Auburn concludes its seven-game road trip next weekend with its first-ever trip to new conference foe Missouri. Game times for the series are 6pm on Friday, 2pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Leadoff home runs in back-to-back innings provided the spark the Rebels needed on Saturday as No. 17 Ole Miss (28-12, 9-8 SEC) rallied to defeat Tennessee (17-20, 5-12 SEC) with a 6-4 win.
The win gave the Rebels the weekend series as Will Jamison and Sikes Orvis hit lead off home runs in the seventh and eighth as Ole Miss rallied for the win. Jamison’s solo shot in the seventh, the first of his career, tied the game at three before Orvis would put the Rebels in front for good with his solo shot to open the eighth.
Jamison helped pace the Rebel offense with an RBI-triple to go along with his game-tying home run as the sophomore outfielder went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. He was one of five players with multiple-hits on the afternoon for Ole Miss.
Matt Denny (1-0) picked up the relief win, striking out Will Maddox in the seventh to end the inning and keep the game tied at three before Orvis would hit his go-ahead home run to start the next inning. Denny entered the game with two outs on the board and two on base in a 3-3 game in the seventh.
Brett Huber then picked up his ninth save of the season, closing out the ninth inning to preserve the win.
“I’m really proud of the team today for hanging in there and continuing to battle throughout the game,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “You need everyone in the SEC to win games and that proved out today as our nine-hole hitter essentially won the game for us with an RBI triple and a home run.
“I’m really proud of our guys on the mound today,” Bianco said. “Mike Mayers did what we needed from him and continued to battle even though he could have hung his head a little. The other guys came out of the bullpen and made pitches when we needed them and gave us the chance to take the lead and grab the win.”
Tennessee struck first on Saturday, using back-to-back hits from Ethan Bennett and Vance Vizcaino to take the 1-0 lead. Bennett turned in a one-out double to left before coming home on a single up the middle from Vizcaino. The Rebels got the next two batters to fly out, ending the inning with Tennessee on top by one.
The Vols added to the lead in the fourth inning when a wild pitch combined with a throwing error trying to get the runner at third brought a run home. Christin Stewart drew a leadoff walk and took second on a groundout to setup the wild play that allowed him to come home. With two outs on the board, he took off on a wild pitch and slid in at third. With the throw off the mark, Stewart then got up and came home to give Tennessee the 2-0 lead.
The Rebels answered in the fifth, bringing home two quick runs to knot the game at two. Christian Helsel beat out an infield single to deep short to start the inning off before scoring on an RBI triple to right center. Jamison then scored on a sac fly to left from Tanner Mathis as Ole Miss evened the score. The Rebels would get nothing more across as Tennessee got out of the inning, but Ole Miss was on the board.
Tennessee moved back in front in the sixth when Stewart delivered a double to right to bring home Will Maddox from second. Maddox reached on a single up the middle and moved to second on a balk to set up the RBI hit from Stewart that put the Vols on top 3-2.
Jamison quickly erased the deficit in the top of the seventh, hitting his first career home run to the right of the batter’s eye to even the score at three.
Orvis then put the Rebels on top with a leadoff home run in the eighth that went to the same spot as Jamison’s an inning before. Ole Miss could get nothing more going, but held the 4-3 lead after the top of the eighth.
The Rebels built on the lead in the ninth, adding two runs on RBI singles from Turner and Orvis to take the lead out to 6-3. Mistone doubled with one out to start the rally before a walk of Auston Bousfield put two men on. Turner then singled to left to bring home Mistone and keep men at the corners. Orvis then singled up the middle in the next at bat to bring home Bousfield and the Rebels had a 6-3 lead.
Tennessee then turned a double play to get out of the inning, but Ole Miss held the three-run advantage heading to the bottom of the ninth.
The Vols weren’t done, however, getting a solo home run with one out from designated hitter Andrew Lee to cut into the Rebel advantage. Jason Manis then drew a walk and stole second to put a man in scoring position before Huber would strike out the next two batters to end the game.
Florida Outlasts Missouri, 4-3, In 15 Innings To Clinch Series
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A fielder’s choice by sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) brought home freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) with the eventual decisive run in the 15th inning as Florida (22-18/10-7 SEC) extended its winning streak to eight games and clinched its weekend series over Missouri (12-22/4-13 SEC) with a 4-3 triumph on Saturday afternoon at Taylor Stadium.
UF’s bullpen tossed 12.2 scoreless innings, with sophomore Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) (2-0) earning the decision. Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) induced a game-ending groundout with Tiger runners on second and third base to end the game and nail down his 11th save, two shy of the school’s single-season mark shared by Danny Wheeler (1994) and Josh Fogg (1998).
