|Tennessee 9, E. Tennessee 7
|South Carolina 5, Furman 2
|Kennesaw State 9, Auburn 2
|Georgia State 10, Georgia 7
|Memphis 4, Ole Miss 3
|Vanderbilt 7, Arkansas State 3
|Mississippi State 13, Rhode Island 2
|Kentucky 11, Murray State 4
|LSU 11, UL-Lafayette 2
|Alabama 5, Samford 4
|Texas A&M 9, Northwestern State 5
|North Florida 7, Florida 6
Tennessee Takes Down ETSU
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee baseball team used a pair of big innings - scoring six runs in the third and three in the fifth - to race past ETSU, 9-7, on a windy Tuesday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Volunteers had to hold off a late rally by the Buccaneers as they put the tying run at second with just one out but freshman Trevor Bettencourt was able to get a strikeout and a pop-up to end the game and earn the first save of his career.
The Vols got the scoring started in a big way in the home half of the third inning, scoring six runs on four hits. ETSU helped UT get the ball rolling with a pair of walks and a sac bunt putting two runners in scoring position with just one out. Freshman Jeff Moberg then laced a 2-0 pitch to left-center to plate the first run of the game.
Following an intentional walk to Scott Price that loaded the bases, Parker Wormsley laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze to bring Will Maddox from third to make it 2-0.
Vance Vizcaino then punched the very next pitch into the gap in left-center to clear the bases, bringing in two more runs. An RBI double down the third-base line by Pierce Bily and a run-scoring single through the right side by Vincent Jackson then gave the Big Orange two more runs and a 6-0 lead before the inning finally came to a close.
ETSU answered right back, however, using a two-run home run off the bat of Derek Niesman and a pair of run-scoring singles to cut the Tennessee lead down to one at 6-5.
The Vols added to their lead in the fifth, tacking on three more runs on back-to-back RBI groundouts by David Houser and A.J. Simcox and a two-out double by Will Maddox.
Two innings later, the Bucs got a two-RBI single by Jordan Sanford but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double to end the threat.
Tennessee will travel to Cary, N.C., this weekend to take part in the USA Baseball-Irish Classic.
South Carolina Earns 5-2 Win Over Furman
Columbia, S.C. - Freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop hurled 5.1 scoreless innings in his first career start and seventh ranked South Carolina scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie as the Gamecocks defeated Furman 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference baseball action at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 6-1 on the year with Furman now 5-2 for the season.
Wynkoop was dynamic as he scattered five hits with no walks while striking out a pair of batters. He earned his first career win and is now 1-0 on the year. Sophomore right-hander Evan Beal was also effective out of the pen with 2.2 perfect innings with three strikeouts. Senior left-hander Tyler Webb pitched one scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts to pick up his third save of the season. Furman reliever Elliott Warford suffered the loss and is now 0-1 on the year. He allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits in 2.1 innings with a walk.
Scoreless entering the bottom of the fifth, the Gamecocks made their move. Max Schrock doubled with one out, Graham Saiko walked and LB Dantzler singled to load the bases. Erik Payne would drive in Max Schrock on a RBI fielder's choice. On the play, Saiko's grounder was fielded cleanly by Furman third baseman Chris Ohmstede. He would get one out by tagging third base but a throwing error trying to nab Payne at first for the double play allowed both Schrock and Dantzler to score and give the Gamecocks a two-run lead. Grayson Greiner followed and made it 3-0 on a RBI single.
Carolina added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, the Gamecocks loaded the bases with no outs on a double by Chase Vergason, TJ Costen was hit by a pitch and Tanner English walked. With one out, Graham Saiko drove in Costen with a RBI sacrifice fly to right field. In the seventh, DC Arendas reached base with a one-out double, his first career hit as a Gamecock and scored on Costen's two-out RBI triple to right field.
Furman threatened and scored a pair of runs in the ninth inning. Three consecutive singles by Hunter Burton, Taylor Johnson and Paul Nitto scored a run. A fourth straight hit by pinch hitter Griffin Davis scored Johnson but on the play, Davis would stumble trying to stretch his hit into a double and the Gamecocks would throw him out for the first out of the inning. Webb promptly struck out the next two batters to preserve the Carolina win.
