Tuesday's contest ends a five-game road trip in which UT went 4-1. Tennessee will return to Rocky Top this weekend to square off with No. 17 Ole Miss, April 19-21. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is set for 6 p.m. With the Orange & White Spring Football game set for a 2 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, the Vols and Rebels will play right after at 4 p.m. The series will conclude with a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday which will be televised on ESPNU.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Three Nebraska pitchers combined to no-hit Arkansas as the Cornhuskers defeated the 12th-ranked Razorbacks, 3-0, in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Haymarket Park.
The Razorbacks drop to 25-13 with the loss, while Nebraska improves to 15-19 with the win.
Kyle Kubat, Tyler Niederklein and Dylan Vogt combined to throw Nebraska’s first combined no hitter since March 6, 1993, when the Cornhuskers no hit Peru State.
Kubat threw the first five innings, striking out three and walking one. Niederklein struck out one and walked one in 2.1 innings, while Vogt struck out one and walked one in 1.2 innings.
Arkansas starter Trey Killian (3-3) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in two innings. Michael Gunn and Landon Simpson combined to throw six scoreless innings in relief. Gunn struck out four in four innings, while Simpson also fanned four in two innings.
Isaac Hellbusch reached base all three times he came to the plate for the Razorbacks. Hellbusch drew two walks and was hit by a pitch. Matt Vinson also reached base on a walk.
Chad Christensen had two hits and two RBI to lead Nebraska at the plate. Michael Pritchard also had two hits for the Cornhuskers.
Nebraska struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. With a runner on first and two out, Christensen doubled to the right-center field alley, scoring Pat Kelly with the game’s first run.
The Cornhuskers added two runs in the bottom of the third. Nebraska loaded the bases with nobody out and Christensen drove in his second run of the day with an infield single to make it 2-0. A fielder’s choice ground out by Austin Darby brought home Nebraska’s third run of the day.
That was the last run that either team would score as the pitching staffs for both teams took over and Nebraska would record the 3-0 victory.
Game two of the twinbill between the Razorbacks and Cornhuskers is set for 6:35 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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Game Two Recap
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and held off a ninth inning Arkansas rally to defeat the 12th-ranked Razorbacks, 4-2, on Tuesday night at Haymarket Park.
The Razorbacks are now 25-14 on the season, while the Cornhuskers improve to 16-19 on the year.
With the game tied at one entering the bottom of the eighth, Nebraska put together a three-run inning to take a 4-1 lead. Blake Headley led off the inning with a pinch hit solo homer over the right field wall to put the Cornhuskers in front 2-1. Nebraska would go on to add two more runs in the inning, one on a RBI fielder’s choice and the other run on a double play.
Arkansas was able to make things interesting in the bottom of the ninth, scoring a run and putting the tying runs on base. Eric Fisher started the inning with a double and then moved to third on a two-out infield single by Jacob Mahan. Another infield single by Joe Serrano scored Fisher and moved Fisher to second. The Razorbacks were unable to get any closer as Tyler Spoon flied out to center to end the ball game.
Mahan homered, his second of the season, and had a pair of hits with a RBI and a run scored to lead Arkansas at the plate. Serrano also had two hits and a RBI, while Eric Fisher, Brett McAfee and Jacob Morris each had one hit.
Pat Kelly had two hits to lead the Cornhuskers offensively. Headley homered in his only at bat of the game, while Kash Kalkowski had a hit and a RBI.
Nebraska reliever Luke Bublitz (2-0) earned the win after throwing a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
Chris Oliver (2-2) took the loss for the Razorbacks after giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits.
The starting pitchers for each team threw well, but received no a decision. Arkansas starter Tyler Wright allowed an unearned run and struck out two in four innings. Nebraska starter Brandon Pierce gave up a run on three hits in five innings.
Nebraska got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out RBI by Kalkowski to right to score Michael Pritchard, who reached on a two-base fielding error earlier in the inning.
Arkansas evened the game at one on in the top of the fifth on the homer from Mahan, a solo blast with one out over the right field fence.
The game would stay tied at one until the bottom of the eighth when Nebraska put together a three-run rally to take the lead for good.
