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    Baseball RESULTS
    Tennessee 12, Alcorn State 4
    Auburn 6, Brown 3
    Louisville 8, Alabama 7
    Indiana 7, Florida 4
    Kentucky 3, Michigan State 1
    Ole Miss 9, Lipscomb 8
    South Carolina 1, Rider 0
    Mizzou vs. San Francisco (Cancelled)
    Liberty 11, Georgia 8
    LSU 7, Washington 5
    Central Arkansas 7, Mississippi State 5
    Cal State Fullerton 7, Texas A&M 6
    Oregon 7, Vanderbilt 5

    Tennessee Completes Sweep of Alcorn State

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee raced out to a seven-run lead after three innings and never looked back as it completed a series sweep over Alcorn State with a 12-4 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
    Freshman Aaron Quillen struck out seven over six innings of work to pick up his first collegiate win.
    The Kingsport, Tenn., native faced the minimum through the first three innings before running into a touch of trouble in the fourth. He settled down though and retired seven of the final 10 batters that he faced.
    Fellow classmates Andy Cox and Trevor Bettencourt followed with scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth before handing the ball off to Nick Williams who struck out the side on nine pitches to close out the sweep in style.
    Junior Scott Price paced the 11-hit Tennessee attack, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and a walk.
    After going 4-for-5 in yesterday's contest, freshman Andrew Lee continued his tear at the plate, recording two more hits and driving in two runs. For the weekend, he finished 7-for-13 (.538) with a team-high seven RBIs.
    As a team, the Vols were a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts on Sunday with Taylor Smart and Will Maddox each swiping a pair of bags.
    The sweep is Tennessee's first since it took all three games against Alabama in Knoxville last year, March 30-April 1.
    The Vols will next be in action when they host Western Kentucky for a two-game midweek set on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. both days.

    Auburn Finishes Off Brown

    AUBURN, Ala. - Rocky McCord struck out a career-high eight hitters and Ryan Tella and Patrick Savage each drove in a pair of runs as the Auburn baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Brown with a 6-3 win on Sunday. With the win Auburn improved to 12-3, its best start to a season since it started the 2007 season 13-2.
    "I thought today was very important for Rocky," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "He was throwing three pitches for strikes and really dominating the zone. He had a presence about himself. He made some big pitches when he needed to. It was certainly a big performance for him and one that we needed."
    McCord (2-0) scattered five hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings and was charged for just one run. After allowing a pair of first-inning singles, the righty settled in to retire 11 of the next 12 hitters, with the only blemish coming on a hit batter in the third, which Blake Austin erased by throwing him out attempting to steal second.
    "I had good command of my curveball and slider and really good command of my fastball. The curveball had them out in front," McCord said. "Last week I felt like I did well but I didn't have a good feel for my pitches. This week was my best performance feel-wise."
    Auburn took a 2-0 lead in the second off of Brown (1-6) starter Kevin Carlow (0-2). Cullen Wacker singled and Garrett Cooper walked before Savage drove them both in with his third double of the year. 
    Auburn increased the lead with another two runs in the fifth. Austin doubled to lead off the inning and Jordan Ebert singled to put runners on the corners and extend his hitting streak to 13 games. A Jackson Burgreen single scored Austin and a Tella RBI groundout scored Ebert to make it 4-0 Auburn.
    Brown got a run back in the seventh off of McCord when Daniel Massey singled in Will Marcal to make it 4-1. Brown would eventually load the bases with two outs in the inning with back-to-back walks off of McCord prompting a move to Reid Carter out of the Auburn bullpen. Carter induced a foul-out out of nine-hole hitter John Sheridan to hold the three-run lead.
    Auburn scored twice more in the seventh to go up 6-1. Burgreen walked and Dan Glevenyak singled to put runners on the corners. When Glevenyak stole second, catcher Wes Van Boom's throw eluded middle infielder J.J. Franco, allowing Burgreen to score and Glevenyak to go to third. Tella then brought Glevenyak in with a sacrifice fly.
    Brown wouldn't go away quietly, scoring twice in the ninth. Van Boom and Daniel Massey hit back-to-back singles off of Carter, bringing Justin Camp in from the Auburn bullpen. He allowed back-to-back singles before retiring the next three hitters to end the game.
    Austin, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high seven games with the fifth-inning double, now has caught 25 men trying to steal.
    Auburn returns to the field on Tuesday at Kennesaw State. First pitch is set for 5pm CT. 

    Tide Loses Thriller at Louisville

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. Ty Young delivered a one-out bases loaded single in the bottom of the 10th innings to lift the No. 5 ranked Louisville Cardinals to an 8-7 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sunday afternoon from Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals (12-2) swept the three-game series over the Crimson Tide (8-7).

    In the bottom of the 10th inning, Louisville got a walk and a bunt single to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners up 90 feet, the Tide intentionally walked Coco Johnson to load the bases. Taylor Wolfe entered the game and on a 2-1 pitch, Young delivered the game-winning RBI single to right center field to score Sutton Whiting from third base, giving the Cardinals their second walk-off victory of the weekend.

