|Kentucky 7, Akron 0
|Mississippi State 4, St. Joe's 1
|Clemson 6, South Carolina 3
|Vanderbilt 5, Illinois-Chicago 3
|Tennessee 3, UMass 2
|Tulane 6, Alabama 2
|Georgia 6, UAB 2
|Ole Miss 8, FIU 3
|Auburn 14, Eastern Illinois 7
|Arizona State 3, Arkansas 1
|Florida 6, Miami 4
|LSU 7, Brown 1
|Texas A&M 8, Rice 3
Grundy Retires 24 in UK Win
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senior Jerad Grundy worked eight shutout, two-hit innings and struck out a career-high 12, not allowing a runner to get past first base, leading No. 8 Kentucky to a 7-0 series-clinching win over Akron, on Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (9-1) rode the strike-throwing left arm of its senior Grundy (3-0), who worked eight dominating innings. The Johnsburg, Ill., native allowed only a pair of singles, striking out a new career-high 12, not issuing a walk and not allowing a base runner to advance past first base. Grundy’s pitching prowess was in full effect throughout the game, retiring the first eight hitters he faced – including seven by strikeout – before allowing an infield single that was grabbed by UK’s junior shortstop, Matt Reida.
“Jerad (Grundy) did a great job,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “He had eight innings of no walks, two hits and 12 punch-outs. I thought he was on top of it the entire day and I was really glad to see him improve.”
After the third-inning single, Grundy retired the next 13 hitters he faced, needing only 86 pitches and 68 strikes to cruise through eight frames. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound transfer from Miami (Fla.) and Heartland College, has put up staggering numbers in his first three starts of the year, owning a 3-0 record and a 0.43 ERA. He has worked 21 innings and allowed only nine hits, one earned run and three walks, striking out 24 and holding foes to a .125 average.
“I worked ahead for the most part,” Grundy said. “I got a lot of contact early. I also had a lot of three and five-count at bats. We made all the plays that we needed to and didn’t give them any extra outs.”
Rated as the seventh-best senior in college baseball in the preseason by Baseball America, Grundy got seven runs of support for his pitching gem, with UK busting up the scoreless duel with an A.J. Reed solo homer in the fourth inning, his fourth homer of the year and his second straight game with a blast. UK then added three-run frames in the fifth and sixth innings, with Reed finishing with a 3-for-4 game with three RBI and a walk.
“(Jerad) Grundy just commanded the fastball and the change-up,” Freshman catcher Greg Fettes said. “When you have those two working, it is really hard to hit. He was hitting his spots and that is all you can ask.”
Fettes had a career-high 3-for-4 game with two RBI and two runs scored in his second career start. UK also got a two-hit game from leftfielder Lucas Witt, who went 2-for-3 with two steals. Austin Cousino, Zac Zellers and J.T. Riddle each added hits, with Riddle extending his hitting streak to a club-best 13 games. A native of Frankfort, Ky., Riddle has reached base safely in 30 of 52 trips to the plate in 2013.
UK also got walks from Max Kuhn and Thomas Bernal, with Reida laying down a sacrifice bunt and stealing a base and pinch runner Kyle Barrett also seeing action.
In just his third start of the year, with UK holding a seven-run lead, needing to get some pitchers work and playing in inclement weather, Grundy’s outing was finished after eight innings. Freshman southpaw Dylan Dwyer tossed a shutout frame in the ninth to complete the win, his sixth straight shutout inning to open his collegiate career.
The win gives UK its sixth straight victory and its 10th consecutive win at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Wildcats six-game winning streak is their longest since a school-record 22-game win streak to open the 2012 season, the second-longest winning streak in Southeastern Conference history.
Akron (0-8) starter John Valek (0-2) worked 5.2 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs – five earned – walking two and striking out two. Zach Beaver, Andrew Fanning and Daulton Mosbarger each worked an inning in relief.
UK and Akron will conclude the series on Sunday, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with Dick Gabriel voicing the action. Fans in Central Kentucky can hear the game live on WWTF 1580-AM and online at UKathletics.com. UK will send junior lefty Corey Littrell (0-0, 6.52 ERA) vs. Akron junior right-hander J.T. Brubaker (0-2, 5.25 ERA).
The Wildcats took an early lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Reed smashed a no-doubt missle over the rightfield fence. The blast was Reed’s fourth of the year, equaling his career high, and marked the third homer of the week and the second straight game with a home run.
In the fifth inning, UK stretched its lead to 4-0 with three runs on three hits and an Akron error. Witt led off with a single up the middle, taking second on Reida’s sacrifice bunt. Fettes then poked a double down the rightfield line to score Witt. After a Cousino groundout pushed Fettes to third base, a throwing error allowed Zellers to reach first and Fettes to score. Akron then intentionally walked Reed to face Riddle, who entered the at bat with a .500 average. Riddle hung a single into shallow centerfield to score Reed with UK’s fourth run of the game.
