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    SEC Baseball Report: April 14

    SUNday Baseball RESULTS
    Vanderbilt 16, Missouri 4
    Tennessee 5, Kentucky 0
    LSU 5, Arkansas 3 (10 Innings)
    Mississippi State at Texas A&M
    Ole Miss 4, Alabama 3 (11 Innings)


    Commodores roll to third straight sweep
     
    Nashville, Tenn. – No. 2 Vanderbilt finished off the team’s historic third straight Southeastern Conference series sweep with a 16-4 win over Missouri Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
     
    The Commodores’ (33-4, 14-1) third straight sweep in SEC play marks the first time in school history the Dores have swept three straight SEC series, and Vanderbilt did in impressive fashion on Sunday. The Commodores pounded out 18 hits to score 16 runs and run the team totals to 39 runs on 54 hits for the weekend. The team’s 39 runs are the most scored in a series since Vandy scored 39 runs in a series sweep against Tennessee in 2011.
     
    The VU offense was primed from the start scoring three runs in the first before tacking on another run in the second to take a 4-0 lead. The Dores blew it open in the fourth inning sending 11 men to the plate to score six runs on five hits. Tony Kemp led off the inning with his team-best fourth triple of the season and scored the first run of the inning on Connor Harrell’s fielder’s choice. Mike Yastrzemski and Vince Conde followed by driving in runs in front of Spencer Navin. The Commodores’ catcher hammered his first home run of the season into the bleachers in left-center field for a two-run shot to make it 9-0 VU. Tony Kemp capped the rally with his second hit of the inning, a RBI-single to right field. Vandy piled on six more runs over the team’s final three at-bats to finish the day with at least one run in six of the team’s eight at-bats.
     
    T.J. Pecoraro (1-0) earned the win in relief for Vanderbilt. The right-hander allowed one run on one hit over his three innings out of the bullpen. Pecoraro retired eight of the first nine batters he faced before a two-out walk in the seventh came around to score. Vandy starter Philip Pfeifer tossed four innings allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks. Missouri starter Keaton Steele (3-2) was roughed up for nine runs, eight earned, on eight hits and four walks in 3.2 innings to take the loss. All five Tigers (12-20, 4-11) pitchers allowed at least one run in the loss.
     
    With the win, the Commodores extend their winning streak to a season-best 14 games – the longest winning streak for the Dores since the 2007 team set the school record with 19 straight victories to open the season. Vanderbilt’s offense has been robust over the team’s last nine games with the squad registering at least 10 hits in eight of the last nine, including six straight. During the last nine games, Vandy is averaging 14 hits per game.

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    Godley's Gem Lifts Vols to Series Win Zack Godley fires second complete game shutout of the season

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Senior Zack Godley finished off Tennessee's series win over No. 13 Kentucky with an exclamation mark, firing his second complete-game shutout of the year as the Vols took the series finale from the Wildcats, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

    "Great effort by Zack Godley and great effort by our team," UT head coach Dave Serrano said. "I told them after the game that I could not be more proud of them. I promised them that whether we won or lost that game I was proud of them. We'll never [completely] figure it out, but we are starting to figure it out. I'm seeing a young team start to become a team, pull for all the right things and appreciate all the right things.

    "We are still going to make our mistakes, everybody does, but, boy, as a head coach and a coaching staff we are really proud of what we accomplished. This is a baby step in the direction that I want this place to go."

    Godley struck out eight, walked two, scattered six hits and stranded nine UK baserunners en route to improving to 3-4 on the year. The Bamberg, S.C., native retired the final eight Wildcats he faced, punching out three of them. His first shutout came at home against Missouri on March 22.

    "That's why we call him `The Bull,'" Serrano said. "He is a bull. He went 130 pitches and he might have been better in the seventh, eighth and ninth than he was in the first, second and third. What he figured out was to just stay within himself, not try to overthrow, just flip that curveball in there and throw strike one. It was a really simple plan once we got the lead and he stuck to the plan. I could not be more proud of him and the whole team."

    Helping out on the offensive side of things were Christin Stewart and Pierce Bily who each finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs. Ethan Bennett added a 2-for-4 effort, including one of four doubles the Vols pounded out off of Kentucky starter Corey Littrell (4-2) who yielded all five Tennessee runs in 7.1 innings of work.

    The series win is UT's second in SEC play this year and first on the road since sweeping a doubleheader at Alabama on April 16, 2011. With Sunday's triumph, the Vols improve to 16-18 overall and 5-10 in league play. The 13th-ranked Wildcats drop to 24-11 on the season and 7-8 in SEC games.