With the game deadlocked at 3-3 in the 15th, Bader reached on a one-out fielding error by Missouri junior third baseman Shane Segovia. Senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) followed with a base-hit into center field and freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) drew a walk to load the bases with one down. Turgeon’s grounder to second base drove in Bader with the go-ahead run, completing a comeback from a 3-0 deficit for the Gators.
Magliozzi replaced Poyner (0.1 IP) to begin the bottom of the stanza and issued a one-out walk to junior Dylan Kelly, who was replaced by sophomore pinch runner Nick Moore. After junior Kendall Keeton flew out to center field for the second out, senior Scott Sommerfeld ripped a pinch-hit single into center field to keep the Tigers alive. Although a wild pitch by Magliozzi pushed Moore and Sommerfeld over, the righty had Segovia ground out to secure the club’s sixth-straight league win.
Junior Keaton Steele (2-for-6) had provided the Tigers with a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run homer to left field off of freshman Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.). Young had retired the first two batters before yielding a bloop single into center field by senior Dane Opel (2-for-7). Steele then opened the scoring with his second round-tripper of the campaign.
Florida threatened against sophomore Brett Graves in the second inning, putting two runners aboard with one down, as redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) reached on a fielding error and senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) (2-for-7) singled through the left side of the infield. However, Graves induced an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play from sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.).
Missouri used three-straight two-out singles to build a 3-0 advantage in the home part of the stanza. Young recorded the first two outs before Segovia extended the inning with a single through the right side. Junior Dillon Everett (2-for-6) advanced his teammate to third base with a base-hit into right center and sophomore Logan Pearson punched an RBI single into right field to score Segovia. An intentional walk to sophomore Case Munson loaded the bags and the move paid off when Young had Opel ground out to strand the trio of runners.
The Gators got on the board in the third on a two-out RBI single by Turgeon (3-for-8, 3 RBI) for a 3-1 deficit. Martin had his third double of the season into the left-field corner with two down and Turgeon drove him in with a single into right field and went to second on the relay throw to the plate. After a walk to sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.), sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (2-for-6) popped out in foul territory to end the frame.
A one-out double by Kelly in the bottom of the inning ended the afternoon for Young (2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R). A wild pitch by redshirt freshman Aaron Rhodes (Venice, Fla.) moved Kelly to third base but the right-hander struck out junior Kendall Keeton and had sophomore Jake Ivory ground out to keep the Gators down by two runs.
Bader raised his hitting streak to eight games, matching his career high, to open the fifth. Graves had Dent fly out to center field and struck out Martin before Bader swiped second base for his team-leading ninth theft. Graves jammed Turgeon on an infield fly to complete the inning.
A leadoff walk to Munson brought freshman Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.) in for Rhodes (1.2 IP). Danciu had Opel fly out to left field and then plunked Steele. A grounder by Kelly advanced the runners into scoring position with two down and freshman Eric Hanhold (Palm Harbor, Fla.) was summoned from the bullpen for Danciu (0.2 IP). The righty had Keeton ground out to Dent to hold the count at 3-1.
Gushue began the sixth with a single into right field and Graves (5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R) retired Shafer on a foul pop-up before being replaced by redshirt junior Jake Walsh. The southpaw had Powers and Ramjit each ground out to retire the side.
After Hanhold pitched a clean sixth, Tobias drew a leadoff walk in the seventh from Steele, who had replaced Walsh (0.2 IP). Bader followed with a single into right field and Dent laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both of his teammates into scoring position. Martin brought the Gators within 3-2 with an RBI grounder and Turgeon tied the game with a two-out single up the middle that plated Bader.
Shafer and Powers drew back-to-back walks to start the eighth for Florida and Ramjit’s sacrifice attempt forced Shafer at third base. A fielder’s choice by Tobias erased Ramjit at second base and Powers was gunned down at the plate on a relay from freshman first baseman Josh Lester to Kelly to preserve the stalemate.
After Hanhold retired all 10 Tiger hitters he faced over 3.1 innings, junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) took the mound for the Gators. The lefty registered the first two outs of the ninth before yielding a single into right field by Everett. Following a walk to Pearson, Gibson had Munson fly out to left field to provide the fans with free baseball.
Gibson notched the first two outs of the 11th before Everett reached on a fielding error by Turgeon. Martin made a nice running grab at the center-field wall on a ball hit by Pearson to send the contest into the 12th inning.
Powers began the 13th with a base-hit through the right side of the infield and was replaced by redshirt freshman pinch runner Cory Reid (Port St. Lucie, Fla.). After a single by Ramjit gave the Gators two runners aboard, Tobias laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. Steele fanned Bader for the second out and then issued a walk to Dent that loaded the bases. The reliever rebounded with a strikeout of Martin to end the inning.
Gibson collected the first two outs of Missouri’s 13th and Lester legged out an infield single to extend the frame. Senior Brannon Champagne was inserted as a pinch runner and stole second base before sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) replaced Gibson (career-high 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 K). The righty caught Segovia looking on strikes to complete the inning.
