|Kentucky 8, Marshall 2
|Georgia 5, Clemson 3
|Arkansas 2, Mississippi Valley State 1
|Missouri 11, Nebraska Omaha 4
|Ole Miss 10, Arkansas State 4
No. 8 Kentucky Hangs Eight on Marshall in Win
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman catcher Greg Fettes reached base safely in all four trips to the plate and collected a pair of hits, leading No. 8 Kentucky to an 8-2 midweek win over Marshall, on Wednesday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (19-5) rallied from a 2-0 hole after three innings, plating eight unanswered runs over the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings for an 8-2 win. UK collected its eight runs on eight hits and eight walks, also getting plunked by a pitch and stealing two bags.
Fettes and shortstop Matt Reida each led the club with two hits, with Fettes reaching base safely in all four trips, including two walks, a single and a double. The native of Madison Heights, Mich., is now hitting .571 (8-for-14) with three doubles, three RBI and a .611 on-base percentage through his first seven collegiate games.
UK’s dynamic defensive shortstop, Reida, went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. UK also got hits from Austin Cousino, Kyle Barrett, Zac Zellers and Thomas Bernal, with Bernal driving in a run and Zellers recording a pair of RBI. J.T. Riddle and Max Kuhn each drew two walks
Kentucky starter Chandler Shepherd worked three innings, allowing four singles and two runs, walking two and striking out two. Freshman Kyle Cody (2-1) took over in the fourth inning and worked two shutout frames, allowing a single and striking out one. Freshman lefty Dylan Dwyer worked a shutout sixth inning – extending his streak of scoreless innings to open his career to seven frames. Freshman Ryne Combs worked the seventh, allowing two hits and a walk, striking out one without allowing a run. Freshman Zach Strecker tossed the eighth without any hits or baserunners and senior Walter Wijas got the final three outs of the game.
Marshall (10-13) starter Alex Thackston worked 3.2 innings, allowing two hits, two runs and four walks, striking out one. Thackston did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, before a pair of two-out knocks ended his start and brought on Matt Margaritonda (0-4). Margaritonda worked two innings, allowing four hits and five runs, walking two. The Herd also used Sam Hunter, Matt Hummel and Zachary Shockley in relief.
UK will return to action in hosting Georgia for a three-game series, starting on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. All three games will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with Dick Gabriel voicing the action.
Marshall got on the board in the top of the first inning, as Andrew Dundon led off with a single blooped into right-centerfield. After a slow roller moved Dundon to second base with two outs, Gray Stafford lofted a bloop single into shallow leftfield to score the first run of the game.
The Herd added to their lead in the top of the third inning as Ballou was walked on five pitches to leadoff the inning. Dundon and Ballou then executed a perfect hit and run, with Dundon chopping a slow roller through the right side with Riddle covering second on the steal. Nathan Gomez then grounded out up the middle to score Ballou and make it 2-0 Marshall.
UK rallied to tie the game in the fourth inning, as Kuhn drew a full-count leadoff walk, after falling in a 0-2 hole to start the at bat. After a fly out and a Barrett groundout moved Kuhn to second base, Bernal smashed a two-out single up the middle to score Kuhn with UK’s first run. Bernal then stole second on the first pitch of the at bat to Reida, with Reida then scoring Bernal with a single into centerfield.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wildcats rallied with two runs on two hits to take a 4-2 lead. Fettes led off with a single into right-centerfield, taking third when Cousino lined a double down the rightfield line. With Zellers at the plate, Fettes came home on a wild pitch, allowing Cousino to motor to third base with no outs. Zellers then lofted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Cousino and make it 4-2 UK.
