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    Tuesday Night Baseball Report

    Baseball RESULTS
    Longwood 7, Tennessee 5
    Georgia 2, Kennesaw State 1
    Kentucky 5, Louisville 4
    Alabama 9, SE Louisiana 1
    South Carolina 9, Charleston Southern 5
    Illinois 6, Mizzou 2
    Florida 5, UCF 3
    Mississippi State 6, South Alabama 4
    Vanderbilt 12, Middle Tennessee 3
    LSU 7, Alcorn State 3
    Ole Miss at Memphis (Postponed)
    Texas A&M 11, UT-San Antonio 4


    Tennessee Strands 16 in Loss to Longwood

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee stranded a season-high 16 runners, including 10 in scoring position and committed three errors as it dropped a 7-5 decision to Longwood University on Tuesday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
     
    The Vols pounded out 12 hits in the contest but were just 5-for-22 with runners on base and 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position, leaving the bases loaded twice.
     
    "We have no one to blame but ourselves of not taking care of the baseball and not making enough plays," UT head coach Dave Serrano said. "I don't expect our guys to make diving catches like their guy did in center field but we're just not making plays that we have to make to be a successful team and that's what's killing us. We left a lot of guys on base today, there's no way to look around that. A lot of those rallies were started with two outs, where we'd give away some at-bats early in the inning and then we'd get some guys on.
     
    "You kind of saw it happening a little bit. I've been around this game long enough and we kept hitting some blurs and they kept getting caught by guys and those are the kinds of games when you know you're in it for a dogfight and that the game is going to challenge you. It challenged us today and we weren't up for the challenge."
     
    Taylor Smart posted a three-hit performance for the Big Orange, while Will Maddox and Jeff Moberg each had two hits in the loss.
     
    Trevor Charpie (2-3) suffered the loss after allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits in 1.1 innings of work. Eric Martin stuck out a career high four batters while yielding just one run on two hits in 2.1 innings of relief for starter Trevor Bettencourt who pitched 4.0 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits while fanning three. Zack Godley fired a perfect ninth inning in his first relief effort of the year.
     
    After Longwood put up the first tally of the game with a sacrifice fly in the top of the second, the Vols answered with a two-out rally in the home half of the stanza as Smart and Ethan Bennett drew back-to-back walks, successfully executed a double steal and came home to score on a double to left-center by Vance Vizcaino.
     
    The Lancers regained the lead with runs in each of the next two innings but an RBI single by Moberg brought the game back to a deadlock at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth. The Vols threatened to add more runs to the scoreboard by loading the bases only to see a sharply-struck line drive by Andrew Lee fall into the glove of a diving right fielder to end the inning.
     
    Following two scoreless innings, Longwood moved back in front with an RBI single in the top of the seventh by Colton Konvicka. That lead looked to be short-lived as Tennessee was able to load the bases with just one out in the bottom of the inning but a strikeout and line-out to left thwarted that threat.
     
    A three-run eighth, which included a solo home run by LU's Kyrie Washington, pushed the Lancers' lead to a commanding four runs at 7-3.
     
    The Orange and White was able to cut its deficit to two in the bottom of the inning as Pierce Bily knocked in a run with a groundout and a Longwood error allowed another Vol to cross the plate. UT then inched even closer in the bottom of the ninth, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate after back-to-back two-out singles by Maddox and Moberg, but a two-hopper to second ended the game.
     
    Tennessee will host No. 14 South Carolina this weekend, April 5-7. The series opener is set for a 6 p.m. start on Friday. SportSouth will then televise a 12:30 p.m. showdown on Saturday before the two teams close out the weekend at 2 p.m. on Sunday.



    Dawgs Down Owls 2-1

    KENNESAW----Georgia posted a 2-1 win over Kennesaw State Tuesday in front of a crowd of 1,455 at Stillwell Stadium.
     
    Georgia (11-19) took a 2-0 lead in the fourth after a couple of miscues by the Owls. Second baseman Nelson Ward reached on a leadoff error and then senior Curt Powell was hit by a pitch. Sophomore outfielder Hunter Cole lined a single to left, scoring Ward as Powell took third on the play. Senior Kyle Farmer made it 2-0 with his team-leading sixth sacrifice fly. The Owls had a chance to answer as their half of the fourth started almost identically to the Bulldogs. The first two hitters reached on an error and a walk. However, Georgia freshman right hander David Gonzalez got Petyon Hart to bounce in to a double play and then retired Chris McGowan to maintain the advantage.
     
