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    SEC Sunday Baseball Rundown

    Baseball RESULTS
    Virginia Tech 7, Tennessee 3
    Pacific 4, Arkansas 3
    Florida 6, Miami 3
    Ole Miss 8, FIU 1
    Kentucky 9, Akron 2
    Georgia 13, UAB 2
    Auburn 8, Eastern Illinois 2
    Vanderbilt 3, Illinois-Chicago 1
    Alabama 12, Tulane 6
    Mississippi State 3, St. Joe's 2
    Mississippi State 2, St. Joe's 0
    South Carolina 8, Clemson 0
    UNC 14, Texas A&M 2
    LSU 2, Nicholls State 0


    Tennessee Suffers 7-3 Setback vs. Virginia Tech

    CARY, N.C. - Two big innings by No. 25 Virginia Tech proved to be too much to overcome as Tennessee dropped a 7-3 decision on the final day of the USA Baseball Irish Classic at Coleman Field at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
     
    After the Hokies put up a four-spot in the third, Tennessee used two-out rallies in the next three innings to inch within a single tally, only to see VT pull away with a three-run eighth.
     
    Will Maddox led the Orange and White offensive effort, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. The multi-hit contest marked the sixth consecutive game and ninth time in 11 games this season in which he has accomplished that feat.
     
    During his current six-game hitting streak, the Gainesville, Ga., native is hitting at a scalding .520 clip (13-for-25) with seven RBIs and five runs scored.
     
    Tennessee will next be in action on Tuesday when it hosts in-state foe Belmont for a 6 p.m. contest at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. 



    Arkansas Drops Weekend Finale to Pacific

    SUNRISE, Ariz. – Pacific scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth, capped by a walk-off single from Eric Lockwood, to defeat Arkansas, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Surprise Recreation Complex. 
     
    The Razorbacks are now 7-5 on the season, while Pacific improves to 4-6 with the win.
     
    With the Razorbacks ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers put together a three-run rally to claim the win. With one out, Jason Taasaas and Tyler Sullivan hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. After a strikeout of Taylor Murphy for the second out of the inning, Brett Sullivan singled into right to score Taasaas and send Tyler Sullivan to third. J.J. Wagner then hit a grounder to short, but it was booted by Brett McAfee, allowing Tyler Sullivan to score and advancing Brett Sullivan to second. Dustin Torchio was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lockwood then hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle to score Tyler Sullivan with the game-winning run.
     
    McAfee and Tyler Spoon each had two hits and a RBI to lead the Razorbacks at the plate. Spoon extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games with his two hits. Brian Anderson also added a hit and a RBI in the loss.
     
    Brett Sullivan and Taasaas had three hits for Pacific. Sullivan drove in a run and scored twice. Torchio and Lockwood also had a RBI.
     
    Pacific reliever Kevin Hammann (1-0) earned his first win of the season. Hammann struck out the only batter he faced in the top of the ninth.
     
    Arkansas reliever Brandon Moore (1-1) took the loss. Moore allowed three runs, only one earned, on four hits and struck out one in an inning of work.
     
    Neither starter factored into the decision. Arkansas starter Randall Fant gave up a run on four hits and struck out five in four innings. Pacific starter Michael Benson tossed eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and striking out three.
     
    Arkansas struck first, scoring a run in the top of the first. Matt Vinson led off the game with a triple to the right-center field alley. With one out, Spoon hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Vinson with the game’s first run.
     
    Pacific answered back with a run in the bottom of the first. Brett Sullivan doubled to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt from Wagner advanced Sullivan to third and he scored on a RBI groundout to second by Torchio.
     
    The Razorbacks regained the lead in the top of the sixth. Spoon and Michael Gunn started the inning with back-to-back singles. A wild pitch moved each runner up a base and a sacrifice fly from Anderson scored Spoon from third base to put Arkansas in front 2-1.
     
    Arkansas added another run in the top of the ninth. Eric Fisher was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A ground out to second by Wise moved Fisher to third and he came home to score on a sacrifice fly to right by McAfee to put the Razorbacks in front 3-1.
     
    The Razorbacks open a nine-game homestand next weekend with a four-game series vs. San Diego State. Game times against the Aztecs are set for 6:05 p.m. on Thursday, 3:05 p.m. on Friday, 11:35 a.m. on Saturday and 12:05 p.m. on Sunday.



    Florida Takes Series from Miami With 6-3 Win

    Florida (5-7) used a four-run third inning and solid pitching to collect a 6-3 victory in the decisive third game of its weekend series against No. 21 Miami (10-2) on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. The Gators have taken the last four regular-season series against the Hurricanes: 2010 (2-1), 2011 (3-0), 2012 (3-0) and 2013 (2-1). In addition, Kevin O’Sullivan improved to 17-7 in his tenure versus UM after two-straight triumphs to claim the series and UF has now collected 13 wins in the past 14 meetings between the Sunshine State rivals.  
     
    Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) went 3-for-4 this afternoon and finished 7-for-12 (.583) in the series, while freshman right-hander Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) (1-1) picked up his first collegiate win with two scoreless innings in relief of freshman starter Eric Hanhold (Palm Harbor, Fla.). Freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) was 2-for-4 with his first collegiate RBI.
     
    “These Sunday games are tough – it was a deciding game,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “For us, it was the difference between two games in the standings: we could have gone down to four games under .500 or two under .500. It was a big game for us, it’s a rivalry weekend and I was awfully proud at the way we bounced back today and this weekend in general after a tough Friday-night loss.”
     
    “We scored four in the eighth last night and battled back, and then today we jumped out there early and put some good swings on the ball, but we do have some things to work on. I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t put any runs on the board after the fourth inning, but those things can be corrected. I want them to enjoy the win. It’s been a tough go the first part of this season, but when you get the chance to win a series against a really good team, a rival, you have to feel good about things.”
     
    “These are two great wins,” Shafer said. “To take the series against a great Miami team, they hadn’t lost all year - that’s big for us. Just like losing is contagious, so is winning. Hopefully, we keep it rolling; we’ve got five games this next week. We feel pretty good but we still have a lot to work on; we’re going to keep getting better.”
     
    Senior Chantz Mack opened the scoring for the Hurricanes in the first inning with an RBI grounder off Hanhold. Freshman Ricky Eusebio (2-for-5) began the game with a single into right field and stole second before taking third on a fly out by junior Alex Hernandez. Mack’s grounder to second base broke the ice.
     
    Helped by a two-out error, the Gators notched the equalizer in the bottom of the frame against sophomore Andrew Suarez (1-1). Sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (1-for-3, two runs) singled with one down and Shafer raised his hitting streak to 10 games with a double into left center field. Suarez struck out redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) but then had an errant throw to second base trying to pick Shafer off, enabling Turgeon to come home with the tying run. Shafer advanced to third on a passed ball and Suarez had senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) ground out to first base to keep the game tied.
     
    Miami had runners on the corners with one down in the second inning but was unable to score. Junior Brad Fieger drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a grounder by senior Alex San Juan and went to third on a wild pitch by Hanhold. After senior Michael Broad was hit by a pitch, the Gators threw out Fieger at the plate on a 1-6-3-2 putout and had freshman Brandon Lopez ground out.
     
    Following a perfect third inning by Hanhold, the Gators exploded for four runs on three hits to build a 5-1 advantage. Freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff double and has now reached base in all 12 games this year. Turgeon earned a free pass for two runners aboard and a one-out throwing error by Suarez allowed Martin to score the go-ahead run from second base. After Powers walked for runners on first and third, sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) delivered a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left field to bring home Turgeon with the Gators’ third run. Ramjit came through with a two-out RBI single to score Powers and Bader tallied his first career RBI with his first triple to drive in Ramjit and end the afternoon for Suarez (2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R) in favor of senior Eric Whaley.
     
    The Gators increased their lead to 6-1 in the fourth on a two-out RBI double by Shafer. Reid led off with his first career double to right field and was sacrificed to third on a bunt by senior pinch hitter Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.). Shafer came through with a two-bagger to center field and advanced to third on an error by Eusebio.
     
    After a one-out single by Lopez and a walk to sophomore Garrett Kennedy in the fifth, Hanhold (4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R) was replaced by Carmichael. The rookie struck out Eusebio and then Hernandez singled into center field to score Lopez for a 6-2 count. Mack was plunked to load the bases with two down and freshman David Thompson was called out at close play at first base to complete the frame.
     
    In the seventh, Kennedy walked with one down and sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) was summoned from the bullpen for Carmichael (2.0 IP, 1 H). After Eusebio singled through the left side, Harris had Hernandez ground into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.  
     
    Kennedy finalized the scoring in the ninth at 6-3 with a two-out solo homer off of sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.). UF had a 9-6 advantage in hits and did not commit any errors this afternoon.
     
    The Gators begin a home-and-home series with Jacksonville (4-7) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at John Sessions Stadium and will host the Dolphins at McKethan Stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.



    Ole Miss Sweeps FIU

    UNIVERSITY PARK, Fla. – Sophomore right-hander Sam Smith turned in a stellar performance for the Rebels on Sunday, allowing only one unearned run through six innings as No. 8 Ole Miss (11-1) defeated Florida International (7-5) by a score of 8-1.
     
    The win completed a series sweep of the Panthers and gave the Ole Miss its third consecutive series sweep to open the season. It’s the first time the Rebels have posted three series sweeps to open a year since the 2004 season.
     
    Smith (2-0) made the start in place of slated starter Chris Ellis and was masterful in frustrating FIU hitters during his 6.0 innings of work. He allowed one unearned run on six scattered hits with a walk and five strikeouts in his time on the mound.
     
