ATHENS, Ga. – The series finale between No. 15 Arkansas and Georgia has been cancelled due to inclement weather in Athens. Sunday’s game will not be rescheduled.
The Razorbacks won both games played in the series, claiming a 2-0 win on Friday night and a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon.
Arkansas returns home on Tuesday to face Missouri State. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Tickets for Tuesday’s game are available by logging on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com, calling the Razorback ticket office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or on gameday at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.
Georgia will return to action Friday, May 3rd in Knoxville when it starts a three-game series at Tennessee.
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Godley's Complete Game Lifts Vols Over Gators in Series Finale
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tennessee put the ball in senior Zack Godley’s hand for the series finale at Florida on Sunday and he delivered in fine fashion.
After yielding two runs in the first inning, the 6-3 right-hander put eight straight zeroes up on the scoreboard to post his third consecutive complete game and lead the Volunteers to a 4-2 victory, their first in Gainesville since 2007.
“[Zack] started getting in the mode and he started [pitching] down. We let his fastball work for him and he had a good breaking ball,” UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “That was a big game for us, a huge game for us. We needed to salvage that game after we weren’t able to last weekend. On Sunday’s he is our closer, he is our middle guy and he is our stopper.
“Our goal is to make the SEC Tournament and get to Hoover. This Sunday game is a big win for us. To salvage a win and move up a little bit goes a long way in what we are chasing.”
The Bamberg, S.C., native finished strong by retiring 16 of the last 18 batters that he faced to become the first pitcher in the SEC with four complete games this season. He also leads the league with 84.1 innings pitched this year.
On Sunday, Godley pitched all nine innings for the third week in a row, striking out six and allowing just the two first-inning runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. He did not allow a leadoff baserunner all game en route to improving to 4-5 on the season.
Offensively, the Vols got a big boost from Ethan Bennett who was 2-for-3 with his third home run of the season while hitting out of the cleanup spot for the first time in his career. Freshman Derek Lance also had a big hit for the Big Orange, coming up with a clutch run-scoring double to record his first career hit and RBI on the same play.
“Ethan is going well right now and I wanted his bat in the middle of the lineup and so did the other coaches,” Serrano said. “It paid dividends for us.”
Bennett’s round-tripper extended his hitting streak to a career-high tying seven games. During that stretch, he is hitting .455 (10-for-26) with four doubles, two triples, a home run, six runs scored and three RBIs. He is now hitting .327 on the season.
Florida jumped on the scoreboard early, getting an RBI triple from Justin Shafer and a run-scoring infield single deep to the hole at short by Vickash Ramjit to take a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
The Vols got one of the runs back almost immediately when Bennett led off the next frame by blasting a 1-1 pitch deep into the bleachers in left for the 14th longball of his Tennessee career.
Neither team would do much over the next few innings until a leadoff double by UT’s Zach Luther sparked a two-run frame for the Big Orange in the top of the sixth. Lance followed with a double of his own down the right-field line, bringing Luther in to tie the game for his first career RBI on his first career hit. Lance would move to third on a groundout before coming home to score and give the Vols a 3-2 lead on an RBI groundout by A.J. Simcox.
Tennessee would add to its advantage in the top of the seventh as two singles to start the stanza and a sac bunt put two runners in scoring position. Although the Gators got a big strikeout for the second out, a passed ball allowed the lead runner to score from third and push UT’s lead to two runs at 4-2.
From there it was all Godley as he allowed just two baserunners and none past first base from the fifth inning on.
The win for Tennessee was its first in Gainesville since May 19, 2007, when it beat the Gators, 11-7, in the regular-season finale to clinch a spot in the SEC Tournament. That stands as the last time the Big Orange made the trip to Hoover.
The Volunteers will return to Rocky Top where they will open a five-game homestand with a 6 p.m. contest against MTSU on Tuesday, April 30.
Aggies vs. Crimson Tide Finale Cancelled
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The SEC series finale between Texas A&M and Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium was canceled due to inclement weather and will not be rescheduled.
The start of the game was postponed an hour before beginning at 2:05 pm. The rain moved in and the tarps were put back on the field at 2:25 pm with Alabama leading 4-0 in the bottom of the first. The final decision was made at 4:35, after a two-hour, 10-minute delay.
Texas A&M returns to action on Tuesday with a 6:35 pm contest against the Grambling State Tigers at Blue Bell Park.