    After five scoreless innings to start the game, Tennessee was the first to crack the scoreboard, putting up a three-spot in the top of the sixth. Maddox took a pitch off the forearm to start the frame. While he would have to be removed from the game later on because of that pitch, he would stay in the game at the time and promptly moved to second on a balk.

    A.J. Simcox followed with a perfect bunt down the third-base line that would go for an infield single and put runners on the corners for Stewart who brought them both home just three pitches later with an opposite-field double to left-center.

    Tennessee added two important insurance runs in the top of the eighth to account for the game's final score. After a leadoff walk by Stewart, Bily crushed a 1-2 offering to left-center for an RBI double, scoring Stewart all the way from first. Bily then swiped third and Vincent Jackson drew a free pass to put runners on the corners with nobody out.

    Some heads-up baserunning allowed UT to load the bases as Taylor Smart laid down an attempt at a safety squeeze. It was right back to the pitcher who flipped to the plate, but Bily retreated to third and everyone was safe. Zach Luther followed with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Big Orange a five-run advantage.

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    REBELS SWEEP NO. 22 ALABAMA WITH EXTRA-INNING WIN

    OXFORD, Miss. –
    Tanner Mathis delivered the clutch hit expected from a senior on Sunday afternoon, coming up with a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning to deliver a 4-3 win as No. 18 Ole Miss (26-10, 7-8 SEC) picked up a series sweep of No. 22 Alabama (22-16, 8-7 SEC).

    Mathis’ hit gave the Rebels a sweep in conference play for the first time this season, the second sweep of a nationally-ranked team this season and second series win over a nationally-ranked team in SEC play this season.

    With the bases loaded and one out on the board, the senior outfielder delivered a line drive over the infield and into left field to bring home Lance Wilson from third and give the Rebels the win.

    Brett Huber (3-1) entered the game to start the 11th and kept the Crimson Tide off the board to allow Ole Miss the chance to get the win in the bottom half of the inning.

    Ray Castillo (2-1) took the loss in relief, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and a strikeout over the final 4.1 innings.

    “I’m proud of the guys,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “It obviously wasn’t our best game. We made some mistakes. We didn’t execute on a few things, but they played hard today. They were locked in from the first pitch and going full speed. A lot of times you challenge them on Sundays because it’s the third day. It gets a little stale. It’s the same team for the third day in a row. Our guys played so hard today.

    “I’m proud of all of the pitchers that came in,” Bianco said. “It seemed like everybody was able to get a big out for us and get out of an inning. You couldn’t be happier for a guy like Tanner Mathis. He deserves that. He’s had a tough year statistically to this point. He’s a grinder and a guy you want up in that situation. You know he’s not going to strike out, and he’s going to move the ball.”

    Ole Miss scored first on the afternoon with a pair of RBI singles from Austin Anderson and Andrew Mistone. Tanner Mathis and Auston Bousfield led things off with a walk and a single before the Anderson hit scored Mathis and put the Rebels on the board. A walk of Stuart Turner loaded the bases and set up the RBI single from Mistone to put Ole Miss on top 2-0 after the first inning.

    Rebel starter Sam Smith kept the Crimson Tide off the board through his 4.1 innings of work, before the Crimson Tide would finally scratch out a run in the sixth inning. Andrew Miller came home from third on a groundout to third from Kenny Roberts that cut the lead in half at 2-1.

    Alabama took the lead in the eighth inning on a pair of unearned runs to grab the first lead of the weekend for the Crimson Tide. A throwing error and a single on back-to-back hits to short put the first two men on base before a one-out walk loaded the bags for Alabama. A sac fly from Andrew Miller tied the game, then Chase Vincent delivered an RBI single up the middle to put Alabama on top before the Rebels would get out of the inning.

    Ole Miss answered in the bottom of the eighth, with another big hit from Mistone. The third baseman came to the plate with two on and two outs and singled through the left side to score Holt Perdzock from second and knot the score at three.

    The Rebels then picked up the win in the 11th when Mathis came up with the bases-loaded hit to score pinch runner Lance Wilson and complete the series sweep.

    Sikes Orvis started the final inning with a single through the right side and was replaced on the base path by Wilson. Cameron Dishon reached after laying down a bunt that hit the dirt in front of the plate and kicked high on the bounce before falling in safely between three converging Alabama fielders. Stuart Turner then drew a walk to load the bases and put the pressure on the visiting Tide.

    Alabama struck out the next Rebel hitter to get an out on the board, but the lineup flipped back to the top of the order. Mathis then came to the plate and connected on the first pitch to drive in the winning run.