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    SEC Baseball Diamond Update - 4/26

    Baseball RESULTS
    Auburn 3,  Missouri 1
    Florida 7,  Tennessee 2
    Alabama 3,  Texas A&M 2
    Arkansas 2,  Georgia 0
    Ole Miss 11,  Kentucky 5
    Vanderbilt 3,  Mississippi State 1
    LSU 5,  South Carolina 2


    Cooper Blasts Two Home Runs In 3-1 Win At Missouri
                                        
    COLUMBIA, MO. – Garrett Cooper hit leadoff home runs in the fourth and sixth innings as the Auburn baseball team claimed a 3-1, series-opening win over Missouri on Friday night at Taylor Stadium. The win improved Auburn’s record to 25-16, 7-12 SEC while Missouri fell to 13-24, 5-14 SEC.

    Cooper, who came in as the team leader with four home runs, took a 1-0 Rob Zastryzny offering over the wall in center in the fourth and an 0-2 pitch out to left for Auburn’s first two-homer game by an individual since Brian Fletcher blasted two in the 18-4, SEC West-clinching win at Ole Miss on May 21, 2010.

    “The fastball was up and I put a good swing on it,” Cooper said of his fourth-inning shot. “(In the sixth) He left the 0-2 curveball in the middle of the plate and I kind of got fooled but I kept my hands back and luckily got barrel on it.”

    The two home runs made a winner out of Conner Kendrick (3-2), who went a career-long 8 1/3 innings and tied his career-high with eight strike outs. With the win, he became the first Auburn starting pitcher other than Michael O’Neal to pick up a win since Rocky McCord got the win over Brown on March 10.

    “When I was down on some pitches I could pick myself back up with a little off-speed and that kept the hitters off balance a little bit,” Kendrick said. “I threw some good curveballs tonight but my go-to pitch was my change-up.”

    “Conner did an outstanding job,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. “He has a way to maneuver out of some trouble. He put himself into some trouble situations but he made some really big pitches. When he needs to make a really big pitch he has three weapons to use. He has a fastball, a breaking ball and a change-up and I thought he did an outstanding job with some help by our defense.”

    Terrance Dedrick earned his team-leading fifth save, inducing a 6-3 double-play out of pinch hitter Scott Sommerfeld, the only hitter he faced, to end the game.

    Zastryzny took the loss despite striking out a season-high 11 in eight innings. He was charged for all three Auburn runs on eight hits and three walks.

    Patrick Savage’s first inning double gave Auburn a 1-0 lead. Cullen Wacker had hit a single and Cooper moved him to third with a single of his own, with all three hits coming with two outs in the inning.

    Missouri tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the second on Keaton Steele’s third home run of the year, a leadoff shot that got caught up in the wind that was blowing out to left.

    Blake Austin had his 35th caught stealing by in Missouri’s fourth, tying Bobby Huddleston (2000-03) for fourth in Auburn history. The strong-armed backstop also picked a man off first in Missouri’s half of the third with the bases loaded.
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    Astin, Suggs pitch Arkansas to 2-0 win

    ATHENS, Ga. – Barrett Astin and Colby Suggs combined on a six-hit shutout as No. 15 Arkansas opened its series against Georgia with a 2-0 win on Friday night at Foley Field.

    Arkansas improves to 28-15 overall and 12-7 in Southeastern Conference play, while Georgia is now 16-27 and 4-15 in league play.

    Astin (3-2) was outstanding on the mound for the Razorbacks en route to earning his third win of the season. The junior right hander tossed a career-high eight shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out eight.

    Suggs earned his sixth save of the season, striking out one and giving up two hits in a scoreless ninth inning.

    Georgia starter Patrick Boling (2-6) took the loss. Boling gave up one run on three hits and struck out four in six innings.

    Arkansas managed just three hits in the game with Brian Anderson accounting for two of the hits, along with a RBI. Jake Wise had the other hit for the Razorbacks and also drove in a run.

    Georgia finished the night with six hits with Kyle Farmer and Curt Powell each collecting two hits. Brett DeLoach and Jared Walsh added one hit apiece.

    The Razorbacks struck first with a run in the top of the third. After a leadoff walk to Jacob Morris, Joe Serrano laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Morris to second with one out. A ground out to the pitcher by Matt Vinson advanced Morris to third. Anderson came through with a two-out RBI single to left field, scoring Morris for the game’s first run.

