|saturday Baseball RESULTS
|Louisville 6, Alabama 0
|Michigan State 6, Kentucky 1
|Arkansas 8, San Deigo State 2 (Game 1)
|Arkansas 4, San Deigo State 1 (Game 2)
|Tennessee 13, Alcorn State 6
|Florida 6, Indiana 4
|Auburn 6, Brown 0
|Georgia 3, Liberty 1
|South Carolina 9, Rider 5
|Mizzou , San Francisco
|Central Arkansas 7, Mississippi State 5
|Ole Miss 8, Lipscomb 5
|LSU 8, Washington 4
|Vanderbilt 4, Oregon 2
|Texas A&M , CS Fullerton
Alabama Baseball Falls to No. 5 Louisville, 6-0, on Saturday
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 5 ranked Louisville Cardinals scored all six of their runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a 6-0 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon from Jim Patterson Stadium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 8-6 overall, while the Cardinals improve to 11-2 overall.
Locked in a pitcher’s duel through six and a half innings, the Cardinals broke a scoreless game open with a six-run seventh. After throwing six scoreless innings, Alabama starter Jon Keller allowed a leadoff single to Cole Sturgeon to open the Louisville seventh then after Sturgeon stolen second, Keller had a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt to put runners on the corners with no outs.
Keaton Haack entered for Keller and struck out the first batter he faced, but Louisville followed with back-to-back singles to Sutton Whiting and Kyle Gibson to score three times. After a groundout plated another run, Louisville got a walk and a two-run double by Alex Chittenden to cap the scoring, as the Cardinals batted around in the seventh.
Louisville starting pitcher Jeff Thompson improved to 4-0 on the season after throwing seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Keller (2-2) finished the day with six innings pitched, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts, but took the loss.
Offensively, Alabama’s two hits came from Brett Booth and Kenny Roberts as both had singles in the game. Georgie Salem had a walk in four plate appearances and has reached base safely in all 14 games this season. Jake Hubbard threw the final 1.1 innings for the Tide, allowing two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
The Cardinals had eight hits in the contest as Sturgeon and Gibson led the way with two hits each. Adam Engel was 1-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored and three stolen bases, Chittenden was 1-for4 with two RBI and Whiting was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Louisville reliever Dace Kime completed the shutout, throwing two hitless and scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
The first threat in the game came in the Louisville second, when two singles had runners on the corners with one out, but Keller struck out the next two swinging to end the inning.
Alabama’s best chance to score came in the third inning. After Andrew Miller and Mikey White were hit by pitches to put runners on first and second with two out, Ben Moore grounded out to end the threat.
NINE-RUN INNING PROPELS VOLS TO 13-6 VICTORY OVER ALCORN STATE
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee freshman Andrew Lee broke out in a big way on Saturday afternoon, delivering a four-hit, five-RBI effort, including two hits in a nine-run third inning, as the Volunteers (6-7) clinched the series win over Alcorn State (2-13) with a 13-6 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
On a day when the Big Orange offense put together 15 hits, Lee led the way by going 4-for-5 with two singles and a pair of doubles, the first two extra-base hits of his young career. His five RBIs are the most in a single game by a UT player so far this season.
“I don’t know if I can ever say I am expecting a 4-for-5 day from a freshman, but I thought he put really good swings on the baseball today,” UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “I thought he used the count leverage in his favor. I know the coaches have been harping at him to put good passes on the ball when he gets count leverage and I thought he did that today. This game is about confidence and obviously he was feeling really good every time he was coming to the plate.”
In addition to Lee’s performance, Taylor Smart and Pierce Bily each had multi-hit games at the plate as well. Smart was 2-for-5 and bashed his first home run as a Vol while Bily finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
“I thought Pierce Bily had a great day today,” Serrano said. “He’s one of those unsung heroes. He doesn’t stand out a lot, he just does a lot of consistent things throughout the day and those kinds of things are noticed by this coaching staff.”
On the mound, freshman Trevor Charpie picked up his first collegiate victory in the contest, striking out five batters over five innings out of the bullpen. He came on in relief of fellow classmate Drake Owenby who walked five and allowed three runs in three hitless innings in his first start as a Vol.
With a 2-1 lead through the first two innings, Tennessee absolutely exploded in the third, sending 15 batters to the plate and scoring nine runs on seven hits and an error. The first six Vols reached in the frame, including an RBI single by Lee and a two-run triple by Vincent Jackson, before a successful safety squeeze finally put an out on the board.
Just three batters later, with the bases loaded, Lee struck another big blow with a double to center that cleared the bases. Bily followed with a single on the very next pitch to drive him in and give UT a double-digit lead at 11-1.