UK added three runs in the sixth frame for the final margin, 7-0. Bernal led off with a walk, taking second on Witt’s sacrifice bunt. After a hard-hit out by Reida, Fettes singled to leftfield to score Bernal from second base. Cousino then singled up the middle and Zellers drew a walk to load the bags for Reed. The left-handed hitter delivered a rope to rightfield to score a pair and extend UK’s lead to seven runs.
Mississippi State Picks Up 4-1 Win Over St. Joe's
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Bulldog pitching allowed a run or less for the eighth time this season and a late State surge broke a 1-1 deadlock as fifth-ranked Mississippi State (13-0) nipped Saint Joseph's 4-1 on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field. State and Saint Joseph's (2-6) conclude their four-game weekend series with a doubleheader set for a 1 p.m. start at Dudy Noble Field.
Sophomore outfielder Tyler Fullerton delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh that scored pinch runner Derrick Armstrong and gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. Designated hitter Mitch Slauter had opened the frame with a single and pinch-runner Armstrong swiped second base before trotting home on Fullerton's game-winning RBI.
State added two more runs an inning later for a 4-1 lead, parlaying C.T. Bradford's third hit of the game, a pair of walks, a wild pitch and a run-scoring infield groundout by Demarcus Henderson into a two-run burst.
"Today we were really battling the elements," said John Cohen, who picked up his 100th Dudy Noble Field win as State's baseball skipper. "We didn't move around all that well, but I thought the weather had a lot to do with that. We pitched it pretty well even though we walked more (8) than we wanted to. Ross Mitchell was really the player of the day. He came in and steadied the ship and got us through the mid-innings."
"On a day like today, all runs are very precious, and I thought we did a good job with situational hitting," said Cohen. "We battled and found a way to win the ball game. Our kids love having the opportunity to compete and convert situations like we did today."
Intermittent snow flurries, gusty winds and game time temperatures in the 30s were the weather order of the day as State played its 13th game in a 19-game home stand to open the season.
SJU's Jordan Carter and State's Evan Mitchell engaged in a pitching duel for much of the game. Kevin Kratochwill opened the game with a wind-blown double. Four batters Chris Hueth launched a sacrifice fly to center field, plating the game's first run and the only marker allowed in the first inning thus far by Bulldog pitching.
The Bulldogs answered in their first at-bat when Adam Frazier singled to left, advanced to third on C.T. Bradford's first hit of the game, and scored from third on a double play groundout off the bat of Alex Detz.
Carter retired 14 of the next 15 Bulldog batters he faced and ended a State threat in the sixth with a double play. He was charged with the loss, scattering six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Steven Schuler, Shane Carey and Jimmy Yacabonis followed Carter on the mound in the seventh and eighth innings.
Ross Mitchell allowed but two base-runners during his three-inning stint before giving way to Jonathan Holder in the ninth. He picked up his fourth win in five relief appearances.
State opened with junior righty Evan Mitchell on the mound. The Marietta, Ga., product struck out a season-high nine and worked around three hits and five walks, leaving a 1-1 game after five innings of mound work. Sophomore Ross Mitchell (4-0) entered the game in the sixth, yielding a single and a walk in his first inning of work before retiring the final eight batters he faced.
The Hawks then staged a ninth inning threat against Bulldog relief ace Jonathan Holder. Holder walked the first batter he faced and allowed a one-out single and a second walk to load the bases. SJU rightfielder Greg Kumpel then grounded to third base, where Sam Frost triggered a game-ending double play. It was the 16th DP turned by the MSU defense this season and gave Holder his fourth save of the season. Holder is now tied with former MSU and current MLB pitching standout Jonathan Papelbon for eighth place among MSU's career saves leaders with 13 successful game-closing performances.
The radio broadcast of both games of Sunday's doubleheader will be carried as local-only broadcasts on Columbus' WNMQ-FM (103.9).
South Carolina Falls to Rival Clemson
Greenville, S.C. - Seventh ranked South Carolina cut a five-run deficit down to a pair of runs heading into the ninth inning but Clemson added an unearned run in the top of the ninth and set down the Gamecocks in order in the bottom half to defeat the Gamecocks 6-3 in the Reedy River Rivalry contest at Fluor Field in front of a crowd of 7,125 fans. Carolina is now 7-2 with Clemson 6-3 on the year. The rubber game of the series is set for Sunday at Carolina Stadium. First pitch is 3 p.m. with live video broadcast available on the All Access Channel at GamecocksOnline.com. The game can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College as well including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game."
Clemson starting pitcher freshman Clate Schmidt was effective to earn the win and improve to 2-0 on the year. He allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Reliever Matt Campbell worked the final two innings to tally his third save of the season. He allowed one run on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts. South Carolina starter Colby Holmes suffered the loss and is now 1-1 for the season. He allowed five runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings with a walk and three strikeouts.
