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    SEC Baseball Today: Sunday, February 16

    SUNDAY BASEBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS
    Auburn 7, Connecticut 3
    Florida 8, Maryland 5
    Missouri 6, Chicago State 3
    Texas A&M 1, Northeastern 0
    Alabama 9, Saint Louis 3
    Tennessee 3, Purdue 0
    Tennessee 20, Purdue 2
    Ole Miss 8, Stetson 2
    Mississippi State 7, Western Carolina 2
    Vanderbilt 6, Long Beach State 2
    LSU 6, Grambling 0
    South Carolina 12, Bucknell 0
    Arkansas 8, Appalachian State 3
    VMI 10, Kentucky 9
    Georgia Southern 18, Georgia 4
    Purdue at Tennessee, 4:00 PM

     

    Auburn Bounces Back with 7-3 Win over UConn

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Freshman Keegan Thompson lived up to the hype Sunday in his first start on the mound for Auburn's baseball team.

    Thompson arrived at Auburn from Cullman last fall as one of the nation's top freshman prospects. Sunday, he showed why, leading Auburn to a 7-3 victory over UConn in the Snowbird Classic.

    In his first collegiate start on the mound, Thompson took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up two hits, one run and striking out nine to get the win. For good measure playing first base with one on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, he made nifty pick on a hard-hit grounder, stepped on first and threw out the runner at second to end the game.

    "It felt good," Thompson said. "It's been a while. I feel like it's been way too long. I threw some good strikes, got some guys to make contact with the ball and the defense played well. It felt good."

    Thompson played first base the first two days of the tournament. He was the designated hitter after he left the mound Sunday, then moved to first base.

    "He is special," first-year Auburn coach Sonny Golloway said. ... "It's old school baseball. That's about as old school as you can get. I like that. It's baseball. The rules are in place for a reason, and you might as well utilize them."

    Auburn, coming back from a disappointing 1-0 loss to Ohio State on Saturday, took command with a four-run third inning. Damek Tomscha and Blake Austin had run-scoring singles, Daniel Robert drove in a run on a fielder's choice and Jordan Ebert put down a squeeze to drive home another run.

    Tomscha had a two-run single in the sixth and Dan Glevenyak had a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

    "We let some opportunities get away, but it's early in the season," Golloway said. "I thought our guys did a good job. We kind of stepped on the gas trying to steal some bases and do some things to give our guys more opportunities. That worked out. You just have to put the ball in play sometimes. That's what we were able to do."

    Auburn, a 4-0 winner over Indiana State on Friday night, headed home with a 2-1 record going into Wednesday night's home opener against Alabama State. In the Tiger Classic at Plainsman Park next weekend, Auburn will play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday, California on Saturday and East Tennessee State on Sunday.

    "We won the series, and that's what we want to be about," Golloway said. "I told the guys you're never going to hear the word sweep out of me. It's about winning the series. There are 14 series opportunities in the course of the season. We are one-for-one so far."

    Centerfielder Ryan Tella returned to the lineup after being suspended for the first two games. He was 2-for-4 and scored two runs.

    "It was a lot of fun," Tella said. "I don't ever want to do that again. It was good to be between the lines with the guys I've played with for a while. It was just a joy to be out there again."

    Tomscha and Glevenyak each had two of Auburn's nine hits. On the mound, Reid Carter gave up two hits and an unearned run in 1 1/3 innings. Daniel Koger gave up a hit and a run in 2/3 of an inning. Closer Terrance Dedrick gave up one hit in pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

    UConn lost for the third consecutive time. The Huskies committed five errors and their pitchers walked six batters and hit one.





    No. 20 Florida Takes Series With 8-5 Victory Over Maryland

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 20 Florida (2-1) overcame a 3-0 deficit with a four-run second and a three-run fifth en route to an 8-5 win over Maryland (1-2) to claim the rubber game of the teams’ series on Sunday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. The game was shortened to eight innings due to the Terps’ travel schedule. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s club has now captured all seven season-opening series in his tenure.

    Junior Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (1-for-3) snapped a 3-3 tie with a two-run single and also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Sophomore Eric Hanhold (Palm Harbor, Fla.) (1-0) notched his first career triumph by tossing three scoreless innings, while junior Ryan Harris (Jupiter, Fla.) collected his first career save by having UMD senior Blake Schmit (2-for-5) ground out to end the game with a pair of runners aboard. The Gators drew a season-high nine walks.