Alcorn State answered with four runs of its own in the next two innings, but a solo home run on to “The Porch” in left by Smart and a run-scoring double play in the eighth thwarted any thoughts the Braves may have had about a potential comeback attempt.
KENTUCKY OFFENSE STYMIED IN SERIES-EVENING LOSS
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Michigan State junior starter David Garner turned in a dominating pitching performance and Anthony Cheky hit the go-ahead homer in the third, leading the Spartans to a 6-1 win over No. 7 Kentucky to even the series, on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
A 2012 Cape Cod League All-Star, Garner (3-0) cruised through the Wildcats lineup, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning, retiring the first 11 hitters he faced before A.J. Reed drew a full-count walk in the fourth. A former draft pick of our high school by the Cincinnati Reds, Garner worked 8.1 innings against a UK team that entered the week leading the NCAA in scoring offense, allowing four hits and one run, walking one and striking out six.
Kentucky (12-2) had its season-long nine-game win streak snapped with the loss, which will set up the rubber match on Sunday with the Spartans, a 37-win and NCAA Tournament team in 2012. UK also suffered its first home loss in a 15-game span, dating back to 2012, as Michigan State plated a run in the third on Cheky’s homer, and added a two-run frame in the sixth. The homer allowed by the UK staff to Cheky was its first surrendered in a staggering span of 290 consecutive plate appearances.
UK senior starter Jerad Grundy (3-1) turned in a strong outing in his fourth start of the year, suffering the hard-luck loss. He worked 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and three runs, walking one and striking out four.
Freshman lefty Ryne Combs came on in the sixth inning of a two-on, two-out jam, allowing a runner to score with a pair of singles surrendered in the frame. Combs worked 1.2 innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run. Freshman Tyler Cox took over in the eighth, getting an out and allowing two hits and two unearned runs. Freshman Zach Strecker got the final four outs of the game without allowing a baserunner.
The Wildcats got four hits in the game, including two from junior third baseman Paul McConkey, who broke up the no-hitter in the fifth and then the shutout in the eighth with his first career homer. Jeff Boehm also added a hit in the eighth and Max Kuhn singled in the ninth to stretch his streak of reaching base safely in each game this year.
After Garner exited in the ninth inning with one out, Michigan State lefty Jeff Kinley came on in relief to get the final two outs of the game and working around a fielding error.
The series will conclude on Sunday at 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 WLAP 630-AM and online at UKathletics.com. UK will send All-America junior southpaw Corey Littrell (1-0) to face off with Michigan State sophomore right-hander Mick VanVossen (0-0, 6.30).
Michigan State (6-6) took the lead in the third inning, as Cheky connected on his first homer of the year, skying it over the fence in rightfield.
The Spartans added to their lead and chased Grundy from the game in the sixth, as Cheky and Ryan Richardson singled to leadoff, with Cheky scoring on Jordan Keur’s sacrifice fly. After a two-out walk to Blaise Salter, UK turned to the lefty Combs to face left-handed hitter Ryan Krill. Krill singled to load the bases and Joel Fisher then singled home a run with an infield single.
MSU added three runs in the top of the eighth inning, taking a 6-0 lead. Keur singled to third base to leadoff, taking second on a groundout. Salter then chopped a grounder to third that went as an error. After a strikeout for the second out, Fisher doubled down the leftfield line, scoring two runs. Justin Hovis then singled up the middle to score two more runs.
UK got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning, as McConkey cranked a solo homer over the rightfield fence, his first career bomb.
Georgia Claims Series with 3-1 Win Over Liberty
ATHENS, Ga. – Nelson Ward, Curt Powell and Hunter Cole each had two hits apiece and starter Patrick Boling pitched a career-high six innings to lead Georgia to a 3-1 series-clinching victory over Liberty on Saturday at Foley Field.
Senior Bryan Benzor earned his first win of the season for the Bulldogs, who even their record at 7-7 on the year. Liberty’s Brooks Roy (2-1) took his first loss of the season as the Flames now fall to 9-5 overall. Coming in Saturday, Roy had allowed just one earned run in 18 innings and left with the game tied 1-1 before the Flames bullpen allowed two of his runs to score. Meanwhile, Georgia’s pitching staff has allowed just one run in the series, a solo home run Saturday.
“It seems like it’s been forever to get back to 500, and now we have a chance to get above that on Sunday after pitching extremely well again today,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “Patrick, Bryan and Jared were sharp, and our defense made some key plays including a nice double play to end it. The second run in the eighth to give us a 3-1 lead was huge. I was happy for Brett, that was a big hit. Of course, J.T. Phillips had a good at bat to give us the lead and then made another exceptional scoop at first to complete the double play for the win. Nelson and Curt set up the rally in the eighth. We played a lot of small ball today.”
