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    SEC Sunday Baseball Rundown

    Baseball RESULTS
    Kentucky 8, Coastal Carolina 2
    South Carolina 14, Albany 1
    Tennessee 5, Arizona State 1
    FAU 3, Alabama 0
    FGCU 7, Florida 4
    Memphis 8, Mizzou 2
    Belmont 5, Georgia 4
    Vanderbilt 13, Monmouth 1
    LSU 13, SE Louisiana 1
    Arkansas 10,  Evansville 2
    Pepperdine 2, Texas A&M 1
    Ole Miss 5, Rhode Island 3
    Auburn 6, Indiana State 5
    South Carolina 6, Albany 4
    Mississippi State 8, Samford 1


    South Carolina Routs Albanay in No-Hitter

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Colby Holmes, Forrest Koumas and Josh Knab combined for the first no-hitter by a Gamecock baseball team since March 26, 1975 as fifth ranked South Carolina exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on the way to a 14-1 win over Albany in game one of a doubleheader at Carolina Stadium. The no-hitter is the seventh in school history and the first combined no-hitter as well. The final game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 3:20 p.m.
     
    Holmes was in control most of the afternoon with six innings allowing just one walk and three strikeouts. The one run for Albany came in the fourth inning after a leadoff walk, a throwing error and a sacrifice fly. After Holmes' stint, Koumas came on for two hitless innings with just three walks and a strikeout. Josh Knab closed out the victory with a perfect inning of relief to seal the no-hitter for Carolina.
     
    Trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Gamecocks pounded out eight hits and scored nine times to go ahead by eight runs. The nine-run bottom of the fifth was the most runs by a Gamecock team in an inning since Carolina scored 10 on March 9, 2010 in the bottom of the third in a 12-4 win over Valparaiso. The fifth inning opened with a solo home run by Chase Vergason, his first of the season and second of his career in a Gamecock uniform. Max Schrock gave the Gamecocks its first lead with a two-run single with the bases loaded. Joey Pankake followed with a RBI groundout. A RBI single off the bat of LB Dantzler gave Carolina a 5-1 lead. With two outs and Dantzler on second base, the Gamecocks kept it going as Connor Bright delivered with a RBI single, followed by a base hit by Vergason and a RBI base hit courtesy of Dante Rosenberg. Saiko completed the scoring with a two-run single scoring Vergason and Rosenberg.
     
    South Carolina added two runs in the sixth inning on a two-run double from Vergason. The Gamecocks made it 14-1 in the eighth inning on a three-run homer by Dantzler. In the first two games of the series, Dantzler has a pair of homers and nine RBI.
     
    South Carolina finished with 15 hits in the contest. Vergason went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, English went 3-for-4 with two runs, Dantzler was 2-for-4 with three runs and four RBI and Schrock went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. All nine Gamecock starters reached base at least once with eight of nine tallying at least one hit.
     
    A leadoff walk and a two-base throwing error led to the first run of the game for Albany in the top of the fourth inning. Nolan Gaige opened the frame with a walk and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Gamecock third baseman Chase Vergason off a grounder off the bat of Gorden Madej. With one out and a 0-1 count, Josh Nethaway lifted a sac fly to right-center scoring Gaige.
     
    South Carolina's last no-hitter came on March 26, 1975 when Ray Lavigne hurled a no-no in an 8-0 victory vs. George Mason at Sarge Frye Field. 



    Arizona State Tops Tennessee in Series Finale

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A pair of two-run home runs proved too much for Tennessee to overcome on Sunday as No. 20 Arizona State claiemd the series finale at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, 5-1.
     
    After the Vols took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, ASU got two-run home runs from Trever Allen and James McDonald in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively.
     
    As has been the case all season, Tennessee made the game interesting in the ninth, using three consecutive two-out walks to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate. Sun Devil pitcher Matt Dunbar was able to get a strikeout to end the game.
     
    Freshman Andy Cox suffered the loss for the Vols after yielding the two longballs and six total hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out four and walked just one.
     
    The Orange and White also got strong relief efforts from freshman Trevor Bettencourt and junior Nick Williams. Bettencourt fired 3.1 innings of one-run ball while Williams needed just 10 pitches in working a 1-2-3 frame in the top of the ninth.
     
    At the plate, Will Maddox led the way, going 2-for-4 with a double and scored the team's only run as Christin Stewart knocked him in with a two-out single in the bottom of the first. Defensively, Tennessee played its first errorless game of the season.
     
    It was a record-breaking weekend in the stands for the Vols as 6,508 Orange and White faithful clicked the turnstiles at Lindsey Nelson Stadium over the three games, including 2,355 on Sunday.
     
    That mark breaks the Tennessee record for most fans at a home-opening series, topping the previous mark of 6,111 set in 2011 against Milwaukee.
     
    Tennessee will look to return to the win column on Tuesday when in-state rival ETSU makes the trip to Rocky Top for a 3 p.m. contest. 



    Alabama Drops Finale at Florida Atlantic

    Boca Raton, Fla. – After winning the first two games of a three-game series against Florida Atlantic, the Alabama Crimson Tide dropped the third game, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon from FAU Stadium.  The loss marks the first of the season for Alabama, as the Tide drops to 6-1, as FAU improves to 4-3, after snapping a three-game losing streak.
     
    “First of all you have to tip your cap to Strawn," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "He was really effective today, throwing two pitches consistently for strikes and working ahead. We got out of our game plan a little bit today and tried to pull the ball and made some early outs. We never got into a rhythm offensively, but that has a lot to do with the pitcher on the other side and how Florida Atlantic played today.”
     