    Maryland plated three runs on three hits in the opening frame against redshirt junior right-hander Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.). Junior Charlie White led off the game with a walk, was sacrificed to second by freshman Brandon Lowe and scored on a two-out RBI single into left field by sophomore Kevin Martir (2-for-5). Schmit followed with a run-scoring double into left center field and sophomore Anthony Papio (2-for-2) walked before freshman Mike Rescigno had a ground-rule double that brought home Schmit.

    The Gators answered in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Gushue to get on the scoreboard. Sophomore Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) (2-for-3) and freshman Ryan Larson (Orlando, Fla.) opened with consecutive walks from sophomore righty Jared Price (0-1) and moved into scoring position on a swinging bunt by sophomore Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.). Gushue’s fly ball went to the warning track in right field.

    Florida erupted for four runs on three walks, two hits and a hit batter in the second to seize a 5-3 lead. Martin lofted a bases-loaded sac fly into center to bring home junior Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.), who had drawn a leadoff walk, and Turgeon tied the game by being plunked by freshman reliever Jake Drossner with the bases full. Gushue moved the Gators in front by stroking a two-run single through the left side of the infield.

    UF tallied three runs in the fifth, highlighted by RBI doubles from freshman A.J. Puk (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Martin, to build an 8-3 advantage. Junior Braden Mattson (San Antonio, Texas) started the inning with his second walk of the contest and came around on Puk’s first career RBI. With two down, Martin rifled a double down the left-field line that plated Puk, stole third and scored on a fielding error on the relay throw.

    After Hanhold had three scoreless innings in relief of Whitson, Maryland pulled within 8-4 in the sixth on a run-scoring grounder by Lowe. Junior Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) struck out the first two batters of the eighth before yielding a double to Lowe and a single to sophomore LaMonte Wade. An infield RBI single by Martir reduced the Terps’ deficit to three runs and Harris came out of the bullpen to complete the contest.





    Mizzou Bullpen Continues to Dazzle in 6-3 Win

    LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Senior catcher Dylan Kelly tallied a two-out, two-run double to spark a three-run first inning and the Mizzou baseball team held on to defeat Chicago State, 6-3, on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16) at Cowboy Diamond. Shane Segovia tallied three hits in the win, giving him five on the weekend despite only starting a pair of games. Keaton Steele picked up his second save of the weekend as he anchored a Tiger bullpen that was sensational on the weekend. In fact, the Tiger relievers combined to throw 11.2 innings, allowing no runs, just two hits and one walk while striking out 11. The Tigers are now 2-1 after the following weekend for the second time in three years. Reliever Ryan Phillips earned his second win of the season, going 1.2 innings, striking out to while not allowing a baserunner.

    Kelly went 3-for-4 on the day with a pair of doubles, two runs and drove in two more. Segovia was 3-for-4 as well, scoring a pair of runs with a double. The Tigers tallied three two-out hits in the first to score all three of their runs and their two runs in the eighth also came with two outs. Mizzou had 12 hits in the game, its most since tallying 12 on May 12 at Alabama last season.

    Jake Ivory went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Jake Ring went 2-for-4 with his first career run, first career hit and first career double in the win. Steele was sensational as the Tiger closer, throwing the final two innings, not allowing a baserunner while striking out three.

    After Tiger starter Jace James retired the Chicago State side on just five pitches in the top of the first, Mizzou jumped on CSU starter Andrew Wellwerts in its half of the first. Logan Pearson tallied a leadoff single and then with two outs, Segovia tallied his third hit of the weekend to put two men on and Kelly laced his double into right center, his first hit of the season, to plate a pair of runs. After a Kendall Keeton walk, Zach Lavy tallied a single to plate Kelly as Mizzou took a 3-0 lead. It was Lavy’s first career RBI in Division I baseball.

    Chicago State got to James in the top of the second inning as cleanup hitter Jordan Stroschein launched a solo homer off the scoreboard in left field on a 1-2 pitch to lead off the inning. He then allowed a no-out single, but a fielder’s choice sandwiched between a pair of flyouts got James through the inning. Mizzou added another run in the bottom of the third as Keeton grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to plate another run as Segovia and Kelly tallied back-to-back hits to open the inning, taking a 4-1 lead.

    The Cougars then cut into the Tiger lead with two more runs in the top of the fourth on a single by Julian Russell, but Mizzou tallied a pair of two-out insurance runs to give Mizzou a 6-3 lead headed to the ninth and Steele shut the door on the Cougars in the top of the ninth.