Arkansas returns home this weekend to host Texas A&M in a three-game SEC series at Baum Stadium. Game times for the series are scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Friday, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All three games of the series will be televised with Friday’s game on CST, Saturday’s game on ESPNU and Sunday’s game on ESPN2.
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Auburn Picks Up Win in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Auburn baseball team came from behind for the 16th time this season, defeating Samford, 6-2, on Tuesday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field. With the win Auburn improved to 23-14 while Samford fell to 19-19.
“We certainly don’t script it that way,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said of the comeback. “(Samford) hit two solo home runs but we kept a lot of their guys off base. They are a team that can score a lot of runs in a hurry with home runs but I thought we did a very good job pitching-wise with all the guys we ran out there.”
Auburn fell behind in the third- and fifth- innings but used a two-run seventh and a three-run ninth to pick up its first win at Samford since 2010.
Justin Camp threw three near-perfect innings out of the bullpen to earn his second save of the season, striking out three while walking two, both coming in the eighth.
“I can’t say enough about the job Justin Camp did. What an outstanding performance. He was in total command,” Pawlowski said.
“It felt good to get out there tonight and have a lot of success because that is a solid hitting team,” Camp said. “My slider was really good tonight and I was able to set it up with fastballs.”
Trailing 2-1 going to the seventh, Damek Tomscha hit a game-tying home run to start the inning. Hunter Kelley followed with a walk, stole second and went to third on a Mitchell Self single. Ryan Tella then drove in Kelley with the go-ahead run with a single to take the 3-2 lead.
Auburn put the game away in the ninth as each of the first five hitters reached base. Tella struck out to start the inning but reached first on a throwing error on the Samford catcher. Jordan Ebert followed with a single and both scored on a Cullen Wacker double, his second of the game. Two batters later Blake Austin drove in Wacker with his career-high-tying fourth hit of the game.
Dillon Ortman (2-1) threw two innings to pick up the win, allowing a run on one hit while Samford starter Eric Wright (3-2) allowed three runs on eight hits in six-plus innings to take the loss.
Samford took a 1-0 lead in the third on Brandon Haarer’s leadoff home run off of Chase Williamson.
Auburn tied it at 1-1 in the fifth on a Tella RBI groundout. Kelley had led off the inning with a double down the line and went to third on a Mitchell Self sacrifice bunt before scoring on Tella’s grounder to first.
Christiaan Durdaller’s eighth home run of the season, a solo shot just left of the batter’s eye in center, gave Samford a 2-1 lead in the fifth.
Auburn remains on the road, heading to No. 10 Mississippi State for a Southeastern Conference Thursday, Friday and Saturday series. Thursday’s game begins at 6:30pm and will air live on ESPNU while Friday’s game will air live on CSS. All three games will be available on the Auburn Network’s baseball affiliates.
Alabama Holds Off UAB for 7-4 Win
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama bats erupted for 11 hits and seven runs and Mike Oczypok surrendered one run in six strong innings as the Crimson Tide defeated the UAB Blazers, 7-4, on Tuesday night from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Alabama’s win boosts their record to 23-16 overall, and the Blazers drop to 16-21. Alabama is now 5-3 against in-state opponents and 9-3 in midweek games this season.
“Two things: one is we wanted to give Brett Booth a night off from behind the plate and so we moved him to first,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Secondly we actually have been discussing putting Kenny Roberts in the leadoff hole and having Georgie [Salem] in the two-hole – a couple of things with that – one [is] if Kenny can get on it frees up the four hole and secondly I think Georgie is used to hitting more in the middle of the lineup and he has done a good job. I really think Kenny is maybe more suited for that leadoff hole right now. We wanted to look at it – I liked what I saw tonight. We were able to get off the deck early and get started and it was good to get those two guys on and Ben gets the big hit. I thought offensively – especially in the front part of the game – I thought we had good flow within the ballgame.”
As the Tide’s leadoff hitter against UAB, Kenny Roberts finished the night 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and was hit by a pitch. Ben Moore, who was catching for the first time in almost a year, picked up his 14th multi-hit game of the season with a triple, a double and three RBI.
Andrew Miller posted his fourth multi-hit game with two singles, a run scored and an RBI, Georgie Salem was 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored and Daniel Cucjen made his second start of the season and reached base a career-high three times on a single and two walks. Cucjen also scored a run and recorded his first career stolen base.
