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    Saturday SEC Diamond Report

    Saturday baseball RESULTS
    Kentucky 3,  Mississippi State 2  (Game 1)
    Kentucky 4,  Mississippi State 3  (Game 2)
    Tennessee 7,  Missouri 6  (Game 1)
    Missouri 14,  Tennessee 6  (Game 2)
    Alabama 6,  Georgia 3
    Texas A&M @ Ole Miss - Rained Out
    Arkansas 4,  South Carolina 2
    Vanderbilt 6,  Florida 1
    LSU 5, Auburn 1

     

    GRUNDY PITCHES NO. 8 BASEBALL TO SERIES-EVENING WIN

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senior southpaw Jerad Grundy worked eight two-run innings with 10 strikeouts and A.J. Reed belted a first-inning, two-run homer to lead No. 8 Kentucky to a 3-2 series-evening win over No. 14 Mississippi State in the first game of a doubleheader, on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

    Kentucky (17-5, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from an 8-4 series-opening loss on Friday night to even the series with a 3-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader and set up the rubber match in the finale on Saturday. Due to inclement weather forecast for Sunday, the teams are concluding the series on Saturday afternoon.

    Grundy (4-1) worked eight innings, allowed five singles, one homer and two runs, not issuing a walk and striking out 10. The Johnsburg, Ill., native threw first-pitch strikes to 20-of-30 hitters faced, including striking out the side in the second and fourth innings.

    Junior Trevor Gott took over in the ninth after a Hunter Renfroe solo homer to leadoff vs. Gott, worked the final three outs for his seventh save of 2013 and the school-record 18th of his career. Gott allowed a single and struck out two to seal the UK win.

    UK collected nine hits in the game and drew three walks, with Reed, Zac Zellers and Max Kuhn each totaling two-hit games. Reed belted his sixth homer of the year, a two-run job in the first inning, with Kuhn and Zellers each singling twice. UK also got hits from J.T. Riddle, Kyle Barrett and Matt Reida.

    Mississippi State (21-5, 2-3 SEC) starter Kendall Graveman (2-2) worked five innings, allowing seven hits and three runs, walking one and striking out six. Chad Girodo and Ben Bracewell took over for Graveman in the sixth, getting out of the inning. Bracewell worked 2.2 strong innings, allowing one hit and no runs, walking two and striking out four.

    The series will conclude later on Saturday, with first pitch 45 minutes following the first game. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with Dick Gabriel calling the action. Fans in Central Kentucky can hear the game live on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UKathletics.com. UK will send junior southpaw Corey Littrell (3-0, 2.84 ERA) to the mound to face junior righty Evan Mitchell (0-1, 2.75 ERA).

    After a scoreless first half of the inning for Mississippi State, Reed knocked a two-run home run to give Kentucky an early 2-0 lead. With one out, Zellers singled into rightfield. Reed followed with a blast over the old scoreboard in rightfield, the sophomore’s sixth home run of the year.

    The game went scoreless after the first inning until Mississippi State scored its first run of the afternoon in the top of the sixth. Adam Frazier singled with one out to open the inning and C.T. Bradford followed with a single into rightfield, advancing Frazier to third. Frazier was able to tag and score on a Hunter Renfroe fly out into centerfield.

    Kentucky matched Mississippi State’s run in the top half of the inning, going up 3-1 through six. Zellers led off the inning with a single into left field. Reed followed with a double into left center, giving Kentucky runners on first and second. A single from Kuhn brought home Zellers.

    Renfroe led off the inning with a solo home run over the leftfield wall, his second homer of the series. The solo shot brought the score to 3-1, forcing UK to bring Gott in to close the game. Gott struck out the first batter he faced but Demarcus Henderson reached on an infield single, before the UK junior closed the door.
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    COUSINO WALK-OFF GIVES NO. 8 BASEBALL SERIES WIN

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino drilled a walk-off single with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, lifting No. 8 Kentucky to a 4-3 win in the rubber match over No. 14 Mississippi State, in the second game of the doubleheader, on Saturday evening at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

    Kentucky (18-5, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with the game locked at 3-3 since a Hunter Renfroe game-tying homer in the fifth inning. Freshman rightfielder Kyle Barrett doubled off the diving glove of MSU leftfielder Demarcus Henderson, with pinch hitter Jeff Boehm drawing an intentional walk. After a strikeout on a sacrifice bunt attempt, junior shortstop Matt Reida drew a 3-1 walk to load the bases with one out for Cousino.

