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    SEC Friday Night Baseball Central

    sec friday baseball Results
    Tulane 4,  Alabama 0
    Miami 3,  Florida 2
    South Carolina 6,  Clemson 0
    Gonzaga 3,  Arkansas 0
    Georgia 14,  UAB 2
    Mississippi State 12,  St. Joseph's 0
    Vanderbilt 9,  Illinois-Chicago 0
    Ole Miss 11,  Florida International 9
    Notre Dame 3,  Tennessee 2
    Kentucky 21,  Akron 2
    Eastern Illinois 11,  Auburn 10
    LSU 4,  Brown 3

     

    Alabama Baseball Opens Series against Tulane with 4-0 Loss

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Tulane starting pitcher Tony Rizzotti (2-1) threw seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts to lead the Tulane Green Wave to a 4-0 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday night from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the loss, Alabama drops to 7-2 on the season and Tulane gets back to .500 on the year with a 5-5 mark.

    "Overall, their starter and reliever did a really good job of pounding the strike zone with the fastball,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “On our end, offensively, we really never got anything going and I thought we were very passive tonight at the plate. I know their kid is good, but we should have been more aggressive on the fastball. We have to create more opportunities for ourselves offensively. We really just didn't have that many quality at-bats tonight. We were down two strikes almost every hitter and every inning ... credit to their guys.”

    Alabama starter Charley Sullivan (0-1) was charged with the loss, despite having a career-high 12 strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Sullivan allowed four runs on 10 hits and walked a batter. Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore and senior catcher Brett Booth both contributed multi-hit nights with two hits apiece, junior first baseman Austen Smith pitched in a base hit and freshman Georgie Salem drew a walk, stretching his reaching base streak to a team-high nine games.

    For Tulane, shortstop Brennan Middleton was 4-for-5 with two RBI and Brandon Boudreaux and Cameron Burns added two hits each. Ian Gibaut threw the final two inning for Tulane, allowing no hits or runs with two strikeouts.

    It was a pitchers’ duel early, as both Sullivan and the Rizzotti kept the opponent off the board for the first two innings, but Tulane got to Sullivan in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.

    A wild pitch on Sullivan’s third strikeout of the fourth inning allowed Tulane to reach base to stay alive in the inning. The Green Wave took advantage with a two-RBI single on the next at-bat to stretch their lead to 4-0.

    “They had the big inning there in the fourth, which was all created with two outs,” Gaspard said. “I just thought our game today wasn't sharp, we were just a little off and never got going in any area tonight. We had a lot of strike outs, and the numbers looked ok, but the overall performance was not very sharp on our end."

    Freshman right Keaton Haack had a career-high four strikeouts in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief for the Tide, but the Tulane bullpen kept the Tide in check to complete the combined shutout.
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    Miami Nips Florida, 3-2, To Take Series Opener

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Freshman David Thompson (2-for-5) delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle in the ninth inning that brought home senior Chantz Mack (2-for-3) with the winning run as No. 21 Miami (10-0), edged Florida (3-7), 3-2, on Friday night at McKethan Stadium in the opener of the Sunshine State rivals’ weekend set. The victory ended an 11-game losing streak in the series for the Hurricanes after the Gators had tied the game with a pair of runs in the eighth.

    With the teams deadlocked at 2-2 entering the ninth, UF freshman right-hander Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) (0-1) struck out junior Tyler Palmer and junior Alex Hernandez. Mack halted a stretch of eight consecutive Hurricanes set down by the rookie with a single into right field and then moved into scoring position with his first stolen base of the season. Thompson broke the stalemate by slicing a 2-2 pitch into center field to put Miami back on top.

    “I thought [Jay] Carmichael was throwing the ball well and whether or not we were going to go to Mags [Johnny Magliozzi] there, but I wanted to see if we could get a lead,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “There wasn’t a point in time where I thought he [Carmichael] was in trouble. I thought we played really good defense tonight. Once again, we need a big hit and we haven’t been able to get one. There are three things that stick out in my mind throughout the course of the game: bases loaded in the first, we had a 2-0 count, we take [the pitch] and we don’t swing when we’ve been dying to get a hit – we don’t cut the barrel loose. Next thing you know, it’s 2-2 and we fly out to right. He’s [Chris Diaz] not going to walk you there; he’s a Friday night starter for a reason.”

    Junior AJ Salcines worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to collect his second save and secure the victory for senior Eric Nedeljkovic (2-0). The triumph was the first for UM over the Gators since March 6, 2010, in Coral Gables (9-6). Senior Alex San Juan (2-for-4) had opened the scoring in the fourth with a two-run homer and Hurricane sophomore southpaw Chris Diaz tossed seven shutout innings but was not involved in the decision.

