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    Today In SEC Baseball: Sunday Edition

    Sunday Baseball RESULTS
    Auburn 4, Florida 1
    Vanderbilt 10, Kentucky 5
    South Carolina 8, Georgia 3
    Arkansas 10, Tennessee 3
    Alabama 7, Mizzou 6
    Mississippi State 7, Ole Miss 6


    Auburn Claims Series-Clinching Win Over Florida in Gainesville

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Damek Tomscha hit a solo home run to start the fifth and Ryan Tella hit a three-run home run with two down in the sixth as Auburn claimed a 4-1 win at Florida on Sunday afternoon. With the win Auburn won its fourth SEC series of the season and moved to 31-20, 11-16 SEC. Florida dropped to 28-25, 13-14 SEC.
     
    “Today was as big a day as we have had all year,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. “To respond the way we did. It was a tough one last night and we had to put that behind us. To come out here, the will to win and the passion to come out on the winning end was a testament to this team. I am really proud of this team today.”
     
    Chase Williamson (3-0) earned the win out of the Auburn bullpen, entering in the fifth for starter Justin Camp with two on and one out. Williamson needed five pitches to get a ground ball double play off the bat of Casey Turgeon and keep Auburn ahead, 1-0.
     
    Williamson finished the day tossing 2 2/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits while striking out one.
     
    Terrance Dedrick earned his eighth save of the season with two innings of scoreless relief. Auburn’s closer, he came in in the eighth with a man on second and none out and a run already in in the inning. He would walk the bases loaded with one out but he got a strike out of Vickash Ramjit and a fielder’s choice from Josh Tobias, who hit the game-tying home run on Saturday, to keep Auburn up by three. His eight saves are the most by an Auburn pitcher since Austin Hubbard finished the SEC West Championship season with 10 saves. 
     
    Tomscha’s seventh home run of the season gave Auburn a 1-0 lead to start the fifth. The home run was the fifth of the weekend for Auburn and its fourth solo blast against the Florida pitching staff.
     
    Tella’s second three-run home run of the weekend gave Auburn a 4-0 lead in the sixth, driving a Danny Young pitch off the scoreboard in right with two down and Patrick Savage on first and Jordan Ebert on second.
     
    Turgeon’s eighth-inning double off of Williamson scored Richie Martin and ruined Auburn’s bid for a shutout.
     
    Camp went 4 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and walking one in his first career start, striking out three. His start was the second-longest for an Auburn pitcher in a SEC series finale this season behind only Will Kendall’s five-inning outing at Texas A&M on April 7.
     
    Garrett Cooper’s finished with two hits, extending his hitting streak to 15 games, Auburn’s longest since Casey McElroy hit in 15 straight from May 1-26, 2011.
     
    Blake Austin finished with three hits for Auburn while Cullen Wacker added two.
     
    Auburn finished the series scoring 15 runs, hitting six home runs. Of the 15 runs, 12 of them came with two outs in an inning.
     
    Auburn returns home for its final four games of the regular season. It will play host to Jacksonville State at 6pm on Tuesday in the final non-conference game of the regular season and then play host to No. 11 Arkansas from Thursday-Saturday in the final SEC weekend series of the year.



    Top-Ranked Vanderbilt Completes Sweep of Kentucky, Clinch SEC Regular Season Title

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Top-ranked Vanderbilt posted a 10-5 win over Kentucky to secure a series sweep, on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium. 
     
    Kentucky (28-22, 10-17 Southeastern Conference) fell behind in the first inning and after taking a lead with two runs in the second, allowed the Commodores to rally with a run in the third and a three-run frame in the fourth. UK answered with two runs in the fourth and a game-tying homer from A.J. Reed in the fifth but the Dores immediately responded with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. 
     
    The Wildcats totsaled 10 hits in the game, with Austin Cousino going 3-for-4 with a double. Reed belted his 12th homer of the year as part of a two-hit game. UK also got a two-run homer from Max Kuhn and singles from J.T. Riddle, Matt Reida, Micheal Thomas and Kyle Barrett, with Barrett extending his hit streak to a club-best 14 games. 
     
    UK starter Corey Littrell (5-5) suffered the loss, allowing eight hits and eight runs – seven earned – in 6.2 innings, walking two and striking out six. Senior Walter Wijas took over with two outs in the seventh, working one inning and allowing a run on one hit. Sophomore Chandler Shepherd worked 1.1 innings, allowing four singles and one run.  
     