Clemson put together four hits in the top of the 2nd inning to take a 2-0 lead. Steven Duggar led off with a base hit to right field and scored on a RBI double by Garrett Boulware to the gap in left-center that flew just past a diving Graham Saiko. With runners on the corners and one out, Boulware would score on Tyler Krieger's RBI base hit to right field.
They increased the advantage to 5-0 in the fifth inning. One-out singles by Krieger and Thomas Brittle gave the Tigers runners on the corners. Holmes would retire the next batter as he struck out Maleeke Gibson for the second out of the inning. However, Steve Wilkerson would bounce a two-out RBI single through the left side to score Krieger. After a walk to Shane Kennedy loaded the bases, the Tigers went ahead by five runs on Steven Duggar's two-run single up the middle off of reliever Adam Westmoreland.
Westmoreland dug in though and kept the Tigers at bay the next three innings. As he set down 11 in a row, the Gamecocks began to mount a rally. Max Schrock launched a solo home run to right field in the sixth inning, his first career round tripper. That was followed up by a huge blast by LB Dantzler for his fourth homer of the year. It marked the first time this season that the Gamecocks have gone back-to-back with home runs.
Trailing 5-2, the Gamecocks cut the deficit to a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Consecutive two-out doubles by Joey Pankake and Grayson Greiner made it a 5-3 contest. However, Clemson would get a crucial insurance run in the ninth inning. Jay Baum reached base with a one-out single. With two outs he advanced into scoring position on a passed ball. Brittle would drive in Baum with a RBI single to right field giving Clemson a 6-3 lead. Campbell worked a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
Westmoreland went 4.1 innings and allowed one run, unearned, on three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Clemson had 11 hits with Carolina finishing with seven for the afternoon. Brittle, Duggar, Baum and Krieger all finished with two hits apiece. Rosenberg went 2-for-4 to lead Carolina at the plate.
Vandy Slides Past Illinois-Chicago
NASHVILLE -- No. 2 Vanderbilt scraped together a pair of late runs to top visiting Illinois-Chicago 5-3 on another frigid Saturday at Hawkins Field.
The game opened with the temperature hovering in the low 30s and snowflakes fluttering in the sky. While the temperature was cold, the Commodores (11-1) started out anything but, scoring two runs in the first inning. Leadoff man Tony Kemp walked and Jack Lupo singled to put runners on the corners for Conrad Gregor. The Dores' first baseman lifted a fly ball into left field for a sacrifice fly and the first run of the game. Connor Harrell followed to make it 2-0 with his team-best fifth double of the year to score Lupo.
Vanderbilt starter Tyler Beede made those two runs stand up until the Dores' defense turned sloppy in the sixth when a pair of errors led to two unearned runs and put the Flames (3-5) in the lead for the first time this weekend. Beede, however, rebounded to limit the damage and pitch into the seventh inning when his team reclaimed the lead. VU immediately answered in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game with Chris Harvey's RBI-triple down the right field line. The Flames handed the lead back to the home team in the seventh when a wild pitch bounced away from UIC catcher Alex Jurich and allowed Conrad Gregor to score from third. Spencer Navin added an insurance run in the eighth with a RBI-single to center field.
Beede (3-0) turned in another solid outing to pick up the win striking out eight. The sophomore scattered five hits and allowed three runs, one earned, with three walks. Beede cruised through the first three innings allowing only a two-out double in the first with five strikeouts. The Flames' first run of the series came in the fourth when Alex De LaRosa tripled to lead off the inning and scored on Tyler Detmer's single. UIC starter Jack Andersen (0-3) took the loss allowing four runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. The freshman settled in after a rough first inning retiring 12 straight Commodores before Vince Conde's single in the fifth.
Harrell pushed his hitting streak to 10 games for the Dores going 1-for-3 with one RBI and now has 23 RBI for the year. Conde notched his team-best fifth two-hit game of the seaon and Harvey's triple was his fourth extra-base hit this season accounting for all four of his hits. Detmer paced the Flames with three hits and one RBI.
The victory is the ninth straight for the Commodores and clinches the team's third straight series. Vanderbilt's starting pitchers are now a combined 9-1 with 86 strikeouts in 69 innings with a 1.83 ERA.
The Dores and Flames wrap up the series tomorrow at noon at Hawkins Field. Reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week Philip Pfeifer (2-0) gets the ball for the home team against right-hander Joey Begel (1-1) for UIC.
Tennessee Squeezes Past UMass in North Carolina
CARY, N.C. - Tennessee used a pair of successful squeeze plays in the fifth inning and strong bullpen work after that to pick up a 6-4 victory over UMass on a chilly Saturday afternoon at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
"We executed well with the inside game which has to become a bigger part of our game," UT head coach Dave Serrano said. "We got some hit batters which was huge and is also a part of our offense, it is no different than getting a hit. We'll take a win right now. We are scratching and clawing for everything we can get.