    “First of all, I like the way we competed,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We got off to a quick start and they bounced back and kind of hit us in the mouth, then we responded late to tie the game. Some guys came into the game in critical situations and performed very well, and gave us an opportunity to win the game.” 

    Louisville reliever Kyle McGrath (2-0) got the win after throwing a scoreless 10th inning against the Tide. Mitch Greer (1-1), who got the Tide out of a jam in the ninth inning, was the hard-luck losing pitcher, after the walk to open the Louisville 10th was charged to him. Greer threw 0.2 innings before leaving the game with an injury after throwing two balls to the leadoff hitter in the 10th.

    Both Ben Moore and Brett Booth homered in the game for Alabama. Moore was 3-for-3 with a walk, three RBI and two runs scored. Booth was 1-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice. Moore, Booth and Kenny Roberts, who was 1-for-4 with a run scored, had all five of the Tide’s hits on Sunday.

    Louisville collected 13 hits in the game, as six different players had two hits each. Young was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Whiting was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.

    “At the end of the day, as tough as it is to lose three games here, with a youthful team and the situations they have been in leading into SEC play, we’ve gotten better,” Gaspard said. “Now, we have to take the things we’re not doing well, improve our game and start the climb to become a good baseball team.”

    Alabama jumped out to an early lead after scoring three times in the top of the second. Austen Smith reached on an error by the Louisville shortstop to open the inning then Booth hammered his second home run of the season over the left field wall to stake the Tide to a 2-0 lead. Ben Moore followed with a single, Kyle Overstreet was hit by a pitch and then Andrew Miller moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. With runners on second and third and one out, Ryan Blanchard had a sacrifice fly to left field to allow Moore to score, making it 3-0 in favor of the Tide.

    Louisville got a run back in the third inning when an Adam Engel groundout plated Whiting, who tripled to center field with one out. Alabama got the run back in the top of the fourth when Moore led off the inning with a deep shot to left field for the second time this season, off Louisville starting pitcher Jared Ruxer to open the inning.

    Louisville got back-to-back singles to open the bottom of the fourth, and had runners on second and third after a groundout to first. After a strikeout, Cardinals first baseman Zak Wasserman delivered a two-out single to right field to drive in two, making the score 4-3. Whiting then doubled down the left field line to score Wasserman from first, tying the score at 4-4. 

    The Cardinals took a 5-4 lead in the fifth off UA starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull, who did not factor into the decision. After singles to open the inning put runners on the corners, Young delivered a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Nick Ratajczak for the go ahead run. Turnbull walked the next hitter to put runners on first and second to end his day. Justin Kamplain entered for Turnbull and after Booth threw out a base runner trying to steal third, pinch hitter Alex Chittenden grounded out back to Kamplain to end the inning with just the one run.

    Louisville added two runs in the bottom of the seventh when Engel hit a solo home run to open the inning and a one-out solo shot by Johnson off Kamplain, made the score 7-4.

    Alabama answered with three runs in the top of the eighth inning to even the score at 7-7. With the bases loaded Moore doubled down the right field line to drive in Mikey White and Kenny Roberts. With runners on second and third, Oversteet delivered a sac fly to right field to score Booth and tie the game at 7-7.

    Louisville got the first two runners aboard in the eighth to chase Ray Castillo from the game. After Taylor Guilbeau entered, Booth threw behind Gibson at second base to record the first out of the inning. Then, Guilbeau struck out Whiting, and after intentionally walking Engel, Guilbeau got Ratajczak to ground out the end the inning without allowing a run. 
After Alabama went down in order in the ninth against Nick Burdi, the Cardinals had runners on the corners with one out off Guilbeau. Mitch Greer was called on to get the Tide out of the jam. Greer struck out Chittenden and then after a walk loaded the bases, Anthony Kidston flied out to right field, sending the game to extra innings for the second time this weekend.

    Alabama returns home to host the Memphis Tigers for a two-game, midweek set on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. CT, from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Pitching matchups for the two midweek games will be announced later.

    Follow the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team on Facebook at Alabama-Baseball and on Twitter at @AlabamaBSB.

    Florida Drops Series to Indiana

    Indiana sophomore left-hander Kyle Hart (2-0) carried a shutout into the eighth inning and sophomore Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-5 with two RBI to power the Hoosiers (8-3) to a 7-4 victory over Florida (8-9) to claim the rubber match of the teams’ series on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium.

    Junior Dustin DeMuth (3-for-4) and redshirt sophomore Scott Donley (3-for-4, two RBI) each had three hits as part of IU’s 14-hit offensive attack. The Gators battled back with four runs with two down in the eighth and were led at the plate by senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.), who went 3-for-4.

    “Credit Indiana, they played really well,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “They jumped out to an early lead again. Their pitcher did a nice job; kept the ball down in the strike zone and didn’t walk many. We hit into three double plays and that indicates he kept the ball down. But, credit them [Indiana], they deserved to win the series, they played really well today.”