    Miami threatened in the first inning against junior Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.), as Palmer led off the game with a double down the right-field line and Mack drew a one-out walk. However, the righty had Thompson ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

    The Gators mounted a two-out rally in the home part of the frame, as sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (3-for-4) singled to extend his hitting streak to a career-high eight games, redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) had a base-hit into left field and sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) drew a walk. Diaz kept the game scoreless by having senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) fly out to right field.

    Crawford retired the first two batters of the second inning before San Juan’s liner into center field was ruled a hit instead of a catch by freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.). Junior Drew Carey earned a free pass and freshman Brandon Lopez (3-for-4) singled into left field to fill the bags with two down for the Hurricanes. Crawford had a grounder by Palmer force Lopez at second base to end the frame.

    San Juan provided Miami with a 2-0 lead in the fourth with his first career homer. Junior Brad Fieger had opened the frame with a double to left field and San Juan connected on a big fly to left field with one down to break the ice.

    Mack was hit by a pitch to start the fifth and Thompson followed with a single into left field. A sacrifice bunt attempt by Fieger resulted in Mack being thrown out at third base and Crawford kept the Gators’ deficit at two runs by striking out senior Michael Broad and having San Juan pop up to freshman shortstop Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.).  

    Lopez had a one-out single in the sixth but a fly-out by Palmer resulted in a double play when redshirt freshman right fielder Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) threw to Ramjit covering first base.

    After Gushue began the home part of the inning with a base-hit, Diaz had Ramjit hit into a 5-4-3 double play and Bader reached on a throwing error by Lopez. Diaz had a grounder by sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) force Bader at second base to complete the inning.

    Junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) replaced Crawford (season-high 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R) prior to the seventh and hit junior Alex Hernandez to start things off. Mack punched a single into right field and Carmichael took over for Gibson. The rookie struck out Thompson, had Fieger fly out to left field and induced an inning-ending grounder by Broad that preserved the 2-0 score.

    “I’m really pleased,” O’Sullivan said of Crawford’s outing tonight. “If he can go out there and give us six innings of two-run ball, I feel really good about it. I thought he threw the ball really well. He threw big pitches when he needed to.”

    Martin raised his hitting streak to seven games with a one-out single into left field in the bottom of the seventh. However, Diaz had Turgeon fly out and Shafer line out to end the stanza.

    Following seven shutout innings by Diaz in which he scattered eight singles, the Gators battled back with two runs to tie the game. Junior Bryan Radziewski took over on the mound and issued a leadoff walk to Powers. A passed ball by San Juan enabled Powers to move into scoring position and Radziewski struck out Gushue. Ramjit cut the deficit in half with an RBI single into left field and went to second base on the relay throw to the plate. Radziewski had Bader fly out to left field for the second out and Nedeljkovic was summoned from the bullpen. On the ninth pitch of freshman pinch hitter Christian Dicks’ (Jacksonville, Fla.) at bat, the reliever induced a pop-up that Lopez dropped, enabling Ramjit to come home with the tying run.

    Miami held an 11-9 advantage in hits and the Gators did not commit any errors for the fourth time in the last five games. Led by Shafer’s second three-hit output in a row, seven different Florida players chipped in with at least one hit.

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    GAMECOCKS OPEN SERIES WITH 6-0 WIN AT CLEMSON

    Columbia, S.C. – Sophomore left-hander Jordan Montgomery did not allow a batter to reach third base in eight scoreless innings of work and set a career-high with nine strikeouts as he combined with senior left-hander Tyler Webb for a three-hit shutout as seventh ranked South Carolina defeated Clemson 6-0 on Friday evening at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  The Gamecocks improve to 7-1 on the year while the loss drops Clemson to 5-3 for the season.

    The series shifts to Greenville, S.C. and the Reedy River Rivalry contest for game two.  First pitch on Saturday is set for 2:15 p.m.  Saturday's game at Fluor Field will be televised on six TV networks in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia as well as ESPN3. TV affiliates televising the game are as follows: WMYA-TV (MyNet) Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, WTAT-TV (Fox) Charleston, WFXB-TV (Fox) Myrtle Beach/Florence, WJCL-TV (Fox) Savannah & (MeTV) Augusta, MeTV WOLO.4 (MeTV) Columbia. For Columbia residents, Me-TV is available over the air on Channel 25.4 and Time Warner Cable channel 106. It is not available on U-Verse, DIRECTV or DISH Network.  It can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM, “The Game.”  Game three of the series is Sunday at Carolina Stadium with first pitch at 3 p.m.

    Montgomery was outstanding as he tied a career-high for innings pitched with eight innings of work.  The last time he went eight innings was last year in a 2-0 win vs. Arkansas at the College World Series.  Similar to that outing, he was in command the entire night with nine strikeouts and just two walks and three hits allowed.  Montgomery improves to 3-0 on the year.  Tyler Webb struck out the side for a perfect ninth inning to seal the Carolina victory.  Clemson starter Daniel Gossett suffered the loss and is 1-1 on the year.  He allowed four runs, one earned, on three hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

    “We played a clean game,” said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook.  “Jordan Montgomery was the story of the game.  Incredible performance by him.”