"It was good to see the bullpen slow it down a little bit and allow our offense to get on top. To win a close game is always good right now, especially since we have lost some close games. It is important for us to go out tomorrow and win and walk away with a series win, even though it wasn't against one opponent."
Sophomore Parker Wormsley laid down a perfect suicide squeeze and classmate Jason Manis added one of the safety variety to break a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning.
Blake Thomas, Dalton Saberhagen and Trevor Charpie, meanwhile, combined to work 6.1 innings of scoreless relief on the mound, allowing just four combined hits, to keep the lead intact and preserve the victory for the Vols.
Thomas picked up the win in his Tennessee debut with two shutout innings while Charpie recorded his first career save with a pair of shutout frames as well.
Wormsley and Will Maddox each delivered two hits in the contest to pace a nine-hit UT effort. Six different Vols knocked in a run in the contest.
The Orange and White got an RBI single from Scott Price in the top of the first to take the early lead and quickly tacked on three more in the following frame with Zach Luther, A.J. Simcox and Maddox each driving in runs to put UT up 4-0.
The Minutemen, however, bounced back with two runs in the home half of both the second and third innings to tie the game.
Following a scoreless fourth, the Vols put runners on second and third with one out after a walk to David Houser and a double down the left-field line by Pierce Bily. Wormsley then bunted an 0-1 pitch out in front of the plate as Houser came racing in from third to score the eventual game-winning run.
Just two pitches later, Tennessee went right back to the squeeze play with Manis at the plate, as he pushed a bunt down the first-base line to allow Bily to cross the plate and put the tally on the scoreboard at 6-4.
The Big Orange will close out its stay at the USA Baseball-Irish Classic on Sunday with a noon showdown against No. 25 Virginia Tech. Freshman right-hander Aaron Quillen will get the nod on the mound for Tennessee.
Green Wave Takes Out Crimson Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tulane was powered by another strong pitching performance as the Alabama Crimson Tide dropped game two of the series to the Tulane Green Wave, 6-2, on Saturday from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the loss, the Tide drops the series to Tulane and falls to 7-3 on the year and with the win Tulane moves to 6-5.
"For the second game in a row, we are in an offense funk and just don't really have a good approach,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We were hitting a lot of ground balls to the shortstop; balls were away and were still hitting some balls pull-side. Tulane has done a really good job to pitch us the same way. Their guys have made pitches on the outer part of the plate and we haven't adjusted to that yet. We have a couple guys in the line-up right now that have a good approach, but other than that it's been an offense battle to get any kind of pressure going.”
Tulane’s Alex Byo (1-1) went for 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out six. Andrew Gardner threw the final 1.2 innings in relief to pick up his third save of the season. Alabama had the potential for a late rally, getting multiple runners aboard in the eighth and ninth, but the Tide was doubled up on tough-luck line outs to the shortstop in each inning.
Sophomore south paw Jon Keller (2-1) picked up his first loss of the year despite setting a new career-high with 11 strikeouts in five innings. Keller allowed three runs on five hits and a walked batter. Freshman center fielder Georgie Salem and junior first baseman Austen Smith put together multi-hit performances. Salem was 3-for-4 with a run scored and Smith was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Keller ran into trouble early, allowing the Green Wave to get on the board in the first, but struck out two batters in the inning to limit the damage. Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to score Salem, knotting the game at one run apiece.
Although Keller continued to ring up Tulane’s batters, a hit batter and a home run to Sean Potkay extend the Green Wave lead to 3-1 in the third inning. Keller struck out his ninth batter in the fourth to set a new career-high, before finishing the day with 11 punch outs.
“I thought Keller (Jon) had an ok start but then again, there was a lack of concentration there,” Gaspard said. “We hit a guy then we left a pitch up there for the two-run home run. These last two games have not been indicative of the way we played prior to that. This team now has to show that they can respond after two poor performances and comeback tomorrow and play a much better baseball game."
Tulane’s biggest offensive inning was keyed by Tide miscues, as the Green Wave scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error on the same play. Potkay then followed with an RBI double to extend the lead to 6-1. The Tide put up a run in the bottom of the seventh on a Smith single up the middle, but fell short as they were unable to capitalize on late rallies in the eighth and ninth innings.
Alabama finishes up the series at Sewell-Thomas Stadium versus the Green Wave on Sunday, with first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. CT.
The Crimson Tide will start sophomore right-hander Spencer Turnbull (0-1, 3.72 ERA) and Tulane will counter with junior righty Kyle McKenzie (1-1, 6.00 ERA).
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UGA Downs UAB, 6-2
ATHENS----A career high 5.1 scoreless innings by Patrick Boling led to the Bulldogs to a 6-2 win over the Blazers on Saturday at Foley Field.
The Bulldogs (4-6) struck first in the third inning thanks to consecutive sacrifice flies by Kyle Farmer and Hunter Cole. Cody Sheedy plated the first run after reaching on a single up the middle. Nelson Ward was walked and then driven in by Cole.