    Gonzalez pitched a career-high four scoreless innings, allowing three hits with one walk and one strikeout for his career victory. Sophomore Jared Walsh started the fifth for the Bulldogs. Kennesaw State missed another scoring opportunity, loading the bases with two outs for their RBI leader Kal Simmons. However, Walsh struck him out. In the sixth, Bo Way led off with a double on a sinking line drive to center that DJ Smith dove for and had it just go off his glove. After a walk, Walsh battled back to retire the next three hitters including a pair of strikeouts.
     
    The Owls (17-12) cut the deficit to 2-1 in the seventh. Freshman Palmer Betts started the frame and issued a four-pitch walk to Ryan Raper, a single to Alex Liquori and a wild pitch moved both in to scoring position. Georgia looked to sophomore Luke Crumley to face the top of the order. He struck out Andy Almonte before Simmons earned an RBI with a sacrifice fly.  Crumley wound up tossing two scoreless innings. In the ninth, junior Dylan Cole came on and collected his second save by retiring the Owls in order. He picked up his first save of the year this past Saturday against eighth-ranked Kentucky in Lexington.
     
    "I was happy for David Gonzalez, he really came out and gave us a good start and got his first win," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We did enough offensively and defensively we played real well even though we're banged up right now. David set the tone, we scratched for a couple and the bullpen and defense made it hold up. Kennesaw left nine men on base and that was due in part to our pitching and defense. This should give us a little momentum for Friday when we start a big SEC series."
     
    The Bulldogs return to SEC action Friday for the first of a three-game series with Missouri. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 7 p.m., and the first 1,000 fans will receive number 13 replica jersey t-shirts.



    Kentucky Wins 10-Inning Battle at Louisville

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Freshman rightfielder Kyle Barrett hung a sacrifice fly into centerfield to score J.T. Riddle with the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning and Trevor Gott got three quick outs in the bottom of the frame to clinch a 5-4 win for No. 7 Kentucky over No. 9 Louisville in 10 innings, on a chilly Tuesday night in front of a U of L record 4,733 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium. 
     
    In the first-ever meeting of Kentucky and Louisville as top-10 teams in a series that dates back to 1925, the Wildcats and the Cardinals tangled in an instant classic in front of the largest crowd to ever witness a Louisville baseball game. 
     
    Kentucky (22-6) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first on A.J. Reed’s two-run homer, with UL taking a 3-2 lead with two runs in the third and a single run in the first. Max Kuhn evened up the game with a solo homer in the top of the sixth, before the wild late innings. 
     
    In the top of the ninth, the Wildcats mounted a rally to take a 4-3 lead. Micheal Thomas was hit by a one-out pitch and after Thomas hustled into second on a wild pitch, Austin Cousino was walked intentionally to set up the double play. Louisville brought in the nation’s top power arm, closer Nick Burdi to face pinch hitter Jeff Boehm, who ran down to the plate after warming up in the bullpen down the leftfield line. Boehm chopped a single up the middle that required a ranging play from UL shortstop Sutton Whiting. Whiting spun and tried to fire to first base but his throw sailed into the dugout for an error, with Thomas scoring on the error. 
     
    Louisville (22-6) answered in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, as Jeff Garner led off with an infield single off UK closer Trevor Gott. Zak Wasserman followed and hit a grounder up the middle, with UK shortstop Matt Reida diving to his right to snag the ball, with his throw to second base sailing wide for an error. With runners on the corners and no outs, Jeff Gardner hit a grounder up the middle, with Reida making a diving play to his left, flipping the ball to J.T. Riddle, who turned a nice 6-4-3 double play that allowed the game-tying run to score. Gott then got a strikeout to end the ninth and force extra frames. 
     
    Still facing the flame-throwing Burdi, Riddle led off the top of the 10th inning with a push bunt on the right side of the infield, with Burdi fielding on the run but bobbling the ball for an error. After Kuhn’s sacrifice bunt moved Riddle to second, the first pitch from Burdi to Barrett sailed for a wild pitch, allowing Riddle to motor to third. On a 2-0 offering, Barrett hung a fly ball into shallow centerfield, with Riddle beating the throw that went wide up the third base side. Gott then finished the game with three quick outs for the 5-4 win. 
     
    “It feels good,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said, who improved to 5-4 in his career vs. Louisville. “It’s always good to win. Glad to win a really good ballgame. Fans got their money’s worth. A run scored off of both big-time closers. It was a great game, a lot of big plays made. It was a tight game the entire way. It was fun.”
     