Carolina finished the game with 10 hits while Furman tallied nine for the contest. Schrock and Vergason had two hits apiece to lead the Gamecocks. Will Muzika, Burton and Jordan Simpson had two hits apiece to lead Furman.
South Carolina returns to action this weekend with a three-game series against Clemson. Friday's contest at Clemson is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday's Reedy River Rivalry Game from Fluor Field in Greenville will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday's series finale at Carolina Stadium will have a 3 p.m. first pitch. All three games can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game."
Auburn Falls to Kennesaw State
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn surrendered a total of seven unearned runs on two errors while the offense struck out a season-high nine times as the Auburn baseball team fell to Kennesaw State, 9-2, on Tuesday afternoon. The loss drops Auburn's record to 6-2 while Kennesaw State improved to 5-3.
"I thought there were two situations that really dictated that game," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "We had to execute a couple of pitches in some big situations when we came in out of the bullpen and we didn't do that. Then offensively we had some opportunities to get a guy in or to score a run and we didn't do that. I am very disappointed in our overall performance. There is a lot of work yet to be done."
Auburn would load the bases in both the second and fourth innings but failed to bring a run in both times as Kennesaw State pitchers Steve Janas and Colton Cross (1-0) worked out of one-out and two-out bases loaded jams, respectively.
Kennesaw State took a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Alex Liquori singled in a run off Auburn starter Dillon Ortman (0-1) and then Chase Williamson threw a run-scoring wild pitch with his first offering after being summoned from the bullpen to make it 2-0.
Kennesaw State would load the bases with two outs in the sixth off of Williamson before Auburn made the move to Jay Wade. Anthony Duran was down 0-2 to Wade before lining a two-run single to center to start the scoring in the frame. Two batters later Kal Simmons doubled down the line in left to clear the bases, increasing the lead to 7-0.
Garrett Cooper finished with three of Auburn's seven hits on the afternoon. Patrick Savage had the lone RBI on a sixth-inning sacrifice fly.
The top three in Auburn's lineup went a combined 0-for-14 with six strike outs.
Auburn returns to action on Friday at 3pm against Eastern Illinois in the first of a three-game series. Saturday's game is set to start at 3pm and Sunday's series finale begins at 1 p.m.
Georgia State Upends Georgia in Atlanta
ATLANTA -----Georgia State erased a couple of three-run deficits to defeat Georgia 10-7 Tuesday at the GSU Complex.
The Bulldogs (2-6) jumped on GSU starter Ben Burns for three runs on three hits in the first. The first three Bulldogs reached and freshman designated hitter Daniel Nichols picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded hit by pitch. Senior designated hitter Brett DeLoach followed with a two-run double for a 3-0 edge.
The Panthers (5-4) got one run back on a Bulldog miscue in the bottom of the frame. Georgia reclaimed its three-run advantage in the second when the Panthers made an error that led to an unearned run. The Panthers responded with a three-run outburst in their half of the second, chasing freshman right-hander David Gonzalez. GSU collected two doubles, two wild pitches, a walk and two sacrifice flyouts to tie the contest. Georgia looked to junior left-hander Patrick Boling to get the final out of the second. Boling took care of the third inning and got a tremendous catch from centerfielder Hunter Cole up against the wall that saved two runs.
In the fourth, senior Curt Powell delivered a two-run double to put Georgia in front 6-4. In the fifth, Bulldog freshman catcher Zack Bowers smashed his second home run of the year to make it 7-4. All six of Georgia’s home runs this year have been solo shots. The Panthers answered off Boling in the fifth with three hits and a wild pitch to close the gap to 7-6 as Georgia looked to redshirt freshman Mike Mancuso. He got the second out but then surrendered a two-run home to Chris Triplett to cap a four-run rally and give the Panther an 8-7 lead.
GSU added two more runs in the sixth off the Bulldog bullpen to extend its advantage to 10-7.
Georgia had a runner at third with one out in the sixth and seventh frames but failed to score and wound up 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position on the night.
Jerry Stuckey (1-0) earned the win while Matt Rose picked up his first save. Mancuso got the loss to fall to 0-1.
