The Dores return to action Tuesday night at No. 8 Louisville for the team’s annual rivalry game in the Battle of the Barrel. First pitch in Louisville is set for 5:30 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Randall Fant struck out a career-high eight batters and allowed one run in six innings, while Brian Anderson had a pair of RBI to lead No. 12 Arkansas to a 2-1 series-clinching win on Sunday at Baum Stadium.
The Razorbacks, who have now won four of their six conference series, improve to 27-15 overall and 11-7 in league play. Texas A&M drops to 22-19 and 7-11 in league play after the loss.
Fant (3-1) earned his third victory of the season, fanning a career-high eight batters and giving up one run on two hits in six innings. Colby Suggs closed out the win with his fifth save of the season. Suggs fanned two of the three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning.
Suggs led a strong effort from the Razorback bullpen, which combined to throw 3.0 innings of scoreless relief and allow just one hit. Landon Simpson tossed 1.2 shutout innings with only one hit allowed, while Trent Daniel came in and retired Texas A&M’s Cole Lankford to get Arkansas out of a jam in the eighth inning.
Texas A&M starter Rafael Pineda (3-4) took the loss after allowing two runs on eight hits in four innings of work.
A night after recording 15 hits, the Arkansas offense continued to swing the bats well, recording 11 hits in the win. Eight of the nine Razorbacks starters had at least one hit led by Brett McAfee, Joe Serrano and Matt Vinson, who each had two hits in the win. Brian Anderson went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Dominic Ficociello, Jordan Farris, Jacob Mahan and Tyler Spoon also had one hit each.
Troy Stein hit his third homer of the season and had two hits with a RBI to lead the Aggies at the plate. Mikey Reynolds was 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter to account for Texas A&M’s other hit of the contest.
Arkansas jumped out to an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first. With two out and a runner on second, Anderson lined a single to right, scoring Spoon from second base with the game’s first run.
The Razorback lead was short lived after Stein sent a 1-0 offering from Fant over the wall in left field for a solo homer to tie the game at one.
Arkansas regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the third. The Razorbacks loaded the bases with one out for Anderson, who hit a sacrifice fly deep to right field to score McAfee from third base with what turned out to be the game-winning run.
Neither team was able to plate another run over the final six innings. Arkansas had numerous chances to extend the lead over its final five at bats as the Razorbacks left six runners on base from the fourth to the eighth innings.
The Aggies had scoring opportunities in both the sixth and seventh innings, but timely double plays from the Arkansas defense thwarted any Texas A&M rallies.
Suggs entered to start the ninth and closed the door, retiring the side in order, including a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
Arkansas closes its four-game homestand on Tuesday as it hosts No. 13 Oklahoma. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. and the game will be televised on Cox Sports Television. Single-game reserved tickets are available for Tuesday’s game and can be purchased by logging on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com, calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or on gameday at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.
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Alabama Uses Walk-Off Single to Beat LSU in 10th Inning
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Kyle Overstreet’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Alabama to their biggest win of the year, as the Crimson Tide defeated the second-ranked LSU Tigers, 4-3, in a Southeastern Conference game on Sunday afternoon from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the win Alabama improves to 24-18 overall and 9-9 in the SEC, and the loss drops the Tigers to 37-4 overall, 15-3 in conference play.
“First of all, I’m really proud of our team, particularly coming out after a ball game last night, playing 16 innings and still coming out with great effort today,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “It’s that same kind of intensity we left the ball park with last night. It was just a team win; we had a lot of guys step up and do some great things. I really don’t know if we wanted a different guy there at the plate at the end than Kyle (Overstreet). He’s been a guy that’s been delivering and also been confident in everything he’s done. I think a lot of the young guys are starting to show their presence and all are getting better. This was a really big win for our team, especially coming off last night. I think this is a game we can hang on to and build momentum and gain confidence.”
After Alabama loaded the bases off LSU reliever Joey Bourgeois, Georgie Salem flied out to center field to set the table for Overstreet’s heroics. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Overstreet singled to center field to drive in Mikey White for the game-winning run. For Overstreet it marked the 15th two-out RBI of the season for the freshman second baseman.
