|tuesday baseball RESULTS
|Memphis 6, Alabama 0
|Arkansas 20, Alabama A&M 2
|Auburn 8, Kennesaw State 3
|Florida State 4, Florida 1
|Georgia 9, Appalachian State 4
|Kentucky 6, Ohio 3
|Ole Miss 10, La. Monroe 4
|Miss. State 13, So. Miss 5
|Missouri 9, Jackson St. 3
|South Carolina 12, USC Upstate 3
|Tennessee 4, Western Kentucky 0
|Texas A&M 6, Houston Baptist 5
TREVOR GOTT BREAKS CAREER SAVE RECORD IN UK WIN OVER OHIO
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Junior Trevor Gott recorded his 16th career save to break the all-time Kentucky record and senior Zac Zellers belted a two-run homer, leading the ninth-ranked Wildcats to a 6-3 win over Ohio, on a Tuesday evening at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Gott, who tied the record held by Lorhn Frazier (1990-93) with his 15th career save on Sunday vs. Michigan State, came on to get the final two outs of the game to move into sole possession of first place in the 117-year history of the UK baseball program.
“It is an honor, all the good arms that have thrown here, even to be mentioned in that category is an honor,” Gott said about breaking the record.
In his three-year career, Gott has a 7-4 record, a 2.49 ERA and has saved 16 of 17 games, striking out 83 in 61.1 innings. In his 16 career saves, Gott has worked 17.1 innings, allowed only four hits and three walks, striking out 25.
“There is some comfort in there from a coaching perspective,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said about Gott. “There is some real confidence from a player perspective. It has been really fun to watch him and he keeps getting better.”
The 2010 Gatorade Kentucky High School Player of the Year out of Lexington’s Tates Creek High School, Gott has a 2-0 record in his eight relief appearances in 2013, tossing nine shutout innings, allowing only four singles and two walks, striking out 11. The six-foot, 190-pound right-hander notched his fifth save in five chances in 2013.
“Any time you are coaching kids and they continue to get better it is a fun thing to be a part of and he certainly has,” Henderson said about Gott’s development. “Better pitches, better command, much more efficient, his poise is really good. He has learned the game the way you are supposed to when you hang around for three years. He has done a really nice job and he is going to keep getting better. It is nice to have him back there.”
Kentucky (14-2) picked up the win behind the strength of a four-run second inning and a two-run third – which included Zellers’ first homer of the year and the sixth of his two-year career.
UK collected nine hits in the game, as seven of UK’s nine position starters collected base knocks. Zellers and freshman Kyle Barrett notched UK’s two-hit games. Austin Cousino, J.T. Riddle, Max Kuhn, A.J. Reed and Zach Arnold each had hits, with Arnold’s RBI knock coming as his first career hit. Kuhn stretched his streak of reaching base safely to 16 games with his team-high fifth double of the year and Reed and Riddle each added two-walk games.
The Wildcats staffed 8.1 innings of the game behind its freshmen pitchers, before Gott came on to record the historic save.
“Any time you go 8.1 (innings) of freshmen pitching and get a win, it is good in that respect,” Henderson said. “Nice to see Trevor come in and set the record but really happy with the three freshmen pitchers, who overall did a nice job today.”
Kentucky freshman lefty starter Ryne Combs worked a career-high four innings in his second career start, allowing five hits and one run, walking one and striking out three. After a leadoff walk in the fifth, Combs was relieved by freshman Tyler Cox, who got out of the middle-inning jam and worked a career-high two innings, allowing three hits and two runs, striking out three. Freshman Zach Strecker (1-0) worked a career-long 2.1 innings, allowing a single and striking out one in his first career win.
Ohio (3-11) starter Sean Kennedy (2-1) worked 2.2 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs, walking four and striking out two. Brad Prezeieda came on in relief and ate up three shutout innings in the middle frames, allowing only one walk and striking out three. Brett Barber and Logan Cozart each worked scoreless relief outings, with Barber getting four outs.
UK will return to action on Wednesday, hosting Cincinnati at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with the Voice of UK Baseball, Neil Price, calling the action. Fans in Lexington can hear the game live on WWTF 1580-AM and online at UKathletics.com. UK will send freshman right-hander Kyle Cody (1-0, 7.00 ERA) to the mound for his third career start.