    The Alabama bats were held at bay on Sunday, as the Tide collected just four hits against FAU starter Jeremy Strawn. Strawn threw eight scoreless innings, with now walks and six strikeouts, to improve to 1-0. Hugh Adams threw a scoreless ninth to record his second save of the season. UA starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull (0-1) took the loss after throwing six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
     
    “Turnbull gave us a quality start and Hubbard did a nice job keeping the game close to give us a chance, and defensively we had an errorless game," Gaspard said. "It’s a little disappointing to not have more opportunities offensively to score runs, especially when you have a chance to sweep. Overall on the road winning two out of three games is a nice start, but our mission is to be good every day, and we took a step backwards today offensively.”
     
    Jake Hubbard threw 1.2 scoreless innings and Justin Kamplain pitched a third of an inning to finish the game for Alabama.
     
    Three of the four Alabama hits came with two outs with Ryan Blanchard getting a hit in the third, Kyle Overstreet a single in the fourth and Georgie Salem a single in the sixth. Brett Booth singled to lead off the Alabama eighth and was the only player for the Tide to get on base to lead off an inning and reach second base against the Owls.
     
    Florida Atlantic took a 1-0 lead after the first three hitters of the game reached base. After Turnbull walked the first FAU hitter, a hit-and-run single put runners on the corners for first baseman Mark Nelson. Nelson delivered a bloop single to left field to score Nathan Pittman. After Turnbull got Corey Keller to pop out to second, a 4-6-3 double play ended the inning to prevent further damage.
     
    FAU added to its lead in the fourth. After the first two hitters of the inning singled to put runners on the corners, Turnbull struck out Robert Buckley and a ground ball to third cut down Corey Keller at the plate. After Mitch Morales legged out an infield single to load the bases, Brendon Sanger’s single to right field drove in two, extending the Owls’ lead to 3-0 after four, to complete the scoring in the game.  
     
    Alabama will return home for a midweek game against Samford on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT, from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Pitching matchups have not been determined yet.
     
    Follow the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team on Facebook at Alabama-Baseball and on Twitter at @AlabamaBSB.



    FGCU Downs Florida in 11 Innings to Sweep Series

    Junior Sean Dwyer (4-for-6) belted a three-run homer in the 11th inning to lift Florida Gulf Coast (5-1) to a 7-4 victory over No. 13 Florida (3-5) and a sweep of the teams’ three-game series at McKethan Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Junior right-hander Harrison Cooney (1-1) threw five innings of scoreless relief and registered five strikeouts to pick up the win and the Eagles totaled a season-high 16 hits. Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (0-1) took the loss and freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) had three hits for the Gators.    
     
    After Florida was unable to convert an opportunity in the 10th when it had the bases loaded with none out, junior Brandon Bednar (2-for-6) poked a one-out single into left center field in the 11th and freshman pinch hitter Tyler Selesky earned a free pass on a full count. Moments later, Dwyer sent Shafer’s initial offering over the fence in right field to put the Eagles ahead by three runs. Cooney worked around a one-out single by Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) in the home part of the inning to hand the Gators’ their fourth-straight defeat.  
     
    “First of all, I want to congratulate Florida Gulf Coast,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “They earned what they got this weekend and they played outstanding. They swung the bats very well, so I don’t want to take anything away from them. With that being said, we have a lot to work on. We’ve got to get the ball down, we have to execute better on the mound and we’ve got to get better starts – we haven’t had a really good start all year long. We had our opportunities – when you have bases loaded and nobody out, somebody has to hit a fly ball.”
     
    Although FGCU had consecutive two-out singles to begin the game against freshman Eric Hanhold (Palm Harbor, Fla.) by Dwyer and redshirt senior Brooks Beisner (3-for-6), the right-hander whiffed sophomore Michael Suchy for his second strikeout of the inning. Hanhold was making his first collegiate start.
     
    The Eagles plated a pair of runs in the second inning on an RBI double by junior Andrew Valencia and a squeeze bunt by redshirt sophomore Alex Diaz to open the scoring. Sophomore Zack Tillery led off with a single up the middle and came around on Valencia’s double into the left-field corner. A single by freshman Colton Bottomley pushed Valencia to third and Diaz laid down a perfect bunt to score Valencia and give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
     
    Florida put a pair of runners aboard with two down in the third against freshman Michael Murray, as Bader walked and Martin collected his second hit of the contest. However, Murray had sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) line out to left field to end the inning.
     
    Following a leadoff walk to Valencia in the fourth, sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) replaced Hanhold (3.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 K, 1 BB). Although Diaz and Bednar had back-to-back singles that loaded the bases with one down for FGCU, Magliozzi had both senior Mike Reeves and Dwyer pop up to hold the Gators’ deficit at 2-0.
     
    In the home part of the frame, redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) (2-for-4) doubled to right center with one down and went to third on a grounder by freshman Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.). Matthews had sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) fly out to preserve the 2-0 count.
     
    Martin cut FGCU’s lead in half with a two-out RBI single in the fifth that drove in senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.). Senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) (2-for-5) began the inning by legging out an infield single but was erased at second base on a fielder’s choice by Dent. A throwing error on the play by Diaz enabled Dent to occupy second base. A grounder by Bader advanced Dent and Martin put the Gators on the scoreboard with his third hit of the contest. Murray maintained the Eagles’ advantage by having Turgeon fly out to left field.
     
    The Gators plated three runs on four hits in the sixth to build a 4-2 advantage. Shafer started things off with a single that raised his hitting streak to six games and Powers followed with a base-hit into right field to put the Orange and Blue in business. Stypulkowski sacrificed his teammates over with a bunt and Gushue punched a game-tying single into center field. Redshirt freshman Gabe Rivera replaced Murray (5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER) and an infield single by Ramjit drove in Powers to move UF ahead. Rivera was called for a balk, advancing Gushue and Ramjit, and Dent provided the Gators with a 4-2 lead on an RBI grounder to shortstop.  
     
