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    Wednesday Baseball Report

    Baseball RESULTS
    Arkansas 13, Alabama A&M 0
    Kentucky vs. Cincinnati (Cancelled)
    Vanderbilt 4, Buffalo 2
    Appalachian State 8, Georgia 5
    Tennessee 5, WKU 4
    South Carolina 12, Davidson 4
    Alabama 4, Memphis 2
    LSU 9, Nicholls State 3
    Ole Miss 8, UL-Monroe 3


    Arkansas Dominates Alabama A&M

    FAYETTEVILLE - In an offensive explosion that saw the Razorbacks pound out a season high 18 hits, including hits from 11 different players, No. 15 Arkansas completed a two-game sweep of Alabama A&M with a 13-0 win. 
     
    Arkansas recorded their fourth shutout of the season, improving to 13-5, while the Bulldogs dropped to 2-17 on the season. The Razorbacks extended their winning streak to six games entering the first SEC series of the year. 
     
    Sophomore Chris Oliver got his first start of the season for the Razorbacks and earned the win, improving to 1-0 on the season. Oliver threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and struck out a career high five batters.
     
    Allen Belue started for Alabama A&M and took the loss to move to 0-2 on the year. Belue pitched three innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits.
     
    In addition to the 18 hits, the Razorbacks had a season high six extra base hits, recording five doubles and one triple. Brian Anderson had a team high four hits. Joe Serrano, Michael Gunn, Matt Vinson, and Jake Wise all had two hits, while Gunn, Anderson, Vinson, and Eric Fisher each had two RBI. 
     
    The Razorback hurlers were exceptional on the mound for UA. Seven different pitchers combined to allow the Bulldogs just two hits, one walk, and no runs, striking out 13 batters. 
     
    After Oliver got the Hogs off to a good start by retiring the side in order in the first, Arkansas got on the board quickly in the bottom half of the inning. Jacob Mahan led off the game with a single, followed by a Serrano double to put two runners in scoring position. Tyler Spoon and Gunn followed with sacrifice flies, each plating a runner, putting Arkansas ahead 2-0 after one inning. 
     
    In the third inning, the Razorbacks extended their lead. With two outs, Spoon reached on an error by the shortstop, and Gunn ripped a double down the right field line to score him. Oliver exited after hurling three scoreless innings, giving way to senior Tyler Wright. 
     
    The Razorbacks added another run in the fourth inning. After singles by Vinson and Wise, Fisher drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to stretch the Arkansas lead to 4-0.  
     
    The Razorback offense started to break the game open in the bottom of the fifth with a five run inning. Serrano and Spoon each started the inning with a single, and Anderson beat out an infield grounder for a RBI hit. Vinson plated another with a sacrifice fly to center, and then Wise lined one to center field for a RBI triple. Fisher doubled down the first base line to plate Wise and extend the lead to 8-0. Mahan then grounded one to short, where an error by the shortstop scored the ninth run of the game. 
     
    Wright threw two strong innings of relief, retiring all six batters he faced and striking out two. Junior Colby Suggs came on in relief in the sixth and struck out two in his first inning of work. 
     
    In the sixth inning, Anderson got on with a two-out single. Vinson followed by smashing a double into the right field corner, scoring Arkansas’ 10th run of the day. 
     
    Trent Daniel relieved Suggs in the seventh, after Suggs pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. 
     
    In the eighth inning, the Razorbacks put three more runs on the board. Jordan Farris put two runners in scoring position with a long double to deep center, followed by an RBI groundout by Serrano. Jacob Morris and Anderson also followed with run scoring singles for a 13-0 lead. That would be the final run off the game, as Trent Daniel, Gunn, Jordan Beeks, and Barrett Astin allowed no hits over the final 2.2 innings as the Razorbacks closed out the Bulldogs for the shutout. 
        
    Arkansas is back in action this weekend, opening conference play with a three-game series at Baum Stadium against No. 8 Ole Miss. Arkansas will start freshman righthander Trey Killian (2-1, 0.86) in the opener, opposing Ole Miss junior Bobby Wahl (4-0, 1.99). First pitch on Friday is at 6:35 p.m., followed by games Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The series finale on Sunday will be televised by CST.



    Kentucky's Bout with Cincy Cancelled Due to Weather

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Due to inclement weather, No. 9 Kentucky’s game on Wednesday with Cincinnati has been cancelled, it was announced on Wednesday morning. 
     