UK added three runs in the sixth, taking a 7-2 lead. Barrett singled to left-centerfield with one out, stealing second base. After Bernal drew a walk and Barrett took third on a wild pitch, Reida came to the plate. Barrett came around to score on a wild pitch on a bunt attempt from Reida, but the play was ruled a ball and moved Barrett back to third base with one out. Reida then laid down a bunt single to score Barrett with a head-first slide at the plate. Fettes and Cousino then drew walks to load the bases for Zellers, who singled off the diving glove of Stafford to score Reida. With A.J. Reed up and the bases still loaded, Fettes scored on a wild pitch for a 7-2 score.
In the eighth, UK added an insurance run for an 8-2 lead. Reida was hit by a full-count pitch with one out, scoring after Fettes smashed a double off the wall in leftfield, with Reida motoring home after the ball was bobbled in the corner for an error.
Georgia Gets Even With Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C.-----Georgia blasted three home runs en route to tasting victory at Clemson Wednesday and snapping a nine-game losing streak with a 5-3 decision in front of 5,156 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium .
The Bulldogs (9-17) split the two-game series with the Tigers (16-9) who registered a 9-1 win in Athens on Tuesday. Sophomore Ross Ripple earned his first win of the season by pitching a career-high 3.1 innings in relief. It was his second win over the Tigers after beating them last year out of the bullpen too. Clemon starter Brody Koerner got the loss to fall to 0-1. Bulldog sophomore Jared Walsh hit a home run and then collected a save by pitching the ninth. It was the second time this year he has done that.
Sophomore Nelson Ward led off the game with his third triple of the year to cap a 10-pitch at bat. However, he was thrown out at home when he was running on contact as Hunter Cole grounded one to third. Two batters later with two outs, senior Kyle Farmer gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. He smashed his first home run of the year in to the seats in left field near the “Foley Fanatics,” a group of more than 50 Bulldogs fans who took a bus over from Athens compliments of the Georgia promotions department. Clemson pushed a run across in the third as freshman David Gonzalez issued a pair of one-out walks and then an RBI-single to Steven Duggar. The Bulldogs turned to their bullpen and Ripple. The right-hander helped turn a double play to maintain Georgia’s edge.
In the sixth, Cole connected for his third home run of the year, this one off Tiger reliever Zack Erwin who entered the game with a 0.59 ERA on the season in 15.1 innings. It gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage. The Tigers got the run back in their half of the frame after Ripple retired the first two batters. Garrett Boulware lined a single, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit by Jon McGibbon. Ripple gave the Bulldogs a career-high 3.1 innings before giving way to freshman Palmer Betts. McGibbon registered the single off Betts’ first offering to make it 3-2.
Georgia reclaimed a two-run advantage with a Tiger miscue with two outs in the seventh. After Erwin struck out the first two Bulldogs, Ward reached on a single. The Tigers lifted Erwin in favor of Clate Schmidt. Cole followed with a single as Ward raced to third. Then on a 1-2 count to Curt Powell, Schmidt balked, allowing Ward to score to make it 4-2.
In the eighth, Walsh crushed Joseph Moorefield’s first and only pitch of the contest in to the seats in right field for a 5-2 advantage. It was the third home run of the night for the Bulldogs and the second of the year for Walsh. Junior right-hander Dylan Cole came on for the Bulldogs and took care of the Tigers on five pitches. In the ninth, Georgia brought in its closer in Walsh. After a leadoff walk, he retired the next two Tigers before surrendering a run-scoring double to Tyler Krieger. Then he walked Tyler Slaton to bring up Duggar. Walsh battled back to strike him out as the Bulldogs got to celebrate their first win since March 12.
“I was proud of the guys tonight, they hung in there and got a tough win on the road, and this makes the drive home tonight and the bus ride to Kentucky Thursday a lot easier for everybody,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “Coming in this season, I thought we would hit for some power, and it showed up tonight. We pitched a lot of the younger guys tonight, and they gained some confidence with this win.”
The Bulldogs return to action Friday in Lexington, Ky., for the first of a three-game Southeastern Conference series against eighth-ranked Kentucky (19-5, 4-2 SEC).