“We’re not playing with a lot of confidence right now,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “I thought we had a good start offensively, but then we gave it right back. The last two games we have had too many walks from our pitchers, and while we’re getting hits, we’re not driving in guys. We’ve got to clean some things up, and we will. There’s 48 games left in the regular season, and I know we’ve got a talented team, we just have to start playing better all the way around.”
The Bulldogs return to action Friday at Foley Field for the start of a three-game series with UAB. First pitch Friday will be at 6 p.m. One special promotion for Saturday, fans can use their men’s basketball ticket from the Georgia-Tennessee game for free admission to the Bulldogs baseball game at Foley Field that will begin at 4 p.m.
Ole Miss Drops First Game to Memphis
OXFORD, Miss. - Despite an uncharacteristic six-errors in the game, the Rebels still had a chance to win on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, the miscues prove to be too much as No. 8 Ole Miss (7-1) dropped its first game of the season to Memphis (5-3) by a score of 4-3.
The Rebels put a man on first with a lead-off walk in the ninth inning, but were unable to get him home to force the game into extra innings or continue the rally to claim the win.
Scott Weathersby (0-1) suffered the loss for the Rebels in his relief appearance, allowing one unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts. The right-hander pitched well, but three errors in the frame allowed the decisive run to come home.
Conner Porter (1-0) picked up the win in relief, working the seventh inning for the Tigers. He gave up a lead-off walk before allowing a sac bunt for the first out and retired the next two batters to keep the Rebels from taking the lead. He was the pitcher of record when his team took the lead in the eighth to grab the win.
"Not to take anything away from Memphis, they played very well tonight," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. "We played terrible, obviously, with six errors on the board. That's a big deal. It gave us no opportunity to win the game. (Matt) Denny did a great job. He came in with bases loaded, no outs jam. He gets a double play and gets out of it with one run.
"(Scott) Weathersby and (Tanner) Bailey were terrific," Bianco said. "It's hard to hide six errors. It's amazing, we almost got through it. Offensively, we weren't very good either. We weren't able to put innings together. We were aggressive and aggressiveness kind of hurt us a couple of times. We weren't able to execute. We have to do a better job in all phases."
Memphis took the early lead with a run in the second inning when Zach Willis drew a two-out walk with the bases loaded to put the Tigers on the board.
Ole Miss responded in the bottom of the frame with a two-out rally of its own. With two men on thanks to a hit batter and a walk Preston Overbey delivered an RBI single to right, followed by an RBI single to center from Lance Wilson to put the Rebels on top 2-1.
Memphis got out of the inning when Overbey was thrown out at home trying to score on the hit to shallow center.
The Tigers tied things up in the fourth when Ethan Gross grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. Denny, who had taken the mound to face Gross, then struck out Willis when the lineup flipped to end the inning tied at two.
Ole Miss moved back in front with a single run in the fifth on a double off the wall in right field from Auston Bousfield that scored Anderson, who reached on one of the Rebels' eight base on balls on the night.
The lead would be short-lived, however, as Memphis answered with a tying run in the sixth. The Tigers put two men on with a single and a catcher's interference call, and then used a sac bunt to push both men into scoring position. A groundout brought the run home before the Rebels would use a flyout to get out of the inning with the score locked at three.
Memphis then capitalized on a lead-off single and the three errors in the eighth inning to bring home what proved to be the game-winning run.
The Rebels will return to action on Wednesday afternoon, hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 4 p.m. at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field. Kids under 12 will be admitted for free and it will be $1 Hot Dog night at the ballpark.
Vandy Rallies to Defeat Arkansas State
NASHVILLE - No. 2 Vanderbilt used a four-run eighth inning to rally by Arkansas State for a 7-3 win Tuesday night at a windy and rainy Hawkins Field.
The Commodores (8-1) and Red Wolves (6-2) battled back and forth through the first seven and a half innings before the home team mounted a rally. Xavier Turner worked a walk off Arkansas State reliever Seth McWilliams to open the eighth inning and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Vince Conde. Tony Kemp put runners on the corners by showing off his speed and beating the pitcher to first base on a bunt for a base hit. The Dores dialed up more small ball with Jack Lupo dropping a bunt down the first base line to score Turner from third and take the lead for good. Lupo reached on an error and came around to score on Connor Harrell's two-run single to center field. Mike Yastrzemski capped the rally one batter later with a sacrifice fly to left-center field to push the VU lead to four runs.