Freshman walk-on righty Mike Oczypok (3-0) had a quality start in his second start of the season. Oczypok dealt six solid innings and allowed only one run on five hits, with two walks and a pair of strikeouts to earn the win. Junior righty Tucker Hawley struck out one in one perfect inning pitched, and sophomore right-hander Jay Shaw allowed only one hit and two walks with a strikeout in the final 1.2 innings to earn the first save of his career.
Alex Luna (0-3) was charged with the loss in his starting effort for the Blazers. Luna lasted 2.2 innings and gave up four runs on five hits and a walk, but struck out five. UAB third baseman John Frost put up a nice night in a losing effort, going 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, a double, and two runs scored.
The Tide got on the board first with instant offense from their first three hitters. Roberts was hit by a pitch and then stole second to lead off the game. Salem followed up with a walk and the two runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch over Moore’s head. Moore responded by stroking a double off the left field wall to open up a 2-0 lead.
Roberts and Salem each got on base again to lead off the third inning, this time on a double and single, respectively. With runners were on the corners, Roberts scored on a wild pitch. Brett Booth followed with a double down the left filed line to stretch the lead to 4-0.
Alabama had leadoff success again in the fourth inning, as Mikey White led off with a double and reached third on a fielding error by the left fielder. Miller hit the second pitch he saw straight up the middle to score White from third. After Cucjen drew a walk, Roberts laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Miller and Cucjen up to second and third, respectively. A Salem groundout to second and Moore’s fourth triple of the season each drove in a run to give the Tide a 7-0 advantage.
Oczypok ran into trouble to begin the sixth inning. Frost dropped a double into left field and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Although Ivan De Jesus scored Frost from third on a groundout, Oczypok retired two of the next three batters to keep the score at 7-1. Oczypok’s day was done after six innings and was replaced by Hawley, who pitched a scoreless seventh.
Senior righty Trey Pilkington was caught in a jam in his appearance in the eighth. Pilkington walked Chase Davis to begin the inning, and Frost continued his strong day as he powered the ball over the left field wall for a Blazer two-run home run. After allowing a walk and a single to consecutive UAB batters, Shaw came in and only allowed an RBI double to keep the score at 7-4. Shaw stayed in for the ninth inning, and although he allowed runners on the corners, he prevented any runs from scoring to close the game out for Alabama.
The Alabama Crimson Tide returns to action to host a key weekend series against the No. 2 LSU Tigers at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
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Ole Miss Drops Decision to Southern Miss
PEARL, Miss. – A pitcher’s duel for most of the night between a pair of in-state rivals essentially came down to an error and a timely hit as No. 17 Ole Miss (26-12) fell to Southern Miss (19-17) by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday night at Trustmark Park.
The Golden Eagles used an extended inning off a fielding error in the third to score the first run of the night – an unearned one – before coming up with a two-out RBI in the ninth to push past the Rebels.
Aaron Greenwood (3-1) took the loss in relief, putting the game-winning run on base in the ninth on a hit batter to start things off despite an otherwise strong outing. The right-hander worked 1.2 innings in relief, allowing only two hits with a walk and the run.
Jay Myrick (3-0) picked up the win, working 3.1 innings in relief and holding the Rebels to one hit with five strikeouts in his time on the mound. Bradley Roney then grabbed his fifth save of the season, pitching the ninth to keep the Rebels from rallying.
Auston Bousfield continued to swing the bat well, building on his 4-for-4 night on Monday at Memphis with a 2-for-4 night and a run scored in the game against the Golden Eagles.
“You have to be able to score and we have to get better at bats,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We have to continue to pitch well and we have to play better defense than we did tonight to take some pressure off our pitchers. We’re good enough to play good defense and to hold teams down offensively if we’ll do those things until we bust out of this and get something going offensively.”
Southern Miss got on the board in the third inning, taking advantage of free bases and Rebel miscues defensively to bring home an unearned run.
A leadoff walk started the inning for the Golden Eagles before a fielding error at second on the front end of a double play attempt on a groundball to third put men at the corners with no outs. Michael Robbins then hit a grounder to third and the Rebels went home with the throw to get the lead runner, but the other Travis Creel and Robbins moved into scoring position on the rundown between third and home.
