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    Saturday SEC Baseball Report

    Baseball RESULTS
    Florida 7, Ole Miss 0
    South Carolina 6, Texas A&M 3
    Georgia 7, Kentucky 6
    LSU 8,  Missouri 0
    Mississippi State 4, Arkansas 1
    Alabama 2,  Auburn 0
    Vanderbilt 8,  Tennessee 3


    Florida Blanks Ole Miss Thanks to Gen From Crawford

    Junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.) twirled a two-hit shutout and was supported by a pair of three-run innings as Florida (12-16/3-5 SEC) evened its weekend series with No. 11 Ole Miss (23-5/4-4 SEC), 7-0, on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. Crawford (1-4) set a season high with eight strikeouts and permitted just two singles in registering his second career complete game and second shutout, first since his 4-0 no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman on June 1 in the 2012 NCAA Gainesville Regional. The shutout was the first of the year for the Gators and ended a four-game losing streak.
     
    “We needed that,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We needed to do a good job saving our bullpen for the deciding game tomorrow, and Jonathon Crawford was as sharp as he’s been all year long.”
     
    “Whether a hit is 75 feet or 400 feet, they all count the same in the scorebook. We’ll take it; we’re battling. We’ve done a really great job the last two games and their starter yesterday [Bobby Wahl] struck out just one. We faced another outstanding starter today, [Mike] Mayers, and he struck out one. We’re battling with two strikes, we just need to do a better job with offensive counts, but with two strikes we’ve done a really good job this weekend.”
     
    “I felt really comfortable,” Crawford said. “I had my fastball and slider going for me. I have always liked pitching in the warm weather but I don’t think it has an effect on how well I pitch. The weeks in-between starts I just worked a lot to find my rhythm.”
     
    “I felt really well in the bullpen. The focus was there and everything was in rhythm. As a pitcher, it is always great to pitch with a lead. It takes a bunch of pressure off you. It’s good to go out there and attack their hitters.”
     
    The Gators plated three runs on four hits against junior Mike Mayers (2-3) on the second inning, with an RBI single by sophomore Connor Mitchell (Tampa, Fla.) (1-for-4, two RBI) and a two-run double by sophomore Mike Fahrman (Tampa, Fla.). Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (1-for-4, two runs) had led off with an infield hit and senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) (3-for-4) reached on a bunt single with one down to put the Gators in business. Mitchell opened the scoring with a base-hit through the right side and Fahrman made his first career hit and RBI count with a double down the right-field line. Senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) sacrificed Fahrman to third base with a bunt and Mayers had sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) pop up to hold the Rebels’ deficit at 3-0.
     
    Crawford retired the first nine Rebel hitters of the contest before senior Tanner Mathis began the fourth with a single into left field. Sophomore Auston Bousfield reached on a fielding error by Dent but then Crawford induced a 3-6-1 double play from junior Austin Anderson that pushed Mathis to third base. The right-hander struck out junior Stuart Turner to end the frame.
     
    Crawford recorded the first two outs of the sixth before Mathis drew a walk and Bousfield punched a single into left field. Another free pass to Anderson filled the bags and Crawford struck out Turner for the second time to preserve the 3-0 lead for the Gators.
     
    “It was a big pitch,” O’Sullivan said about the inning-ending strikeout. “It was one of those money pitches that decide the game. It was probably his best breaking ball of the season, to be honest with you.”
     
    In the bottom of the stanza, Florida expanded its advantage to 6-0 with three runs on three hits in two UM errors. Freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) (2-for-4) led off with his first career homer into the left-field bleachers to provide Florida with a 4-0 margin. Although sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) followed with a walk and was picked off, Shafer reached on a fielding error and moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt.  The Gators tacked on another run on an RBI single into center field by redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) that brought home Shafer. Ramjit singled through the left side to advance Powers to third and prompt a pitching change. Junior Jeremy Massie replaced Mayers (5.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER) and Mitchell collected his second RBI of the game with a grounder to first base to give the hosts a 6-0 cushion.
     