Following a scoreless inning and a half, Kentucky opened the scoring with four spot in the bottom half of the second inning. Barrett and Zellers opened the inning with consecutive singles through the left side. Matt Reida dropped down a sacrifice bunt, moving Barrett and Zellers to second and third with one out. Arnold knocked a liner down the rightfield line, scoring Barrett, with a throwing error allowed Zellers to score and Arnold to advance to second. Following a fly out, consecutive doubles from Riddle and Kuhn scored Arnold and then Riddle, bumping Kentucky’s lead to 4-0 through two.
After a third scoreless inning for Combs in the top of the third, Barrett recorded his second hit of the day and Zellers brought him home with a two-run homer over the leftfield wall, his first home run of the year.
Combs surrendered his first run in the top of the fourth as Tyler Wells singled through the left side for Ohio and Jake Madsen followed with a single past Reed into rightfield. A sacrifice bunt put the two runners in scoring position. Scott White delivered an infield single deep in the six hole, scoring Wells but Reida’s diving stop prevented Madsen from scoring. A botched squeeze attempt and a strike out enabled Combs to get out of the inning with only one run allowed and Kentucky leading 6-1.
The Bobcats added two runs in the top of the sixth, with the rally sparked by a leadoff infield single from Madsen. Cody Gaertner singled through the left side to give Ohio runners on second and third before Kentucky reliever Tyler Cox struck out White for the first out of the inning. Cox let one slip and hit Kyle Dean, loading the bases with one out. Ben Otto delivered for the Bobcats, singling into left to score Gaertner and Madsen. A ground and strike out left two stranded but Ohio had lessened the lead to 6-3.
Auburn Tops Kennesaw State, 8-3
KENNESAW, Ga. – Auburn took advantage of eight walks and four hit batters to claim an 8-3 win over Kennesaw State on Tuesday night at Stillwell Field. The win improved Auburn’s record to 13-3 and extended its winning streak to seven while Kennesaw State fell to 9-8.
“We set the tone very early. We jumped out and scored a run in the first and again in the second, third and fourth and really did a good job of setting the tone today and then we did a good job of handling the baseball,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said.
Auburn did all of its scoring early, scoring once in the first, three times in the second and third and once again in the fourth to build the 8-0 advantage.
Auburn capitalized on four walks, two hit batters and just one hit to take a 4-0 lead after the top of the second. Ryan Tella drove in a run in the first with a RBI groundout to give Auburn the quick 1-0 lead. In the second it was Jackson Burgreen singling in a run, Dan Glevenyak getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in a run, and Tella hitting into a fielder’s choice to drive in the fourth run of the game.
Auburn extended the lead to 7-0 in the third on a walk, three singles, a hit batter and a pair of sacrifices. Cullen Wacker led off the inning with a walk and went to third on a Garrett Cooper single. Damek Tomscha scored Wacker with a single and then he and Cooper were sacrificed over to third by a Blake Austin bunt. Jordan Ebert followed with a sac fly to score Cooper and two batters later Glevenyak singled home Tomscha for the seven run advantage.
Auburn closed out its scoring in the fourth as Patrick Savage singled and scored on a Tomscha groundout.
Dillon Ortman (1-1) earned the win out of the Auburn bullpen, tossing four innings and allowing two runs on six hits.
Kennesaw State starter Jordan Hillyer (1-1) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on one hit and four walks in 1 1/3 innings.
Austin extended his career-best hitting streak to eight games with a sixth-inning, two-out single while Jordan Ebert went hitless to end his hitting streak at 13 games.
Junior Will Kendall started on the mound for Auburn and recorded two strike outs in a scoreless inning. The outing was his first since April 7, 2012 at Alabama, after which he underwent Tommy John surgery.
TENNESSEE SHUTS OUT WESTERN KENTUCKY, 4-0
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee took advantage of a Western Kentucky error to score three unearned runs in the first inning and five Volunteer pitchers made it hold up, combining for a nine-hit shutout, in a 4-0 triumph over the Hilltoppers on Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
With the win, the Vols move their record over .500 for the first time this season at 8-7, while WKU falls to 7-8 on the year.