    Kentucky (14-2) will return to action at Florida on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET at McKethan Stadium. The game will be televised by CSS and available on ESPN3.com. All three games in Florida will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with Neil Price calling the action. 



    Vandy Takes Out Buffalo

    Tony Kemp drove in two runs with a triple in the sixth inning as No. 2 Vanderbilt downed Buffalo 4-2 Wednesday afternoon at Hawkins Field. 
     
    Freshman Walker Buehler tossed six innings to earn his second straight win. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits with seven strikeouts. 
     
    Check back later for a full recap. 



    Appalachian State Pulls Even in Series with UGA

    ATHENS, Ga. - Appalachian State used a five-run sixth inning to earn an 8-5 victory and a series split with Georgia on Wednesday evening at Foley Field.
     
    The Bulldogs (8-9) used seven different pitchers during the game, with freshman Austin Wallace taking the loss in his collegiate debut as a starter. Wallace gave up four hits and three runs in 1.2 innings of work, while reliever Jeffrey Springs earned the win for Appalachian State (9-5) after going two innings with no runs allowed. Taylor Thurber earned his first save of the season for the Mountaineers, pitching the final four frames.
     
    Offensively, sophomore Justin Bryan launched a solo home run for Georgia in the eighth inning, his second home run in as many days. Nelson Ward went 2-5 with two runs scored, while Kyle Farmer went 1-4 with two RBIs. 
     
    "It's frustrating," said Georgia head coach David Perno. "We've had some tough losses, but this is probably the most disappointing one. We think we're over the hump, and then we give up two big innings. The thing is, we didn't walk that many tonight, but we're still finding a way not to be successful. It's disappointing. The mid-week games have eaten us alive this year, but I haven't been down on this team all year. We're making progress, but there's just no excuse for this effort tonight. We have a chance to get over .500 for the second time in three days, and guys just don't step up."
     
    The Mountaineers scored in the first inning off an RBI single to right and a two-run homer by Dillon Dobson. In the bottom of the inning, Ward extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff double deep to center. Two fielding errors - one by the third-baseman and one by the left fielder - on a hard-hit ball by Farmer allowed Ward to score, trimming Appalachian State's lead to 3-1. 
     
    Patrick Boling took over on the mound for Georgia following Wallace's appearance, lasting 2.1 innings while not allowing any runs or hits and recording four strikeouts. Despite drawing four walks through the first four innings, Georgia stranded six runners without putting a run on the board in the second, third and fourth innings.
     
    Palmer Betts came on in relief for Georgia in the fifth, allowing no hits and no runs while striking out one. In the bottom of the fifth, Powell recorded a leadoff double down the left field line, extending his team-leading hitting streak to 13 games. Powell advanced to third on a balk and eventually scored on a passed ball, pulling the Bulldogs to within a run at 3-2.
     
    In the top of the sixth, Georgia's Bryan Benzor gave up five runs on four hits and a pair of walks while recording one out, as Appalachian State extended their lead to 8-4. Jarrett Brown came in to finish the inning for the Bulldogs, allowing just one hit while striking out one over 1.2 total innings.
     
    Zack Bowers and Bryan led off the sixth with back-to-back walks before Appalachian State brought in Taylor Thurber in relief. After pinch-hitter Sean McLaughlin reached on a fielder's choice and Ward laid down a bunt for a base hit, Powell reached base on a fielder's choice that forced Bowers out at home plate. Farmer followed with a two-RBI single to right to plate McLaughlin and Ward, trimming the Moutaineers' lead to 8-4.
     
    After a scoreless seventh inning by both teams, sophomore Heath Holder took over pitching duties for the Bulldogs in the eighth, allowing no runs and two hits. In the bottom half of the frame, Bryan's leadoff solo home run brought Georgia within three at 8-5.
     
    Ross Ripple took the mound for the Bulldogs in the top of the ninth, notching two strikeouts and not allowing any hits or runs. Hunter Cole reached on an error in the bottom of the ninth, but a double-play ball ended the game. 
     
    Georgia opens SEC play this weekend when they travel to College Station, Texas, to take on Texas A&M. The first game of the series is set for Friday at 7:35 p.m. ET



    Walk-Off HBP Lifts Tennessee Over WKU

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Trailing by one entering the bottom of the 10th inning, a successful safety squeeze by Taylor Smart and a walk-off hit-by-pitch to Christin Stewart gave Tennessee a 5-4 win over Western Kentucky on Wednesday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
     
    The victory is the fifth straight for the Volunteers who improve to 9-7 on the year heading into Southeastern Conference play this weekend. The Hilltoppers fall to 7-9 with the loss.
     
