExPark. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.

    Vandy's Beede Dominates in 11-1 Win

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Starting pitcher Tyler Beede set the tone early in No. 2 Vanderbilt's 11-1 win over Monmouth Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field that clinched the series. 
    Beede (2-0) opened the game by striking out the side in the first and second innings while the Commodores (6-1) built a 4-0 lead. The Hawks (1-2) finally managed to put a ball in play in the third when Owen Stewart led off the inning with a single. Beede, however, was unfazed getting the next three batters to fly out. The right-hander pitched himself into a jam in the fourth when he hit two batters but limited the Hawks to only one run in the inning. He finished his afternoon retiring nine of the final 10 batters he faced allowing only two hits. In his seventh and final frame, he punched out two batters to run his total to a career-high nine. 
    Vanderbilt jumped on the Hawks early, scoring in each of the first four innings and six of their eight at-bats of the day. Connor Harrell cashed in a one-out Jack Lupo double in the first and drove in Chris Harvey, who knocked in a run with his first career triple, in the second inning. John Norwood led off the second inning with his first home run of the year with a towering shot over the scoreboard in left field to help build a 4-0 lead after two. Tony Kemp took over sole possession of the Vanderbilt school record for career triples in the third inning when he laced a line drive into the left-center field gap to score two runs. Kemp was gunned down at home attempting to turn his record setting triple into an inside the park home run but now has 16 triples in 135 career games. 
    Freshmen Rhett Wiseman and Kyle Smith each picked up their first career hits, singling in their lone at-bats. Once again, the Dores' offense was balanced with 10 players collecting at least one hit. Lupo led the way with three hits, three runs scored and four stolen bases to finish one steal shy of the school record. The senior now has five hits in the in the first two days of the series. Harvey went 2-for-3 with a career-best three runs scored and Connor Harrell ran his season total to 13 RBI. 
    Monmouth starter Dan Smith (0-1) was pegged with the loss allowing six runs on eight hits over three innings. The Hawks were limited to just two hits in the game and none after the fourth inning. 
    The Commodores and Hawks wrap up the series tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for noon at Hawkins Field. Lefty Philip Pfeifer (1-0) gets the ball after earning his first career victory at Belmont on Tuesday. Monmouth will send right-hander Jonathan Shippee (0-0) to the hill in the finale. 

    Alabama Wins Game Two at FAU

    Boca Raton, Fla. – Alabama used a three-run first inning en route to a 4-2 win over Florida Atlantic from the FAU Baseball Stadium on Saturday afternoon to win the first two games of the three-game series. The Crimson Tide is now 6-0 to open the season, while FAU falls to 3-3 after dropping three straight games.
    “This was another good win and a good effort with good energy by our team,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We got off to a good start in the first. We had some really good at-bats from the top half of the lineup and we delivered a couple big hits to get the lead to three and I thought the run in the fourth was big. Keller pitched well, giving us our longest outing of the year at six innings and Castillo came in and did a nice job by attacking the strike zone.
    Florida Atlantic made the game interesting in the ninth as the Owls had the tying run on first base with now outs after a single, a walk and another single loaded the bases off reliever Ray Castillo. Gaspard stuck with the freshmen , who got a pair of fly outs, one a sac fly for FAU’s second run of the game with no outs, and a strikeout to end the game to earn his first career save.
    “We really wanted to stay with Ray in the ninth and not have to use another guy,” Gaspard said. “But for his development and growth, we trust him. We felt like he was going to shove it in there, and with the way the game was going, if they made contact we could make a play and get out of it. It was the first time for him to be in a hairy spot and he passed the test.”
    UA starting pitcher Jon Keller (2-0) got the win after throwing six innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Florida Atlantic starter, Jake Meiers (1-1) took the loss after throwing five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Castillo threw the final three innings, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
    Offensively, Alabama collected nine total hits, as Georgie Salem paced the Tide with three hits, going 3-for-4 and is now 6-for-9 in the series. Salem also had an RBI, a walk and scored a run. “Georgie is a really talented player and is locked in right now and is making quality swings at the plate,” Gaspard said. “He is taking some pitching and having some real quality at-bats. He’s setting the table for us and it’s really helping the offense.”
    Brett Booth was 1-for-4 with two RBI, Kenny Roberts was 1-for-1 with an RBI, Ryan Blanchard was 1-for-4 with a run scored and Austen Smith was 2-for-3. 
    Alabama jumped on FAU starter Jake Meiers, scoring three times in the opening inning. The Tide got its first run on a ground ball by Roberts to score Salem, then a two-run single by Booth scored Mikey White and Ben Moore, who singled and walked earlier in the inning.
    Florida Atlantic got on the scoreboard in the third inning when they scored an unearned run off Keller. Keller limited the damage in the inning thanks to a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning with two runners on. The Alabama defense turned double plays behind Keller to end threats in the third and sixth innings. The Tide has turned six double plays in the two games of the series, bring the season total to 11.
    “We played well defensively, turning a couple double plays at key times. Overall this was another quality win and a quality effort from our team in general. This team continues to play free-and-easy and attacking baseball and are getting paid back for their efforts,” Gaspard said.
    Alabama answered in the top of the fourth when Salem’s two-out RBI single to center field scored Blanchard, making the score 4-1 in favor of the Tide. Blanchard singled with two outs then moved up to second on a wild pitch. “I thought the run in the fourth was a big run,” Gaspard said. “After Blanchard singles and moved to second on the dirt ball, Salem picks him up to stretch the lead back to three at 4-1.”
    FAU threatened in the seventh as well. After two were out a pair of singles put runners on first and second, before a ground ball to third ended the innings.
    Alabama and Florida Atlantic will complete the series on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m. CT, from the FAU Baseball Stadium. Alabama is scheduled to start sophomore right-hander Spencer Turnbull (0-0, 2.45) and the Owls will counter with junior righty Jeremy Strawn (0-0, 3.00).
    Follow the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team on Facebook at Alabama-Baseball and on Twitter at @AlabamaBSB.

