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    SEC Baseball Today: Tuesday, April 23

    Baseball RESULTS
    Ole Miss 11, Arkansas State 1
    Gardner-Webb 7, South Carolina 6
    Mississippi State 12, Memphis 1
    Florida 12, USF 1
    Middle Tennessee 11, Tennessee 5
    Texas State 4, Texas A&M 1
    Vanderbilt 10, Louisville 2
    Georgia 17, Georgia Tech 0
    Western Kentucky 3, Kentucky 2 (18 Innings)
    Oklahoma at Arkansas (Cancelled)


    No. 16 Ole Miss Takes Down Arkansas State

    JONESBORO, Ark. – The Rebels turned in an efficient offense on Tuesday night and picked up the 20th win in non-conference play as No. 16 Ole Miss (30-12) defeated Arkansas State (22-19) on the road by a score of 11-1.
     
    The 11 runs came on 11 hits as the Rebels tallied three doubles and a triple and jumped out to a five-run lead in the first inning on the way to the win.
     
    Brady Bramlett (5-1) picked up the win for the Rebels in a relief appearance, entering the game in the fifth inning and working 2.0 scoreless innings with a strikeout. Starter Josh Laxer was efficient in the start, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts, but left the game after 4.0 innings of work.
     
    David Owen (1-1) took the loss for the Red Wolves, allowing five runs on four hits with two walks and two hits batters in 2.0 innings of work.
     
    “It was nice to come out tonight and really turn in a sharp game in all phases of the game,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We really got off some good swings tonight, the pitchers pitched well and the defense made some tremendous plays. Josh Laxer was good in the start and the guys out of the bullpen all pitched well. We had some great plays defensively to get us out of a couple of jams.”
     
    The Rebels got on the board in the first when Stuart Turner delivered a sac fly to center that scored Auston Bousfield from third. Bousfield reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to third on a single through the right side from Austin Anderson to set up the score on the Turner fly ball. Anderson advanced to second on the play.
     
    Andrew Mistone delivered a single to right to drive in Anderson and put the Rebels up 2-0 before a single from Sikes Orvis and walk of Will Allen would load the bases. Christian Helsel then drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home a third run and keep the bases juiced.
     
    Will Jamison then delivered a double up the middle to bring home both Allen and Orvis to give the Rebels the 5-0 lead after the top of the first.
     
    Ole Miss built on the lead in the fourth with two more runs off a groundout from Anderson and a double to right center from Turner. Mathis singled through the left side and Bousfield lay down a bunt single that led to a throwing error to put both men in scoring position with one out before Anderson and Turner brought them home to take the 7-0 lead.
     
    Arkansas State got on the board in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back doubles from Ryan Emery and Claude Johnson. The Rebels then got out of the inning with a double play as Laxer struck out the batter and Will Allen threw out the base stealer at third with Ole Miss on top 7-1.
     
    The Rebels added an eighth run in the seventh inning when Auston Bousfield scored on a ground ball to short from Holt Perdzock to make it 8-1 in favor of Ole Miss.
     
    Three more runs came home in the eighth inning on a two-RBI triple from Bousfield and a double from pinch-hitter Jake Overbey to take the lead out to 11-1.
     
    The Rebels held the Red Wolves off the board down the stretch, escaping a jam in the ninth after the first two batters reached by turning a double play and a getting a ground ball to second to end the game with the 10-run win.
     
    Ole Miss will return to action on Thursday night, hosting No. 24 Kentucky in the first game of a three-game series at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Friday’s contest is set for a 6:30 p.m. start and the series finale on Saturday is set for a 2:15 p.m. start.



    Gamecocks Fall at Gardner-Webb

    Shelby, N.C. – No. 10 South Carolina took a 6-4 lead into the top of the eighth inning but Gardner-Webb rallied with two runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth with the tying and winning runs both scoring on Gamecock errors as the Bulldogs defeated South Carolina 7-6 on Tuesday evening in non-conference action in front of 4,825 fans at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C.  Gardner-Webb improves to 21-19-1 with South Carolina now 31-11 on the year.
     