A ground ball to second brought Creel home before the Rebels would get out of the inning with a strikeout to keep the lead at 1-0 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
Ole Miss responded in the fourth, tying the game on an RBI single to left from Preston Overbey that brought Auston Bousfield home from second. Bousfield reached on a double to the wall in the left-center gap two batters earlier to set up the tying hit from Overbey that knotted the game at one.
Southern Miss moved back in the lead in the ninth when pinch hitter Andrew Furr snuck a ground ball through the right side to bring Roney home from second. The two-out ground ball took a hop over the glove of a diving Overbey at the last second on what looked originally like it would have been the final out of the inning. Instead, the bounce gave the Golden Eagles the 2-1 lead.
Ole Miss was unable to answer in the bottom of the inning as Roney moved from third base to the mound and closed out the game for Southern Miss.
The Rebels will continue to play on the road this weekend with a three-game series at Tennessee. Game one of the series is set for a 5 p.m. CT start on Friday night, with game two at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday. The series finale will begin at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday and will be televised by ESPNU.
Gators Win Sixth Straight With Triumph at FGCU
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) snapped a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the sixth inning and Florida (20-18) added three more runs in the seventh inning to post a 5-3 victory over FGCU (20-13) on Tuesday night in front of 4,525 spectators at Hammond Stadium, the home of the Fort Myers Miracle and the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins.
Sophomore left-hander Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) (1-0) permitted one run and four hits over a career-high 5.1 innings to lift the Gators to their sixth-consecutive victory, while sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (2-for-4) delivered a two-run double in the seventh, senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) (2-for-4) chipped in with a two-out RBI single in the seventh and sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) went 2-for-5. Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) had three strikeouts over the final 1.2 innings to secure his ninth save in 10 opportunities this season. The Gators overcame five errors, leading to two unearned runs, in downing the Eagles in the teams’ fourth meeting of the campaign.
Sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) opened the game with a single into shallow center field off of senior Danny Patrick but was thrown out trying to steal second base. Gushue drew a two-out walk and advanced to third on Shafer’s team-leading 14th double. Patrick kept the Gators scoreless by having redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) fly out to center field.
In the home part of the inning, freshman Nick Rivera opened the scoring for FGCU with a two-out RBI single into left field. Freshman Tyler Selesky (2-for-4) had led off with a single into center field and was sacrificed over by senior Mike Reeves. Poyner had junior Sean Dwyer fly out to left for the second out but then had a wild pitch that pushed Selesky to third base. Junior Brandon Bednar was hit by a pitch to give the Eagles runners on the corners and Rivera broke the ice with a base-knock into left. However, the Gators threw out Bednar trying to take third on the play to complete the inning.
Florida loaded the bases with one down in the fourth and tied the contest on an RBI single by freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.). Shafer started the frame with a base-hit into left field and Powers followed with a single into center field for Gators on the corners with none out, prompting a pitching change. Senior RJ Brown replaced Patrick (3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R) and had Ramjit pop up in foul territory behind first base. Bader delivered a single into left field to bring across Shafer with the tying run but Brown worked out of the jam by having senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) hit into an inning-ending 3-2 double play.
Tobias gave the Gators a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning. Powers worked a four-pitch walk with one down and Ramjit sliced a single through the right side of the infield. Tobias launched a long single into left center to score Powers and give the visitors runners on first and third with one down. FGCU turned an inning-ending 5-2-6-5 double play to hold its deficit at one run.
Dwyer reached on a one-out fielding error by Ramjit in the bottom of the stanza, prompting a pitching change, as sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) came in for Poyner. Over a career-high 5.1 innings, Poyner yielded four hits, tied his career-best of four strikeouts and allowed one run. A fielder’s choice by Bednar forced Dwyer for the second out and Bednar moved into scoring position with his fifth stolen base. Harris induced a grounder by Rivera to preserve UF’s lead.
The Gators tacked on three more runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run double by Gushue and two-out RBI single by Ramjit, to expand the count to 5-1. Dent and Turgeon earned consecutive walks to begin the inning and junior Harrison Cooney was summoned to replace Brown (3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 4 BB). The right-hander struck out freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) and Gushue cleared the bases with his ninth two-bagger of the season down the right-field line. Shafer reached on an error and a fielder’s choice by Powers erased Shafer at second and moved Gushue to third with two out. Ramjit increased the Gators’ margin to four runs when he poked a 2-2 offering through the left side of the infield.