    Stewart's game-winning HBP was the third pitch to hit a UT player in the game, marking the eighth consecutive contest in which multiple UT batters were hit by a pitch. During that eight-game stretch, the Vols have been hit a total of 21 times.
     
    Tied at 3-3, Tennessee let a prime opportunity go by the wayside in the bottom of the ninth as the leadoff batter drew a walk only to become the third Vol to be picked off on the day. UT then got a single by Zach Luther and took advantage of a Hilltopper error to put two runners on before a strikeout sent the game to extra innings.
     
    In the first extra frame, Western Kentucky got an RBI single from Ryan Messex to take a 4-3 advantage, setting up the walk-off win for the Vols in the home half of the 10th.
     
    Tennessee will next be in action this weekend when it travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama, March 15-17.



    South Carolina Defeats Davidson Easily

    Columbia, S.C. - LB Dantzler homered twice for the first time in his career and drove in a career-high six runs as fifth ranked South Carolina defeated Davidson 12-4 on Wednesday evening at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 15-2 with Davidson dropping to 6-8 for the season.
     
    Dantzler crushed a two-run homer in the first inning and added a three-run blast in the sixth inning. He has a team-leading six homers on the year and also leads the squad with 23 RBI. He went 3-for-3 at the plate. Max Schrock and Kyle Martin each had two hits as well. Schrock, Dantzler, Martin and Joey Pankake all scored two runs apiece. The Gamecocks had 13 hits in the contest.
     
    South Carolina freshman reliever Curt Britt earned his first career win and is 1-0 on the year. He worked two perfect innings and retired all six batters he faced. Davidson starting pitcher Rob Caudill suffered the loss and is now 0-1 on the year. He worked two innings and allowed four runs on five hits with a walk.
     
    Carolina broke ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first with Dantzler's first homer of the game. After Joey Pankake reached base on a two-out walk, Dantzler crushed the first pitch from Caudill over the right-centerfield wall into the Carolina bullpen.
     
    The lead extended to 4-0 in the second inning. Kyle Martin led off with a single through the left side. With one out, the Gamecocks then executed the hit and run perfectly as TJ Costen bounced a base hit into left-center putting runners on the corners. Martin would score on a sacrifice fly from Graham Saiko. A two-out single to center from Max Schrock plated home Costen.
     
    Carolina starting pitcher Joel Seddon was effective in his first start of the season. He worked four scoreless innings and allowed just two hits with two walks and a career- high six strikeouts.
     
    Two more runs in the fifth inning increased the lead to 6-0. Saiko opened the frame with a walk, Schrock reached on an infield single and Pankake was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Both Saiko and Schrock would score on sacrifice flies from Dantzler and Grayson Greiner.
     
    The Gamecocks reached double digits in runs with five more in the sixth inning. Carolina loaded the bases with no outs on a single from Martin, a base hit by Chase Vergason and Costen drawing a walk. Martin would score on a 6-4-3 double play. With two outs and runners on the corners, Pankake drilled a RBI single into right-center scoring Vergason. With two runners still on base, Dantzler struck again as he launched his second homer of the day over the right field wall to put Carolina ahead by 11 runs.
     
    Davidson scratched across a run in the top of the eighth inning. With two outs, Andrew Barna walked, Ben Arkin singled and Barna scored on a RBI base hit from Michael Zeblo. The Gamecocks scored their final run in the bottom of the eighth on a wild pitch. Davidson added three runs in the top of the ninth inning.
     
    South Carolina begins SEC play this weekend at Missouri. First pitch for the opener is Friday at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday's game is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET with Sunday's contest at 2 p.m. ET. All three games can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game." 



    Alabama Takes Care of Memphis

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama starting pitcher Tucker Hawley threw six strong innings and Kyle Overstreet’s three-run double in the bottom of the first inning powered the Tide to a bounce-back victory over the Memphis Tigers, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The win moves Alabama to a 9-8 record heading into SEC play, and the loss drops Memphis to 10-6 overall.
     
    “We got the big hit by Kyle Overstreet in the first to put us up three,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Tucker Hawley, in his first start since his injury, I thought he was dynamite. He pitched six innings and threw the ball well; there were a lot of strikes.”
     
    Overstreet led the Tide offensively, going 2-for-2 with a double, a single, two walks, three RBI and a run scored. Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore was 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored, senior third baseman Kenny Roberts pitched in two walks, a stolen base, and a run scored, and freshman Georgie Salem also knocked in a run with his only hit of the game.
     