Georgia added some insurance to their lead in the fifth inning. Ward, who singled, was knocked in by Farmer with his 57th career double and third of the series. After a walk to Cole and a fielder’s choice that allowed Daniel Nichols to reach safely, Brett DeLoach hit a towering shot that turned into a bases-clearing triple, Georgia’s fourth in two games. The Bulldogs led 6-0 after five frames.
“It’s good to win a series, and we got an excellent start from Patrick Boling, that’s exactly what we needed from him and a good job after he pitched some in relief earlier this week,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “We did leave some runs out there, however Nelson Ward was good in the leadoff spot again and our seniors Kyle Farmer and Brett DeLoach came through in some RBI situations.”
The Blazers (4-6) tallied a pair of runs in the eighth off Bryan Benzor. Tanner Bryant and Chase Davis both singled early in the inning. Bryant plated the first run off of an RBI single by Ryan Prinzing. Davis later scored on a fielder’s choice by Ivan De Jesus. UAB trailed 6-2 after eight.
UAB starter James Naile (2-1) left the game after 4.2 innings, allowing six earned runs on four hits with four walks and three strike outs. Blazer relief featured Turner Lee and Alex Luna. Naile received the loss.
Boling (1-2) earned his first win of the season Saturday. He held UAB scoreless through 5.1 innings, only giving up two hits with four strikeouts. Benzor came in for Boling in relief and got out of a bases loaded jam after walking two straight batters to keep the Blazers off of the scoreboard in the sixth. Benzor tossed 2.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a strikeout. Sophomore Jarrett Brown entered in the ninth and retired UAB in order to earn the Bulldogs their fourth win of the season.
The Bulldogs will wrap up the series Sunday at 2 p.m.
Ole Miss Clinches Series with 8-3 Win Over FIU
UNIVERSITY PARK, Fla. – It was an opportunistic offense combined with a solid outing from starter Mike Mayers that pulled the Rebels through on Saturday, scoring eight runs on 10 hits as No. 8 Ole Miss (10-1) defeated Florida International (7-4) by a score of 8-3.
The win clinched the weekend series for the Rebels and set up an opportunity for a third consecutive weekend sweep with the series finale at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday.
Mayers (1-0) picked up the win, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts across 7.0 innings of work. Jeremy Massie closed out the game with 2.0 innings of work, allowing one unearned run on two hits with a strikeout.
Tyler Alexander (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing six runs – four of them earned – on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts through 5.0 innings of work. Alexander entered the weekend having allowed only one unearned run on the season.
“Mike Mayers was terrific tonight,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “All three of his pitches were in the zone and he did a good job handling some good hitters, including Edwin Rios for them. He really gave us a lift with his performance on the mound.
“The way we swung the ball, it was great to get him lead,” Bianco said. “We kept adding runs on the board and when they scored their two runs, we answered right back in the next inning. That can be deflating for a team and we have done a good job of that.”
For the second straight day, the Rebels got on the board in the first inning. Tanner Mathis drew a lead-off walk before taking third on a hit and run when Austin Anderson singled to right field. Mathis then came home on a ground ball to second from Auston Bousfield that gave Ole Miss the 1-0 lead.
The Rebels added to the lead in the second inning, plating a pair of runs to extend the lead to 3-0. A single from Sikes Orvis started things off before Will Jamison drew a one-out walk. Mathis then walked to load the bases. Anderson brought the first run home with a sac fly to right field that advanced the runners before Jamison would score on a wild pitch.
Ole Miss scored a fourth run in the fourth when Preston Overbey came home on a sac fly to right field from Jamison. Overbey reached with a triple to center field to set up the score on the Jamison fly ball that gave the Rebels the 4-0 lead.
The opportunistic offense continued to take advantage of opportunities in the fifth. Anderson led things off with a single before Bousfield hit a grounder to short. The FIU shortstop made a poor throw and the ball got through the first baseman, allowing Anderson to score from first on the play while Bousfield advanced all the way to third. He then scored on a sac foul fly from Turner in the next at bat to make it 6-0 in favor of the Rebels.
FIU got on the board in the bottom of the inning with a two-run shot to right field from Oscar Aguirre. Nathan Burns scored on the play after reaching on a single to right in the previous at bat. Mayers and the Rebels would then retire the next three batters to get out of the inning with the four-run lead.
Ole Miss got both runs back in the top of the sixth, again taking advantage of a FIU error to get things going. Preston Overbey reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and took second on the play, then scored on a single to right from Jamison. Jamison moved to second on the throw home by the Panthers and stole third. He then scored on a single to center from Mathis and put Ole Miss back on top by six at 8-2.
The Panthers got a single run in the bottom of the ninth, but would get no closer as the Rebels squelched the two-out rally at one unearned run and picked up the win.
The two teams will face each other in the series finale at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday morning at the FIU Baseball Stadium.