    Vanderbilt (45-6, 24-2 SEC) starter TJ Pecoraro worked 4.1 innings, allowing eight hits and five runs, striking out two. Lefty Steven Rice (3-0) picked up the win with the final 4.2 innings in relief, allowing just two UK singles. 
     
    Tony Kemp managed to work his way around the bases to score an early run for Vanderbilt in the top of the first. Kemp led off the inning with a single through the right side and moved over to third on a throwing error during a pick-off attempt. Xavier Turner brought Kemp home, knocking a sacrifice fly to leftfield. 
     
    Kentucky took a 2-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the second. Cousino led off the inning ith a double down the rightfield line and moved over to third when Kuhn grounded out to the right side of the infield. Reida singled up the middle to score Cousino and eventually came around himself to score from first when Thomas singled into leftfield and the leftfield misplayed the ball.
     
    Vandy tied the game back up with one run in the top of the third. Spencer Navin opened the inning with a double, moved over to third on a sacrifice fly and came home to score on Kemp’s sacrifice fly to centerfield.
     
    The Commodores tallied three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. Mike Yastrzemski led off with a single into left-centerfield and scored on a double from Connor Harrell into right-centerfield. Conrad Gregor walked and the two baserunners tagged and advanced to second and third on a Zander Wiel fly out to deep centerfield. Harrell scored on a sacrifice fly into rightfield and Gregor tagged and moved over to third. Navin followed with a single into leftfield, scoring Gregor from third.
     
    Kentucky responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning as Kuhn followed a Cousino singled with a two-run home run over the leftfield wall, putting UK within one run through four.
     
    Reed tied the game for UK with a solo blast over the rightfield wall, leaving the game at 5-5 through five. 
     
    A two-run homer from Gregor put the Commodores back on top through five and a half. Harrell reached on a walk with one out and Gregor drove him home with a homer over the wall in right-centerfield.
     
    Vandy added one in the top of the seventh after Kemp doubled into leftfield with two outs. Turner followed Kemp with a single into shallow centerfield, allowing Kemp to come around and score from second.
     
    The Dores got two more runs in the eighth on three hits and a hit batter.



    Gamecocks Sweep Dawgs

    Columbia, S.C. – Eight of nine position starters for 12th ranked South Carolina had at least one hit and freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop worked five-plus innings to earn his seventh win of the season as the Gamecocks defeated Georgia 8-3 to sweep a three-game SEC series at Carolina Stadium on Mother’s Day.  South Carolina is now 37-14 and 16-10 in the SEC with Georgia 18-31 and 5-19 in league play.
     
    Wynkoop is now 7-2 on the year after going five-plus innings and allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.  Georgia starting pitcher Jared Walsh suffered the loss and is 2-4 on the year.  He allowed five runs on five hits in three-plus innings of work with five strikeouts and three walks.
     
    Georgia grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning.  With two outs and runners on the corners, Hunter Cole drilled a two-run double to left field scoring both Nelson Ward and Curt Powell.  
    South Carolina answered with three runs in the bottom of the third inning.  Grayson Greiner would drive in a run with a two-out RBI single and Brison Celek knocked in a pair with a two-out single as well. 
     
    The Gamecocks got going with a one-out base hit by Graham Saiko followed by a base hit from Joey Pankake with two outs to give Carolina runners on the corners.  Greiner would drive in Saiko with a single down the third base line as he knocked a 1-2 pitch that UGA third baseman Curt Powell could not corral.  After a Max Schrock walk loaded the bases, Celek drilled the first pitch he saw from Walsh for a single up the middle scoring both Pankake and Greiner.
     
    The Gamecocks increased the lead to 6-2 with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Kyle Martin led off with a walk and Tanner English reached base with a bunt for a base hit.  After a wild pitch from Walsh, the Bulldogs went to the bullpen for right-hander Ross Ripple.  Saiko would drive in Martin with a RBI groundout and Chase Vergason would drive in English with a base hit to right field. After a wild pitch advanced Vergason into scoring position, Pankake reached base for the third time with a base hit to right scoring Vergason.
     
    Carolina would scratch across two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Martin doubled with one out off the wall in right field and scored on Tanner English’s RBI double to left-center.  After a passed ball, English scored on Saiko’s sacrifice fly to center.  Georgia would score an unearned run in the ninth inning on a two-out RBI base hit by Heath Holder.  
     
