|SUNDAY baseball RESULTS
|Auburn 5, Ole Miss 4
|Texas A&M 4, Missouri 1
|Mississippi State 7, Alabama 6 (11 Innings)
Auburn Takes Series With Thrilling 5-4 Win Over No. 18 Ole Miss
AUBURN, Ala. – Damek Tomscha hit an eighth-inning, game-winning home run while Hunter Kelley robbed Ole Miss of a pair of home runs as Auburn won its series over No. 18 Ole Miss with a 5-4 win on Sunday afternoon. The win improved Auburn’s record to 27-19, 9-15 SEC while Ole Miss fell to 33-16, 12-12.
“We really responded. We faced some adversity and came back and found a way to win a ballgame today,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. “I thought our defense was the difference. Hunter Kelley made two spectacular plays, both of them were over the fence, and Blake Austin too. He picked a guy off second base and threw a guy out on a hit-and-run. I thought our defense did a great job today.”
Tied at 4-4 going to the bottom of the eighth, Tomscha sent a 1-0 offering from Ole Miss closer Brett Huber (3-2) up over the green monster in left, his second home run in as many games after he tied Saturday’s game up with a sixth-inning two-run home run.
“I got ahead in the count and he threw me a curveball down and I figured he would come at me with a fastball,” Tomscha said. “I was able to get it up in the wind.”
Terrance Dedrick (4-2) made the lead stand up in the ninth, retiring Ole Miss in order on six pitches to give Auburn its fourth straight series win over Ole Miss. He had previously surrendered the lead when he allowed a two-run home run to Sikes Orvis in the top of the eighth after entering with one on and none out and Auburn up 4-2.
“Our offense came up big with some big hits,” Dedrick said. “Everyone kept their composure and everyone did a great job. Our defense stepped up. Hunter Kelley robbing balls left-and-right. I can’t say enough about what they did.”
Kelley kept Auburn in the game early with his defense, robbing Orvis of a three-run home run in the third that would have put Ole Miss up 5-1 and then going over the wall again to take away a potential Austin Anderson solo home run in the seventh.
“Those were two balls that were hit perfectly for me at the wall. I didn’t have too good of a day at the plate and I was trying to do anything to help my team,” Kelley said of bringing the two balls back from over the fence.
Ole Miss took a 2-0 lead in the second on a Preston Overbey RBI double and a Will Allen RBI single. The deficit could have been even larger but Austin picked Allen off second with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Auburn then answered in the bottom of the second when Austin singled home Tomscha with two outs to cut it to 2-1.
Auburn scored three times in seventh to go up 4-2. Tomscha led off the inning with a single and scored on a Cullen Wacker single to tie it up. Pinch hitter Patrick Savage then drove in Wacker with a single and Garrett Cooper scored on a wild pitch for the two-run lead.
The win was Auburn’s second come-from-behind win of the weekend and its 18th of the season as Auburn picked up its third conference series win, two of which have come over the then-No. 18-ranked team in the country (Texas A&M, Ole Miss). It also marked the first time Auburn has won a SEC series finale after dropping its first seven.
Aggies Complete the Sweep of Missouri
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies registered a 4-1 win over the Missouri Tigers Sunday afternoon on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park to complete their second SEC series sweep of the season.
Rafael Pineda (5-4) picked up his second win of the week, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out three over 5.2 innings. Matt Kent worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out one. Jason Jester earned his 12th save of the season with a scoreless ninth. He is now just one save shy of the A&M’s single-season record.
The Tigers drew first blood in the top of the first. Logan Pearson drew a six-pitch walk to start the game and a throwing error by Aggie third baseman Hunter Melton on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Dillon Everett put runners on the corners. Pineda struck out Keaton Steele for the second out of the inning, but Dylan Kelly broke the scoring seal with a single to centerfield to knock in Pearson for the 1-0 lead.
After its fruitful first inning, Missouri didn’t love company on the base paths over the next seven innings, managing just four base runners. The offensive stall by the Tigers allowed the Aggies to take the lead in the middle innings.
Texas A&M (26-22, 10-13 SEC) knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Troy Stein took advantage of a Missouri infield that was playing deep and pushed a bunt down the third-base line for a leadoff single. Melton threaded a single through the left side of the infield and Mitchell Nau put both runners in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Daniel Mengden hit an infield single to send Stein home with the tying run. Bratsen tried to send Melton home with a squeeze bunt, but Melton was thrown out at the plate.