    Junior right-hander Tucker Hawley (3-1) gave the Tide a “quality start”, allowing two runs in six innings pitched, in his first start since April 4, 2011 against Arkansas. Hawley struck out six batters and allowed four hits and a walk. Sophomore righty Jake Hubbard allowed two hits and a walk in three scoreless innings to earn his third save of the season.
     
    After a tough outing against the Tigers on Tuesday, the Alabama offense came out swinging to open the action in the first. With one out, Roberts walked, Moore singled and Austen Smith walked to load the bases for Overstreet, who cleared the bases with a double to the gap in left center. The early three-run lead for Alabama gave the loss to Memphis starter Michael Wills (0-1).
     
    Outside of a solo home run by Memphis’ Drew Griffin in the third inning, Hawley kept the Tigers in check through five. Hawley ran into trouble in the sixth after giving up a leadoff double. Although he retired the rest of the batters in the inning, a wild pitch and a passed ball enabled the runner to score, cutting the deficit to 3-2. Hubbard came in to relieve Hawley in the seventh.
     
    “Jake [Hubbard] threw the ball well, we have actually made some adjustments with Jake and I thought that he threw the ball exceptionally. We got the drag bunt there in the eighth to get the insurance run from Georgie [Salem]. Where we are at right now, it is good to win. We have been scuffling here for about a week and a half. It was nice to get the win and that good vibe as you move into the SEC.”
     
    Salem gave the Tide an insurance run in the eighth inning with a perfect RBI bunt single to score Overstreet from third, making the score 4-2. Hubbard allowed a 1-out single in the ninth, before getting his third strikeout of the game and a fly out to center field to record his third save of the season and help snap the Tide’s five-game losing streak.
     
    Alabama returns to action on Friday to open their SEC campaign against the Tennessee Volunteers. First pitch for game one on Friday is set for 6:35 p.m. CT, game two on Saturday is set for a 6:05 p.m. CT start, and the final game of the series will begin at 1:05 p.m. CT on Sunday.
     
    Follow the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team on Facebook at Alabama-Baseball and on Twitter at @AlabamaBSB.



    Five-Run Eighth Boosts LSU 

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- No. 2 LSU (16-1) exploded for a five-run eighth inning in a win over Nicholls State (9-9) Wednesday night in Alex Box Stadium, extending the Tigers' win streak to 11 games.
     
    The five-run inning was aided in part by a two-run home run by first baseman Mason Katz, marking his sixth long ball on the season. Katz also recorded three RBI in the game, giving him 22 during the Tigers' win streak.
     
    Before Katz' dinger, shortstop Alex Bregman and left fielder Raph Rhymes contributed to the big eighth inning. Bregman reached base for his fourth time in the game by scorching a double into the left-center gap, plating two runners. Rhymes flew out to deep center, allowing right fielder Chris Sciambra to tag up and score.
     
    The heart of the Tigers' order drove in six of the team's nine runs and combined for five runs.
     
    The Tigers will travel to Starkville this weekend to take on No. 10 Mississippi State. Game 1 of the series begins at 6:30 p.m. CT Friday. Game 2, starting at 6 p.m. CT Saturday, will be televised by CSS and Sunday's Game 3 is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT. All three games may be heard on the LSU Sports Radio Network, and live audio and stats will be available through the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net.
     
    The win gave LSU the season sweep over the Colonels after a 2-0 victory on March 3.
     
    "I could tell three hours before this game that our focus just wasn't there, and it showed a bit in this game," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "We just didn't have that same intensity and sense of urgency that we normally have. You preach as much as you can about playing one game at a time, but these players are human, and they were thinking ahead to our first SEC series this weekend."
     
    LSU third baseman Christian Ibarra provided the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh when he drove in Bregman and broke a 3-3 tie.
     
    Ten LSU pitchers, spearheaded by Russell Reynolds's two scoreless innings in his first career start, saw action in the contest as the Tigers prepared their staff for the SEC weekend series.
     
    LSU reliever Brent Bonvillain (1-0) picked up his first victory of the season after entering a tied 3-3 game in the top of the seventh. The lefty recorded the third out of the inning.
     
    Nicholls reliever Kelby Langston (0-3) was charged with the loss after allowing Ibarra's single in the seventh. Starter Brand Jackson was solid through five and allowed three earned on eight hits.
     
