|Tuesday Baseball RESULTS
|Alabama 8, Miss. Valley State 3
|Kentucky 4, Wright State 1
|Florida 7, Florida Atlantic 1
|Auburn 12, Jacksonville State 8
Alabama Notches 14 Hits to Knock Off MVSU
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Every starter in the Alabama lineup recorded at least one base hit and Austen Smith and Ryan Blanchard homered as the Crimson Tide defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 8-3, Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The win boosts Alabama’s record to 28-21 overall, and the loss drops the Delta Devils to 5-42.
“Well, today I thought the objective was to get the win,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “It’s also really good to see Ryan Blanchard step up and get some big hits, especially with his three-run home run. You never know with these games. A team comes in with five wins, they don’t walk anybody or make any errors, and they made us get hits and we were fortunate tonight as we got 14 of them. We did what we needed to do, that was the main thing today.”
Freshman left fielder Ryan Blanchard led the offensive charge for the Tide, with the first home run of his career, a three-run shot, a single and a pair of runs scored. Junior designated hitter Austen Smith went 1-for-3 with a solo home run. The home run was his team-best sixth of the season.
Sophomore catcher Ben Moore posted a 2-for-4 day with a pair of singles, an RBI and a run scored. Moore also had a trio of stolen bases, the most of his career and most by an Alabama player since Ross Wilson swiped three versus LSU on May 30, 2010. Moore is currently fourth in the SEC with 15 total stolen bases this season.
Senior third baseman Kenny Roberts turned in a 2-for-4 game and reached base three times on an RBI double, a single, a walk and also added a run scored, senior right fielder Andrew Miller registered a 2-for-3 game with a double, a single and a run scored, and freshman shortstop Mikey White finished 2-for4 with an RBI double and a single.
Freshman righty Mike Oczypok (4-1) earned his fourth win in his third start and ninth appearance of the year for the Tide, is now tied for the team lead in wins. The walk-on from Royersford, Pa., allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings and struck out a career-high six batters. Junior south paw Taylor Wolfe blanked the opposition in his four innings. Wolfe allowed two hits with four punch outs in his second appearance of the season. The outs recorded today by Wolfe were the first he has recorded since June 4, 2011, at Florida State.
“Taylor Wolfe pitched four really good innings,” Gaspard said. “That’s always really encouraging as we work toward the back of the season.”
David Lostra (3-8) was charged with the loss for the Delta Devils after surrendering seven runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
Alabama kicked off the scoring in the second inning when Smith blasted the second pitch he saw over the left center field corner, which is the deepest part of the ball park, for his sixth homer of the year and a 1-0 lead.
The Tide kept it going in the third, sparked by a Miller double that was lost in the sun by the left fielder. Back-to-back singles by Roberts and Salem, followed as Miller scored on the Salem single to stretch the margin to 2-0. Alabama added another run in the fourth to go up 3-0 when Moore singled and stole second, setting up White’s RBI double.
The Delta Devils put together a rally in the fifth inning, scoring three times to tie the game at 3-3. Three straight hits from Demetrius Bonner, Jonathan Parker and Edmund Cheatham pushed their first runner across and after a pop out, German Hays singled into left field to drive in Parker and Cheatham to tie ball game.
The Alabama offense responded quickly in the bottom of the frame, as Blanchard singled to lead off the inning and Roberts double to the left field corner to score Blanchard from first. After the next two batters were retired, Moore singled to the right center gap to cap off the inning with a 5-3 advantage.
Brett Booth led off the sixth inning and after Miller’s single down the right field line put runners on the corners, Blanchard clubbed a 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for the first home run of his career and an 8-3 lead. From there, Wolfe shut down the opposing lineup to seal the Tide’s 28th victory, his first save of the season and second of his career.
“Our focus goes to Troy tomorrow; they’re a really good baseball team who’s playing really hot and well,” Gaspard said. “We got our guys ready to go for a big game tomorrow.”
The Alabama Crimson Tide returns to Sewell-Thomas Stadium for its final midweek game of the season to take on the No. 25 Troy Trojans. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. CT. Alabama will start sophomore lefty Taylor Guilbeau (3-1, 2.97), and the Trojans will start RHP Jeremy McGowan (0-0, 3.60).
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Grundy, Barrett Lead UK to Win Over Wright State
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senior Jerad Grundy fired five one-run innings in his first career midweek start, leading Kentucky to a 4-1 win over Wright State, on Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (28-19) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, adding single runs in the sixth and seventh inning to post the 4-1 win. UK got the strong outing from Grundy, making his first career midweek start, and a three-hit game from freshman outfielder Kyle Barrett at the top of the order.