    Mike Franco (1-1) took the loss for the Panthers, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and a strikeout across 4.0 innings on the mound.
     
    Stuart Turner capped off a great weekend at the plate with another solid performance Sunday. The junior catcher went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored in the sweep clinching win. Ole Miss once again proved to be an opportunistic offense, using 10 hits to snag the eight runs in the outing.
     
    “We played great this weekend,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “This was three of the best games we’ve played in one weekend that I can remember in a while. We did a tremendous job on the mound, especially with the four guys over the last two games who made a very good offensive team struggle.
     
    “Sam (Smith) did a great job today of working the inside of the plate and really frustrating their hitters,” Bianco said. “We continued to do well getting the two-out hits. Our offense was good with Stuart (Turner) having a great weekend, but so many guys throughout the lineup had good at bats and big hits.”
     
    The Rebels broke up the pitcher’s duel in the fourth inning, pushing two runs home with a two-out rally. Auston Bousfield drew a walk before coming home on a triple to right center from Stuart Turner. Turner’s ball was caught, but the two fielders collided and the ball was dropped to allow the run to score and Turner to get to third. Andrew Mistone then doubled down the left field line to drive in Turner and give Ole Miss the 2-0 lead.
     
    The Rebels added to the lead in the fifth inning, loading the bases with no outs before Anderson would draw a walk to bring home the first run and keep the bases loaded. Bousfield then grounded into a double play at second, but brought home a second run to put Ole Miss on top 4-0. The Rebels added the fifth run of the game off a double to left from Turner to score Mathis before FIU would get out of the inning.
     
    Florida International got a run back in the bottom of the fifth when a fielding error at first base with men at the corners and two outs allowed a run to come home. The Rebels then got a groundout to short to end the inning.
     
    Ole Miss got the run back in the sixth when Will Jamison hit a liner to right that clipped the glove of a leaping first baseman and brought Sikes Orvis home. Orvis opened the inning with a triple down the right field line to set up the RBI hit by Jamison to put the Rebels back on top 6-1.
     
    The Rebels plated two more runs in the seventh with a Turner double that scored Anderson from first. Turner moved to third on the play to set up an RBI double from Mistone to center field that gave the Rebels the seven-run lead.
     
    Greenwood kept the Panthers off the board for the final three innings to collect the save and clinch the sweep for the Rebels.
     
    Ole Miss will return to action Tuesday with a 5 p.m. contest against Southeastern Louisiana at Swayze Field. It will be the first of a pair of midweek games against the Lions. The second game will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning and will be School Day at the ballpark with area school students coming to the game for free to experience a collegiate baseball game.



    No. 8 Kentucky Finishes Weekend Sweep

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Corey Littrell fired seven innings, allowing only one hit and striking out a career-best eight and No. 8 Kentucky got three-RBI games from preseason All-America selections Austin Cousino and A.J. Reed, leading the Wildcats to a 9-2 sweep-clinching win over Akron, on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
     
    Kentucky (10-1) won its seventh consecutive game behind the pitching of Littrell and the three-RBI games from Cousino and Reed. The Wildcats completed the series sweep over the Zips by a combined 37-4 score, winning the opener, 21-2 on Friday night and posting a 7-0 win on Saturday behind senior starter Jerad Grundy. Akron has opened its season with consecutive three-game series at No. 16 Georgia Tech and at No. 4 Louisville, with the Yellow Jackets owning an 18-6 aggregate total vs. the Zips and the Cardinals posting a 17-1 total score vs. Akron. 
     
    A native of Louisville, Ky., Littrell worked seven innings, allowing five hits and one run, not issuing a walk and striking out a career-high eight. The preseason All-America honoree only faced two hitters over the minimum, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced and sitting down seven consecutive hitters by strikeout in the middle innings. 
     
    “I thought Corey (Littrell) was a lot better today,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “I was really glad to see him make some adjustments. He had command, the ball was down, he worked ahead in the count and he had secondary command. It was a much more efficient and poised outing, and he will keep getting better.”
     
    “The first two (starts) I struggled with my rhythm and mechanically but today I was able to focus on a certain things and maximize my performance,” Littrell said postgame.
     
    Freshman Zach Strecker got two outs on a great play by Jeff Boehm in rightfield in the eighth, before Walter Wijas got out of the jam with the final out of the frame, with a run scoring. Chandler Shepherd got two outs in the ninth, before Trevor Gott closed out the sweep with a strikeout of the final batter. 
     
    Cousino and Reed each tallied three RBI to lead UK at the plate, with Cousino launching his second homer of the year as part of a 1-for-4 game with two runs and a walk. Reed, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound two-way standout, went 1-for-3 with three RBI coming on his bases-clearing double off the centerfield wall. 
     
    Reed had a monster week in leading the Wildcats to five wins, batting .526 (10-for-19) with a double, three homers and 15 RBI, collecting 20 total bases, a 1.053 slugging percentage and a .609 on-base clip. On the year, Reed is batting .409 (18-for-44) with a double, triple, four homers and 22 RBI.  
     
