All nine Gamecock position starters reached base at least once. Graham Saiko went 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. English went 2-for-3 with two RBI and has reached base safely in all 11 games on the year. Dante Rosenberg was 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Joey Pankake scored a pair of runs along with his three-run homer. Dantzler extended his hitting streak to eight games.
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou baseball home opener vs. Eastern Michigan, scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon (March 5), has been postponed until Wednesday (March 6) due to forecasted cold temperatures and wind chills in the Mid-Missouri area. The Tigers will now play a doubleheader with the Eagles beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Stadium. Each game will be just seven innings.
The promotions for tomorrow's doubleheader are still as listed: Senior citizens will receive buy-one-get-one free tickets at 55 years or older with a photo ID. It is also business card night as anyone with a business card will receive free admission. Also, free admission will be given to children (kindergarten-fifth grade) who show up with an 'A' grade on any school project or paper.
Wednesday's game with Eastern Michigan is still slated for a 4 p.m. start a well at Taylor Stadium. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.
Florida Outlasts Jacksonville, 8-5
In a back and forth affair in the front end of a home-and-home series against Jacksonville (4-8), Florida (6-7) scored twice in the seventh inning to take the lead and added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth to collect an 8-5 victory on Tuesday night at John Sessions Stadium. The teams will meet again on Wednesday at McKethan Stadium.
Sophomore right-hander Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) (2-0) matched his career high with six strikeouts over 3.1 scoreless innings to earn the win, freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) was a career-best 3-for-4 with three runs and sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) started the game with a homer and was 2-for-4 with three runs as the Gators claimed their third win in a row.
Turgeon opened the contest by homering down the left-field line off of junior right-hander Zach Gordon, becoming the first Gator to start a contest with a round-tripper since Nolan Fontana accomplished the feat against Oregon State on June 5, 2010, during the NCAA Gainesville Regional. It was Turgeon’s third big fly of the season to match redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) for the team lead.
Sophomore Garrett Ruckel had a one-out double off the wall in left field in the second inning and freshman Ethan Loosen (2-for-4) was hit by a pitch from sophomore starter Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.). The righty worked out of the jam by having freshman Kris Molter hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Sophomore Alex McRae delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle to tie the game in the third inning. Junior Zach Houck (3-for-4) punched a single with one down into right field and moved to second on an errant pickoff throw by Shafer. The Gator hurler responded by striking out freshman Michael Babb for the second out but uncorked a wild pitch that advanced Houck to third base. After McRae evened the contest, junior Brady North gave JU runners on the corners with a base-hit through the right side of the infield. Shafer countered with an inning-ending strikeout of junior Drew Luther.
Molter provided the Dolphins with a 3-1 advantage in the fourth with his first career homer, a two-run shot to left field. Loosen had poked a one-out single into left field and Molter notched his first extra-base hit with a four-bagger.
Redshirt freshman Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) (2-for-5) began the fifth with an infield single and Gordon countered with a strikeout of senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.). Turgeon stepped to the plate and roped a ball to deep right field that seemed destined for extra bases. However, Babb made a leaping grab against the wall and threw all the way to first base to complete a double play.
The Gators plated three runs on two hits and two errors in the sixth to seize a 4-3 lead. Bader started the inning by legging out a single to third base and sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) drew a two-out walk from Gordon. Senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) narrowed the gap to 3-2 with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Bader, while Gushue took third and Ramjit went to second on a bobble by Houck in center field. Freshman Josh Baker took over for Gordon (5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R) and let loose a pitch to the backstop that brought across Gushue. Sophomore pinch hitter Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) had a grounder to first base that North misplayed, enabling Ramjit to come in with the fourth run.
Jacksonville answered with two runs and was helped by two errors in the bottom of the frame to re-claim a 5-4 lead. Freshman Mike Vinson (Miami, Fla.) replaced Shafer (career-high 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R) and issued a leadoff walk to Molter. Freshman Dylan Dillard laid down a bunt but a throwing error by Gushue allowed Molter to occupy second base. Freshman Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.) was summoned from the bullpen and walked Houck to load the bases with none out. Turgeon misplayed a grounder by Babb that scored Molter with the tying run and McRae delivered a sacrifice fly to left field to put the Dolphins back on top. Danciu caught North looking on strikes and Magliozzi came in and fanned Luther.
In the seventh, Florida scored the tying run on two-out passed ball and went ahead on a wild pitch. Turgeon singled through the left side with one down and Bader followed with a double into the gap in left center for two runners in scoring position. After Powers struck out, junior Jimmy Appleby replaced Baker (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R). Turgeon raced home for a 5-5 game on a passed ball by Luther and Bader scored on ball four to Shafer when Appleby’s pitch eluded Luther.