White was hit by a pitch to open the inning, was bunted over by Chance Vincent, and advanced to third on an error on Andrew Miller’s bunt to third. The Tigers elected to intentionally walk Kenny Roberts to load the bases, setting a force at any base. After Salem flied out, Overstreet delivered the clutch base hit to give the Tide their first win over a top-5 team since defeating second-ranked South Carolina, 2-1, on May 19, 2011.
The game-winning single in the 10th inning was the only hit of the game for Overstreet, who finished the day 1-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored. Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore and junior designated hitter Austen Smith each pitched in an RBI single and freshman shortstop Mikey White posted a single, a RBI, was hit by a pitch and scored the game-winning run. Freshman center fielder Georgie Salem notched a double and a run scored.
Sophomore righty Spencer Turnbull was a workhorse in his 10th start of the season, striking out four in nine innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, with two walks and a hit by pitch. Despite throwing nine innings, Turnbull did not factor into the decision as the game went into extra innings. Freshman right-hander Keaton Haack (1-1) earned the first victory of his career after pitching a perfect final 0.2 innings.
After sophomore south paw Jon Keller allowed a hit and a walk in the top of the 10th inning, Haack took the mound and got the only batter he faced, clean-up man Raph Rhymes, to ground into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play to set up the walk-off effort for the Tide in the home half of the inning.
“We got just what we needed with the start from Spencer Turnbull; he was dynamite for nine innings,” Gaspard said. “He threw about 118 pitches, which is a little more than he’s thrown all year, but he was terrific here all day.“
LSU’s Joey Bourgeois (2-1) was charged with the after allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk in 1.2 innings pitched with a pair of strikeouts. The Tigers received a solid start from Cody Glenn, who struck out four in eight innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits.
The two starting pitchers had all pitches working early, as each team was held without a hit for the first three innings. The first hit of the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Salem doubled to the warning track in right center. A fielding error by the second baseman on Overstreet’s grounder allowed him to reach and send Salem to third. In a 10-pitch at-bat, Moore drove a ball into left field to score Salem to open up the first lead of the game. Two batters later, Smith hit a slow roller right back up the middle, and with some crafty base running, allowed Overstreet to score from second and extend the lead to 2-0.
LSU came right back to cut the lead in their next opportunity at the dish. Christian Ibarra got the first hit of the game for the Tigers with a single up the middle. Ibarra advanced to second on a wild pitch during Chris Sciambra’s at-bat, and to third on the groundout. A Ty Ross single up the middle capped off the inning for LSU, plating Ibarra to cut the lead to 2-1.
Turnbull dug himself a hole early in the seventh inning, as he allowed each of the first three batters to reach on a hit by pitch, an error, and a bunt single. The Tide got Sciambra to groundout into another double play, facilitated by White and Overstreet, that allowed LSU to only come away with one run in the inning, tying the score at 2-2.
Continuing the trend of back-and-forth scoring from Saturday, the Crimson Tide came right back with a run in the bottom of the frame. Brett Booth led off the inning by reaching on an error, and was bunted over by Smith. White came up with an RBI single on the first pitch he saw to give Alabama a 3-2 lead.
The Tigers put the heat on again in the ninth inning, as Mason Katz got a base hit followed by an Ibarra double to set up men on second and third with no outs. Sciambra followed up with a fly out deep along the left field line to plate Katz from third to tie the game at 3-3. The Tide was the beneficiary of a line out to first base and a groundout to third to end the inning and prevent further damage.
Alabama could not score in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings for the second straight day.
The Alabama Crimson Tide returns to action on Wednesday, April 24, when it travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. First pitch for the game at Pete Taylor Park is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST.
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Rebels Take Care of Vols
KNOXVILLE, Miss. – The Rebels pulled out the rally caps on Sunday and executed to perfection to apply pressure to the Volunteers as No. 17 Ole Miss (29-12, 10-8 SEC) put together a three-run ninth inning to defeat Tennessee (17-21, 5-13 SEC) by a score of 4-3.