    Adam Westmoreland pitched three scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts out of the bullpen.  Tyler Webb allowed one run, unearned, on two hits with two strikeouts in the top of the ninth.
    Carolina’s 12-hit afternoon included a 3-for-3 game for Pankake as well as two hits by Greiner and English.  Both English and Martin scored two runs.  Saiko and Celek drove in two runs apiece.  Curt Powell was 3-for-3 to lead Georgia with Holder 2-for-4 as well.
     
    South Carolina is back in action on Tuesday hosting Presbyterian in the final home game of the regular season.  First pitch is at 7 p.m.  The game will be televised on Fox Sports Carolinas and Fox Sports South and can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, “The Game.”



    Arkansas Clinches Series on Senior Day

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  Seniors Randall Fant and Matt Vinson made their last regular season start at Baum Stadium a memorable one on Sunday as the two seniors led No. 14 Arkansas to a series-clinching 10-2 win over Tennessee at Baum Stadium.
     
    The Razorbacks have now won seven of their nine Southeastern Conference series for the first time since the 1999 season. Arkansas is 34-17 overall and 17-9 in SEC play. With Arkansas’ win on Sunday and Ole Miss’ lost to Mississippi State, the Razorbacks have clinched a top four seed in the SEC Tournament and a first round bye. Tennessee is now 20-28 and 7-18 in SEC play after the loss.
     
    Arkansas honored its six-member senior class of Trent Daniel, Randall Fant, Cade Lynch, Jacob Mahan, Matt Vinson and Tyler Wright before the game. The senior class has totaled 163 wins over the last four seasons, a trip to the College World Series, three NCAA Tournament appearances, two Super Regional appearances and an SEC Western Division title.
     
    Fant (5-1) started on the mound for the Razorbacks and earned the win after striking out five and giving up just two hits in 3.1 innings. Daniel and Wright each appeared in the game out of the bullpen. 
     
    Jalen Beeks also worked a scoreless inning of relief out of the bullpen, retiring all three batters he faced.
     
    Arkansas’ two seniors on offense also had a big day in their final regular season home game. Vinson led the Razorbacks with three hits, including his second homer of the season, and had two RBI with three runs scored. Jacob Mahan went 1-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored.
     
    Brian Anderson wrapped up a big weekend at the plate with a pair of extra base hits, a double and a triple, and two RBI. The sophomore finished the series against the Volunteers going 7-for-13 with a double, two triples, a homer, five RBI and five runs scored.
     
    Brett McAfee and Jake Wise each had a pair of hits, while Jordan Farris drove in a game-high four runs.
     
    Tennessee starting pitcher Aaron Quillen (2-4) received the loss. Quillen worked just one inning and gave up five runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
     
    David Houser and Zach Luther each had a hit and a RBI to lead Tennessee offensively. Will Maddox, Jeff Moberg, Scott Price and A.J. Simcox also contributed one hit each.
     
    Arkansas wasted little time jumping on the Volunteer starter, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first. Joe Serrano started the home half of the first with a double and then scored on Vinson’s RBI single to center field. After the next two batters were retired, Vinson stole second and Tyler Spoon drew a walk to put runners on first and second. A base hit to left by Mahan plated Vinson for the second run of the inning. After an infield single by Wise loaded the bases, Farris landed the big blow of the inning with a bases-clearing, three-RBI double to left field, giving the Razorbacks a 5-0 lead.
     
    The Razorbacks added another run in the third on a bases-loaded walk to Farris, his fourth RBI of the game.
     
    Arkansas stretched the lead to 8-0 with two runs in the fourth, both coming on a two-RBI double by Anderson to the right-center field alley.
     
    The Razorbacks brought home another run in the sixth on Vinson’s leadoff homer, his second round-tripper of the season, to make the score 9-0.
     
    Tennessee avoided the shutout with a run in the top of the eighth as Houser singled into left field to score Simcox.
     
    Arkansas answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly to left by Jacob Morris, scoring Anderson from third base.
     
    The Volunteers closed the scoring with a run in the ninth as Luther had a pinch hit single to right-center field to score Christin Stewart. Tennessee was unable to get any closer as Arkansas recorded the 10-2 win to clinch the series.
     
    Arkansas closes the regular season next weekend at Auburn. Game times for the final series of the regular season are set for 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. The series finale will be televised on CST.
     
    For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.