    Arkansas added an insurance run in the top of the eighth. With the bases loaded and two out, Wise was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Vinson, who walked to start the inning.

    Georgia had its best scoring chances in the first and ninth inning. In the bottom of the first, the Bulldogs put runners on first and second with no out, but Astin worked out of the jam, getting a fly out to center field with the bases loaded to end the inning.

    In the ninth, Georgia put runners on first and second with no out against Suggs. A sacrifice bunt by Daniel Nichols moved each runner into scoring position with one out. Suggs got a fly out to left by Sean McLaughlin and a strike out swinging of pinch hitter Jess Posey to end the game and give the Razorbacks the win.
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    Florida Uses Long Ball To Capture Series Opener Against Tennessee, 7-2

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Freshman left-hander Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) threw a career-high 5.2 scoreless innings and Florida (24-19/11-8 SEC) belted a season-high three homers in a 7-2 series-opening victory over Tennessee (17-23/5-14 SEC) on Friday night at McKethan Stadium.

    Young (3-3) surrendered six hits in picking up his second SEC win, while the sophomore trio of Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (2-for-4, two RBI), Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (2-for-4, three RBI, two runs) and Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (2-for-3, two runs) each went yard. The Gators have now claimed 10 of their last 11 outings and boast an eight-game winning streak at home.

    “I thought Danny (Young) did a nice job,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “He threw strikes, and we got a couple of double plays. Overall, we threw strikes and only walked a couple of batters. (Justin) Shafer and (Taylor) Gushue both had a double and a home run apiece, and (Casey) Turgeon had another home run. But, I thought we swung the bats really well tonight. Eight out of the nine guys in the lineup got hits tonight. We threw all freshmen tonight, and on a Friday night in the SEC that doesn’t happen too often. Other than it getting a little sloppy in the ninth, it was a clean game and I was pleased by how we played tonight.”

    Shafer opened the scoring with a leadoff homer in the second inning into the left-field bleachers off of Tennessee freshman right-hander Aaron Quillen (1-3). Shafer’s fourth big fly of the season was his first round-tripper since March 24 at Vanderbilt.

    The Vols put their first two runners aboard in the third inning against Young, as sophomore Will Maddox (3-for-4) was hit by a pitch and freshman A.J. Simcox legged out an infield single to third base. Young induced a 3-6-3 double play ball from junior Scott Price (2-for-5), moving Maddox to third base. Freshman Christin Stewart drew a two-out walk for runners on the corners and Young had junior Pierce Bily pop up to Turgeon to end the frame.

    Gushue cranked a three-run homer and freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) had an RBI single in the bottom of the frame to expand Florida’s lead to 5-0. Freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) started with a single just out of the reach of Vols’ junior second baseman Taylor Smart and moved to second on senior Cody Dent’s (Boynton Beach, Fla.) team-leading seventh sacrifice bunt. Bader went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Martin’s base-knock into left field. After Turgeon lined a single into right field, Gushue blasted his team-leading fifth homer over the wall in right field. Redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) later collected his fifth double of the season with two down, giving the Gators five hits in the inning.

    “I was trying to be aggressive,” Gushue said about his three-run homer. “I just wanted to get the first strike I could handle and put a good swing on it and wanted to see it up. Good things happen when you do that.”

    Freshman Vincent Jackson (3-for-4) began UT’s fourth with a single up the middle but Young had Smart hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Although junior Ethan Bennett tripled to center field, Young put another zero on the board by having sophomore Parker Wormsley ground out.

    The Gators added two more runs in the fifth to increase their margin to 7-0. Turgeon belted his fifth homer of the year to right field with one down, matching Gushue for the top spot, and Gushue followed with his 11th double to the gap in left center field. Shafer collected his second extra-base hit of the game with a double down the left-field line that scored Gushue and prompted a pitching change. Sophomore Eric Martin took over for Quillen (4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R) and a throwing error by Simcox allowed senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) to reach base but Shafer was thrown out at the plate to complete the inning.

    Young recorded the first two outs of the sixth but was struck with a line drive by Jackson and replaced by redshirt freshman Aaron Rhodes (Venice, Fla.). Over a career-high 5.2 shutout innings, Young scattered six hits, with two walks and one strikeout.