Arkansas Completes Midweek Sweep
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Jacob Mahan had three hits and a RBI to lead the 13th-ranked Arkansas baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday night in front of 9,285 fans at Dickey-Stephens Park.
With the win, the Razorbacks sweep their two-game midweek series against Mississippi Valley State and improve to 19-7 on the season. The Delta Devils fall to 3-23. The victory also improves Arkansas to 4-0 inside Dickey-Stephens Park.
Arkansas had yet another strong pitching performance with right hander Tyler Wright starting things off on the mound, pitching three innings with five strikeouts as he got the win for the Razorbacks. Michael Gunn struck out five over three hitless innings of relief, while Jalen Beeks earned his second save of the season, working out of a jam in the scoreless ninth.
Montana Killier took the loss for Mississippi Valley State, falling to 1-5 on the year. Killier gave up two unearned runs on four hits in three innings.
Mahan led the Razorbacks at the plate with three hits and one RBI. Mahan extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his three hits. Matt Vinson recorded two hits, while Brian Anderson, Dominic Ficociello and Jacob Morris each had one hit. Morris also added a RBI.
Ficociello got the first hit of the day with a bunt single down the third base line to open the second inning. A fielding error by the Delta Devils would allow Jacob Wise to take first base and move Ficociello to third after the error. Morris would lay down a perfect safety squeeze bunt to bring Ficociello home for the first run of the game. Mahan would come up big for the Razorbacks with a double down the left field line to bring home Wise for Arkansas’ second run of the night.
The Delta Devils got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning as MSVU’s German Hays singled down the third-base line bringing home Edmund Cheatham to cut the lead to 2-1.
The score stayed 2-1 into the top of the ninth when the Delta Devils threatened to tie the game by loading the bases with one out. However, Beeks worked out of the jam, striking out Luke Brumfield and getting Jonathan Parker to pop out to second to finish the game.
Hays had three this and drove in a run to lead Mississippi Valley State at the plate. Cheatham, Mark Kaplan and Kevin Simmons each recorded one hit in the loss.
The Razorbacks continue Southeastern Conference play this weekend, hosting No. 16 Mississippi State in a three-game series at Baum Stadium. Game times for the weekend series are scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. Friday and Sunday’s games will be televised by Cox Sports Television.
Ole Miss Rallies to Down Arkansas State, 10-4
OXFORD, Miss. – Trailing by two runs in the seventh, No. 11 Ole Miss (22-4) put together a five-run rally on the way to a come-from-behind win as the Rebels defeated Arkansas State (16-9) by a score of 10-4 on Wednesday night at Swayze Field.
With one out on the board and trailing 4-2, Tanner Mathis sparked things with a single through the left side to start the rally. Auston Bousfield then drew a walk to put two men on before a wild pitch advanced both men to scoring position. Austin Anderson delivered a single through the right side to drive in both runners and even the game at four.
The Rebels weren’t done, however, as Stuart Turner dropped a single into right field and before an RBI single from Mistone dropped into centerfield, giving the Rebels the lead.
An RBI single from Sikes Orvis and a sac fly from Will Allen capped the five-run rally and the Rebels led 7-4 at the end of the seventh.
“It was a great game,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We hung in there. We didn’t swing the bats early. We left the bases loaded with no outs, and we didn’t score a run. We opened the door by not being able to feel the bunt. We kept our composure. The pitchers continued to pound the strike zone. We were able to put two big innings together at the end to win the game.”
Brady Bramlett (4-0) picked up the win in relief, working 1.2 scoreless innings with a strikeout and got the Rebels out of a tight spot in the sixth to allow Ole Miss the chance to rally.
Bramlett entered the game with one out and men at second and third with Arkansas State already having pushed two runs home in the inning to take the 4-2 lead. The right-hander got Alex Potts to hit a grounder to first and the Rebels turned a 3-6-5 double play to erase the two lead runners and get out of the inning with no more damage.
The freshman was then retired all three batters faced in the sixth before Ole Miss rallied in the seventh to take the lead for good.