After Magliozzi struck out the side in the seventh, Houck had a one-out single into left center in the eighth and a grounder by Babb advanced his teammate in scoring position. McRae was plunked for two runners aboard and two down and Magliozzi preserved UF’s one-run lead by having North fly out to left field.
Turgeon was hit by a pitch to lead off the ninth by senior Corben Madden, prompting a pitching change. Bader greeted junior righty Adam Maxon with an infield single for his first three-hit effort as a collegian and Powers executed a sacrifice bunt to advance both of his teammates into scoring position. Shafer gave the visitors a 7-5 lead with a sacrifice fly into right field that scored Turgeon. The Dolphins committed consecutive errors with two down on grounders by Ramjit and Tobias to finalize the 8-5 margin. Each team had nine hits in the game.
The Gators and Dolphins will wrap up the series tomorrow at McKethan Stadium at 7 p.m. The contest can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.
Western Carolina Holds Off UGA
ATHENS, Ga. ---- Western Carolina outlasted Georgia 12-7 Tuesday at Foley Field in a game that lasted three hours and 40 minutes not counting a rain delay of more than an hour.
Redshirt freshman David Gonzalez was given the nod as the Bulldog (5-7) starter, making his third appearance of the season. Gonzalez walked Western Carolina's (7-6) Aaron Attaway to lead off the game and then surrendered a single into centerfield to Cody Jones. After Jones reached base, the skies opened up and gave way to a rain delay that lasted one hour and 22 minutes before the teams returned to play. The rain delay was the end of Gonzalez's day, as Mike Mancuso took the mound once action resumed.
The Catamounts (7-6) came out hot after the rain delay, pushing across five runs on six hits in the top of the first. With runners already on first and second, Tyler White provided a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners up one base. In the next at bat, Jacob Hoyle lined one right back up the middle that hit off of Mancuso's shoe and fell for an infield single, scoring Attaway from third. Hoyle was followed by Austin Neary, who boomed a double off of the center field wall that scored Jones and sent Hoyle to third. The Catamounts tacked on four more runs on a sacrifice fly from Bradley Strong and RBI hits from Bryant Noteboom and Danny Bermudez.
Georgia tacked on a run of their own in the bottom of the first thanks to a sacrifice fly by Hunter Cole that made the score 5-1. Curt Powell drove a one out double into the gap in left center field, and then advanced to third on a pass ball prior to scoring on Cole's sacrifice.
The Bulldogs had another opportunity to cut into the Catamount's lead in the bottom of the second inning as the first two batters reached base on a walk and a single. Morgan Bunting then beat out a potential 4-6-3 double play to put the Bulldogs in position to score with runners on the corners and no outs. Western Carolina starter Taylor Sandefur then walked DJ Smith to load the bases with just one out. Sandefur was able to escape without any harm, however, forcing both Nelson Ward and Powell to pop out in order to end the inning.
Georgia again posed a threat to Western Carolina's lead in the bottom of the fourth, this time they were able to capitalize. Jared Walsh, who posted a career-high four-hit game, led off the inning with a double off the wall in left field. Walsh was followed by pinch hitter J.T. Phillips who drew a walk from Hunter Brister. After Smith advanced Walsh and Phillips on a sacrifice bunt, Ward drove in Walsh on a bloop single into centerfield that cut the Catamount's lead to 5-2 after four.
Western Carolina responded quickly with two runs in the fifth as they increased their lead to 7-2, thanks to an RBI double from Noteboom and a two out RBI single from Attaway.
Georgia cut into the Catamount's lead again in the bottom of the sixth; scoring three runs after loading the bases with no outs. Walsh led off the inning with his third hit of the game and later scored on a fielder's choice ground out by Ward. Powell then drove in the second run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right field. The Bulldog's 3-4-5 hitters then drew three consecutive two out walks to load the bases, and then bring in another run to make it a 7-5 game through six.
Yet again, Western Carolina wasted no time in answering Georgia's attempted comeback, scoring five runs in the top of the seventh inning. After a throwing error by Powell kept the inning a live and allowed for another run to score, Jarrett Brown was brought into finish the inning. However, he surrendered a two out walk and then a three run homer to Cody Jones that put the Catamounts ahead 12-5. WCU employed seven pitchers on the night with Hunter Brister (1-0) picking up a win. Georgia used eight pitchers.