    Beisner knotted the game at 4-4 in the seventh with a two-out, two-run homer to right field. After Magliozzi recorded the first two outs, Dwyer singled through the left side and Beisner sent the next pitch over the right-field wall for his team-leading fourth homer, second of the series. A single by Suchy prompted a call to the bullpen, with freshman Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) replacing Magliozzi (3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R). The righty had Tillery to right field.
     
    Cooney came in for Rivera (0.2 IP) prior to Florida’s seventh at bat and tossed a 1-2-3 inning. Carmichael set down the Eagles in order in the top of the eighth and Cooney did the same to the Gators in the bottom of the stanza.
     
    A one-out single by Reeves in the ninth brought junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) in for Carmichael (1.2 IP, 1 H) and Dwyer greeted the lefty with a single into center field for two runners aboard. Shafer came in from right field and caught Beisner looking on strikes for the second out and had Suchy ground out to keep the contest deadlocked.
     
    In the bottom of the inning, Dent drew a one-out walk and moved into scoring position with his first theft of the season. Cooney countered with strikeouts of Bader and Martin to give the fans free baseball at McKethan Stadium for the second time this week.
     
    After Shafer notched three-straight outs in the 10th, Turgeon roped a leadoff single into left field and advanced to third base on a failed pickoff attempt by Cooney. The Eagles walked Shafer and Powers intentionally to load the bases and the move paid off when Cooney had Stypulkowski fly out to right field, a grounder by freshman pinch hitter Christian Dicks (Jacksonville, Fla.) force Turgeon at home and then a fly out by Ramjit send the game to the 11th.
     
    The Gators are back in action on Tuesday, when North Florida (5-2) visits for a 7 p.m. matchup. The game can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.



    Mizzou Drops Series Finale at Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Mizzou baseball team dropped the series finale at Memphis, 8-2, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 24) at FedExPark. The loss drops the Tigers to 0-6 on the season while Memphis goes to 4-3 on the year. The highlight of the day for the Tigers was the season debut for redshirt junior Eric Anderson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), who made his first start and first pitching appearance since March 9, 2012, after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2012. Anderson went 2.0 innings, allowing two hits, a walk and an earned run in his 2.0 innings of work. He threw 31 pitches in the start, 19 for strikes.
     
    Mizzou spoiled a great relief outing by freshman Alec Rash (Adel, Iowa), who went 4.0 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three. He was a tough-luck loser on the day after the leadoff man in the seventh reached on an error at short and eventually came around to score as the go-ahead run after three wild pitches. Mizzou tied the game at 1-1 with a two-out, two-strike single by Jake Ivory (St. Charles, Mo.) in the top of the seventh, but Memphis took advantage of wild pitchers and errors in its half of the seventh to score two in the frame. After Mizzou added one more run in the eighth, Memphis added five more runs in the its half of the eighth to ice the game. John Reed earned the win for Memphis, his second of the season. Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.) led Mizzou with three hits on the day.
     
    Anderson, in his first start since March 9 of season, retired the first two batters that he faced before allowing a double to Memphis three-hole hitter Tucker Tubbs and then walked cleanup hitter Bryce Beeler on four pitches before giving up a double to Drew Griffin to put Memphis on the board, 1-0. Anderson then got Jake Little to bounce out to third base to get out of the inning, stranding a pair of runners in scoring position. 
     
    Anderson mowed through the order in the second inning despite hitting the leadoff batter. He induced a flyout and then got a one-out double play to end the inning. Anderson's day ended with him giving up two hits, one earned run and one walk while hitting a batter. He threw 31 pitches over the two innings, including 19 for strikes.
     
    That gave was for the freshman Rash who mowed through the Memphis order, retiring the first six batters that he faced including one strikeout. He walked the first batter that he faced, the second walk by Mizzou pitchers in the game, in the fifth inning. After getting his second strikeout of the game, Rash allowed a single and then a double steal to put runners on second and third with one out. But he rang up Ford Wilson on strikes for the second out and then got Zach Willis to ground out to second to get out of the jam.
     
    After the Tigers went in order in the top of the sixth, Rash came back out for his fourth inning of work and got the first two batters to ground out to first base before an error on a pop-up by Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.) allowed a runner to reach second base. But Rash got a pop up to get out of the jam as he went 4.0 innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three, throwing 54 pitches through those 4.0 innings.
     
    Kelly led off the seventh with his third hit of the day and was lifted for a pinch runner, Case Munson (St. Charles, Mo.). He advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt and then to third on a groundout to second by Shane Segovia (Sinton, Texas). Michael McGraw (Newnan, Ga.) struck out, bringing in Jake Ivory (St. Charles, Mo.) who delivered a clutch, two-out hit to center, just in front of the diving Wilson as he wound up on second with an RBI double.
     
    Rash came back on in the bottom of the seventh for his fifth inning of work. But it was cut short as he induced a grounder to short which was bobbled by Segovia, putting the leadoff man aboard for Memphis with via the error. That came back to haunt Mizzou after a bunt and wild pitch moved the runner to third and he was singled in by Ethan Gross to put Memphis back on top, 2-1. Gross then came around to score after stealing a base and a pair of wild pitches from Jake Walsh (Dallas, Texas), giving Memphis a 3-1 lead headed to the eighth. Walsh had three wild pitches in the inning in relief of Rash.
     
    Mizzou got one of the runs back in the eighth as Dane Opel (Edwardsville, Ill.) hit a two-out single back up the middle and then Steele had another two-strike, two-out single to plate Opel from second, making him 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position this season. But Memphis jumped all over Tiger reliever Ryan Phillips (Columbia, Mo.) in the eighth, taking on five more to ice the game.
     
    Mizzou will return home for its home opener against Northwestern next Friday (March 1) at Taylor Stadium. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. first pitch. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.



    Vandy Completes Sweep Over Monmouth

    NASHVILLE -- No. 2 Vanderbilt finished off a three-game sweep of Monmouth Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field with a 13-1 victory. 
     