Wacker's Four Hits Boost Auburn to Win
AUBURN, Ala. - Cullen Wacker went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple and drove in four RBI as the Auburn baseball team evened its series against Eastern Illinois with a 14-7 win on Saturday afternoon. Jordan Ebert also had three hits for Auburn, extending his hitting streak to eight games, as Auburn improved to 7-3 on the season.
"I had a good BP (batting practice) before the game and I came out and was able to execute swings on good pitches and I was able to handle pitches in the zone," Wacker said. "It's always big to come back after a loss. Being able to put together hit after hit after hit, stringing them together, that was a big part of the offense today."
"The mindset of this team was that we needed to continue to find ways to score and continue to find ways to put teams away," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "Those are tough elements to play in. You look at the errors and the walks, our guys did a good job."
Playing in 30 degree temperatures with occasional snow flurries, Auburn trailed 1-0 following an unearned run in the first and then had to fight off Eastern Illinois (3-6) as it narrowed the gap to a single run, 8-7, after Auburn built a seven-run lead after the fourth.
Auburn starter Michael O'Neal (3-0) earned the win, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks in five innings while reliever Conner Kendrick allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out four over the final three innings to earn his second save of the season.
Clinging to the one-run lead heading to the bottom of the eighth, Auburn sent 12 men to plate in the inning and capitalized on two hits, four walks, two errors, a wild pitch and a hit batter to score six times in the inning and put the game away.
Eastern Illinois starter Joe Greenfield (1-1) took the loss as he allowed eight runs (four earned) on 10 hits and two walks in five innings.
The two teams combined to commit seven errors and a total of nine unearned runs were scored between the two teams while the two pitching staffs issued a combined 13 walks.
Auburn's offense pounded out 13 hits a day after collecting a season-high 14. Jackson Burgreen had two of those hits, including a solo home run down the line in right in the fourth inning that gave Auburn a 6-1 lead at the time.
Auburn will go for the series victory at 1pm on Sunday. Getting the starting nod on the mound will be sophomore RHP Rocky McCord (0-0, 9.53 ERA) while Eastern Illinois will start RHP Andrew Grahn (0-0, 6.23 ERA).
Arkansas Drops Duel in the Desert
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Arkansas starter Trey Killian struck out nine and only allowed two runs on three hits in 6.1 innings, but his strong outing was not enough as Arizona State defeated the Razorbacks, 3-1, on Saturday night at Surprise Stadium.
Arkansas drops to 7-4 with the loss, while Arizona State improves to 7-2 with the win.
Killian, a true freshman from Mountain Home, Ark., was outstanding on the mound for the third straight outing, but took the loss. The right hander struck out a career-high nine batters and only allowed two runs on three hits in 6.1 innings. After allowing a single and double in the second, Killian proceeded to set down the next 16 batters he faced, with eight of the outs being via strikeout.
Colby Suggs struck out two and did not allow a hit in 1.1 innings out of the Razorback bullpen.
Arizona State reliever Alex Blackford (1-0) earned his first win of the season. Blackford struck out all three batters he retired in his only inning of work. Ryan Burr worked two perfect innings to earn his second save of the season.
ASU starter Ryan Kellogg did not factor into the decision after allowing a run on six hits and striking out three in six innings.
Tyler Spoon led Arkansas at the plate with a pair of hits. Spoon extended his hitting streak to 11 games and recorded his fourth multi-hit game of the season. Joe Serrano drove in Arkansas’ only run of the night and went 1-for-4 at the plate.
Trevor Allen had two hits and scored two runs to lead the Sun Devils at the plate. Nathaniel Causey and Jake Peevyhouse each had a hit and a RBI for Arizona State.
ASU struck first, scoring a run in the second. Allen led off the inning with a single and Causey followed with a double to right field to score Allen from first base.
The Razorbacks tied the game with a run in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Matt Vinson grounded a double down the right field line. Serrano then lined a single to right-center field, scoring Vinson from second base to tie the game.
Arizona State broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Allen laid down a bunt to the left of the mound. Killian fielded, but his throw to first was low and got past first baseman Jacob Mahan, allowing Allen to reach second. Mahan tried to throw Allen out at second, but his throw got past shortstop Brett McAfee and went into left field with Allen advancing to third. A wild pitch scored Allen to put ASU in front 2-1. Michael Benjamin then singled with two out and Peevyhouse doubled to the right-center field gap to score Benjamin and give the Sun Devils a 3-1 lead.
Arkansas was unable to get anything going in the eighth or ninth innings as Arizona State claimed the 3-1 win.
Arkansas closes play in the Coca-Cola Classic tomorrow at 11 a.m. (CT) against Pacific. The Razorbacks will start senior left hander Randall Fant, who will be making his season debut. Pacific will counter with sophomore righty Michael Benson (2-0, 1.32).