Ward went 2-3 on the afternoon with a walk and two runs scored, while Cole, J.T. Phillips and Brett DeLoach each tallied an RBI for the Bulldogs. Through his career-high six innings pitched, Boling surrendered just six hits, one earned run and one walk while striking out five.
The Bulldogs scratched one run across in the bottom of the first, as Ward and Powell recorded back-to-back singles to start the inning. With the base hit, Powell extended his hitting streak to 10 games. A fielder’s choice on the ensuing at-bat by Farmer advanced Ward to third base, and he would come home to score on an RBI single to left by Cole.
After a scoreless second inning by both teams, Liberty threatened to score in the top of the third when Dalton Britt recorded a leadoff infield single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Boling calmly recorded three straight outs to the first three batters in the Flames’ lineup, including a strikeout, to get the Bulldogs out of the jam.
Boling retired eight straight batters through the third, fourth and fifth innings, three of which were strikeouts. He was assisted during the streak by Farmer, who made a beautiful leaping grab at shortstop to prevent the leadoff hitter of the fifth inning, Nick Lacik, from reaching base.
Georgia loaded the bases with just one out in the fifth, as McLaughlin and Ward each drew a walk and Powell reached on a bunt single. However, a 6-4-3 double play would end the inning for the Bulldogs.
Liberty tied the game up at one run apiece in the sixth with a solo home run to left by Ryan Cordell, but Boling retired three of the next four batters to end the inning. After Boling faced one batter in the seventh, giving up a single to left, Georgia brought in Benzor in relief. Benzor retired the next three batters, including a strikeout, to end the inning and keep the game locked at 1-1.
Benzor held the Flames scoreless once again in the eighth before the Bulldogs produced two runs in the bottom half of the frame to reclaim the lead. Ward beat out an infield grounder to the pitcher for a base hit and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Powell. After an intentional walk was issued to Farmer, Cole sent a base hit into left to load the bases with just one out. Phillips, who entered the game in the sixth inning, hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Ward, and DeLoach followed with an RBI single to left that plated Farmer to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
Walsh moved from right field to pitcher in the ninth inning for Georgia, surrendering two base hits to the first two batters before recording a strikeout and inducing a double play to end the game. Walsh earned his second save of the season en route to preserving the 3-1 victory.
BIANCO TAKES ALL-TIME WIN RECORD WITH VICTORY OVER LIPSCOMB
OXFORD, Miss – Head coach Mike Bianco set the all-time win record at Ole Miss on Saturday, passing legendary Rebel All-America and coach Jake Gibbs, as the seventh-ranked Rebels (15-1) defeated Lipscomb (6-9) by a score of 8-5.
With the win, Bianco picked up coaching win 486 as the Rebel skipper and clinched the weekend series with the victory over the Bison.
The Rebels did it with another explosive night offensively, paced by Auston Bousfield who tallied a pair of RBI and scored two runs with a 1-for-3 performance that included his first home run of the season. Bousfield also drew a pair of walks in his first two plate appearances and went on to score both times.
Mike Mayers (2-0) picked up the win, pitching 6.0 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts while allowing one hit and one walk in his time on the mound. Brett Huber then picked up his sixth save of the season, after Lipscomb put together a five-run rally in the seventh inning.
Davey Hackett (1-3) suffered the loss for Lipscomb, allowing eight runs – six earned – on eight hits with four walks and no strikeouts in his 5.1 innings of work.
“It was another good game by us,” Bianco said. “Obviously the seventh inning got away from us a little bit, but that happens. Not that you draw it up that way or want it to happen, but sometimes it is good to be tested. What looked like it was going to be a way to cruise to victory wasn’t today, and our guys handled it.
“I’m proud of the way Aaron (Greenwood) came in at the end,” Bianco said. “Also the way (Brett) Huber came in at the end to get through it. (Mike) Mayers was tremendous for six innings. Offensively we swung it well, but we also ran the bases extremely well today. We really took advantage of some of their miscues. That certainly led to some big innings.”
The Rebels pushed a pair of runs home in the first inning on RBI singles from Austin Anderson and Stuart Turner. Ole Miss would go on to add three more runs in the third inning, marking the third consecutive game the Rebels put up at least five runs on the opponent in the first three innings.
Ole Miss continued to build on the lead in the fifth inning when Bousfield stepped to the plate following a walk of Tanner Mathis and sent a 2-0 offering into the home bullpen in left field to put the Rebels on top 7-0.
The Rebels added their eighth run in the sixth inning. Will Jamison tripled and then scored when Preston Overbey singled to center field.