    UK got a season-high three-hit game from senior leftfielder Zac Zellers, who went 3-for-4 with a walk and a steal. Catcher Micheal Thomas set a new career-high with his 3-for-3 game with an RBI and a pair of runs scored. UK also got the first hit of the year from rightfielder Jeff Boehm, with Max Kuhn drawing two walks and stealing his fifth base of the year. 
     
    The Wildcats showed consistent stick-to-itiveness, as all five home games were impacted by weather during the home-opening week. The home lidlifter was delayed three hours due to rain and the win over Eastern Kentucky saw a delay over an hour. Tireless work was done by the UK sports turf department to make the field playable for the three-game series, battling heavy winds and precipitation throughout the week. 
     
    Akron (0-9) starter JT Brubaker (0-3) worked 3.2 innings, allowing seven hits and nine runs – seven earned – walking four and striking out two. He was relieved by Andrew Fanning, Joe Cochran and Matt Larocca worked in relief for the Zips. 
     
    UK will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Cincinnati at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 
     
    The Wildcats took the lead in the second inning, plating a run on a hit and an error. Max Kuhn led off the inning with a grounder up the middle that went as a throwing error, with Paul McConkey drawing a full-count walk. Boehm then blooped a single into left-centerfield to score Kuhn and allow both runners to advance into scoring position. Thomas followed with a single into shallow right-centerfield to score McConkey and push Boehm to third base. Cousino then belted a towering homer over the rightfield 30-foot wall, giving UK a 5-0 lead. 
     
    UK added to its lead in the fourth inning, as Thomas singled with one out and Cousino and Zellers drew walks to load the bases with one out for Reed. With a dramatic shift towards the rightfield line, Reed pelted a double off the wall in deep centerfield to clear the bases and give UK an 8-0 lead. After Kuhn drew a walk and stole second base, McConkey struck out swinging but reached base safely on a throwing error by the catcher on a dropped third strike, allowing Reed to score. 
     
    Akron got a run in the top of the sixth inning, as Tyler Begun led off with a single through the left side. After a sacrifice bunt, Devin Ahart singled to leftfield to score Begun. 
     
    The Zips got a run in the top of the eighth inning as James Sheltron singled to leadoff and Anthony Bova laid down a bunt single. After a single from Begun loaded the bases, Rembielak drove a fly ball to rightfield that was caught by Boehm. Boehm threw a laser to the plate to nab Sheltron trying to tag up. After a pitching change, Ahart singled to leftfield to score Bova.



    Georgia Completes Sweep of UAB

    ATHENS----The Bulldog offense rolled again Sunday with 15 hits in a 13-2 victory over the UAB Blazers to complete a three-game sweep at Foley Field.                  
     
    Georgia starter Luke Crumley faced an early challenge in the second inning. After hitting two consecutive batters and surrendering a single to Sam Kelley, he was faced with a bases loaded, one out situation. Crumley remained composed and was able to retire the last two Blazers to end the inning. 
     
    The Bulldogs’ bats came alive in the fourth inning as they batted around, plating six runs off of five hits. Freshman Sean McLaughlin, who started at pitcher and got the win on Friday, led the charge and produced his first two career RBI with a single to right field. Zach Bowers, Nelson Ward, Curt Powell, and Kyle Farmer were also credited with RBIs in the fourth.  Farmer batted .692 (9-for-13) in the series while Ward hit .643 (9-for-14).
     
    “They played great. We did a great job battling with every at-bat and getting the opposing pitcher to raise his pitch count,” asid Georgia coach David Perno. “McLaughlin and Ward had some great at bats. We did enough to get their starter out early and then took advantage of their bullpen. Luke Crumley  was outstanding getting out of that bases loaded jam early on in the game. It ended up a great start by Crumley, and we had some good, quality innings out of the bullpen. Our team has great confidence and the players are feeding off of each other. We’re in a good place right now.”
     
    Georgia (5-6) added a pair of runs in the fifth. Brett DeLoach, who was hit by a pitch, scored the first run after Bowers smacked a double to left field. Ward knocked in Bowers with a single giving him his third hit of the day and 11 hits in 17 at-bats with four RBIs over the past four games. Georgia led 8-0 after five frames.
     
    Farmer had a three-run, bases clearing double to left center in the seventh inning. This was Farmer’s second hit of the game and ninth hit in 13 at-bats along with six RBIs in the series.
     
    UAB (4-7) had three hits and two runs in the eighth inning off freshman Palmer Betts in his debut. After a single by Chase Davis and a double by Ryan Prinzing, they were driven in by teammates John Frost and Jeff Schalk. The Blazers trailed 11-2 after eight innings.
     
    Bowers smashed a two-run home run to left field in the ninth inning. He leads the team with three long balls and was the first home run with runners on base for the Bulldogs this season after six solo shots.
     
