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    Saturday SEC Baseball Scoreboard

    SATURDay baseball RESULTS
    Arkansas 5, Kentucky 3
    LSU 18, Florida 6
    Vanderbilt 5, South Carolina 2
    Mississippi State 10, Alabama 6
    Mississippi State 5, Alabama 4
    Texas A&M 6, Missouri 5
    Kentucky 4, Arkansas 3
    Georgia at Tennessee (Postponed)
    Auburn 8, Ole Miss 5


    Dores clinch SEC East, series at South Carolina
     
    Columbia, S.C. – No. 2 Vanderbilt rolled by No. 15 South Carolina 5-2 on Saturday afternoon to clinch the team’s 12th series victory of the season and the Southeastern Conference East division.
     
    For the second straight day the second inning proved profitable for the Commodores (41-6, 21-2). Zander Wiel reached base to lead off the inning and Vince Conde followed with a single. After Spencer Navin moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, Jack Lupo made it pay off with a two-run single to get the Dores on the board. Xavier Turner made it 3-0 on a fielder’s choice to third base to cap the rally. Wiel added to the lead in the third with his first of three singles on the day driving in Connor Harrell.
     
    Tyler Beede took an early lead and ran with it, as the right-hander dominated the Gamecocks’ (33-14, 13-10) lineup. Beede rolled through the first four innings without allowing a base runner. LB Dantzler and Max Schrock each worked walks off Beede to open the fifth but the sophomore responded to get out of the jam getting a pair of pop ups and a strikeout to end the threat.
     
    For the second time this season Beede carried a no hitter into the seventh inning. Dantzler broke up the no-hit bid with a single up the middle and one batter later Schrock ended the shutout with a RBI-single through the right side of the infield. Beede’s day came to a close after a strikeout of Grayson Greiner for the first out of the seventh. Carson Fulmer entered and got the Commodores back into the dugout with a three-run lead. Fulmer worked the final two innings to notch his fourth save of the season.
     
    The Dores’ offense outhit South Carolina 14-3 on the day with Mike Yastrzemski, Vince Conde and Wiel all recording three-hit games. Wiel drove in two runs and Tony Kemp added two hits from the top of the lineup. Vanderbilt’s 14 hits are the most against a SEC opponent since the Dores matched a season-best with 19 hits in the second game of a doubleheader at Georgia.
     
    The victory clinched the SEC East division for the Commodores with seven games left in league play.

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    TIGERS COMPLETE SWEEP OF FLORIDA WITH 18-6 WIN

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- A four-run fifth inning and an eight-run sixth inning lifted No. 3 LSU (43-6, 19-5 SEC) to an 18-6 series-sweeping victory over No. 19 Florida (25-23, 12-12 SEC) Saturday at Alex Box Stadium.

    Four of the sixth-inning runs came off of the bat of second baseman JaCoby Jones, who delivered a grand slam off of the scoreboard in left field. Jones has dingers on the year, a career-high for home runs in a season. He also finished with a career-high six RBIs in today’s game.

    Jones’ grand slam was the first by an LSU hitter since Mason Katz launched one versus Georgia on April 28, 2012 in Alex Box Stadium.

    The Tigers’ 18 runs Saturday marked the most runs scored in a game by LSU this season and the 12-run difference was the margin of victory for the Tigers in a game against Florida. Saturday’s win also capped the first sweep for LSU against Florida since 2001 in Alex Box Stadium.

    “I could sense when we got to the ball park today that our players were ready for this type of game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “They seemed to have a fire in their eyes, and that was reflected in the final score this afternoon.”

    LSU fell behind early Saturday after an RBI triple from Florida catcher Taylor Gushue and  a sacrifice fly from outfielder Jordan Shafer gave the Gators a 2-0 lead.

    The Tigers rallied back in the second inning, taking the lead on a two-RBI double from Jones and an RBI groundout from catcher Ty Ross.

    Designated hitter Sean McMullen led off the fifth inning with a double. McMullen later came home on an RBI double from shortstop Alex Bregman (3-for-5).

    Third baseman Christian Ibarra (3-for-3) broke the game open later in the inning with a bases-loaded double, giving the Tigers a 7-2 lead.

    Bregman added another double in the sixth frame, increasing the LSU lead to 9-2. After three straight singles from outfielder Raph Rhymes (2-for-3), Ibarra and Ross, Jones connected for the grand slam, putting the Tigers ahead 14-2.