    Mizzou will head to Winston Salem, N.C., for another tournament next weekend, featuring Radford, Wake Forest and Cincinnati. For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team @MUTigerBaseball.





    Nottebrok Walk-off Homer Completes Series Sweep

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Logan Nottebrok launched a second-pitch offering over the leftfield fence to start the ninth inning and simultaneously end the game as the Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Northeastern Huskies, 1-0, in walk-off fashion on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park Sunday afternoon.

    The win completed a three-game sweep as the Aggies started the season 3-0 for the fifth time in the last six years.

    Three Aggies combined on A&M’s first shutout of the season. Grayson Long recorded the longest outing of his career, scattering two hits and three walks while striking out seven over 7.0 innings. He came up one strikeout shy of his career-high of eight set in 5.0 innings of work against Prairie View A&M last week.

    Andrew Vinson retired all three batters he faced in the eighth, inducing two groundouts and a flyout. Jason Jester (1-0) was credited with the win, working out of a jam in the ninth inning. After Jason Vosler reached on a leadoff single, Jester committed a throwing error trying to retire him at second on Pat Madigan’s sac bunt attempt. Connor Lyons tried to follow with another sac bunt, but Jester pounced on the ball and retired Vosler at third for the first out of the inning. He ended the inning by inducing a flyout by Brad Burcroff and striking out Josh Treff.

    The blank frame in the top of the ninth brought Nottebrok up for the late-game heroics. The Aggies put a leadoff man in scoring position in both the seventh and eighth innings, but were unable to break the scoring seal. Nottebrok was able to put the game away by depositing a 1-0 pitch from Burcroff over the leftfield fence, his first home run as an Aggie.

    The contest took just 1:53 to play as the five pitchers combined to allow five hits and five walks.

    Burcroff (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one in 1.0 innings of work. Northeastern (0-3) got a yeoman’s effort from starting pitcher Chris Carmain who scattered two hits and two walks while striking out one over 7.0 innings.

    Northeastern’s Vosler was the only player to record multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-3 on the afternoon.

    Texas A&M returns to action on Tuesday when the Aggies host the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks in a 6:35 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.





    No. 21 Alabama Baseball Takes Series against Saint Louis with 9-3 Win on Sunday

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- For the second straight game, the No. 21 Alabama baseball team got late game heroics as the Crimson Tide scored seven times in the seventh inning to emerge victorious in the rubber game of the series against the Saint Louis Billikens, 9-3, on Sunday from Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

    “The key to the game was Jon Keller coming out of the pen,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “He did a great job and really settled things down and gave our offense an opportunity. Offensively, Vincent had a big hit for us and opened it up a little bit which helped us in that inning.”

    With the score tied 2-2 heading to the bottom of the seventh inning, Alabama scored seven times in the inning to break the game open. The eventual game-winning run came across on a two-run double by Chance Vincent that scored Austen Smith and Will Haynie. Smith and Haynie reached when they were both hit by a pitch and advanced 90 feet on a passed ball when Vincent was trying to move the runners over. Vincent then delivered the go-ahead RBI with a two-run double to left center field off Zach Girrens.

    After the Vincent double, Hunter Webb was hit by a pitch and Georgie Salem walked to load the bases. A walk by Mikey White, singles from Ben Moore and Kyle Overstreet and a sacrifice fly from Smith, gave the Tide a commanding 9-2 lead.

    Alabama’s seven run explosion is the most they have produced in an inning since they did it in back-to-back games against Tennessee and Samford on March 17 and 19, respectively, last season.

    Junior south paw Jon Keller (1-0) secured the win for Alabama with four innings of scoreless pitching, giving up one hit and retiring the last nine batters he faced. He relieved right-hander Ray Castillo, who gave up two runs in his first collegiate start at the Capstone. Castillo lasted three innings, allowing two hits with a strikeout and three walks.

    Girrens (0-1) took the loss for Saint Louis after allowing four of the Tide’s runs in their big seventh inning. Girrens lasted one inning, giving up a hit and hitting four of the eight batters he faced.

    “Overall, offensively we are not where we want to be,” Gaspard said. “We have to make some corrections and adjustments throughout the week. They pitched us away all weekend and we have to do a better job with executing the ball away offensively. Overall, Saint Louis is a really good club. They battled hard and you can see why they were a regional team and projected to win their league. Overall, this weekend we got better, but there is certainly plenty we can improve on here in the next couple of weeks.