    “Just get the guy in,” Cousino said about his mindset in the ninth inning. “I wasn’t trying to do too much. I just really wiped away what happened early in the game. I knew that if I could get up, I could get him in.”

    The preseason SEC Player of the Year entered the at bat 1-for-his-last-16, just after a 7-for-13 outing during UK’s SEC opening series win at Florida last weekend. The Dublin, Ohio, native smacked a hard-hit single off the first-base bag against Bulldog star closer Jonathan Holder – with the MSU infield playing in – allowing Barrett to motor home from third base and give UK a 4-3 win.

    “Austin’s a really good player, good players rise to the moment most of the time," UK head coach Gary Henderson said.

    The UK pitching staff limited Mississippi State – the SEC’s leading offensive club and NCAA’s second-ranked team in hits – to four hits and three runs in the game.

    Junior starter Corey Littrell worked seven innings, allowing only two hits and three runs – one earned – walking six and striking out four. Littrell battled through wildness, with his career-high six walks, but allowed only a single and a solo homer to the slugging Renfroe. It marked the 10th rubber match for Littrell in the last two years, with the lefty owning a 7-0 record and a 1.85 ERA in those 10 outings, all UK wins.

    “He certainly wasn’t as sharp, but we cost him some pitches there,” Henderson said about Littrell. “His maturity continues to get better and better. I thought he competed really well.”

    “I was a little wild early and then the defense made errors, but the biggest thing for me was knowing that I’ve been in that situation before. I know I can find it at any moment,” Littrell said. “We are extremely confident because we’ve been in this situation before. We know that we’re not going to win every game. We’re going to lose again because it’s baseball, but we’re confident and we know that if we play the way we know how, we’ll come out successful.”

    Senior Walter Wijas (2-0) took over in the eighth inning, working the final two shutout innings for the win, allowing two singles and striking out three. In his four-year career, over 64 appearances, Wijas owns an 8-0 record.

    The dynamic MSU pitching staff limited the Wildcats to just three hits in the game, as the two clubs combined for seven hits. Cousino, Barrett and Max Kuhn each got hits for UK, with J.T. Riddle and A.J. Reed drawing two walks each. Boehm, Reida and Zac Zellers each added walks, part of an eight-walk attack.

    The win for the Wildcats was their first doubleheader chance of the year, as UK posted a 3-2 win in the early game and the 4-3 walk-off win in the nightcap. UK suffered the 8-4 loss in the series opener on Friday, as three errors in the sixth erased a UK lead. UK rode a dominating eight-inning start from senior Jerad Grundy in the Saturday opener, as he struck out 10 and allowed only a pair of runs.

    “Grundy was outstanding,” Henderson said. “I’m really, really happy for Jerad, happy for our club. That effort today was about as good as you see in college baseball.”

    Mississippi State (21-6, 2-4 SEC) starter Evan Mitchell did not record an out in the first inning, allowing three runs to score on three walks and a hit batter. Ross Mitchell then walked a hitter on five pitches to force Luis Pollorena out of the bullpen. The senior lefty worked 4.1 strong innings, allowing only a single and an intentional walk, striking out three. Myles Gentry got MSU out of a jam with a pair of outs in the fifth, with Chad Girodo shining in relief despite the hard-luck loss. Girodo (2-1) worked three innings, allowing one hit and one run, walking one and striking out one. Holder came on in the jam in the ninth, allowing the decisive hit from Cousino.

    Kentucky opened the game with a quick three runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Mitchell began the game by hitting Cousino and followed with two walks to load the bases with no outs. Mitchell wasn’t able to find the strike zone and walked Kuhn to bring home Cousino. The Bulldogs were forced to go to the bullpen and bring Ross Mitchell in to face Riddle. Ross Mitchell faced one batter, walking Riddle to allow Zellers to come across. Pollerena took the mound the Bulldogs already down 2-0 and the bases loaded with no outs. Barrett flew out in foul territory down the leftfield line, allowing Reed to tag from third and score, giving Kentucky a 3-0 lead through the first.