    Crumley (1-2) earned his first win of the season. He pitched five scoreless innings with three strikeouts while giving up five hits, giving the Bulldogs back-to-back scoreless outings by starting pitchers. Bulldog relief featured Ross Ripple, Dylan Cole, Palmer Betts, and Jared Walsh.
     
    UAB starter Chase Mallard (0-1) received the loss after giving up three runs on four hits in three innings. Cameron Rose tossed two innings surrendering five runs on six hits. Jacob German and Adam Lau also made appearances out of the bullpen.  
     
    The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday and will play host to Western Carolina. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.



    Auburn Takes Series With 8-2 Triumph

    AUBURN, Ala. - Rocky McCord went a career-long six innings and struck out a career-high six hitters while Jordan Ebert had two hits and extended his hitting streak to nine games as the Auburn baseball team defeated Eastern Illinois, 8-2, on Sunday to claim the series. The win improves Auburn's record to 8-3 while Eastern Illinois fell to 3-7.
     
    "I thought (Rocky) did a good job getting deeper into the game, which is important for him and important for our club and what we are trying to do," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said.
     
    Making his third start of the season, McCord (1-0) surrendered just three hits and three walks on the afternoon and kept Eastern Illinois off the scoreboard for his entire outing. Only once, in the first inning, did Eastern Illinois advance a runner past second against the sophomore, who earned his first career win.
     
    "Today wasn't my best day, I didn't have my best stuff but the defense played well and I finally got a win," McCord said. "Coach (Pawlowski) worked on me just attacking the zone. I was coming right at them and throwing it down the middle and letting it move and letting them hit it and it worked out."
     
    Auburn never trailed in the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth before back-to-back three-run innings in the fifth and sixth upped the lead to 7-0.
     
    Ebert finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, scoring in the fifth on a Ryan Tella sac fly and that made it 2-0 and again in the sixth on a Cullen Wacker bases-loaded walk that made it 5-0. 
     
    "We feel that we have a very good core group of freshmen here and (Jordan Ebert) is one of them," Pawlowski said. "He has been fortunate, he got an early opportunity and he has taken advantage of it. One of the things he does is he is very confident in his ability offensively."
     
    "I am just trying to help this team win games. This has been a fun way to start off my career," Ebert said. "Coach Gabe (Gross) has helped me with my approach and it's really sparked my batting average."
     
    Damek Tomscha drove in the game's first run with a fourth-inning double while Garrett Cooper had two hits and drove in two runs as all nine starters reached base safely for Auburn.
     
    Eastern Illinois starter Andrew Grahn (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks in four innings.
     
    Eastern Illinois avoided the shutout with a pair of ninth-inning runs off of Trey Cochran-Gill and Chase Williamson.
     
    Auburn leaves the confines of Plainsman Park for the first time on Tuesday as it takes on Alabama in the fifth annual Capital City Classic at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. First pitch is set for 7pm.



    Wiseman Walkoff Lifts Vandy to Win

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - No. 2 Vanderbilt had not led all day against Illinois-Chicago but freshman Rhett Wiseman changed that with one swing in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Commodores to a 3-1 victory and series sweep at Hawkins Field. 
     
    The Commodores (12-1) and Flames (3-6) entered the bottom of the 10th inning tied 1-1 after battling through seven scoreless innings to start the game. Vince Conde opened the frame with a solid single up the middle to give the Dores the winning run on first base. Wiseman was called on to bunt the runner over but after two failed attempts to get the sacrifice bunt down the freshman was told to swing away. Wiseman crushed the next pitch he saw over the right field bleachers to send the Commodores to their 10th straight win and become the first Commodore since Jason Esposito to hit a walk-off home run. Esposito ended the Dores' marathon 17-inning win over Louisville in 2010. 
     
    The two teams struggled through the first seven innings of the game with the Flames stranding nine base runners and the Commodores having only four base runners. UIC broke up the scoreless game in the eighth taking advantage of an error on shortstop Tyler Campbell. With two out and a runner on third, Vanderbilt appeared to be out of the inning when Joe Betcher hit a ground ball to Campbell but the freshman's throw sailed high at first base allowing the first run of the game to score. The Vandy offense immediately responded in the bottom half of the eighth to tie the game. Spencer Navin led off by being hit by a pitch and after a pair of walks the bases were loaded for Jack Lupo. The senior was plunked by UIC reliever Alex Posey's second pitch to force in the tying run. 
     
    Brian Miller (2-0) earned the win in relief for the Commodores tossing two scoreless innings. The right-hander pitched around a two-out single in the ninth and hit the lead off man in the 10th. Starter Philip Pfeifer turned in six more scoreless innings in a no decision. Pfeifer scattered three hits, walked four but struck out seven in lowering his ERA to a team-best 0.45. The lefty has now allowed only one earned run in his first 20 innings of the season. For the weekend, Vanderbilt's pitchers combined to allow four runs, one earned, on 14 hits with 35 strikeouts in 28 innings. 
     