The win completed a series sweep of the Volunteers and gave Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco his 500th win as the Rebel skipper and 600th win overall as a head coach.
Trailing by two runs heading into the ninth, the Rebels put together the rally with clutch performances from the heart of the batting order and some key at bats off the bench.
“It was a solid effort throughout the lineup today,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “It’s nice to come back and get the win with a rally like that in the ninth inning, but it all started with some great at bats by several different guys. We really got some good swings and executed on the things we asked them to do and it put some pressure on Tennessee. Sam Smith gave us a good outing in the start and the guys out of the bullpen really battled for us today. (Zack) Godley was really solid for them on the mound for them today.
“It feels good to get the 500th win at Ole Miss, but it’s really something that so many people have been a part of through the years,” Bianco said. “There are so many different players and coaches over the last 13 years who have had a hand in getting to this point. It’s really nice to get to this point and it wouldn’t have been possible without all of those guys being a part of the program over the years.”
Stuart Turner and Andrew Mistone started things off with a double and a walk before the Rebels would turn to the bench. Pinch runner Cameron Dishon replaced Turner at second and Christian Helsel stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter.
Helsel then lay down a perfect bunt in a sacrifice attempt, but the Vols pitcher threw the ball away at third trying to record an out of Dishon. The speedy freshman then scampered home to score while Mistone and Helsel went to second and third on the play.
A groundout to short from Preston Overbey brought Mistone home to tie the game while Helsel moved to third. Ole Miss then took the lead when Will Allen drove a ball deep to right center to score Helsel and put the Rebels on top 4-3.
Tanner Bailey (3-1) picked up the relief win, allowing one run on two hits in 1.1 innings of work. He was one of four Rebel pitchers to see action on the afternoon. Brett Huber picked up his 10th save of the season, entering the game to start the ninth and retiring three straight batters to close out the game.
Tennessee starter Zack Godley (3-5) took the loss for the Vols despite a solid outing that saw the right-hander allow four runs, but only one earned, in his complete-game performance. He struck out seven while walking two and allowing six hits on the afternoon.
It marks the second straight series sweep for Ole Miss who also swept the Crimson Tide last weekend in Oxford.
Ole Miss got on the board in the fourth inning when Andrew Mistone delivered a two-out double down the first base line to bring Austin Anderson home from second. Anderson reached on a fielding error at second to open the inning and advanced on a groundout to short from Bousfield to get into scoring position for the Mistone hit that put the Rebels on top 1-0.
Tennessee erased the deficit in the sixth inning with a sac fly to center from Christin Stewart to tie the game at one. Will Maddox reached on a one-out double and moved to third on a single to left from A.J. Simcox. The Rebels then turned to the bullpen for right-hander Chris Ellis.
Ellis got the second out on the sac fly that tied the game, but the Rebels escaped the inning a batter later with a nice defensive play. Pierce Baly singled to left, but Simcox was gunned out at the plate by Mathis to end the inning and keep the game knotted at one.
The Vols moved in front in the seventh inning, putting together a two-out rally for the second straight inning. With Taylor Smart at first and two outs on the board, Tennessee sent pinch hitter Ethan Bennett to the plate. The Rebels countered with right-hander Tanner Bailey out of the bullpen, but Bennett won the battle with a double to left field to score Smart and put the Vols up 2-1 after the seventh.
The Rebels got a chance to tie the game in the top of the eighth, putting a runner at third with one out following a leadoff single, a passed ball and a groundout. It wasn’t to be however as the Rebels’ runner was thrown out at home on a ground ball to short and the inning ended on a failed steal attempt in the next at bat with Tennessee still up 2-1.
The edge then grew to two runs for the home team with a two-out home run in the bottom of the eighth from Stewart to take the lead out to 3-1 for the Volunteers.
Ole Miss would put together its answering rally in the ninth, plating three runs to take the lead as the Rebels used timely hits and capitalized on a throwing error to regain the lead. Huber then closed things out in the ninth, retiring three straight batters to preserve the win and the sweep.
Ole Miss will return to action on Tuesday night, closing out a six-game road trip with a contest at Arkansas State. The game with the Red Wolves will begin at 6:30 p.m.