For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MUTigerBaseball.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama got a 7.1-inning, two-run performance from Justin Kamplain and shutout pitching from the bullpen down the stretch as the Crimson Tide held on defeat the Texas A&M Aggies, 3-2, Saturday afternoon from Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
With the win, Alabama clinches the series and moves to 27-18 overall and 11-9 in the conference. The loss drops the Aggies to 22-22 overall and 7-13 in conference play. With the series win, the Crimson Tide has four SEC series wins through 20 conference games.
“I thought that the start on the mound today that Justin Kamplain gave us was just a really good start,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We liked the matchup on the pinch-hitter with the breaking ball, hindsight, we probably should have taken him a hitter or two earlier. He was up on his pitch count, but [Keaton] Haack comes in and bails us out – does a great job and gets the hold in the eighth inning. Then Ray [Castillo] comes in and does the same in the ninth. I thought it was a tremendous job on the mound all day led by Justin, then Haack and Ray and really we made the most of our hits today.”
Sophomore south paw Justin Kamplain (1-0) earned his first win of the season as he turned in the longest start of his career, striking out five in 7.1 innings of work and allowing only two runs on five hits and one walk. Kamplain faced 27 batters in all and posted a career-high 112 total pitches, the first time that he has thrown over 100 pitches. Freshman right-hander Keaton Haack struck out both batters he faced in relief of Kamplain in the eighth. Freshman righty Ray Castillo pitched a scoreless, hitless final inning with one walk and a strikeout to record his eighth save of the year, remaining perfect in save opportunities this season.
Texas A&M’s Parker Ray (0-1) was charged with the loss in his first start of the season for the Aggies, after allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched.
“We executed well,” Gaspard said. “I thought our bunt game was pretty good to move guys over. We just found a way to use the middle of the field to get a couple of extra runs here and there. Today we swung the bat pretty good – it was one of those bad days to hit with the wind blowing straight in. Kenny [Roberts] hit the ball on the nose, Ben, Georgie – there were multiple guys that really hit some balls hard that didn’t get anything to show for it. I like the energy that we are playing with, we have a lot of confidence right now and the more you can win the close ball games like that, the more the confidence starts to elevate.”
Sophomore right fielder Ben Moore registered his 17th multi-hit game and has hit in five straight games with a 2-for-4 performance, that included a single, a double and a run scored. Senior third baseman Kenny Roberts pitched in an RBI double for his only hit of the game. Freshman shortstop Mikey White was 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI and a run scored and freshman second baseman Kyle Overstreet posted his 11th multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored.
The Tide opened up the scoring for the second straight game, this time scoring once in the bottom of the third inning. White led off the inning with a double to deep left center and advanced over to third on an Andrew Miller sacrifice bunt. After the next batter was retired, Roberts stroked the second pitch delivered to him down the left field line to score White and give the Tide an early 1-0 advantage.
The scoring continued in the fourth inning, kicked off by an Overstreet single to center field. Moore followed up ripping the first pitch he saw deep down the left field line for a stand-up double. After working the count full, Smith grounded out to short, but Overstreet was able to cross home plate to add another run. After a Brett Booth walk, White grounded out to short to drive home Moore for a 3-0 lead.
The Aggies put up a rally in the eighth to pull within a run. Hunter Melton and Jonathan Moroney got things started with a walk and single, respectively, to set up runners on first and second. Mitchell Nau came through in his pinch-hitting appearance, stroking a double down the right field line to drive in each of the base runners to cut the lead to 3-2. After the Aggies’ runs, Kamplain was pulled in favor of Haack who struck out the two batters he faced before giving the ball to Castillo for the ninth inning.
The Alabama Crimson Tide finishes up their series with the Texas A&M Aggies looking for the sweep on Sunday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. First pitch on Sunday is set for 1:05 p.m. CT. Alabama will throw righty Spencer Turnbull (4-1, 2.26) and the Aggies will counter with RHP Rafael Pineda (3-4, 3.67).