    Gardner-Webb’s rally in the eighth inning began with a walk to Danny Yelverton in the eighth.  After a wild pitch by Vince Fiori moved him up to second base, the Gamecocks went to the pen for right-hander Joel Seddon.  Singles by Scott Johnson and Ryan Hodge cut the South Carolina lead down to 6-5.  Seddon would retire the next two batters with a popup and groundout.  With runners on second and third, the Gamecocks intentionally walked Benji Jackson loading the bases for Scott Coleman.  On a 2-1 pitch Coleman hit a grounder to third that was misfielded by Chase Vergason allowing pinch runner Alex Newman to score and tie the game.  Seddon got out of the inning with a strikeout of Brad Collins.  The Bulldogs completed the rally in the ninth inning.  John Harris led off with a base hit.  After a sacrifice bunt moved him into scoring position, Tyler Best knocked a pitch from Evan Beal over to Joey Pankake at shortstop.  Pankake looked to get pinch runner Taylor Fisher at third base.  His throw went wide and past Vergason though and allowed Fisher to score giving Gardner-Webb the 7-6 lead.  South Carolina went down in order in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.
     
    Gardner-Webb reliever Mitch Warner earned the win and is 3-0 on the year.  He allowed just one run on four hits in 4.1 innings with a walk and two strikeouts.  Joel Seddon suffered the loss and is 1-1 for the season.  He allowed two runs, both unearned, on three hits in 1.1 innings with a walk and a strikeout.
     
    Gardner-Webb had 15 hits with South Carolina finishing with 13 for the game.  LB Dantzler was 3-for-5 with two runs to lead the Gamecocks at the plate.  Grayson Greiner, Connor Bright and TJ Costen all had two hits apiece as well.  Brad Collins and Ryan Hodge both tallied three hits to lead GWU.  
     
    South Carolina committed four errors in the contest leading to four unearned runs for Gardner-Webb.  A pair of GWU errors also led to two unearned runs for the Gamecocks.
     
    Gardner-Webb opened with a three-run lead in the top of the first inning.  JJ Nazzaro led off with a base hit to left field on the first pitch of the game and Henry Rundio singled to give the Bulldogs a pair of runners.  With two outs and runners on first and second, Collins drilled a double to deep right-center scoring both runners to give GWU a two-run cushion.  Collins then scored on a throwing error by Gamecock second baseman Max Schrock increasing the GWU advantage to 3-0.
     
    The Gamecocks scratched across two runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Dantzler led off with a double off the wall in right field.  After Max Schrock singled to center field, Dantzler would eventually score as a fielding error by Nazzaro in center allowed Dantzler to go from third to home.  Schrock would eventually score on a RBI double off the bat of Connor Bright cutting the deficit to 3-2.  
     
    South Carolina trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the fifth and mounted a rally.  Dantzler led off with a single to right field, his third hit of the game.  With one out, the Gamecocks would put runners on first and second as a fielder’s choice off the bat of Brison Celek turned into two runners as Gardner-Webb second baseman Scott Johnson muffed the throw at second base by shortstop Ryan Hodge.  The Gamecocks took advantage of the miscue as Grayson Greiner belted a double to the gap in right-center scoring both runners and tying the game.  With two outs, TJ Costen would drive in Greiner with a base hit off Smith on the mound and into left field giving Carolina a 5-4 lead.
     
    That lead extended to 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning.  Brison Celek extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a one-out base hit.  With pinch runner Shon Carson into the game, Carolina put together two more hits with a base hit by Greiner followed by a RBI single from Bright, his second RBI of the game.
     
    The Gamecocks are back in action this weekend with a three-game series at LSU in SEC play.  First pitch for the opener on Friday is set for 8 p.m. ET at Alex Box Stadium.  The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television and can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”



    Mississippi State Takes Care of Business in Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Mississippi State treated west Tennessee fans to a good show Tuesday night as the 12th-ranked Bulldogs clubbed Memphis 12-1 in a college baseball game played at AutoZone Park.
     
