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    SEC Baseball Tonight - Friday, 4/5

    friday baseball RESULTS
    South Carolina 5,  Tennessee 4
    Missouri 4,  Georgia 0
    Auburn 6,  Texas A&M 4
    Mississippi State 7,  Florida 3
    Vanderbilt 3,  Ole Miss 1
    Arkansas 6,  Alabama 0
    LSU 11,  Kentucky 1


    Zastryzny Dazzles in Complete Game Shutout Win at UGA

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Keaton Steele (St. Joseph, Mo.) hit his first career Division I homer in the top of the fourth inning and that was more than enough run support for Tiger lefty Rob Zastryzny (Corpus Christi, Texas) as Mizzou defeated Georgia, 4-0, on  Friday night (April 5) at Foley Field. The win moves Mizzou to 10-16 on the season and 3-7 in SEC play while Georgia drops to 11-20 and 1-9 in SEC play. The win marks the Tigers’ third shutout of the season and second in SEC play.

    The story of the night was the performance of Zastryzny, who threw a gem as he continues to put up impressive numbers in SEC play. The Tiger lefty struck out four and walked none over 9.0 shutout innings, marking his second career complete game shutout. It is also the first complete game shutout by a Tiger pitcher since Zastryzny did so on April 27 last season at Texas Tech. The complete game is his second of the year as well.

    In SEC play, Zastryzny has been nothing short of sensational, allowing just six earned runs in 30.1 innings of SEC play this season, good for a 1.79 ERA. Zastryzny allowed just seven base runners (all seven hits) in the game on Friday and needed just 100 pitches for the complete game shutout. Zastryzny is now 2-5 on the season.

    Another storyline for the Tigers is that they gave Zastryzny plenty of run support on the night. The four runs are the most that the Tigers have plated on a Friday night to back their lefty ace in SEC play and the most since a 6-2 win on March 8 against San Francisco. The win was just the Tigers’ second against a left-handed starter this season.

    After Zastryzny pitched around two infield hits in the bottom of the third, the Tigers carried that momentum into the top fourth. Jake Ivory (St. Charles, Mo.) tallied a single to right field and then Steele hit his first home run as a Division I player, launching a two-run shot on a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left field, a no-doubter off the bat. That put Mizzou on top, 2-0, and Zastryzny continued to dazzle from there.

    Kendall Keeton (Columbia, Tenn.) turned a great double play in the fifth inning as Zastryzny had allowed just four hits through the five innings with no walks and a strikeout as he did a great job keeping UGA off balance in the early stages of the game. The Tigers added some insurance for Zastryzny in the bottom of the eighth as they plated a pair of runs. Scott Sommerfeld (Manchester, Mo.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the third run and Georgia native Josh Lester (Columbus, Ga.) grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice to drive in the fourth run.
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    GAMECOCKS EARN 5-4 WIN AT TENNESSEE

    Knoxville, Tenn. – Max Schrock’s one-out RBI double in the top of the ninth inning scored LB Dantzler and helped lift 11th ranked South Carolina to a 5-4 win over Tennessee on Friday evening in the first game of a three-game SEC baseball series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.  The Gamecocks improve to 24-7 and 6-4 in the SEC with Tennessee now 13-15 and 3-7 in league play.

    With the score deadlocked at 4-4, the Gamecocks caught a break in the top of the ninth as a fielding error by third baseman Will Maddox allowed Dantzler to reach base to open the inning.  After a sacrifice bunt moved Dantzler into scoring position, Schrock put Carolina ahead by a run as he launched a 1-0 pitch from UT reliever Zack Godley over the head of center fielder Pierce Bily for a double giving Carolina a one-run cushion.  Tennessee looked to mount one more rally in the ninth as Jeff Moberg led off with a walk against Tyler Webb. That would be it for the Volunteers though as Webb retired the next three batters in order.  Maddox fouled off a bunt attempt on a nice diving play by third baseman Chase Vergason, followed by strikeouts of A.J. Simcox and Scott Price.