Redshirt senior Brooks Beisner was plunked to begin FGCU’s seventh and Harris caught sophomore Michael Suchy looking on strikes. Harris mishandled freshman Colton Bottomley’s grounder for an error and then had an errant throw that allowed Beisner to reach third base. A sacrifice fly by junior Andrew Valencia narrowed the gap to 5-2 and junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) replaced Harris (1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER). The southpaw yielded a single into left center by Selesky and jammed Reeves on an infield fly to complete the frame.
After Gibson (0.1 IP, 1 H) fanned Dwyer to start the Eagles’ eighth, Magliozzi took the mound. The right-hander struck out Bednar for the second out and issued a walk to Rivera. Beisner’s fly ball to right field was dropped, allowing Rivera to reach third base, and Suchy’s fly ball to center field was misplayed, enabling FGCU to pull within, 5-3. Magliozzi had a fielder’s choice end the stanza.
With the Eagles down to their final three outs, Magliozzi worked a perfect ninth and notched a pair of strikeouts to send the Gators home winners. Florida had an 11-5 advantage in hits.
The Gators return to SEC play on Friday night with their first-ever trip to Missouri (12-20/4-11 SEC). The game will begin at 7 p.m. ET and can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network with Jeff Cardozo and Steve Russell. Live audio and stats will be available on GatorZone.com and fans can also follow updates of each game on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball program.
Gamecocks Take Care of Charleston Southern
Columbia, S.C. – No. 14 South Carolina pounded out 14 hits including home runs from Connor Bright, Joey Pankake and Graham Saiko as the Gamecocks defeated College of Charleston 10-6 on Tuesday night in non-conference action at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 28-10 on the season while the loss drops the Cougars to 20-16.
Freshman left-hander Vince Fiori earned his first win of the season after pitching 2.1 innings of relief. He allowed one run, unearned, on two hits and struck out two batters. Patrick Sullivan and Adam Westmoreland each pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief with Sullivan allowing only one hit and striking out a batter while Westmoreland allowed no hits, with one walk and two strikeouts. College of Charleston starter Player Loving suffered the loss and falls to 1-2 on the year. Loving pitched one-plus inning, allowed five runs on five hits and walked one.
The Gamecocks took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With one out, Chase Vergason was hit by a pitch for a team-leading 10th time this season. Joey Pankake then hit a ball hard up the middle to put runners on the corners for LB Dantzler who drove in Vergason with a single to left-center.
Carolina scored four runs in the bottom of the second to go ahead 5-0. Grayson Greiner drew a four-pitch walk to open the frame setting it up for Bright, who hit his fourth homer of the season, crushing a ball over the left field wall. Back-to-back singles by Tanner English and Graham Saiko followed by a walk to Vergason loaded the bases and a pair of sacrifice flies off the bats of Pankake and Dantzler would bring home English and Saiko respectively.
The Cougars responded with a four-run inning of their own to cut the Gamecocks’ lead to 5-4. Devon Reed was hit by a pitch to start the top of the third, Carl Wise singled to put runners on the corners for Gunnar Heidt, who then drilled a ball past Pankake to bring home Reed and put the Cougars on the board. Brandon Murray sent a 2-1 pitch to deep left center field scoring Wise and a sacrifice fly off bat of Ben Boykin would bring in Heidt. With Murray in scoring position, pinch hitter Cody Martin knocked a double to the gap in right center field, driving in Murray and leaving South Carolina with a one-run lead.
The Gamecocks tallied two more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-4 lead over the Cougars. After Max Schrock drew a leadoff walk, Bright hammered a double to left-center, bringing home Schrock and tying a career-high with three RBI’s in a game. Bright would come home when Saiko sent a ball soaring over the College of Charleston second baseman for a RBI single.
The Cougars added another run in the top of the fourth cutting the Gamecocks’ lead to two runs. Reed reached base on an error, advanced to third on Butler’s double down the left field line and came home when Wise grounded out to Pankake.
A pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth increased the South Carolina lead to 9-5. Saiko doubled to the gap in right center field and then with two outs Pankake came to the plate and launched a 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for a two-run homer. Pankake tied a season-high with three hits in a game as well as a season-high three RBI’s in a game for the fourth time this year.
In the bottom of the eighth Saiko hit his first career homer for the 10th run of the game. He had a career-high four hits as well.
In the top of ninth, College of Charleston tacked on one more run to cut South Carolina’s lead to 10-6. Heidt hit a two-out double off the wall in left field and he scored on Brandon Murray’s RBI single.
South Carolina is back in action at Carolina Stadium on Friday night hosting Kentucky for a three-game SEC series. First pitch for the opener is set for 7 p.m. Game two on Saturday is at 3 p.m. and will be televised on FS Carolinas/FS South. Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. All three games are 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.
Big Third Inning Leads Louisville to Series Split with Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Eighth-ranked Louisville busted up an early tie with a five-run third inning, adding a six-run frame in the fourth, leading the Cardinals to a 12-5 win to split the two-game series with No. 17 Kentucky, on a gorgeous Tuesday night in front of a season-high 3,589 at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (24-12) and Louisville were tied 1-1 entering the top of the third inning before the Cardinals batted around to plate five runs on five hits in the third inning for a 6-1 lead. The Wildcats rallied with a two-run single from A.J. Reed in the bottom of the third but the Cardinals held off UK to even the two-game series in 2013. The Wildcats won the first meeting with a 5-4 result in Louisville on April 2.
The Wildcats pounded out seven hits in the game, including a career-high 3-for-3 game from freshman rightfielder Kyle Barrett. Reed finished 2-for-4 with three RBI, with Matt Reida driving in a run with a bases-loaded walk and Jeff Boehm doubling to start the seventh. Jacob Russell recorded his first career hit as an RBI in the ninth, scoring freshman Andrew Bryant, who drew his first career walk.
UK freshman starter Kyle Cody (3-2) suffered the loss, working four innings, allowing nine hits and eight runs, walking one and striking out four. Freshman Zach Strecker got two outs in the fifth, allowing two hits and one unearned run before exiting after taking a line-drive off the mound. Freshman Dylan Dwyer took over in the fifth and after allowing an inherited runner to score on a pair of hits in the fifth, worked two innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run, striking out two. After staffing the first 6.2 innings with freshmen, senior Walter Wijas took over in the seventh inning, working his 12th consecutive scoreless outing. Trevor Gott got the final three outs for UK in the ninth.
Louisville (29-7) starter Jared Ruxer worked two innings, allowing three hits and three runs, walking three and striking out one. Crafty lefty Cody Ege (3-1) came on in the third with runners on to face four consecutive left-handed hitters. Ege, the funky sidearmer who worked three-shutout, one-hit innings vs. UK in relief earlier in the year, worked 2.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run, walking three and striking out four, all left-handed hitters. Dace Kime worked 2.1 innings, allowing a hit, four walks and striking out seven, with just one UK hitter putting the ball in play. UL also used Kyle Funkhouser and Joe Filomeno in relief.
UK will return to action with a three-game series at No. 14 South Carolina, starting Friday at 7 p.m. ET at Carolina Stadium.
After a scoreless half inning to open the game, Kentucky jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Barrett knocked a single up the middle to lead off the day for the Wildcats and moved to second on a ground out. With two outs, Reed delivered with a single into left-centerfield, scoring Barrett and giving Kentucky an early lead.
Louisville matched Kentucky’s run in the following half inning as a hit by pitch would later come around to score. With one out, Sturgeon reached on a hit by pitch and moved over to second on a balk. A Jeff Gardner single into leftfield put runners on first and third. Shane Crain knocked in the Cardinals’ first run of the game with a single into left-centerfield, scoring Cole Sturgeon from second.
The Cardinals exploded with a five-run inning in the top of the third to take an early 6-1 lead. A one-out walk and single put runners on first and second for Louisville with one out. Coco Johnson hit a single through the left side to score Nick Ratajczak. Following a fielder’s choice that nabbed Johnson at second, Gardner doubled over Cousino’s head in centerfield, bringing Ty Young home from third and Sturgeon from first. Another Crain RBI single scored Gardner and Zak Wasserman capped the inning off with an RBI-double.
