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Lexington, Ky. - No. 2 Vanderbilt used a seven-run fifth inning to cruise to an 11-3 win at Kentucky in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
The Commodores (43-6, 22-2) took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning when Connor Harrell and Zander Wiel each hit home runs. But the Dores blew it open in the fifth, scoring seven runs on seven hits. Jack Lupo started the rally with the first of four straight hits against Wildcats' (28-20, 10-15) starter A.J. Reed. Xavier Turner's RBI-single scored the first run and Mike Yastrzemski followed with a RBI-double. After a Conrad Gregor ground out for the second out scored a run, Zander Wiel added a two-run single. In his second at-bat of the inning, Spencer Navin capped the rally with a two-run single of his own to make it 10-1 headed to the bottom of the fifth.
With a big lead on the scoreboard, Vandy starter Kevin Ziomek settled in and cruised to his 10th win of the season. Ziomek allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts over six innings. The lefty becomes just the 10th pitcher in Vanderbilt history to win at least 10 games in a single season joining teammate Tyler Beede. The duo is the third pair of VU hurlers to win 10-plus games in the same season joining David Price and Casey Weathers (2007) and Sonny Gray and Grayson Garvin (2011).
Walker Buehler worked the final three innings allowing one run on five hits to notch his first career save.
All nine Commodores in the starting lineup had at least one hit led by Tony Kemp's three-hit performance. Harrell belted a pair of homers to push his season total to 10, his second two home run game of the season. Wiel drove in three runs and now has 18 RBI in his 10 starts. J.T. Riddle paced the Wildcats with three hits.
Reed took the loss (2-7) giving up career-highs in hits (12) and runs allowed (10).
The Commodores and Wildcats are set to play game two of the double dip tonight at 6 p.m. CT. Tyler Beede (12-0) gets the ball against UK's freshman right-hander Kyle Cody (3-2).
Beede Pitches Top-Ranked Vandy to Series-Clinching Win
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Top-ranked Vanderbilt rallied to take a lead with two runs in the third inning and got the 13th win in 13 starts in 2013 from sophomore star Tyler Beede to post a 5-3 series-clinching win over Kentucky, on Saturday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Kentucky (28-21, 10-16 Southeastern Conference) jumped out to an early lead for the second consecutive game, before Vanderbilt (44-6, 23-2 SEC) rallied in the next half inning with two runs on four hits to take a 2-1 lead, adding a run in the sixth for the final margin.
The Commodores now sit just two wins shy, with four to play, of equaling the best record in the storied history of the SEC.
UK freshman starter Kyle Cody (3-3) suffered the hard-luck loss in his second career SEC start. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound right-hander allowed eight hits and three runs, walking two and striking out two against the SEC’s top offensive club. Cody allowed the two-run frame in the third and the run in the sixth in his third quality start of the year and his second consecutive.
Kentucky freshman Ryne Combs started the seventh inning in relief of Cody, allowing three straight hits to start the inning and worked 2.2 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, walking two and striking out one. Freshman right-hander Zach Strecker came on in the ninth to get the final out of the frame.
Beede (13-0) – regarded as the top sophomore in college baseball and as the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft – worked 5.1 innings, allowing only two UK singles, walking five and striking out five.
VU flame-throwing righty Carson Fulmer came on in a one-out jam with runners on the corners in a 3-2 game in the bottom of the sixth inning, getting a three-pitch strikeout and a groundout to end the best UK threat to jump back into the game. Fulmer worked 2.2 innings with five hits and two runs, walking two and striking out one. Lefty Jared Miller came on in a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the bottom of the ninth to face a left-handed hitter, getting the out for his first save of the year.
The Wildcats totaled four singles in the game, as Kyle Barrett, Zac Zellers, J.T. Riddle and Matt Reida each collected knocks. UK also got a two-walk game from Austin Cousino, with Micheal Thomas getting hit by two pitches. Barrett, a freshman out of Douglasville, Ga., extended his hitting streak to a club-high 13 games.
The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game will also be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, available on WLAP 630-AM in Lexington, WKJK 1080-AM in Louisville and online at UKathletics.com.
Kentucky opened up with an early lead after scoring one run in the bottom of the second. Riddle reached first on a fielder’s choice and moved over to second on a ground out. A wild pitch advanced Riddle to third. With two outs, Reida hustled to beat out an infield singles, allowing Riddle to score.