Follow the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team on Facebook at Alabama-Baseball and on Twitter at @AlabamaBSB.
Kentucky Comes Back to Down Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. -- Max Kuhn’s RBI single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning forced in the eventual game-winning run and No. 24 Kentucky got a dynamic start from Corey Littrell and a clutch-relief outing from Trevor Gott, to post a 5-4 comeback win at No. 16 Ole Miss, on Saturday afternoon in front of 9,032 at Swayze Field.
Kentucky (26-17, 9-12 Southeastern Conference) fell behind after the first inning, 1-0 before rallying to even the game in the second and take a 2-1 lead after four innings. Austin Anderson then lifted the Rebels to the lead with a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth inning. The Wildcats evened up the game on Greg Fettes’ solo homer in the sixth and took a 5-3 lead in the eighth with a pair of runs, with Kuhn’s RBI single driving in the eventual game-winning run. Gott took over in the ninth and worked around two hits and a run to nail down his school-record 10th save of 2013 and the 21st of his career.
UK starter Corey Littrell (5-3) worked eight strong innings, allowing seven hits and three runs, walking one and striking out six. Gott took over to start the ninth inning and allowing a pair of hits and a run to score, battling around the game-tying run at second base to end the game on a strikeout and lift the Wildcats to the series win.
The series victory for UK in Oxford is its first since the 2007 season and just the third in program history, with UK also winning two of three at Ole Miss in 2001.
Ole Miss (31-13, 11-9 SEC) starter Sam Smith worked 4.2 innings, allowing two hits and two runs, walking two and striking out two. Aaron Greenwood took over in the fifth inning, working two innings, allowing four hits and one run, striking out three. Lefty Matt Denny (1-1) got an out in the seventh, allowing two unearned runs, with Tanner Bailey also getting two outs in the seventh. Jeremy Massie got four outs in relief in the eighth and ninth.
UK will break for finals next week and return to action with No. 14 Arkansas in a three-game series, starting on Friday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The Rebels jumped out to an early lead for the second straight game in the first inning, as Tanner Mathis led off with a single, bounced off the plate and over the mound. Austin Anderson then singled up the middle to push Mathis to third with no outs. After a key strikeout for the first out, Stuart Turner lined a two-strike pitch into leftfield to score Mathis and give Ole Miss a 1-0 lead.
UK immediately answered in the top of the second inning as Zellers led off getting hit by a pitch, stealing second base. Fettes then drew a walk to bring up Kuhn, who worked the count and smacked a two-strike single into right-centerfield to score Zellers from second.
In the top of the fourth, UK mounted a rally to take a lead. Reed led off with his seventh double of the year into the left-centerfield gap, taking third on a well-place grounder from Riddle. Zellers then hung a sacrifice fly down the rightfield line to score Reed on a feet-first slide at the plate.
The Rebels regained the lead in the fifth inning, as Mathis singled with two outs, scoring on Anderson’s two-run homer of the rightfield fence.
Fettes evened up the game for the Wildcats in the top of the seventh inning, belting a leadoff, solo homer over the fence in leftfield for his second homer of the year. It was the first homer allowed by Greenwood in 2013.
UK took the lead in the eighth inning as Reed led off with a single into the left-centerfield gap. Riddle then followed and laid down a sacrifice bunt, with the throw from the mound sailing high to allow Riddle to reach. Ole Miss turned to Bailey in relief to face Zellers, with Zellers bouncing a sacrifice bunt back to the mound. Bailey turned and tried to get Reed as the lead out at third base but his throw sailed high and down the leftfield line, allowing Reed to score and Riddle to take third. After an intentional walk of Fettes, Kuhn chopped a single over the head of the drawn-in Rebels third baseman to score Riddle for a 5-3 lead.