    Gushue boosted UF’s lead to 7-0 with a two-out double down the left-field line in the seventh that scored Turgeon, who had drawn a one-out walk and moved to second on a grounder by Bader. The two-bagger was Gushue’s fourth of the campaign.
     
    Florida enjoyed a 10-2 advantage in hits this afternoon, as seven of its nine starters found their way into the hit column. Nick Belmonte and Larry Vettel will be in the booth for Sunday’s finale at 1 p.m. on Sun Sports, Channel 48 and Channel 1048 (HD) in Gainesville. The game will be carried live on GatorVision and can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell.



    South Carolina Sweeps A&M With 6-3 Win

    Columbia, S.C. - LB Dantzler homered twice including a game-winner in the bottom of the eighth inning as No. 14 South Carolina scored three runs in the frame on the way to a 6-3 win over No. 13 Texas A&M to sweep a three-game SEC baseball series. The Gamecocks are now 22-6 and 5-4 in the SEC with the Aggies dropping to 18-11 and 5-4 in league play.
     
    Tied at 3-3 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, Dantzler came to the plate with one out. Dantzler drove the first pitch he saw from Aggie reliever Jason Jester into the bullpen in right field for his second homer of the game and ninth of the season to give the Gamecocks a one-run lead. It was only the second run allowed this year by Jester. With the capacity crowd of 8,242 fans at Carolina Stadium in a frenzy, the Gamecocks added some insurance runs. Connor Bright followed with a double and Chase Vergason was hit by a pitch. With two outs, the Gamecocks scored a pair of runs as Dante Rosenberg lifted a fly ball into right field that A&M right fielder Brandon Wood lost in the sun allowing both runners to score and increasing the lead to three runs.
     
    Senior left-hander Adam Westmoreland would pick up the win in relief after going 4.2 innings and allowing one run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts. He is 3-0 on the year. Senior left-hander Tyler Webb came on in relief to get the final two outs for his third save of the series and 11th of the season. Jester suffered the loss out of the pen and is now 2-1 on the year. He allowed three runs on three hits in two innings with a strikeout. 
     
    Carolina would break ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Vergason reached base on a hit by pitch. After a balk moved him into scoring position, freshman designated hitter George Iskenderian ripped a 3-2 pitch into right-center for a single scoring Vergason.
     
    Texas A&M scored twice in the top of the third to take a one-run lead. Cole Lankford led off with a base hit. The Aggies then added another base runner as a bunt by Troy Stein went for a base hit. Both runners would move into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. With one out, A&M scored its first run as Charlie Curl reached base on a fielding error by shortstop Joey Pankake. With the bases loaded and still one out, A&M went ahead on a sacrifice fly by Mikey Reynolds to deep left field.
     
    Dantzler answered with his first homer of the game in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. Dantzler launched a 2-2 pitch from Texas A&M starter Daniel Mengden over the right field wall. Bright put Carolina ahead 3-2 in the sixth inning with a solo homer, his second of the season. Bright blasted a 1-0 pitch down the left field line that was just fair of the foul pole.
     
    Texas A&M responded in the top half of the seventh to tie the game. The Aggies manufactured a run as Krey Bratesen led off with a single to right-center, stole second base and after a sacrifice bunt moved him over, he would score on Mitchell Nau's RBI groundout.
     
    Texas A&M had eight hits with the Gamecocks with seven for the contest. Dantzler and Bright were both 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Vergason scored two runs as well. Bratsen went 2-for-2 to lead Texas A&M at the plate.
     
    South Carolina is back in action on Tuesday night hosting Charleston Southern. First pitch is at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on SportSouth and can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game."



    Georgia Holds Off Kentucky 

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Eighth-ranked Kentucky rallied with three runs in the eighth inning and got a four-hit game from junior second baseman J.T. Riddle but Georgia utilized seven runs over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to post a 7-6 series-evening win, on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 
     
    Kentucky (20-6, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) and Georgia were locked in a scoreless pitching duel through the top of the fourth, before UK got a two-out run in the bottom of the frame for a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs rallied with two runs in the fifth inning, highlights by Farmer’s go-ahead, two-out RBI into the right-centerfield gap. Georgia added two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh for the final margin. 
     