Sophomore Parker Wormsley drove in three of UT's runs on the day with a two-out, two-RBI single in the first and a successful safety squeeze in the eighth, finishing 2-for-2 at the plate.
Making his first collegiate start, freshman Trevor Bettencourt picked up his first win with three strikeouts in 3.2 shutout innings. Junior Dalton Saberhagen added three scoreless frames of relief before Eric Martin and Nick Williams pitched the eighth and ninth innings to close out the win.
“I thought the back-breaker of the game was that they got the first two guys on in the first inning, we came out of it unscathed without giving up a run, then we load the bases, they get two punch outs against us, and then we get a run and Parker Wormsley comes up with a big base hit,” Serrano said. “Those are back-breakers.”
“The pitching stayed strong throughout the day. Trevor Bettencourt kind of bobbed-and-weaved a little bit in the third and fourth and then I thought Sabes came in and did a great job of keeping them off balance. [Drake] Owenby came in and got the one big out against their middle of the order hitter, [Eric] Martin threw a good eighth and then Nick [Williams] came in and did what Nick does."
Western Kentucky starter Austin Clay suffered his first loss of the year despite not giving up an earned run in five innings of work. He allowed five hits and struck out four.
"The young man, Clay, who started for them, there's a reason why his numbers are so good,” Serrano said. “He's a good pitcher. I told the team that any pitcher that was watching that game saw where his success came from. He's down in the zone, he threw strikes, he threw to both sides of the plate, changed speeds tremendously well and there's a reason why he's been successful for them. It made it tough for us, but we battled early on.”
Tennessee and Western Kentucky will play again at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in what will be the Orange and White's final tune-up before Southeastern Conference play.
Freshman southpaw Andy Cox (1-1, 7.50) will get the ball for the Vols while the Hilltoppers will send lefthander Anderson Miller to the mound for the first time this season.
Alabama Falls to Memphis, 6-0
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Memphis left-hander Alex Gunn threw seven scoreless innings and allowed only four base runners to lead the Tigers to a 6-0 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide on Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the loss, Alabama falls to .500 (8-8) for the season, while the Tigers improve to 10-5 overall.
Gunn allowed just three Alabama hits, with a walk and four strikeouts to improve to 1-1 on the season, leading the Tigers to their fifth victory over a Southeastern Conference opponent this season. Jon Reed threw the final two innings to combine for the shutout. Reed allowed one hit with one strikeout and faced just six batters.
“Tonight we looked really poor in every aspect of the game,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We got a poor start on the mound and had command issues. Offensively, we’ve had a week and a half struggle. We saw a totally different arm tonight than we saw this weekend, but with the same result, very few hits and very few good at-bats. It has been a battle the last week and a half, trying to get some offense together. We have to get back to work and get back on track before this weekend.”
Alabama sophomore lefty Taylor Guilbeau (1-1) was charged with the loss in his fourth start, going four innings and allowing three runs on five hits, with three walks and two hit batters. Guilbeau struck out one of the 18 batters he faced. Ben Moore, Brett Booth, Ryan Blanchard and Georgie Salem accounted for Alabama’s four hits.
Guilbeau allowed base runners in each of the first three innings, but double plays turned by White and Overstreet in each of the innings eliminated the threats to hold the Tigers scoreless. However, a walk and three third home run of the season by Memphis left fielder Jake Little put the Tigers on the board in the fourth, 2-0. Little finished the night 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Memphis added another run in the inning when Ford Wilson singled up the middle, scoring Tucker Tubbs.
After Guilbeau hit the first batter of the fifth inning, Keaton Haack entered for the Tide and had another solid outing out of the bullpen. Haack threw three hitless innings, but two walks and defensive miscues allowed the Tigers to put a run on the scoreboard in the seventh inning to take a 4-0 lead. Freshman right hander Mike Oczypok got his first action of his career, allowing two runs on five hits in two innings.
South Carolina Defeats USC Upstate 12-3
Columbia, S.C. – Fifth ranked South Carolina recorded 14 hits with nine different players tallying at least one hit on the way to a 12-3 victory over USC Upstate on Tuesday night in non-conference action at Carolina Stadium. South Carolina improves to 14-2 on the year while the loss drops USC Upstate to 10-5.