    “Danny (Young) had an unbelievable start,” Gushue said. “He has a lot of fight in him; he hates losing. Just the little things set him off and that is good from a pitching standpoint. He can have that fire up there and it helps him gets through those tough situations.”

    In the seventh, Wormsley reached on a one-out fielding error by Rhodes and went to third on a double by Maddox. Rhodes (1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K) struck out Simcox and freshman Parker Danciu (Delray Beach, Fla.) came in and had Price ground out to keep the zeroes on the board.

    After Danciu worked 1.1 scoreless innings and had a pair of strikeouts, freshman Tucker Simpson (Oxford, Ala.) came in for the ninth. The righty fanned Bennett but the batter was able to reach on a passed ball. A one-out double into right center by Maddox thwarted the shutout and Maddox took third on a wild pitch. An RBI grounder by Simcox finalized the 7-2 margin. Florida held an 11-10 advantage in hits.
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    Alabama Opens Series against Texas A&M with a 3-2 Win

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama got home runs from Ben Moore and Brett Booth in consecutive innings as the Crimson Tide defeated the Texas A&M Aggies, 3-2, Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. With the win, Alabama boosts their record to 26-18 overall and eclipse last year’s SEC win total with an improvement to 10-9 in the conference. The Aggies’ loss drops them to 22-21 overall and 7-12 in conference play.

    Senior righty Charley Sullivan (4-4) earned the win in his fifth quality start and 11th overall of the season, striking out three in seven innings and allowing only two runs on six hits and a pair of walks. Junior right-hander Tucker Hawley relieved Sullivan in the eighth inning, going for one scoreless, hitless inning and allowing only one walk. Freshman righty Ray Castillo came out to pitch a scoreless, hitless final inning and only allowed one walk en route to his team-leading seventh save of the year.

    “I thought Charley Sullivan did just what we needed, he went out and gave us a solid seven innings,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “I thought he competed extremely hard. He’s been in a tough spot the last three weeks as he’s had to face three potential first-rounders. I felt like he was going to pitch well tonight. He had a really good bullpen during the week. You could see he was really focused as he went into tonight. After that I thought Tucker Hawley was really sharp and Ray Castillo did his thing, what he’s been doing, finishing it out. Charley made some pitches to keep that lead. Then he comes back and throws a clean seventh that allowed us to pitch the single innings by both Tucker (Hawley) and Ray (Castillo)."

    The Aggies’ Daniel Mengden (4-2) was charged with the loss in a quality start of his own, striking out six in seven innings pitched and only allowing three runs on four hits and two walks.

    Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore led the offensive charge with a two-run home run in the first inning and a pair of walks and senior catcher Brett Booth added a solo home run in the second. Senior third baseman Kenny Roberts was 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored and freshman center fielder Georgie Salem stroked a pair of singles to extend his team-high hitting streak to eight games and record his 14th multi-hit game of the season.

    After a solid first inning of work from Sullivan, the Tide opened an early lead. Roberts opened the game with a lead-off single into center field. After the next two Alabama batters were retired, Moore took a big cut at the 1-2 pitch and sent it off the scoreboard to put the Tide up, 2-0. Not to be out done, Booth followed up with a solo home run over the left field wall to lead off the second inning and stretch the lead to a 3-0 advantage.

    “We had the early offense as Ben (Moore) had the huge two-run homer in the first and Brett (Booth) comes back and follows that up with a solo shot in the second,” Gaspard said. “It was one of those games; you knew they were going to make a run at us.  I thought it was really big when they got the two runs.”
     
    It took six innings for the Aggies to break their scoreless drought. After retiring the first two batters, Sullivan allowed the first hit of the frame on a Cole Langford single up the middle, the Troy Stein single to the same spot to set up runners on first and second. Hunter Melton capped off the inning for Texas A&M with a double deep to the left center gap, scoring both runners to cut the lead to 3-2.

    From there, Alabama’s Sullivan, Hawley, and Castillo combined for three scoreless innings to seal the win for the Crimson Tide.
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    NOLA PITCHES NO. 2 LSU TO 5-2 WIN OVER NO. 10 SOUTH CAROLINA

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Sophomore right-hander Austin Nola (8-0) threw his third consecutive complete game Friday at Alex Box Stadium, lifting No. 2 LSU (39-4, 16-3 SEC) to a 5-2 victory over No. 10 South Carolina (31-12, 11-8 SEC).