    Scoreless through the first four innings, South Carolina broke ahead 1-0 in the top of the fifth.  Designated hitter Brison Celek led off with a base hit to right field followed by a single to left field off the bat of Grayson Greiner.  With pinch runner Shon Carson into the game for Celek, the Gamecocks moved the runners over on a sacrifice bunt from TJ Costen.  Carson would then show off his speed to score the first run of the game.  Tanner English knocked a ground ball to Clemson shortstop Tyler Krieger as the Tigers had the infield drawn in.  Krieger threw to first to nab English for the second out of the inning.  After Krieger’s throw, Carson rushed home and despite an accurate throw by first baseman Jon McGibbon, slid underneath the tag of catcher Garrett Boulware for the first run of the game.

    That lead increased to 4-0 in the seventh inning.  A one-out dropped fly ball by left fielder Shane Kennedy put TJ Costen on second base for the Gamecocks.  With a runner in scoring position, the Gamecocks took advantage of the Clemson error as English and Graham Saiko each walked to load the bases.  With Gossett out and left-hander Joseph Moorefield into the game, Chase Vergason went to battle and in a seven-pitch at bat drew a walk scoring Costen.  Max Schrock followed with another great at bat and with a 3-2 count lifted a sacrifice fly to center scoring English.  Carolina completed the scoring in the frame with a two-out RBI single courtesy of LB Dantzler.

    Carolina added two more runs in the top of the eighth inning.  With runners on first and second and one out, English dropped down a sacrifice bunt.  With speed down the line, reliever Clay Bates hurried a throwing error to first base and allowed Greiner to score.  TJ Costen would then score his second run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Saiko to center field.

    South Carolina had five different players tally hits with three different Clemson players accounting for their hits in the contest.  Saiko reached base three times with a single and two walks in five plate appearances.  Carolina had five strikeouts to six walks at the plate. The top four players in Clemson’s batting order combined for nine of the 12 Clemson strikeouts. 
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    Arkansas shut out by Gonzaga, 3-0

    SURPRISE, Ariz. – Gonzaga starting pitcher Marco Gonzales scattered eight hits in a complete game shutout as the Bulldogs defeated No. 2 Arkansas, 3-0, on Friday afternoon at the Surprise Recreation Complex.

    The Razorbacks drop to 7-3 on the season with the loss, while the Bulldogs improve to 5-4 with the win.

    Gonzales (2-1) was excellent on the mound for the Bulldogs, allowing eight hits and striking out nine en route to a complete game shutout.

    Arkansas starter Barrett Astin (1-1) also pitched well, but took the loss. Astin allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and struck out two in 5.1 innings. Arkansas reliever Brandon Moore tossed 3.1 shutout innings, while Trent Daniel retired the only batter he faced out of the bullpen.

    Brian Anderson, Brett McAfee and Tyler Spoon each had two hits to lead Arkansas at the plate. Spoon extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his two hits. Isaac Hellbusch and Joe Serrano also had a hit in the loss.

    Cory Lebrun and Billy Moon each had two hits and a RBI to lead the Bulldogs at the plate. Clayton Eslick and Zach Abbruzza each added a hit and a run scored.

    Arkansas had the first scoring chance of the game in the bottom of the second. With one out, Anderson tripled to the wall in right-center field. Jacob Morris then laid down a safety squeeze bunt on the right side of the infield. Anderson appeared to beat the slide in ahead of the tag at the plate, but he was called out by the home plate umpire for the second out of the inning. After Morris stole second, Jake Wise struck out looking to end the threat.

    Gonzaga scored the only three runs of the game in the top of the sixth. With one out, Eslick and Abbruzza hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. Lebrun then lined a single to the gap in left-center field to score Eslick with the game’s first run. A base hit to right by Travis Forbes and a fielding error by Spoon in right field allowed Abbruzza to score and advanced Lebrun to third. Moon drove home the third run of the inning on a fielder’s choice groundout to second base.

    Arkansas was able to get a runner on in each of the final three innings of the game, but were unable to put together any run-scoring rallies as Gonzaga held on for the 3-0 win.
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    Georgia Wins Big Over UAB

    ATHENS----Georgia erupted for a season high 21 hits in a 14-2 win over UAB Friday at Foley Field.
        
    The Bulldogs (3-6) bats came alive early on a chilly night including a school record-tying three triples. Senior Kyle Farmer paced the attack with a career-high five-hit game while sophomore Hunter Cole went 3-for-6 with 4 RBI.   The first four hitters in the Bulldog lineup combined to go 14-for-21.