    “I thought Eric [Hanhold] threw the ball well. Sometimes the line doesn’t always say how a guy threw. I liked his demeanor, his aggressiveness, and the ball was coming out of his hand well. They are a good hitting team and we knew that going in. They’re [Indiana] going to give a lot of people trouble this year; I’ve been around this league for six years and I know what a good hitting club looks like.”

    Schwarber provided the Hoosiers with a quick lead in the first inning against freshman Eric Hanhold (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (0-1) with a one-out homer over the right-field fence. It was the third round-tripper of the year for Schwarber and marked the third day in a row that Indiana plated a run in the opening frame.

    DeMuth began the second with a Texas Leaguer into center field and was sacrificed into scoring position by sophomore Chris Sujka. Sophomore Chad Clark roped a two-out single into left field but DeMuth was gunned down at the plate on a relay from sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) to sophomore catcher Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) to keep the score at 1-0.

    Indiana extended its margin to 3-0 in the third inning on an RBI triple by sophomore Sam Travis (1-for-2, two runs) and a run-scoring single by Donley. Schwarber had singled with one down and Travis notched his first triple into the left-field corner to score his teammate. Donley followed with a base-knock up the middle to drive in Travis for the three-run cushion. Senior Michael Basil advanced Donley to second with a ground ball and Hanhold retired DeMuth on a grounder to complete the stanza.

    Florida put a pair of runners aboard in the third with two down, as senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) was hit by a pitch and sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) drew a walk. Hart induced a grounder by freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) that forced Dent at third base for the final out.

    The Hoosiers added two more runs in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead. Senior Justin Cureton (1-for-4, two runs) led off with a walk, ending the afternoon for Hanhold (4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R). Freshman Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.) had Schwarber pop-up to Ramjit for the first out and Cureton swiped second base. After an intentional walk to Travis, Donley roped a double to left field to score Cureton for a 4-0 lead. After Basil was walked intentionally to re-load the bags, DeMuth lofted a sacrifice fly into center field to plate Travis with the fifth run.

    Redshirt freshman Aaron Rhodes (Venice, Fla.) took over for Danciu (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R) with one down in the sixth and plunked Clark. After having Cureton fly out to center field, Rhodes (0.1 IP) was replaced by sophomore Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.). Schwarber greeted the reliever with a single and went to second on the relay throw, with Clark taking third. An intentional walk to Travis filled the bags with two down and Poyner had Donley fly out to center field.

    Redshirt sophomore Will Nolden expanded Indiana’s lead to 6-0 with a two-out RBI single up the middle in the seventh off freshman Mike Vinson (Miami, Fla.) that plated DeMuth. Vinson had replaced Poyner (0.1 IP, 1 H) at the outset of the inning and DeMuth had a one-out single before stealing second and going to third on a grounder by sophomore pinch hitter Ricky Alfonso.

    A one-out double in the eighth by Cureton, prompted a pitching change, with sophomore Corey Stump (Lakeland, Fla.) replacing Vinson (1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R). Schwarber collected his fourth hit with an RBI double to score Cureton for a 7-0 margin.

    In the bottom of the inning, Florida answered with two-out RBI singles by Bader, Shafer and Ramjit to narrow the gap to 7-4. With one down, sophomore Mike Fahrman (Tampa, Fla.) reached on an error in his first career at bat and Turgeon delivered a two-out single for two Gators aboard. Bader sliced a base-hit down the left-field line to score Fahrman and Shafer followed with a single into right field to score Turgeon. Freshman Scott Effross came in for Hart (7.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER) and uncorked a wild pitch that enabled Bader to score. After Gushue drew a walk, Ramjit stroked an RBI single into center field that plated Shafer for a 7-4 count. Effross had freshman pinch hitter Christian Dicks (Jacksonville, Fla.) pop up to second base to strand the runners.

    The Gators will host No. 5 Florida State (15-0) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the first of three regular-season meetings. The Share A Little Sunshine Showdown, Florida vs. Florida State Game is presented by Visit Florida. Share a Little Sunshine is Visit Florida’s campaign to encourage all Floridians to invite their friends and families to Florida to boost tourism and help our state’s economy. The game will be available on GatorVision and can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.


    Kentucky's Pitching Leads to 3-1 Win

    LEXINGTON, Ky.—All-America southpaw Corey Littrell struck out a career-high nine in seven innings and junior Trevor Gott tied the program record for career saves, leading No. 7 Kentucky to a series-clinching 3-1 win over Michigan State, on a windy Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 

    Kentucky (13-2) found itself in a three-game battle with the Spartans during the final non-conference weekend of the year before the Wildcats start Southeastern Conference play on Friday at Florida. After posting a 2-1 win in the opener on the strength of Max Kuhn’s game-winning homer in the eighth, the Spartans used a dominating start from 2012 Cape Cod League All-Star David Garner to even the series on Saturday. 

The Wildcats responded on Sunday in another pitching duel against the Spartans, a team that played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and won 37 games a season ago. With Littrell on the bump working a one-hit shutout through five innings and Michigan State countering through the first four frames, UK broke through with a single run in the bottom of the fifth and a two-run double from Paul McConkey in the sixth inning as the game-winning hit. 