'Dores Down Bulldogs to Clinch 11th Straight Series Win
Nashville, Tenn. – No. 2 Vanderbilt scored three runs in the second inning en route to a 5-2 series-clinching win over No. 16 Mississippi State on a soggy Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
After waiting over four hours for first pitch, the two teams traded runs in the first inning on a rain-soaked field. The Commodores’ (38-6, 18-2) took control in the second inning with a three-run rally. Vince Conde opened the inning with a double and moved to second on Jack Lupo’s team-best 17th sacrifice bunt of the season. Tony Kemp followed with an infield single to put runners on the corners for Xavier Turner. The freshman did his part of a hit-and-run hitting a ball to Mississippi State (33-12, 10-10) second baseman Brett Pirtle, who was on the move to cover second. Pirtle misplayed the grounder, allowing Turner to reach, Conde to score and put the Dores in front for good. The error also allowed Kemp to move to third and one batter later Mike Yastrzemski cashed in on the opportunity with a RBI-ground out. Zander Wiel capped the rally, lifting a RBI-single to right field.
With a three-run lead in the second inning, Tyler Beede went to work. The sophomore allowed a leadoff triple to Adam Frazier in the third but limited the damage to only one run to preserve the Vandy lead. Beede again fought off a Mississippi State rally in the fifth. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out before Beede responded with a strikeout and a ground ball to third base to end the inning and the threat. Beede worked around a leadoff walk in the sixth inning before handing it off to the bullpen. Jared Miller and Carson Fulmer locked the victory down with three combined scoreless innings. Fulmer notched his third save of the season with his 1.2 innings of work.
Beede moved to 11-0 in 11 starts this season with six solid innings. The right-hander allowed two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts to clinch the Commodores’ 11th straight series victory of the season. The win for Beede also matches David Price’s school-best 11-0 start from 2007. Beede’s 11 wins this season match Price’s total for fifth-most in a single season by a Commodore.
Kemp led the way for the Dores at the plate with his second four-hit game of the season. The Dores’ second baseman reached base five times on the day – singling three times, walking once and adding his fifth triple of the season. Kemp now has 20 career triples to leave him one shy of the Southeastern Conference record held by Florida’s Brian Duva. Yastrzemski added two hits and two RBI in the win.
Mississippi State starter Kendall Graveman (5-4) was pegged with the loss allowing four runs, two earned, on 10 hits over five innings. Frazier and Alex Detz led the way for the Bulldogs’ offense with two hits apiece.
Vanderbilt will go for its seventh series sweep of the season tomorrow with T.J. Pecoraro (1-1) on the mound against Bulldogs’ southpaw Jacob Lindgren (4-1). First pitch is set of 1 p.m. For ticket information call 615.322.GOLD or visit vucommodores.com.
Gamecocks Earn 4-2 Win at Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, La. – Tanner English broke a 2-2 tie with a RBI triple in the top of the ninth inning and scored on a balk as 10th ranked South Carolina defeated second ranked LSU 4-2 on Saturday evening in front of an actual attendance of 10,246 fans at Alex Box Stadium, the largest actual attendance in Alex Box Stadium history. The Gamecocks improve to 32-12, and 12-8 in the SEC with LSU dropping to 39-5 and 16-4 in league play. The rubber game of the series is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPN and also available on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”
With the score deadlocked at two entering the ninth, the Gamecocks caught a break to open the frame as Grayson Greiner reached base on a fielding error by LSU shortstop Alex Bregman, his second error of the game. With one out and Greiner still on first base, English worked a 2-1 count against LSU reliever Chris Cotton before drilling a triple into the gap in right-center. The three base hit was his third triple of the season and second of the series vs. the Tigers. English then scored on a balk charged to Cotton, increasing the lead to a pair of runs. LSU looked to rally in the bottom of the ninth as JaCoby Jones doubled followed by an infield single by Jared Foster against Gamecock left-hander Tyler Webb to give the Tigers runners on the corners with no outs. Webb dug in though and fanned Sean McMullen and Mark Laird with strikeouts and ended the game with a flyout by Bregman to left-center sealing the Carolina victory.
South Carolina senior left-hander Adam Westmoreland earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout. He is now 5-1 on the year. Webb’s scoreless ninth marked his 13th save of the season. Cotton suffered the loss and is now 2-1 on the year after allowing two runs, on earned on one hit.