    “We swung the bats well, and any time you can only use two guys on the mound on Friday, that sets you up for the rest of the weekend,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “We’ve been pretty good on Fridays, now we have to continue that the next two days. I’m encouraged with how we played tonight.”

    In the first, Georgia tallied four runs on four hits highlighted by sophomore Jared Walsh’s first career triple, which scored two.   UAB starting pitcher Tanner Bryant also struggled with control issues in the first, he hit a batter and had two wild pitches, one of which allowed Farmer to score. Bryant entered the game with a 0.93 ERA in two starts.

    In the second, UAB (4-5) scored a run off freshman starter Sean McLaughlin. In the third, the Blazers and Bulldogs traded runs to put the score at 5-2.  Georgia’s run came on a single by freshman Cody Sheedy, his first career RBI.

    Sophomore Bulldog Nelson Ward led off the fourth with a triple into the right field corner, next a run scoring single by senior third baseman Curt Powell chased Bryant.  Bryant gave up 10 hits and seven earned runs.  He picked up his first loss of the season and is now 1-1.  UAB right-hander Cory Eller came on in relief, the first batter he faced, Farmer, knocked a double into left field, Cole followed with an RBI infield single, which stretched the Georgia lead to five.

    In the sixth, Georgia tacked on three more runs, two of them came when Cole smacked a triple to the right-center gap.  This was the Bulldogs’ third triple of the game, and first time since a 2006 game against Florida that they did that. The triple also gave Cole four RBI on the night, which tied his career high.

    In the eighth the Bulldogs added four more runs to extend the lead to 14-2.   One run was knocked in by freshman Morgan Bunting, his first career hit and RBI.

    Not only did Georgia’s bats shine Friday night as McLaughlin (2-0) also had a strong performance.  He went five innings, while only allowing one earned run. Senior Blake Dieterich picked up a save with four scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts.
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    MSU BASEBALL BLANKS ST. JOSEPH’S TO MOVE TO 12-0

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State sophomore left-hander Jacob Lindgren threw seven innings of shut out baseball as the Bulldogs knocked off St. Joseph’s 10-0 on a bitterly cold Friday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

    The Bulldogs improved to 12-0 on their 19-game season-opening homestand. MSU pitching threw its third shutout of the season and has allowed one or zero runs in seven of the 12 wins

    “Jacob was outstanding today,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “On a day like this, you are battling the ailments, moreso than the opponent. That is not to discredit St. Joseph’s. But it was just a miserable day to play a ballgame.

    “Jacob would have beaten a lot of teams today, maybe even a big-team or two.”

    Lindgren (2-0) set new career highs with seven innings pitched and 13 strikeouts. While throwing 89 pitches, the Bay St. Louis native faced two batters past the minimum and allowed one hit. John Marc Shelly threw two innings of two-hit relief to finish the shutout.

    Offensively, the Bulldogs took control with a pair of runs in the second inning, added a single score in the third inning and expanded the lead with three runs in the fifth inning and four runs in the sixth inning.

    Wes Rea and Tyler Fullerton began the second inning with a pair of hits. Fullerton drove home Rea with his hit, while a double by Demarcus Henderson plated Fullerton.

    An RBI-single by C.T. Bradford upped the lead to 3-0 in the third inning.

    In the fifth inning, a walk and infield error opened the door for the Bulldogs. Adam Frazier followed with a hit. Mitch Slauter had a sacrifice-fly, prior to a two-run double by Alex Detz.

    Frazier again had the big blow an inning later with his Southeastern Conference best fourth triple of the year, driving in three runs.

    “One of our biggest issues this season has been situational hitting,” Cohen said. “It hasn’t been bad, but it hasn’t been great. I thought we did a really good job of that today and had some great at-bats.”

    Henderson finished with three of MSU’s 12 hits. Frazier, Bradford and Rea each had multiple hits.

    Starting pitcher Jack Stover (0-1) was chased in the fifth inning, after allowing seven hits and six runs (three earned) for St. Joseph’s (2-5).
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    Ziomek dominates UIC in Vandy shutout win
     
    Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt starter Kevin Ziomek did not mind the wintry mix that was falling at Hawkins Field on Friday afternoon striking out a career-best 15 batters in a complete game 9-0 win over Illinois-Chicago.
     
    The Commodores’ (10-1) hurler was never really threatened in his first career complete game. Only two Flames (3-4) reached scoring position and none reached third base as the left-hander steam rolled through the lineup striking out at least one batter in all but one inning and multiple batters in six of his nine innings. Ziomek allowed a single in the second but only one base runner after the second, retiring 12 in a row at one point and the final 10 he faced. Back out for the ninth with already a career-best 13 strikeouts, the junior induced a weak grounder back to the mound before punching out the final two batters to run his total to 15 for the night and become the first Commodore since Sonny Gray to strike out 15 in a game. Gray struck out 15 against Brown in March of 2011. The complete game shutout is the first for the Dores this season and first since T.J. Pecoraro shut out Ole Miss last May.
     