    UGA Earns Split with Belmont

    ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia won the first game of a doubleheader 2-1 in 10 innings against Belmont before dropping the second game 11-10 on Saturday afternoon at Foley Field.
    With the split, Georgia moves to 2-4 on the season while Belmont's record stands at 4-2.
    The Bulldogs earned the win in the bottom of the 10th inning in the first game off a sacrifice fly from senior Kyle Farmer that scored senior Curt Powell from third base after a leadoff triple. The Bruins were limited to one hit in the opener, a solo home run by Matt Beaty.
    "We're getting closer and got some guys going today but still haven't got everybody on track," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Belmont's starter (Chase) Brookshire is solid, a veteran with 49 starts so we had to battle against him. We hung in there and found a way. In the second game, we got an early lead and then created some chaos of our own and they got a six-spot in the third inning. It was still early and we came back but the eighth inning was really disappointing. I liked how they guys rallied in the ninth with three runs but we came up short. Overall, we're still walking too many guys, and we got to have some more easy innings especially after taking a lead. Also, we need to get a few of the veterans going at the plate."
    Freshman Sean McLaughlin earned the start in the first game, allowing just one hit and one earned run while striking out seven batters in five innings of work. Sophomore Jared Walsh came on in relief to earn the win, throwing one inning and allowing no runs in the 10th inning.
    The Bulldogs totaled five hits in the first game, led by Brett DeLoach with two hits and a walk. Nelson Ward, Curt Powell and Hunter Cole also added a hit apiece.
    The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to a lead-off single to right by Cole. DeLoach followed with an infield single back to the pitcher, and Cole advanced to third after an error by the pitcher. Walsh then followed with a fielder's choice RBI that plated Cole and gave Georgia the early 1-0 advantage.
    Neither team scored in the third inning, but Belmont knotted the game up at one run apiece in the top of the fourth, as Beaty sent a line-drive solo home run to right field that bounced directly off of the scoreboard.
    Georgia would go on to retire the next 11 Belmont batters before Jared Breen finally broke the streak with a lead-off walk in the top of the eighth. However, a pair of ground-outs and a strikeout would end the inning for Belmont without any runs scored.
    Neither team put a runner on base in the ninth inning, but the Bulldogs were finally able to scratch a run across in the bottom of the 10th to take the 2-1 victory. Powell led off the inning with a triple to right and Farmer followed with a game-winning RBI sacrifice fly to left field that scored Powell from third.
    Patrick Boling earned the start for Georgia in the second game of the doubleheader, lasting 2.1 innings while surrendering six hits and six runs (five earned) to take the loss. Austin Coley earned the win for Belmont after giving up three earned runs through 6.1 innings, while Jessie Snodgrass earned the save.
    Georgia totaled 16 hits in the second game, including a career-high three-hit night from Jared Walsh. Ward and DeLoach also recorded three hits apiece, while Nichols picked up two hits on the night. DeLoach finished the night 3-5 with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs, while Walsh also went 3-5 with one run scored and a pair of RBIs. Freshman J.T. Phillips recorded a career-high three RBIs on the evening to go along with a hit. 
    The Bulldogs retired Belmont in order in the top of the first before taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Leadoff hitter Nelson Ward singled up the middle and advanced to second on an error by the center fielder and a sacrifice groundout to the pitcher by Powell advanced Ward to third. Farmer followed with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Ward for the Bulldogs' first run of the game.
    Belmont tied the game up at one run in the top of the second, as Neil Hickman roped a two-out single into left and advanced to second on a passed ball. Jared Breen followed with an RBI single to center that plated Hickman to tie the game.
    Georgia would respond with a three-run inning in the bottom of the second, beginning with a lead-off walk for freshman Daniel Nichols. DeLoach then reached on an error, allowing Nichols to safely advance to second, and a Jared Walsh double to center scored Nichols and moved DeLoach around to third.
    Phillips grounded out to shortstop on the following play, but DeLoach was able to score from third for Georgia's second run of the inning. Two batters later, Ward singled to shortstop to score Walsh from third and give the Bulldogs an early 4-1 lead.
    The Belmont offense exploded for six runs in the top of the third inning to take a 7-4 lead, behind six singles and a walk. After the Bulldogs were retired in order in the bottom half of the inning, neither team scored in both the fourth and fifth innings.
    The Bruins added one run in the top of the sixth, but Georgia responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. DeLoach led off with a single to left and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Walsh then sent an RBI single to left field to score DeLoach and narrow Belmont's lead to 8-5.
    Belmont went down in order in the top of the seventh, before Georgia struck for two more runs in the bottom half of the frame. Powell singled to third and advanced to second on a wild pitch, and after Farmer was hit by a pitch, both runners moved up a base on an error by the Belmont second baseman.
    Two batters later, Nichols singled to right to score Powell and advance Farmer to third. Farmer would come around to score on a fielder's choice RBI by DeLoach that pulled the Bulldogs back within a run at 8-7.
    The Bruins added three more runs in the top of the eighth to extend the lead back to 11-7. The Bulldogs picked up two singles in the bottom half of the inning from pinch hitter Justin Bryan and Ward but were unable to plate either of the base runners.
    Dylan Cole entered the game to pitch in the ninth inning for Georgia, giving up one walk and a single while recording three strikeouts to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Bulldogs led off with back-to-back singles from Hunter Cole and Nichols. DeLoach followed with an RBI double to left that scored Cole and advanced Nichols to third.
    J.T. Phillips continued the hitting streak two batters later with a single to left that plated both DeLoach and Nichols, pulling the Bulldogs back within a run at 11-10. The Bruins then made a pitching change, bringing in Snodgrass to record the final two outs on a fly ball to left and a strikeout that sealed the 11-10 victory for Belmont.
    Georgia will conclude the series with Belmont Sunday at 2 p.m. at Foley Field.

