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    SEC Baseball Today: March 24

    SUnday baseball RESULTS
    Texas A&M 2, Ole Miss 1
    Alabama 3, Georgia 0
    Vanderbilt 5, Florida 4
    Arkansas 5,  South Carolina 3
    LSU 8, Auburn 2
    Texas A&M 10, Ole Miss 6


    A&M Wins Opening Game of Twin Bill Versus Ole Miss
    OXFORD, Miss. – Mitchell Nau knocked in a pair of runs in the first three innings and the Texas A&M Aggies held on for a 2-1 win over the Ole Miss Rebels in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader on Swayze Field at Oxford-University Stadium. The game went seven innings as part of the SEC Sunday doubleheader policy.
    The Aggies pounced on the Rebels for a run in the top of the first. Leadoff batter Mikey Reynolds was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Krey Bratsen. Blake Allemand followed with a seven-pitch walk to put a pair of runners on base. The Aggies put the runners in motion on a 2-2 count to Mitchell Nau and Nau delivered, driving a ground ball, through the hole the Rebel shortstop vacated to cover second base, for a single plating Reynolds for the 1-0 lead.
    Nau gave Texas A&M a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. With two-outs, the Spring, Texas-product muscled a 3-1 offering into the seats in leftfield for his second home run of the season.
    Ole Miss (21-3, 3-2 SEC) cut the lead to 2-1 with a solo home run by Stuart Turner in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Turner deposited a 2-0 offering into the home bullpen in leftfield.
    Daniel Mengden (4-1) battled to pick up the win on the mound for A&M. He yielded one run on six hits and one walk while striking out two over 5.2 innings. Jason Jester picked up his seventh save of the season, retiring all four batters he faced, including a strikeout to end the sixth inning.
    Mike Mayers (2-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three over 6.0 innings.
    Nau was the lone Aggie to have multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with one run, one home run and two RBI. Mikey Reynolds was held hitless, snapping his consecutive game hit streak at 22 games.
    Sikes Orvis went 3-for-3 for Ole Miss.


    Alabama Baseball Completes SEC Series Sweep of Georgia with 3-0 Win 
    ATHENS, Ga. – Alabama scored single runs in the third, fifth and eighth innings and starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull matched his career-high, throwing seven scoreless innings as the Crimson Tide defeated Georgia, 3-0, on Sunday from Foley Field and completed the Southeastern Conference road series sweep of the Bulldogs. The Tide has now won a season-high six straight games and seven of the last eight games overall. 
    “Spencer Turnbull really started to mature today as a pitcher, particularly when he worked out of the jam in the middle part of the game,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “He was outstanding and maintained his velocity through the seventh inning when he came out of the game. He threw a lot of quality pitches throughout the day and I thought our defense early in the game contributed to the pitching performance.” 
    Turnbull improved to 2-1 on the season after allowing five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in his sixth start of the year. Freshman reliever Ray Castillo entered for Turnbull to start the eighth and threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts to complete Alabama’s first shutout of the season. The save for Castillo marked his team-leading fourth of the season, his second of the weekend and third of the week.
    “Ray has been our most consistent guy out of the bullpen,” Gaspard said. “His velocity was really good, sitting 91-95 with a real good breaking ball. He stayed ahead of counts and throwing first pitch strikes. It was just a quality effort on the mound to secure our first shutout.” 
    The top three spots in the Alabama (16-9, 5-1 SEC) batting order produced seven of the team’s 11 hits, scored two runs and drove in both RBIs. Leadoff hitter Georgie Salem was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, two-hole hitter Kenny Roberts was 3-for-4 with an RBI and was hit by a pitch, and Ben Moore was 2-for-3 with an RBI. 
    “Georgie, Ben, Kenny and Overstreet, and many other guys contributed with our defensive efforts all weekend,” Gaspard said. “We played extremely hard and with a lot of confidence all weekend and we found a way to get the runs we needed today to finish off a real good weekend with a sweep. 
    Mikey White finished the game with a 2-for-3 with a walk and Kyle Overstreet extended his hitting streak to six games with his first career triple in the eighth inning to finish the game 1-for-4 with a run scored.
    Georgia (8-16, 0-6 SEC) starting pitcher Bryan Benzor (1-1) took the loss after allowing an earned run on five hits in four innings in his first start of the season. The Bulldogs had seven hits in the game as Kyle Farmer, Daniel Nichols and Jared Walsh had two hits each. 
    Alabama left runners on second and third in the first inning, but didn’t get the hit it needed to score. In the third inning, Salem had a one out single and Roberts was hit by a pitch with one out before Moore delivered an RBI single to left field to score Roberts for an early 1-0 lead. After a Booth groundout moved the runners up 90-feet, Alabama left runners on second and third, again, when Smith grounded out to third. 
    Georgia went to the bullpen to open the Bama fifth inning and the Tide made the Bulldogs pay, scoring once in the inning. Salem singled off reliever Palmer Betts, then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Roberts singled for the second time in the game to drive in Salem for a 2-0 Alabama lead. After two batters and 10 pitches by Betts, UGA went to the pen again for righty Ross Ripple, who retired the next three hitters in order. 
    Georgia threatened in the fifth inning after a walk and a single put runners on the corners to open the inning. Turnbull buckled down and got a fly out to left field and back-to-back punch outs to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. 
    After Turnbull got the first two outs in the seventh inning, Georgia got singles Nichols and Walsh then pinch-hitter Sean McLaughlin reached after striking out on a wild pitch. With the bases loaded, Turnbull got Cody Sheedy to ground out to second to end the inning. 
    Alabama added an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning. Overstreet tripled with one out then after Alabama loaded the bases, Overstreet scored on a wild pitch for a 3-0 Bama lead. 