    UK collected 12 hits in the game, including multiple-hit performances from Riddle, Kyle Barrett and A.J. Reed. Riddle led UK with a 4-for-5 game at the dish, with Reed going 3-for-4 and Barrett adding a 2-for-4 game to extend his hitting streak to a club-high seven games. Riddle appeared to nearly tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, launching a laser that hit just a foot to the right of sailing over the fence in rightfield, instead bouncing off the top of the wall for a double. 
     
    UK also got doubles from Matt Reida, Austin Cousino and Paul McConkey, with catcher Micheal Thomas driving in two RBI and Zac Zellers recording a two-out RBI knock. 
     
    UK twice found itself in great scoring chances early in the tilt, loading the bases with no outs in the second inning without scoring, and loading the bases with one out in the fourth and scrapping out a run on a two-out hit by pitch from Thomas. UK got two runs in the sixth and three runs in the eighth inning, with all three runs in the eighth coming with clutch two-out hitting.  
     
    Georgia (10-18, 1-7 SEC) got a solid start from left-hander Patrick Boling (2-3), who worked 5.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs – two earned – walking three and striking out four. Blake Dieterich took over in the sixth, working 1.1 shutout innings. Heath Holder got two outs in the eighth with Dylan Cole picking up his first save of the year with the final 1.1 innings. 
     
    UK senior Jerad Grundy (5-2) suffered the loss in the start, working 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and four runs – two earned – walking a career-high five and striking out four. Sophomore right-hander Chandler Shepherd took over in a one-out jam in the sixth, allowing both of the runners to score on the Grundy pitching line. Shepherd worked one inning, allowing three hits and two runs. 
     
    UK then used four freshmen in their SEC debuts to work into the ninth. Southpaw Dylan Dwyer took over in the seventh, hitting the one batter he faced with it scoring, with Zach Strecker then got an out and allowing a hit and a walk. Kyle Cody tossed one inning, allowing a hit and striking out two, with Ryne Combs getting the first out in the ninth. Senior Walter Wijas got the final two outs in the ninth. 
     
    The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 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 start junior southpaw Corey Littrell (3-2, 2.56 ERA) vs. Georgia senior right-hander Bryan Benzor (1-1, 5.57 ERA).
     
    After three and a half scoreless innings to open the game, Kentucky scored one run in the bottom of the fourth to take its first lead of the afternoon. Reed led off the inning with a line-drive single into right centerfield. With one out, Riddle knocked a single into leftfield and Barrett worked a 3-2 count to draw a walk and load the bases. With the bases loaded and two outs, Thomas stood in and was hit by a pitch, bringing Reed across to give UK a 1-0 lead.
     
    Georgia responded in the next half inning with two runs to take the lead from Kentucky. Grundy couldn’t find the zone to start the fifth, walking the first two batters, both on five pitches. A lack of communication while fielding a bunt to the left side allowed the Bulldogs to load the bases. Grundy forced a 6-3 double play but Georgia was able to score one in the process to tie the game at 1-1. With a runner on third, All-America UGA shortstop Kyle Farmer followed with a double into right-centerfield to give Georgia the 2-1 lead.
     
    The Bulldogs added on in the top of the sixth, with a two-run, two-out single up the middle. Daniel Nichols was able to reach first on a fielding error caused by a short hop. J.T. Phillips singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. The two moved up a base on a ground out to the pitcher and Curt Powell brought them both home with a two-RBI single up the middle.
     
    Trailing 4-1, Kentucky matched Georgia with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Riddle and Barrett led the Wildcats off with consecutive singles up the middle. The two moved into scoring position on a Thomas Bernal sacrifice bunt. Thomas hit a dribbler back to the pitcher and Boling attempted to glove flip the ball to the plate to nab Riddle. The attempted glove flip went awry as the ball sailed over the catcher, allowed Riddle to slide in safely and Barrett to come around from second and score on the error. The two runs decreased Georgia’s lead and brought the score to 4-3.
     