    MSU improved to33-10 overall and 23-2 in non-conference play. The Bulldogs have now won six of the last seven series meetings with the long-time rival Tigers. Memphis has already won six games against the Southeastern Conference this season and falls to 25-17 with the defeat.
     
    The Bulldogs pounded out 15 hits and scored in five different at-bats. Brett Pirtle collected his first four-hit game in the Maroon and White, while Ross Mitchell (8-0) threw six shutout innings in relief to garner the victory.
     
    “I thought we hit a lot of line drives early and got outs,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Later in the game, those hard hits fell in. It is sometimes hard to be focused coming off a big Super Bulldog Weekend. That was not the case. The kids came ready to play and had a great night offensively.”
     
    MSU built an early 5-0 lead on Hunter Renfroe’s conference-best 14th home run of the season – a three-run shot to left field. A five-run ninth inning blew the contest open for the Maroon and White.
     
    Drawing the start for MSU, Evan Mitchell made his first appearance since March 23. After working around three walks in the first inning, Evan Mitchell was lifted after a leadoff walk in the second inning. Ross Mitchell allowed three hits and the Tiger’s only run, while facing 21 batters and throwing 59 pitches in six innings of work. Trevor Fitts, Chad Girodo and Ben Bracewell followed in relief.
     
    “Ross is so effective when he gets to face a lineup one time,” Cohen said. “He really came in and settled the game. When you have a lead, you just need to throw strikes. We have a lot of confidence in Evan. He has come a long way and his bullpens have been great. Ross really came in and gave us a lift.”
     
    Offensively, the Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI-single by Pirtle. The lead was pushed to 2-0 in the fourth inning on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Demarcus Henderson. Renfroe’s home run came after a double by Adam Frazier and walk by Alex Detz in the fifth inning.
     
    In the seventh inning, Renfroe drew a leadoff walk and scored on a triple by Pirtle. Wes Rea lined a sacrifice fly to score Pirtle.
     
    In the ninth inning, C.T. Bradford forced in a run by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Henderson followed with an RBI-single, before reigning SEC Player of the Week Nick Ammirati hit a sacrifice fly. Trey Porter capped the scoring with a two-run pinch-hit single.
     
    Frazier, Renfroe and Henderson had multiple hits for the Bulldogs.
     
    Memphis finished with four hits, including two by Colton Simbeck. Starting pitcher Michael Wills (3-3) was lifted after the walk to Detz in the fifth inning.
    “This is a big win and it will help us get ready for the weekend,” Cohen said. “We have quite a challenge with Vanderbilt. We will be facing one of the best pitching staffs in the country but our kids are looking forward to that challenge.”
     
    MSU returns to conference play this weekend with a three-game series at No. 4 Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs and Commodores meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday (Comcast Sports Southeast) and 1 p.m. Sunday at Hawkins Field in Nashville.



    Gators Dismiss Bulls in Gainesville

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida (23-19) plated six runs in the fifth, tacked on four runs in the sixth and added two more runs in the eighth to post a 12-1 victory over USF (26-15) that snapped the Bulls’ winning streak at 12 games on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. Freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) (2-for-5, two runs) drove in a career-high four runs with the go-ahead RBI single in the fifth and added a three-run triple in the sixth and sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) was 2-for-3 with a two-run double.
     
    In claiming their seventh-straight home game, the Gators have now emerged victorious in 12 of their last 15 contests. With USF ranked 25th by Collegiate Baseball, head coach Kevin O’Sullivan club picked up its SEC-leading 12th win over a ranked foe.
     
    “I thought our pitching was really, really good tonight,” O’Sullivan said. “We played great defense: Richie [Martin] made a nice diving catch, [Harrison] Bader made a nice sliding catch to end an inning and [Casey] Turgeon made a great play to his right to start an inning. We threw strikes for the most part tonight, only walked one guy and we used six different pitchers. All in all, it was a great team effort. Eight of the nine starters got hits tonight. Richie had a big night with four RBI. We got contributions up and down the lineup; we had a lot of guys on the mound and they all did their jobs.”
     