    Sunday, a 3-1 ballgame and really good pitching pretty much all weekend. Last year at the same time we’d won a bunch of one-run games and we’d already been through that experience. This year we just haven’t. And so it was really good to get the one-run game on Friday and then obviously saw a really good pitcher yesterday and then today get a two-run game. It’s good for us.”

Littrell (2-0) worked seven innings, allowing only four hits, one walk and one run, striking out a career-high nine.

    “The basics. He got ahead. He had the fastball on both sides of the plate,” Henderson said on Littrell’s second win of 2013. “His curveball and his cutter were both good. At times his cutter was outstanding. His change was average early then it got outstanding about the third inning. He was really good. He was on top of his game. Sixty-eight strikes in a hundred pitches is doing it.”

In the last two seasons, Littrell has made starts in eight rubber-match games, where the Wildcats needed a win in the three-game series finale to claim the series. In those eight pressure-laden starts – all UK wins – Littrell has a 6-0 record and a 2.89 ERA, tossing 53 innings.


“I love Sundays, especially coming in when the series is tied,” Littrell said. “The team has confidence in me and I have confidence in myself to go out and pitch the way I did. Luckily the bats came through and we got the win.”

The win for the Louisville Trinity product was the 17th of his three-year career, moving him into a five-way tie for 10th place in UK career history.

Senior Walter Wijas took over to start the eighth, retiring the Spartans in order with two strikeouts, to pick up his team-leading fifth bullpen hold of the year. 

    “My confidence level’s pretty good,” Henderson said about the bullpen. “I’d like to make sure that our team’s confidence level stays high and the individual kids stay confident in themselves. You try to do the best you can with matchups. But Walt (Wijas), that’s 16 strikes in the last 18 pitches, so that’s obviously good. Another great job by Trevor (Gott). He got a little defensive help there in the ninth. But I think the poise and efficiency of our pen has been good; it can always be better. We’ve got other guys that we need to get going down there. (We) Didn’t get a chance to use Dylan (Dwyer) again or (Chandler Shepherd). They’ll both pitch on Tuesday and Wednesday and they’re going to be a big part of what we do as well.”

    UK then turned to Gott in the ninth for his fourth save of the season and his third of the four-game week.

    The Lexington, Ky., native came on and got the final three outs to earn his 15th career save. With the save, Gott has moved into a tie for first place in program history with Lorhn Frazier (1990-93), just a year after breaking the UK single-season record with nine saves in 10 chances. 

“He probably would be at a spot where he’d obliterate it if we didn’t have Alex Phillips here last year to share them with him,” Henderson said about Gott’s record. “He’s going to get an opportunity to get some more.”

Gott has cruised through his 15 career save chances, owning 16.1 innings in those outings, allowing only four hits and no runs, walking three and striking out 24. 

In his three-year career, Gott has solidified his role as one of the nation’s top late-inning relievers.

    The 2010 Gatorade Kentucky High School Player of the Year out of Tates Creek, Gott has a 7-4 record and a 2.52 ERA in 53 relief appearances in his career, tossing 60.2 innings and striking out 82. 

“They literally just told me about that I tied it, I had no idea,” Gott said about tying the UK career saves record. “I thought it would be a lot more than 15, but it is an honor to be tied for the saves record in such a great baseball program.”

With wind gusting in from leftfield at nearly 30 mph on Sunday afternoon, the Wildcat offensive attack was limited to just six hits, one walk and three hit batters.

    UK got the big hit from McConkey – a two-RBI double – with freshman Kyle Barrett contributing a huge at bat in the fifth inning, a one-out double and later scoring the first run of the game. 

UK also got hits from J.T. Riddle, Matt Reida and Micheal Thomas, with Barrett adding a walk and Riddle driving in Barrett with the first run of the game in the fifth. 

“I thought the previous at-bat was also really good where he lined out,” Henderson said about Barrett’s key rally sparking double.

    “There’s nothing really too unique or unusual about it. He takes good swings. So far to this point he’s had a good command of the strike zone. He swings at strikes. He lets it go. The stroke is good. He sat on an outer-half fastball and took it that way and got it between the third baseman and the line, and ended up at second base, which put us in position to score on J.T.’s (Riddle) hit.”

Michigan State (6-7) starter Mick VanVossen (0-1) worked 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and three runs, striking out two. Jeff Kinley came on in a sixth-inning jam, getting out of the inning and working 2.1 shutout frames with two strikeouts to end the contest. 

UK will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Ohio at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 

    The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with Neil Price voicing the action. 

The Wildcats tallied the first run in the game in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out single by Riddle. Barrett recorded his first career extra-base hit with a double down the third base line with one out in the fifth. After Cousino flew out for the second out, Riddle came up with a line-drive into centerfield, scoring Barrett from second.

“It felt perfect,” Riddle said about his clutch two-out hit. “I had been squaring the ball up all day and I finally got jammed a little bit and it fell in. The wind was a major factor, not only for me but for all of our hitters. We put a lot of good strokes on the ball today we just couldn’t get anything to fall in the gaps because the wind kept it up in the air.”