Four-Run Eighth Inning Propels Florida to WIn
Florida (4-7) rallied from a 3-2 deficit with four runs in the eighth inning to defeat No. 21 Miami (10-1), 6-4, on Saturday night at McKethan Stadium to square the teams’ weekend series. Sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) was 2-for-3 with a season-high three RBI for the Gators, highlighted by a go-ahead, two-run single with the bases loaded that helped UF end its six-game losing streak. With the potential tying run at the plate for Miami in the ninth, sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) (1-0) had junior Brad Fieger fly out to center field to end the contest.
“This team needed something good to happen,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Obviously, we scored four in the eighth inning, but we hung in there all game – we made some big pitches when we needed to and I thought Tucker [Simpson] gave us a quality start. He ran his pitch count up there a little bit, but then Ryan Harris came in and did a really nice job and we got Mags [Johnny Magliozzi] in there and he did a nice job, as well.”
“It was a tough night to hit – it was chilly and we were facing a really good pitcher in [Javi] Salas. He has a good sinker so he’s hard to elevate, and it was just one of those nights. I’m really proud of our team. We battled and hung in there and obviously we needed this one. I want them to enjoy this one because it’s been frustrating for everybody, but like I told the team in the end, ‘losing is contagious and so is winning,’ so, we’re going to build on this one and come out ready to play tomorrow.”
“I felt relaxed,” Gushue said about his key two-run single. “I wasn't trying to do too much. That's the biggest thing to do in those situations, you can't try to do too much; just try to put a good swing on the ball and that's what happened. Today was a good game; I can’t really ask for anything more. But, tomorrow is a completely different day and we want that one tomorrow."
Trailing 3-2 entering the home part of the eighth, the Gators plated four runs on two hits and two wild pitches to take a 6-3 lead. Sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (1-for-3, two runs) led off with a walk from junior AJ Salcines (2-1) and sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) followed with a bloop double into center field to increase his hitting streak to nine games. Redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) (1-for-3, two runs) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with none out and Gushue drove in Turgeon and Shafer with a base-knock into right field. Junior Adam Sargent came in for Salcines (1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R) and uncorked a wild pitch that brought in Powers. Sophomore pinch hitter Connor Mitchell (Tampa, Fla.) pushed Gushue to third with a sacrifice bunt and Gushue scored on a wild pitch by Sargent to put the Gators ahead by three runs.
Magliozzi recorded the first two outs of the ninth before surrendering a double to senior Chantz Mack (2-for-5, two runs). Freshman David Thompson (2-for-3) brought the Hurricanes within 6-4 with a double that scored Mack and Magliozzi secured the victory for the Gators by having Fieger fly out.
Senior Alex San Juan opened the second inning for the Hurricanes with a double into left field and freshman Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) countered with strikeouts of senior Michael Broad and junior Dale Carey before having freshman Brandon Lopez ground out.
Miami had runners on the corners in the third, as sophomore Alex Fernandez drew a one-out walk and Thompson legged out an infield single with down. However, Simpson had Fieger line out to Turgeon to keep the contest scoreless.
In the home part of the inning, freshman Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) earned a free pass with one out after UM junior Javi Salas had retired the first eight Gators of the contest. Freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) raised his hitting streak to nine games with a two-out single into center field and has now reached base in all 11 outings of his collegiate career. Salas struck out Turgeon to complete the inning.
Lopez delivered a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning that brought across Broad with the game’s opening run. Broad had beat out a single to third base with one down and moved into scoring position with his first stolen base of the season. Simpson fanned Carey for the second out and the next batter, Lopez, sent a 2-2 pitch into center field to give the visitors the advantage. Simpson answered with his fifth strikeout by setting down junior Tyler Palmer.
The Gators evened the score in the home part of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Gushue. Powers had a one-out single into left field then advanced to third base on an errant pickoff throw by Salas. Gushue tied the game with his second sacrifice fly of the campaign.
Miami scored twice in the fifth to seize a 3-1 lead. Hernandez and Mack had back-to-back singles and Thompson’s sacrifice bunt attempt was thrown away by Powers, enabling Hernandez to score and Mack to reach third base. A wild pitch by Simpson gave the Hurricanes a 3-1 lead when Mack came across. Simpson (4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 K, 2 BB) struck out Fieger and was replaced by sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.), who had San Juan ground out and then Broad fly out.
Turgeon pulled the Gators within 3-2 in the sixth courtesy of a leadoff homer into the visiting bullpen. It was his second dinger of the season and the first for Florida since going yard twice at UCF on Feb. 19.
After Harris retired the side in order for the second time in a row, Salcines took over for Salas (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER) prior to UF’s seventh and senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) began the frame with a single into left field. Sophomore pinch hitter Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) hit into a 5-4-3 double play and freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) followed with a pinch-hit single into right field. Salcines had Martin fly out to right field to preserve the Hurricanes’ 3-2 lead.