Seth McWilliams (3-5) suffered the loss for Arkansas State, entering the game in the sixth inning and getting the Red Wolves out of a bases-loaded jam, but surrendered the lead in the seventh. McWilliams allowed five runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts to take the loss.
Ole Miss scored first, pushing a run home in the first inning on a sac fly from Stuart Turner only to see Arkansas State answer with a pair of runs in the second inning move in front of the home team.
The Rebels answered in the bottom of the frame, tying the game with a two-out single from Preston Overbey that brought Sikes Orvis home from second base. Orvis had reached on a single to center and moved to second on a balk to set up the tying run on the Overbey hit.
Arkansas State grabbed the lead again with the two-run sixth inning. The Red Wolves capitalized on a single and a throwing error on a sac bunt attempt to put two men in scoring position. Arkansas State then used a pair of RBI singles to left to bring the two runs home before Ole Miss would bring in Bramlett and get out of the inning down only two runs.
The Rebels then posted the five-run seventh inning to reclaim the lead and added three more runs in the eighth to grab the 10-4 victory.
Ole Miss will now hit the road to continue Southeastern Conference play with a three-game series at Florida. The Rebels and Gators will take the field for game one of the series at 6 p.m. CT on Friday night. Both Saturday and Sunday’s games will begin at 12 p.m. CT and will be televised by CSS and Fox Sports Florida, respectively.
Tigers Top Nebraska Omaha, 11-4
Columbia, Mo. – Mizzou (9-12) reached double-digit runs for the second straight game as the Tigers beat Nebraska Omaha by an 11-4 final Wednesday (March 27) afternoon at Taylor Stadium. Griffin Goodrich (2-0) got the win for Mizzou, as he threw three innings of no-hit baseball, issuing just one walk in his appearance.
Offensively, the Tigers were boosted offensively by Dillon Everett and Keaton Steele, who each had three RBI in the contest and combined to go 4-for-9 from the dish in the 11-run outburst. Center fielder Logan Pearson led all players with three runs in the game, and designated hitter Jake Ivory took advantage of his start by notching two RBI on two doubles.
Jace James started the game and retired the first two batters he faced, and the Mavericks threatened with a double after a walk, but Dane Opel gunned the runner at home as he tried to score on a base hit. Mizzou threatened with two outs in the first as Kendall Keeton laced a double to left after a Dylan Kelly walk, but they were both left stranded to end the scoreless first. Nebraska-Omaha had two on with two outs in the second, but Pearson nailed a runner at home to end the frame, the second outfield assist of the game for Mizzou at the dish. Case Munson singled to start the bottom of the inning, and he scored with two outs on Ivory’s double down the third-base line to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead after two.
Goodrich took over on the bump in the third, working a 1-2-3 frame before the Tigers went down scoreless in the bottom of the inning. After a quiet top of the fourth, Mizzou got two base runners with one out, and Ivory hit a double off the left field wall to push the lead to 2-0. Dillon Everett grounded out to second, scoring Steele for a 3-0 edge.
Both teams went scoreless in the fifth, and Peter Fairbanks retired the Mavericks in order in the sixth. Steele led off the bottom of the inning with an infield single, and he came around to score on a single by Everett. Back-to-back doubles from Opel and Kelly burst the game open to put Mizzou on top 6-0, and Josh Lester’s groundout to second pushed across the Tigers’ seventh run.
Back-to-back batters reached base for UNO with two outs in the seventh, and Jake Walsh struck out the lone batter he faced in the frame. Pearson reached third with one out in the bottom of the inning, and Everett singled with two outs to push the Mizzou lead to 8-0 after seven.
The Mavericks got on the board in the eighth, pushing four runs across in the frame, all charged to Ryan Yuengel. The Tigers answered in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs on a bases-clearing double by Steele for an 11-4 lead. Steele pitched the game’s final frame, holding UNO off the board.