    Kentucky tacked on two more runs in the sixth to push the score to 3-0. Kuhn and Reed both reached base to start the inning when Kuhn was hit by his second career pitch and Reed reached with a single up the middle. After Thomas moved the runners with his third sacrifice bunt of 2013, McConkey hit his third double of the year down the rightfield line to score Kuhn and Reed.

Michigan State got in the scoring column in the top of the seventh when Kevin Goergen hit a one-run single to score Ryan Krill from third base. Krill reached with a double to start the rally and advanced to third on Blaise Salter’s single. With one out and runners on the corners, Goergen got the Spartans first RBI of the day to make the score 3-1.

    Ole Miss Rallies to Beat Lipscomb

    OXFORD, Miss. – Trailing by four runs in the seventh inning, the Rebels put together an impressive rally and plated five runs on seven singles to give No. 7 Ole Miss (16-1) a weekend sweep of Lipscomb (6-10) on Sunday.
    Tanner Mathis, Auston Bousfield and Austin Anderson all reached with one out before Stuart Turner broke things open with his bases-loaded single to left, plating two runs. It flipped the momentum to the Rebel dugout as Ole Miss would string together seven singles and send nine men to the plate, grabbing the lead and taking the win.
    The Rebels capped the rally when Will Allen delivered an RBI single through the left side, droving in Holt Perdzock and putting Ole Miss on top.
    Tanner Bailey (1-0) picked up the victory with 2.2 innings of work, entering the game in the seventh with one man on and one out. The right-hander got the Rebels out of the inning, allowing for the rally in the bottom of the frame, and held Lipscomb in check the rest of the way. He gave up one hit with a walk and three strikeouts in his time on the mound.
    Hunter Brothers (2-1) suffered the loss for the Bison after he gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh. Brothers worked the final 1.2 innings of the game, allowing one run on four hits. He entered the game with the Rebels trailing by one run and two men on base. He surrendered the tying run – which was credited to Tyler Burstrom – before giving up the go-ahead run on the Allen single.
    “I’m proud of the way we hung in there today,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “Lipscomb just played so well, especially early. It was very difficult to get them out. It seemed like every time we missed a pitch that they were right on it. They had some great swings. They swung it well all weekend. Obviously today they had a lot of success. 
    “I’m proud of the way Sam (Smith) hung in there,” Bianco said. “He hung in there and gave us a chance. (Matt) Denny was terrific, and of course (Tanner) Bailey at the end. The offense really hung in there. They kept answering back. A lot of times you run out of fire power, but our offense played for nine innings. You need these kinds of victories.”
    Lipscomb jumped out to the early lead with a four-run first inning as the Bison capitalized on a Rebel miscue to keep the inning alive with two outs. The visitors from Nashville then used a sac fly from Zach Lowery, a two-RBI single up the middle from Noah Chandler and a single up the middle from Austin Sistrunk to get the four-run lead.
    The Rebels answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Anderson and a sac fly from Turner to cut the lead in half.
    Lipscomb pushed the lead back to four runs in the top of the second, moving in front 6-2 with solo home runs from Chad Shannon and Taylor Stewart.
    Ole Miss continued to chip away at the Lipscomb lead with an RBI single from Mistone in the third inning and a solo home run from Preston Overbey in the third. The Bison answered each Rebel rally, however, responding with solo shots in the fifth and sixth inning from Lowery and Shannon to take the lead back out to four-runs at 8-4.
    The Rebels then held Lipscomb off the board in the seventh before mounting the final rally of the game with the five-run inning.
    Ole Miss will return to action on Tuesday, kicking off a five-game road trip at Louisiana-Monroe. The Rebels will play the Warhawks at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday night before traveling on to Arkansas to open Southeastern Conference play next weekend.