Freshman left-hander Wynkoop pitched 2.2 innings of relief, earning the win and improving to 3-0 on the year. Wynkoop allowed one run on four hits with one walk and struck out one batter. Senior right-hander Patrick Sullivan pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of relief earning his first save of the year. Sullivan allowed three hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. USC Upstate starting pitcher Chris Cox suffered the loss and is now 1-2 on the year. He worked two innings and allowed three runs on six hits with three walks.
The Spartans broke out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Consecutive walks opened the game for USC Upstate and after Gaither Bumgardner sacrificed the runners into scoring position, Jordan Stampler would score on a sacrifice fly by Luke Weber. Back-to-back two-out singles from Daniel Seeba and Brandon Patterson brought home the second run.
Carolina answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-2 lead. Connor Bright opened the frame with a triple and scored when George Iskenderian grounded out to the second baseman. With the Spartans lead cut in half, Dante Rosenberg singled to right field and TJ Costen would then double to left-center. Sean Sullivan pushed the tying run across the plate with a sacrifice fly and Max Schrock brought home Costen with a RBI single.
South Carolina added a run in the bottom of the third. Brison Celek drew a leadoff walk and advance to second on a wild pitch. Celek would score on a RBI single off the bat of Iskenderian.
The Spartans cut the Gamecocks lead to 4-3 in the top of the fourth. Tyler Miller led off the inning with a base hit and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brody Greer. Miller would then score on a RBI single by Stampler.
Celek came up with a key three-run double in the bottom of the fourth to extend Carolina’s lead to four runs. Costen led off the inning with his second double of the game and back-to-back walks to Joey Pankake and LB Dantzler would load the bases and set the stage for Celek. On a 1-2 count Celek ripped a double to the gap in right center clearing the bases.
The Gamecocks added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to increase their lead to 9-3. A one-out walk to Schrock, followed by a base hit by Pankake put two runners on for Dantzler, who crushed the first pitch to the gap in right-center for his first career triple.
Carolina extended the lead to 12-3 in the seventh inning. Rosenberg was hit by a pitch and a single by Costen set up Schrock, who knocked a 2-1 pitch to deep left-center for a two-run double. Pankake doubled for his third hit of the night and brought home Schrock to give the Gamecocks a nine-run lead.
Pankake went 3-for-3 with a RBI, two runs scored and extended his hitting streak to eight games to lead the Gamecocks at the plate. Costen added three hits with two doubles and three runs scored. Schrock was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored also. Dantzler drove in two runs as did Iskdenderian.
Georgia Uses Five Run Seventh To Beat App State
ATHENS, Ga. ----The Bulldogs used a five-run seventh inning to take the lead and then pull away from Appalachian State in a 9-4 victory Tuesday night at Foley Field.
Georgia (8-8) strung together some timely hits late in the game to power past Appalachian State as eight of their nine runs came with two outs. Senior Curt Powell led the offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Powell extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Brett DeLoach had two RBIs and a home run that helped cement the Georgia lead late in the game.
Appalachian State (8-5) drew first blood, compliments of a few well-placed base hits and two RBI singles by Will Callaway and William Head. The Mountaineers took an early 2-0 advantage after the first frame.
The Bulldogs scored their first run of the ball game in the third. With two outs, Powell lined a double to left field. Kyle Farmer knocked him in with an RBI single to right field. After two consecutive walks, the Bulldogs had the bases loaded but were unable to add any more runs in the inning. Georgia tied the contest in the fifth when sophomore Justin Bryan hit his first home run of the season, a towering shot over the left field wall.
The Mountaineers answered back with a home run of their own. Preston Troutman smacked a home run to right field, retaking the lead for his team. Appalachian State led 3-2 after six innings.
After two scoreless innings, the Bulldogs were able to string together a two-out rally, plating five runs off of five hits. Freshman Daniel Nichols and senior Brett DeLoach both had RBI singles; freshman D.J. Smith had a two-run single and Nelson Ward drove in Smith for the final run of the inning, extending his hitting streak to nine games. The Bulldogs added insurance a pair of insurance runs in the eighth off of a two-run home run by DeLoach. Georgia led with a score of 9-3 after eight.