    Dores win wild one over Gators
    Nashville, Tenn. – No. 2 Vanderbilt topped Florida 5-4 Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field in a wild travel-shortened game to clinch the series. 
    The scene was set before the game with Florida’s travel plans determining no new inning could start after 3:15 p.m. CT. Vanderbilt (21-4, 5-1) battled back to tie the game in the sixth inning on an infield single by Xavier Turner and set up a dramatic finish as the clock counted down to 3:15 p.m. 
    Mike Yastrzemski opened the bottom of the seventh with a double off the left field wall. But after a strikeout and pop up to shortstop the Dores were down to one out. John Norwood was called on to pinch-hit and the sophomore delivered the game-winner. Norwood hit a hard ground ball to Florida (11-14) shortstop Casey Turgeon in the hole between third and short but Norwood legged out the single sliding into first safely. While Norwood was sliding into first base Yastrzemski was wheeling around third, just beating first baseman Vickash Ramjit’s throw home sliding in with the winning run. The game, however, did not end on the play. Spencer Navin had to battle lefty Daniel Gibson as the scoreboard clock ticked over to 3:15 p.m. After an eight-pitch at-bat Navin struck out to end the game.
    The Commodores jumped out on top with two runs in the first inning as Florida starter Eric Hanhold last just six batters. Vince Conde drove in the game’s first run with a fielder’s choice and Navin’s walk with the bases loaded forced in a run. The Gators used the long ball to get back in the game with a solo home run from Taylor Gushue in the second and Justin Shafer’s solo homer in the fourth tied the game. Florida added two more runs in the fourth but Vandy freshman Carson Fulmer shut the Gators down getting a strikeout and double play to end the fourth. 
    Mother Nature then added to the day’s drama, halting play for 49 minutes in the top of the fifth with lightning and rain. Fulmer finished off the fifth and gave way to Brian Miller (3-0) in the sixth. The right-hander worked the final two innings to earn his third win of the year. Ryan Harris (3-2) took the loss for the Gators giving up two runs on two hits in his two innings. Dores’ starter Philip Pfeifer was tagged for four runs on six hits in three-plus innings.
    Yastrzemski led the way for the Vanderbilt offense scoring three runs and going 2-for-3 in the win. Norwood and Turner each came off the bench to drive in runs with infield singles. Shafer and Zack Powers paced the Gators with two hits apiece.
    The series victory over Florida is the first for the Commodores since taking 2-of-3 from the Gators at Hawkins Field in 2009. The Dores’ series victory is also the sixth straight to open the season. Vanderbilt’s 5-1 start in Southeastern Conference play is the school’s best since 1980 when the team started 5-1 en route to winning the league title.


    Arkansas completes sweep of South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Matt Vinson broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run single in the top of the 11th to lift the 17th-ranked Arkansas baseball team to a 5-3 win over No. 6 South Carolina in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.
    The victory for Arkansas completes the three-game sweep and improves the Razorbacks’ record to 17-7 on the season and 4-2 in Southeastern Conference play. South Carolina is now 18-6 on the season and 2-4 in league play.
    The sweep for Arkansas was the program’s first over the Gamecocks in Columbia. It also marked the first time South Carolina had been swept at home since the 1999 season.
    With the game tied at three in the top of the 11th, Arkansas broke the tie with a two-run rally. Jacob Morris drew a walk to start the inning and advanced to third on a one-out hit-and-run single to right by Joe Serrano to put runners on the corners. Tyler Spoon tried to lay down a safety squeeze bunt up the first base line, but South Carolina first baseman LB Dantzler flipped to the catcher at home to retire Morris for the second out of the inning. Anderson then hit a chopper deep in the hole at short. Pankake tried to throw Serrano out at third, but the throw was late to load the bases with two out. Vinson came through with a clutch two-out single to left field, scoring Serrano and Spoon to put the Razorbacks in front 5-3.
    South Carolina did not quietly in the bottom of the 11th. The Gamecocks put the tying runs on base with two out in the bottom of the 11th. Colby Suggs was able to get out of the jam as he induced a ground out to shortstop by Joey Pankake to end the game and give Arkansas the sweep.
    Arkansas finished the game with 12 hits and recorded 35 hits over the three-game series. Vinson had a team-high three hits and drove in two runs. Anderson reached base all six times he came to the plate. He finished the game with two hits, two runs scored and drew three walks. Serrano also had two hits and scored a run. Dominic Ficociello, Jacob Morris and Willie Schwanke each had run-scoring singles in the victory.
    Pankake had two hits to lead the Gamecocks at the plate, while Dantzler, Tanner English and Erik Payne each had a RBI in the loss.
    Arkansas reliever Trey Killian (3-2) earned the win. Killian retired the only batter he faced in the bottom of the 10th, getting a strikeout with runners on first and second to end the inning. Suggs picked up his first save of the season, striking out two in a scoreless 11th inning.
    South Carolina reliever Tyler Webb (0-1) took the loss. Webb pitched well out of the bullpen, but allowed two runs on four this and struck out six in 4.2 innings.
    Neither starter factored into the decision. Arkansas starter Randall Fant pitched extremely well. Fant allowed three runs, only one earned, on three hits and struck out a career-high seven in 6.2 innings. South Carolina starter Jack Wynkoop gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out four in 4.2 innings.
    South Carolina struck first, scoring once in the bottom of the first. Dantzler came through with a RBI single to right-center field, scoring Chase Vergason from third to put the Gamecocks in front.
    Arkansas tied the game with a run in the top of the second. After a walk to Anderson and a double by Vinson put runners on second and third with no outs, Ficociello drove in Anderson with a RBI ground out to short to tie the game.
    The Razorbacks took the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth. Schwanke gave Arkansas the lead with a RBI single to center and a RBI base hit by Morris later in the inning made the score 3-1.
    South Carolina tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Gamecocks cut the lead to 3-2 on a RBI single to right field by Erik Payne. A bases loaded walk to Tanner English tied the game at three. Those were the last runs scored until Arkansas broke the deadlock with a pair of runs in the 11th.