    After allowing an unearned run in the first inning Commodores' (7-1) starter Philip Pfeifer (2-0) settled in and cruised through the next five innings to earn his second win of the week. The lefty allowed a one-out single in the second then sat down eight straight Hawks and did not allow any hits over his final four frames. A leadoff walk in the fifth looked to be potential trouble for the sophomore but he responded by making an athletic play on an attempted sacrifice bunt then struck out the next two batters to end the inning. For the week, Pfeifer went 2-0 in his two starts allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits with 16 strikeouts. 
     
    The Vanderbilt offense took care of business for the third straight day to give the Dores their first series sweep of the season. VU scored in six of the eight innings with eight different players recording at least one hit. The Dores moved into the lead in the third inning scoring a run without the benefit of a hit. Tony Kemp walked to lead off the inning, stole second base and eventually scored from third on a wild pitch with the first of his four runs scored in the game. Vandy stretched the lead late in the game scoring eight runs over the seventh and eighth innings. Freshman Kyle Smith delivered a RBI-double in the seventh and added a three-run triple off the left field wall in the eighth to finish the day 2-for-2 with four RBI. Smith's first three hits of his career have knocked in five runs. 
     
    Monmouth starter Jonathan Shippee (0-1) took the loss for the Hawks giving up two runs in 2.2 innings. Kyle Perry paced the offense going 1-for-4 with a run scored. 
     
    The Commodores finished the weekend outscoring Monmouth (1-3) 29-3, out hitting Monmouth 30-11 and stealing 16 bases. Jack Lupo led the way with six steals in the series while going 6-for-11 (.545) after a 1-for-3 outing on Sunday. Vanderbilt's pitching staff dominated all weekend allowing only three runs, two earned, while striking out 35 batters in 27 innings. 
     
    Vanderbilt returns to action Tuesday afternoon at Hawkins Field when Arkansas State rolls into Nashville. First pitch against the Red Wolves is slated for 4 p.m. VU hosts Evansville on Wednesday at 4 p.m. before welcoming Illinois-Chicago to town for a three-game series next weekend. 



    LSU Batters SE Louisiana

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Second-ranked LSU (6-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season and defeated Southeastern Louisiana (5-2) by a score of 13-1 Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.
     
    The Tigers will travel to Lafayette, La. for their first road game of the season against the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette (7-1). First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. on LSU Radio Network Affiliates (98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge area).
     
    "A team is often measured by how it responds to adversity," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, " and I felt our team bounced back in a big way after the loss (9-4 to BYU) on Saturday. We feel like we have a good offensive club, and the performance we had in the loss was not indicative at all of what kind of lineup we have. I think today demonstrated the firepower that we're capable of producing."
     
    The Tigers resumed Friday's suspended game versus SLU with a bang on Sunday as first baseman Mason Katz sent a three-run home run into the left field seats. It was Katz' second home run of the season and three of his career-high six RBI in the game.
     
    LSU extended its first-inning lead with an RBI-single from designated hitter Alex Edward.
     
    The Tigers added more runs in the second inning with an RBI double from outfielder Raph Rhymes, who would finish 4-for-5 with five runs batted in. Katz also delivered with an RBI single in the second.
     
    Katz collected his fifth and sixth RBI in the sixth inning with a two-out double, scoring Rhymes and Mark Laird, who scored four runs and finished 3-for-4 on the day.
     
    LSU added three insurance runs in the seventh off the bats of reserve infielder Casey Yocom and Rhymes.
     
    LSU junior right-hander Ryan Eades (1-0) was credited with the win, allowing one run while striking out five in six innings of solid work.
     
    Southeastern Louisiana left-hander Jordan Hymel (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up five runs in 1.1 innings.



    Arkansas Completes Sweep of Evansville

    FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas offense pounded out a season-high 15 hits and scored 10 runs as the top-ranked Razorbacks completed a three-game sweep of Evansville with a 10-2 win on Sunday at Baum Stadium.
     
    Arkansas won its fifth straight game and improved its record to 7-1, while Evansville dropped to 1-5 with the loss.
     
    Eight of Arkansas’ nine position starters had at least one hit in the win with six different players recording two or more hits. Leadoff man Matt Vinson had a game-high three hits and scored three runs. Brian Anderson, Eric Fisher, Brett McAfee, Joe Serrano and Jake Wise each had two hits. Wise drove in three runs, while Anderson had two RBI and scored twice. Jacob Mahan added the first home run of his Razorback career.
     
    Arkansas starter Trey Killian (1-0) earned the win for the first victory of his collegiate career. Killian allowed two unearned runs on two hits and struck out five in 4.2 innings. 
     
    Four Razorback relievers combined to throw 4.1 shutout innings. Colin Poche worked 2.1 scoreless frames with a strikeout, while Landon Simpson retired all three batters he faced in an inning. Tyler Wright worked 0.2 scoreless innings, while Thomas Altimont retired the only batter he faced to finish the game.
     
    Evansville starter Kyle Lloyd (0-1) took the loss. Lloyd allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out three in six innings.
     
    The Purple Aces had just three hits in the loss. Jason Hockemeyer, Andy Lasher and Chris Pearson each had a hit. Pearson and Shain Showers each added a RBI.
     
    The Razorbacks struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first. Vinson and Serrano drew back-to-back walks to start the inning and an infield single by Tyler Spoon loaded the bases. Fisher then blooped a single into right, scoring Vinson and moving each runner up a base. Anderson then hit a smash that was caught by the first baseman, who then doubled off Fisher at first base for the first two out of the innings. Arkansas plated its second run of the inning on a wild pitch, scoring Serrano from third.
     
    Arkansas added another run in the home half of the fourth. Anderson reached on an infield single and advanced to second after a ground out by Mahan. Wise grounded a single into left field to score Anderson from second and put the Razorbacks in front 3-0.
     