    Posey (0-1) took the loss for the Flames after allowing Wiseman's walk-off home run. UIC starter Joe Begel kept the Commodores off balance all day, tossing 7.1 solid innings. Begel allowed one run on three hits with six strikeouts. 
     
    Vanderbilt's 10-game winning streak is the team's longest since 2011 when the Dores won 11 straight from March 26-April 12. The victory also secured the team's third straight series victory and second straight series sweep. The Commodores did not win their 12th game last season until April 3 with a win over UT-Martin. 
     
    Vanderbilt returns to action on Tuesday afternoon at Hawkins Field when Eastern Illinois visits at 4 p.m. 



    Alabama Bats Come Alive Sunday

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Junior first baseman Austen Smith, freshman second baseman Kyle Overstreet and sophomore right fielder Ben Moore combined for eight runs batted in, as the Alabama bats led the Crimson Tide to victory over Tulane, 12-6, at Sewell-Thomas Stadium on Sunday. Alabama moves to 8-3 after the win and Tulane drops to 6-6.
     
    "The biggest thing today was the win," UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "We needed to get a win after this weekend. After really struggling on the offensive end of things the first two games, it was nice to get some flow in the line-up."
     
    Trailing 5-4 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning, Alabama batted around and exploded for six runs in the inning after two were out. Georgie Salem walked and Mikey White doubled of the wall to spark the rally. Moore then delivered a double that bounced over the left field wall to score both Salem and White, giving the Tide a 6-5 advantage. After Booth and Roberts walked to load the bases, Smith singled to center field to make it 8-5, then Overstreet capped the inning with a two-run single, making the score 10-5 in favor of the Tide.
     
    Smith and Overstreet had two hits and three RBIs each and Moore pitched in with a 2-for-4 performance that included two RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman shortstop Mikey White, senior third baseman Kenny Roberts and senior designated hitter Andrew Miller all drove in a run for the Tide as well. Booth reached base four times in the game, including three walks and being hit by a pitch, and scored three times. Roberts was 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored.
     
    "Ben (Moore) and Smith (Austen) had a good day, but some other guys had some good swings too," Gaspard said. "We give a lead up, but we have the ability to respond and take it back. I thought Ray Castillo did a really good job again out of the bullpen for us."
     
    Freshman righty Ray Castillo (2-0) set career highs in innings pitched (4.1) and strikeouts (6) to earn the win, allowing a solo home run to right in the game. Brady Wilson (0-1) was charged with the loss for Tulane after throwing 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
     
    UA sophomore righty Spencer Turnbull got the start, lasting 4.2 innings despite tying his career-high in strikeouts with six. Turnbull gave up five runs on eight hits with three walks. Tulane starter Kyle McKenzie want 3.1 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
     
    The Green Wave loaded the base in the first inning and were able to push a run across on an infield ground out, before Turnbull struck out two to get out of it. Turnbull settled in from there, keeping the Tulane lineup in check through the four innings.
     
    Alabama was the beneficiary of miscues by the Green Wave defense in a four-run fourth, as a throwing error on Roberts' at-bat allowed Booth to score from second and Moore from third on Smith's RBI single the next at-bat. The freshmen got in on the scoring as well, with an Overstreet RBI sacrifice fly and a White bases-loaded walk to put the Tide up 4-1 after four.
     
    After Tulane put up four runs of their own in the top of the fifth, Turnbull was chased in favor of Castillo, who held the Tulane offense to only one run for the rest of the day.
     
    The Tide capitalized on Castillo's command of the mound, batting around the lineup in both the fourth and sixth innings.
     
    The lone run off Castillo came in the eighth inning when Tulane's Bowen Woodson hit a two-out, solo home run in the eighth inning. Once again, Alabama responded, scoring two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, thanks to a bases loaded balk and a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring at 12-6.
     
    The Alabama Crimson Tide returns to action on Tuesday, March 5th, when it meets the Auburn Tigers in the Capital City Classic. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. CT, from Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.
     
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    South Carolina Blanks Clemson, 8-0

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Nolan Belcher pitched a three-game complete game shutout and was backed by an offense that scored five runs with two outs in the sixth inning as seventh ranked South Carolina defeated Clemson 8-0 on Sunday afternoon to clinch the weekend series vs. Clemson in front of a sellout crowd of 8,242 fans at Carolina Stadium. South Carolina is now 8-2 on the year while the loss drops Clemson to 6-4 for the season. South Carolina has won 20 of the last 28 meetings between the two schools from the 2007 season to the present.
     