The Gamecocks won despite LSU’s 14-8 advantage in hits. Eight different Gamecocks recorded hits on Saturday evening. Raph Rhymes went 3-for-4 with two runs with Bregman, Jones and Foster all tallying two hits apiece to lead LSU at the plate.
“We beat a great team in an incredible baseball environment tonight,” said South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook. “I’m proud of my guys for not giving in and still fighting and trying to win the game. Our pitchers were terrific. Our three lefties, Jordan Montgomery, Adam Westmoreland and Tyler Webb kept them to two runs and Tanner got the big hit for us.”
Before the ninth inning dramatics, both South Carolina sophomore Jordan Montgomery and LSU junior right-hander Ryan Eades battled back and forth in a great pitcher’s duel.
South Carolina took advantage of a LSU error to strike with two runs in the top of the first inning. Graham Saiko reached base on a fielding error by Bregman to open the game. The freshman shortstop could not handle a hard grounder with a backhand attempt giving the Gamecocks the leadoff runner on base. A bloop single by Chase Vergason put runners on first and second and after Joey Pankake’s successful sacrifice bunt, Saiko would score on a RBI base hit from LB Dantzler to right field. Dantzler knocked a 0-2 pitch from Eades into right field for a single. With two outs and runners on the corners, Brison Celek delivered with a RBI base hit to left field scoring Vergason. Celek’s hit also came with two strikes as he knocked a 1-2 pitch just past Bregman into left.
The Tigers cut the Gamecock lead to one run in the bottom of the second inning. Raph Rhymes led off with a double to right-center. After a groundout by Christian Ibarra moved him over to third base, he would score on Ty Ross’ sacrifice fly to center. The same combination would tie the game up at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth. This time Rhymes doubled to left-center. After a sacrifice bunt, he scored on Ross’ RBI groundout to Pankake at shortstop.
Montgomery went seven innings and allowed two runs on 10 hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Eades also went seven innings and allowed two runs, both unearned, on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Gators Work Extra to Down Tennessee, Clinch Series
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) delivered a fielder’s choice with none out and the bases loaded to score sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) with the winning run in the 10th inning to lift Florida (25-19/12-8 SEC) to a 3-2 victory over Tennessee (17-24/5-15 SEC) on Saturday night at McKethan Stadium. The Vols had tied the contest on a one-out RBI single in the ninth inning. With the Gators’ 11th triumph in their past 12 contests and ninth-straight home win, Kevin O’Sullivan’s squad secured its third-straight SEC series win and captured its fifth-consecutive series against UT.
Turgeon (2-for-4, two runs) led off Florida’s 10th with a base-hit up the middle off of freshman Trevor Bettencourt (2-3) and raced to third on sophomore Taylor Gushue’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) (2-for-4) double into right field. After sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) was walked intentionally, Powers hit a 0-2 pitch to Vol freshman shortstop A.J. Simcox, who tried to throw out Turgeon at the plate but was unsuccessful. Florida has now claimed five one-run decisions in a row.
“It was a total team effort tonight,” O’Sullivan acknowledged. “We started the game with runners on second and third with nobody out, and Jonathon [Crawford] goes strikeout, strikeout, strikeout, and we don’t give up a run there, which was huge. Daniel Gibson came in, gave us 2.1 innings and threw the ball really well. Ryan Harris did a really nice job. And, what can you say about Johnny Mags [Magliozzi]? He made good pitches, he had a couple of strikeouts with the bases loaded and he had a big strikeout with [David] Houser, a runner at second and only one out in the ninth. He just did an outstanding job and fought through it.”
“Offensively, [Harrison] Bader had an outstanding night – he had an RBI with two strikes on him. [Casey] Turgeon had a big night – leading off the bottom of the 10th [with a single] was huge. [Taylor] Gushue got to a 2-0 count and put a great swing on the ball. Zack [Powers] battled with two strikes there at the end. It’s a game of inches, and Turgeon was just safe and just beat the throw to home.”