    Evansville got back in the game with two runs in the top of the fifth. Hockemeyer singled to start the inning and with one out Lasher hit a grounder to third that was bobbled by Anderson, allowing Lasher to reach and advancing Hockemeyer to second on the fielding error. Pearson put the Purple Aces on the board with a single to left-center field, scoring Hockemeyer and advancing Lasher to third. Showers drove in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to center.
     
    The Razorbacks stretched the lead to two with a run in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Mahan hit a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall for the first homer of his Arkansas career to put the Razorbacks in front 4-2.
     
    Arkansas broke the game open with a five-run seventh. McAfee doubled to the left-center field gap to start the inning and advanced to third after a single to right by Vinson. Serrano then laid down a perfect bunt single up the first base line, scoring McAfee and advancing Vinson to second base. With one out, Fisher lined a single to right to load the bases for Anderson, who sent the first pitch he saw into left field for a two-run single to stretch the lead to 7-2. After a ground out by Mahan for the second out of the inning, Wise hit a grounder up the third base line that hit off the third base bag and went into left field, scoring Anderson and Fisher for the fourth and fifth runs of the inning.
     
    The Razorbacks tacked on one more run in the eighth. With one out, Vinson singled to left and Serrano walked. Spoon then hit a grounder to second. The second baseman flipped to the shortstop to start a double play, but the shortstop’s throw to first was high, allowing Vinson to score from third on the throwing error and putting Arkansas in front 10-2.
     
    Evansville put two runners on in the ninth, but Altimont got David Patton to fly out to right to end the game and give the Razorbacks a 10-2 win.
     
    Arkansas returns to action on Thursday as it faces No. 20 Arizona State in the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz. First pitch between the Razorbacks and Sun Devils is set for 5 p.m.



    TAMU Drops Rubber Match to Pepperdine

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 24 Texas A&M Aggies dropped the rubber match of a three-game non-conference series with the Pepperdine Waves, 2-1, Sunday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
     
    Knotted at 1-1, Pepperdine broke the tie in the top of the ninth inning. Sam Meyer bounced a leadoff single up the middle off Aggie reliever Zach Brashear (0-1). Drew Hacker replaced Meyer at first base as a pinch-runner, moved to second on a passed ball and was advanced to third with a sacrifice bunt by Chris Amezquita. Brashear intentionally walked Nate Johnson to put runners on the corners and set up the potential for the double play.
     
    Jason Jester came in to relieve Brashear and induced a grounder by Bryan Langlois, but it was hit too softly for the double play and Hacker scored the go-ahead run, giving Pepperdine a 2-1 advantage.
     
    Pepperdine tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the seventh. Amezquita hit a double to the wall in left centerfield, moved to third on a grounder to second by Johnson and scored on a wild pitch for the equalizer.
     
    Texas A&M (5-3) drew first blood in the bottom of the third inning. Logan Taylor registered his first career hit, rattling a ball in the corner down the rightfield line for a double. Cory Raley followed with his first career hit, a single through the right side of the infield to put runners at the corners. Mikey Reynolds plated Taylor with a sacrifice fly to leftfield, staking A&M to a 1-0 lead.
     
    Bratsen went 3-for-4 and a stolen base to lead the Aggies offense. He moved into fifth place on A&M's career stolen base list his 55th swipe.
     
    Rafael Pineda was left with no decision despite a strong start on the mound. He allowed one run on six hits while striking out three over 7.0 innings. Brashear (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing one unearned run on one hit and one walk over 1.0 inning.
     
    Eric Karch (3-0) earned his second win of the weekend in relief. He scattered three hits and two walks over 2.0 innings. Michael Swanner picked up his second save of the season, allowing one walk, but erasing the runner on a game-ending double play as he faced just three batters in the ninth. Jackson McClelland had a solid start, allowing just one run on six hits and one walk while striking out one over 6.0 innings.
     
    The Aggies return to action on Tuesday with a two-game series against the Northwestern State Demons. First pitch for Tuesday's game is 6:35 pm. They will meet in a 3:05 pm matinee on Wednesday.



    No. 8 Ole Miss Completes Weekend Sweep

    OXFORD, Miss. – Junior Will Allen got his first home run of the year as part of a three-run first inning to set the stage for the Rebels’ second sweep of the season as No. 8 Ole Miss (7-0) defeated Rhode Island (0-6) by a score of 5-3 on Sunday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
     
    Austin Anderson and Auston Bousfield reached on back-to-back singles to put men at the corners in the first with one out. Stuart Turner then delivered a sac fly to center to score Anderson before Allen would step to the plate and send a 3-0 offering over the fence in left field to put Ole Miss on top by three runs.
     
    The Rebels would never trail in the game on the way to the weekend sweep.
     
    Aaron Greenwood (2-0) picked up the win in relief, working 3.0 innings and allowing one run on three this with a strikeout. Greenwood entered the game in the fourth inning with men at the corners and one out. The right-hander got the next Ram batter to ground into a double-play to end the inning and keep Ole Miss on top by three runs.
     
    Brett Huber picked up his third save of the season, closing out the ninth by retiring all three batters faced.
     
    Liam O’Sullivan (0-1) took the loss for Rhode Island, allowing five runs – four earned – on six hits with a strikeout in 2.0 innings of work. Bobby Dean then closed out the final 6.0 innings for the Rams.
     
    “It was one of those grinded out types of games,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Jim Foster does such a great job with that program. They don’t just play the game hard, they play the game right. They are able to catch it and throw it. They used two pitchers today, that doesn’t happen in the SEC. They come in as a visitor and only use six pitchers the whole weekend and were in every single game. You have to tip your hat to them. I’m proud of our guys and the way we hung in there. 
     