    Three more runs came in the seventh inning on a bases-loaded double from catcher Chris Chinea.  

    LSU junior right-hander Ryan Eades (8-1) earned the victory, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings of work.

    “Ryan got off to tough start by giving up two runs in the first,” Mainieri said, “but he came back and threw five scoreless innings. He had to work his way out of a couple of jams, but he competed the way he always does and gave us another strong outing.”

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    MSU BASEBALL WINS SEC SERIES OPENER AGAINST ALABAMA
                   
    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State put together a seven-run second inning and held on for victory in Southeastern Conference baseball action Saturday afternoon.
                   
    The 15th-ranked Bulldogs built an early eight-run lead before settling for a 10-6 victory over long-time Western Division rival Alabama in the opening game of a doubleheader and three-game weekend series.
                   
    The teams were scheduled to play another nine-inning game to complete the doubleheader, starting at 4:10 p.m.
                   
    With the victory in the opener, MSU improved to 34-13 overall and 11-11 in league play. Alabama fell to 27-19 and 11-10. The Bulldogs also topped 200,000 in season attendance for the seventh time in school history during Saturday’s play.
                   
    The Bulldogs reached their first seven runners off UA starter Spencer Turnbull (4-2) in the second inning. For the frame, MSU sent 10 to the plate, collected five hits and benefitted from one Alabama error.
                   
    Trey Porter had the first of a pair of two-run doubles in that at-bat. Jacob Robson added an RBI-single, while Adam Frazier had a two-run single. Alex Detz also had a sacrifice fly.
                   
    An inning later, Wes Rea’s fifth home run of the season extended the Maroon and White advantage to 8-0.
                   
    The Crimson Tide got to MSU starter Luis Pollorena in the fifth inning. Pollorena was touched for five hits and five runs (all earned), with six strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work. Myles Gentry got the Bulldogs out of the fifth inning before giving way to winning pitcher Ross Mitchell (9-0) an inning later.
                   
    After throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, Mitchell gave way to Jonathan Holder who earned his 13th save. Holder struck out four in 2.2 innings of work, including getting the Dogs out of two runners on, one out in the seventh inning.
                   
    For Holder, his 13 saves ties a single-season high for MSU. Scott Tanksley and Van Johnson currently hold the record as well.
                   
    Frazier, Rea, Bradford and Porter each had multiple hits for the Bulldogs.
                   
    Kyle Overstreet, Austen Smith and Brett Booth each had two of Alabama’s nine hits. Smith had three RBIs, including a two-run home run in the Alabama fourth inning.

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    Three-Run Ninth Inning Gives A&M Win Over Missouri

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a three-run ninth inning and topped the Missouri Tigers, 6-5, Saturday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

    Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Olsen Magic was conjured up with the assistance of four Missouri errors. With one out, Mitchell Nau reached on a throwing error by third baseman Shane Segovia. Another error followed when second baseman Kendall Keeton could not corral a grounder by Daniel Mengden. With JB Moss and Brandon Wood pinch-running for Nau and Mengden respectively, Jonathan Moroney bounced into a fielder’s choice with Moss being forced out at third. Segovia tried to complete the game-ending double play, but his throw to first sailed high allowing Wood to move to third.

    With runners at the corners, Jace Statum drove a full-count pitch up the middle to plate Wood. The ball scooted under centerfielder Logan Pearson’s glove, allowing Moroney to score the tying run and putting Statum on third.

    With the nation’s longest active streak of reaching base (44-games) and a 14-game hit streak on the line, Mikey Reynolds laced a single through the right side of the infield, plating Statum for the endgame.

    Texas A&M (25-22, 9-13 SEC) drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning. Reynolds started the inning with a grounder to short, but Dillon Everett’s throw to first base sailed high and Reynolds reached on the air. Blake Allemand followed with an eight-pitch at-bat that resulted in a humpback line drive to centerfield for a single, putting runners on first and second. Cole Lankford punched a single through the right side of the infield, plating Reynolds for the first run and putting runners at the corners. Allemand came home when Troy Stein bounced into a 6-3 double play, to give the Aggies a two-run lead and Hunter Melton capped off the rally by launching a 1-0 pitch over the 375 sign in right centerfield for a solo home run and the 3-0 advantage.