South Carolina Shuts Out LSU
Baton Rouge, La. – Freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop hurled seven scoreless innings and combined with Adam Westmoreland and Tyler Webb for a six-hit shutout as 10th ranked South Carolina defeated second ranked LSU 4-0 on Sunday afternoon to win the rubber game of a three-game SEC series at Alex Box Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 33-12 and 13-8 in the SEC with LSU now 39-6 and 16-5 in league play.
Wynkoop was sensational the entire afternoon scattering five hits with no walks while striking out a batter. He is 6-2 on the year. Westmoreland hurled 0.2 scoreless innings with Webb pitching 1.1 perfect innings of relief for his 14th save of the season. LSU starter Kurt McCune suffered the loss and is now 3-1 on the year. He allowed three runs on six hits in 2.2 innings with two walks.
The Gamecocks struck right away with two runs in the top of the first inning. Chase Vergason tripled with one out as he hit a liner that flew past a diving Jared Foster in right field. With two outs, Vergason would score on LB Dantzler’s RBI double down the right field line. Schrock would then drive in Dantzler with a RBI single to right field giving Carolina a 2-0 lead.
The lead increased to 3-0 in the top of the second. Tanner English drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a base hit to left off the bat of Graham Saiko. Vergason would drive in English with a sacrifice fly to right field.
LSU looked to mount a rally in the eighth with a one-out single by Mark Laird and a two-out walk to Jared Foster. Webb entered though and coaxed Alex Bregman into a flyout to right field to keep Carolina ahead by three runs.
Carolina scored an important insurance run in the ninth inning as Sean Sullivan reached base with a leadoff walk. After a sac bunt by Tanner English was misplayed by Katz to give Carolina a pair of runners, both moved into scoring position on Saiko’s sac bunt. Sullivan would score on Vergason’s sac fly to right field, his second of the game. Webb worked a perfect ninth to seal the 4-0 victory.
Carolina had seven hits with Dantzler and Schrock each tallying two.
South Carolina is back in action at Carolina Stadium on Friday night beginning a three-game series with Vanderbilt. First pitch for the opener is 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on SportSouth.
Vandy Takes Out MSU in Sunday Finale
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A frustrating weekend saw Mississippi State shut out of the victory column in Southeastern Conference baseball action.
No. 10 MSU dropped all three games of its weekend conference series against third-ranked Vanderbilt. The Commodores rolled to an 8-3 victory in the final game of the series Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
Vanderbilt scored five runs in the first inning and was rarely threatened in the series finale. The Commodores won their fourth straight series from the Bulldogs in the Music City. Vanderbilt is now 39-6 and 19-2 in league play, while MSU is now 33-13 and 10-11.
The Bulldogs had won three straight conference series and were swept for the first time this season.
“We didn’t locate pitches down in the strike zone early and the game got away from us,” MSU head coach John Cohen said.”Vanderbilt hit some balls hard. We got to throw at the bottom of the strike zone. That is how we have won 33 games this year. We got away from our identity today. It doesn’t matter how hard you throw, if you don’t locate.
“As coaches, it is our job to get the players back when we run away from our identity like that. We just didn’t do the things that we need to do and that we can do.”
The Commodores chased MSU starter Jacob Lindgren in the first inning. Lindgren (4-2) lasted just two-thirds of an inning, allowing three hits and five runs (all earned), with one strikeout. Vanderbilt touched Ross Mitchell for two more runs in the second inning and carried that 7-0 lead into the sixth inning.
The Bulldogs broke up the shutout with an RBI-single by Brett Pirtle in the sixth inning. MSU had a chance at a bigger inning but a line drive double play ball snuffed that threat. The Bulldogs scored again an inning later when Pirtle forced in a run with bases-loaded hit by pitch. However, MSU stranded three runners in this at-bat.
“Credit to Vanderbilt, because they played really well all weekend,” Cohen said. “We just didn’t do the things that we have been doing, such as playing the great defense. I still feel like this club has its best baseball ahead. This is still a team that can get on a run.
“I am a big believer of you making your own breaks in this game. Still, the middle of our order hit the ball hard all weekend and didn’t have a lot to show for it.”
The Bulldogs finished with eight hits, including a multi-hit game by Pirtle – his third in the last four games.
Vanderbilt’s T.J. Pecoraro (2-1) worked five innings and earned the win. Pecoraro allowed four hits and one run (earned), with two strikeouts and three walks. Conrad Gregor had three hits for Vanderbilt, including his second home run. Tony Kemp also had two hits.
The Commodores played errorless ball throughout the entire series.
MSU will not play in the midweek due to final exams on campus. SEC play resumes next weekend when Alabama comes calling. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide meet at 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Dudy Noble Field.