    In the top of the third, Henderson reached first on a fielder’s choice and eventually advanced to third on a throwing error following Adam Frazier’s single up the middle. With runners on first and third, Bradford grounded out to first base but Henderson scored and Frazier advanced to second. Kentucky chose to intentionally walk Renfroe, putting runners on first and second with two outs. Littrell forced a ground ball to shortstop but a throwing error kept the inning alive and the bases loaded with two outs. Littrell stalled and walked Detz, scoring Frazier and keeping the bases loaded. A line out to right center would end the inning but the Bulldogs had tightened the game to 3-2.

    With one out, Renfroe drilled a home run over the deck in right center to tie the rubber match at 3-3 through five.

    Tied entering the bottom of the ninth, Barrett led off Kentucky with a double into left center. The Bulldogs brought closer Holder in to attempt to send the game into extra innings. Holder intentionally walked pinch-hitter Boehm to allow a force out. Following a strikeout, Reida worked the count and drew a walk to load the bases for the top of the order. With the infield in to attempt to nab the winning run at the plate, Cousino delivered for the Wildcats, singling down the rightfield line to score Barrett and give Kentucky a 4-3 win.
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    VOLS RALLY FOR WALK-OFF WIN, 7-6, TO CLINCH SERIES OVER MISSOURI
     
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Down by a run to Missouri going into the bottom of the ninth, Tennessee used a safety squeeze by Parker Wormsley to tie the contest before Pierce Bily gave the Vols a 7-6 win with a walk-off single in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

    Junior Scott Price finished 4-for-5 at the plate and scored the game's winning run. Freshman Vincent Jackson also had four hits in the victory, including the first home run of his young career, a monster two-run blast off the top of the scoreboard in the fourth inning.

    Freshman Drake Owenby improved to 2-0 on the season after pitching the top of the ninth for Tennessee. Fellow classmate Aaron Quillen also pitched well, firing three innings of relief, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out a pair.

    Although Missouri raced out to a 3-0 lead through three innings, the Vols got back into the game with one swing of the bat with Jackson’s blast in the fourth. The Tigers pushed their lead back to two runs with a tally in the top of the sixth but the Big Orange responded by taking its first lead of the game in the home half of the frame.

    As has been their M.O. all season, it was a two-out rally that gave the Vols the lead as Jackson got things started with a single before scoring just two pitches later on a double high off the wall in right-center by David Houser. Taylor Smart then brought Houser in with a single up the middle and Will Maddox put UT in front with a triple to right.

    The Tigers weren’t going to go away that easily though and retook the lead with single runs in the top of the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, setting up Tennessee’s dramatic finish.

    Jeff Moberg got the ninth-inning rally started with a leadoff single to left. A balk and a single by Price quickly put him on third base with nobody out, setting up a perfectly-executed safety squeeze by Wormsley to tie the game. With Price at second, Bily ripped a 1-2 pitch to the gap in left-center to give the Orange and White its first walk-off win of the 2013 campaign and clinch the team’s first SEC series win since it swept Alabama last season.
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    Stanek pitches Arkansas to series-clinching win

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Arkansas junior right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek tossed the second complete game of his collegiate career, allowing two unearned runs and striking out seven, as the 17th-ranked Razorbacks defeated No. 6 South Carolina, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.

    The win clinches the series for the Razorbacks. It’s Arkansas’ first series victory at South Carolina since taking two of three in 2009. Arkansas is now 16-7 on the season, 3-2 in Southeastern Conference play, while South Carolina falls to 18-5, 2-3 in league play.

    Stanek turned in the best start of his junior season against the Gamecocks, tossing the second complete game of his Arkansas career. Stanek also went the distance on June 5, 2011, in the Razorbacks’ 11-3 win over Charlotte in the NCAA Tempe Regional.