The Bulldogs put forth a valiant effort at a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, tacking on two additional runs on a two out double by pinch hitter Jess Posey, but ultimately fell short by the final tally of 12-7.
"You can't expect to win when you give up a couple of five-spots," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We have to execute our pitches better in key situations. Bottom line, we have to figure out our pitching for these midweek games. We had our chances at the plate too. We drew a lot of walks but didn't get enough key hits for any big innings. "
Georgia is currently in the midst of a nine-game home stand that will pick back up Friday night as they take on Liberty (9-2) in the first of a three game series.
LSU Bests Stephen F. Austin
BATON ROUGE, La - No. 3 LSU (11-1) received RBI contributions from seven different players in route to a 9-2 victory over Stephen F. Austin (3-7) Tuesday at Alex Box Stadium.
Outfielder Andrew Stevenson hit his first career home run over the right field wall in the third inning.
Kevin Berry (2-0) earned the win with two innings of shut-out work.
Stephen F. Austin starter Justin Choate suffered the loss, giving up five earned runs on five hits in five innings.
Mississippi State Moves to 16-0
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State piled up 17 hits Tuesday night, as season-high nine for extra bases, as the third-ranked Bulldogs ran their record to 16-0 with a 14-2 win over Mississippi Valley State at Dudy Noble Field. The Delta Devils dropped to 2-12.
Outfielder Hunter Renfroe carried the most productive bat for the Diamond Dogs, notching his first multiple-hit/multiple-RBI game of his junior season. Renfroe plated single runs with a sacrifice fly in the third and a single in the fourth before capping the 3-for-4 night in the sixth inning with a two-run blast, his team-best third roundtripper.
MVSU combined a lead-off infield single, a hit batsman, a wild pick-off throw and Seth Milliorn's infield groundout to claim a 1-0 lead in the first.
State second baseman Brett Pirtle tripled and scored during a two-run second inning burst that gave the Bulldogs a lead they would not surrender. Pirtle opened the fourth inning with a solo home run, his first of the year. Alex Detz went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, including a leadoff triple in the third and followed a C.T. Bradford double with an RBI two-bagger. Thirteen of the 15 Bulldog batters with at-bats hit safely in the game as State extended its series dominance of the Delta Devils to all 24 games.
Senior pitcher Luis Pollorena (3-0) picked up the win out of the bullpen. He registered two of his six strikeouts in the first inning after replacing MSU starter Brandon Woodruff. Preston Brown, Trevor Fitts and John Marc Shelly combined to blank MVSU over the final 5-1/3 innings.
MVSU starter Montana Killier (0-3) took the loss. He was charged with three runs (two earned) over three innings. Dabvid Lostra, Corwin Buchanon and Trey Lacy also saw mound duty.
The Bulldogs continue their season-opening 19-game homestand this weekend, welcoming Southland Conference leading Central Arkansas (12-1) to Dudy Noble Field for a three-game series. The Bulldogs-Bears series opens Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Texas A&M Triumphs
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M Aggies started quickly and never looked back as it downed Prairie View A&M Panthers, 8-2, in non-conference action Tuesday night on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
The Aggies sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, scoring six runs on four hits. Mikey Reynolds got the inning started with a leadoff walk, continuing his streak of safely reaching base in every game this season. With Reynolds on first, Krey Bratsen reached on a throwing error by the pitcher when Sean Hollis (1-1) couldn't get the out at first. With runners on first and third and one out, Daniel Mengden laced a single through the left side of the infield to score Reynolds. Jonathan Moroney pulled a double down the leftfield line to plate Bratsen and push the lead to 2-0.
With two runners in scoring position and still one out, Cole Lankford stroked a triple to deep right-centerfield, scoring Mengden and Moroney . The Aggies would cap off the scoring in the first when Mitchell Nau hit his first career home run, a two-run bomb over the leftfield wall to give the Aggies a comfortable 6-0 advantage. Mengden, Moroney, Lankford and Nau would hit for the natural cycle (1B, 2B, 3B, HR) over four consecutive at-bats.
The Panthers were able to battle back and cut the deficit to 6-1 in the top of the fifth. With runners on the corners, Grayson Long threw over to first in an attempt to pick-off the runner. During the 1-3-6 rundown, the runner on third broke for the plate to put the Panthers on the board.
The Aggies would get that run back in the bottom of the fifth. The Maroon-and-White got back-to-back singles up the middle by Moroney and Lankford followed by back-to-back sacrifice bunts by Nau and Charlie Curl to inflate the Aggie cushion to 7-1.