Brian Miller (1-0) made quick work of the Red Wolves in the ninth; working a 1-2-3 inning to notch his first win of the season. Miller tossed 2.1 scoreless innings out of the pen striking out three to earn the Vandy bullpen's second win of the year. Walker Buehler turned in a solid start allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts. The freshman cruised through the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth and allowing three runs.
Mike Yastrzemski paced the Commodores' 11-hit attack with a season-best three hits. Harrell continued to drive in runs at a high pace with three more Tuesday night. The senior now has 17 RBI in the Dores' first nine games. Vince Conde, starting his second straight game at shortstop, led the offense early. Conde teed off on a pitch in the bottom of the third, sending it over the left field wall for his first home run of the season. In his next at-bat, he put Vanderbilt in front with a RBI-single. Zach George led the way for the Red Wolves going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the fifth. McWilliams (2-1) took the loss allowing one run on one hit in his 1.1 innings of work.
The Commodores stole seven more bases in the game to run the team total to 38 for the year. Yastrzemski swiped a career-best three bases and Kemp added two more steals to his total. Three Vanderbilt pitchers combined to strike out 13 Red Wolves marking the seventh time in the team's first nine games the hurlers have fanned at least nine batters.
Vanderbilt returns to action tomorrow with a game against Evansville. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Hawkins Field. The Commodores welcome Illinois-Chicago to town this weekend for a three-game series. Friday's game is set for 4 p.m., Saturday's at 2 p.m. and Sunday's game has been moved to a noon start due to the Flames' travel plans.
MSU Dominates Rhode Island to Remain Perfect
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The first seven Bulldog batters hit safely and scored in the first inning Tuesday as No. 5 Mississippi State (10-0) stayed unbeaten with a 13-2 win over Rhode Island on a chilly afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
State and Rhode Island (0-7) conclude their two-game midweek series Wednesday with a 4 p.m. contest.
Rams starting pitcher Milan Mantle (0-1) faced 10 Bulldog batters in the opening frame. C.T. Bradford, Alex Detz and Mitch Slauter began multi-hit plate performances with first-inning hits. Each finished the game with a double and a single. Detz drove in three runs, two on a first-inning double and Matthew Britton matched that on a 2-for-2 afternoon with a single and a double.
State starter Luis Pollorena allowed two runs on five hits over 4-1/3 innings of pitching. Freshman Myles Gentry followed Pollorena and retired the two batters he faced to close out the fifth. Senior Chad Girodo (2-0), the third of four Bulldog pitchers in the game, fanned six and blanked URI with one-hit pitching over three innings to earn the win. Rookie John Marc Shelly closed out Bulldog pitching with a scoreless ninth. State's bullpen has now allowed four earned runs in 40.2 innings
URI shortstop Tim Caputo went 3-for-4 and scored the first of the Rams' two runs during a four-hit URI burst in the third-inning burst.
Shepherd Dazzles Out of the Bullpen for UK in Win
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- All-America slugger A.J. Reed belted a three-run homer and right-hander Chandler Shepherd worked 5.2 two-hit innings of relief, leading No. 8 Kentucky to a 11-5 win over Murray State in the 2013 home opener, on Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Shepherd (1-0) dazzled in his longest career relief outing, working 5.2 innings with only two singles allowed and striking out a career-high six. The native of Louisa, Ky., dominated his way through the middle innings in relief of freshman Kyle Cody, who made his first career start. He came into the game with UK and the ‘Breds tied 4-4 in the third inning, with the Wildcats in a two-out, bases-loaded jam, escaping the frame and allowing only an unearned run in his outing.
Reed’s blast got the Wildcats off to a hot start, belting a three-run bomb in the bottom of the first inning, his second homer of the year. UK also got a multiple-hit game from junior shortstop Matt Reida, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Austin Cousino, Lucas Witt, J.T. Riddle, Greg Fettes and Micheal Thomas each added hits, with Riddle extending his team-long hitting streak to 10 games. Sophomore Max Kuhn went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and an RBI.
The lack of arid weather forced a delay of three hours in the home lidlifter, with Kentucky (6-1) emerging out of the delay with its sixth consecutive home win and its 14th consecutive home-opening win, dating back to 1999.