    “It was a good feeling,” said Schrock.  “It was a fastball up in the zone and I was trying not to do too much with it.  I stuck the barrel out there and hit it good.”

    Webb earned the win in relief in 1.2 innings of work with just one run allowed, unearned on one hit with a walk and four strikeouts.  He is 1-1 on the year.  Godley suffered the loss and is 2-3 for the season.  He allowed one run, unearned, on one hit in an inning of work.

    The Gamecocks broke ahead first in the game in the second inning with an unearned off of Tennessee starter Aaron Quillen.  With one out, Schrock reached base after catcher’s interference as his bat hit the mitt of Tennessee catcher David Houser.  Carolina would load the bases then as walks to Brison Celek and Grayson Greiner set the stage for Tanner English, who drove in Schrock with a sacrifice fly to center.

    Tennessee would manufacture a pair of runs to go ahead 2-1 on the Gamecocks in the third inning.  Maddox was hit by a pitch to open the frame.  After a sacrifice bunt moved him into scoring position, Price would knock a RBI single into left field.  Christin Stewart followed with a single to right field that put runners on the corners and Price scored on the safety squeeze by Pierce Bily.

    South Carolina answered with a run in the top of the fourth to tie it at 2-2.  Greiner led off with a walk and after a sacrifice by English would score on Graham Saiko’s double to the gap in right center.
    The Gamecocks regained the lead in the eighth inning with a pair of runs.  Schrock walked to lead off followed by a single by Brison Celek and a single by Greiner to load the bases.  A wild pitch would allow Schrock to score and Chase Vergason was hit by a pitch to put Carolina ahead.  The Volunteers responded in the bottom half to tie it at 4-4.  With one out Bily drew a walk.  With Webb on in relief of Adam Westmoreland, the Volunteers tied it as Vincent Jackson doubled off the wall in right field.  On the play, Carolina attempted to get Bily out at home plate but a throw from shortstop Joey Pankake sailed past the Gamecock catcher Grayson Greiner.  On the play, Jackson advanced to third on the throw and scored then as the ball bounced off the wall and into the Tennessee dugout.

    “Our guys responded the right way and still had energy in the dugout (after the eighth inning),” said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook.  “Max got a big hit for us and Tyler Webb was special once again.”

    South Carolina had seven hits with Tennessee with five for the contest.  Greiner went 2-for-3 and also walked twice.  Schrock went 1-for-2 with two runs and two walks as well.  Scott Price went 2-for-5 to lead Tennessee at the plate.
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    MSU BASEBALL WINS SEC SERIES OPENER AGAINST FLORIDA

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State opened its Southeastern Conference weekend baseball series with Florida on a positive note Friday night.

    Behind a strong pitching start from Luis Pollorena and dominant closing by Jonathan Holder, the 17th-ranked Bulldogs took a 7-3 victory at Dudy Noble Field.

    With the win, MSU improved to 25-8 overall and 4-6 in league play, while Florida fell to 14-17 and 4-6. The Bulldogs captured a Friday night win for the second time this season and will attempt to clinch its first series victory in conference play when the teams meet again at 3 p.m. Saturday.

    Pollorena (5-1) drew his second straight series-opening start and garnered the win. In six innings of work, Pollorena allowed six hits and two runs (both earned), with four strikeouts and a walk. Ross Mitchell threw the seventh inning and was lifted after back-to-back hits in the eighth inning.

    Holder completed the contest for his ninth save. While facing the minimum six batters, Holder retired each of them, including four by strikeouts.

    “We really have needed to get Jonathan into games, we weren’t going to let this opportunity slip away,” MSU head coach John Cohen said.”He was dominant as always. Luis struggled in the first inning but regained his composure and gave us a great start.”

    Pollorena was touched for a hit and allowed to walks as the Bulldogs’ first-inning struggles continued.

    MSU quickly gained the momentum and the lead for good with four runs in the third inning.