Lipscomb cut into the lead in the seventh inning with a five-run rally that trimmed the lead to three runs. The Bison mounted the rally with five singles, a walk and a hit batter before the Rebels would get out of the inning when Aaron Greenwood notched a fly out of the first batter faced.
The Bison looked to mount a second rally in the ninth, putting two men on to start the inning, but Huber squelched the rally attempt with back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout to first to preserve the victory and clinch the weekend series.
Auburn Shuts Out Brown, 6-0
AUBURN, Ala. – Michael O’Neal allowed six hits and walked two in a complete game shutout as the Auburn baseball team defeated Brown, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon. The win improved Auburn’s record to 11-3 while Brown fell to 1-5.
“That is the first complete game shutout I have thrown. In JUCO I always seemed to give up one run in the ninth,” O’Neal said. “I didn’t have a very good bullpen before the game. I didn’t have any idea where the ball was going, but I looked at (student manager Cameron) Blinka and said I was going to do really well today because if I am really good in there I am really bad out here. I just knew something was going to happen for me.”
O’Neal (4-0), a junior college transfer, walked one in the first and one in the fifth and scattered Brown’s first three hits over the first eight innings. Four times he set the side down in order and the lefty finished with a career-high six strike outs.
“(O’Neal) is that type of pitcher, he has a little different look, and his ball runs around so much. Not many guys squared up his fastball today,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said.
The complete game shutout was the first by an Auburn pitcher since Derek Varnadore, also a product of Chattahoochee Valley Community College, went the distance in a 3-0 win over Georgia on May 7, 2011.
While O’Neal was keeping the Brown hitters off the base paths, Auburn’s offense cranked out 10 hits off of Brown starter Dave St. Lawrence (0-1) and reliever Lucas Whitehill. Ryan Tella was 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs scored while Garrett Cooper was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Jordan Ebert extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a lead-off single in the third while Damek Tomscha was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI and has now been on base in all 14 games.
Auburn went up 3-0 in the third as Ebert singled and scored on a Dan Glevenyak single, Jackson Burgreen doubled and scored on a Tomscha fielder’s choice and Glevenyak scored on a Cullen Wacker sac fly.
Auburn extended the lead to 4-0 in the fifth when Tella singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Cooper single.
Auburn closed out the scoring in the seventh when Tomscha doubled in Tella and Cooper drove in Tomscha.
With the win, Pawlowski tied Steve Renfroe (2001-04) for the third-most wins by an Auburn coach with 145.
Van Horn earns 1,000th win as UA sweeps doubleheader
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn earned his 1,000th career win on Saturday as No. 19 Arkansas swept a doubleheader vs. San Diego State at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks won game one of the doubleheader, 8-2, and completed the sweep with a 4-1 win in the nightcap.
With the doubleheader sweep, the Razorbacks won all four games of their weekend series vs. San Diego State. Arkansas improves to 11-5 with the twinbill sweep, while San Diego State dropped to 7-9 with the pair of losses.
Coach Van Horn reached a major career milestone with the win in the first game of the doubleheader. Coach Van Horn earned his 1,000th career victory in Arkansas’ 8-2 victory. The Razorback skipper now has a career record of 1,001-468 in 25 years of coaching, while his record at the UA is 416-228.
Tyler Spoon had a hit in each game of the doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Spoon went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in the first game and 1-for-4 in the second game. Jacob Mahan went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader with a RBI and a run scored, while Eric Fisher went 3-for-7 with a RBI and two runs scored.
Game 1 Recap: Killian tosses seven no hit innings as Arkansas wins 8-2
Freshman right hander Trey Killian worked seven no hit innings and struck out seven as Arkansas defeated San Diego State, 8-2, in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Killian (2-1) was outstanding on the mound en route to earning his second win of the season. Killian opened the game by retiring the first 17 batters he faced until a two-out walk in the top of the sixth. In the seventh, Killian had a runner reach via an error, but he induced a 4-6-3 double play from the next batter and then struck out the last batter of the seventh to keep the no hitter intact. He left after the seventh, striking out seven and just issuing the one walk in seven innings.
Tyler Wright retired both batters he faced in the top of the ninth, including one strikeout.
San Diego State starter Ryan Doran (2-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits and striking out two in five innings.
At the plate, Arkansas recorded 12 hits, its most hits in a game since the Razorbacks had 15 hits in the series finale vs. Evansville on Feb. 24. Four different players had multiple hits in the game, led by Jacob Mahan and Tyler Spoon, who each had three hits. Mahan was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and a run scored, while Spoon was 3-for-4 with his third homer of the season, two RBI and two runs scored. Brian Anderson went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Eric Fisher also had two hits and scored a run.