    USF seized a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a two-out RBI single by junior Anthony Diaz. Senior Jimmy Falla opened the frame with a base-hit into right field off of sophomore Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) and senior Chris Norton (2-for-4) followed with a single into left field. Poyner had sophomore Austin Lueck line out to first base and freshman Levi Borders fly to right field before Diaz drove Falla in with a single into center field.
     
    A one-out double by Norton in the fourth prompted a pitching change, as redshirt freshman Aaron Rhodes (Venice, Fla.) replaced Poyner (3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 K). The right-hander retired all four batters he faced and matched his career best of two strikeouts before freshman Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) (2-3) came in with two down and no one on in the fifth.
     
    The Gators erupted for six runs on five hits in the fifth and sent 10 batters to the plate to take control of the contest. Sophomore Connor Mitchell (Tampa, Fla.) (1-for-2, two runs) singled to right field with one down and freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) (2-for-3, three runs) executed a hit-and-run with a base-hit through the right side to move Mitchell to third. Bader was able to reach second on the ensuing relay throw. A wild pitch by sophomore starter Mike Clarkson (1-5) enabled Mitchell to come home with the tying run and the righty hit senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) for Gators on the corners with one down. 
     
    Junior Janick Serrallonga came out of the bullpen for Clarkson (4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R) and yielded an RBI single up the middle to Martin that brought across Bader. A walk to sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (1-for-4, two runs) loaded the bases and Gushue smoked a two-run double down the left-field line to give the hosts a 4-1 advantage, with Dent and Martin scoring. Sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) lofted a sacrifice fly into center field to score Turgeon and redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) raised his hitting streak to a career-high six games with an RBI single to bring home Gushue. Senior Adrian Puig took the mound for Serrallonga (0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R) and had senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) ground out to complete the inning.
     
    Senior Alex Mendez opened the sixth with a double to left field and went to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Young. A walk to junior James Ramsey brought sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) into the ballgame and the righty hit Falla to fill the sacks with none out. Harris rebounded to escape the jam by striking out Norton and Lueck and having sophomore Zac Gilcrease fly out to left field to keep the score 6-1 in favor of the Gators.  
     
    UF tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a bases-clearing triple by Martin. Mitchell had drawn a leadoff walk and moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt before Bader was hit by a pitch. Dent blooped a single into right field, bringing in redshirt freshman Joe Adel in for Puig (0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R) with the bases full. Martin registered his first career three-bagger to balloon the margin to 9-1 and came home on a sacrifice fly into left field by Turgeon.
     
    In the eighth, Bader started things off for the Gators with an infield single and went to second on a grounder by Martin. A two-out single into right field by Turgeon advanced Bader to third base and freshman Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) came through with a pinch-hit single into right field to plate Bader. Rookie Christian Dicks (Jacksonville, Fla.) followed with a pinch-hit single into left field to bring home Turgeon with the game’s final run.
     
    Harris worked 1.2 scoreless and hitless innings with three strikeouts and was followed to the mound by freshman Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.) (0.1 IP, 1 H) and freshman Eric Hanhold (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (2.0 IP, 3 K). The Gators out-hit the Bulls, 13-6.
     
    The Gators resume SEC action on Friday night when they host Eastern Division rival Tennessee (17-22/5-13 SEC). The contest can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network at 7 p.m. with Jeff Cardozo and Mick Hubert, 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. The entire series between the Gators and Vols will be carried live on GatorVision.



    Blue Raiders Rally Past Volunteers

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Tennessee jumped out to a three-run lead early on Tuesday evening but 10 unanswered runs by MTSU proved too much to overcome as the Volunteers dropped an 11-5 decision to the Blue Raiders at Reese Smith Jr. Field in Murfreesboro.
     
    “With a 4-1 lead we fell behind in the count to the first two hitters in the third inning and they made us pay for it,” UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “They put some runners on and the next thing you know they put a two on the board and started feeling some momentum. They pitched off their momentum and we just kind of shut it down offensively. When they brought in some pitchers that were mixing it up and throwing strikes we didn’t get a hit after the third inning. You are going to struggle when that is the case and we just didn’t execute pitches.
     