    Kentucky freshman right-handed starter Kyle Cody worked a career-long 6.1 innings, allowing four hits and three runs – two earned – walking one and striking out four. 
     
    “This is the most people I’ve ever pitched in front of before,” Cody said. “Coming from a small town, I’ve never been to a stadium this big before. I had to calm myself down before the game. The main thing when I was on the mound: I had to breathe. That was the biggest thing. When you start getting base runners on, you just gotta breathe and relax and throw the ball where you want it.”
     
    The quality start was the first of Cody’s career and was UK’s first quality start in a midweek game since lefty Sam Mahar went six strong innings against Cincinnati in 2012. Cody’s damage came on a two-out error in the first and a third inning that saw a pair of leadoff walks and balks lead to two runs. 
     
    “Sure he (grew up),” Henderson said about Cody’s development in his biggest start of the year. “It was a full house here against a really good club. An absolute disaster there at the beginning of the third inning and we just flat out handed them two runs. I was really interested in keeping him in the game at the point. I wanted to get him through that. Fortunately, he was able to get past it, found his rhythm and was really pretty impressive in the fourth, fifth and sixth.”
     
    Lefty Ryne Combs took over for Cody with one out in the seventh and the go-ahead runner at second base, getting a groundout to bring in Chandler Shepherd with two outs. Shepherd got the out to escape the jam and worked 1.1 innings, giving up one hit and no runs, collecting one strikeout. Gott (4-0) picked up the win with two innings in relief, as his save chance was blown on an unearned run, just the third blown save of his career. He allowed only one hit – an infield single – and struck out one. 
     
    The Wildcats collected five hits in the game, drawing five walks and getting hit by two pitches. UK got homers from Reed and Kuhn, with Reed belting a two-run homer in the first as his seventh of the year and Kuhn leading off the sixth with his second homer. UK also got hits from Boehm, Riddle and Paul McConkey, with Cousino and Zac Zellers each drawing two walks and Micheal Thomas adding a walk. 
     
    Louisville starter Kyle Funkhouser worked into the third inning, finishing with two innings, allowing one hit and two runs, walking three and striking out one. Crafty lefty Cody Ege replaced him in the third in a bases-loaded, no-out jam, getting three outs to hold the Wildcats off the board. Ege worked three shutout innings, keeping UK off balance by alternating arm slots to varying hitters. Dace Kime worked two innings with two strikeouts, allowing only a solo homer from Kuhn. Kyle McGrath started the eighth and worked into the ninth, allowing only a single and a walk in 1.2 innings. Burdi (1-1) took the loss, allowing one unearned run in 1.1 innings of relief. 
     
    UK will return to action on Friday, traveling to No. 2 LSU for a three-game series at Alex Box Stadium. 
     
    The Wildcats got on the board in the top of the first inning, as Zellers drew a full-count walk with one outs. Reed followed with a nine-pitch at bat, sending the final offering of the test from Funkhouser over the rightfield fence for his seventh homer of the year. The homer allowed by Funkhouser was his first surrendered in 2013. 
     
    Louisville took advantage of an error to get a run back in the first inning. Ty Young singled to leftfield with two outs, scoring after Zellers’ three-base fielding error on a wind-blown ball in leftfield. 
     
    The Cardinals took a lead with two runs on no hits in the bottom of the third inning, as Cody hit Adam Engel and Nick Ratajczak to lead off the inning, then a pair of balks scored Engel and moved Ratajczak to third with no outs. Young then hung a sacrifice fly into rightfield to score Ratajczak and give UL a 3-2 lead.
     
    The Wildcats evened the game in the top of the sixth inning, as Kuhn smashed a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left-centerfield for his second homer of the year.



    Alabama Takes Out SE Louisiana

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Both Kenny Roberts and Austen Smith smoked three-run home runs in the sixth inning as the No. 22-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide posted a non-conference victory over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions, 9-1, on Tuesday night from Sewell-Thomas Stadium.p>
     
    "I thought for starters on the mound, Tucker [Hawley] gave us a good start and the bullpen came in and did a nice job," Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "We had some guys that we wanted to get some work in and they all did a pretty solid job. Offensively, we kind of sputtered there for about five innings and it was big with two outs there, Miller starts us out with a walk, [Georgie] Salem gets a single and then Kenny Roberts gets the big three-run blow and we follow it up with another three-run homer. You don't see that as often as you used to - back-to-back three run homers in the same inning. That was good to see and then from there I thought the offense got going and was much better in the back end of the game."
     