    A fifth-year senior, Belcher did not walk a batter and limited the Tigers to three singles in the entire contest. He struck out seven and tallied the first complete game shutout since Sam Dyson on May 15, 2010 in a 5-0 win at Arkansas. The complete game was Belcher's second of his career. He threw a complete game on April 11, 2009 in an 8-1 win over Ole Miss. Belcher is now 2-1 on the year. Clemson starting pitcher Scott Firth suffered the loss and is now 2-1 for the season. He went six innings and allowed six runs, one earned, on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
     
    Scoreless in the fourth inning, the Gamecocks went ahead 1-0 on a solo home run by Chase Vergason. The senior third baseman struck a 2-1 pitch from Firth for his second homer of the year over the right field wall.
     
    With a one-run lead the Gamecocks took advantage of a Clemson error in the sixth inning and struck with four consecutive two-out RBI hits to increase the lead to 6-0. Graham Saiko would reach base to open the frame as a soft liner went off the glove of Clemson second baseman Steve Wilkerson into right field. With two outs and first base open, Clemson intentionally walked LB Dantzler to give the Gamecocks a pair of runners. A wild pitch issued up by Firth moved Saiko over to third base. Joey Pankake would then get things going with a RBI single through the left side scoring Saiko. Erik Payne kept things going with a RBI base hit followed by a RBI single from Grayson Greiner. The Gamecocks then went ahead by six runs on a two-run double down the left field line off the bat of Connor Bright.
     
    Carolina added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Saiko and Vergason both singled for runners on the corners in the seventh with Saiko scoring his second run on a balk. After loading the bases with one out in the eighth, Saiko would tally a RBI on a walk as Greiner scored his second run of the game.
     
    Belcher worked a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts including one of pinch hitter Joe Costigan to end the game.
     
    Carolina out-hit Clemson 11-3 with eight of nine position starters recording at least one hit. Bright, Greiner and Vergason each had two hits. Six Gamecock starters had at least one RBI as well.
     
    South Carolina returns to action on Tuesday night beginning a two-game series with Ball State. First pitch for the opener at Carolina Stadium is 7 p.m. with Wednesday's contest at 4 p.m. Live video broadcast for both games will be available on the All Access Channel at GamecocksOnline.com. Fans can also hear both games on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game." 



    No. 1 Tar Heels Defeat Aggies

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The No. 30 Texas A&M Baseball team was doomed by 11 walks issued by Aggie pitchers in a 14-2 loss to the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels in action at the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
     
    A&M jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Mikey Reynolds was issued a base on balls to start the game and Krey Bratsen pushed him to second with a sacrifice bunt. An infield single by Daniel Mengden, fly out by Jonathan Moroney and walk by Blake Allemand loaded the bases. Troy Stein was hit by a pitch to drive in Reynolds for the game's first run. Logan Taylor had a 10-pitch at-bat, but it resulted in an inning ending line drive to centerfield.
     
    The Tar Heels responded with three runs in the home half of the first to take a 3-1 advantage. Chaz Frank, Landon Lassiter and Colin Moran all drew walks to start the frame. A wild pitch by Aggie starter Rafael Pineda pushed Frank across for the tying run. Skye Bolt was issued a walk to reload the bases, driving Pineda from the mound. Matt Kent came in from the bullpen, allowing an RBI fielder's choice grounder by Cody Stubbs and an RBI single by Michael Russell, before ending the inning with a bunt force out by Mike Zolk and a strikeout swinging by Brian Holbertson.
     
    The Aggies manufactured a run in the top of the second to cut the UNC lead to 3-2. Brandon Wood drew a leadoff walk and with one out he stole second and third base. Reynolds plated Wood with a grounder to short, shaving a run off the lead.
     
    North Carolina (10-0) scored five runs in the bottom of the second to take an 8-2 lead. Lassiter plated the first run of the frame with a double to the gap in left centerfield. Russell drew a walk with bases loaded to give the Tar Heels a 5-2 edge. An RBI double by Stubbs and a two-run single by Holbertson capped off the rally.
     
    The Tar Heels put up four runs in the bottom of the third to inflate their cushion to 12-2. The inning featured an RBI walk by Russell, two-run single by Zolk and an RBI, pinch-hit double by Alex Raburn.
     
    North Carolina added a run in the bottom of the fourth. Frank drew a leadoff walk and Lassiter followed with a single to the gap in left centerfield. A groundout to first base by Moran pushed both runners into scoring position and Frank scored on a passed ball to extend the lead to 13-2.
     
    The Tar Heels capped off the scoring in the fifth with an RBI single by Frank for the 14-2 margin.
     
    Reynolds logged a hit in his 12th consecutive game. Bratsen had an 11-game hit streak snapped.
     
    Lassiter and Moran led North Carolina's offense with three runs apiece. Stubbs, Russell, Zolk and Holbertson had two RBI apiece.
     
    Pineda (1-1) was saddled with the loss for A&M. He allowed three runs, walking all four batters he faced and uncorked one wild pitch.
     
    Chris Munnelly (1-0) earned the win in relief for UNC. He scattered one hit and four walks while striking out five over 2.2 innings. Tar Heels starter Hobbs Johnson allowed two runs on one hit and five walks while striking out one over 2.1 innings.
     