Reed helped bring Kentucky back into striking distance in the bottom of the third with a two-RBI doubles into left-centerfield. Barrett led off the inning with his second hit of the evening and a Max Kuhn base on balls put two on for Kentucky with no outs. The jam forced Louisville to bring in Ege. A ground out to the right side of the infield put both runners in scoring position for Reed. The sophomore executed and his two-RBI double lessened UK’s deficit to 6-3.
Louisville busted the game open in the fifth, posting a six spot on the scoreboard. Sturgeon led off the top of the fifth with a double off the left-centerfield wall and Gardner followed with a two-run homer over the rightfield fence, increasing the Cardinals’ lead to 8-3. Strecker replaced Cody on the mound after the home run but Crain restarted the rally with a single up the middle and a fielding error by Strecker put two on for Louisville. A wild pitch moved the two runners up a base. With two outs, Ratajczak knocked a liner off of Strecker and was able to beat Reida’s attempt to first and reach on a single while Crain scored. Strecker was forced out after taking the ball off the wrist and Dwyer came to the mound. Young singled up the middle to score Wasserman and an RBI double into rightfield finalized the Louisville scoring and left Louisville with a 12-4 lead.
Kentucky added a run in the bottom of the fifth as the Louisville pitching staff walked four batters throughout the inning, eventually scoring one on a Reida walk.
Bryant drew a walk to leadoff the ninth and after a pair of strikeouts, Bryant took second on a wild pitch and third on a steal. Russell scored Bryant with a single to rightfield for his first career hit.
Commodores Fall to Golden Eagles
Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech held off a ninth inning rally to down No. 2 Vanderbilt 10-9 Tuesday night at Hawkins Field.
The Commodores (33-5) trailed all night after falling in a 6-0 hole early in the game but the home team had one more rally for the ninth inning. Down 10-8 in the bottom of the ninth, Xavier Turner worked a one out walk and Conrad Gregor walked to put runners on first and second for Connor Harrell. The senior delivered with a single up the middle to score Turner from second and trim the Golden Eagles’ (27-10) lead to one run. The tying run was pushed to third base when Mike Yastrzemski was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Vince Conde. But Tennessee Tech closer Seth Lucio finished the job, getting Conde to bounce into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game and snap the Dores’ 14-game winning streak.
The Vanderbilt offense pulled the team back into the game in the third inning when freshman Rhett Wiseman lifted a solo home run into the right field bleachers. Conrad Gregor capped a three-run third with a run-scoring single. Wiseman played long ball again in the fourth inning with a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left field to close the gap to one run. The Golden Eagles, however, would not be denied adding two runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth. Tennessee Tech scored eight runs with two outs in the victory.
Wiseman led the way for the Dores with three hits and his first two home run game of his career. Harrell added a mammoth solo home run over the light tower in left field for his team-best eighth homer of the year. Tony Kemp extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the third and Xavier Turner pushed his hitting streak to 10 games with a RBI-single in the seventh. Dylan Bosheers and Michael Morris each had three hits to lead the Golden Eagles.
David Hess (4-2) picked up the win in relief for Tennessee Tech pitching the team out of a jam in the seventh inning. VU starter Tyler Ferguson (3-1) took the loss allowing three runs on five hits over 1.1 innings. Both teams used six pitchers in the game.
The Commodores return to action Friday night at Georgia with first pitch set for 6 p.m. CT. The Commodores and Bulldog play Saturday at 3 p.m. CT on CSS and wrap up the series at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday. For ticket information call 615.322.GOLD or visit vucommodores.com.
TAMU Loses 11-Inning Bout
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies erased an 8-1 deficit, but were unable to get over the hump in a 9-8 loss to Sam Houston State in 11 innings at Don Sanders Stadium.
Aggie freshman Hunter Melton sent the game to extra innings with a clutch hit in the ninth inning. Trailing 8-7 with two outs in the ninth, Brandon Wood reached on a fielding error by Bearkats third baseman Kevin Miller and Mitchell Nau followed with a single up the middle to put a pair on. Melton roped a first-pitch offering to right field to drive in Wood with the tying run and put pinch-runner JB Moss on third. The go-ahead run was snuffed out when Moss was thrown out at home on a double-steal attempt.