    South Carolina Clinches Weekend Sweep

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Senior left-hander Nolan Belcher and senior left-hander Tyler Webb combined for sixth ranked South Carolina's second shutout in the last three games and Joey Pankake homered for the fourth time in the last five games as the Gamecocks defeated Rider 1-0 to sweep a three-game series at Carolina Stadium. South Carolina is now 13-2 on the year with Rider 6-4 for the season.
    Belcher followed up an outstanding performance last week vs. Clemson with another gritty job on the mound as he went seven-plus innings and allowed no runs on eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Belcher has not allowed a run in 18 consecutive innings of work. He is now 3-1 on the year. Webb continued his success out of the bullpen to earn his fifth save of the season. He went two innings and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out one batter. Rider starting pitcher Mike Murphy took the loss and is 1-2 for the season. He went 7.2 innings and allowed one run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
    The Gamecock defense proved stellar the entire afternoon. Second baseman Max Schrock came up big with four strong assists to both sides on well placed grounders. In the second inning both Schrock and Pankake kept singles from going into the outfield to keep Rider from scoring. Belcher would come up with a strikeout of Ian Lindsay with the bases loaded to keep the game in check.
    Pankake followed up his defense with success at the plate as he crushed a 1-1 pitch from Murphy to left-center for his fourth home run of the season to give Carolina a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
    Rider threatened in the seventh inning as Jerry Mulderig led off with a double followed by a base hit from Brian Donnelly to give the Broncs runners on the corners with no outs. Belcher coaxed Lindasy into a pop up for the first out of the inning. The Gamecock defense then came through on a squeeze bunt as first baseman LB Dantzler fielded cleanly the attempt by Mike Crescenzo and threw home to Grayson Greiner, who applied the tag on Mulderig for the second out. A fielder's choice to Schrock ended Rider's opportunity.
    The Broncs kept coming in the eighth with singles from Eric Strano and Adam Wayman to open the frame. Carolina went to the pen for Webb and Rider moved runners into scoring position on a sac bunt from Justin Thomas. Webb dug in though and with runners in scoring position came up with a big strikeout of Greg Fazio for the second out of the inning. He ended the inning with a pop up to Pankake off a ball hit by Mulderig.
    One more time, Rider mounted a rally in the ninth inning. One-out singles from pinch hitter Ken Kremer and Nick Crescenzo put a pair of runners on base for the Broncs. Webb would get the second out of the inning with a flyout to Shon Carson in center field by Mike Parsons. Strano came to the plate and battled in his at bat and after fouling off numbers two-strike pitches earned a walk to load the bases. With two outs and the bags full, Webb ended the game getting Adam Wayman to fly out to center field clinching the sweep for the Gamecocks.
    Carolina was victorious despite being out-hit 11-5 in the game. Donnelly went 3-for-4 for Rider with Strano with two hits as well for the Broncs.
    South Carolina is back in action on Tuesday night hosting USC Upstate. First pitch at Carolina Stadium is set for 7 p.m. Live video broadcast is available on the All Access Channel at The game can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game." 

    Mizzou Cancels Sunday Game Against San Fran

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou baseball series finale against San Francisco, scheduled for noon on Sunday (March 10), has been cancelled due to heavy rain and wet field conditions. No make-up date has been scheduled. Mizzou will return home Tuesday as it takes on Jackson State for a midweek contest Tuesday before opening SEC play next weekend with South Carolina.
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    UGA Falls Short of Sweep

    ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia used a six-run eighth inning to cut into a 10-0 Liberty lead, including a pair of triples from Brett DeLoach and Hunter Cole, but the Bulldogs ultimately fell 11-8 in the final game of a weekend series with Liberty Sunday.
    The Flames (10-5) avoided a sweep by salvaging the final game of the series at Foley Field while the Bulldogs dropped to 7-8. Cole recorded his sixth multi-hit game of the season, going 3-5 on the afternoon with a run scored and three RBIs, while DeLoach went 1-3 with a triple, a walk and a run scored. Kyle Farmer finished the day 2-5 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Curt Powell went 3-5 with a run scored and now owns a team-leading 11-game hitting streak. Nelson Ward is second on the team with an eight-game hitting streak after going 2-5 on the day.
    Georgia used a total of eight pitchers Sunday, with starter Luke Crumley (1-2) taking the loss after giving up six hits and two runs through two innings of work. Trey Lambert earned the win for Liberty (10-5), allowing seven hits and three runs with two strikeouts through 7.1 innings. The two teams combined for a total of 31 hits – 16 by Liberty and 15 by Georgia. Liberty turned four double plays.
    “It’s a situation where they have a good team,” said Bulldog head coach David Perno. “It’s just the way that it happened. We walked eight batters and hit three, so that’s 11 free passes and then we give up 16 hits. You can’t do that. It is part of the reason that it took us so long offensively to get going is because we’re staying on defense forever every inning. We had opportunities where we were close to breaking out all day offensively, but we just could never stop them long enough to get going. We gave some guys on the mound another opportunity today, but we're at the point now we're going to reduce the number of guys that will be pitching for us. We're getting ready to start league play and we know who our guys are going to be.” 
    Back-to-back singles to start the game by Liberty’s Nick Lacik and Bryan Aanderud put runners on the corners with no outs, and a sacrifice fly to center by three-hole hitter Ryan Cordell plated Lacik to give Liberty the early 1-0 lead.
    The Flames moved Lacik up to the leadoff spot after batting sixth and seventh, respectively, on Friday and Saturday. The move paid off as Lacik recorded his second hit of the game in the top of the second, sending a one-out RBI single into right center to extend the Liberty lead to 2-0.  
    Ross Ripple took the mound for Georgia in the third, giving up two runs and three hits while striking out one. A fielding error on a single by Alex Close allowed Nick Paxton to score Liberty’s third run of the game, and four batters later, Lacik recorded his third hit of the game and second RBI to score Close for the 4-0 lead.
    After the Bulldogs were retired in order in the bottom of the third, freshman Palmer Betts came in to pitch for Georgia in the fourth, recording three straight outs on groundouts to Kyle Farmer at shortstop. Betts would finish with one hit and one run allowed in 1.2 innings of work.
    Liberty pushed another run across in the fifth, as pinch runner Brooks Roy scored off a two-out RBI double by Sype to give Liberty the 5-0 advantage. Georgia catcher Zack Bowers made a strong defensive play behind the plate earlier in the inning, gunning down Nick Paxton at second base on an attempted steal for the first out of the inning.
    After a scoreless sixth inning for both teams, Liberty added three more runs in the seventh behind five walks, one hit batter, two wild pitches and a sacrifice fly. The Flames also added two runs in the eighth off RBI singles by Sype and Bryan Aanderud.
    The Georgia offense finally began manufacturing runs in the eighth, as DeLoach roped the ball down the left field line to lead off the inning, sliding into third for his second triple of the season and fifth of his career. Jared Walsh was then walked, and two batters later, Sean McLaughlin sent the ball back up the middle for an RBI single to score DeLoach and put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard for the first time of the afternoon.
    Two batters later, Powell singled to left to load the bases, and Farmer followed with an RBI single to left that scored Walsh. Cole then belted a bases-clearing triple to deep center field, his second of the season, and Nichols followed with a single to right that plated Cole and trimmed the Liberty lead to 10-6.
    Freshman Jess Posey made his pitching debut for the Bulldogs in the ninth inning, giving up a double and a run to the Flames. With the appearance on the mound, Posey became the fifth Georgia player to both hit and pitch this season.
    Walsh, Ward and Powell each singled to load the bases for Georgia in the ninth, and Farmer delivered with a two-out, two-RBI single to center field that scored Walsh and Ward. However a strikeout on the next batter would ultimately end the Georgia comeback attempt and seal the 11-8 victory for the Flames.
    Georgia returns to action this Tuesday when they host Appalachian State in a two-game series. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 7 p.m., and the two teams will square off again on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