    “We have to regroup. We have two days of practice before we go down to Gainesville to play [Florida]. Like I said to the team before the game, our goal is to get to Hoover and no one is going to give it to us. We are going to have to do something to get there. But we have a lot of work to do. We have to have more mentality about what we are doing in everything and clean up our game.”
     
    All eight of UT’s hits came off of MTSU starting pitcher Paul Mittura before five Blue Raider relievers held the Vols hitless over the game’s final seven innings. 
     
    Will Maddox and Christin Stewart each posted two-hit performances for the Big Orange while Ethan Bennett extended his hitting streak to five games with his sixth double of the year.
     
    The Vols wasted little time racing out to a quick 4-1 lead as they knocked Mittura around to the tune of four runs on eight hits in just 2.0-plus innings of work. The Big Orange came out of the gates swinging, recording four hits in the game’s opening stanza, but it would only manage one run as three UT runners were thrown out on the bases. Pierce Bily got the scoring started with a two-out RBI single to center. 
     
    Although a triple and a run-scoring groundout by MTSU tied the game in the home half of the first, Tennessee jumped right back out in front thanks to an RBI groundout of its own by Jeff Moberg in the second. Stewart and Vincent Jackson then put two more runs on the board in the top of the third with an RBI single and sacrifice fly, respectively. 
     
    It would be all Blue Raiders after that though as their offense exploded for 10 unanswered runs, including five in the fourth inning alone. At the same time, four MTSU relievers combined to hold Tennessee off of the scoreboard for the next 5.1 innings until three consecutive walks and a run-scoring groundout by Bennett brought in the game’s final run in the top of the eighth.
     
    Tennessee will return to the diamond this weekend when it travels to Gainesville, Fla., for a three-game set against Florida, April 26-28. 



    Aggies Fall at Texas State, 4-1

    SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies were doomed by Texas State’s three-run second inning and lost a 4-1 decision to the Bobcats on Tuesday evening at Bobcat Ballpark.
     
    Texas A&M (22-20) drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Blake Allemand laced a single through the right side of the infield and stole second base to start the frame. After Krey Brasten struck out swinging and Mikey Reynolds flied out to leftfield, Cole Lankford plated Allemand with a two-out double to the gap in left centerfield to give A&M a 1-0 advantage.
     
    A walk was as good as a hit for Texas State (18-22) as the Bobcats tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Kevin Sah drew a six-pitch walk to start the inning, stole second base and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Morgan Mickan. Cody Lovejoy knocked in Sah with a groundout to shortstop as Texas State scored a run without the benefit of a base hit in the inning.
     
    The Bobcats claimed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. The rally once again started with a base on balls as, with one out, Ben McElroy was issued a seven-pitch walk. Nick Smelser singled through the right side of the infield to put runners on the corners. Tyler Pearson also singled through the right side, sending McElroy home for the 2-1 lead. A passed ball put both runners in scoring position and they scored on a sacrifice fly by JD Stinnett and an error at shortstop by Andrew Vinson on a grounder by Sah to inflate the Bobcat cushion to 4-1.
     
    The Aggies threatened on multiple occasions getting a runner on third base with one out in three different frames, but were unable to harvest a run in any of the three innings.
     
    Texas A&M starter Corey Ray (3-2) was saddled with the loss. He allowed four runs, two earned, on two hits and two walks over 1.2 innings. Parker Ray continued to be strong in relief, scattering three hits and one walk while striking out four over 3.2 shutout innings.
     
    Lucas Humpal (3-1) was effective in his pre-ordained three innings to earn the win. He allowed one run on three hits while striking out one over the 3.0 frames. Scott Grist followed with 3.0 innings of shutout relief allowing three hits while striking out three. Hunter Lemke struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning to earn his seventh save of the season.
     
    Andrew Vinson and Cole Lankford each got two hits to lead the Aggies. Vinson went 2-for-2, the first hits of his career, with one double. Lankford went 2-for-4 with a double.
     
    Mikey Reynolds got a hit in his fourth at-bat to extend his string of consecutive games reaching base to 40, the second-longest active streak in the nation. 
     