A 6-foot-7, 230-pound Wisconsin native, Cody worked 2.2 innings, allowing six hits and four runs – three earned – walking two and striking out two. Shepherd then chewed up valuable innings in the middle frames, before Zach Strecker took over in the ninth to get the final two outs of the game.
Murray State (4-4) starter Tim Vonder Haar (1-1) worked 2.2 innings, allowing six hits and five runs, walking two and striking out five. Brock Downey took over in the third inning working four strong innings, allowing only one hit and two walks, with three runs scoring, striking out three. Righty John Rafferty took over in the seventh, facing one hitter and allowing a single. Kyle Cornett and Tyler Saltsman also worked in relief for the ‘Breds.
UK will return to action on Wednesday, hosting Eastern Kentucky at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Network, live in Lexington on WWTF 1580-AM and online at UKathletics.com. UK will send freshman southpaw Ryne Combs (0-0, 3.00 ERA) to the mound to face Eastern Kentucky freshman right-hander Chris Cervantes (0-1, 10.38 ERA).
The Wildcats get on the board in the bottom of the first on a three-run bomb by Reed. Cousino led off the inning reaching base on a wild pitch and then advanced to second when Witt got plunked on the left arm. Reed then stepped into the box and smacked the first pitch he saw into the parking lot in rightfield.
Kentucky scored again in the second after Reida led off with a double, bouncing off the right-centerfield wall. Fettes then flared his first career home hit to shallow centerfield to advance Reida to third. After Cousino struck out, Witt grounded a ball past the third baseman and shortstop to score Reida and advance Fettes to second, tying the game at 4-4.
In the third the Wildcats tacked on another run, with Kuhn leading off the inning with a single on a line drive to leftfield. After McConkey struck out looking, Boehm came to the plate. While Boehm was at the dish, Kuhn stole second, putting a man in scoring position with one out. Boehm then drew a walk and Reida followed it up with a single up the middle to load the bases with one out. Fettes worked the count full, and then hit a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield, scoring Kuhn.
With Kentucky only up one run going into the bottom of the seventh, Riddle led off with a single up the middle. Kuhn followed up with a walk, and McConkey laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher advancing the runners to second and third. After a 1-4 fielder’s choice ground out off the bat of Boehm, Reida drew a full-count walk to load the bases. Thomas then pinch hit for Fettes and singled up the middle, scoring Riddle and Kuhn. Cousino continued the rally doubling to shallow leftfield, scoring Reida from second. With Thomas and Cousino on second and third, Witt drew a walk to load the bases for the second time in the frame. Reed and Riddle then were hit by pitches in consecutive at bats, scoring Thomas and Cousino. Kuhn knocked in the sixth run of the inning and 11th of the game bu singling to leftfield.
LSU Makes Quick Work of UL-Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, La. - Fourth-ranked LSU (7-1) won its first road game of the season Tuesday night, defeating Louisiana-Lafayette (7-2) by a score of 11-2 in front of a sellout crowd at Moore Field.
LSU, which defeated Southeastern Louisiana, 13-1, on Sunday has produced 24 runs on 33 hits in its last two outings.
"I'm extremely proud and encouraged by our team's performance, especially playing on the road for the first time this season," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "(LSU starter) Cody Glenn was magnificent on the mound, and he set the tone with an tremendous outing. I thought we were aggressive at the plate the entire night and demonstrated how productive we can be throughout the lineup. It was an excellent overall effort by our club in a challenging environment."
The Tigers came out swinging, scoring two runs when designated hitter Alex Edward produced an RBI grounde and first baseman Mason Katz scored on an ULL infield error.
The Tigers increased their lead to 5-0 with a three-run home run from freshman shortstop Alex Bregman, the first home run of his collegiate career. Bregman went on to finish 2-for-5 with four RBI.
A perfectly placed RBI bunt in the fourth inning from catcher Ty Ross increased the LSU lead to 6-0.
In the fifth inning the Tigers continued their success at the plate with a two-RBI triple from designated hitter Tyler Moore, who finished 3-for-4 with three runs batted in after pinch hitting for Edward in the fourth.