    The Tigers’ 39-4 overall mark is the best 43-game record in school  history, and LSU’s 16-3 league record is the school’s best conference mark since the 1986 club  was also 16-3.

    Nola became the first LSU pitcher to throw three straight complete games since left-hander Greg Smith in 2005, who accomplished the same feat against Ole Miss, Arkansas and Vanderbilt. Nola allowed two runs on six hits Friday while striking out eight in his nine-inning performance.  

    Nola won for the eighth time this season in eight decisions as he limited the Gamecocks to two runs on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts, firing 112 pitches.

    LSU and South Carolina face off again Saturday in Game 2 of the series at Alex Box Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Cox Sports Television, the Geaux Zone on LSUSports.net and LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.

    “Aaron Nola delivered another outstanding performance for us tonight,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He seems to get better with each outing, and he gets stronger as the game goes along. His endurance has improved, his stuff is amazing, and he’s so efficient with his pitches. I know we can’t rely on him to throw a complete game every Friday night, but we’re grateful that he’s capable of going the distance.”

    Designated hitter Sean McMullen (2-for-3) gave the Tigers an early 2-0 advantage in the second inning with a bases-loaded, two-RBI single to right field against South Carolina starter Nolan Belcher.

    LSU began the fourth inning with three straight singles from catcher Ty Ross, second baseman JaCoby Jones and right fielder Jared Foster. McMullen then collected another RBI on a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Ross from third base. Ross, Jones and Foster finished Friday’s game a combined 6-for-10.

    Shortstop Alex Bregman extended the Tigers’ lead to 4-1 with his 42nd RBI of the season on a single to left field in the sixth inning.

    The Tigers got another run in the seventh on an RBI laser by Ross, who collected two hits and scored twice in the contest.

    South Carolina shortstop Joey Pankake cut the Tigers’ lead to 5-2 in the ninth with a solo home run to left. However, Nola bounced back and retired the next three Gamecock hitters in order, including two strikeouts.

    Belcher (6-4) was charged with the loss, as he allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings with four walks and four strikeouts.
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    NO. 16 OLE MISS EVENS SERIES WITH BIG FIRST INNING

    OXFORD, Miss. -- No. 16 Ole Miss plated four runs on four hits in the first inning to jump out to an early lead and held on for an 11-5 win over No. 24 Kentucky to even the series, on Friday night in front of 7,676 at Swayze Field.

    Kentucky (25-17, 8-12 Southeastern Conference) posted a thrilling 3-2 win on Thursday night to open the series before the Rebels jumped out to an early lead in the first inning with four runs on four singles and a pair of walks. The Wildcats answered with three runs in their next inning but the Rebels got a two-run homer for a 6-3 lead after three innings, adding five runs in the middle innings.  UK rallied with two runs in the eighth for the final margin, 11-5.

    UK starter Jerad Grundy (5-5) suffered the loss as the Rebels jumped on the board early. Grundy worked 5.2 innings, allowing 12 hits and nine runs, walking two and striking out two. Freshman Zach Strecker took over in the sixth, walking a pair and allowing two runs – a miscommunicated, three-run triple in rightfield. Freshmen lefties Dylan Dwyer and Ryne Combs worked scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth.

    UK totaled five runs on three hits with the first knock coming from sophomore Max Kuhn in UK’s three-run second inning and Kyle Barrett adding an opposite-field single in the eighth. Austin Cousino was hit by a pitch, along with J.T. Riddle. Senior Zac Zellers added his third double of 2013. UK got walks from Matt Reida and Greg Fettes and a sacrifice fly from A.J. Reed, the NCAA’s leader among sophomores in homers and RBI.  

    Ole Miss (31-13, 11-9 SEC) starter Mike Mayers (3-4) picked up the with six innings, allowing just an infield single and three runs – one earned – walking three and striking out eight. Righty Chris Ellis came on to pitch the seventh, working 1.1 inning, allowing three hits and two runs, walking one and striking out two. Jeremy Massie got the final four outs to end the game for the Rebs.

    The series will conclude on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. ET at Swayze Field. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with the Voice of UK Baseball, Neil Price, calling the action. Fans in Central Kentucky can hear the games live on WLAP 630-AM, in Louisville on WKJK 1080-AM and online at UKathletics.com.