“We got solid pitching tonight and some big two-out hits,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “It took us a while to get a timely hit, and then we got a few of them. I was pleased with all our pitching, and it’s great to see a couple of guys get going at the plate in Brett DeLoach and Daniel Nichols. They came up big tonight.”
Appalachian State added one more run late in the game off of an RBI single by Hector Crespo but ultimately was not enough to forge a comeback ending in a final score of 9-4.
Georgia starting pitcher David Gonzalez lasted three innings, giving up two runs off five hits. Bulldog relief featured Mike Mancuso, Blake Dieterich, and Jared Walsh. Dietrich (1-0) picked up his first win of the season with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts plus a nifty pickoff at second.
Appalachian State starting pitcher Chad Farmer tossed three innings, surrendering one run off of only two hits while walking five batters. The Mountaineer’s used Rob Howard, Ryne Frankoff, and Caleb McCann out of the pen. Frankoff (0-1) received the loss after allowing four runs on three hits.
Florida State Takes First Meeting Against Florida, 4-1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore right-hander Luke Weaver (3-0) gave up three hits and an unearned run over 6.1 innings and sophomore Giovanny Alfonzo (2-for-4) had a key two-run single as No. 5 Florida State (16-0) defeated Florida (8-10), 4-1, on Tuesday night in the first of the three regular-season meetings between the Sunshine State rivals. It was the Seminoles’ first win at McKethan Stadium since 2007, ending a stretch of five-straight losses.
The Share A Little Sunshine Showdown, Florida vs. Florida State Game was 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.
“Luke [Weaver] threw the ball really well tonight, so credit him,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “He did a really good job and he deserved to win tonight. I thought Danny [Young] threw the ball really well. He probably ran his pitch count up too high, but he threw strikes. I was really pleased with how he threw the ball.”
“Obviously, we didn’t do a very good job out of the bullpen. We had two inherited runners, we got two 0-2 counts with runners on second and third with first base open, and we make a mistake. I know 0-2 hits are part of this game and they happen from time to time, but in a situation like that with two runners in scoring position, they just can’t happen and us expect to win.”
The Seminoles opened the scoring in the first inning on a two-out double into right center field by redshirt junior Stephen McGee off of freshman left-hander Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) (0-1), who was making his first career start. Sophomore Josh Delph had started the contest with a base-hit up the middle and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by redshirt junior Brett Knief. A fielder’s choice by junior Marcus Davis resulted in Delph being caught in a run-down and thrown out, with Davis taking second base on the play. McGee followed with his fifth double to drive in Davis.
Freshman John Sansone reached on a dropped fly ball by senior first baseman Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) in the third and Knief was hit by a pitch with one down for a pair of Seminoles aboard. Young worked out of trouble by having both Davis and McGee fly out.
Alfonzo provided FSU with a 3-0 lead with a two-run single in the fourth inning. Freshman DJ Stewart began the frame with a single through the right side of the infield and sophomore John Nogowski drew a walk before sophomore Jose Brizuela sacrificed his teammates into scoring position with a bunt. Harris replaced Young (3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R) and Alfonzo plated both of his teammates with a base-knock into right field.
In the home part of the inning, freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) (2-for-4) led off with a single up the middle and stole second with one out for his team-leading fourth theft. Bader advanced to third base on a grounder by sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) and scored when Weaver dropped the relay throw on a grounder by Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) that would have been the final out of the stanza. Gushue later went to second base on a wild pitch and Ramjit earned a free pass before Weaver had sophomore Connor Mitchell (Tampa, Fla.) fly out to left field to end the inning.
Nogowski was hit by a pitch from Harris to open the sixth and Brizuela singled into right field before a fly ball to the warning track by Alfonzo pushed Nogowski to third base. Brizuela stole second and Sansone walked to fill the bags with one down. Harris plunked Delph to bring across Nogowski for a 4-1 score and junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) came in for Harris (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R). The southpaw retired senior pinch hitter Seth Miller on a foul pop-up to Gushue and had Davis line out to center field to hold the Gators’ deficit at three runs.