“Once again, this team has been battling all year long and none of these games are easy. Tennessee has a lot of good, young players and their position players are going to be really good. It was just another SEC game and those are going to be like this – it comes down to a pitch here or a pitch there, a play here or a play there. We’re fortunate to get the win tonight and I’m very proud of our team with the way we battled.”
Sophomore Will Maddox (2-for-3) opened the game with a single up the middle and Simcox (3-for-4) sliced a double into left field to give Tennessee a pair of runners in scoring position against junior Jonathon Crawford (Okeechobee, Fla.). However, the righty countered with three-straight strikeouts of junior Scott Price, freshman Christin Stewart and junior Pierce Bily.
In the bottom of the frame, freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) drew a leadoff walk from junior Nick Williams and Turgeon blooped a single into left field to put the Gators in business. Williams worked out of the jam by striking out Gushue and having Shafer ground into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Junior Taylor Smart drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and was sacrificed into scoring position on a bunt by freshman David Houser. Crawford induced a groundout by freshman Derek Lance and walked Maddox intentionally with two down before issuing a free pass to Simcox that filled the bags. Junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) was called upon to replace Crawford (4.2 IP, 2 H, 5 K, 3 BB) and had Price pop up to senior shortstop Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) to keep the contest scoreless.
Gushue broke the ice with a one-out double down the left-line in the sixth after Turgeon had drawn a walk. Gushue’s 12th two-bagger of the season gave him a team-high 30 RBI and boosted his hitting streak to seven games.
Gibson set down the Vols in order for the second-straight frame in the seventh inning and Florida took a 2-0 lead on an RBI single up the middle by freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) (3-for-4). Sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) had singled into left field with one out and went to second on the play on a throwing error by freshman Vincent Jackson. Bader ripped a single up the middle that scored Tobias, who slid into the catcher as the relay throw rolled away. A fly ball into right field by Dent advanced Bader to third base and a walk to Martin prompted a pitching change. Freshman Andy Cox took over for Williams (6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 5 K, 3 BB) and retired Turgeon on a fly ball in foul territory to hold the visitors’ deficit at two runs.
Maddox started the eighth with a walk and Gibson (2.1 IP, 1 R, 1 K, 1 BB) was replaced by sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.). The Vols worked a hit-and-run to perfection, as Simcox singled through the right side of the infield to push Maddox to third base. Price narrowed the gap to 2-1 with a sacrifice fly into left field and Harris responded with a strikeout of Stewart. Junior pinch hitter Ethan Bennett worked a walk on a full count and was replaced by sophomore pinch runner Parker Wormsley. Sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.) came in for Harris (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB) and yielded an infield single to Jackson that loaded the bases with two down. The Gators’ closer induced a grounder by Smart that Tobias scooped up and threw over to second base to retire Jackson and preserve UF’s one-run advantage.
With the Vols down to their final two outs, Lance walked with one down and Maddox singled into center field before Simcox tied the game with an RBI single into left field. Price loaded the bags with a base-hit into right field and Magliozzi registered back-to-back strikeouts of Stewart and freshman pinch hitter Vance Vizcaino to keep the contest deadlocked at two runs apiece.
Senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) opened the Gators’ ninth with a single into left field and moved to second on a grounder by Tobias. Bettencourt was called out of the bullpen for Cox (1.2 IP, 1 H) and Bader legged out an infield single for Gators on the corners. A fielder’s choice by Dent forced Bader at second base and Dent then took second base on catcher’s indifference. Bettencourt struck out Martin to send the game into extra innings.
In the 10th inning, Smart roped a one-out double into right field but was stranded there after Magliozzi struck out Houser and had Lance ground out to shortstop.
The Gators and Vols will wrap up the series tomorrow at 1 p.m., live on GatorVision, as sophomore left-hander Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) (2-0, 3.94) will oppose UT senior Zack Godley (3-5, 2.99). The contest can be heard on the Gator IMG Sports Network 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.