San Diego State managed just two hits in the game. Tim Zier had a hit and a RBI, while Mitch Bluman also added a hit.
Arkansas struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second. With one out, Fisher doubled to the right-center field gap and he advanced to third on a ground out by Jordan Farris. Brett McAfee drove home Fisher with an RBI infield single. Mahan then sliced a double down the left field line and into the corner, scoring McAfee from first base to put the Razorbacks on top 2-0.
The Razorbacks added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Spoon led off the inning with his third homer of the season, a solo blast over the wall in left field.
Arkansas broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Farris drew a leadoff walk. McAfee laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the third baseman couldn’t field it, allowing McAfee to reach on an E5. Farris was able to take third on the play when the Aztecs failed to cover the bag after the error. A walk to Mahan loaded the bases for Joe Serrano, who was hit by a pitch to make the score 4-0. Spoon then grounded a single into left field to score McAfee and keep the bases loaded for Anderson, who followed with a two-RBI single to center field to stretch the lead to 7-0. Jake Wise closed the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Spoon.
The Aztecs didn’t manage their first hit in the game until one out in the top of the eighth when Bluman singled to right field off Colby Suggs. San Diego State would avoid the shutout by scoring twice in the top of the ninth on a RBI single by Zier and a RBI groundout by Justin Gheorghe.
Game 2 Recap: Four-run seventh lifts Arkansas to doubleheader sweep
Arkansas broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the bottom of the seventh as the Razorbacks defeated San Diego State, 4-1, in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Randall Fant, Michael Gunn and Barrett Astin combined to allow just one run on seven hits in the contest. Michael Gunn (1-0) earned his first win of the season, retiring all three batters he faced in his one inning of relief.
Randall Fant started on the mound for the Razorbacks and pitched well, tossing six shutout innings and giving up four hits with three strikeouts. Barrett Astin closed the game by giving up a run on three hits and striking out a pair in two innings.
San Diego State reliever Bubba Derby (1-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. Aztec starter Ethan Miller threw six scoreless innings and struck out five, but received a no decision.
Along with earning the win, Gunn also reached base all three times at the plate, going 2-for-2 and also drawing a walk. Jacob Morris had a two-RBI triple and scored a run, while Eric Fisher and Brett McAfee also had a RBI in the victory.
Danny Sheehan had two hits and drove in a run to lead the Aztecs offensively. John Spirk added a hit and scored a run.
Neither team was able to get much going offensively until the bottom of the seventh, when Arkansas broke through with four runs. With one out, Gunn walked and Jake Wise singled to right to put runners on first and second. Fisher then lined a single to center field, scoring Matt Vinson, who had pinch ran for Gunn, from second base and advancing Wise to third. Fisher was able to take second on the throw to the plate. Morris then ripped a triple into the left-center field alley, scoring both Wise and Fisher to make the score 3-0. McAfee then laid down a perfect safety squeeze bunt back to the pitcher. The SDSU pitcher attempted to bare hand the ball and throw home, but he was unable to make the play as Morris was safe at home and McAfee reached on an infield bunt single.
San Diego State didn’t go quietly in the ninth, scoring a run and getting the tying run to the plate. Spirk led off the inning with a single to right and then stole second with one out. Jake Romanski lined a single to center field to advance Spirk to third. Sheehan drove in a run with a single to right-center to trim the lead to 4-1. With Tyler France at the plate as the tying run, Astin induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the game and give Arkansas the series sweep.
Florida Evens Series With Indiana, 6-4
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) was a career-best 4-for-4 and drove in three runs as Florida (8-8) used a pair of three-run innings and 5.2 innings of stellar relief from freshman right-hander Jay Carmichael (Cape Coral, Fla.) (2-1) to even its weekend series with a 6-4 triumph over Indiana (7-3) on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) retired the Hoosiers in order in the ninth to collect his third save.
“That’s the first time all year that we handled adversity pretty well,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We fell behind 3-0 after three [innings], and they’re a really good team and our players know that. The dugout was really good from the first inning until the ninth. I thought our team got a huge lift when [Jay] Carmichael came in; you could just kind of see when he came in with a runner at first and nobody out and we got out of that inning giving up only one run. Then, we turned around and put three on the board and had some really good at-bats in the bottom of the third. We scored some runs in the sixth to distance ourselves.”
“Carmichael was outstanding and Casey Turgeon had a great day. We showed a tremendous amount of resiliency against a really good Indiana team. They [Indiana] have a really good lineup and can hit. With that being said, after losing a tough game last night, we bounced back today. Most importantly, I’m proud of the way we battled and how the dugout was—they were really excited all game and they stayed behind their teammates.”