    The Tide’s first two runs came in the second inning. After Moore and Wade Wass walked to open the inning, a Kyle Overstreet sacrifice bunt to set up Smith’s two-run single to center. The Billikens responded in their next opportunity, loading the bases in the top of the third before getting a single from Braxton Martinez to tie the game at two apiece.

    Smith was 1-for-2 and led the Tide offense with three RBI and Overstreet’s lone hit came in the seventh inning to drive in two. Moore was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored and Wass also scored twice for the Tide. In his first collegiate start, freshman left fielder Hunter Webb recorded a single, was hit by a pitch and scored a run in the seventh.

    Alabama righties Jay Shaw and Jake Hubbard combined for the final two innings with a ninth-inning throwing error setting up the Billikens’ only other run of the game, a Danny Brennan sacrifice fly.

    The Crimson Tide continues their 2014 campaign next weekend at Sewell-Thomas Stadium with a three game series against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaBSB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.





    Vols Win Two To Open 2014 Season

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Three Vol pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter in the opener and the UT offense exploded for 20 runs on 23 hits in the nightcap as the Vols started the 2014 campaign with two wins vs. Purdue on Sunday.

    Tennessee (2-0) started Sunday with a stellar performance on the mound and ended it with an offensive explosion against the Boilermakers (0-2). The Vols took the opener, 3-0, and won game two by a dominating 20-2 margin. The Vols' 20 runs are their most scored since putting up 25 at Georgia on May 8, 2010.

    "[The offense] was very encouraging. We're a tough offense," said head coach Dave Serrano. "I had to deal with it all fall and in the winter before we started. We're going to make some teams pay. Good pitching shuts down good hitting a lot of the time, but we're going to make some teams pay if they can't keep running arms out there at us. I think we showed some signs of that today.

    "I'm just proud of the guys. It was a long first day and they stayed involved for 18 innings, and there's a lot of positive energy coming out of that dugout. I think this team realizes what I've been saying for a long time, we have a chance to be good but we still have to prove it each and every day on the field."

    Freshman Hunter Martin, senior Nick Williams and sophomore closer Drake Owenby combined to allow just one hit and tossed a shutout to lead the Vols to a 3-0 win over Purdue in the early afternoon contest.

    Martin, the Vols' starter for game one of the doubleheader, threw three innings of one-hit ball to get UT started. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native gave way to senior Nick Williams, who took over from there.

    Williams tossed five stellar innings of no-hit baseball, striking out two and walking just two Boilermakers to get the Vols to the ninth inning. Owenby came in to finish the game off in the ninth, earning his first save of the season. Williams earned the victory.

    The Vols' bats were just warming up early in the day, as freshman Nathaniel Maggio led the way with a 2-for-4 performance in game one. His classmate Nick Senzel - the second-straight true freshman to open the season in the cleanup spot (Andrew Lee) - was 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI. Last season, Lee was the first true freshman to open the season fourth in the order since 1990.

    Sophomore outfielder Christin Stewart went 1-for-3 with a RBI in game one. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native, who led the UT rookies with a .310 batting average last season, exploded in the second game. He helped lead the Vols to a 20-run, 23-hit performance in a 20-2 blowout of the Boilermakers.

    Tennessee put up four runs in the first inning, seven in the third, five in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the eighth.

    Including Stewart, seven Vols had multiple hits in the offensive outburst. Of the seven, four Vols had three or more hits, including Stewart (4), A.J. Simcox (3), David Houser (3) and Taylor Smart (3).

    In his first start, the highly-touted Kyle Serrano picked up the first win of his young career in game two. With loads of offensive support, Serrano threw five strong innings against the Boilermakers. He allowed four hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out two.

    Sophomores Andy Cox and Trevor Bettencourt both pitched two scoreless innings of relief, each allowing just one hit. As if the 20-2 margin wasn't enough, Bettencourt ended the night by striking out the side in the ninth inning.

    Stewart finished the day a combined 5-for-8 at the plate with a team-high six RBIs and team-high tying four runs scored. Stewart laced two doubles and a triple over the two games. Simcox was right behind him with five hits, while Houser went 4-for-8 with five RBIs.

    Tennessee and Purdue will wrap things up on Monday afternoon. First pitch of the series finale is scheduled for 4 p.m. with sophomore Andrew Lee making his first career start for the Vols.