    “Offensively, we were able to put together a good inning in the first with Austin (Anderson) smoking a ball and getting a big hit off the first baseman, then a hit and run by Boz (Auston Bousfield) and of course the big 3-0 swing by Will Allen to get us on the board,” Bianco said, “You knew they would make a big run offensively. Sam (Smith) and Aaron (Greenwood) were able to minimize their run. (Jeremy) Massie came in and got some big outs for us. (Tanner) Bailey got a big one out for us in the eighth. That was about as good as (Brett) Huber has been all year.”
     
    Ole Miss held the three-run lead after the first inning, but saw the Rams plate a run in the second inning to cut the lead to 3-1 on three consecutive singles after the first two batters flew out to open the inning. Starting pitcher Sam Smith got the Rebels out of the jam with no more damage, though, and the home team still on top by two runs.
     
    The Rebels got the run back in the home half of the second, using an single to right field from Anderson to bring homePreston Overbey who had reached on an error to open the frame. Ole Miss then scored for the third consecutive inning with a sac fly from Andrew Mistone in the third to extend the lead to 5-1.
     
    Rhode Island again pushed a run across the plate in the fourth when the Rams’ Kevin Stenhouse drew a walk and scored on a Chris Famiglietti triple in the next at bat. The run cut the lead to 5-2. 
     
    A third Rhode Island run came across the plate in the seventh with back-to-back from Famiglietti and Shane O’Connell. Ole Miss got the first out on a fielder’s choice and turned to the bullpen for Jeremy Massie.
     
    The Rams put a second man on base with a bunt single, but Massie got the next two batters to hit into an infield fly and a groundout to end the inning with the Rebels on top 5-3.
     
    The bullpen would keep things in check from there as Massie, Bailey and Huber closed things out to clinch the series sweep.
     
    Ole Miss will return to action on Tuesday night with the first of two midweek games, facing the Memphis Tigers at 4 p.m. The Rebels will then host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon before hitting the road for the first time this season.
     


    Auburn Takes Down Indiana State

    AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn bullpen mates Justin Camp and Conner Kendrick combined to hold Indiana State to just one hit over the final 7 1/3 innings as Auburn rallied to win, 6-5, on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Auburn Baseball Tournament. Camp retired 12 straight and Kendrick retired the final six in order as Auburn improved to 6-1 for the first time since the 2007 season.
     
    "The difference was Justin Camp's ability to get the momentum swing back into our dugout," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "We feel like that (the bullpen) is one of our strengths. After Justin gave up the double he threw three pitches for strikes and Conner did a great job against the lefties. We needed every run we could get today and I thought today was one of our better defensive ballgames."
     
    Trailing 5-3 with a man on first and two outs in the second following five Indiana State runs in the frame, Camp (2-0) allowed a double to the first hitter he faced before finding his groove. The redshirt freshman needed just 58 pitches to record his 12 outs before leaving following a two-out walk in the sixth.
     
    Kendrick, working in his first game of the weekend, caught Tyler Wampler trying to steal second to end the sixth and pick up Camp and then worked around a two-out walk in the seventh and a leadoff walk in the eighth to record his first career save at Auburn.
     
    "Our team played pretty good defense today and I knew anything that was on the ground they would get it," Kendrick said. "We are very confident down there in the bullpen. We have so many guys with a variety of pitches that we can throw to any batter, just mix-and-match."
     
    Ryan Tella was the offensive spark for a lineup that saw all nine hitters record a hit. The junior outfielder finished the day 2-for-4, joining Jackson Burgreen and Blake Austin with two hits apiece, and drove in three of Auburn's six runs. His one-out double in the second tied the game at 5-5 and his fourth-inning single drove in deciding run. He now has a team-high 12 RBI and is hitting a team-best .385.
     
    "We stuck with our approach and kept at it," Tella said. "I was just trying to put the ball in play and drive it deep, especially with the bases loaded and one out, just trying to get a run across."
     
    Auburn went up 3-0 in the first with three unearned runs as Indiana State committed three errors in the inning.
     
    Indiana State responded with its five-run second, knocking Auburn starter Rocky McCord out after he allowed five runs on five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.
     
    Indiana State starter Jeff Degano (0-1) was charged with all six Auburn runs (three earned) in 3 1/3 innings, surrendering eight hits and walking two.
     
    Auburn finished the tournament 2-1, also defeating College of Charleston (5-1) and falling to Middle Tennessee State (2-1).
     
    Middle Tennessee State finished the weekend 3-0, Indiana State went 1-2 and College of Charleston was 0-3.
     
    Auburn returns to the field at 3pm on Tuesday against Kennesaw State at Plainsman Park.



    South Carolina Completes Sweep

    Columbia, S.C. - Fresh off a no-hitter in game one of a doubleheader, fifth ranked South Carolina stormed ahead in the nightcap with six runs in the first three innings on the way to a 6-4 victory over Albany to sweep a doubleheader and the series vs. the Great Danes. Carolina is now 5-1 on the year while the loss drops Albany to 0-5 for the season.
     
    South Carolina starter Nolan Belcher allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings of work to pick up the win. He is now 1-1 for the season. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Senior left-hander Tyler Webb recorded the final two outs of the game to pick up his second save of the year. Albany starting pitcher Austin Chase suffered the loss and is 0-2 for the season. He worked four innings and allowed six runs, three earned on seven hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts.
     
    The Gamecocks broke ahead with three unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning. Max Schrock reached base with one out on a fielding error by Austin Chase. Carolina then struck for a pair of hits as Joey Pankake singled followed by a RBI double to right field off the bat of LB Dantzler. With runners on second and third, Pankake would score as a deep fly to right field off the bat of Kyle Martin was dropped by Albany right fielder D.J. Hoagboon. Dantzler would score Carolina's third run of the inning on Grayson Greiner's RBI sacrifice fly to center.
     