Glenn (1-0), a sophomore, left-hander, earned the win with a stellar performance on the mound, throwing seven shutout innings while allowing three hits and recording one strikeout.
Louisiana-Lafayette starter Kody Smith (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs in 2.1 innings.
LSU reliever Nick Rumbelow worked a scoreless eighth inning, giving up one hit in his season debut after fighting back from a pulled oblique muscle suffered earlier in the season.
Four-Run Fifth Inning Propels Bama to Win
Alabama used a four-run fifth inning and added another run in the seventh to defeat the Samford Bulldogs, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 7-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 5-5 overall.
The freshmen led another Crimson Tide comeback as relief pitcher Mitch Greer (1-0) earned his first career win, throwing 2.0 innings, allowing no runs and one hit with a walk and four strikeouts. Sophomore lefty Justin Kamplain threw the final 2.1 innings to earn his second save of the season. Kamplain allowed one hit, a solo home run in the eighth, walked one and struck out three. Samford reliever Andrew Gracia (0-2) took the loss after throwing 0.1 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits with a strikeout.
Freshman shortstop Mikey White was 3-for-5 with two runs scored to record his second multi-hit game of the year. Freshman second baseman Kyle Overstreet was 1-for-2 with a single two walks and two RBI, which came in the big four-run Alabama fifth. Senior catcher Brett Booth pitched in two walks and a run scored and junior first baseman Austen Smith had two singles, a walk and an RBI.
Sophomore left hander Taylor Guilbeau got the start for Alabama, giving the Tide 4.1 innings of work, while allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Samford starting pitcher Patrick Maronde also did not factor into the decision after throwing 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on four hits with six walks and a strikeout.
“I thought it was a real battle tonight. Samford was dynamite,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “The first four or five innings I thought [Taylor] Guilbeau threw the ball really well, but they did a good job of staying on some pitches and driving the ball the other way. I thought the key to the game was that we hung in there. Mikey White’s backhand play was really big to keep the game at 3-0.”
Guilbeau allowed runners on the corners in the first, but Booth gunned out a runner trying to steal second and Guilbeau struck out the next batter to get out of it. However, Samford broke through for a run in the second and added two more in the third to go up, 3-0.
The Tide responded in the fifth with a rally of their own, scoring four times against the Bulldogs. After a White single, sophomore right fielder Ben Moore hit a bloop single down the right field line to advance White to third. White scored on a throwing error by the catcher when Moore stole second. Another throwing error went the Tide’s way again on Roberts’ infield single to score Moore from second. Overstreet brought Booth and Roberts in on a two RBI single to give the Tide the lead, 4-3.
“The front part of the game we actually had better swings than we did later in the game when we hit some balls and scored some runs,” Gaspard said. “I thought our team hung in there and kept the game within striking distance and was solid defensively. We had a big inning in the fifth inning when we took the lead and just hung on from there.
The Tide added to their lead in the seventh inning, as Smith was able to leg out a bases-loaded infield single, putting Alabama up 5-3. Kamplain closed the door from there, allowing his only run of the night on a Bulldogs solo home run in the eighth.
Alabama will remain at home this weekend when it hosts the Tulane Green Wave, beginning on Friday night at 6:05 p.m. CT, from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 2:05 p.m. CT, and the series wraps up on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CT.
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Aggies Drop Demons in Mid-Week Win
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 30 Texas A&M Baseball squad posted a 9-5 win over Northwestern State in non-conference action on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park
The Aggies vanquished the Demons behind a 12-hit performance on offense. Mitchell Nau led the hit parade going 2-for-3 with one double and three RBI. Blake Allemand, Krey Bratsen and Daniel Mengden each notched two hits. Mikey Reynolds tallied three RBI, including knocking in the first two runs of the game.
A&M pounced on the Demons early with three runs in the home half of the second. Logan Taylor reached on an infield single to shortstop and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Charlie Curl. Allemand was hit by a pitch and JB Moss was issued a base on balls to load the bases. Reynolds bounced a Baltimore chop over the head of a leaping NSU third baseman for a two-run single. Bratsen was hit by a pitch to reload the bases and, after Mengden was retired on strikes for the second out of the inning, Nau hit a ball deep in the hole on the left side of the infield for an RBI single, staking A&M to a 3-0 lead.