    Alabama Scores Three in the Ninth to Down Mizzou

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Austen Smith was the ninth inning hero, driving in the final run of a three-run ninth inning as the Alabama Crimson Tide posted a come-from-behind, walk-off, 7-6, Southeastern Conference victory over the Missouri Tigers on Sunday from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Alabama clinches the series with the win and moves to 31-22 overall and 13-13 in SEC matchups. The loss drops Missouri to 16-29 overall and 8-19 in conference action.
     
    “What a game! At the end of the day, I thought our guys had a great will about them,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “We talked about it prior to the game today. This is why you come to Alabama, this is why you play the game –for big games like today. We know our backs were against the wall today and I thought our guys really showed that in the ninth inning. They just continued to give one good at-bat after another to get [Austen] Smith up there to have the game winner. I’m really proud of our team and the way that they responded in the ninth inning.”
     
    Chance Vincent’s first hit of the game proved big, as it ignited a ninth inning rally for the Tide. After Riley Colburn came in to pinch run, Roberts reached first on an error to put two on with no outs. After fouling off two straight bunt attempts, Salem took a hack at the two-strike delivery and dropped it into the gap in left center to load the bases. Kyle Overstreet came up to the plate and delivered a deep right fly to score Colburn. Then, on an 0-2 count, Ben Moore came up with a game-tying single to left field. From there, Smith hammered the first pitch he saw off Jake Walsh to the wall in left field as Salem scored easily from second base for the game-winning run. 
     
    The walk-off RBI-double was the only hit of the day for Smith. Kyle Overstreet accounted for much the Tide’s offense, going 2-for-3 with two singles and three RBI. Ben Moore also had a three-RBI game and finished the day 2-for-5 with the ninth-inning RBI-single and a two-run home run in the fifth. 
     
    Andrew Miller pitched in a 3-for-4 effort with a trio of singles, Mikey White posted a 2-for-4 game with a pair of singles, to finish the series with a .636 average (7-for-11), and Kenny Roberts added a single, a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored.
     
    Mitch Greer (2-1) threw the final 2.1 innings for the Tide and earned the first SEC win of his career. The Prattville, Ala., native faced eight batters and used a total of 34 pitches to give his team a chance to win. Walsh (1-1) was charged with the loss for the Tigers after lasting 2.1 innings and allowing the final three runs on six hits with two strikeouts.
     
    Sophomore south paw Justin Kamplain got the call in the final home game of the season for Alabama, hurling a career-high 10 strikeouts in 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits and a hit by pitch. The crafty left-hander did not walk a batter and tossed a career-high 120 pitches to deal with a career-high tying 29 batters faced. 
     
    “What a great start from [Justin] Kamplain,” Gaspard said. “He gave us a tremendous start. We extended his pitch count a little bit and tried to get him through seven innings. We realize right now we’ve got some work to do. In our bullpen we’ve got some guys that have lost some confidence and are struggling a little bit, and we’ve got to get that corrected in the next two or three days before we head to Vanderbilt. But that doesn’t take away from today’s victory.”
     
    Missouri finished the day with 12 hits against Alabama, as Dillon Everett, Josh Lester, Dane Opel and Scott Sommerfeld all had two hits. Opel had two RBI and scored two runs and Dylan Kelly was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Tigers’ starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny threw 6.0 innings, allowing four unearned runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts. 
     
    The Tide got the bats going first in the bottom of the third, sparked by Roberts reaching on an error. After Roberts stole second, Overstreet only needed to see the first pitch to drive a single into the right center gap and plate Roberts for an early 1-0 lead.
     
    The Tigers matched in their next opportunity. The fourth frame was started off with an Opel single up the middle. Sommerfeld followed with a single and put runners on second and third for Kelly. Kelly fouled out to left on the first pitch he saw, but the throw home was not in time, as Opel scored to even the game at 1-1 on the sacrifice fly.
     
    The first multiple-run inning came in the fifth on the bats of the Alabama lineup. Roberts got things started by working a full count for a walk, and advanced to third when Georgie Salem reached on an error by the first baseman. Overstreet continued to have success swinging on early counts, as he clubbed the first pitch of his at-bat to send Roberts home on a sacrifice fly. The inning was capped off when Moore uncorked a big drive over the left field wall for his fourth home run of the season, to give the Tide a 4-1 advantage.
     