    Hunter Renfroe reached on a one-out error to start the big inning. Brett Pirtle then lined a game-tying double down the left field line. Wes Rea followed with a hit. C.T. Bradford and Mitch Slauter drew back-to-back walks. A passed ball scored the go-ahead run, while Sam Frost lined a sacrifice-fly to tack on another score. UF’s second error of the game extended the inning and pushed the lead to 4-1.

    The Bulldogs ran the lead to 5-1 on a Rea RBI-single in fourth inning and later grabbed a 6-2 lead after Renfroe’s 10th home run of the year in the sixth inning.

    “We had some really nice situational at-bats,” Cohen said. “We got some bunts down. We had some sacrifice flies. We did a lot of things well and had some really great at-bats.”

    The Bulldogs finished with 10 hits, including multi-hit games by Renfroe, Pirtle, Rea and Mitch Slauter. Returning from illness, it was Slauter’s first appearance in the lineup since March 23.

    Florida finished with eight hits. Taylor Gushue led the way with three doubles.

    Jonathon Crawford (1-5) worked five innings and took the loss. Crawford allowed six hits and five runs (two earned), with four strikeouts and five walks.
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    Arkansas clinches series over Alabama with 6-0 shutout win

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –  Ryne Stanek and Michael Gunn combined on a four-hit shutout as No. 12 Arkansas clinched its weekend series against Alabama with a 6-0 victory on Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

    The Razorbacks improve to 23-8 overall and 8-3 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Crimson Tide drop to 19-13 and 7-4 in league play.

    The victory clinches the weekend series for Arkansas. It’s just the Razorbacks’ third series win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Arkansas also won series against the Crimson Tide at Sewell-Thomas Stadium in 1995 and 2005.

    The shutout was the sixth of the season for the Razorbacks. It was also just Arkansas’ second shutout of the Crimson Tide in series history and the first against Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

    Stanek (3-2) was magnificent on the mound, tossing eight strong innings and allowing four hits and striking out five. The junior right hander did not allow an Alabama runner to reach second base in his eight innings of work. Gunn came in and finished off the game, striking out a batter in a perfect ninth inning.

    Alabama starter Jon Keller (3-4) took the loss after allowing four runs, just two earned, on seven hits and striking out seven in six innings of work.

    The Razorback offense recorded 13 hits in the win, the second-straight double-digit hit total in the series and Arkansas’ seventh 10-plus hit effort in 11 conference games. Dominic Ficociello had a team-high three hits and scored a run. Brian Anderson, Eric Fisher, Joe Serrano, Matt Vinson and Jake Wise each had a pair of hits. Anderson drove in a pair of runs and scored twice. Jacob Morris also had two RBI in the win.

    Kyle Overstreet had a pair of hits to lead the Crimson Tide at the plate. Austen Smith and Mikey White each had a hit for Alabama.

    Along with the strong offense and pitching, the Razorbacks also played one of their best defensive games of the season. Arkansas turned three double plays in the win. Anderson and Jacob Mahan also turned in a pair of outstanding defensive plays in the sixth. Andrew Miller hit a sharp ground ball to the left of Mahan, who made a diving stop and then got up and threw Miller out by half a step at first. Two batters later, Kenny Roberts hit a grounder deep in the hole between second and third. Anderson fielded going away from second base and threw across his body to first to retire Roberts and end the inning.

    The Razorbacks struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Anderson reached on an error by Roberts to start the inning. Ficociello then singled up the middle to put runners on first and second. A base hit to center by Vinson loaded the bases. Wise then drove in the first run of the game with an infield single, scoring Anderson from third base. With one out, Morris then lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Ficociello from third with the second run of the inning.

    Arkansas doubled the lead with two  more runs in the top of the third. Serrano started the inning with a double down the right field line. After a ground out by Tyler Spoon, Anderson laced a double down the left field line, scoring Serrano from second base. Anderson moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a two-out single to center by Vinson to make the score 4-0.