Prairie View A&M cut the lead to 7-2 in the top of the sixth. Brett Valley drew a leadoff walk from reliever Rafael Pineda and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brad Benes. With two outs, Greg Salcido singled to centerfield to knock Valley home.
Texas A&M increased the lead to 8-2 with a run in the home half of the eighth. Chance Bolcerek was issued a base on balls to lead off the inning and moved to second on a balk. Mikey Reynolds beat out an infield single to stretch his career-long hit streak to 13 games, but Bolcerek was unable to advance to third. The Aggies pulled off the double steal to put both runners in scoring position and Blake Allemand plated Bolcerek with a groundout to second base.
Moroney led the Aggies at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one double, two runs and one RBI. Mengden, Lankford and Nau each logged two hits and had one extra-base hit apiece with a double, triple and home run, respectively.
Long (2-0) struck out a career-high eight batters on his way the victory. The Mont Belvieu, Texas native allowed one run over 5.0 innings, scattering three hits and three walks in the winning effort.
Pineda pitched 1.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits and one walk while striking out two. AJ Minter entered the game with two outs in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third and two outs. He forced Valley to hit a comebacker right to the mound, which Minter easily tossed to first to end the inning.
Zach Brashear and Andrew Vinson each worked a scoreless frame to close out the game. Vinson struck out three batters of the four batters he faced in the ninth.
Hollis (1-1) was saddled with the loss. He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four over 4.2 innings.
Salcido paced the Panthers, going 2-for-4 with one RBI.
The Aggies return to action Friday when they travel to southern California for a three-game series at Cal State Fullerton. The first game of the series is slated for 9 pm central.
Auburn Takes Down Bama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Conner Kendrick threw six shutout innings out of the bullpen as Auburn rallied from a two-run deficit to defeat Alabama, 6-3, and claim a fifth straight Capital City Classic. The win improved Auburn's record to 9-3 while Alabama fell to 8-4.
"I thought our team responded. I thought that was one of the biggest things we did today," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "We made some mistakes but our team, when we got down 3-1, we were very resilient, they responded, they came back and found a way to win today."
Kendrick (-0) who has not allowed a run in 16 1/3 innings this season, entered in the bottom of the fourth with none out and runners on the corners and two runs already in for Alabama in the inning. The first batter he faced, eight-hole hitter Andrew Miller, bunted a ball right back to him that he turned into an out at the plate. After a strike out, an error at third allowed Kyle Overstreet to score to put Alabama ahead, 3-1. Kendrick then closed out the inning with a strike out.
"My first priority was getting out of that inning," Kendrick said. "I never expected to do what I did tonight, but something close to it would have been nice."
After the fourth, Alabama would reach base just twice off of Kendrick, who was named the game's MVP. He finished the night by retiring the final six hitters in order and registered a career-high eight strike outs on the night, the most by any Auburn pitcher this season.
"I felt like I had command of more than one pitch tonight," Kendrick said. "I could throw fastball, I could go change-up and I had a pretty good curveball tonight. That mix of pitches helped me out."
"I kind of lack for words the job that Conner Kendrick did. What a masterful performance," Pawlowski said. "As you progress through the season you learn more and more about your players and the things they can do and the things they can handle. I went out (to the mound) in the eighth inning and asked (Conner) where he was and asked him what he had left in the tank and he said `I'm good to go.' He finished it and did exactly what we hoped he would do."
On the season, Kendrick is holding opponents to a .077 batting average and has struck out 22 while allowing just four hits and walking five while not surrendering a run of any kind.
Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Garrett Cooper walked and scored on a Jordan Ebert sac fly.
Auburn took advantage of a pair of Alabama fielding miscues in the fifth to reclaim the lead, 4-3. Dan Glevenyak walked to start the inning and Ryan Tella singled to put runners on first and second. A sac bunt from Damek Tomscha put the two in scoring position. A Cullen Wacker RBI groundout made it 3-2 Alabama before Cooper reached on an error at short that allowed Tella to score the tying run. After Patrick Savage singled, Blake Austin reached on an error at third that brought Cooper home with what proved to be the game-winning run.
Cooper sealed the game in the ninth with a two-out, two-run single to left.
Alabama's Tucker Hawley (2-1) was charged for the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in one inning of work, the fifth.
Ebert finished the game 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 10 games while Cooper's ninth-inning single extended his hitting streak to seven games.
The win was Auburn's seventh come-from-behind win of the season and its fourth in five wins at the Capital City Classic.
Auburn returns home for three games against Brown this weekend. Game times are 6pm on Friday, 3pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.