Vanderbilt responded in the top of the third with two runs to grab the lead. Jack Lupo led off the inning with a double down the leftfield line and Tony Kemp brought him home with a single into leftfield. Following a double play, Mike Yastrzemski reached base on a single into centerfield and moved into scoring position when Connor Harrell was hit by a pitch. Conrad Gregor singled through the right side of the infield, scoring Yastrzemski from second.
The Commodores added one in the top of the sixth to gain a 3-1 lead. Gregor singled into rightfield and stole second to put himself in scoring position. Chris Harvey delivered with a single through the left side to score Gregor from second.
Kentucky pulled back within a run after scoring one in the bottom of the sixth. Cousino led off the inning with a walk and Riddle singled into rightfield to put two on for UK. Max Kuhn laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the two runners over and a passed ball allowed Riddle to score from third, lessening Vanderbilt’s lead to 3-2.
Vanderbilt extended its lead on a two-RBI double from Yastrzemski in the seventh inning. Kemp and Xavier Turner opened the inning with consecutive singles and Yastrzemski drove them home, hitting a double into the right-centerfield gap.
Trailing 5-2 entering the final half inning of play, Kentucky threatened, plating one run and leaving the tying run stranded on second. Pinch-hitter McConkey opened the inning with a walk and Barrett followed with a single through the right side. Following a pop out, Reed walked to load the bases with one out. A wild pitch scored McConkey from third and moved the runners to second and third. Kentucky wasn’t able to bring home the tying run as Vandy forced two strikeouts to end the game.
Razorbacks Even Series with Tennessee
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Brian Anderson went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a homer and three RBI, while Ryne Stanek worked seven shutout innings as No. 14 Arkansas evened its series against Tennessee with an 11-1 win on Saturday night at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas improves its record to 33-17 and 16-9 in Southeastern Conference play with the win, while Tennessee drops to 20-27 overall and 7-17 in league play.
The series wraps up on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Arkansas will start senior left hander Randall Fant (4-1, 2.27), while Tennessee will start freshman righty Aaron Quillen (2-3, 6.04). The series finale will be televised by CST. Only general admission tickets remain for Sunday’s game. General admission tickets are $8 and can be purchased on gameday at Baum Stadium, while supplies last.
Arkansas recorded 11 runs on 12 hits against the Tennessee pitching staff. Anderson paced the Razorbacks at the plate with his second four-hit game of the season, finishing a double shy of the cycle. Anderson was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with his fourth homer of the season, three RBI and four runs scored. Dominic Ficociello had a pair of hits and drove in two runs, while Jordan Farris went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Brett McAfee and Tyler Spoon each had a hit and a RBI.
Arkansas scored in every at bat during the game, marking the first time the Razorbacks had scored in every plate appearance since April 7, 2010, in a 32-8 win over Saint Louis in seven innings.
Stanek (7-2) picked up his seventh win of the season, striking out nine and giving up five hits in seven scoreless frames. The junior right hander lowered his overall ERA to 1.70 and to 1.10 in nine conference starts.
Colin Poché finished the contest, striking out three and giving up one hit in 1.1 innings.
Tennessee starter Nick Williams (2-4) took the loss after giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and striking out three in 2.2 innings.
Arkansas scored single runs in each of the first three innings. Ficociello brought home the first run of the game with a one-out RBI single in the first inning. In the second, McAfee tripled with one out and came in to score on a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly by Spoon in the third inning scored Anderson to put the Razorbacks in front 3-0.
The Razorbacks tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth on a two-out, two-run homer to straightaway center field by Anderson, his fourth of the season.
Arkansas plated another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to center by Jordan Farris. Two more Razorbacks crossed the plate in the sixth as Anderson had a RBI triple to right-center and Ficociello hit a sacrifice fly to the wall in left field.
The Razorbacks stretched the lead to 9-0 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly to center field by McAfee.
Tennessee broke up the shutout with a run in the top of the eighth as Vincent Jackson doubled to the gap in left-center field, scoring Jeff Moberg.
Arkansas closed the scoring with two runs in the eighth, both coming on a bases loaded infield single by Farris. The first run scored on the single, while the second run came in after a throwing error by the Tennessee third baseman.
Tennessee finished the game with seven hits, led by Scott Price and Christin Stewart, who each contributed two hits. Jackson went 1-for-4 with a RBI for the Volunteers.
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Ole Miss Clinches Series with Doubleheader Sweep of Mississippi State
OXFORD, Miss. – Twentieth-ranked Ole Miss (35-16, 14-12 SEC) picked up a pair of wins in drastically different styles on Saturday afternoon, taking both games of a twin bill from No. 13 Mississippi State (36-15, 13-13 SEC) to clinch the weekend series at Swayze Field.