    The Razorbacks stretched the lead to 5-0 with a run in the seventh. Serrano had a one-out single to right-center field and then moved to second on a wild pitch. With two out, Anderson drove in a run with a single to center, scoring Serrano from second base.

    Arkansas closed the scoring with a run in the top of the eighth. With runners on second and third and one out, Morris hit his second sacrifice fly of the game, scoring Wise from third base with the Razorbacks’ sixth run of the game.

    Alabama struggled to get anything going offensively against Stanek and Gunn. The Crimson Tide had one hit in the second, third, fifth and eighth innings, but were unable to advance a runner to scoring position in the game.
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    Cooper’s Blast Lifts Auburn To 6-4, 10-Inning Win At No. 18 Texas A&M
                                        
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Garrett Cooper’s second three-run home run in a week propelled the Auburn baseball team to a 6-4, 10-inning come-from-behind win over No. 18 Texas A&M on Friday night at Blue Bell Park. With the win Auburn improved to 18-12, 2-8 SEC while Texas A&M fell to 19-12, 5-5 SEC.

    “They hung tough,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. “We were down 2-0 and I just liked the resiliency of the way we were tonight. They never batted an eye. It wasn’t coming easy and finally we came up with some big hits. It’s great to see Cooper hit that home run but you look back on it and he beat out a ground ball double-play by hustling down the line. Sometimes it’s more about the little things than the big things.”

    Cooper, who hit a three-run shot in Auburn’s 6-3 win over Alabama last Friday, took the second offering he saw from Texas A&M reliever Zach Brashear out over the wall in left for his third home run of the season to complete Auburn’s 13th comeback win of 2013. Ryan Tella had started the inning with a single off of Texas A&M reliever Andrew Vinson and then stole second before Cullen Wacker drew a one-out walk, forcing Texas A&M to call on Brashear, who hadn’t allowed an earned run all season.

    “Gabe (Gross) told me before the at-bat to look inside because his ball tailed in,” Cooper said. “I sat inside and luckily got the head on it for a line-drive home run. It’s a great feeling to have back-to-back weekends with those home runs.”

    Terrance Dedrick (2-2) earned the win out of the Auburn bullpen, allowing a run, it came in the 10th with Auburn ahead three, on two hits and two walks while striking out three in 3 2/3 innings.

    “Blake (Austin) did a great job behind the plate calling the game,” Dedrick said. “It felt pretty good out there. My off-speed was working and I felt like I was locating my fastball well at times.”

    Vinson (0-1) took the loss, being charged for two runs on a hit and a walk while only recording one out in the 10th before giving way to Brashear.

    Texas A&M took a 2-0 lead in the first as Mikey Reynolds and Blake Allemand both singled and scored, putting Auburn behind for the 14th consecutive game.

    After scuffling through six innings in which it only got four hits, Auburn was able to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh when Dan Glevenyak’s two-out double went past the outstretched arm of Texas A&M centerfielder Krey Bratsen, allowing both Jackson Burgreen and Blake Austin to score. Burgreen had singled with two down in the inning and then Austin reached on a throwing error on Texas A&M shortstop Mikey Reynolds to put runners on the corners.

    Texas A&M reclaimed the lead, 3-2, in the seventh when Glevenyak’s throw to get Bratsen at first with two down sailed past Cooper at first and out of play, allowing pinch runner J.B. Moss to score from second with the go-ahead run.

    Auburn tied it at 3-3 in the eighth when Tella singled and scored on a Cooper fielder’s choice.

    Tella finished the game with a season-high-tying three hits while Cooper’s four RBI were a career high.

    Neither starter factored into the decision despite both pitching well. Conner Kendrick settled in to throw 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) while Texas A&M starter Daniel Mengden went seven innings, getting charged for two unearned runs.
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    Dores edge Rebels in pitchers’ duel
     
    Oxford, Miss. – No. 2 Vanderbilt scored a pair of runs late to edge No. 17 Ole Miss 3-1 Friday night at Swayze Field in a pitchers’ duel.
     