Freshman Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) set down the Seminoles on eight pitches in the seventh in his first career relief appearance. Ramjit walked with one down in the bottom of the inning and moved to second when Weaver was charged with a balk. Mitchell legged out an infield single, ending the night for Weaver (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER). Redshirt junior Gage Smith had a grounder by freshman pinch hitter Christian Dicks (Jacksonville, Fla.) force Mitchell at second base and then had freshman pinch hitter Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) ground out to keep the score at 4-1.
Alfonzo roped a one-out single into left field in the eighth, bringing sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) into the game for Simpson (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K). The right-hander had Sansone and Delph fly out.
Bader had an infield single off of sophomore reliever Bryant Holtmann with one out and Shafer beat out a single to third base with two down to cause a pitching change. Junior Robby Coles hit Gushue to load the bases and had Ramjit ground out to preserve the three-run advantage for the Seminoles.
Miller started the ninth with a double to the gap in left center and went to third on a fly out by Davis. Magliozzi had McGee pop up and struck out Stewart to strand the runner 90 feet away. Coles retired the Gators in order to finish the game and collect his second save.
OLE MISS DOWNS ULM 10-4 TO OPEN MIDWEEK SERIES
MONROE, La. – The Rebel offense continued its trend of being efficient and opportunistic on Tuesday night as No. 6 Ole Miss (17-1) used 12 hits to score 10 runs on the way to a 10-4 win over Louisiana-Monroe (8-8) to open a midweek series.
A trio of Rebels led the way with Austin Bousfield, Austin Anderson and Preston Overbey all notching multiple-hits on the night. Bousfield was 3-for-6, while Anderson went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Overbey was 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Josh Laxer (2-0) picked up the win, working 6.0 innings and allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Cale Win (2-2) suffered the loss for the Warhawks as he allowed two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in 2.0 innings of work.
“I thought we did well tonight, especially with riding a bus for four hours and playing tonight after altering our normal routine,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We did a really good job of answering that challenge and coming out ready to play. It may have been our best offensive outing of the season with the number of quality at bats we had tonight. Laxer had good command and an explosive fast ball. Matt Denny did what he has done all year and really shut things down for us out of the bullpen along with Aaron Greenwood.”
The Rebels got things started with a run in both the first and second innings to take the early 2-0 lead. Ole Miss got its first run on a groundball to short from Stuart Turner that drove in Tanner Mathis from third in the first frame before a groundball to third from Preston Overbey brought the second-inning run home.
Ole Miss pushed three more runs home in the fourth inning to take the lead out to 5-0 on the Warhawks. Sikes Orvis was hit by a pitch and Will Allen walked to start things off for the Rebels. Will Jamison then lay down a sac bunt, but the pitcher threw the ball away allowing one run to score and Allen and Jamison to move into scoring position. Overbey then singled down the third base line to drive in two more runs before the Warhawks would get out of the inning.
ULM got on the board in the fifth inning when Jeff Fuller singled up the middle to drive in Dalton Herrington from third. Herrington reached on a double to right and stole third to set up the score on the Fuller hit. The Rebels led 5-1 after the fifth.
Ole Miss added to the lead in the sixth with a three-RBI double from Austin Anderson. The hit took his active streak out to 12 games, one game shy of Turner’s team-leading 13-game hit streak that was also extended earlier in the evening.
The Warhawks got two runs back in the seventh inning, capitalizing on a pair of miscues to cut into the Rebel lead. A walk and a double started for the home team as the Rebels made a pitching change and brought in left-hander Matt Denny to relieve Laxer.
Denny got a groundball to short, but a throwing error allowed the batter to reach as a run came home and left men at the corners with one out. A wild pitch to the next batter brought a second run home in the inning and moved Chris Dudley, who reached on the error, to second base. Dudley then stole second before a sac fly to center cut the lead to 8-4.
The Rebels got out of the inning still in front by four runs when Denny struck out the next batter to end the seventh.
Ole Miss got a chance to extend the lead again in the eighth, loading the bases with one out. The Warhawks would win the chess match of pitching changes and pinch hitters, however, and get out of the inning without surrendering a run.