The Rebels picked up a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs in game one – a resumption of the series opener that was suspended after the top of the first on Friday night due to inclement weather, before winning a high-scoring battled 10-8 in game two of the doubleheader.
The game one victory marked the first time this season that Mississippi State had been shutout in a contest, while the second game of the series marked the first time the Bulldogs had surrendered double-digit runs to an opponent this season.
“It was just a really good day at the ball park for us,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We had two totally different baseball games from different sides of the spectrum. The first game was a pitching and defensive battle; Scratch it out the second game. It was just a slug fest. I’m proud of the way we hung in there all day long. We made a few more pitches than they did.”
“It wasn’t easy,” Bianco said. “They’re tough. They’re good. They battle. We knew that going in. I’m proud of the way the guys hung in there all day. Bobby (Wahl) will start tomorrow. We decided that last night, but didn’t want to announce it and get ahead of ourselves. We still have to beat a very good team. It’s great to have your ace out there. There’s not a better guy that we would want to run out there on any of the days, but they’re obviously a very good (Mississippi) State team.”
Junior right-hander Mike Mayers (4-4) picked up the relief win in the first game, working 7.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts. He relieved starter Bobby Wahl, who pitched the top of the first on Friday night with three strikeouts before rain forced the suspension of the game.
Brett Huber picked up his 11th save of the season to extend his career total to 37 saves on Senior Day at Swayze Field.
The Rebels got the first run of the game on a solo home run to left field from Will Allen in the fifth inning before a bases-loaded walk from Sikes Orvis would push the lead out to 2-0. Ole Miss capped the scoring with a bases-loaded sac fly from pinch hitter Austin Knight in the eighth inning for the final margin of victory.
Luis Pollorena (6-3) took the loss for the Bulldogs in game one of the series, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.
Game two opened up with a different pace entirely right out of the gates.
Mississippi State pushed a pair of runs home in the first, loading the bases before a misplayed ball at third on a grounder from Wes Rea brought the first run home and a single from Sam Frost brought a second run home before the Rebels would get out of the inning down 2-0.
Ole Miss responded in the bottom of the first, pushing four runs home and never trailed again in the contest. The Rebels loaded the bases with one out before Auston Bousfield hammered a three-RBI triple to right center to put Ole Miss on top. Bousfield then scored on a sac fly from Holt Perdzock to give the home team the 4-2 lead.
Sophomore right-hander Sam Smith (3-0) picked up the win in the start, tying a season-long outing with 6.0 innings of work, allowing the three runs on eight hits with two strikeouts. Senior Tanner Bailey picked up his third save of the season, closing out the final 2.2 innings after entering the game with Ole Miss holding to an 8-5 lead and the tying run on deck in the seventh.
Kendall Graveman (5-5) took the loss for Mississippi State, allowing six runs on seven hits with three walks and a strikeout in 4.1 innings of work.
After grabbing the 4-2 lead in the first, the Rebels would see the lead cut to one run in the third on an RBI single from Rea with that brought home Hunter Renfroe.
Ole Miss would respond, plating two runs in the fifth on a two-RBI double from Bousfield and a pair of runs in the sixth on two Bulldog errors and an RBI single from Austin Anderson to take the lead out to 8-3 after six innings of play.
Mississippi State again answered with a two-run seventh inning, only to see the Rebels take the score back out to 10-5 with a two-RBI single up the middle with the bases loaded from senior Tanner Mathis in the bottom of the inning.
The Bulldogs would continue to chip away at the lead, pushing two runs home in the eighth and a single run home in the ninth before Bailey would close the door and pick up the win to give the Rebels the weekend series.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State will conclude the series with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday televised by CSS.
Gators Score Four in the Ninth, Stun Auburn
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After Florida sophomore Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.) tied the game with a two-out, three-run homer in the ninth inning, redshirt sophomore Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) delivered a pinch-hit double to score freshman Harrison Bader (Bronxville, N.Y.) from first base with the winning run as the Gators (28-24/13-13 SEC) stunned Auburn (30-20/10-16 SEC), 5-4, to even the teams’ weekend series on Saturday night at McKethan Stadium. The start of the game was delayed for one hour and 42 minutes due to heavy rains and unplayable field conditions.