    The Commodores (27-4, 9-1) and Rebels (23-7, 4-6) battled to a 1-1 tie through seven innings as both team’s starting pitchers turned in outstanding outings. But the visitors were not content with just one run. Mike Yastrzemski reached first base to lead off the eighth inning when a pitch hit him and after freshman Rhett Wiseman walked, the duo stole second and third base respectively. Through the first seven innings the Dores had left nine runners on base, including six in scoring position but Spencer Navin cashed in on this opportunity with a sacrifice fly to right field to put Vanderbilt in front for the first time.
     
    Vandy stretched the lead in the eighth when Tony Kemp doubled to lead off the inning and came around to score on Connor Harrell’s clutch 3-2, two-out single through the left side making it 3-1.Ole Miss attempted a ninth inning rally with consecutive singles to open the frame but Vanderbilt closer Brian Miller shut the rally down getting the next three Rebels in order to end the game.
     
    Kevin Ziomek (6-1) and Ole Miss starter Bobby Wahl each turned in quality outings in an anticipated pitchers’ duel. Ziomek earned the win with 7.1 innings allowing one run on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts. The lefty retired the first six batters of the game before allowing a leadoff single in the third. That leadoff single came around to score but was the only run the Rebels scored all night. Ziomek shut down the Ole Miss offense the rest of the way allowing only one hit the rest of the night. Miller notched his ninth save of the season with 1.2 scoreless innings. Miller’s ninth save ties him with Clinton Johnston for the third-most saves in a single season by a Commodore.
     
    Wahl received a no decision after giving up one unearned run on five hits and six walks to go along with eight strikeouts. Tanner Bailey (1-1) took the loss for the Rebels giving up two runs in two innings out of the bullpen.
     
    Kemp and Jack Lupo paced the VU offense with two hits apiece. Kemp hit the first pitch of the game off the left field wall for a double and added another double in the ninth. Vanderbilt’s first run of the game came on Xavier Turner’s second steal of home of the season. Turner swiped home when Ole Miss catcher Stuart Turner threw down to nab Conrad Gregor stealing second but Gregor stopped half way between first and second and made it back to first base safely to give Turner the steal. Austin Anderson drove in the Rebels’ lone run with a single in the third.
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    LSU Matches Best Start In School History

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- No.2 LSU (28-2, 9-1 SEC) matched the greatest start in school history with an 11-1 victory over No. 7 Kentucky (22-7, 6-4 SEC) Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

    LSU’s 28-2 start matches the 1986 Tigers’ 28-2 record through their first 30 games. Game 2 of the series between the Tigers and Wildcats is set for 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday.

    “It’s a very significant accomplishment to match the best start in LSU history, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “The final score is a little misleading, because this was a very competitive ball game for most of the night. Kentucky has an excellent ball club, and I’ll allow our players to celebrate this one for about an hour before we turn the page and focus on the next game.”

    The Tigers’ offensive surge began in the third inning after a sacrifice fly from shortstop Alex Bregman scored catcher Ty Ross (2-for-3) from third base.  

    Kentucky answered in the fifth inning with their only run of the night on an RBI single from center fielder Austin Cousino, tying the game at 1-1.

    LSU exploded for four runs in the fifth with an RBI single from Christian Ibarra and a two-RBI single from second baseman JaCoby Jones (3-for-5), putting the Tigers ahead for good.

    Outfielder Raph Rhymes and first baseman Mason Katz added insurance runs in the sixth with RBI hits of their own, increasing the Tigers’ lead to 8-1.

    Bregman extended his hitting streak to 18 games with an RBI triple in the seventh inning. He leads all SEC hitters with 56 hits on the season.        

    LSU starting pitcher Aaron Nola (5-0) was spectacular on the mound again, allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven.

    “Aaron was really the key to the game,” Mainieri said. “ He had a no-hitter through the first four innings and just gave us a tremendous effort.”

    Kentucky starter A.J. Reed (2-4) suffered the loss allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks and three strikeouts.
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