    Tony Kemp’s single in the fifth broke up a scoreless game and gave Ziomek the only run he would need. Kemp pulled a ball through the right side to knock in Rhett Wiseman, who reached on a one-out double, from second base. The Dores blew the game open in the sixth with three runs without a hit before tacking on five in the eighth. Jack Lupo started the final rally by reaching on an error and scoring on Connor Harrell’s double. Harrell now has 22 RBI on the year. Vince Conde capped the rally with a two-run homer over the left field wall to give him a home run in each of the three games this week. Wiseman and Kemp paced the VU offense with two hits apiece with Kemp driving in two runs.
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    OLE MISS DOWNS FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 11-9 IN SERIES OPENER

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Fla. – Austin Anderson went 4-for-5 to help pace a Rebel offense that needed each one of its 16 hits on the night as No. 8 Ole Miss (9-1) defeated Florida International (7-3) by a score of 11-9 Friday night in the series opener.

    Anderson drove in three runs and scored two, while Stuart Turner also came up big with a 3-for-5 night with three RBI. Eight Rebels notched hits on the night, including multiple-hit outings from four players.

    Bobby Wahl (3-0) picked up the win, allowing four runs on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts through 5.1 innings of work. Brett Huber picked up his fourth save of the season, closing out the ninth inning after coming into the game with a three-run lead and following a solo home run to open the inning.

    Michael Ellis (1-1) suffered the loss for Florida International, allowing eight runs on eight hits with four walks and seven strikeouts through 6.0 innings of work.

    “One of the good things about tonight was we kept scoring throughout the game,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “It can be very deflating to team to put together a rally and then have your opponent continue to answer with another score. We kept doing that tonight and it was important for us in getting the win.”

    Ole Miss got out to an early lead on the Panthers with a pair of runs in the first inning. Tanner Mathis started things off with a walk before Austin Anderson singled to right field. Mathis advanced to third on the play, then scored when the throw from the right fielder sailed high over third. Anderson took second on the throw. Anderson scored two batters later when Stuart Turner doubled down the left field line to give the Rebels the 2-0 lead.

    The Panthers then ended the Ole Miss rally with a pair of strikeouts.

    Florida International answered in the bottom half of the inning, using a single and a walk to put two men on base before Edwin Rios would single to left and score lead-off hitter Julius Gaines. The Rebels then snagged a fly out and turned a double play on a grounder to third to get out of the inning with the one-run lead.

    The Rebels added three more runs in the second inning, pushing the lead out to 5-1. Will Jamison and Preston Overbey both reached then advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Mathis then hit a grounder to first where the fielder scooped and threw home, allowing Mathis to reach as Jamison slid in under the tag to score. Overbey came home on a sac fly from Anderson for the second run of the inning.

    Auston Bousfield singled to right to move Mathis to third before a wild pitch brought the Rebel lead-off hitter home to give Ole Miss the four-run lead.

    The Panthers again answered in the bottom half of the frame, using three-straight two-out singles to get a run home. A fourth single loaded the bases before a hit batter brought the second run of the inning home. Wahl then got a foul fly to third to end the inning with Ole Miss still on top 5-3.

    Turner delivered another big hit for the Rebels in the fourth inning, coming up with a two-out single to right to drive in two runs and put Ole Miss up 7-3.

    FIU got a run back in the bottom of the fifth when Rios sent one over the wall in right field to cut the Rebel lead to 7-4.

    Ole Miss added a single run in the sixth inning on an RBI single from Sikes Orvis that drove in Turner before putting a ninth run across the plate in the eighth when Will Allen delivered a sac fly to right field to score Bousfield and put the Rebels on top 9-4.

    The Panthers cut into that lead with one swing in the eighth as Josh Anderson belted a three-run, two-out shot over the wall in left center to trim the lead to 9-7. Zach Sweety and Rios scored on the play after reaching on a walk and a single to spark the two-out rally.

    Anderson came through again for the Rebels in the ninth, hitting a two-out fly ball to shallow right field that dropped in and scored Mistone and Jamison. Mistone singled and Jamison walked to reach before advancing on a ground ball to second from Mathis. The Anderson hit put Ole Miss on top 11-7.

    Florida International continued to cut into the lead in the bottom of the ninth, using a pair of solo home runs to cut the lead to 11-9. Ole Miss was able to close things out, though, and hang on for the win with a pair of groundouts following the second home run in the inning.
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    NOTRE DAME OUTLASTS TENNESSEE, 3-2, IN 12 INNINGS

    CARY, N.C. - Tennessee senior Zack Godley fired a career-high 8.1 innings but it wasn't enough as No. 22 Notre Dame outlasted the Vols, 3-2, in 12 innings at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., on Friday night.