    Carolina added to the lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Tanner English reached base with a one-out double and scored on Max Schrock's two-out RBI triple to left-center. The triple was the first of the season for the Gamecocks. The lead extended to 6-0 in the third inning. Dantzler doubled and after a Kyle Martin walk would score on Grayson Greiner's RBI single up the middle. After a walk to Chase Vergason loaded the bases, Martin would score on TJ Costen's RBI sacrifice fly to left-center.
     
    Albany struck for a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Josh Nethaway, Greg Muller and D.J. Hoagboon opened the frame with three consecutive singles including a RBI base hit from Hoagboon. With two outs, Muller would score on a RBI single off the bat of Evan Harasta.
     
    Albany wasn't done and scored twice more in the ninth inning. Adam Mund singled for his third hit of the day with one out followed by a double off the bat of Jeff Welsh. The Gamecocks then went to the pen for Webb to close out the game. Evan Harasta knocked a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Mund. Nolan Gaige added a two-out RBI single scoring Welsh. With the tying run at the plate, Webb dug in and struck out Gordon Madej to preserve the Carolina victory.
     
    South Carolina won despite being outhit 11-10 in the contest. Dantzler went 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored. He was 9-for-13 in the series with 10 RBI. He is hitting .545 (12-for-22) after two weeks of play with three homers and 13 RBI. Max Schrock was also 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Mund went 3-for-4 to lead Albany at the plate. Gaige and Hoagboon added two hits apiece also.
     
    South Carolina returns to action Tuesday afternoon hosting Furman at Carolina Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Live video broadcast is available at GamecocksOnline.com. The game can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game." 



    Belmont Downs UGA in Extras

    ATHENS, Ga. --- Despite recording more than twice the number of hits as its opponent, Georgia fell short in the 11th inning and dropped a 5-4 decision to close out its series with Belmont Sunday at Foley Field.
     
    The Bulldogs (2-5) now have lost four one-run games this year while the Bruins improve to 5-2.  On Sunday, the Bulldogs found themselves down by three runs going into the bottom of the 11th after three pitchers combined for four walks, two wild pitches and a balk in the top of the frame. They answered back with four hits to pull within one run and had the winning run on first base with two outs before pinch hitter Blake Dieterich struck out to end the game.
     
    Georgia went an impressive 15-for-45 at the plate, with senior Curt Powell recording a career-high five hits on six at-bats. Powell became the first Bulldog since Levi Hyams in 2011 to register five hits in a game. Senior Kyle Farmer, Hunter Cole, Brett DeLoach and Zack Bowers all had multi-hit showings, as well. Belmont only managed six hits thanks in part to a solid performance from Bulldog starter Luke Crumley, who pitched a career-high 5.1 innings that included 11 straight outs.
     
    Bruins reliever Josh Davis picked up his first win of the season and Dom Veltri got the save in a grueling game that saw 12 different pitchers for both teams. Sophomore Heath Holder got the loss to fall to 0-1.
     
    "Today was a huge game, just from a mentality standpoint," Georgia head coach David Perno said. " Nobody wants to be sitting there 2-5 and 1-3 at home. You couldn't ask for a worse start with this team and these expectations. It's really tough. I was happy to see Kyle [Farmer] and Hunter [Cole] have multiple hit games and a big day from Curt Powell too. We just ran out of guys. That's the bottom line. We got a fine start from Luke Crumley and some really good relief pitching until that last inning."
     
    The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday when goes on the road to face Georgia State. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.



    Kentucky Wins in Ninth Inning

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Lucas Witt smacked a bases-clearing double in the top of the ninth inning to break open a tie game, leading No. 8 Kentucky to an 8-2 win at Coastal Carolina, on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon during the final day of the Caravelle Resort Invitational at Pelicans Park.
     
    A native of Lexington, Ky., Witt starred for the Wildcats in a close contest with the Chanticleers, driving in the game-winning runs in the ninth inning and making a pair of jaw-dropping gems in leftfield, including a fully-extended grab of a line drive going to his left and a tumble-over-the-fence catch in foul ground down the line.  
     
    “Lucas was really good, really good,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “(I am) Happy for Lucas, a great day for Lucas Witt. Big-time catch in foul territory there late, the diving catch in left-center and then coming up with the bases-clearing double in the top of the ninth. Good day for Lucas.”
     
    “They are out there battling for us on the mound,” Witt said about trying to make defensive plays for his pitching staff. “We want to make sure that they know that no matter where the ball is hit, whether it be on the ground or in the air, that we are going to come down with it. I just try to go out there and make as many plays as I can. They are doing the same thing for us on the mound.”
     
    UK and Coastal Carolina were locked in a pitching duel heading into the ninth inning, after the two teams traded single runs in the third and fifth innings. The Wildcats mounted the game-winning rally in the ninth, breaking through on soft-tossing, submarine righty Ryan Connolly, who had worked 3.2 shutout innings with only one baserunner surrendered in relief. 
     
    Matt Reida started the rally with a single through the right side and Micheal Thomas got plunked by a pitch when trying to square to bunt. That ended Connolly’s outing, with CCU calling on lefty Austin Kerr to face UK left-handed hitting centerfielder Austin Cousino. Cousino ripped a single into the hole on the left side to load the bases for Witt, with the Chants countering with their right-handed closer, Seth Lamando. Witt, a Lexington Christian Academy product, drilled a two-strike double down the leftfield line to empty the bases, with UK adding a pair of extra runs on a Paul McConkey single for the final margin.  
     
    “I just wanted to do something to help the team win,” Witt said about his at-bat in the ninth. “I hadn’t been great at the plate this weekend. I was trying to stay confident and stay true to my plan. Luckily I got a pitch; I recognized the curveball and drove it. It felt good because I had been struggling a little bit but I just tried to stay confident and continue to believe in myself.”
     