    The Rebels jumped on the board in the first inning as Tanner Mathis led off the game with a seven-pitch walk and Austin Anderson laid down a perfect bunt single. Austin Bousfield then moved the runners into scoring position and UK loaded the bases with a walk of Stuart Turner. Andrew Mistone then singled to rightfield to score a run and re-load the bases. Preston Overbey followed with a two-run single and Christian Helsel scored another run with a single into rightfield.

    UK answered in the top of the second inning, as Zellers led off with a walk, taking second on Paul McConkey’s full-count strikeout. Kuhn followed with a single up the middle, with Austin Anderson diving to keep Zellers at third. After a balk scored Zellers and moved Kuhn to second, Matt Reida struck out swinging but motored to third on a pair of errors due to the dropped third strike, scoring Kuhn. After a Greg Fettes walk, Barrett beat out the back end of a double play to score Reida.

    The Rebels answered in the bottom of the third with a leadoff single from Bousfield and a two-run homer from Turner, his fifth of the year.

    Ole Miss added to its lead in the fifth, as Turner singled with one out and scored on Mistone’s double down the leftfield line. Overbey followed with a single into centerfield, moving Mistone to third base. Helsel then laid down a squeeze bunt to give the Rebels an 8-3 lead.

    The Rebels emptied the bases with a two-out triple in the sixth inning as UK’s center and rightfielders nearly collided on a fly ball that fell in between them, allowing Bousfield, Turner and Lance Wilson to score for an 11-3 lead.

    UK mounted an eighth-inning rally, as Barrett singled to leadoff, Cousino smacked a top-spin single to the right side and after a wild pitch moved the duo into scoring position, A.J. Reed lofted a sacrifice fly to score Barrett. Riddle was then hit by a pitch and Zellers followed with a double into the gap to score Cousino and move Riddle to third with one out.
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    Commodores hold off Bulldogs
     
    Nashville, Tenn. – No. 3 Vanderbilt held off a ninth-inning rally from No. 16 Mississippi State to win the series opener 3-1 on Friday night at a rainy Hawkins Field.
     
    The Commodores (37-6, 17-2) took a 3-1 lead into the top of the ninth before the Bulldogs (33-11, 10-9) made it interesting. Wes Rea opened the frame with a single to center field off VU closer Brian Miller to start the rally. Miller made a nice play on a comebacker to the mound to get the lead runner at second base for the first out of the inning. But Mississippi State responded with a single from Demarcus Henderson and a walk to pinch hitter Trey Porter to load the bases. With the tying run at second and one out, Miller got exactly what he needed when pinch hitter Sam Frost hit a ground ball to Tony Kemp. The Dores’ second baseman scooped up the grounder, flipped the ball to shortstop Vince Conde, who fired to first base to complete the Commodores’ second double play of the night and end the game. For Miller it sealed his 12th save of the year, breaking the Vanderbilt school record for saves in a single season.
     
    Vanderbilt struck first with two runs in the third inning thanks to a Mike Yastrzemski single up the middle. The senior bounced a single into shallow center field to score Conde from third base and Kemp slid in ahead of the throw to make it 2-0 Vandy. The Bulldogs jumped right back into the game in the top of the fourth when Brett Pirtle led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a ground out. Zander Wiel gave the Dores an insurance run in the eighth when he lifted a sacrifice fly to center field.
     
    Commodores’ starter Kevin Ziomek (8-2) was outstanding in his eighth win of the season. The lefty allowed one run on four hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings. The junior struck out five of the first 12 Bulldogs he faced and turned in at least seven innings for the eighth time this season. He pitched out of a big jam in the sixth when Hunter Renfroe and Pirtle opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Ziomek then retired the next six batters he faced to end his night. Miller worked the final two innings allowing two hits and no runs. His 12th save of the season moves him out of a first place tie with Navery Moore (2011) and Ryan Rote (2004) and gives him sole possession of the single-season school record. Miller now has 17 career saves, two shy of Rote’s career record.
     
    Seniors Yastrzemski and Connor Harrell led the way with two hits each for the Dores. Xavier Turner extended his hitting streak to a team-best 15 games with an infield single in his final at-bat of the night.
     