    Although the Lions took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth, it did not last long. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Andrew Miller worked a walk then Georgie Salem stroked a base hit to put runners on the corners. Senior third baseman Kenny Roberts swung at the third pitch he saw and sent a firecracker over the left field wall for his first home run of the season. Not to be out done, junior first baseman Austen Smith clubbed his team-leading third home run over the year into the trees in left field to score Ben Moore and Brett Booth. The two three-run home runs with two outs in the sixth staked the Tide to an insurmountable, 6-1, advantage.
     
    The home runs by Roberts and Smith mark the first time the Crimson Tide had two home runs in the same inning since Taylor Dugas, Jake Smith and Jon Kelton stroked one each in the first inning of an NCAA regional matchup versus Georgia Tech on June 6, 2010.
     
    Roberts finished the day 2-for-4 with his home run, a single, three RBI and a run scored. Miller had an RBI-single, a walk and a run scored, and freshman center fielder Georgie Salem had two singles, an RBI and a run scored.
     
    Freshman right-hander Mike Oczypok (1-0) notched the first win of his career after striking out two in a one-run sixth inning. Junior righty Tucker Hawley did not factor into the decision in his fourth start of the season, but dealt five scoreless innings and allowed five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Kyle Cedotal (4-4) was charged with the loss for the Lions after giving up three runs on five hits in 5.2 innings pitched.
     
    The Lions got their first three hits off of Hawley in the fourth inning, but a nice pickoff at first and Brett Booth's 21st runner thrown out of the year prevented any damage. After Oczypok relieved Hawley in the sixth, he allowed a double from Aaron Haag and an RBI-single by Jameson Fisher with two outs to give the Lions the first lead of the game, 1-0.
     
    Following their six run performance in the sixth, the Tide offense provided some insurance runs in the seventh. Consecutive free passes to freshman shortstop Mikey White and freshman pinch-hitter Daniel Cucjen set up a Miller RBI single. Salem hit an RBI single in the next at-bat, and Miller eventually scored when Roberts grounded into a double play, ending the inning with a 9-1 lead.
     
    After Oczypok's appearance in the sixth, sophomore south paw Justin Kamplain, freshman righty Mitch Greer and freshman right-hander Ray Castillo all threw a scoreless inning to seal the win for the Tide.
     
    The Alabama Crimson Tide returns to action on Thursday for a key home series versus the ninth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPNU. Friday's game is set for a 6:35 p.m. CT start, and the final game on Saturday will kick off at 1:05 p.m. CT.
     
    Follow the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team on Facebook at Alabama-Baseball and on Twitter at @AlabamaBSB.



    Gamecocks Down Charleston Southern

    Columbia, S.C. - No. 11 South Carolina tallied 12 hits including a pair of homers from TJ Costen and LB Dantzler as the Gamecocks defeated Charleston Southern 9-5 on Tuesday night in non-conference action at Carolina Stadium. South Carolina improves to 23-6 while the loss drops Charleston Sothern to 11-17.
     
    Senior right-hander Colby Holmes earned the win in a predetermined split and improves to 3-2 on the season. He pitched 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with no walks and struck out two batters. Three other Gamecock pitchers combined for the remaining 5.2 innings including Vince Fiori who worked 3.2 innings allowing just one run and striking out four. Charleston Southern starting pitcher Stephen Leopard suffered the loss and is now 1-2 on the year.
     
    The Gamecocks broke ahead 4-0 in the bottom of the second inning. Connor Bright led off with a single to center field and Max Schrock singled as well to put runners on the corners. Bright scored the first run for the Garnet and Black on a RBI single off the bat of Grayson Greiner. DC Arendas sacrificed the runners into scoring position with a bunt down the third base line and TJ Costen would then load the bases after drawing a one-out walk. A wild pitch from would bring home Schrock and advance the runners. Greiner would score on an RBI single by Graham Saiko and Chase Vergason would drive in the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field. 
     
    The Buccaneers cut the Gamecocks lead in half scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Bobby Ison singled and would score Zack Hagaman's RBI single. Brian Welch would then single and bring home Hagaman leaving the Gamecocks with a 4-2 lead.
     
    Costen answered with his first homer of the season in the bottom of the fourth. After Arendas drew a leadoff walk, Costen crushed a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left-center to give the Gamecocks a 6-2 lead.
     