    LSU Completes Sweep of Washington

    BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU first baseman Mason Katz homered for the third time in two games as No. 3 LSU (15-1) won its 10th-straight game, sweeping Washington (4-11), 7-5, on Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.
    LSU plays host to Nicholls State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers begin Southeastern Conference play next weekend at Mississippi State.
    "With the wind blowing out the way it was today and pitching depth becoming an issue for the last game of a series, I thought we might be in for a real explosion on offense," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "The game didn't quite unfold that way, but we did get some key hits, and our pitching and defense were excellent the entire day."
    LSU catcher Ty Ross added a solo shot in the second inning, collecting his second dinger of the season.
    Outfielder Mark Laird went 4-for-5 on the day, marking his second four-hit game of the season.
    LSU starter Cody Glenn (3-0) received the win giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out seven in 5.2 innings.
    "I was very proud of the way Cody kept his composure and continued to make good pitches," Mainieri said. "A few ground balls got through the infield early in the game to give them a lead, but Cody hung in there and gave us a great outing."
    Washington starting pitcher Tyler Davis suffered the loss (0-2) allowing four runs on five hits while striking out two in two innings of work.

    Mississippi State Falls in 10 Innings

    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."
    Sunday's series finale wraps up a 19-game homestand for the Diamond Dogs, who play their first game away from Dudy Noble Field Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) against Southern Miss at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. State then opens its 30-game league schedule for 2013 hosting LSU Mar. 15-17 in a three-game weekend series.