The Rebels would return the favor, holding ULM off the board the rest of the way while adding a pair of runs in the ninth on doubles from Bousfield and Holt Perdzock to give Ole Miss the 10-4 victory.
MISSISSIPPI STATE KNOCKS OFF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI IN PEARL
PEARL, Miss. – A fast start carried the eighth-ranked Mississippi State baseball team to a 13-5 win over in-state rival Southern Mississippi in college baseball action Tuesday night.
Before a Trustmark Park crowd of 6,948, the Bulldogs beat the Golden Eagles for a fifth straight time, including three straight wins here. MSU snapped a two-game losing streak and won its first game away from Dudy Noble Field this season.
The Bulldogs (18-2) built an early lead with four runs in the first inning and quickly extended the lead to 7-0 after three innings of play. MSU collected eight extra-base hits and turned starting pitcher Luis Pollorena into a winner for a third straight time against Southern Miss.
"I thought Pollo did a great job of getting us going,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “He really threw it in the strike zone with two pitches, his fastball and his changeup. We didn’t hit a ton of balls hard early, but we forced people to make plays and we scored some runs. It snowballed a little bit from there.”
In the first inning, Adam Frazier drew a leadoff walk and took second on a Demarcus Henderson sacrifice bunt attempt. Alex Detz followed with a base hit. Hunter Renfroe doubled down the right field line for one run, while Mitch Slauter did the same down the left field line for two more scores. An RBI-single by Kyle Hann chased Southern Miss starter Mason Robbins and capped the big inning.
The lead grew in the second inning when Henderson and Detz drew back-to-back one-out walks. Renfroe doubled both runners home. In the third inning, a sacrifice-fly by Frazier extended the lead to 7-0.
The Bulldogs ran the lead to 10-1 in sixth inning.
In that at-bat, the extra-base hit again loomed large, as Frazier started things with a double. After a groundout, Detz walked and Renfroe hit his third home run of the year – a massive three-run shot to left center.
For Renfroe, it was his fifth home run of the season and ninth career round-tripper. The Bulldog right fielder matched a career high with three hits and set a career high with six RBIs. Fresh off a homer in Sunday’s defeat to Central Arkansas, Renfroe made it back-to-back games with a home run for the first time this season.
“I've always said this but there's just no limit to how good Hunter Renfroe can be,” Cohen said. “He hit a line drive out of the ballpark with a 10 mile-per-hour wind in his face. He's special and he's different and everybody knows that.”
Southern Miss (7-9) struck for four runs off Pollorena in the sixth inning. The Golden Eagles actually bunched together five straight hits to start the at-bat and chase Pollorena.
Pollorena allowed nine hits and five runs (four earned) in five-plus innings of work – his longest stint of the season. Ross Mitchell worked the Bulldogs out of that tight spot in the sixth inning and worked the final four frames for his first save of the season.
In the ninth inning, the Bulldogs plated three insurance scores. Nick Ammirati drew a lead-off walk. Frazier followed with an RBI-double. Henderson struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Detz followed with an RBI-double, while a passed ball scored Henderson.
The Bulldogs finished with 15 hits, including multi-hit games by Renfroe, Frazier, Detz and Sam Frost.
The Golden Eagles finished with 11 hits. Chase Fowler had three hits, while Isaac Rodriguez, Blake Brown and Breck Kline each had multiple hits. Robbins (1-2) took the loss. Five others followed to the mound for Southern Miss.
Mizzou Routs Jackson State, 9-3
Columbia, Mo. - Freshman pitcher Alec Rash won his first career start, a 9-3 decision as Mizzou (4-7) knocked off Jackson State Tuesday (March 12) afternoon at Taylor Stadium. The righty fanned a career-high seven batters and allowed just one hit in four innings on the mound. Catcher Dylan Kelly extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 2-for-2 and scoring a run. Jace James pitched two scoreless frames in the contest, keeping him perfect through 13 innings this season.
Rash looked strong in the contest, striking out two of the first three batters he faced. After Mizzou went down scoreless in the bottom of the inning, Rash forced two groundouts to overcome a fielding error and hold JSU off the board again. The home Tigers struck in the second, scoring seven runs in the frame to take a commanding lead over Jackson State.