    Despite their first two batters being retired, Missouri answered the bell in the seventh frame. Everett reached base first with a triple to right center and Josh Lester singled into center field to bring Everett home. After a Keaton Steele walk, Opel tripled to left center plate both base runners. Two more singles from Sommerfeld and Kelly brought two more home to finish the inning with the Tigers leading 6-4.
     
    After the Tide was blanked in the seventh and eighth innings, UA scored their fourth, fifth and sixth runs of the season in the ninth inning to pull off the walk-off victory. It was the first time this season that Alabama has won a game when trailing after seven innings. 
     
    The Alabama Crimson Tide travels to Nashville to finish out their regular season slate with a series at the second-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday and Saturday, and the season wraps up with a 1:00 p.m. CT start on Sunday.
     
    Follow the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team on Facebook at Alabama-Baseball and on Twitter at @AlabamaBSB.



    Mississippi State Rallies to Avoid Sweep at the Hands of Ole Miss

    OXFORD, Miss. – When things looked their bleakest Sunday, the Mississippi State baseball team kept grinding.

    Down 6-0 in the sixth inning, the 13th-ranked Bulldogs staged a comeback for the ages. MSU put things together and late and posted a 7-6 victory over 20th-ranked and arch-rival Ole Miss in the final game of a three-game weekend Southeastern Conference series on a beautiful Mother’s Day at Oxford-University Stadium.

    After winning a pair of close games Saturday, the Rebels were trying for their first series sweep of the Bulldogs here since the 2005 season. Instead, MSU seized control with five runs in the sixth inning and two runs in the seventh inning.

    “We did a lot of things not characteristic of our team early,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “But the kids had a business-like approach and never got down. They always felt like they were going to win the game. There was (the Ole Miss mascot) in front of our dugout waving a broom before the game. I think our kids thought about that down 6-0. They were not going to let (the sweep) happen.”

    The Bulldogs bolstered their conference standing and NCAA resume with the victory. MSU is now 37-15 overall and 14-13 in league play, while Ole Miss is 35-17 and 14-13. MSU enters the final weekend of the series tied for third place in the Western Division standings and fifth place overall.

    The top four finishers receive a first-round bye in the SEC tournament. The Bulldogs would have to sweep South Carolina in the season’s final weekend to achieve that status.

    For now, a victory over the arch-rival will have to do.

    Senior Ben Bracewell (1-1) threw a career-longest five innings in relief. Jacob Lindgren drew the start but lasted one inning. Bracewell retired the final 10 batters he faced.

    The Bulldogs’ bullpen allowed five hits and no earned runs in eight innings of work.

    “Ben is a senior and he wanted this real badly,” Cohen said. “(Pitching coach) Butch (Thompson) said to let him go there in the ninth inning because he was really feeling it.”

    Ole Miss reached Lindgren for three runs in the first inning. A bases-loaded hit batsman and two-run single by Preston Overbey produced the runs.

    The Rebels then reached reliever Jonathan Holder for three unearned runs in the third inning. A walk, hit batsman and error hurt the Bulldogs’ cause as Ole Miss managed only one hit in that at-bat.

    Down 6-0, the Bulldogs began to rally in the sixth inning.

    Singles by Brett Pirtle and C.T. Bradford and a walk to Sam Frost loaded the bases. That would be all for UM starter Bobby Wahl.

    Nick Ammirati and Demarcus Henderson followed with back-to-back RBI-singles. Adam Frazier followed with a two-run double. Alex Detz lined a sacrifice fly for another run, capping this rally.

    Frazier again had the big hit an inning late with a two-run, two-out single to put the Maroon and White ahead for only the second time in the series.

    “We really had good at-bats throughout the entire game,” Cohen said. “Later in the game, we got into their bullpen and had something to show for it.”

    The Bulldogs finished with 11 hits, including three hits by Frazier and C.T. Bradford.  Wes Rea also had multi-hits.

    Ole Miss finished with five hits and had no multiple hitters. Scott Weathersby (0-2) took the loss in relief.

    “I don’t know a lot about all of the Mississippi State-Ole Miss games played throughout all the years,” Cohen said. “I do know this one is my favorite. Hopefully, this win can propel us. In baseball, things can change on you in a heartbeat. We have four really big games at home next week and hopefully, this will help us finish strong.”

    MSU closes the regular season with four straight home games at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs face Oral Roberts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the final non-conference game. SEC play concludes with a three-game home series against South Carolina. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.