"I was pretty comfortable [on the mound], but everybody contributed to this win and battled hard,” Carmichael said. “When one didn't do it, somebody else stepped up. That's what brothers are for.”
Indiana plated two runs on three hits in the first inning against freshman starter Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) on an RBI single by redshirt sophomore Scott Donley (2-for-4) and a run-scoring grounder by senior Michael Basil. Sophomore Kyle Schwarber (2-for-5) had singled with one down and moved into scoring position on a two-bagger to left field by sophomore Sam Travis. Donley opened the scoring for the second-straight day by legging out a single to bring in Schwarber and Basil followed with a grounder to first base that scored Travis.
Schwarber boosted the Hoosiers’ advantage to 3-0 in the third inning with an RBI single that scored senior Justin Cureton, who had led off by being hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Following Schwarber’s sixth-consecutive hit in the series, Carmichael took over for Simpson (2 IP, 5 H, 3 R). Travis was plunked for two runners aboard, sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) robbed Donley of a hit with a leaping grab and Carmichael induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play from Basil to hold the deficit at three runs.
The Gators evened the game in the third inning with four hits and three runs. Sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) (1-for-3, two runs) started the frame with a flare into right center and then stole second base. Senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) singled through the right side for runners on the corners and a failed pickoff attempt by redshirt sophomore Aaron Slegers at first base allowed Tobias to come home with the Gators’ first run. Turgeon delivered his first double of the season into right center to score Dent to narrow the gap to 3-2. Slegers recorded the next two outs before sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (2-for-4) knotted the game at 3-3 with an RBI single up the middle. Sophomore Luke Harrison (0-1) came in for Slegers (2.2 IP, 5 H, 3R) and Gushue was caught stealing to end the inning.
Donley began Indiana’s sixth with an infield single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Basil. A grounder by junior Dustin DeMuth pushed Donley to third and Shafer made a running grab in right field on a ball hit by redshirt sophomore Will Nolden to preserve the stalemate.
Florida tallied three runs on three hits in the home part of the sixth and grabbed a 6-3 lead on a go-ahead RBI single by freshman Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) before a two-run, two-out single by Turgeon with the bases loaded. Gushue began the frame with hot-shot into right field that resulted in a double and Harrison (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R) had Ramjit foul out before being replaced by junior Ryan Halstead. A passed ball advanced Gushue to third base and Stypulkowski put the Gators on top with a base-hit through the left side of the infield. With two down, Tobias and Dent were hit by consecutive pitches to fill the bags. Turgeon came through with base-knock up the middle to bring across Stypulkowski and Tobias.
"We have to grind out the game as it goes along and that's something that we did today,” Turgeon said of the Gators’ victory. “When guys get on base, good things can happen. They took some pitches and wore some pitches; they found a way on.”
Carmichael collected the first two outs of the eighth before issuing a free pass to Basil. Junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) was summoned from the bullpen and walked redshirt junior pinch hitter Casey Smith. Sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) was called upon with the two Hoosiers aboard and sophomore Chris Sujka delivered a pinch-hit RBI single into left center to bring the visitors to within 6-4. Harris had senior pinch hitter Trace Knoblauch fly out to left field to complete the inning. Magliozzi threw eight pitches in the ninth to secure the series-evening triumph. Each team had nine hits in the contest, while the Gators played error-free.
GAMECOCKS DEFEAT RIDER 9-5
Columbia, S.C. – Sixth ranked South Carolina pounded out 13 hits including a pair of homers from Connor Bright and Joey Pankake as the Gamecocks defeated Rider 9-5 on Saturday afternoon in game two of a three-game series. The Gamecocks improve to 12-2 with Rider dropping to 6-3 for the season. The series concludes on Sunday with first pitch at 1:30 p.m. Live video broadcast is available at GamecocksOnline.com on the All Access Channel. The game can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM, “The Game.”
The 13-hit afternoon would feature hits from eight of the nine Gamecock position starters. Pankake and Bright each had two hits with two RBI and two runs scored. Chase Vergason went 2-for-4 with two RBI as well. Dante Rosenberg and Shon Carson went 2-for-4 also with each scoring a run and driving in a run.
Joel Seddon earned the win after one inning of relief. He is 1-0 on the year. He allowed one run, unearned, on one hit with one walk and two strikeouts. He was followed up by senior left-hander Adam Westmoreland, who earned his first save of the year after hurling 3.2 scoreless innings without allowing a hit and walking just one while striking out three batters. Rider starting pitcher Kurt Sowa suffered the loss and is 2-1 on the year. He worked 3.1 innings and allowed eight runs on seven hits with three walks and a strikeout.