    With Kentucky just trailing by one, Georgia opened the game up in the seventh, scoring three to take a 7-3 lead. Nelson Ward led off the inning with a double into right-centerfield and came around to score on a line-drive single through the left side from Hunter Cole, who moved to second on the throw attempt to the plate. Following a ground out, UK brought Dwyer in for Shepherd on the mound and then after a hit by pitch, Strecker was called upon. DeLoach reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Cole to score. Nichols walked and a single through the left side brought DeLoach home from second, increasing Georgia’s lead to 7-3.
     
    The Wildcats still had life in them, putting up three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, McConkey pinch hit for Bernal and started the Kentucky rally with a double down the rightfield line. McConkey advanced to third on a wild pitch with two outs and Reida delivered with a double into the left-centerfield gap. Cousino matched Reida with a double into right-centerfield, scoring Reida. Zellers capped off the inning with a single into leftfield to bring Cousino home and bring the game to one run.



    Weather Pushes LSU-Mizzou to 6 p.m.

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou baseball game vs. No. 2 LSU on Saturday (March 30), originally scheduled for 1 p.m., has officially been pushed back to 6 p.m. due to rain in the area. The forecast for the evening is clear so fans are encouraged to come out at 6 p.m. Admission is free and tickets already purchased for Saturday's game will be honored at future games.
     
    For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball. 



    Graveman's Complete Game Helps Mississippi State Beat Arkansas

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With his team needing a lift, Mississippi State senior right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman answered the call.
     
    Throwing his fourth complete game in the Maroon and White, Graveman threw a masterpiece as No. 16 MSU knocked off No. 11 Arkansas 4-1 in a Saturday afternoon Southeastern Conference baseball contest played at Baum Stadium.
     
    Needing only 99 pitches, Graveman (3-2) allowed a first-inning and run had a stretch where he retired 21 Razorbacks in a row. For the contest, the Bulldog co-captain allowed five hits, hit one batter and faced only six batters past the minimum.
     
    “Kendall was really special,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “He put the whole team on his back. He said he wasn’t going to walk anybody but he was going to force contact. He was a difference maker. We also played fabulous defense. Everybody on our infield made a special play.
     
    “That is what we are. That is our identity. I think our game is being played on a really high level on that side right now.”
     
    With the victory, MSU improved to 23-7 overall and 3-5 in league play, while Arkansas fell to 20-8 and 5-3. The Bulldogs will try to win a conference series for the first time this season and for the first time in Fayetteville since 2007 with Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. rubber game.
     
    The Bulldogs erased an early 1-0 deficit with two scores in the fourth inning and single scores in the fifth and sixth innings.
     
    In the fourth inning, C.T. Bradford started things by reaching on one of two Arkansas errors. Hunter Renfroe followed with a hit, extending his hit streak to 15 games. After a flyout, Wes Rea lined a game-tying RBI-single. After a groundout by Brett Pirtle, Sam Frost was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Robson then capped his nine pitch at-bat with a bases-loaded walk.
     
    “I thought we were really good in situations today,” Cohen said. “(Jacob) Robson has a great at-bat where he gets a walk and that forced in the go-ahead run. C.T.(Bradford) gets a critical bunt down. That is where we are right now. Those are the things that we have do. I thought situationally, we were really great today.”
     
    MSU expanded the lead with an RBI-single by Alex Detz in the fifth inning, while the final run scored on a double play ball an inning later.
     
    Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek (2-2), the reigning SEC pitcher of the week, was lifted in the fifth inning. Stanek allowed three hits and three runs (all earned), with six strikeouts and two walks.
     
    Graveman allowed two runners in each of the final two at-bats but a groundout ended the eighth inning and a strikeout ended the ninth inning.
     
    Renfroe had two of MSU’s six hits. Tyler Spoon and Brian Anderson each had multiple hits for Arkansas.
     