    In this contest, Stanek gave up two unearned runs on three hits to earn his second win of the season. Only one of South Carolina’s three hits left the infield with the other two being infield singles. Stanek struck out a season-high seven batters and issued just one walk. The junior right hander got stronger as the game progressed, retiring 14 of the final 16 batters he faced, including the final six men South Carolina sent to the plate.

    South Carolina starter Nolan Belcher (4-2) took the loss. Belcher gave up four runs, two earned, on nine hits and struck out six in 7.1 innings.

    Arkansas recorded 10 hits in the victory, the fourth-consecutive game of 10 or more hits for the Razorbacks. Brian Anderson, Dominic Ficociello and Jacob Mahan had two hits to lead the Razorbacks. Jacob Morris, Matt Vinson and Tyler Spoon each had a hit and a RBI in the victory. Vinson’s hit and RBI came on his first home run of the season.

    Connor Bright, Shon Carson and Tanner English each had one hit for the Gamecocks. George Iskenderian and Chase Vergason each had a RBI in the loss.

    South Carolina struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth. After Grayson Greiner reached on a two-base throwing error by Anderson to start the inning, the Gamecocks played small ball, using a sacrifice bunt from Bright and a sacrifice fly from Vergason to plate the game’s first run.

    The lead was short lived as Arkansas responded with a run in the top of the sixth. Mahan led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Serrano. Spoon came through with a RBI single to left, scoring Mahan and tying the game.

    Arkansas took its first lead of the game with two runs in the seventh. Morris gave the Razorbacks the lead with a bunt single down the third base line, scoring Ficociello. A throwing error by South Carolina shortstop Joey Pankake allowed the second run to score as Morris crossed home plate on the error.

    The Razorbacks stretched the lead to three in the top of the eighth as Vinson hit his first home run of the season, a one-out blast over the wall in left field.

    South Carolina got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as Bright scored on a RBI groundout by Iskenderian to cut the Arkansas lead to 4-2.

    The Gamecocks were unable to get any closer as Stanek worked a perfect ninth inning to seal the 4-2 victory.
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    Mizzou Splits Doubleheader at Tennessee

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Mizzou baseball team split a doubleheader at Tennessee on Saturday (March 23) as it moves to 8-12 on the season and 2-4 in SEC play. The Tigers lost game one, 7-6, on a walk-off single as they coughed up a 3-0 lead and a 6-5 lead in the ninth, allowing Tennessee to come back and take game one. Mizzou got a good start from sophomore Brett Graves (St. Charles, Mo.), who went 5.0 innings, allowing just seven hits and two earned runs and exited the game in line for the win. In game two, Mizzou scored a season-high 14 runs in a 14-6 win that was highlighted by freshman Alec Rash’s (Adel, Iowa) second win of the season. Rash went 5.0 innings, giving up seven hits, four runs, only one earned, with five strikeouts.

    The Tigers were very good at the plate in the doubleheader and were very close to walking away with a sweep if not for the ninth inning in game one. In all, the Tigers tallied 24 hits on the day and plated 20 runs as the offense finally broke out. Case Munson (St. Charles, Mo.) and Michael McGraw (Newnan, Ga.) had big days in game one. Munson went 2-for-2 with a run and two RBI while McGraw went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. In game two, the Tigers were led by catcher Dylan Kelly (Roswell, Ga.), who went 3-for-6, falling a triple shy of the cycle with two runs, five RBI and his first career Division I homer, a three-run bomb. Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) also had a big day in game two, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and his first career homer, scoring two runs and driving in three more. Mizzou tallied 11 doubles on the day and 13 extra-base hits as well.

    In game one, Mizzou threatened in the first as Dillon Everett (Phoenix, Ariz.) led off the game with a single past the second baseman, but the Tigers couldn’t get another hit in the inning. Tennessee then got to Graves in the first after two-hole hitter Jeff Moberg drew a walk ahead of a Scott Price single, putting runners on the corners with one out. But Graves got a pop up and then Price was caught stealing to end the threat.

    Tennessee native Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.), hitting in the cleanup spot for the first time in his Division I career, led off the second with a double off the wall in left, just missing his first career homer. Keeton was then sacrificed to third on a bunt by Lester and then a single with the infield in by McGraw drove Keeton in. The ball landed on the back of the infield dirt, just over the drawn-in infield for McGraw’s first RBI of the season.