The Aggies staked claim to a 3-1 lead with two runs in the fifth. With two outs, Cole Lankford drove a double down the rightfield line and scored when Stein sent a double down the other foul line for the 2-1 lead. Stein came around to score when Missouri second baseman Kendall Keeton was unable to gobble up a grounder by Melton.
Missouri (15-28, 7-17 SEC) threatened to tie the game in the sixth. Dane Opel singled through the right side of the infield and stole second base to start the inning and with two outs Chase Munson drew a walk, but Kent came in from the bullpen and induced an inning-ending groundout by Josh Lester to end the rally.
Texas A&M tacked on an insurance run in the sixth. With one out, Krey Bratsen hit a wall-banger down the leftfield line for a double, moved to third on a single to rightfield by Jace Statum and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mikey Reynolds for the 4-1 lead.
Eric Anderson (0-2) was saddled with the loss for the Tigers. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over 4.2 innings.
Melton, Mengden and Stein each logged two hits to lead the Aggies. Melton went 2-for-4. Mengden went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Stein went 2-for-4 with two runs, one double and one RBI. Mikey Reynolds had his streak of games reaching base snapped at 45 and his hit streak was halted at 15 games, his second streak of the season of 15 or more games.
MSU BASEBALL WORKS EXTRA TO COMPLETE SWEEP OF ALABAMA
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State enjoyed Saturday’s walk-off win so much, the 15th-ranked Bulldogs did it again Sunday afternoon.
C.T. Bradford capped a four-hit day by smashing a game-winning single as MSU knocked off Alabama 7-6 in 11 innings to complete a three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series sweep at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs did not have a walk-off win prior to the weekend. However, MSU took a 5-4, 10-inning decision in walk-off fashion to cap Saturday’s doubleheader sweep. The Bulldogs started the series with a 10-6 victory.
“The kids worked really hard this weekend,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “They have some lofty goals for this season. The players knew that today’s game was huge to help them achieve some of those goals. Extra-inning games are happening all over the place in the league.
“When you have a veteran ballclub, it is easier to win these types of games”
The sweep was MSU’s second of the season and highlighted a fourth conference series victory. MSU took all three games from Alabama for the first time since 2004 and first time in this stadium since 1993. The Bulldogs have now won six of the last seven series meetings against the Crimson Tide.
With two weekends remaining in the regular season, the Bulldogs are in sole possession of third place in the SEC’s Western Division. The Bulldogs are presently fifth in the overall league standings. MSU is now 36-13 overall and 13-11 in league play, while Alabama is 27-21 and 11-12.
The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the second inning of the series opener. From there, the Maroon and White held the upper hand for most of the weekend. Sunday provide quite different. On a dreary day for baseball, the Bulldogs had to find some extra energy to erase a 6-3 deficit.
“The kids never gave up,” Cohen said. “It is so easy to let up and just say you have had a nice weekend. Down three, they just kept battling back. I am really proud of them.”
Bradford helped spark the rally with his first four-hit game of the season. After a Wes Rea RBI-single brought the Bulldogs within 6-4 with two outs in the seventh inning, Bradford followed with an RBI-single. Fresh off a three-hit performance in Saturday’s nightcap, Jacob Robson followed with a game-tying hit.
“C.T. has worked so hard on his swing, he deserves to have success,” Cohen said. “I told him late in the game, with a runner at third and less than two (outs), we would look at the squeeze. C.T. said ‘I am seeing this guy real well and I will get us a line drive’.”
After tying things in the seventh inning, the Bulldogs turned matters on the mound over to Jonathan Holder. Following Jacob Lindgren, Ross Mitchell, Will Cox and Chad Girodo, Holder sparkled even though it was not a save situation. Holder (2-0) struck out six and walked one in three innings of perfect relief. The sophomore right-hander now has 24.1 consecutive scoreless innings on the mound.
The Bulldogs flirted with victory in the 10th inning before breaking through for their second extra-inning win of the season (and second in as many days) an inning later.
Hunter Renfroe singled to start the MSU 11th inning. While trying to bunt, Brett Pirtle reached as a hit batsman. After a strikeout, Bradford connected with the first pitch he saw for a game-winner.
MSU finished with 11 hits, including a multi-hit game by Alex Detz. Alabama finished with 11 hits, including three hits by Mikey White, two hits by Kyle Overstreet and two hits by Austen Smith. White hit his first home run of the season - a three-run shot - to place UA on top 5-2 in the fifth inning.
Opel accounted for two of the Tigers’ six hits, going 2-for-4 with one stolen base.