A&M got two runners on base in the 11th inning, but were unable to score the go-ahead run. Krey Bratsen was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Blake Allemand. The Bearkats intentionally walked Troy Stein to set up the potential double play. Wood struck out looking and pinch-hitter Daniel Mengden popped up to the third baseman to end the inning.
Sam Houston State (21-15) took advantage of a free out to score the winning run in the 11th. Hayden Simerly beat out a bang-bang play at first to start the frame. Wyatt Powell pinch-ran for Simerly and stole second base. Luke Plucheck swung at a pinch in the dirt for strike three, but it got away from Aggie catcher Stein to put runners on the corners. The Aggies intentionally walked Greg Olson to set up the force play at home, but it was to no avail as Plumlee lifted a 1-1 pitch to rightfield, scoring Powell on the sacrifice fly and the 9-8 victory.
Trailing 8-1, the Aggies slowly began chipping away at the lead in the fifth when Melton hit a moon shot to leftfield for a leadoff home run, cutting the Bearkats lead to 8-2.
In the sixth, Allemand was hit by a pitch and Stein singled to leftfield to start the inning. Brandon Wood was issued a six-pitch walk to load the bases and Mitchell Nau followed with a single through the right side of the infield to plate two runs and cut the lead to 8-4. Jason Simms came in to relieve Bearkats starter Tyler Eppler and recorded two strikeouts and a groundout to avoid further damage in the inning.
The Aggies harvested three more runs in the seventh to cut the Sam Houston State advantage to 8-7. Jace Statum drew a four-pitch walk and Bratsen doubled down the rightfield line to put two runners in scoring position. After Allemand drew a seven-pitch walk to load the bases, Simms uncorked a wild pitch to allow Statum to score. Stein followed with an RBIN single to rightfield and Nau hit a grounder to third to plate Allemand and deflate the Bearkats cushion to one run, setting up Melton’s heroics in the ninth.
In the top of the second inning, Texas A&M jumped out the an early lead when Troy Stein launched a first-pitch offering over the leftfield wall for a leadoff home run, staking the Aggies to a 1-0 lead.
Sam Houston State responded with three runs in the home half of the second. Simerly was issued a six-pitch walk and Luke Plucheck was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Ryan O’Hearn put the equalizer on the board with a single through the right side of the infield to plate Simerly. Romeo Cortina laced a double down the leftfield line to drive in Plucheck for the go-ahead run, chasing Aggie starter Grayson Long from the game. Jessie Plumlee capped off the scoring in the frame, threading a single through the left side of the infield to push O’Hearn across for the 3-1 lead.
The Bearkats kept the momentum going with a four-run third inning. Carter Burgess reached on a fielding error by Aggie third baseman Logan Taylor to start the inning. Miller followed with a single through the left side of the infield and a throw to third allowed both runners to get in scoring position. Simerly hit a 0-1 pitch over the rightfield fence to give the Bearkats a 6-1 lead. Plucheck doubled down the leftfield line and scored when Colt Atwood singled through the left side of the infield, giving SHSU a six-run margin.
In the bottom of the fourth, Sam Houston State tacked on what would become an important insurance run. Burgess reached on an infield single and Miller singled through the right side of the infield to start the inning with runners on the corners. With one out, Plucheck put down a perfectly placed squeeze bunt resulting in an RBI single, giving the Bearkats an 8-1 lead..
Stein and Melton each had three hits for the Aggies. Stein went 3-for-5 with two runs, one home run and two RBI. Melton went 3-for-5 with one run, one double, one home run and two RBI. Mitchell Nau went 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Simerly and Plucheck led the Sam Houston State attack with three hits apiece. Simerly went 3-for-5 with two runs, one home run and three RBI. Plucheck went 3-for-5 with one double, one run and one RBI. Atwood, Miller and Cortina each logged two hits.
Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision. Long worked 1.0 innings plus three batters in the second, yielding three runs on two hits and three walks. Eppler worked 5.0 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five.
Jester (2-2) was saddled with the loss despite the valiant effort. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out three over 2.2 innings.
Alan Scott (1-0) earned the win in relief. He worked 2.1 scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout.
The Aggies return to action Friday when they travel to Fayetteville for a three-game SEC series against the Arkansas Razorbacks.