    LSU center fielder Mark Laird continued his eight-game hit streak with a single in the first and ended the game with a pair of singles and a run. Sciambra reached base four times after walking three times and being hit by a pitch.
     
    Nicholls scored a run in the third off of Hunter Newman and two in the fifth off of Hunter Devall. The Colonels committed five errors on the night, which led to two runs in the bottom of the second and one run in the bottom of the second for LSU.



    Ole Miss Takes Another from ULM

    MONROE, La. – Jake Overbey delivered a big two-out, two-RBI double in the eighth inning to give the Rebels some wiggle room as No. 6 Ole Miss (18-1) defeated ULM (8-9) by a score of 8-3 to close out a midweek series.
     
    With the win, the Rebels tied the best start to a season in the Bianco era, matching the 18-1 start set by the 2004 squad.
     
    Stuart Turner and Austin Anderson extended their hit streaks to 14 and 13 games, respectively. Turner went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while Anderson went 1-for-3 with two walks. Jake Overbey made the most of his one at-bat, fighting back from an 0-2 count to deliver the two-RBI double that took the game from a one-run contest in the eighth and put it comfortably in the hands of the Rebels.
     
    “It was good that Jake was able to extend the lead for us,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “It’s always nice when someone can come off the bench and provide a big hit for the team, but it’s nice that it was him because no one deserves it more than Jake did.
     
    “I’m also proud of the way our bullpen handled things,” Bianco said. “It may not have always been how you draw it up, with guys pitching in a one-run game, but they handled the pressure well until we extended the lead. Brady Bramlett also had a good night for us in the start.”
     
    Bramlett (3-0) picked up the win, working 5.0 innings and striking out a season-high nine batters. He allowed two runs on three hits with three walks.
     
    Jared Dye (1-2) suffered the loss for the Warhawks as he allowed four runs – three of them earned – on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts. 
     
    The Warhawks struck first in the Wednesday night contest, pushing home a run in the first inning on a groundout to short from Justin Stawychny. ULM got off to a good start with a walk and a double to open the home half of the first before Bramlett would get a strikeout for the first out. The Stawychny grounder gave Ole Miss the second out, but put a run on the board for the Warhawks as the Rebels traded the out for the run.
     
    ULM added a second run in the inning on a wild pitch before Bramlett would coax another groundout to end the inning with the Rebels trailing 2-0.
     
    Ole Miss erased the deficit in the second inning with three straight hits to open the frame. A single from Turner and a double to the wall in right from Mistone put two men in scoring position before Sikes Orvis singled up the middle to bring them both home. The Rebels would go on to load the bases, but were unable to get another run home as ULM squashed the rally with three consecutive outs.
     
    Ole Miss moved in front in the third inning on back-to-back hits from Turner and Mistone for the second consecutive inning. Turner came up with a one-out single before Mistone doubled to right center, allowing Turner to score from first. The Rebel third baseman was thrown out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple for the second out. ULM would strike out the next Rebel batter to end the inning, but Ole Miss held the 3-2 lead.
     
    The Rebels extended the lead to two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single up the middle from Austin Anderson. Auston Bousfield reached on a fielding error in the previous at bat, sending a fly ball to shallow left center that was dropped, allowing him to reach and take second on the play to set up the RBI hit for Anderson.
     
    The Warhawks cut the lead to one in the sixth inning when Logan Fiasco successfully lay down a sac bunt to bring home Chris Dudley. Dudley reached on a single up the middle and then went first to third on a single to left field in the next at bat to set up the score on the Fiasco bunt.
     
    The Warhawks threatened again in the seventh, getting a man to third with one out. The Rebels squashed the rally with a foul fly snagged by Turner against the backstop and a groundball to short to strand the runner and keep Ole Miss in front 4-3.
     
    Ole Miss responded with a successful two-out rally in the eighth on a two-RBI double to the wall in right center from the younger Overbey that put the Rebels on top 6-3. Tanner Mathis extended the lead with a single to right to bring Overbey home and Ole Miss was on top by four runs after the top of the eighth.
     
    The Rebels added a final run in the ninth inning when Mistone hit into a fielder’s choice that brought Anderson home from third. Anderson reached on a walk before moving to third on a single up the middle from Turner to get into scoring position for Mistone. The run provided the Rebels with the 8-3 final margin of victory.
     
    Ole Miss will continue play on the road this weekend with a three-game set at No. 11 Arkansas to open Southeastern Conference play. Friday night’s opener will begin at 6:35 p.m. at Baum Stadium.