    Frazier Leads MSU Past Samford

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Junior shortstop Adam Frazier collected a game-high three hits as No. 5 Mississippi State bested Samford 8-2 in the first of two MSU Saturday games in the inaugural Diamond Classic presented by Polk's Meat Products. The win extended State's season-opening win streak to seven games, MSU's best since 2006.
    Frazier, on the initial watch list for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award, tripled and scored a run during MSU's three-run first inning and added his team-leading his total to 13 with a pair of singles.
    All nine starters in the Bulldog batting order hit safely. Hunter Renfroe, also on the Golden Spikes Award watch list, drove in two runs in the game and extended his season-opening hitting streak to all seven games with a solo blast in the fourth inning. The roundtripper, Renfroe's second in as many days, gave the Bulldogs a 7-1 advantage.
    Pitchers Evan Mitchell and Ross Mitchell combined to limit Samford to two runs on four hits. SU parlayed a hit batsman, two wild pitches and an infield groundout to break up the shutout in the third inning. Austin Allison and Sam Few singled in the ninth to plate the other Samford run.
    Evan Mitchell started for State, allowing a run in three innings of no-hit pitching. Sophomore Ross Mitchell (2-0) picked up his second win his third relief stint of the year. He worked a solid six innings in relief, keeping Samford off the scoreboard until the ninth.
    SU starter C.K. Irby (1-1) took the loss. He was charged with six runs on seven hits during his two-inning stay in the game.
    The Bulldogs were to play defending Big Ten Conference champion Purdue in a 6 p.m. game Saturday evening. State and Samford are set to meet again Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Diamond Classic finale.