Harris set down the first two batters of the 14th and Munson singled into left field to bring Poyner into the contest. The lefty had Opel pop up to Dent.
Gamecocks Clinch Series with 7-6 Win Over Kentucky
Columbia, S.C. – Brison Celek’s RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted 14th ranked South Carolina to a 7-6 win over 17th ranked Kentucky in game two of a doubleheader at Carolina Stadium on Saturday night. The win clinched a doubleheader sweep on Saturday and the weekend series as the Gamecocks improve to 30-10 and 10-7 in the SEC while the loss drops the Wildcats to 24-14 and 7-10 in conference action.
Left-hander Tyler Webb earns the win and improved to 2-1 on the season. The senior pitched three scoreless innings of relief allowing just one hit while striking out four batters. Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery hurled 5.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, two walks and striking out seven batters. Trevor Gott suffered the loss for Kentucky. The right-hander pitched 2.2 innings, allowed one run on five hits, walked one and struck out two batters. The loss was Gott’s first defeat in 46 appearances, his last loss coming in his freshman season. Kentucky’s loss was also the Wildcats first defeat when leading after the seventh inning in 64 games, dating back to 2011.
Kentucky took a 1-0 lead over South Carolina in the top of the second. Back to back singles from J.T. Riddle and Greg Fettes put two runners on for the Wildcats and Riddle made it to third when Tanner English misfielded a ball in center field. A squeeze bunt by Matt Reida would bring in Riddle and put Kentucky on the board.
The Gamecocks responded with two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Max Schrock opened the frame with his fourth home run of the season, sending a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right field. Grayson Greiner would then reach base on a throwing error by the Kentucky shortstop and scored the go-ahead run when English crushed a ball to deep right-center field for a triple.
South Carolina added three runs in the bottom of the third, increasing its lead over Kentucky to 5-1. Chase Vergason led off the inning by hammering a ball to right field, just shy of going over the wall for a double. After advancing to third when Pankake grounded out to the Kentucky shortstop, Vergason scored as LB Dantzler doubled to deep right center field. Schrock would then single for his second hit of the game and put runners on the corners. He quickly stole second and a wild pitch from UK starter Jerad Grundy would advance him to third and bring home Dantzler. Greiner drove in Schrock for the final run of the inning with RBI single to center.
In the top of the sixth, Fettes cut South Carolina’s lead to 5-3 with a two-run homer over the left field wall.
The Wildcats broke ahead 6-5 in the top of the seventh after a three-run homer off the bat of A.J. Reed. Kyle Barrett was hit by a pitch to open the frame and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A walk to Zac Zellers put two runners on first and second for Reed, who launched a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall.
South Carolina tied the score at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth. Greiner reached base on a fielding error by the Kentucky third baseman Max Kuhn to start the inning. After Connor Bright sacrificed him into scoring position, Greiner advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Graham Saiko’s two-out RBI single to right field.
In the bottom of the 11th the Gamecocks rallied and secured the victory in walk-off fashion. Pankake and Kyle Martin opened the inning with consecutive singles and set the stage for Celek who knocked a 3-1 pitch to left field and drove in Pankake for the winning run.
The Gamecocks tallied 14 hits against the Wildcats including six for extra bases. Dantzler was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Pankake finished with three hits in the game and a run scored and Greiner added two hits, a RBI and scored two runs.
Razorbacks even series with 12-2 win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ Jordan Farris went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBI, while Ryne Stanek struck out a season-high nine and allowed one run in six innings of work as the 12th-ranked Razorbacks defeated Texas A&M 12-2 on Saturday night at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks improve to 26-15 overall and 10-7 in the Southeastern Conference after Saturday’s series-evening win. Texas A&M drops to 22-18 and 7-10 in league play.
The Arkansas offense put together a 15-hit performance, the most by the team in a conference game this season. Farris led the way at the plate with three hits, including his third home run of the season, and a season-high five RBI. Brett McAfee and Matt Vinson each added three hits. Vinson drove in two runs and scored twice, while McAfee had one RBI. Dominic Ficociello had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs, while scoring three times. Joe Serrano was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Stanek (5-2) earned the win for the third consecutive start, allowing a run on five hits and striking out a season-high nine batters in six innings. The junior right hander finished one strikeout shy of tying his career high of 10 strikeouts, set last season at LSU.
Michael Gunn recorded his first save of the season with three innings of work, giving up one run and striking out two.
Texas A&M starter Matt Kent (2-2) took the loss. Kent gave up four runs on six hits in two innings.