    Charleston Southern responded with two runs in the top of the fifth to cut the Carolina lead back to two runs. Chase Shelton drew a walk to open the frame and Drew Woodall put down a bunt for a base hit. Ison would bring home Shelton with a RBI single and Alex Tomasovich registered the first extra base hit of the game with a double that drove in Woodall.
     
    The Gamecocks tallied two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to go ahead 8-4. Schrock recorded his second triple of the season to start the inning, sending a 2-2 pitch to right-center field, just shy of falling into the bullpen. Schrock would score on a RBI single by Greiner who knocked a ball over the head of Charleston Southern third baseman, Jaren Suster. Greiner would then steal second, advance to third after Costen and Vergason both walked, and score on a wild pitch.
     
    LB Dantzler increased the lead to 9-4 in bottom of the eighth inning as he launched a 3-1 pitch over the wall in left field for his team-leading 10th home run of the season. Woodall homered in the top of the ninth inning for the final run of the game for CSU.
     
    Schrock went 3-for-5 tying a career-high for hits in a game and scored two runs. Saiko was 2-for-4 and recorded his first double and extra base hit of the season. Greiner drove in two runs as did Costen.
     
    South Carolina is back in action Wednesday night against Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET and is available on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game." It can also be heard at GamecocksOnline.com on the All Access Channel.



    Mizzou Drops Braggin' Rights Game to Illinois

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Mizzou (9-16, 2-7) saw its six-game winning streak against Illinois (18-7) end as the Illini took this year's Braggin' Rights matchup by a 6-2 tally Tuesday (Apr. 2) night at Busch Stadium. Tiger starter Jace James threw five innings, allowed four runs and struck out three in his outing. Jake Ivory scored Mizzou's first run, and he went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch and a double at the plate in the contest. Dane Opel extended his on-base streak to 18 games, a career high mark, with an infield single.
     
    Both teams went scoreless in the first, with Mizzou threatening as Dylan Kelly walked and Ivory wore a pitch, but both were left stranded. Illinois put two on with no outs in the second thanks to back-to-back singles by David Kerian and Thomas Lindauer, but James induced three flyouts to end the frame scoreless. Bats went quiet for the rest of the first three innings for both teams, locked in a 0-0 tie.
     
    The Illini put Jordan Parr on second with one out after a walk and a fielder's choice in the fourth, and a throwing error on a stolen base attempt allowed Illinois to take a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Ivory doubled with one out in the fourth, and Josh Lester hit him in with two outs on a single to center to tie the game.
     
    James worked around a one-out double in the top of the fifth for Illinois, holding the visiting team scoreless. Mizzou went down in order in the sixth, and the Illini struck in the sixth with a two-run triple from Kerian for a 3-1 lead. Mizzou went to Breckin Williams with a runner on third and no outs, and a sacrifice fly put Illinois ahead 4-1. 
     
    Illinois turned a single into a run with two outs in the seventh, as Justin Parr stole second and third before coming in to score on a throwing error for a 5-1 edge. Mizzou put two on in the seventh, a Dillon Everett leadoff single and an Opel two-out infield single, but both were stranded. After a scoreless top of the eighth,
    Keaton Steele doubled for Mizzou with one out, but he was left stranded. The Illini added on to their lead in the ninth, finishing with a 6-1 lead. Brannon Champagne got his first hit of the year to lead off the bottom of the ninth, a double to center, and he came around to score to make it 6-2.
     
    Mizzou takes on Georgia this weekend in a critical SEC series. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@MUTigerBaseball) or check in to MUTigers.com.



    Gators Rally to Take Down Central Florida

    Trailing 3-2 with two outs in the seventh inning, Florida (14-16) tied the game on a fielding error and moved in front on a wild pitch during a 5-3 victory over UCF (18-12) on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. In winning their third-straight outing, the Gators had overcome a 2-0 deficit with a pair of runs in the sixth before the Knights seized a one-run advantage in the seventh. Sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) (4-2) had a career-high four strikeouts over two innings to pick up the win, while sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to pocket his sixth save.
     
    “It was a really good team win,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “We got contributions from a lot of different players tonight. Obviously, [Daniel] Gibson came in and did an outstanding job, holding them scoreless for 4.1 innings, and I think that might be his fourth or fifth impressive outing in a row. Ryan [Harris] came in, he hasn’t been on the mound since last week, and he did a really nice job, and of course, Mags [Johnny Magliozzi] came in and did his thing once again.”
     