    After Logan Pearson (Bentonville, Ark.) grounded out to first for the second out after grinding out an at-bat, Shane Segovia (Sinton, Texas) drew a walk ahead of Munson in another great at-bat. Then, with runners on the corners and two out, Munson fell behind, 0-2, but laced an off-speed pitch into centerfield to plate another run, giving Mizzou a 2-0 lead after two innings.

    Tennessee nearly scored in the bottom of the third on a single through the left side, but Munson gunned the run at the plate from left for his first career outfield assist. At that point of the game, Musnon was a key contributor with a two-out RBI single and he saved a run with an assist from the outfield. Munson then added a double, his second hit of the day, in the fourth inning.

    The Vols finally got to Graves in the fourth inning as Vincent Jackson launched a two-out bomb off the scoreboard in right field, cutting the lead to 3-2. It was Jackson’s first career homer. Mizzou threatened to score again in the fifth as a pair of walks put runners aboard, ending Williams’ day. That gave way to Aaron Quillen, who got a fly out and strikeout to get out of the jam. Graves then put runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but he got Christin Stewart to pop up to center, ending the threat, sending the game to the sixth with Mizzou on top, 3-2.

    In the top of the sixth, Everett got a huge two-out, two strike double into the right field corner to score Munson, who was hit by a pitch, from first for his third RBI of the season and second double of the year. Mizzou took that 4-2 lead into the sixth and reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.) took over for Graves, who was in line for his first win. After striking out the first two batters, Steele allowed four straight hits to allow Tennessee to take a 5-4 lead.

    But Mizzou got a run in the eighth after McGraw led off the frame with a double and was eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Munson, his second RBI of the day, knotting the game at 5-5. The Tigers then got another run in the ninth to take a 6-5 lead. Opel led off the frame with another double and scored on a fielder’s choice by Keeton. Six of Mizzou’s eight hits in the game were to lead off an inning in game one. But Tennessee rallied in its half of the ninth, scoring the tying run on a squeeze play and then a walk-off hit by Pierce Bily as it won game one, 7-6, to win the series. Breckin Williams (Oronogo, Mo.) was tagged with the loss after allowing the two runs in the ninth, his first of the season.

    In game two, Mizzou took advantage of three hit batters in the first inning by UT starter Trevor Bettencourt and got RBI doubles from Kelly and Lester as they it took a 2-0 lead. However, the Tigers could have had more as they stranded the bases loaded. But Mizzou made that up in the top of the second as Kelly launched his first Division I homer over the scoreboard in right field, scoring three runs to give Mizzou a 5-0 lead.

    UT’s Stewart led off the Vols’ half of the second with a triple off of Rash, just the fifth hit allowed by the freshman this season. He came in to score on a groundout by game-one hero Bily, the first run allowed by Rash in his career. But Mizzou got that run back and then some in the top of the third as it plated four runs. The big hit in the inning came off the bat of Opel, who just missed a grand slam, sending a bases-loaded double off the wall in center, scoring two. Kelly and Segovia each added RBIs in the inning as well, Kelly on a single and Segovia on a double.

    Mizzou added three more runs in the fourth, including a two-run single by Pearson and a one-run double by Lester as the Tigers continued to pour it on. Lester added his first career homer in the sixth and Everett tacked on an RBI single in the frame as well as Mizzou carried a 14-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth.

    From there, Jake Walsh (Dallas, Texas) took over in relief of Rash and shut down the Vols, striking out the first four batters he faced while pitching a perfect sixth and seventh innings. Jace James (Oklahoma City, Okla.) came on for the eighth and ninth and shut the door as Mizzou salvaged the nightcap.
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    Alabama Earns a Series Win at Georgia with a 6-3 Win on Saturday

    ATHENS, Ga. – The Alabama baseball team scored three runs in the fourth, two runs in the sixth and added another run in the seventh innings en route to a 6-3 Southeastern Conference win over the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday evening from Foley Field. With the win, Alabama secures a road SEC series victory and improves to 15-9 overall and 4-1 in conference play. The Bulldogs fall to 8-15 overall and 0-5 in SEC play.