    Ryan Bull ended the game and gave the Fighting Irish the win in the bottom of the 12th with a walk-off single to right after a leadoff base hit and a walk opened the frame.

    "Tough loss, but I'm kind of getting a little tired of saying that," UT head coach Dave Serrano said. "Coaching-staff wise, player-wise, we have to figure out how to win games. We continue to do a lot of things that don't allow us to be successful. I thought Zack [Godley] did pitch well. The difference in the game was that later in the game they executed pitches down that made us not look good at the plate and we left some balls up in some big situations to allow them to score some runs.

    "We are nine games in now and there are no excuses that we are still green. We have been through some battles and some tough games and we need to start learning how to win these games. I will take full credit for why we are not doing that because this team is not prepared to start winning these games and that bothers me to say that. We have to come ready to play [tomorrow]. We have to get a mindset to get tougher. We need to become mentally tougher and we need to become relentless in everything we do. I will continue to demand that because losing can become contagious and I don't like the feeling right now."

    Godley allowed just two runs, one earned, while scattering eight hits and striking out four during his 8.1 innings on the mound. His effort was aided by the UT defense, which turned three double plays during his time on the mound, matching its season total for twin-killings entering the contest.

    Notre Dame closer Dan Slania retired all 10 Vols that he faced to pick up his first win of the 2013 campaign. The loss was the Orange and White’s second in extra innings and fourth one-run defeat this season.

    Tennessee got the scoring started in the top of the second when Vincent Jackson recorded an RBI on a groundout to first after a walk, hit batter and an infield single loaded the bases.

    Notre Dame answered right back though with Blaise Lezynski tying the game with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the inning.

    From there, the starting pitchers for both teams took over with Godley and ND's Sean Fitzgerald both putting up zeroes over the next six frames before the Vols finally broke through again in the top of the ninth.

    With Fitzgerald out of the game, Jackson came through for UT once again, punching the first and only pitch from Christian Torres into left field for a leadoff single. Three batters later, Will Maddox roped a 2-1 pitch into the corner in right for an RBI single that gave Tennessee a 2-1 lead.

    The Big Orange would move within one out of the victory in the home half of the 10th after a big strikeout by freshman Drake Owenby with two on, but Lane Richards would tie the game on the very next pitch with a two-out single to left.

    UT relief pitcher Nick Williams would escape that jam and freshman Trevor Bettencourt did the same in the bottom of the 10th, working out of a one-out bases-loaded quandary with a strikeout and a groundout.

    Bettencourt did it again an inning later, getting another huge punchout and a flyball to right after the Fighting Irish put runners on second and third with just one out.

    Tennessee’s battle with fire would catch up to it the following frame as Bull brought the game to its end.
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    REED’S START, 4-HIT GAME LEADS NO. 8 BASEBALL TO 21-2 WIN

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Sophomore All-America A.J. Reed worked six innings and went 4-for-5 at the plate with a homer and five RBI, leading No. 8 Kentucky to a 21-2 rout of Akron in the series opener on Friday evening at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

    Kentucky (8-1) pounded out 18 hits, drew nine walks and was hit by two pitches en route to its highest scoring output since hanging 22 runs on Mississippi State in 2009 in Starkville, Miss. UK plated five runs in the first and then exploded for an 11-run inning in the second, adding a single run in the third and four in the fifth, before emptying the bench with a 21-0 lead.

    The Wildcats were led by Reed’s do-everything game, as the southpaw worked six innings and allowed only two runs. At dish, Reed equaled his career high with a 4-for-5 game with five RBI, belting his third homer of the year. He is hitting .378 (14-for-37) on the year with 16 RBI.

    “Overall, it was good to get some runs early and see A.J. (Reed) pitch better than he has in his last two outings,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said postgame. “It was really nice to see some of our guys get on track offensively, as well as allowing Jeff Boehm and Tyler Cox to throw a couple of innings.”

    UK’s explosive offensive attack was led by Reed’s four hits and five RBI, with junior third baseman Paul McConkey going 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBI, adding a triple and a double. All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino – who has now reached base safely in 67 of his 71 career games – went 3-for-3 with a team-high four runs scored, two walks and an RBI.

    “Everyone was seeing the ball well and starting off hot in the early innings really helped,” Cousino said. “It was great for our offense to get back in rhythm.”

    Junior second baseman J.T. Riddle continued his torrid pace to the year, extending his hitting streak to 12 games with a 2-for-4 day, adding a pair of walks and RBI, stealing his third bag. The Frankfort, Ky., native has come to the plate 47 times this season and has reached base safely 29 times (62-percent). Riddle leads the team with a .526 average (20-for-38) with 14 runs, three doubles, one triple, one homer and 10 RBI.