    Rally Falls Short for A&M at Fullerton

    FULLERTON, Calif.  - The Texas A&M Aggies mounted a late charge, but it came up short in a 7-6 loss to the No. 8 Cal State Fullerton Titans at Goodwin Field on Sunday afternoon.
    The Maroon and White fell behind 6-0 early, but showed their lumber showed life in multiple rallies down the stretch. The Aggies lost despite registering a season-high 15 hits on the afternoon. Mitchell Nau led the hit parade, going 3-for-5 with one double, one run and three RBI. Cole Lankford went 3-for-5 with three RBI. Jace Statum batted 3-for-4 with two runs. Mikey Reynolds had a pair of hits to extend his consecutive game hit streak to 16 games.
    Trailing 7-4 in the top of the ninth, Statum and Reynolds both singled up the middle off Fullerton closer Michael Lorenzen to start the inning. After JB Moss was caught looking at a full-count pitch for the first out of the inning, Blake Allemand drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Nau hit a laser back up the middle to plate a pair of runs and cut the lead to 7-6.
    Jonathan Moroney flied out to rightfield for the second out of the ninth. Lankford swung at strike three, but a passed ball allowed him to reach first and load the bases. Troy Stein swung at a first-pitch offering and grounded out to third for the final out of the game.
    In the first two innings of the game, the pitching staff was haunted by eight free passes offered to the Titans with seven walks and one hit batsmen as the Aggies fell into a hole they were unable to dig out from.
    Fullerton (13-3) was gifted a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs without the ball being put in play. Richy Pedroza drew a five-pitch walk and Carlos Lopez was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Aggie starter Rafael Pineda threw two balls to Matt Chapman before being relieved on the mound, just nine pitches into his outing.
    Grayson Long came in from the bullpen and sandwiched a pair of balls around a strike to load the bases. Long struck out Lorenzen looking for the first out of the inning. Anthony Hutting drew a five-pitch walk to drive in Pedroza for the 1-0 lead. Long fanned Greg Velazquez for out two, but walked Jared Deacon to plate another run. The frame ended when Chapman was picked off wandering off third base.
    The Titans inflated the cushion to 5-0 in the bottom of the second. Austin Diemer bounced a single past the out-stretched glove of a diving Aggie second baseman Charlie Curl through the right side of the infield. Keegan Dale sacrificed Diemer to second with a bunt. Pedroza hit what looked like a routine ground ball down the first base line, but it ricocheted off the sack, over the head of Aggie first baseman Cole Lankford and into the A&M bullpen in foul territory for an RBI double. Lopez followed with a single to leftfield to drive in Lopez for the 4-0 lead. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Hutting knocked in a run with a groundout to second base to cap the rally.
    Fullerton added early insurance in the home half of the third. With one out, Dale hit a wall banger to centerfield for a triple and scored when Pedroza laced a double into the gap in right centerfield for the 6-0 advantage.
    Texas A&M (10-7) chipped a run off the lead in the top of the fourth. Nau launched a ball to leftfield that hit the wall a few feet shy of a home run and ended up with a double. Lankford followed with a single through the left side of the infield to drive in Nau and cut the lead to 6-1.
    The Aggies cut the lead to two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Statum deposited a single into right centerfield and Reynolds drew a walk to start the inning. Moss popped a bunt up down the third base line, but the Titans catcher was unable to come up with the diving catch and Moss ended up with a bases-loading single. After Allemand struck out swinging for the first out, Nau hit a single to leftfield to drive in Statum. Moroney flied out to the shortstop in centerfield for the second out of the frame, but Lankford followed with a two-run single to rightfield to cut the lead 6-4. Lorenzen saved at least one run and ended the inning when he dove with full extension to rob an extra-base hit from Stein for the third out.
    Titans tacked on what would prove to be an important run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Greg Velasquez dropped a single down the leftfield line to start the inning. David Olmedo-Barrera pinch-ran for Velazquez at first base and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Deacon. Diemer flied out to rightfield for the second out of the inning, but Dale was issued a wlalk to keep the rally alive and Pedroza knocked a single through the left side of the infield to drive in Olmedo-Barrera for the 7-4 advantage.
    Pedroza proved to be the biggest menace at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs, one double and three RBI as the Titans registered nine hits, eight walks and two hit batsmen.
    Pineda (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Aggies. He allowed two runs on two walks and one hit batsman.
    Grahamm Wiest (2-1) picked up the win for Fullerton. He yielded four runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out seven over 5.0 innings.
    The Aggies return to Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Tuesday to start a five-game homestand. A&M hosts Houston Baptist in a 6:35 pm contest.

    Oregon Rallies Past Vandy

    Eugene, Ore. - No. 15 Oregon used a five-run eighth inning to rally by No. 2 Vanderbilt 7-5 to salvage the series finale on Sunday at PK Park. 
    The Commodores (15-2) took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning after Mike Yastrzemski doubled in Connor Harrell in the top half of the inning. The Ducks' (11-5) winning rally started when a Philip Pfeifer pitch hit Aaron Payne to open the frame. Payne was erased on a fielder's choice but a walk put runners on first and second and ended Pfeifer's day. The Dores' bullpen was not up to the task. Carson Fulmer struck out the first batter he faced for the second out of the inning but the freshman plunked the next batter to load the bases. Jared Miller came into the game and quickly pushed a run across with a wild pitch before walking pinch hitter Tyler Baumgartner on five pitches. Steven Rice was the next VU arm into the game and the lefty did his job getting Steven Packard to hit a weak ground ball to Vince Conde at third. But Conde's throw was rushed and sailed high to first baseman Conrad Gregor, allowing the tying runs to score. Brian Miller came into stop the bleeding but after a walk, Scott Heineman delivered the game-winning, two-run single through the left side of the infield. The Ducks' winning inning saw five runs score on only one hit as the Dores' pitching walked three batters and hit two more. 
    Vanderbilt took control of the game in the fifth inning with two runs to reclaim the lead. Back-to-back doubles from Spencer Navin and John Norwood scored the first run and a sacrifice fly from Tony Kemp put the Dores in front. Yastrzemski added a mammoth solo home run in the sixth before his double in the eighth gave VU a three-run cushion. Kemp finished the day 2-for-4 and wrapped up the weekend with seven hits. 
    Jared Miller (0-1) took the loss with his walk crossing the plate as the go-ahead run in the eighth. The bullpen's implosion cost Pfeifer, who tossed 7.1 innings of solid ball. The lefty allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits with four strikeouts for a no decision. Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy (1-0) picked up the win in relief allowing one run on two hits in 1.2 innings. Ducks' starter Cole Irvin gave up four runs on nine hits in 7.1 innings. 
    The loss snaps the Commodores' 13-game winning streak and gives the team its second loss of the year on a Sunday. 
    Vanderbilt returns to action on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Buffalo at Hawkins Field. The Commodores open Southeastern Conference play next weekend traveling to Auburn for a three-game series with the Tigers.