A native of Johnsburg, Ill., Grundy (6-5) worked five strong innings, allowing one run and no walks, striking out five.
Senior Walter Wijas took over to start the sixth, working two innings, allowing just one hit and no walks, striking out two. Sophomore Chandler Shepherd worked a shutout eighth with a single surrendered and a strikeout. Junior righty Trevor Gott retired all three hitters he faced in the ninth inning to pick up his school-record 11th save of 2013 and 22nd of his storied three-year career.
The one-run pitching performance was the fifth consecutive dominating outing on the mound for the Wildcats, who had allowed just 13 earned runs in the last five games, including four tilts against top-25 foes. UK has a 2.60 ERA over its last five games, with its bullpen allowing just one run in that span.
UK got the career-high three hits from Barrett, who added a walk in his 15th consecutive start as the leadoff hitter. Zac Zellers, J.T. Riddle, Micheal Thomas and Matt Reida each added singles, with Thomas and Barrett each driving in runs. Greg Fettes and Max Kuhn each had two-walk games.
Wright State (20-24) starter Cody Kipilchack (1-1) worked three innings, allowing one hit and two runs, walking three and striking out two. WSU used Taylor Braun, E.J. Trapino, Trevor Swaney, Logan Blair and Travis Hissong in relief.
UK will return to action on Friday, welcoming No. 1 Vanderbilt to Cliff Hagan Stadium for a 6:30 p.m. ET matchup.
Kentucky jumped out to an early lead after posting two runs in the bottom of the first. Barrett led off with a walk and the Wildcats loaded the bases with a single from Zellers into right-centerfield and a hit by pitch of Austin Cousino. A.J. Reed reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Barrett and Fettes brought Zellers home on a sacrifice fly to rightfield for the second run of the inning.
Wright State added one with two outs in the top of the fourth. Kieston Greene led off the inning with a single up the middle and with two outs stole second to get in scoring position. Michael Timm lined a single into right-centerfield to score Greene for the Raiders.
Kentucky extended its lead in the sixth as two walks put runners on first and second with one out for the Wildcats. Barrett knocked Kuhn in with a line-drive single into centerfield to give UK a 3-1 lead.
The Wildcats added another in the bottom of the seventh to extend their lead to 4-1. Fettes walked with one out and Riddle followed with a single up the middle. A Kuhn walk loaded the bases for Thomas and the catcher delivered, singling into right-centerfield to score Fettes.
Gators One-Hits FAU in 7-1 Triumph
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A six-run fifth inning and dominant pitching lifted Florida (27-23) to a 7-1 victory over Florida Atlantic (28-20) on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. Sophomore left-hander Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) (3-2) limited the Owls to one run and one hit over a career-high six innings and he was followed to the mound by freshman Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.), sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) and sophomore Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.), who each threw a perfect frame. The Gators retired the final 13 FAU batters in securing head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s 250th victory at Florida.
“I thought their starter [Jake Meiers] did a really nice job,” O’Sullivan said. “He threw some quality changeups and breaking balls and he kept the ball down, but Bobby [Poyner] matched him pitch-for-pitch. He pitched outstanding for us tonight. Our relief pitching was really good – holding a team like FAU to one run and one hit over nine innings. We were obviously pleased with the effort. There were a lot of big at-bats tonight. Credit their starter, he did a great job, but we hung in there and the fifth inning was a big one for us offensively.”
“I felt pretty good,” Poyner said. “I was trying to throw the ball to the plate and let the defense play. We made really good catches in the outfield, played really great on defense and didn’t make any errors.”
After Poyner retired the first six batters of the contest, senior Corey Keller drew a leadoff walk in the third inning and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by sophomore Ricky Santiago. A grounder by sophomore Mitch Morales pushed Keller to third base and senior Nathan Pittman gave the Owls a 1-0 lead with a base-hit into left field that brought home Keller. It was the visitors’ lone hit of the contest.
Florida threatened against senior Jake Meiers (4-3) with two down in the fourth, as sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) roped a single into left field and redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) earned a free pass. The right-hander had senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) fly out to left field to end the inning.
The Gators moved in front in the fifth with six runs on four hits and an error to seize a 6-1 advantage. Sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) led off by being hit by a pitch and a fielder’s choice by freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) was misplayed by Morales to give the hosts runners on the corners with none out. Senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) executed a squeeze bunt to bring across Tobias with the tying run.
Bader went to third on a wild pitch and freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) (2-for-4) followed with an infield single and was able to take second on the play. Redshirt sophomore Bo Logan replaced Meiers (4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) and surrendered a two-run double into left center to sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (2-for-5). Sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) stroked a single through the left side of the infield to move Turgeon to third and Logan had Shafer line out to second base for the second out. Florida scored its fourth run of the frame when Logan was charged with a balk and Powers increased the margin to 5-1 with an RBI single that plated Gushue. Senior Gregg Bennis took over for Logan (0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER) and plunked Ramjit and Tobias to load the bases. Bader drew a walk to bring home Powers with the final run of the frame.