    The Wildcats also got multiple-hit games from Max Kuhn, who went 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBI, and shortstop Matt Reida, who set a new career high with three runs scored in a 2-for-3 game with a walk. Lucas Witt, Micheal Thomas and Zac Zellers each added hits, with Thomas drawing a walk and Zellers driving in two runs and scoring twice.

    Reed (2-1) worked six innings, allowing six hits and two runs, walking two and striking out four. It marked Reed’s first quality start of the year and the third of his two-year UK career. Sophomore lefty Jeff Boehm then worked two shutout innings, before freshman righty Tyler Cox took over to finish the game with a shutout ninth.

    “A.J.’s performance on the mound was better than it has been,” Henderson said. “It hasn’t been bad, but it hasn’t been as good as he is going to be. It was a real step forward with his velocity, command and his secondary command. All of it was good. Obviously, his at bats were outstanding and he seems to be seeing it really well.”

    “I felt pretty good on the mound today,” Reed said. “I was just trying to throw strikes, keep the ball down and make my pitches, which I did for the most part. I was seeing the ball well today at the plate, and I just did what I could to try to get some hits.”

    Akron (0-7) starter Jon Pusateri (0-3) worked an inning, allowing seven hits and nine runs, walking one and striking out one. Michael Steensen, Pay Dyer, Joe Cochran and Joe Vazquez worked in relief, with Cochran saving the bullpen with three shutout innings over the fifth, sixth and seventh.

    UK will return to action on Saturday, hosting the Zips at 1 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with the Voice of UK baseball, Neil Price, calling the action. Fans in Lexington can hear the game live on WWTF 1580-AM and online at UKathletics.com. UK will send senior southpaw Jerad Grundy (2-0, 0.69 ERA) to the mound to face off with Akron freshman southpaw John Valek (0-1, 5.87 ERA).

    The Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom half of the first, with Cousino sparking the rally with an infield single to the shortstop. Zellers stood in and was hit by a pitch to give Kentucky runners on first and second for Reed. The sophomore grounded out to the right side but enabled Cousino and Zellers to advance to second and third. A wild pitch ball four brought Cousino in from third, putting Riddle on first from the walk and Zellers advancing to third. Kuhn delivered a single into leftfield and McConkey knocked his first career triple into left center to bring home Kuhn and Riddle and give UK a 4-0 lead. A sac fly into deep leftfield from Witt brought McConkey home and wrapped up Kentucky’s five-run rally.

    Reed sat down the side in the top of the second to prepare Kentucky for another run-filled inning.
    Kentucky continued to pour on the Zips in the bottom half of the second, adding an 11 spot on the scoreboard. Thomas led off the inning with a nice bunt down the third-base line and Cousino followed up with a single through the right side. With runners on first and second, Zellers dropped down a bunt and a throwing error allowed Thomas to score from second, Cousino to advance to third and Zellers to take second. Reed gave himself some additional run support with a three-run blast over the rightfield fence, scoring Cousino and Zellers.

    After the starting pitcher surrendered nine runs in 1.0+ innings of work, Akron brought in Steensen. Steensen started out slow, allowing Riddle and Kuhn to reach on balls. McConkey added an additional two RBI to his stat line with a line-drive double down the rightfield line.

    A native of Knoxville, Tenn., McConkey moved over to third on an infield single from Witt and after a stolen base from Witt, Reida walked to load the bases for the inning’s leadoff hitter, Thomas, with no outs. The catcher notched an RBI with a sac fly into leftfield, bringing McConkey across the plate.

    With one out, Cousino walked to load the bases again for the Wildcats. Zellers knocked a sacrifice fly into center field, scoring Witt and increasing Kentucky’s lead to 13-0. Akron was forced to make another call to the bullpen in the second, bringing in Dyer.

    Reed welcomed Dyer with an RBI single into rightfield, scoring Matt Reida and moving Cousino to third. Riddle delivered another RBI single for Kentucky, this time into left center and Kuhn capped off the inning with Kentucky’s third consecutive RBI single. The 11-run second inning increased Kentucky’s lead to 16-0.

    Kentucky added another run in the bottom of the third as Reida singled into right center with one out. Reida moved to second on a ground out and advanced to third on a passed ball. Cousino brought Reida home with a single up the middle, extending the Wildcats’ lead to 17-0 through three.

    The Wildcats added another four runs in the bottom of the fifth to move into a 21-0 lead through five. A Reida single followed by two walks loaded the bases for Zellers. Zellers’ second hit by pitch brought across Reida and left the bases loaded. Jacob Russell pinch ran for Zellers and Reed notched another RBI with a single to centerfield, scoring Thomas. Riddle singled to left to score Cousino and Kuhn brought Russell home with a sacrifice fly to left.