    Reynolds made a key defensive play in the top of the third inning. With Keeton on second base and two outs, Dillon Everett hit a ball up the middle. Reynolds made a diving stop to prevent the ball from going into the infield, but Keeton kept his motor running and headed from home. Reynolds made a perfect throw to Nau who applied the tag for the final out of the inning and keeping the Aggies’ lead at 3-0.

    Texas A&M was robbed of a run in the home half of the third when Missouri rightfielder Dane Opel leaped over the short fence in front of the visitor’s bullpen to take potential solo home run from Stein.

    Missouri (15-27, 7-16 SEC) tied the game in the sixth inning. With one out, Dylan Kelly singled up the middle, Case Munson singled to leftfield and Josh Lester hit a 1-0 offering into the visitor’s bullpen for a three-run dinger.

    The Tigers claimed a 5-3 lead in the seventh inning. Opel hit a leadoff single up the middle and Keaton Steele followed with an infield single. Kelly put a sacrifice bunt down to put runners in scoring position and Munson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After reliever AJ Minter struck out Lester for the second out of the inning, Andrew Vinson came in from the bullpen to face Segovia. Segovia threaded a single through the left side of the infield to plate two runs.

    In his second career start, Parker Ray allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four over 5.1 innings. Vinson (1-1) picked up the win in relief, scattering one hit and one walk while striking out three over 2.1 shutout innings.

    None of the runs the Tigers yielded were earned. Steele (4-3) was saddled with the loss, allowing three unearned runs on two hits while striking out two over 2.0 innings. Starter Brett Graves allowed three unearned runs on seven hits while striking out four over 6.2 innings.

    Statum was the lone Aggie with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

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    TWO-OUT NINTH INNING RALLY LEADS TO WALK-OFF WIN

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- With No. 23 Kentucky down to its last out in a two-run hole in the bottom of the ninth inning, Kyle Barrett drilled a game-tying single up the middle and Zac Zellers followed with the walk-off, game-winning single into centerfield to score Matt Reida and lift the Wildcats to a dramatic 4-3 win over No. 14 Arkansas, on Saturday evening at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

    Kentucky (27-18, 10-14 Southeastern Conference) was down to its last out in the bottom of the ninth inning, looking to fight off a sweep at the hands of the red-hot Razorbacks. After Arkansas won the opener on Friday night, 2-1, and won the first game of the series-concluding doubleheader on Saturday, UK went into the bottom of the ninth inning in a 3-1 hole.

    Freshman Greg Fettes, who hit his third homer of the year in the first game of the twinbill, led off the inning with a single off Arkansas lefty Trent Daniel, getting swapped at first base by speedy pinch runner Andrew Bryant. J.T. Riddle then drilled a line-drive single into leftfield, and after a popped up bunt attempt and a fly ball out, Reida came to the plate. Reida chopped a grounder at Arkansas freshman second baseman Jordan Farris, who bobbled the ball for a run-scoring error, allowing Riddle to motor to third base as the tying run. Barrett then jumped on the first-pitch from right-handed reliever Landon Simpson, smacking the game-tying single into centerfield to score Riddle and even the game at 3-3.

    “When they kept the righty in, I knew I was going to tie the game,” Barrett said. “I had no doubt in my mind.”

    That brought Zellers to the plate, with the senior getting UK’s previous lone run before the ninth inning on a solo homer in the first inning. Zellers fell behind 1-2 before singling into the middle of centerfield, allowing Reida to motor home with the walk-off run.

    “I was pretty loose,” Zellers said about the final at bat. “We were able to come back and tie the game, so it wasn’t really a do-or-die situation. I was just looking for a pitch up.”

    The dramatic win came against a blistering-hot Razorbacks team that entered the finale having won seven straight games and sporting the best ERA in college baseball, a staggering 1.79. Arkansas, which entered the series with a SEC-worst .959 fielding percentage, had fielded all 189 of its defensive chances on the weekend up until the Farris error with two outs in the ninth inning.

    The Razorbacks had also retired all nine of their inherited runners in relief on the weekend, before the two decisive runs scored in the bottom of the ninth inning off the relievers. Every pitcher used by the Razorbacks during the weekend had an ERA below 2.35 when taking the Cliff Hagan Stadium mound.

    The win improves Kentucky’s SEC-leading record in one-run games to 10-5. Over the last two years, UK has posted a 27-16 record in one or two-run games.