    FGCU Downs Florida to Clinch Series

    Senior Mike Reeves (2-for-5) snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning and FGCU (4-1) added a three-run homer by sophomore Michael Suchy (2-for-3) in the sixth inning en route to an 8-3 win over No. 13 Florida (3-4) on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. Junior left-hander Brandon Bixler (1-0) limited the Gators to one run on four hits over five innings before senior R.J. Brown hurled the final four innings to collect his first save of the season. Three different Eagles turned in multiple-hit outings after the visitors had captured Friday’s opener.
    “I thought we got a good start from Tucker Simpson,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We have to do a better job offensively. We had seven hits that were scattered. We are trying to do some things offensively; put guys in motion; hit and runs. We haven't been able to string along quality at bats. We have some work to do; it’s as simple as that. Teams go through periods where they don't play so well. At this point, we aren't playing so well. There is nothing we can do about yesterday or today, we just have to come out and be ready to play tomorrow.”
    After an eight-pitch top of the first inning by freshman righty Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) (0-1), sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) put the Gators on the scoreboard with a wind-aided RBI double to center field. Freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) had drawn a leadoff walk from Bixler and stolen second for his team-leading third theft. Freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) was hit by a pitch for two Gators aboard and sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) advanced his teammates with a grounder. Shafer’s team-high third double provided the hosts with the opening score for the second day in a row. A fielder’s choice by redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) to Bixler resulted in Martin being thrown out at the plate and then Shafer was erased at the dish on an attempted double steal.
    Redshirt senior Brooks Beisner (2-for-4) led off the second for the Eagles with a double into left field and junior Brandon Bednar walked before sophomore Zack Tillery moved his teammates into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Simpson worked out of the jam by striking out Suchy and having freshman Colton Bottomley pop up to second base.
    Simpson had retired seven-consecutive FGCU batters until hitting Beisner with one down in the fourth. A wild pitch moved the runner into scoring position and a grounder by Bednar pushed Beisner to third with two out. Simpson had Tillery ground out to Powers to end the frame.
    The Eagles scored twice in the fifth to seize a 2-1 lead. Suchy led off with a base-hit into center field, went to second on a grounder by Bottomley and came in on a double into left field by redshirt sophomore Alex Diaz. After fanning freshman Tyler Selesky for the second out, Simpson (4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 K) was replaced by junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.). Reeves greeted the southpaw with a base-hit up the middle to plate Diaz.
    “No doubt I felt a lot more comfortable today versus last week,” Simpson said of his second collegiate start. “I know going out there, in the bullpen especially, I felt like I had it under control but then seeing the pre-game video on the board I started to get a little bit nervous. But, I think getting that under my belt and coming out today I was a lot more comfortable than last week.”
    UF threatened in the bottom of the inning, as senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) started with consecutive walks. Bixler retired Tobias on an infield fly, Ramjit was thrown out at third as part of a double steal for the second out and Bixler struck out senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) to preserve the Eagles’ advantage.  
    Sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) took over for Gibson (0.1 IP, 1 H) prior to the sixth and issued a one-out walk to Bednar. Tillery followed with a single into left field and then Suchy boosted FGCU’s lead to 5-1 with a three-run homer to left field for his first career round-tripper.
    Bixler limited the Gators to one run on four hits over five innings before Brown took over on the mound. Martin had a one-out infield single and Turgeon was hit by a pitch before Shafer flew out to right field. Powers was plunked to fill the bags with two down and Ramjit walked to narrow Florida’s deficit to 5-2 as Martin came in. Brown worked out of further trouble by inducing a pop-up by Gushue.
    FGCU used a pair of triples in the seventh by junior Sean Dwyer and Bednar to expand its lead to 7-2. Freshman Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) came in at the outset of the inning for Harris (1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R) and yielded a leadoff single to Selesky. The left-hander had Reeves pop up a sacrifice bunt attempt and Dwyer ripped a triple to center field to score Selesky. Freshman Mike Vinson (Miami, Fla.) came in for Young (0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R) and Powers robbed Beisner of a potential single with a diving stab for the second out. However, Bednar tripled to center field to put FGCU ahead by five runs.
    Beisner had an RBI single in the ninth inning with one down that brought home Reeves, who had singled with one down off Vinson (2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 K). In the Gators’ ninth, freshman Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) came through with his first career extra-base hit with a double into left center and freshman Brady Roberson (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) delivered a pinch-hit RBI single up the middle to score Stypulkowski and finalize the 8-3 margin. The Eagles out-hit UF, 11-7, and neither team committed any errors.
    Freshman right-hander Eric Hanhold (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (0-0, 6.75) will make his collegiate starting debut in tomorrow’s finale at 12:30 p.m. versus FGCU freshman right-hander Michael Murray (1-0, 0.00). The game can be seen live on FOX Sports Florida with Nick Belmonte and Mick Hubert, can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell and will be streamed live on GatorVision.