Rider went ahead 1-0 in the top of the second inning with an unearned run. Jerry Mulderig led off with a base hit. South Carolina starting pitcher Colby Holmes attempted to nab Mulderig at first on a pickoff but his throw sailed past Gamecock first baseman LB Dantzler and Mulderig advanced all the way to third base. He would then score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Greg Fazio.
The Gamecocks responded in the bottom half of the second though sending eight batters to the plate and scoring three runs. Max Schrock opened the frame with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Connor Bright’s RBI single to left field. The hit parade kept going as Curt Britt recorded his first career hit with a single to left field followed by Dante Rosenberg, who knocked a RBI single up the middle scoring Bright. Shon Carson put Carolina ahead 3-1 with a RBI groundout plating home Britt. Bright factored in again in the third inning as he gave Carolina a 4-1 lead with a solo home run to left field, his first career homer as a Gamecock.
Carolina chased Sowa in the bottom of the fourth with four more runs to take an 8-1 lead. Rosenberg reached base for a second time on a hit by pitch and Carson gave Carolina a pair of runners with a base hit as he set down a perfect push bunt and outraced the Broncs defense to first base. After a sacrifice run by Saiko advanced the runners into scoring position, Chase Vergason connected with a two-run single to left field scoring both runners. After a walk to Joey Pankake, the Broncs went to the pen for left-hander Joe Calogero. Schrock would drive in Vergason with a two-out RBI single and a pair of wild pitches would allow Pankake to score.
Rider answered the Gamecocks with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. With one out and a runner on first base, Holmes walked James Locklear and gave up a single to Eric Strano to load the bases. Ian Lindsay’s RBI single tallied a run for the Broncs. South Carolina went to the bullpen for right-hander Joel Seddon, who fanned the first batter he faced with a strikeout. With two outs and the bases still full, Maulderig tallied his second hit of the day with a two-run single to center cutting the Carolina lead to 8-4.
The Broncs added a run in the sixth inning to cut the Gamecock lead to three runs. With one out and Mike Parsons on first base, Nick Crescenzo hit a small roller back to Seddon. With Parsons rushing to second base, Seddon threw low and past the base in an attempt to force out Parsons, who made his way to third after the throw went into the outfield. Parsons would score on a fielder’s choice.
Joey Pankake’s third home run in the last four games pushed the Gamecock lead back to four runs to open the bottom of the sixth. Pankake crushed the first pitch he saw from Calogero into the bullpen in left-center.
EXTRA-INNING LOSS TO UCA HALTS MSU WIN STREAK AT 17 GAMES
STARKVILLE, Miss. --- Mississippi State came up a run short during a ninth-inning rally and a game shy of matching the school record for consecutive wins Saturday afternoon, dropping a 7-5 decision in 10 innings to Central Arkansas at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs (17-1) never led in the game. But MSU battled back to knot the score 1-1 in the fourth, 3-3 in the sixth and 5-5 the ninth innings before the Bears (13-2) plated the game-winning two runs in the extra frame. The loss snapped an impressive 17-game win streak for Mississippi State, second-longest in school history, and sets up a deciding third game in Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. (CDT) series finale.
Some 28 Bulldogs and 16 Bears made the box score in the 3-hour, 48-minute marathon. Demarcus Henderson went 3-for-4 and Hunter Renfroe, Daryl Norris and Nick Ammirati collected two hits apiece as State out-hit UCA 11-9. Renfroe and Henderson laced RBI singles in the bottom of the ninth and the Bulldogs stranded runners at second and third after knotting the score at 5-5.
"The story of the game is when you walk nine and hit six, it's shocking they only scored seven runs, said MSU skipper John Cohen, off to his best season coaching at his alma mater. “The doubles plays bailed us out today and gave us a chance to win the ball game. We didn't command the baseball and didn't do some average things well. It wasn't a horrible offensive day for us, but we really struggled to put some things together.
Evan Mitchell opened on the mound for State, allowing a run during his 2-2/3 inning stint. Nine other MSU hurlers followed Mitchell to the mound, and one of those, centerfielder C.T. Bradford, made two separate mound appearances in the game. Sophomore Brandon Woodruff (1-1) was charged with both runs (one earned) in 10th and took the loss.
State pitchers issued nine walks, struck six and stranded 14 base-runners in the game. The Bulldogs avoided even greater damage with the assistance of a season-most four double plays. State’s defense has now turned 26.
Jeffery Enloe started on the hill for UCA and allowed three runs over 5-2/3 innings. Five pitchers followed. Zach Barr registered the last two outs of the ninth just before the Bears’ two-run burst in the 10th and earned the decision when a fielding error and a Michael Marietta single put the Bears back on top.
Sam Frost drew a lead-off walk and Adam Frazier singled before Barr closed out the game with a strikeout.