    “It was really important, especially the win that we had,” Zellers said about the importance of a dramatic win. “Being able to come back, I think that’s good for us. It’s not the first time we’ve done it and it’s probably not going to be the last.”

    Six-foot-7, 230-pound freshman right-hander Kyle Cody turned in a dominating gem in his first career SEC start, working his third quality start of the year. Cody worked seven innings, allowing just seven hits and three runs – one earned – walking three and striking out five. After the Razorbacks plated three runs on four hits and two UK errors in the first inning, Cody settled in to fire six shutout frames to conclude his outing.

    “It didn’t go his way in the first,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “A lot of ground balls got through and then obviously we kicked two (errors) which was really disappointing and put him in a bad spot. And his rhythm was not great until probably the fourth inning. He never got command of his change-up at all, but he found his breaking ball, found some fastball rhythm. I’m really proud of Kyle’s effort and production.”

    Cody allowed only three hits over his final six innings of work, with just one of his seven hits allowed in the game coming as a ball sailed into the outfield.

    “I kind of took it as just another start,” Cody said. “I just went out there and did what I usually did and I knew that if I did that it would work. I just wanted to go out there and do a good job for the team. I just want to fulfill my role. I don’t know what it is yet, but I just want to do a good job and good thing today it went that way for me.”

    UK used senior Walter Wijas for two outs in the eighth, with freshman lefty Ryne Combs getting the final out of the inning. UK sophomore right-hander Chandler Shepherd (4-0) worked a scoreless ninth inning for the win, giving him 2.2 shutout frames in a two-day span.

    “That bullpen let us win a game 4-3,” Henderson said. “Kyle Cody let us win a game 4-3. And then obviously our position guys coming up and giving us competitive at-bats starting with Greg and J.T. to set the stage there. We could have rolled over after we popped up a bunt, but we didn’t. We came back and obviously we got a little bit of help, but after that we took care of it ourselves.”

    The Wildcats were led at the plate by an eight-hit attack, with Barrett and Zellers each notching two-hit games. Zellers hit his third homer of the year, with UK also getting singles from Fettes, Riddle, Reida and Max Kuhn. UK’s four runs against the Razorbacks marked the first time since April 19 that Arkansas had allowed more than three runs in a game, a span of seven contests.

    Arkansas (32-16, 15-8 SEC) starter Randall Fant worked 5.1 innings, allowing three hits and one run, walking two and striking out five. Lefty Michael Gunn inherited two runners in the sixth, getting out of the jam without any damage, working two shutout innings. Brandon Moore, Daniel and Simpson in relief, with Simpson (1-1) suffering the loss with the game-winning run in the ninth.  

    UK will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Wright State at 6:30 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

    Arkansas opened the game with three runs in the top half of the first, two unearned. Joe Serrano reached base on an error to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a hit and run through the left side of the infield. A foul out down the rightfield line allowed Serrano to tag and score from third. Brian Anderson drove in Arkansas’ second run of the inning with a single through the right side, advancing Matt Vinson to third before he took home on an error in rightfield. Dominic Ficociello singled into rightfield to put two Razorbacks on with one out and Cody forced a fly out to Austin Cousino in centerfield for the second out of the inning. Jacob Mahan capped off the inning with an RBI single up the middle to score Anderson, Arkansas’ third run of the inning.

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    NO. 15 BULLDOGS SWEEP SATURDAY TWINBILL FROM TIDE

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State freshman outfielder Jacob Robson picked the perfect time for his first three-hit game with the Bulldogs.
    Robson’s three-hit night included a walk-off single in the home half of the 10th inning as the 15th-ranked Bulldogs rallied past Alabama 5-4 in the final game of a Southeastern Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.

    MSU scored seven runs in the second inning to grab a 10-6 victory in the opener.

    With the pair of victories, the Bulldogs clinched a conference series for the fourth time this season. MSU won its second straight series from Alabama but first in Starkville since 2005. The Bulldogs have now won five of the last six series meetings with the Crimson Tide.

    MSU is 35-13 overall and 12-11 in league play, while Alabama is 27-20 and 11-11. The 35 regular-season wins is the most by a Maroon and White squad since the 2006 edition won a like number.

    The Bulldogs built a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap. Wes Rea ripped a two-run double off the outfield wall in that at-bat. Hunter Renfroe gave MSU a 3-2 lead on his conference-best 15th home run of the year in the third inning.

    Alabama rallied back with single scores in the fourth and sixth innings.