After Young threw a perfect seventh on six pitches, Ramjit clubbed a solo homer into the left-field bleachers with one down off of junior Andrew Archer to provide the Gators with a 7-1 margin. Ramjit’s fourth big fly of the campaign was his first since March 31 against Ole Miss. Tobias followed with a single into center field, Bader walked and Dent stroked a single into right field to fill the sacks with one down. However, the Owls worked out further trouble with a 1-2-3 double play.
Harris retired the Owls in the eighth on eight pitches and Magliozzi completed the game with a 10-pitch ninth to register the Gators’ second win in as many nights.
Florida returns to league play against Auburn (27-19/9-15 SEC) on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at McKethan Stadium. All three games between the Gators and Tigers will be available on GatorVision, while Jeff Cardozo and Mick Hubert will call the action for the Gator IMG Sports Network. Live audio and stats will be available on GatorZone.com and fans can also follow updates on @GatorZoneBB, the official Twitter account of the Gator baseball program.
Auburn's 12-Run Eighth Inning Clinches Comeback Win
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Trailing 8-0 headed to the top of the eighth inning, the Auburn baseball team hit three home runs in its biggest single scoring inning since the 2000 season, scoring 12 times as it came back to win 12-8 at Jacksonville State on Tuesday night. The win, No. 500 in John Pawlowski’s coaching career, improved Auburn’s record to 28-19 while Jacksonville State fell to 27-22.
“This is a special, special night for us,” Pawlowski said. “We were not a very good baseball team for a major part of the night but fortunately for us, the will to win and they just kept battling and grinding out at-bat after at-bat. What an inning. I am going to remember this for a long, long time.”
Auburn sent 15 men to the plate in the eighth inning after collecting just six hits in the prior seven innings. Auburn tallied eight hits in the inning, six of which went for extra-bases. Garrett Cooper’s RBI double scored Cullen Wacker with Auburn’s first run of the game, igniting a previously dormant offense. Three batters later Dan Glevenyak launched the first of his two three-run home runs in the inning, cutting the deficit in half, 8-4.
Following the third pitching change of the inning, Damek Tomscha connected for his third home run in as many games as the reigning SEC Player of the Week hit a two-run shot to cut the lead to two, 8-6.
Wacker’s two-run double, his second hit of the inning and his fourth of the night, tied the game at 8-8 and forced a fourth pitching change for Jacksonville State. The new pitcher, Cody Ponder (3-2), would face just three batters, with Glevenyak ushering him out of the game with his second three-run blast of the inning and the 12-8 Auburn lead.
“I got more focused in the box and calmed myself down,” Glevenyak said. “I had a nine-pitch at bat, I fouled pitches off, and then I got a good pitch to hit and put a simple swing on it and it went out.”
“That was an unbelievable inning. We were trying to get people motivated, get people excited in the dugout. The next thing you know we get a couple of base hits and the whole momentum and mindset in our dugout changed,” Pawlowski said. “This game is clearly about momentum and that inning we were clearly as good as we have been in a long time.”
The 12 runs were the most scored in a single inning by Auburn since it scored 14 in the first inning of a 19-2 win over Mercer on April 4, 2000.
Reliever Matt Schultz (1-0) was the beneficiary of all the runs, earning his first career win for Auburn.
Coty Blanchard missed a grand slam by just a few inches in the third but it didn’t matter as his two-run double preceded a two-run single by Paschal Petrongolo as Jacksonville State took a 4-0 lead in the third off of Auburn starter Dillon Ortman, who had allowed a single and then walked the bases loaded. Ortman would leave after the Petrongolo single having allowed four runs on three hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings.
Jacksonville State increased the lead to 6-0 off of Chase Williamson, scoring single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, the second coming on a Petrongolo two-out, RBI double.
The lead ballooned to eight in the bottom of the seventh on a Eddie Mora-Loera two-run single off of Schultz, setting the stage for Auburn’s 19th, and biggest, come-from-behind win of the season.
Cullen Wacker finished with four of Auburn’s season-high-tying 14 hits, his 12th multi-hit game of the year and the third four-hit game of his career.
The six RBI by Glevenyak, who had just one career home run at Auburn, were a career high and the most by an Auburn player since Tony Caldwell drove in seven at Kentucky on April 9, 2011.
Auburn returns home for a Wednesday game against Samford. First pitch from Plainsman Park is scheduled for 6pm.