Mizzou conceded a run in the third, an unearned run after a botched fly ball allowed a JSU runner to reach third with no outs. A wild pitch brought the runner home, cutting the lead to 7-1 before Mizzou added two more runs for a 9-1 lead. Rash surrendered his first hit in a scoreless fourth., as both teams were held off the board.
James entered to pitch in the fifth, and allowed only a walk in the inning before Mizzou again went scoreless. James walked two batters in the sixth to go with a bases-empty double, loading the bases with two outs, but he got out of the inning unharmed. Mizzou went down in order in the bottom of the inning, taking a 9-1 lead into the game's final three frames.
Keaton Steele took over on the mound in the 7th, and allowed two hits in the frame to get two on with two out, but he sat the last batter down on strikes. Mizzou threatened in the bottom of the inning with bases loaded and one out for Dillon Everett, but a 6-4-3 double play ended the inning without a score. Steele pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and Mizzou threatened with two on and no outs, but JSU got out of the jam. Jake Walsh pitched the game's final inning for Mizzou.
Arkansas Opens Series With 20-2 Win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Led by a season high 20 runs and a school record 19 walks, the 15th-ranked Razorbacks stormed past Alabama A&M on Tuesday night at Baum Stadium for a 20-2 victory. The Razorbacks improved to 12-5 with the win, while the Bulldogs dropped to 2-16.
The Razorbacks had numerous offensive stars in the outburst. Freshman Isaac Hellbusch was the star in the second start of his collegiate career. Hellbusch laced his first career home run over the left field wall, and finished the day with two hits and a career high five RBI.
Arkansas had six players with multi-hit games, and five who recorded multiple RBI. Jordan Farris and Willie Schwanke each had three hits, both career highs, while Brian Anderson had a career high four RBI. Every Razorback starter drew a walk, including six with multiple walks, led by Jacob Mahan with four and three apiece by Jean Ramirez and Jacob Morris. Tyler Spoon reached base twice on walks, and had three RBI, but saw a season-opening 16 game hitting streak come to an end.
Arkansas trailed early in the game, as the Bulldogs scored first to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning and forced the Razorbacks to go to their bullpen early in the game. After starter Colin Poche departed, the UA relief corps was stellar, allowing just one hit in 7.2 innings, recording 12 strikeouts.
In the third inning, the Razorbacks tied the game when Spoon hit a sacrifice fly. It was the fourth inning where the Arkansas bats really heated up, breaking out for seven runs. After a Schwanke single on the first pitch of the inning, Hellbusch hit the next delivery over the left field wall for a two-run home run, which put the Razorbacks up for good. The Razorbacks batted around, with Hellbusch driving in two more runs on a single to left, becoming the first Razorback with two hits in one inning since Matt Reynolds did it vs. Villanova on Feb. 19, 2012. In the fourth inning alone, Hellbusch was 2-2 with four RBI, and finished with a career high five RBI. Anderson had an RBI single, and Schwanke plated a run on a walk in the inning.
The Razorbacks tallied two runs in the fifth, on a sacrifice fly by Dominic Ficociello and a single by Anderson. They added one more in the sixth, carrying an 11-1 lead in the seventh inning.
In that frame Arkansas batted around again, sending fourteen batters to the plate, and scoring nine runs on three hits and seven walks, including five walks that brought in a Razorback runner. After two RBI walks opened the scoring, Jacob Mahan plated one with a single. Ficociello, Anderson, and Hellbusch all drew a bases loaded walk, with Spoon driving in one on a fielder’s choice. The inning was capped by a two-run double by Farris to conclude the Arkansas scoring.
Razorback pitching held the Bulldogs to just four hits, and only one in the final seven innings. Poche started for the Razorbacks, throwing 1.2 innings and allowing one run on three hits. Brandon Moore relieved him, striking out four in two perfect innings of work. Thomas Altimont got his first win as a Razorback, hurling 2.1 innings and allowing just one hit and one run. Freshman Landon Simpson pitched the final three frames, striking out five and earning the first save of his collegiate career. The 14 strikeouts were a season high for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas scored their most runs since plating 32 against Saint Louis on April 7, 2010. They finished with 14 hits, a season high 20 RBI, and the all-time record 19 walks.