    Texas A&M returns to action on Tuesday with a 6:35 pm contest against the Prairie View A&M Panthers on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.



    LSU Caps Weekend With Shutout

    BATON ROUGE, La -- Left-hander Cody Glenn's seven shutout innings and a four-hit sixth inning guided No. 4 LSU (10-1) to a 2-0 victory over Nicholls State (7-5) at Alex Box Stadium on Sunday.
     
    LSU capped off a successful weekend after a pair of victories over Brown. The Tigers defeated the Bears by scores of 4-3 and 7-1 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
     
    Over the course of the weekend, Glenn (2-0) and starters Aaron Nola and Ryan Eades combined to not allow an earned run. LSU starting pitchers have not allowed an earned run in 27 innings.Glenn has not allowed an earned run in all three of his starts and matched his career high with seven innings pitched after accomplishing the same feat last week in LSU's 11-2 victory over University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The southpaw struck out five and allowed three hits and one walk.
     
    LSU relievers Joey Bourgeois and Chris Cotton combined to strike out five in the eighth and ninth inning, respectively. Cotton picked up his third save of the season after striking out the side in the final frame.
     
    Nicholls' starter Taylor Byrd (2-1) picked up the loss in a solid effort. Byrd did not allow an LSU hit until the fifth inning and was doomed by the Tigers' big sixth.
     
    Third baseman Christian Ibarra chopped a one-out single between third and short and moved to third on right fielder Sean McMullen's bloop single to center. Center Fielder Mark Laird scored Ibarra with a single to right and advanced McMullen a base.
     
    Shortstop Alex Bregman produced the game's second run off of a hard hit single up the middle, which scored McMullen from second.
     
    LSU's offense combined for seven hits, five of them off of Bryd. Seniors Raph Rhymes and Mason Katz increased their hit streaks to nine games apiece.
     
    The Colonels mounted their best threat in the top of the first inning. Glenn stranded a runner on third after a pair of strike outs and proceeded to retire nine consecutive batters until Ibarra's error in the top of the fourth.
     
    Following Ibarra's error, Glenn continued his dominance by retiring the next seven batters. After allowing the first batter of the game to reach base with a single, Glenn did not give up another hit until the first batter of the sixth inning.
     
    Laird robbed an extra base hit in the top of the third inning with a diving catch just in front of the warning track in center.
     
    LSU will play Stephen F. Austin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Box. Jase Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" participated in today's first pitch ceremonies.



    Mississippi State Moves to 15-0

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - While runs were a premium, victories kept coming for the Mississippi State baseball team Sunday afternoon.
    The Bulldogs completed a weekend four-game series sweep of St. Joseph's by recording 3-2 and 2-0 victories on a brisk afternoon for baseball at Dudy Noble Field.
     
    In the opener, the quartet of Kendall Graveman, Luis Pollorena, Myles Gentry and Ben Bracewell combined to hold the Hawks to six hits and one earned run. In the nightcap, Will Cox, Preston Brown, Chad Girodo, Gentry and Jonathan Holder combined on the squad's fourth shutout of the season.
     
    "A lot of people would be worried when you see starting pitcher go five or six innings," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "However, we have a lot of hot arms in the bullpen and we are going to use them. We will pitch it based on matchups. We really like our starters, but we also really like what we have coming out of the bullpen."
     
    MSU improved to 15-0 while moving into the last week of its season-opening 19-game homestand. St. Joseph's fell to 2-8.
     
    In the nightcap, the Bulldogs got all the offense they needed in the third inning. A hit batsman, two fielding errors and a passed ball led to the scores. A single by Alex Detz was the lone hit in the inning.
     
    MSU finished with five total hits, including the fifth multiple hit game for Detz.
     
    Will Cox (2-0) allowed four hits and walked one in five-plus innings of work to earn the win. Preston Brown got a pair of critical outs with two runners on base, in relief of Cox. Chad Girodo and Myles Gentry then held things right there, before Jonathan Holder struck out the side in the ninth inning for his fifth save.
     
    "Our pitching staff has been remarkable," Cohen said. "Our kids understand their roles. Will had a good start. He got a little tentative early but kept his composure and gave us five good innings."
     
    Gentry appeared in both games and has now made a team-best eight appearances. Starting pitcher Kendall Graveman was also lifted in the sixth inning of the opener. Pollorena (2-0) nabbed the win as the Bulldogs rallied from a 2-1 deficit with two scores in the sixth inning.
     
    An RBI-single by Detz was the game-tying hit. An RBI-single by Hunter Renfroe plated the go-ahead score.
     
    MSU finished with nine hits, including three by Detz and two each by C.T. Bradford and Renfroe.
     
    "Our expectations are high because the veterans have set the bar so high. We are playing with a lot of confidence now. Once the weather warms up, I think our bats will, too."
     
    MSU hosts Mississippi Valley State at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.