    Pearson paced the Bobcats at the plate with three of Texas State’s six hits. He went 3-for-3 with one double, one run and one RBI.
     
    The Aggies complete their eight-game road swing with a three-game SEC series in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide. First pitches for the games are slated for 6:35 pm on Friday, 6:05 pm on Saturday and 1:05 pm on Sunday.



    Commodores Crush Cards in Louisville

    Louisville, Ky. - No. 2 Vanderbilt hammered No. 12 Louisville 10-2 at Patterson Field Tuesday night to win the Battle of the Barrel for the second straight year. 
     
    The Cardinals (30-10) climbed back into the game in the fifth inning with a run but the Commodores (36-6) responded in a big way in the sixth. With Connor Harrell on first base and one out, Zander Wiel stepped up to the plate and blasted his third home run in his last three games with a towering two-run homer to left field. Spencer Navin followed with a single and came around to score on Vince Conde's RBI-double to make it a four-run fifth inning. The Dores piled on late with Conde hitting a three-run homer to left field to set the final score at 10-2. 
     
    Vandy staked starter Walker Buehler to an early lead with a run in the first inning and the freshman went to work. Buehler cruised through the first four innings allowing only one hit before the Cardinals got to him in the fifth. Jeff Gardner led off the inning with a double and came around to score on Zak Wasserman's single. After a walk put runners on first and second with one out Buehler got Adam Engel to pop up a bunt. Buehler caught the bunt and fired to first for the double play to end the Louisville threat. Buehler (3-1) earned the win allowing one run on four hits over 5.1 innings. 
     
    The Vanderbilt offense collected 14 hits on the night to mark the 10th time in the last 11 games the team has had at least 10 hits. Four Dores had multi-hit games in the victory led by Jack Lupo and Tony Kemp, who had three hits each. Conde matched his career-best with four RBI and Mike Yastrzemski chipped in three more RBI. 
     
    Louisville starter Kyle McGrath (5-1) took the loss allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits over 3.1 innings. McGrath was the first of nine pitchers used in the game by the home team. Wasserman had two hits and drove in both runs for the Cardinals. 
     
    The Commodores return to action Friday night at Hawkins Field when No. 16 Mississippi State comes to Nashville. The Dores and Bulldogs are scheduled to play Friday night at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 12 p.m. on CSS and Sunday at 1 p.m.



    Bulldogs Dominate Yellow Jackets at Turner Field

    ATLANTA---- On a glorious evening in Atlanta, a crowd of 18,240 at Turner Field watched as Georgia pummeled 20th-ranked Georgia Tech 17-0.
    The largest crowd in college baseball this season was treated to a historic Bulldog rout of its rival. The only bigger Bulldog margin of victory in the series came in the second ever meeting in 1898, a 25-1 pounding in Athens.
     
    The Bulldogs (16-26) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second and never looked back, batting around three times in this the 11th annual “Spring Baseball Classic For Kids” that benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Georgia tallied 23 hits while the Yellow Jackets (27-14) were held to just five. It was Georgia’s first shutout of Tech since the 2008 NCAA Athens Regional, a day they swept a doubleheader at Foley Field to advance to a Super Regional. Those Bulldogs eventually reached the College World Series Finals.
     
     Freshmen Zach Bowers and Daniel Nichols reached on back-to-back singles in the second. Right fielder Heath Holder put down his first career sacrifice bunt. Sophomore centerfielder Justin Bryan delivered an RBI-single and second baseman Nelson Ward followed with a sacrifice fly to start the scoring. Bryan wound up tying his career-high with 4 RBI on the night.
     
    Georgia put runners in the corners with one out in the first on singles by third baseman Curt Powell  (4-for-5, 2 RBI) and left fielder Hunter Cole (4-5, 2 RBI). However, Tech escaped the jam when freshman left-hander Jonathan King struck out designated hitter Jared Walsh and on the play, a delayed double steal attempt was unsuccessful as Powell was thrown out at home.
     