Arkansas jumped on Kent from the start, scoring three times in the bottom of the first. A one-out double by Vinson and single by Tyler Spoon put runners on first and third for Brian Anderson, who doubled to the gap in left center, scoring Vinson and moving Spoon to third. After a ground out by Ficociello to third, Farris came through with his first two RBI of the night on a single to right-center.
The Razorbacks added another run in the bottom of the second with a two-out rally. Serrano singled to center and then stole second. A base hit to left by Vinson brought home Serrano from second to make the score 4-0.
Arkansas stretched the lead to 6-0 with two runs in the home half of the third, both coming on Farris’ third homer of the season, a blast over the left field wall.
Texas A&M trimmed the lead to five with a run in the top of the fourth after Hunter Melton singled to right field, scoring Krey Bratsen from second.
The Razorbacks plated two more runs in the fifth as Ficociello hit a two-run homer off the scoreboard in right-center field, his second home run of the season.
Arkansas added two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. The runs in the seventh came on a RBI double by Farris and RBI single by McAfee, while the two runs in the eighth were courtesy of a RBI triple by Vinson and a RBI by Spoon when he reached on a Texas A&M fielding error.
The Aggies closed the scoring with one run in the ninth on a pinch hit RBI double by Brandon Wood, scoring pinch runner J.B. Moss from first base.
NO. 2 LSU BASEBALL OUTLASTS ALABAMA IN HISTORIC 16-INNING THRILLER, 11-8
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In a game that matched the longest in the 120-year history of LSU baseball, the second-ranked Tigers plated three runs in the bottom of the 16th inning and clinched their weekend series with the Alabama Crimson Tide by a score of 11-8 early Sunday morning in Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
LSU (37-3, 15-2 SEC) moved into a tie for first place in the overall Southeastern Conference standings following Vanderbilt’s split with Georgia on Saturday. The Tigers’ only other times of playing a 16-inning marathon occurred on March 22, 1996 at Florida and on April 10, 1972 against South Alabama. It also tied the longest game in Alabama history as the Tide dropped to 23-18, 8-9 in SEC play and 0-3 in extra-inning contests this season.
“It’s almost hard to put into words what we just went through,” said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. “There were just so many peaks and valleys during the course of this game. I think it’s more stressful for the visiting team. There are things I saw today that I haven’t seen in 30 years. It was exhausting. We certainly made a memory. This is a game that these guys on this team will never forget.”
After both teams failed to score for six consecutive innings entering the 16th frame, LSU put together a two-out rally when it counted most. After Raph Rhymes and Mason Katz were retired, Christian Ibarra drew a two-out walk. Tyler Moore, pinch-hitting for Andrew Stevenson, then lined a double down the left field line to put runners at second and third against Tide reliever Mike Oczypok.
With JaCoby Jones at the plate, Oczykpok uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Ibarra to score from third and finally break the tie. Jones and Ty Ross followed with clutch two-out RBI singles in the 16th.
Jones, Alex Bregman and Ibarra each accounted for three hits on the evening. After falling behind 3-0 entering the third inning, LSU combined for seven runs over the next two frames highlighted by a pair of three-run home runs deep over the left field wall from Bregman in the third and Ross in the fourth.
Tiger starter Ryan Eades was given a 7-3 advantage to work with but the Tide was able to cut it to 7-5 before he exited after the fourth inning. Eades allowed five runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out three.
Closer Chris Cotton, who entered the contest with a 1.16 ERA, took an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth before the Tide staged an improbable rally. Third baseman Kenny Roberts stepped to the plate with two runners on, including one that reached on a Jones fielding error at second. Roberts then blasted his second homer of the season, a three-run shot over the left field wall that tied the contest at eight apiece.
Right-handed junior Nate Fury was the fifth LSU pitcher of the night as he relieved Cotton in the 11th inning. Fury delivered the best outing of his career, going a career-high four innings and holding the Tide to two hits and no runs.
“I know Cotton gave up the lead but he pitched the 10th and kept them from scoring,” said Mainieri. “How about the job Nate Fury did for four innings when any inning they could have left us on the field.”
The Tigers had their best scoring threat in the 14th when Alabama walked three consecutive batters – Katz, Ibarra and Stevenson – to start the frame. Jones nearly grounded a hit through the left side but Tide shortstop Mikey White made a terrific diving play, threw home for the out and then allowed catcher Brett Booth to fire to third for a double play.
LSU was unable to convert on the bases loaded, no-out threat on another great diving defensive play on Ross’ groundball with two outs.
Kurt McCune (3-0) worked the final two innings and picked up the win, allowing no runs and one hit while striking out two. The clock struck midnight at Sewell-Thomas Stadium when he got the first two outs of the 16th quickly. Kyle Overstreet’s fielder’s choice groundout to Alex Bregman ended it at 12:01 a.m., capping a game that lasted four hours and 55 minutes.
Oczypok (3-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in 2.2 innings pitched.