    Eight of nine UK position starters collected hits in the game, with Witt pacing the club with his three RBI on a 1-for-5 game.  J.T. Riddle added UK’s only multiple-hit game to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Riddle and Cousino each scored a team-best two runs. Reida, Thomas, McConkey, A.J. Reed and Thomas Bernal all added hits for the Wildcats. 
     
    “Offensively we struggled at the beginning of the game but we tried to stay the course, continued to believe in ourselves and had confidence,” Witt said. “We are tough. We always believe we are going to win, no matter what inning. We just continue to play together, play as one and we think good things are going to happen.”
     
    Kentucky (5-1) starter Corey Littrell worked his first quality start of the year, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing four hits and two runs, walking five and striking out four. 
     
    “I liked the fact that Corey Littrell kept fighting even though he wasn’t very efficient,” Henderson said. “He kind of battled against himself early on and when it got tight he kept his poise, made the pitches when he needed to. Some really impressive pitching to get out of the jams by Corey. It was a tough game. He found his secondary stuff after the fourth inning. The sixth inning was his best inning. Really happy that Corey improved on last weekend and he is going to keep getting better.”
     
    Senior Walter Wijas took over in relief of Littrell the seventh, getting two outs to get out of a jam, working one shutout inning and striking out one. Junior Trevor Gott (2-0) picked up the win with 1.2 stellar innings, allowing a single and striking out two. Gott came on in the eighth inning with two runners on and one out and after loading the bases with a seeing-eye single with one out to create a pressure-laden situation, got a strikeout and a pop-out to get out of the jam before closing the door in the ninth. 
     
    Coastal Carolina (3-2) starter Ben Smith worked 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and two runs – one earned – walking two and striking out three. Connolly (0-1) then came on with a drastic change of pace, with his soft-tossing strategy producing soft contact. Connolly, a preseason All-America selection who had a 2.10 ERA in 2012, worked 3.2 innings, allowing one hit and two runs, striking out three. Kerr and Lamando worked the ninth, with Kerr allowing Cousino to score and Lamando giving up three runs on three hits with a pair of strikeouts. 
     
    “One of the things that helped was getting into their pen,” Henderson said about the ninth-inning rally. “The kid throwing from down under was tough. He was good. He was competitive. Being able to see a different pitcher helped us. The quality of our at-bats was outstanding. There were a lot of really good at-bats in the ninth inning.”
     
    After spending a miniscule amount of time in Lexington since leaving for South Carolina last week, the Wildcats have been on the road for 11 of the last 12 days. UK returns to action on Tuesday with its 2013 home opener, hosting Murray State at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 
     
    The Wildcats got on the board in the top of the third inning, getting three hits and a walk to plate the first run of the game. Thomas led off with a two-strike single to right-centerfield, moving to second on Cousino’s eight-pitch walk. After a popped-up bunt attempt, Reed singled through the left side, with Thomas thrown out at the plate. Kuhn then smacked a single into leftfield to score Cousino and give UK a 1-0 lead. 
     
    Coastal immediately tied the game with a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the third inning, as Ted Blackman pounded a Littrell offering into the leftfield stands. 
     
    In the fifth inning, UK took a 2-1 lead as Witt led off with a grounder up the middle, his speed forcing an error by the CCU shortstop. After Witt stole second base, Reed flied out to deep left field – just missing his second homer – with Witt motoring to third base with one out. With Kuhn at the dish, Witt hustled home on a wild pitch that just got away from the plate, beating the throw with a head-first slide. 
     
    The Chants tied the game in the fifth inning, as Blackman drew a one-out walk. Littrell then picked off Blackman but was called for a balk, promoting an extended argument from Reida, Littrell and UK head coach Gary Henderson. Blackman then took third on a wild pitch and after Littrell struck out Buccilli for the second out, Colin Hering singled through the right side to score Blackman. 
     
    UK’s game-winning rally in the ninth started with a single from Reida, and then Thomas was hit by a pitch. After Cousino loaded the bases, Witt doubled down the line to clear the bags. Reed then reached with a hard-hit ball to the right side that went as an error before Riddle scored Wit with an RBI single. McConkey drove in Riddle and pinch runner Kyle Barrett with a single through the right side for the final margin.



    Diamond Dogs Complete Sweep with 8-1 Win

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State sophomore right-hander Will Cox continued the theme of dominant pitching Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
    Cox matched a career best with seven innings of work, allowing just two hits as the Bulldogs knocked off Samford 8-1 in the final game of the Diamond Classic presented by Polk's Meat Products.
     
    "Will had good location and movement," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "He has a chance to be a really solid pitcher for us. He pitched well today against a very good offensive team in Samford. I liked what we saw on the mound throughout the weekend."
     
    MSU won all four games it played in its own invitational tournament, including beating Samford twice. The Diamond Dawgs' perfect 9-0 start matches the 2006 squad, which won its first 18 games of the season. Through nine games, MSU has allowed 48 hits and 11 earned runs, while posting a team earned run average of 1.22.
     
    "We have several guys we trust on the mound in certain situations," Cohen said. "Offensively, we had some mistakes, such as not getting a squeeze down. In all, we did a good job of hitting and had some key hits."
     
    MSU pounded out 12 hits in the victory. Junior first baseman Alex Detz had his first three-hit game as a Bulldog. Adam Frazier and Darryl Norris each added multiple hits.
     
    The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the fourth inning. Detz had an RBI-single and Nick Ammirati had an RBI-double in that inning. The lead grew to 7-0 an inning later with a two-run double by Detz and two-run single by Derrick Armstrong.
     
    Samford (5-4) finally touched Cox for a solo home run by Phillip Ervin in the seventh inning.
     
    Cox faced 24 batters, with seven strikeouts and one walk. Trevor Fitts and John Marc Shelly threw an inning apiece in relief.
     
    In Sunday's tournament opener, Samford scored three times in the ninth inning to defeat Purdue, 6-3.
     
    MSU hosts Rhode Island at 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Dudy Noble Field.