    Cole and Walsh started the third inning with base hits to chase King as Tech turned to Josh Heddinger. Bowers connected for an RBI-single. After retiring Nichols, pinch-hitter Sean McLaughlin reached on a walk to load the bases for Bryan. He smashed a two-run single and Ward followed with another sacrifice fly. Powell’s run-scoring single completed a five-run outburst as the Bulldogs extended their lead to 7-0.
     
    Georgia senior Bryan Benzor pitched three scoreless innings in a planned staff outing and picked up the win to move his record to 3-2. He allowed two hits and struck out four before giving way to sophomore Ross Ripple. He took care of the fourth but after the first two Yellow Jackets reached to start the fifth, Georgia looked to senior Blake Dieterich. He cleaned up the frame and kept Tech off the scoreboard.
     
    In the top of the sixth, Ward led off with a double and took third on an error by right fielder Daniel Palka. By the end of the frame, the Bulldogs had scored four runs and took an 11-0 lead. In the seventh, the Bulldog onslaught continued, adding five runs on six hits to extend their advantage to 16-0. The final run came in the ninth on an RBI-single by Powell.
     
    After Dieterich, Georgia’s relievers included redshirt freshman Mike Mancuso, Patrick Boling and Jarrett Brown, and they all worked an inning apiece. The final regular season meeting with Tech will be May 14 in Atlanta at Russ Chandler Stadium. 
     
    “This was a lot of fun to watch in the dugout, and I’m happy for our team because they’ve hung in there and battled all season long and to do this against a great opponent in a big-time atmosphere, that’s important,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “Hopefully, this will give them some confidence heading into the weekend. Tonight, all the pitchers did a good job because they were facing a talented lineup. Even when it was 7-0, you’re not comfortable because they have the potential to get right back in it. We’ve won four of our last six, and we need to follow this up against Arkansas.”
     
    Georgia returns to SEC action on Friday in Athens for the first of a three-game series against 14th-ranked Arkansas (27-15. 11-7 SEC). First pitch at Foley Field will be at 7 p.m.



    Arkansas' Bout with Sooners Cancelled

    FAYETTEVILLE –  Tuesday’s game between Arkansas and Oklahoma has been cancelled due to forecasted inclement weather, including rain and cold temperatures on Tuesday night. The game vs. the Sooners will not be made up.
     
    Fans who purchased single-game tickets for Tuesday’s game should call the Razorback ticket office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647). Tuesday season tickets are not eligible for exchange.
     
    Since there will be no game played on Tuesday, Woofstock 2013 has been postponed.
     
    The Razorbacks return to Southeastern Conference play this weekend, traveling to Athens, Ga., for a three-game series with the Georgia Bulldogs. Game times are set for 6 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday’s game will be televised on FSN, while Sunday’s game will be shown on CSS.



    Walk-Off Homer Dooms Kentucky After 18-Inning Marathon

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Trevor Lowe pulled a line drive over the leftfield fence and around the foul pole to lead off the bottom of the 18th inning, lifting Western Kentucky to a 3-2 win over No. 24 Kentucky, in the longest game played in college baseball in 2013, on Tuesday night in front of 3,571 at Bowling Green Ballpark.
     
    Kentucky (24-16) and Western Kentucky battled in a pitcher’s duel throughout the game, with WKU taking a 1-0 lead with a run in the third and UK answering on the strength of Austin Cousino’s solo homer to lead off the top of the sixth inning. UK took advantage of a three-base, two-out error in the top of the 13th to take a 2-1 lead before WKU took advantage of a two-out fielding error to score the game-tying from third in the bottom of the 13th. 
     
    In the bottom of the 14th, WKU got its first two runners on with a hit by pitch and a five-pitch walk, prompting UK to go to freshman righty Zach Strecker to face slugging WKU first baseman Ryan Huck. After allowing a Huck walk, Strecker got out of the jam without the walk-off run scoring. Strecker went on to work scoreless innings in the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th innings, before Lowe got a laser home run just over the fence in leftfield, bending around the foul pole. 
     
    UK had its best chance to win the game in the top of the 17th inning, as Matt Reida – whose two-out error in the bottom of the 13th inning allowed the game-tying run to score from third base – tripled to lead off the frame. After a pitching change due to injury, UK’s Jeff Boehm and Cousino struck out with the infield in and Max Kuhn grounded out with the bases loaded to stretch into the 18th. 
     