    MSU starter Kendall Graveman worked six innings, allowing six hits and four runs (all earned), with three strikeouts and a walk. Ben Bracewell threw 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, before Chad Girodo (4-1) got the final out of the 10th inning and picked up the win.

    After a lead-off walk to Rea in the eighth inning, singles by Sam Frost and pinch-hitter Brett Pirtle brought pinch-runner Derrick Armstrong around to score the game-tying run.

    Winning in extra innings for the first time this season, the Bulldogs collected 12 hits, including a career-best four-hit night from Frost. Renfroe also had multiple hits for the 19th time this season.

    Alabama finished with eight hits. Andrew Miller had two hits for the Crimson Tide. Ray Castillo (2-2) threw the final 2.1 innings and took the loss.
    In game one, the Bulldogs reached their first seven runners off UA starter Spencer Turnbull (4-2) in the second inning. For the frame, MSU sent 10 to the plate, collected five hits and benefitted from one Alabama error.

    Trey Porter had the first of a pair of two-run doubles in that at-bat. Robson added an RBI-single, while Adam Frazier had a two-run single. Alex Detz also had a sacrifice fly.

    An inning later, Rea’s fifth home run of the season extended the Maroon and White advantage to 8-0.

    The Crimson Tide got to MSU starter Luis Pollorena in the fifth inning. Pollorena was touched for five hits and five runs (all earned), with six strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work. Myles Gentry got the Bulldogs out of the fifth inning before giving way to winning pitcher Ross Mitchell (9-0) an inning later.
    After throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, Mitchell gave way to Jonathan Holder who earned his 13th save. Holder struck out four in 2.2 innings of work, including getting the Dogs out of two runners on, one out in the seventh inning.

    For Holder, his 13 saves ties a single-season high for MSU. Scott Tanksley and Van Johnson currently hold the record as well.

    Frazier, Rea, Bradford and Porter each had multiple hits for the Bulldogs.

    Kyle Overstreet, Austen Smith and Brett Booth each had two of Alabama’s nine hits. Smith had three RBIs, including a two-run home run in the Alabama fourth inning.

    A crowd of 7,382 watched the doubleheader giving the Bulldogs a total season attendance of 206,782. It is the seventh time in program history that the Bulldogs have drawn 200,000 in a season at Dudy Noble Field.

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    Auburn Evens Series With 8-5 Win Over #18 Ole Miss
                                        
    AUBURN, Ala. – Damek Tomscha tied the game with a sixth-inning two-run home run and Cullen Wacker hit a tie-breaking sacrifice fly three batters later as the Auburn baseball team evened its series against No. 18 Ole Miss with an 8-5 win on Saturday night. The win improved Auburn’s record to 26-19, 8-15 SEC while Ole Miss fell to 33-15, 12-11 SEC.

    “I thought our offense did a great job tonight,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. “We had to shuffle the lineup around to see what works and what doesn’t work. We put guys in different spots and everyone in the lineup found a way to contribute.”

    The bottom four in Auburn’s lineup combined to go 8-for-16 with six runs scored and six RBI. Jordan Ebert had a single, scored a run and drove in two from the six-hole, Ryan Tella was had two hits, including a double, scored two runs and had a RBI from the seven spot, Tomscha drove in two with his homer and Blake Austin had a RBI and scored twice.

    Trailing 5-3 after Ole Miss put three on the board in the fifth, Tella led off the sixth with a single to knock Ole Miss starter Mike Mayers out of the game. Aaron Greenwood (3-3) came in from the bullpen to face Tomscha, who sent a 1-1 offering over the wall in left for his fourth home run of the season to tie it at 5-5.

    Austin, who finished the night 4-for-4, followed with the second of his three doubles and went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Wacker’s sac fly to left for the 6-5 lead.

    Auburn added two insurance runs in the seventh when doubles from Tella and Austin both drove in runs.

    The comeback made a winner out of Justin Camp (5-1), who had entered with Auburn up, 3-2, with two on and none out in the fifth for starter Michael O’Neal but allowed three runs in the inning, giving O’Neal his first no-decision of the season.

    Terrance Dedrick earned his sixth save of the season by retiring the final eight Ole Miss hitters. He entered with one down and a man on second in the seventh and did not allow a base runner, finishing his 2 2/3 inning outing with three strike outs.

    The win was Auburn’s 17th come-from-behind win of the season and its fourth win against a ranked team.