    “We had some timely hitting – our first five hitters in the lineup had at least one hit tonight. We had good situational hitting, too. We were obviously helped with a couple of walks in the latter part of the game, but [Harrison] Bader’s at-bat signifies who we are. We had the bases loaded there and we needed one more run, and he put the ball in play firmly with two strikes. We played really good defense – we didn’t make any errors. Cody Dent put down a couple of really good bunts. Cory Reid had a nice drag [bunt] to start off the seventh. We did a lot of different things tonight well and it was certainly a win where a lot of players contributed.”
     
    “Our bullpen is going to be huge for us,” sophomore Taylor Gushue said. “[Daniel] Gibson, [Ryan] Harris and [Johnny] Magliozzi threw awesome for us. We couldn’t really ask anything more from them. For them to be consistent is huge for our team. It is going to take us a long way.”
     
    UCF scored two runs on three hits in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Junior Parker Webster (2-for-4) roped a ground-rule double off of freshman righty Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) that bounced over the left-field wall. Senior Jeramy Matos followed with an RBI single through the left side of the infield to open the scoring. Senior Austin Johnston moved Matos to third base with a double down the left-field line and sophomore Tommy Williams drew a walk to load the bases with one down. Simpson had senior Ryan Breen line out to center field and was replaced by junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.), who issued a walk to sophomore JoMarcos Woods to bring across Matos with the second run. Gibson then struck out sophomore James Vasquez to strand the runners.
     
    The Knights threatened again in the third, as redshirt senior Erik Hempe had a leadoff single up the middle and went to third on a one-out single into left field by Webster. Gibson had Matos ground into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play to hold the Gators’ deficit at 2-0.
     
    Senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) legged on a bunt single to start the home part of the frame and sophomore Eric Skoglund had sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) hit into a 6-4-3 double play and then snared a popped up bunt by Bader to retire the side.
     
    In the Gator fourth, Gushue walked on four pitches and sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) followed with a single into center field. Skoglund had senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) hit into a 5-3 double play, leaving Shafer on second base with two down. Hempe robbed reshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) of a hit with a diving catch in right field to complete the inning.
     
    Senior Chris Taladay began the sixth with a single into left field for UCF and Gibson had Webster bounce into a 6-4-3 double play and Matos line out to Powers at third base.
     
    The Gators knotted the game at 2-2 in the home part of the inning on a two-out RBI double off of the left-field wall by Ramjit. Turgeon had led off with a base-hit into right center field and went to second on a groundout by freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.). Gushue cut the Gators’ deficit in half with an RBI single into left field to score Turgeon and cause a pitching change. The base-knock extended Gushue’s hitting streak to six games. Freshman Zac Favre came in for Skoglund (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R) and struck out Shafer before Ramjit’s second double of the season plated Gushue with the equalizer. Following an intentional walk to Powers, his second of the season, Favre had sophomore Mike Fahrman (Tampa, Fla.) ground out.
     
    After Gibson threw a career-high 4.1 scoreless innings and yielded three hits, Harris took over on the mound in the seventh. The righty caught Johnston looking on strikes and Williams delivered a double into the left-field corner. Harris struck out Breen for the second out and Woods came through with an infield single to score Williams with the go-ahead run. Although Woods swiped second base, Harris fanned Vasquez to finish the frame.
     
    Redshirt senior Chris Matulis (3-1) replaced Favre (0.2 IP, 1 H) at the outset of the stanza and redshirt freshman Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) beat out a bunt to lead off. Dent advanced his teammate with a sacrifice bunt and Turgeon was hit by a pitch for two Gators aboard with one down. A grounder by Bader pushed both Reid and Turgeon into scoring position and an error by Taladay at third base enabled Reid to come home with the tying run. Redshirt sophomore Spencer Davis took over for Matulis (0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R) and uncorked a wild pitch that brought across Turgeon for a 4-3 Gator advantage. Shafer earned a free pass for two Gators on base and Davis walked Ramjit to fill the sacks. Sophomore Harrison Hukari was summoned from the bullpen and struck out Powers to hold the margin at 4-3.
     
    Fahrman reached on a throwing error by Williams to start UF’s eighth and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.). Reid drew a walk and Dent advanced both of his teammates with a sacrifice bunt. Turgeon was hit for the second-straight plate appearance to load the bases and junior Danny Davis took the mound for Hukari (0.2 IP). Bader expanded the Gators’ lead to 5-3 by driving in Martin on a fielder’s choice. UCF held an 8-7 advantage in hits tonight, while Florida did not commit any errors.
     