Four Bears delivered two-hit performances, with Marietta and Scott Zimmerle leading the way with two-hit, two-RBI plate performances.
“Give credit to them (UCA),” added Cohen. “They're a good ball club. There's a reason why they have won 13 games. There's a reason why they came in leading the nation in scoring, leading in walks, leading in HBPs. They're a good club and we’ve got to come back tomorrow and do whatever we can to try and win the series."
Dores clip Ducks to win series
Eugene, Ore. – It was not pretty but No. 2 Vanderbilt clinched the series at No. 15 Oregon with a 4-2 win at PK Park on Saturday afternoon.
Much like Friday night the Commodores (15-1) jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the second and third innings. But it would be the team’s runs later in the game that proved to be the difference. The Ducks (10-5) clawed back into the game in the sixth with an unearned run off starter Tyler Beede but Vandy answered back in the top of the seventh. Freshman Tyler Campbell drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Tony Kemp’s bunt single. A sacrifice bunt from Jack Lupo and walk to Conrad Gregor loaded the bases for Connor Harrell. The senior had struck out in his first three at-bats of the game but came up huge by working a bases loaded walk to force in a run. Kemp tacked on an insurance run in the eighth with his third hit of the day, a two-out double to left to score Spencer Navin.
The Vanderbilt defense struggled, committing a season-high three errors that led to both of Oregon’s runs. The Ducks made it exciting in the seventh inning loading the bases before Brian Miller was summoned from the bullpen to face Ryon Healy. Miller struck out the Ducks’ best hitter to end the threat on four pitches. The Commodores’ defense allowed Oregon a chance to get back in the game in the eighth. An error on Vince Conde allowed the leadoff hitter to reach and Joel McKeithan’s error would have been the third out of the inning but instead gave Oregon first and third with two outs. The Ducks took advantage of the mistakes with Connor Hofmann driving in a run to cut the VU lead to 4-2. But Miller again rose to the occasion striking out J.J. Altobelli to strand two more Ducks in scoring position. Miller worked around a pair of hits in the ninth to nail down his team-best third save of the season.
Beede (4-0) earned the win working 6.2 innings for Vanderbilt. The sophomore allowed one unearned run on two hits and six walks to go along with seven strikeouts. Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe (2-2) took the loss giving up two runs on four hits over six innings.
The Commodores’ 13-game winning streak is the longest since 2007 when Vanderbilt opened the season by wining 19 straight games. With the series clinching victory, the Dores have now won all four nonconference series.
KATZ POWERS LSU TO 8-4 WIN OVER WASHINGTON
BATON ROUGE, La. – Senior first baseman Mason Katz homered twice and recorded five RBI as No. 3 LSU (14-1) defeated Washington (4-10) by a score of 8-4 Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium.
The teams meet in the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday. The game can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live video, audio and stats are available in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.
Saturday’s performance marked the first-two homer game of Katz’s career, as he helped LSU extend its win streak to nine games.
“Before he came up the last time, I told him just to go ahead and hit three home runs,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “But he didn’t really get a pitch to hit in his last trip to the plate. That’s the type of performance you expect from one of the senior leaders on your team, and Mason certainly sparked us tonight.”
Katz’s first dinger came with two outs in the first inning following a double from shortstop Alex Bregman and a walk from Rhymes, putting LSU ahead 3-0.
The Tigers jumped ahead 4-0 after right fielder Chris Sciambra came home on a wild pitch in the second inning.
Katz delivered again in the third inning, with a towering solo blast over the left field seats that gave the Tigers a 5-0 advantage.
Washington, aided by two LSU throwing errors, stormed back in the fourth inning with four runs, trimming the LSU lead to 5-4.
But the Tigers would widen the gap in the bottom of the frame, capitalizing on two Washington errors with RBI from Katz and leftfielder Raph Rhymes.
Katz went 2-for-3 on the night and recorded five RBI in a game for the second time this season.
Second baseman JaCoby Jones drew a walk in the in the seventh, stole second base and touched home plate after an RBI-single from Chris Chinea. Jones finished the game 1-for-1 with two stolen bases and three walks. Jones now has 15 free passes, already matching his career high for walks in a season.
The Tigers drew a season-high 10 walks in the contest.
LSU starter Ryan Eades (3-0) earned the victory giving up four runs and striking out six in 6.2 innings of work.
“I thought Ryan Eades was tremendous tonight,” said Mainieri. “He is such a tough competitor who never gives in to the hitters. He made several key pitches tonight with his breaking ball low in the zone. Instead of leaving the ball up and giving up a two-strike hit, he kept the ball down and forced their hitters to swing and miss.”