    The marathon is the second UK game in the last two years that has stretched to historic proportions, as UK and Kent State played a 21-inning game in the opener of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the longest game in Southeastern Conference history. 
     
    The game on Tuesday lasted five hours and 57 minutes, saw a total of 33 runners left on base between the two games and had heroic pitching performances in relief. 
     
    UK collected eight hits in the game, with Cousino adding a homer and a double and Reed going 2-for-6 with a double and a pair of intentional walks in the extra frames. UK also got hits from Reida, J.T. Riddle, Micheal Thomas and Lucas Witt. 
     
    UK freshman starter Kyle Cody worked his second quality start of the year, tossing six strong innings on a career-high 97 pitches. The 6-foot-7, 230-pounder allowed four hits and one run, walking one and equaling his career-high with seven strikeouts. After allowing a run on a two-out double in the third, Cody did not allow a hit over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, surrendering just a two-out walk. 
     
    Sophomore right-hander Chandler Shepherd took over in relief of Cody to start the seventh, working two innings into the ninth, allowing one hit and two walks, striking out two. Senior Walter Wijas worked 1.1 innings, allowing a hit no runs, walking two. Junior Trevor Gott came on with the go-ahead run in scoring position and one out in the 10th inning, getting two strikeouts to escape the jam. Gott worked a heroic 3.1 innings, allowing four hits and one unearned run, striking out five. 
     
    Freshman Ryne Combs came on in the 13th with the game-winning run at third, getting a strikeout to end the threat. Combs got the out in the 13th, walking one and hitting one. 
     
    Strecker (1-1) came on in a two-one, no-out jam in the 14th inning and after a walk loaded the bases with no one out, getting out of the jam unscathed to stretch the game further into extras. Strecker suffered the hard-luck loss, working four innings, allowing four hits and the solo homer in the 18th, walking one and striking out five. 
     
    Western Kentucky (22-19) starter Justin Hageman worked 5.1 innings, allowing four hits and one run, walking two and striking out four. He was replaced in the sixth by sidearm southpaw Austin Clay, who turned in 3.1 perfect innings in relief, striking out two. Closer Taylor Haydel took over with two outs in the ninth, working a shutout frame. Ian Tompkins worked 2.1 innings, allowing no baserunners and striking out one. Josh Bartley worked four innings, allowing just an unearned run, with WKU then turning to Jack Thompson and Brennan Pearson. Pearson (2-0) had a heroic outing as he used his secondary stuff in the leadoff triple jam in the 17th to escape the threat, striking out four UK hitters and allowing just one walk. 
     
    UK will return to action on Thursday, traveling to No. 16 Ole Miss for a three-game series starting at 7:30 p.m. ET in a national telecast on ESPNU. 
     
    The Hilltoppers got on the board in the third inning as Steve Hodgins tripled off the wall in right-centerfield with one out. After a clutch pop out for the second out, Scott Wilcox delivered the key hit with a two-out double off the wall in rightfield, scoring Hodgins with the first run of the game. 
     
    UK answered in the top of the sixth inning, as Cousino drilled a first-pitch over the rightfield fence, tying the game at 1-1. It was Cousino’s fifth homer of the year and the 14th of his career. 
     
    With two outs in the top of the 13th, Cousino lofted a full-count pop up to rightfield, with Jordan Cessna misplaying the ball for a three-base error. With a 1-2 count, Reed then smashed a double down the leftfield line, scoring Cousino with the go-ahead run. 
     
    WKU answered in the bottom of the 13th, getting a pair of singles to leadoff the inning, as Matthew Paculan singled up the middle and Griffith Roark singled off Gott. After a sacrifice bunt pushed the tying run to third base, Blake Crabtree hit into a ground ball at Reed, with the runners holding in scoring position. Cessna then followed with a grounder at Reida with two out, with the UK shortstop slipping while coming up with the ball. His off-balance throw sailed into the dirt and drew Reed off the bag, allowing the tying run to score.