    The Easter Sunday rubber match will be televised regionally by Cox Sports and Comcast Sports Southeast. Arkansas is scheduled to start senior left-hander Randall Fant (1-0, 1.19 ERA), while the MSU starter has not been announced.


    Spencer Turnbull Throws a Complete Game Shutout in 2-0 Win over Auburn

    AUBURN, Ala. – Spencer Turnbull threw Alabama’s first complete-game shutout in two years, leading the Crimson Tide to a 2-0 win over the Auburn Tigers in front of 3,911 fans at Plainsman Park on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, Alabama wins the Southeastern Conference series to improve to 18-11 overall and 7-2 in conference play. Auburn falls to 16-12 overall and 1-8 in SEC play.

    “I told the team before the game, there was more to this game,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Today was about representing Alabama and what we stand for and the great man like Coach Moore. I’m just very proud of the way we represented the University today.”

    If pitching and defense wins games, Alabama got both on Saturday. Turnbull gave up four hits, with four strikeouts and got the Tigers to ground into four double plays.

    “Today was the second straight outing that Turnbull was really good,” Gaspard said. “It was really good to see that his velocity was still up at the end of the game. We knew he had that kind of performance in him, and he’s brought it out he last two games. He’s pitching with a lot of confidence and he was just outstanding today.”

    With nine innings of scoreless pitching against the Tigers, Turnbull has now gone 22.2 scoreless innings since allowing a run in the first inning against Tennessee on March 17. Since allowing a run in the first inning to the Vols, he threw 6.2 scoreless against Tennessee and then seven scoreless last week at Georgia.

    The Tide defense did not commit an error and turned double plays in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings. The four double plays in the game give the Tide 37 for the season and matched a season-high.

    “The seventh inning was big to get a run there” Gaspard said. “A two-run lead felt like a four-run lead with the way Turnbull was throwing. It was good execution defensively, again getting a lot of big double plays. It was a very good weekend and we played three good games on the road.”

    Offensively, Alabama had just two hits against Auburn pitchers Will Kendall and Daniel Koger. Kendall (0-2) took the loss after throwing the first three innings, allowing an unearned run on a hit with two walks and two strikeouts. Koger threw the final six innings, allowing one run on one hit with three walks and two hit batters.

    Alabama opened the game with a single by Georgie Salem, then didn’t get another hit until the seventh when Chance Vincent singled through the ride side on a hit and run. Vincent was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

    For the third time this weekend, Alabama took a 1-0 lead, scoring an unearned run in the top of the third. After Vincent walked to lead off the inning, a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Miller moved him into scoring position. A hard hit ground ball off the bat of Kenny Roberts went off the glove of Auburn third baseman Damek Tomscha and went in to left field allowing Vincent to score from second.

    The Crimson Tide manufactured a run in the seventh to extend its lead to 2-0. After Mikey White was hit by a pitch with one out, Vincent executed a perfect hit and run and singled through the right side to move White to third. Miller then had a successful sacrifice safety squeeze to allow White to score from third.
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    EADES PACES LSU TO SHUTOUT OF MISSOURI

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ryan Eades pitched eight shutout innings to power the Fighting Tigers to an 8-0 victory over Missouri Saturday night at Taylor Stadium, clinching the three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series.

    LSU (25-2 overall, 7-1 SEC) won its third league series in as many weeks to remain atop the SEC West division. It will go for the sweep Sunday at 1 p.m.
    Eades, who worked a career-high eight innings, improved to 6-0 this season and lowered his ERA to 1.35, striking out five and walking three. Missouri (9-14, 2-6) got nine hits off the junior right-hander, but for the second consecutive evening, those hits did not translate into runs.

    Nick Rumbelow worked a perfect ninth to give LSU its first back-to-back shutouts in SEC play since it won at Arkansas 7-0 and 6-0 on April 23-24, 2005. The last time LSU won the first two games of an SEC series by shutout also came vs. Arkansas, 3-0 and 8-0 on April 26-27, 2002 at the old Alex Box Stadium.