    The Gators return to SEC play on Friday night in the opener of a weekend series at No. 17 Mississippi State (24-8/3-6 SEC). The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, will be carried live on GatorVision and can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network.



    Diamond Dogs Pick Up Win at USA

    MOBILE, Ala. – Mississippi State found its rhythm again Tuesday night.
     
    The 17th-ranked Bulldogs put the cap on a road swing full of some near-misses with a hard-fought 6-4 win over South Alabama in a college baseball contest played at Stanky Field.
     
    MSU finished the road swing with a modest 2-2 mark after a disappointing Southeastern Conference series loss at Arkansas over the weekend.
     
    The Bulldogs (24-8) secured victory Tuesday night when Wes Rea connected for a game-winning two-run single in the top half of the ninth inning.
     
    Perhaps the story of the night was the quality start from Brandon Woodruff. Battling back from injury, the sophomore right-hander allowed three hits and one run (earned) in six innings of work. Woodruff struck out four and walked none.
     
    “Woodruff’s pitching was the highlight of the night,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “He challenged the hitters and kept it in the strike zone.”
     
    The Bulldogs erased an early 1-0 deficit with a single score in the fourth inning, two scores in the fifth inning and a single score in the sixth inning.
     
    MSU tied the contest at 1-all on a balk call in the fourth inning. A Hunter Renfroe double started the big fifth inning. A wild pitch scored one run, while an RBI-groundout by Brett Pirtle scored the other. Another USA error scored the game’s fourth run for the Bulldogs in the sixth inning.
     
    “We hit a lot of balls pretty well,” Cohen said. “And Rea came through with a big at-bat. The show of MSU fans from the coast was impressive. The players and the staff appreciate the great support we have from the coast area.”
     
    USA strung together a game-tying three-run seventh inning, thanks in large part to three MSU errors. Myles Gentry started the inning but quickly gave way to eventual winning pitcher Chad Girodo (3-1). Jonathan Holder worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his eighth save.
     
    The sophomore right-hander has now tied Jay Powell for sixth on the all-time MSU saves list with 17 in his career.
     
    MSU finished with seven hits, including a multi-hit night by Renfroe. The junior outfielder saw a 15-game hit streak snapped in Sunday’s loss at Arkansas.
     
    South Alabama (22-8) finished with five total hits off four MSU pitchers. James Traylor (2-3) took the loss.
     
    Southeastern Conference play resumes this weekend when Florida comes to Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs and Gators are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday (Cox Sports and Comcast Sports Southeast) and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.



    Commodores Cruise Past Blue Raiders

    No. 3 Vanderbilt pounded out 12 hits and topped Middle Tennessee State 12-3 on Tuesday night at Hawkins Field. 
     
    Vince Conde belted a grand slam in the third inning to bust the game open and open the flood gates for the VU offense. The Commodores scored seven runs over the next four innings to put the game away. 
     
    Steven Rice worked 2.2 shutout innings out of the bullpen to earn his second win of the season. 



    LSU Continues Winning Ways

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Shortstop Alex Bregman recorded his ninth straight multi-hit game as No. 2 LSU (27-2) defeated Alcorn State (6-27) by a score of 7-3 Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium.
     
    Bregman, a freshman from Albuquerque, N.M., is now riding a 17-game hit streak and is hitting .619 in his last nine games.
     
    LSU moves on to face Southern Mississippi (11-16) Wednesday in Metairie, La. in the Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic.
     
    “I’m glad that one is over,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We did what we needed to do to win the game, but Alcorn State gave us a serious challenge. They competed extremely hard, and we certainly respect that in an opponent. Sometimes it’s tough after an emotional SEC series to re-focus on the next game, but we recovered from the early deficit and were able to get the lead and hold it for the win.”
     
    The Tigers fell behind early after a pair of long balls in the first two innings from Alcorn State shortstop Angel Rosa and first baseman Ashton Lewis gave the Braves a 3-0 lead.  
     
    With one out in the third inning, Bregman tripled to left to start the Tigers’ comeback. He later scored on a sacrifice fly from left fielder Raph Rhymes.
     
    Bregman and Rhymes came through once again in the fifth inning with back-to-back doubles to tie the game at 3-3. Designated hitter Alex Edward (2-for-3) gave LSU its first lead of the night with an RBI single, scoring Rhymes from third.
     