With UF down to its final three outs and trailing 4-1, sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) started things off by being hit by a pitch from Tiger junior starter Michael O’Neal but was erased at second base on a fielder’s choice by sophomore Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.). After sophomore Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) went down swinging, senior Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) sliced a single into right field for two Gators aboard. Tobias launched O’Neal’s next pitch into the left-field bleachers to knot the score at 4-4 with his third round-tripper of the campaign.
Junior Reid Carter (1-1) replaced O’Neal (8.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R) and issued a walk to Bader on a full count. Powers stepped to the dish and blooped a double into right field, with Bader sliding home ahead of the tag, to give the Gators their third walk-off victory of the season (also March 6 vs. Jacksonville & April 27 vs. Tennessee). Freshman Mike Vinson (Miami, Fla.) earned his first collegiate win after coming into the game in the top of the ninth.
“There’s a lot to be said,” Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Casey Turgeon gets hit by a pitch in the elbow, and it looks like it hurt a little bit but he stood in there. Vickash Ramjit had a really good approach with two strikes. Obviously, you know Josh Tobias did his thing at the end. He got a good pitch to hit. The three-run home run is obviously a swing that we won’t forget. It was probably one of the biggest hits we have had all year long but that doesn’t happen unless those guys in front of him get on base. Those at-bats were just as equally important. We’ve been waiting for a win like this all year long.”
“[Auburn starter] Michael O’Neal threw great. He had 16 ground balls, walked no guys. The only walk they had was Harrison Bader in the bottom of the ninth. Auburn didn’t give us anything and they played really good defense.”
“There were a lot of things that happened throughout the game. It was one of those things where we were fortunate enough at the end. I’m not quite sure if we have anyone else other than [Harrison] Bader or [Richie] Martin that can score from first base on that short fly ball. Credit Harrison [Bader]; he came flying around third and didn’t assume he was going to be held up at third. He kept flying and Craig [Bell] sent him. What a way to win the ballgame.”
“I was just trying to put a good swing on the ball and give [Harrison] Bader a good chance to score,” Powers said of his game-winning heroics.
The Tigers had broken the ice in the second inning on an RBI single by freshman Jordan Ebert (3-for-4) against sophomore right-hander Johnny Magliozzi (East Milton, Mass.), who was making his second SEC start. Junior Patrick Savage (4-for-4) had opened the frame with a double into right center field and scored on a one-out base-hit up the middle by Ebert, who took second on the relay throw to the plate. Magliozzi stranded the runner with back-to-back strikeouts to finish the frame with three punch-outs.
Savage extended Auburn’s lead to 2-0 in the third stanza with a two-out RBI single through the right side of the infield. Junior Hunter Kelley (2-for-5, two runs) had reached on an infield single with one down and moved to second on a two-out free pass issued to senior Garrett Cooper. Savage collected his second hit of the night to bring home Kelley.
Freshman Brady Roberson (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) (2-for-3) cut the Gators’ deficit in half with a two-out RBI double down the right-field line off of O’Neal in the fifth inning. Bader (1-for-3, two runs) had legged out an infield single with two out and had taken second on a throwing error by Cooper. Roberson’s second hit of the game and third double of the season put the hosts on the scoreboard before O’Neal ended the inning by having senior Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) ground out.
Savage laced a single into right center in the Tigers’ sixth inning and Magliozzi had junior Dan Glevenyak hit into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
In the home part of the inning, freshman Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) led off with a single up the middle to increase his hitting streak to five games and moved to second base on a grounder by Turgeon. Gushue pushed Martin to third base with a fly ball to the warning track and O’Neal had Shafer ground out to keep the score 2-1 in favor of the Tigers.
Kelley began the eighth inning with a homer to left field to give Auburn a 3-1 advantage and prompt a pitching change, as freshman Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) took the hill for the Gators. Over a career-high seven innings, Magliozzi scattered seven hits and permitted three runs, with five strikeouts and one walk. Cooper and Savage had consecutive singles with one down and sophomore Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) replaced Young (0.2 IP). Although Ebert punched a single into center field, Cooper was thrown out at the plate on a relay from Martin to Gushue.
“We asked Johnny Magliozzi to step up tonight,” O’Sullivan acknowledged. “I thought this was the most important game of the year up to this point. We’ve asked him one time before for this, against Mississippi State. He delivered then and he certainly did tonight.”
Junior Daniel Gibson (Lutz, Fla.) recorded the first out of the ninth before Vinson came into the contest. The righty notched a strikeout but then yielded a solo shot to junior Blake Austin to left field that provided the Tigers with a 4-1 margin before the Gators’ winning rally in the ninth.
The teams will wrap up the series tomorrow with the rubber game at 1 p.m. The game 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.