    LSU posted back-to-back shutouts twice in 2012 prior to the opening of conference play.

    LSU pitchers have fired 24.2 consecutive scoreless innings over the past three games, beginning in the second inning on Tuesday night at Tulane.
    “That was another tremendous effort by Ryan Eades,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He battles with every pitch, and our defense was outstanding behind him throughout the game. He did a great job in working out of jams, and the three double plays we turned provided a big boost.

    “The conditions for hitting were much more favorable tonight that they were last night, and again our aggressive approach at the plate allowed us to give Ryan a comfortable lead.”

    Ibarra got LSU on the board in the second with a towering home run over the left field fence just to the right of the Missouri bullpen, nearly in the same spot where Mason Katz launched his solo shot in the fourth inning of Friday’s 2-0 victory.

    Missouri had runners at the corners in the third with one out, but a nice stop deep in the hole by shortstop Alex Bregman keyed a double play which left the home team high and dry.

    Bregman followed his defensive gem with an offensive one, leading off the LSU fourth with a towering home run down the left field line. Two batters later, Katz hit his 12th round-tripper to left-center to extend the margin to 3-0.

    Missouri got its first two runners on base in the fourth, but Eades induced a double play ground ball from Mark Lester. He then struck out Shane Segovia to retire the side.

    LSU put the game away with a five-run fifth. Missouri reliever Griffin Goodrich retired the first two batters of the inning, but Mark Laird kept the frame alive with a single, and Bregman followed with another base hit.

    Missouri shortstop Dillon Everett made a diving stop of Raph Rhymes’ ground ball, but Everett could not throw out Rhymes, allowing Laird to scamper home from second.

    Katz brought home the final two runs of the game with a triple past diving Missouri right fielder Dane Opel.
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    Commodores come alive late to down UT
     
    Nashville, Tenn. – No. 3 Vanderbilt scored five runs in the eighth inning to put away Tennessee with an 8-3 win and clinch the series at a rain-soaked Hawkins Field Saturday night.
     
    The Commodores (24-4, 7-1) entered the bottom of the eighth clinging to a 3-2 lead when Conrad Gregor led off the frame with a double into the left-center field gap. Connor Harrell attempted to move Gregor over to third with a sacrifice bunt but did more than that when Tennessee (13-12, 3-5) catcher David Houser threw the ball into right field allowing Gregor to score and Harrell to reach second base. Mike Yastrzemski battled Volunteers’ starter Nick Williams for a walk to chase the right-hander from the game. Vince Conde then worked a four-pitch walk from UT reliever Trevor Bettencourt to load the bases and send the Vols back to the pen for lefty Dalton Saberhagen. The southpaw struck out Rhett Wiseman for the first out of the inning and quickly put two strikes on Chris Harvey before Harvey lined a bases clearing triple into the right-center field gap to bust the game open. Jack Lupo’s sacrifice fly capped the rally and stretched Vandy’s lead to six runs.
     
    Tennessee made it exciting in the eighth inning in a one-run game when Vanderbilt starter Tyler Beede walked the first two batters of the inning. A sacrifice bunt put both runners in scoring position and ended Beede’s night. Freshman Carson Fulmer entered the game and slammed the door, striking out the next two batters to end the threat. Fulmer pitched the ninth inning to earn his first career save.
     
    Beede stayed perfect on the season, improving to 7-0 in seven starts. The right-hander hit a bump in the second inning when he allowed his first runs since allowing an unearned run at Oregon on March 9. The Vols tagged Beede for two runs on a pair of hits and a walk before the sophomore settled in with the falling rain and cruised into the eighth, allowing only two hits along the away. On the night, Beede allowed two runs on four hits and five walks with nine strikeouts over 7.1 innings. Williams (1-1) took the loss for UT giving up six runs, four earned, on five hits in seven innings of work.
     
    With the win the Commodores are off to a 7-1 start in Southeastern Conference play, the team’s best start since 1972 when the squad started the season 10-1. The victory also clinched the Dores’ seventh straight series to start the season and 11 straight regular season series dating back to last season.
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