Northwestern State (5-3) shaved a run off the lead in the top of the third. Will Watson led off the inning with a single to centerfield and the ball scooted passed Bratsen and went to the wall for a two-base error, putting Watson on third. Nick Purdy followed with a fly ball to centerfield, plating Watson on the sacrifice fly and cutting the lead to 3-1.
Texas A&M created separation with five runs in the bottom of the third. Taylor drew a walk and stole second base and Curl was hit by a pitch to chase NSU starter Zach Krebs from the game. With Steven Spann on in relief, Allemand reached on a bunt single to saturate the bases with Aggies. Reynolds sent a fly ball to rightfield to drive in Taylor. Curl and Allemand pulled off the double steal to put both runners in scoring position. Bratsen legged out a single on a grounder to short, knocking in Curl. Bratsen stole second and Mengden continued the cavalcade of runs with a single up the middle to drive in two runs for the 7-1 lead. Nau capped off the scoring with a ground-rule double over the fence in left centerfield, pushing Mengden across.
Northwestern State trimmed the lead to 8-2 in the top of the seventh. Nathan Lyons singled up the middle and Cort Brinson was hit by a pitch to start the inning. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position and Toby Cornejo bounced a grounder to short to score Lyons. After Garrett Killgore walked to put runners on the corners, AJ Minter came in to relieve A&M starter Corey Ray and struck out two batters to end the frame.
The Demons conjured up more trouble in the eighth inning. With Gandy Stubblefield on in relief, Matt Baca drew a walk, Edwin Gomez was hit by a pitch and Todd Wallace singled through the left side to load the bases. After Zach Brashear came out of the bullpen to replace Stubblefield, Lyons singled to rightfield to drive in Zack Costa, who was pinch-running for Baca, and Gomez. Brinson cut the lead to 8-5 with a single through the left side, but Lyons was thrown out at third for the first out of the inning. Brashear retired the next two batters with a groundout and lineout to quell the rally.
Texas A&M tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Bratsen led off the frame with a bunt single, stole second base and moved to third on a balk. With one out, Nau drove a fly ball to centerfield for the sac fly and the 9-5 lead.
Aggie closer Jason Jester allowed a double to the wall by Watson and issued a walk to Purdy to start the ninth, but a fly out and two strikeouts ended the contest.
Watson led all batters with three hits, going 3-for-5 with one run and two doubles. Lyons went 2-for-3 with one run and two RBI. Brinson was 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Ray (2-0) earned the win for the Aggies, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits, three walks and two hit batsmen while striking out four over 6.1 innings.
Krebs (1-2) was saddled with the loss, pitching 2.0 innings plus two batters in the third frame. He yielded five runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out one.
The Aggies and Demons return to action on Wednesday for a matinee at Blue Bell Park. First pitch is slated for 3:05 pm.
Gators Lose Fourth Straight
Senior Corey Bass delivered a one-out double to center field in the 10th inning that scored junior Alex Bacon with the eventual winning run as North Florida (6-2) dealt Florida (3-6) a 7-6 loss on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. The Gators had tied the game in the ninth with a pair of runs to force extra innings.
Bacon began the 10th with an infield single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by freshman Kyle Brooks. Sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) (1-1) was called for a balk that pushed Bacon to third and Bass followed with a double to move the Ospreys in front. Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) came in and plunked senior Joe Wielbruda (2-for-4) and had sophomore Drew Weeks fly out. After a wild pitch advanced both runners, Magliozzi struck out junior Tyler Marincov (2-for-5, two runs) to hold UF’s deficit at a run.
In the home part of the inning, sophomore pinch hitter Connor Mitchell (Tampa, Fla.) reached on a throwing error by Weilbruda to begin the frame. Freshman Corbin Olmsted moved from first base to the mound for sophomore Evan Incinelli (2-0) and Gator freshman Brady Roberson (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) sacrificed Mitchell into scoring position with a bunt. Olmstead struck out freshman pinch hitter Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) for the second out and then issued a walk to freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) on a full count. Olmstead notched his first save by having sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) fly out to center field, handing Florida its fifth loss in a row.