    Rhymes would deliver another RBI with a long ball over the left field wall. His second home run of the season extended the Tigers’ lead to 5-3.
     
    First baseman Mason Katz (2-for-2, with two walks) singled immediately after Rhymes’ homer, and later scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 6-3.
     
    A third run in the seventh came off of an RBI single from catcher Chris Chinea.
     
    Right-hander Hunter Devall (2-0) earned the victory in relief with four shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out three.
     
    Alcorn State starting pitcher Mundo Sanchez (0-1) suffered the defeat, allowing six runs on 11 hits and three walks while striking out two.  



    Aggies Down UTSA

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – In a game that drifted well past midnight, the Texas A&M Aggies weathered a 3-hour, 12-minute rain delay and overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit to record an 11-4 win over the UTSA Roadrunners on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Tuesday evening.
     
    The Roadrunners took advantage of a pair of Aggie errors to post three runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, Horacio Correa III reached on a fielding error by A&M shortstop Mikey Reynolds. RJ Perucki singled through the left side of the infield to put a pair of runners on. Mike Warren reached on an infield single that would have loaded the bases, but an unwarranted throw to first base went errant allowing Correa to score and moving two runners into scoring position. With two outs, Tony Ramirez roped a single to right field to drive in a pair before being thrown out at second base as UTSA left the inning with a 3-0 advantage.
     
    The game was stopped in the middle of the fourth inning at 7:20 pm, 44 minutes into the contest.
     
    Immediately after sitting through the lengthy rain delay, the Aggies sent 12 batters to the plate to drop the anvil on the Roadrunners in a six-run fourth inning. UTSA starter Nolan Trabanino was cruising before the stoppage, but had to be relieved due to the lengthy rain delay. With Logan Onda in from the bullpen, the Aggies alternated singles and outs to load the bases, including base hits by Blake Allemand up the middle, Daniel Mengden back to the pitcher and Brandon Wood to the shortstop. With two outs and bases loaded, Jonathan Moroney deposited a single down the rightfield line to drive in two and cut the lead to 3-2. The Aggies tied the game when Logan Taylor reached on a throwing error by the UTSA third baseman to allow Wood to score.
     
    After Reynolds was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Krey Bratsen hit an infield single to the shortstop to knock in Moroney for the Aggies’ first lead. Wesley Cox spelled Onda on the mound for UTSA and the Maroon and White took advantage of the Roadrunners’ second error of the inning when the first baseman could not scoop up a throw on an Allemand grounder, allowing Taylor to touch home. The Aggies capped off the cavalcade of runs when Lankford was hit by a pitch with bases loaded to push Reynolds across for the 6-3 lead.
     
    Texas A&M (19-11) added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Troy Stein was issued a six-pitch walk to start the inning and moved to third on a single by Wood. With one out, Taylor hit a sacrifice fly to rightfield, plating Stein for the 7-3 advantage.
     
    UTSA (16-13) trimmed the lead to 7-4 in the top of the seventh when Daniel Rockett hit a 1-1 offering over the leftfield fence for a leadoff home run.
     
    The Aggies put the game out of reach with two runs each in both the seventh and eighth frames. The seventh was keyed by an RBI double by Taylor and RBI single by Reynolds. In the eight, runs were plated with a fielder’s choice groundout by Stein and an RBI single by Charlie Curl for the 11-4 margin.
     
    Wood and Allemand each had three hits for the Aggies. Wood went 3-for-3 with two walks, two runs and one stolen base. Allemand went 3-for-5 with two runs. Moroney and Taylor each had two RBI.
     
    Perucki, Ramirez and Good had three hits apiece for the Roadrunners.
     
    Neither starter figured in the decision. Pineda allowed three unearned runs on seven hits while striking out two over 4.0 innings for Texas A&M. Trabanino worked 3.0 scoreless innings, scattering two hits among the 11 batters he faced before the lengthy rain delay.
     
    Kyle Martin (3-4) earned the win in his first relief appearance of the year. Martin allowed three hits while striking out two over 2.0 shutout innings.
     
    Logan Onda (0-1) was saddled with the loss. He yielded six runs, two earned, on five hits and one strikeout over 0.2 innings of work.
     
    The Aggies continue their eight-game homestand with a three-game SEC series against the Auburn Tigers beginning on Friday. First pitch is slated for 6:35 pm.