    Aggies Withstand Early Rebellion to Topple No. 6 Ole Miss
    OXFORD, Miss. – The Texas A&M Aggies erased a five-run first-inning deficit en route to 10-6 win over the No. 6 Ole Miss Rebels on Swayze Field at Oxford-University Stadium. The victory gave the Aggies a sweep of Sunday’s doubleheader and a road series win on A&M’s first-ever venture into SEC enemy territory.
    The A&M comeback was keyed by multiple runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings. The Aggies’ offensive arsenal included five extra-base hits and four sacrifice bunts, including three squeeze bunts.
    Trailing 5-0, the Aggies began chipping away in the top of the second inning. Cole Lankford roped a double into the left centerfield to lead-off the inning and with one out, Troy Stein plated him with a wall banger to the game in right centerfield for a triple. Brandon Wood laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to knock Stein in, cutting the lead to 5-2.
    A&M tied the game at 5-5 with three runs in the top of the fifth. Stein reached on a leadoff walk and Wood followed with an infield single to knock Ole Miss starter Sam Smith from the game. Charlie Curl loaded the bases with a bunt single off reliever Tanner Bailey. Mikey Reynolds chipped a single into shallow centerfield to knock Stein. Krey Bratsen plated Wood with a sacrifice fly to centerfield and Blake Allemand sent Curl home with the equalizer with a squeeze bunt.
    The Aggies pounced on the wounded Rebels with four more runs in the sixth. Lankford singled through the right side of the infield to start the inning. With one out, Stein bounced a single back up the middle and Brandon Wood gave A&M its first lead of the game, rattling a double into the corner down the leftfield line to drive in Lankford. Curl reached first when the Rebels were unsuccessful trying to tag Stein at home on a squeeze bunt, giving A&M a 7-5 edge. After Reynolds was intentionally walked, Bratsen fell behind 0-2, but drew a 10-pitch walk to send Wood home. Allemand capped off the rally with a single to centerfield, scoring 
    A&M capped off the cavalcade of runs with a score in the seventh. With two outs, Stein singled to leftfield and Wood followed with an RBI double down the leftfield line for the 10-5 lead.
    Ole Miss scored an inconsequential run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Austin Anderson singled to left centerfield and with two outs, Andrew Mistone drew a walk. Pinch-hitter Holt Perdzock plated Anderson with a single, to trim the lead to 10-6. Will Allen ended the game as he struck out looking on an 0-2 count.
    Ole Miss drove Aggie starter Jason Freeman from the contest quickly. With one out, Auston Bousfield drew a walk and stole second base. Anderson broke the scoring seal with an RBI single to left centerfield. Stuart Turner was issued a base on balls to put two runners on and and Freeman was relieved by Parker Ray. Mistone hit a first-pitch offering through the left side of the infield to send Anderson home for the 2-0 lead. After a pop up by Sikes Orvis accounted for the second out, Allen drew a walk to load the bases. Will Jamison plated two runs with a single to leftfield and a throwing error allowed Allen to score for the 5-0 lead.
    Matt Kent (2-1) entered the game in the second inning for the Aggies and worked 5.0 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. He scattered three hits and one walk while striking out three. 
    Chris Ellis (1-1) was strapped with the loss for Ole Miss. He allowed four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one over 1.0 innings.
    Wood, who entered the game without a hit in 12 at-bats in 2013, went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs, one sac bunt and three RBI. Stein went 3-for-3 with one walk, four runs and one RBI. Bratsen and Allemand each knocked in two runs.