Fieger started the eighth with a single into left field and Harris retired the next two batters before hitting Carey. Magliozzi was called upon to replace Harris (3.1 IP, 1 H) and had Lopez fly out to center field.
The Gators and Hurricanes will wrap up their series tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell and will be streamed live on GatorVision.
LSU Clinches Weekend Series Over Brown
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU starting pitcher Ryan Eades recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts, propelling fourth-ranked LSU (9-1) to a 7-1 victory over Brown (0-2).
Eades (2-0) allowed no earned runs on five hits in six innings of work, throwing 79 pitches. His performance marked the second straight game an LSU starting pitcher recorded 11 strikeouts in a game (Aaron Nola struck out 11 against Brown Friday night).
Brown starting pitcher Heath Mayo (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up five earned runs on 11 hits and four walks in 5.2 innings.
Brown will face Nicholls State at 11 a.m. Sunday in Alex Box Stadium, and LSU will meet Nicholls at 3 p.m. Sunday. Fans wishing to attend the 11 a.m. Brown-Nicholls game must present Sunday's LSU game ticket in order to be admitted to the stadium.
"Eades really threw the ball well and had great command all night," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We wanted to have him throw 80 pitches and he was extremely efficient the entire outing. This was probably the coldest night we've had during my seven years at LSU, but we managed to generate some offense in difficult conditions. I thought we had some productive at-bats and came through with hits at the right time."
In the second inning, Brown took a 1-0 lead after a throwing error from first baseman Mason Katz on a tough ground ball.
LSU came out strong in the bottom of the second inning with a leadoff double from designated hitter Tyler Moore. Third baseman Christian Ibarra sent Moore home with an opposite-field single to tie the game at 1-1.
Later in the inning the Tigers went ahead for good when Ibarra scored when right fielder Chris Sciambra grounded into a double play.
The Tigers kept swinging in the second inning with a two-out, 2-RBI double from left fielder Raph Rhymes, scoring shortstop Alex Bregman. An RBI triple from Katz gave LSU a 5-1 advantage.
LSU added cushion in the eighth with another RBI from Rhymes, scoring center fielder Mark Laird, who had reached on a bunt single. Another run came in the eighth on a fielder's choice grounder from Katz, accounting for the final 7-1 tally.
Texas A&M Downs Rice
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 30 Texas A&M Aggies built an early six-run lead with three-run frames in both the first and second innings and coasted to an 8-3 win over the No. 12 Rice Owls in day two of action at the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park on Saturday.
Aggies sophomore Daniel Mengden (3-0) benefitted from the early run support and cruised to the victory on the mound. He allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out eight over 8.0 innings.
Texas A&M (8-4) turned the Owls from predator to prey with a three-run bottom of the first inning. Mikey Reynolds reached on an infield single to third base to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Krey Bratsen. After Mengden struck out looking, Jonathan Moroney reached on an infield single to third to put runners on the corners. After Troy Stein drew a walk to load the bases, Blake Allemand unloaded them with a three-run double down the leftfield line, staking A&M to a 3-0 lead.
The Aggies cultivated three more runs in the home half of the second. Logan Taylor reached on a leadoff single to third and moved to second when Shane Hoelscher's late throw went errant. Jace Statum laid down a sacrifice bunt towards third base and once again Hoelscher's throw was off line, allowing Taylor to score and moving Statum to second. After Reynolds singled to put runners and the corners, Bratsen drove a single over the glove of a leaping Christian Stringer at second base to knock Statum home. Mengden sacrificed Bratsen and Reynolds both into scoring position with a bunt and Moroney sent a sacrifice fly to rightfield to score Reynolds for the 6-0 advantage.
After cruising through the Rice lineup the first time through the order, Mengden met resistance the second time through. Defensive replacement Connor Teykl was hit by a pitch and Stringer was issued a base on balls to lead off the inning. Michael Aquino cut the lead in half, 6-3, depositing a first-pitch offering into the Crawford Boxes for a three-run home run.
After giving up a single to Keenan Cook following the Aquino dinger, Mengden would get back in a groove and retire 14 of the next 15 batters he faced.
The Aggies extended the lead back out to five runs with a pair in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Cole Lankford singled off the pitchers' mitt and moved to second on a groundout by Taylor. With Kevin McCanna entering the game to spell Owls' starter Jordan Stephens on the mound, Statum laced a single through the right side of the infield to knock in Lankford. Statum moved to second on a balk and scored on a single through the left side of the infield by Reynolds, to inflate the A&M cushion to 8-3.
Reynolds led the Aggies at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Moroney went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Lankford added a pair of hits and one run and Allemand had three RBI on one double.
Aquino had two of Rice's four hits, going 2-for-4 with one home run and three RBI.
Jason Jester closed out the game by retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth inning.
Jordan Stephens (1-2) was strapped with the loss for Rice. He allowed seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings.
Texas A&M completes action at the Astros Foundation College Classic on Sunday when they play the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels at 2 pm.