    “As the guys see what the pitchers are trying to do and how they are trying to get them out, they start getting comfortable the second time through the lineup,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Obviously, we’d like to score early, but at the same time were scoring enough runs to get it down. Right now, the fourth through the seventh innings has been the time when we’re collecting multiple runs, as one good at-bat leads to another. For nine innings, were putting a lot of pressure on the opposing defense and pitcher, because were having so many quality at-bats.”

    Trailing 1-0 heading to the fourth inning, Alabama scored three times against the Bulldogs and never looked back. The inning included a big two-out, two-run single by Cameron Carlisle with the bases loaded to give the Tide the lead. Mikey White followed with a single to right field to cap the scoring in the inning.

    After Georgia loaded the bases in the first two innings, Alabama starting pitcher Jon Keller (3-2) settled down, allowing no runs and three hits over the next 4.1 innings and gave the Tide a quality start in his longest out of the season.

    Freshman pitcher Keaton Haack entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh, but got Curt Powell to strikeout on three pitches and Kyle Farmer to ground out on the next pitch to get Alabama out of the inning without allowing a run. Haack throw the final 2.2 innings to earn his first career save.

    “Keller gave us a good start and Keaton did a great job out of the bullpen today,” Gaspard said. “He came into a tough spot with the bases loaded and got a big strikeout then the ground ball to end the inning, and then was able to finish the game. He allowed us to hold some guys back and save them for tomorrow as far as the bullpen goes. What a lot of these freshmen are doing right now is not normal and they are doing a tremendous job. It goes back to their confidence level and how they’re playing the game. I’m proud of those guys and they have to continue to grow.”

    Offensively, Alabama finished the game with nine hits, snapping a six-game streak of at least 10 hits in a game. Leading the way for the Tide was Kyle Overstreet who was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Brett Booth was 2-for-4 with two runs scored to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, and Carlisle finished the day 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.

    On the defensive end, Alabama turned three double plays to give them 28 on the season. The Tide entered the week 11th in the country and second in the SEC in double players turned.  Georgie Salem also made an outstanding diving catch in the gap in the Georgia sixth inning.

    “Defensively, we made some really good plays,” Gaspard said. “Salem’s play in center field was a highlight reel play and we turned three more double plays today. The biggest thing I can say is our mentality has been great. Our guys continue to put themselves in position to make big plays and have those big innings.”

    Georgia loaded the bases in the first inning but couldn’t score. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out in the second, and got on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly by Curt Powell to plate J.T. Phillips, who singled to open the inning.

    Alabama answered in the top of the fourth, taking the lead after scoring three times in the inning. Ben Moore reached on an error to open the inning, and then moved to third on a single through the right side by Booth. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners up, Overstreet walked to load the bases for Carlisle, who singled through the right side to drive in Moore and Booth. With runners on the corners, White singled to right field to drive in Overstreet for a 3-1 Alabama advantage.

    In the sixth inning, Alabama got a couple more runs to extend its lead to 5-1 thanks to some whacky base running plays. After Booth singled and moved to second on a passed ball, he tried to advance to third on a ground ball to short off the bat of Austen Smith. After getting caught in a run down, Booth avoided a tag at third then advanced home on a heads up play as there were Georgia defenders at home plate. Later in the inning, Smith bluffed coming home a fly ball to right field off the bat of White. With Smith caught in no man’s land, Georgia catcher Brett DeLoach’s throw to third hit Smith in the back and went into left field, allowing the Alabama first baseman to score for a 5-1 Tide lead.

    “Again in the middle of the game, we put together a couple of nice innings,” Gaspard said. “Guys are playing really aggressively right now and are creating some things, like we did base running wise today. It’s not always the best decisions, but those things are working out right now, because were putting so much pressure on the defense and things are going our way.”

    With two outs in the top of the seventh, Moore delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle to score Salem from second to extend the Tide’s lead to 6-1.

    After retiring the first batter of the Georgia seventh, Keller walked the next three batters to load the bases. Haack entered for the Tide and struck out Powell on three pitches then got Farmer to groundout to short to end the inning with no runs across.