    The Zips used the top of the sixth to add two on the scoreboard. Begun led off the inning with a single through the left side before Matt Rembielak doubled down the right field line to give Akron runners on second and third with no outs. Devan Ahart drove in the Zips’ first run of the evening with a single through the right side, scoring Begun from third and advancing Rembielak to third. Matt Larocca knocked a sac fly to left to bring Rembielak home and leave the Zips trailing 21-2 through six.
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    Auburn Drops Series Opener To Eastern Illinois, 11-10
                                        
    AUBURN, Ala. – Eastern Illinois scored six times with two outs in the top of the ninth and then stranded Auburn’s game-tying run at second in the bottom half of the frame as the Auburn baseball team fell, 11-10, on Friday afternoon. The loss dropped Auburn to 6-3 on the season while Eastern Illinois improved to 3-5.

    “We gave them many opportunities and they took advantage of it,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said.

    Auburn’s pitching staff issuing a season-high nine walks, including four free bases in the ninth, while a lost ball in the lights with two outs and the bases loaded in the final inning before any runs had come in proved to be costly.

    “The ball goes up and three guys don’t see it. It’s a very unfortunate play,” Pawlowski said. “Leading up to that, we put some guys on base. It falls to the opportunities we gave them. They came up with a couple of breaks and that was the difference.”

    Ahead 7-5 going to the ninth, Auburn went to closer Terrance Dedrick (1-2). The junior issued a leadoff walk but then got back-to-back called third strikes to put Auburn on the brink of victory. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases before Treysen Vavra’s pop-up into shallow right fell between second baseman Jordan Ebert, center fielder Ryan Tella and right fielder Jackon Burgreen, clearing the bases and giving Eastern Illinois a 8-5 lead.

    Demetre Taylor knocked Dedrick out of the game with a run-scoring single down the line in left, prompting Pawlowski to go to Jay Wade, who walked the first hitter he faced. Wade then hit a batter to load the bases before allowing a Tyler Schweigert two-run single to right, increasing the lead to 11-7.

    Auburn would not go quietly in the ninth, scoring three times and putting the tying run on second. Cullen Wacker led off the inning with a single and scored on Garrett Cooper’s triple to right-center to make it 11-8. After a four-pitch walk to Patrick Savage put runners on the corners, Eastern Illinois called on its eighth pitcher of the game, Scott Houdek.

    Houdek allowed a RBI single to Blake Austin to cut the lead to two, 11-9 and put runners on first and second. Ebert then dropped down a bunt but Eastern Illinois third baseman Brant Valach got the force out at second, putting runners on the corners with one down. Valach made another spectacular play on Burgreen’s hard grounder, getting the speedy leadoff hitter at first while allowing a run to score to make it 11-10. With Ebert standing on second, Glevenyak lined out to left to end the game. The save was the first of the year for Houdek.

    Garrison Stenger (1-0) earned the win for Eastern Illinois.

    Auburn had built a 7-1 lead after a five-run fifth inning as it sent 11 men to the plate in the frame. Ebert, who finished with two hits and extended his hitting streak to seven games, drove in a run with a single and scored on a Ryan Tella) single. Damek Tomscha also drove in two in the inning with a two-run single to center.

    Eastern Illinois answered with a four-run top of the sixth, highlighted by a Valach bases loaded, three-run double.
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    EDGE BROWN, 4-3, WITH NINTH-INNING RALLY

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Third baseman Christian Ibarra drove in second baseman JaCoby Jones with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night to give No. 4 LSU (8-1) the 4-3 victory over Brown (0-1).

    A nicely executed hit-and-run by designated hitter Tyler Moore with the score tied 3-3 put Jones, who led off the ninth with a walk, in scoring position. The runners advanced on a hard-hit ground ball to first by catcher Chris Chinea leading to Ibarra’s game-clinching fly ball.

    “I’m just glad we got the win,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, “because it certainly wasn’t an artistic success. We had opportunities to break the game open, but we couldn’t get the timely base hit with runners on. You have to tip your cap to Brown – they played a great game and gave us all we could handle.”

    Left-hander Chris Cotton (1-0) was credited with the win after taking the mound in the eighth inning and striking out two in the ninth.    

    LSU starter Aaron Nola struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven innings of remarkable work while giving up three hits and no earned runs in the no decision.  

    Brown right-hander Taylor Wright (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up one earned run on one hit and one walk without recording an out.

    The Tigers faced a 3-2 deficit in the eighth inning, however, LSU evened the score with a sharply hit single to right field from shortstop Alex Bregman.   

    LSU fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning after an error from Ibarra down the third base line allowed Brown outfielder Matt DeRenzi to score.  

    First baseman Mason Katz gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first with a bases-loaded, two-RBI double to right.

    Brown bounced back to take a one-run lead in the eighth inning with an RBI-single from right fielder Will Marcal.

    Moore finished the game 3-for-5 for the Tigers, marking his second straight three-hit game. 
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