“I’m just a little disappointed,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “This is not a time to panic or start pointing fingers; we just have to play better. It’s like we’re playing back on our heels a little bit, and that’s what’s disappointing. We spent a lot of time the last few days talking about that issue and we just have to play a little bit better. We’re just not playing very well and we need to get it going. We have to learn from our mistakes. We have to move on. We’re going to coach them up and be ready to play Miami.”
The Ospreys threatened in the second by putting two runners in scoring position, but were kept off the board by junior Keenan Kish (Worcester, Pa.). Freshman Donnie Dewees drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a grounder by senior Paul Karmeris (2-for-5, three RBI). Kish struck out Bacon for the second out and Brooks reached on a fielding error by redshirt sophomore third baseman Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) for runners on the corners. After Brooks stole second base, Kish responded by having Bass fly out to center field.
In the home part of the inning, senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) was hit by junior David Trexler with one down and freshman Christian Dicks (Jacksonville, Fla.) (2-for-4) followed with a single into right field for his first career hit. Trexler worked out of trouble by striking out Roberson and having senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach. Fla.) fly out to center field.
UNF opened the scoring in the third inning on a two-run, bases-loaded single by Dewees and an RBI grounder by Karmeris. Wielbruda started the frame with a base-hit into right field and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Following a hit-by-pitch to Weeks, Kish (2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R) was replaced by freshman Mike Vinson (Miami, Fla.). The right-hander caught Marincov looking on strikes but then issued a walk to Olmstead that loaded the bases with one down. Dewees singled up the middle to score Wielbruda and Weeks and Vinson was called for a balk to advance the runners. Karmeris’ grounder to second provided the Ospreys with a 3-0 lead as Olmstead scored.
The Gators countered with three runs in the fourth inning, as Ramjit delivered a sacrifice fly to left field and Roberson punched a game-tying, two-run single into right field. Powers and sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (2-for-4) began the stanza with back-to-back singles and Ramjit’s team-leading fourth sacrifice fly put the hosts on the board. Dicks roped a double into right field to advance Gushue to third and Roberson drove in his teammates with a single just inside of the right-field line. Senior Tommy Organ took over for Trexler (3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R) and struck out freshman pinch hitter Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) before Martin raised his hitting streak to seven games with a two-out single into left field. Organ had Turgeon ground out to end the inning.
Karmeris provided UNF with a 4-3 lead in the fifth on a two-out RBI double. Marincov and Olmstead had consecutive one-out singles to prompt a pitching change, as freshman Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.) came in for Vinson (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 K). A fielder’s choice by Dewees forced Olmstead at second and left the Ospreys with runners on the corners. Karmeris came through with a two-bagger into right field to score Marincov and freshman Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) came in for Danciu. The righty had Bacon fly out to strand a couple of runners in scoring position.
Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (3-for-5) began the home part of the inning with his second hit of the night with a bunt single but was picked off. After Powers drew a walk, Gushue singled down the line in left field for Gators on first and third. Organ kept the Ospreys in front on a pop-out by Ramjit and a strikeout by Dicks.
A bloop single with two down in the sixth by Turgeon scored Bader to even the contest at 4-4. Bader reached on an error by Brooks at shortstop and came home on Turgeon’s base-knock into right center field. Junior Ryan McMahon replaced Organ (2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER) and had Shafer fly out to center field to keep the game tied.
The Ospreys reclaimed the lead with two runs on three hits in the seventh to seize a 6-4 advantage. Weeks led off with a triple to the gap in right center field off Harris and Marincov followed with a double into left center field. A fly-out by Olmstead advanced Marincov to third base and Harris retired Dewees on an infield fly. Karmeris gave UNF a two-run margin with a base-hit up the middle for his third RBI of the night.
With the Gators trailing by two runs in their final at bat, Turgeon led off with a single into left center and Shafer followed with a double down the left-field line for two runners in scoring position. Sophomore Jamie Cardwell replaced McMahon (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R) and yielded a grounder by Powers that closed the gap to 6-5. Gushue then tied the game with his first sacrifice fly of the season to center field. After a two-out walk to Ramjit, Incinelli relieved Cardwell (0.2 IP) and Ramjit was caught stealing with redshirt freshman Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) pinch-hitting to provide the fans with free baseball.
The Gators will host No. 21 Miami (8-0) in a three-game series starting on Friday night .The series opener can be seen live on Sun Sports 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.