    Mississippi State starter Luis Pollorena (6-2) was solid in defeat allowing three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings. Pirtle led the way for the Bulldogs with three of the team’s six hits.
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    NO. 16 REBELS EVEN SERIES WITH 11-5 WIN OVER NO. 24 KENTUCKY

    OXFORD, Miss. – Senior third baseman Andrew Mistone finished a home run shy of the cycle on Friday night, pacing a Rebel offense that tallied 13 hits as No. 16 Ole Miss (31-13, 11-9 SEC) defeated No. 24 Kentucky (25-17, 9-11 SEC) by a score of 11-5.

    The win evened the weekend series and set up a rubber match between the two teams on Saturday in a game televised by Fox SportsSouth at 2:15 p.m.

    Mistone went 3-for-4 on the night with five RBI and a run scored on a night where the senior tallied at least one RBI on each hit. He was one of four Rebels to put together a multiple-hit game, including junior catcher Stuart Turner who went 2-for-3 with two walks – both intentional – four runs scored and a two-run home run.

    Mike Mayers (3-4) picked up the win, working 6.0 innings and allowing three runs – only one of which was earned – on one hit. He also struck out eight batters while allowing three walks. It was the first win for Mayers since March 9, despite turning in four quality starts in the six weeks since that decision.

    Jerad Grundy (5-5) took the loss for Kentucky, allowing nine runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

    “I’m proud of the way we swung the bats tonight,” Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco said. “Coming off of last night, we weren’t very good. Tonight we were terrific against a very good pitcher in (Jerad) Grundy. We had a lot of terrific at bats. Of course in the first inning, we had a walk and a couple of good drag bunts. Then we had a big single by (Andrew) Mistone, he had a terrific night tonight. We had (Stuart) Turner with the home run and a single. It was a just a good night one through nine.”

    The Rebels got off to the quick start with a four-run first inning to take a lead that would be threatened, but never surrendered. Tanner Mathis and Austin Anderson got things started with a walk and a single before a sac bunt from Auston Bousfield moved them both into scoring position. Kentucky would then intentionally walk Turner to load the bases, only to have Mistone drive a single to right to bring home the first run of the game and keep the bases loaded.

    Preston Overbey followed it up with a two-RBI single through the left side in the next at bat and Christian Helsel capped the scoring with an RBI single to right to put Ole Miss on top 4-0 after the first.

    The Wildcats answered in the second, taking advantage of Rebel miscues to cut into the lead. A balk with runners at the corners when Mayers slipped mid-delivery brought the first run home before a fielding error at first on a dropped third strike allowed the ball to sail into right field. The ball in right was then bobbled, allowing batter, Matt Reida, to go from home to third on the play while Max Kuhn scored from first.

    A fielder’s choice on a ground ball to second from leadoff hitter Kyle Barrett brought Reida home for the third run in the inning. Reida was then caught stealing at second by Turner to end the inning and keep Ole Miss on top 4-3.

    The Rebels pushed the lead back out to three runs in the third when Turner delivered his fifth home run of the season, this time with a two-run shot following a leadoff single from Bousfield.

    Ole Miss would go on to add two runs in the fifth on an RBI double from Mistone and a fielder’s choice off a beautiful bunt from Helsel to take the lead out to 8-3 after five.

    Mistone again came up big in the sixth, hammering a two-out triple to right center with the bases loaded to extend the lead to 11-3. Lance Wilson opened the inning with a single, then Bousfield drew a two-out walk to keep the inning alive.

    A passed ball moved both runners into scoring position and Kentucky elected to intentionally walk Turner for a second time on the night and bring Mistone to the plate. The third baseman then drove the triple over the heads of a converging Austin Cousino and Kyle Barrett in right center to bring in all three runners.

    The Wildcats weren’t done, however, again taking advantage of a Rebel miscue and a timely hit from Zac Zellers in the eighth to trim push two more runs home. Barrett opened the inning with a single to left before a fielding error on a chopper to first put two men on base. A wild pitch put both men in scoring position and set up a sac fly from A.J. Reed to bring the first run home.

    The next batter was hit by a pitch to put men at the corners and brought Zellers to the plate, who promptly hit an RBI double to left field and sent the Rebels to the bullpen for left-hander Jeremy Massie to replace reliever Chris Ellis on the mound.

    Massie then got a foul fly and a fly out to left to end the inning with the Rebels on top 11-5. He held Kentucky off the board, retiring the side in order in the ninth to end the game and give Ole Miss the win.