    Once again, Georgia mounted a late rally, but came up short. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Georgia rallied for two runs on an RBI double by Farmer and an RBI single by Hunter Cole to cut the Alabama lead to 6-3. Haack got DeLoach to groundout back to the mound to end the game and the Georgia rally.
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    Vanderbilt Evens Series With Florida, 6-1

    Nashville, Tenn. – Vanderbilt starter Tyler Beede pitched the No. 2 Commodores by Florida 6-1 Saturday night at Hawkins Field to even the series.
     
    Beede picked up where he left off last weekend at Auburn cruising through the first three innings without allowing a hit. The right-hander turned in a scoreless outing last week against the Tigers and did the same thing against Florida (11-13, 2-3) Saturday night. Beede did not allow a hit until the fourth inning when Justin Shafer singled to center but that single would be one of only two allowed by Beede on the night. The sophomore’s night came to an end after a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases with one out in the seventh. Steven Rice, however, pitched the Commodores (20-4, 4-1) out of the jam thanks to a highlight play by Tony Kemp, who dove to his left to snag a line drive and double off the runner at second base to end the inning.
     
    One night after a season-low three-hit game, the Vanderbilt offense pounded out 15 hits Saturday scoring three runs in the first. Connor Harrell ignited a two-out rally with a single and scored on Conrad Gregor’s first single of the night through the right side of the infield. Back-to-back doubles followed from Vince Conde and Rhett Wiseman to push the VU lead to three runs after one inning. Harrell and Gregor were back at it in the third when Harrell singled, stole second and came around to score on Gregor’s second single of the night. Spencer Navin made it a six-run game in the fifth when he ripped a double over Harrison Bader in center field to score Gregor and Conde.
     
    Head Coach Tim Corbin shuffled the lineup batting Harrell third, Gregor fourth, Conde fifth and Jack Lupo eighth. All four players responded, combining to go 11-for-16 with six runs scored. Gregor and Harrell led the way with three hits and two runs scored apiece. Lupo added three hits and stole his team-best 11th base of the season. Vickash Ramjit had two of Florida’s six hits in the game.
     
    Beede (6-0) earned his sixth win of the season scattering two hits over 6.1 scoreless innings with five walks and four strikeouts. Florida starter Jonathon Crawford (0-4) took the loss allowing six runs on 12 hits with seven strikeouts in six innings of work.
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    EADES PITCHES LSU PAST AUBURN, 5-1

    BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior right-hander Ryan Eades was marvelous on the mound as No.3 LSU (21-2, 4-1 SEC) clinched the weekend series with a 5-1 victory over Auburn (15-8, 0-5 SEC) on Saturday night in Alex Box Stadium.

    Eades (5-0) earned the victory, allowing one earned run on seven hits in 6.2 innings of work with two walks and four strikeouts.

    LSU and Auburn will conclude the series at Alex Box Stadium at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The game will air on Cox Sports Television.

    LSU hitters came out swinging early Saturday night with a two-out, two-RBI double from first baseman Mason Katz in the first inning, putting LSU ahead 2-0.  

    Katz leads all SEC hitters with 40 runs batted in.

    “We got off to a good start again tonight, and we were able to build on the lead,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Eades gave us another very strong effort, and we played well behind him. It’s been a while since we’ve won a series over Auburn - they have an excellent ball club and they present challenges in a lot of areas. Tomorrow will be another very tough game, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to finish the weekend in a positive way.”

    Rightfielder Mark Laird started the bottom of the third with a leadoff single. He then came home on a sacrifice fly from left fielder Raph Rhymes to increase the Tigers’ lead to 3-0.

    Laird singled again in the following inning and stole second base soon after. Shortstop Alex Bregman then connected with an RBI single that sent Laird home for the third time on the night.

    Bregman then came around third base and scored off of an Auburn error, giving LSU a 5-0 advantage. Bregman (3-for-5) recorded his second straight three-hit game and his sixth three-hit performance of the season.

    An RBI single from third baseman Damek Tomscha in the fifth inning gave Auburn its only run of the game.

    Auburn collected 11 hits on the night, but left bases loaded three times.
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