    "I think maybe the biggest game of the year is tomorrow," said Serrano. "When you win a game lopsided like we did tonight, tomorrow's a mentality day, it's a discipline day and the game's not going to be easy. Purdue has some pride and they're going to try to come out and sniper us in the third game of the series."

    The game will be broadcast live on UTSports.com/allaccess.





    Rebels Blast Past Stetson For Series Sweep

    DELAND, Fla. -- Preston Overbey hit a pair of home runs, while Sam Smith anchored another solid outing from the Rebels pitching staff as Ole Miss (3-0) defeated Stetson (0-3) by a score of 8-2 to pick up a sweep of the weekend series.

    Will Allen continued his hot streak at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and four RBI to help pace the Ole Miss offense in the sweep-clinching win.

    Smith (1-0) worked 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with three walks and two strikeouts in the start. Three other pitchers saw action for the Rebels with Matt Denny, Cheyne Bickel and Aaron Greenwood all taking the mound down the stretch to close things out.

    Josh Powers (0-1) took the loss for Stetson, giving up three runs on nine hits with three strikeouts. Two of the three runs were earned against Powers in his 5.0 innings of work.

    “This was a great weekend for us to start the season,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “We didn’t play as cleanly today, but sometimes you won’t play well and still have to find a way to win. We weren’t as efficiently offensively, but we were aggressive and that happens sometimes.

    “We challenged our pitchers today with some errors and more walks than we’re used to, but we made some big pitches to get out of some jams,” Bianco said. “We’ll be glad to get home to Swayze Field and play some home games for a while.”

    Stetson got an opportunity in the second inning when a single and a two-out double put two men in scoring position for the Hatters. Smith coaxed a ground ball to short out of the next batter, ending the rally attempt for the home team and keeping things scoreless.

    The Rebels responded in the third, pushing two runs across the plate to get on the board and take the lead for the third straight day. Stetson hit Braxton Lee with a pitch before Auston Bousfield lay down a bunt single to put two men on base. A sac bunt from Austin Anderson pushed them both into scoring position before back-to-back singles from Will Allen and Sikes Orvis brought them home.

    The Hatters looked to answer in the home half of the inning, sandwiching a single between a pair of walks to load the bases out of the gates. Smith responded on the mound, striking out the next batter and getting a double play ball on a grounder to second to squelch the rally and keep Ole Miss in front 2-0.

    The Rebels extended the lead in the fifth inning when Allen hit a sac fly to center to score Bousfield from third. Bousfield opened the inning with a fly ball to left that was dropped by the fielder, allowing him to go to second. A ground ball to first from Anderson moved Bousfield to third before the Allen fly ball brought him home and put Ole Miss up 3-0.

    Overbey took the lead out to four runs with a leadoff home run to open the sixth inning. He then came back and opened the eighth inning with his second home run of the afternoon to take the Rebel lead out to 5-0.

    Stetson got things going in the bottom of the eighth, using a walk and a double to the wall in right field to put two men in scoring position. Patrick Mazeika then hit a ground ball to first and the Rebels traded the out for a run as the Hatters got on the board. Kurt Schluter then delivered a sacrifice fly to right field to bring a second run home and cut the lead to 5-2 in favor of the Rebels.

    A triple to the wall in right from Bousfield put a man on with one out in the ninth before a wild pitch brought the junior outfielder home. Anderson then singled up the middle before Allen hit a two-run shot to center field to take the lead out to 8-2.

    The Hatters looked to mount a second rally in the bottom of the ninth, but after the first two batters reached base, Greenwood and the defense shut things down from there to give the Rebels the win and the series sweep.

    Ole Miss will return to action on Wednesday, playing the first home game of the season against UT-Martin at 4 p.m. at Swayze Field.





    Cohen Records 500th Career Victory As MSU Captures Series

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State’s offense drove in five runs with two outs in the third inning en route to a 7-2 series-clinching win versus Western Carolina Sunday afternoon at Dudy Field. The crowd of 8,061 in Starkville witnessed John Cohen’s 500th victory as a head coach (500-328-1) and his 179th as the skipper for the Maroon and White (177-132).

    Deadlocked in a scoreless tie with two outs in the bottom of the third, preseason All-SEC first baseman Wes Rea was plunked with the bases loaded, giving the home team an early 1-0 lead. Next, senior second baseman Brett Pirtle drilled a bases-clearing triple down the right-field line, extending the margin to four. Fellow senior C.T. Bradford added the final run of the frame one at-bat later when the center fielder squeeze bunted for a single, driving in Pirtle.

    State tacked on its final two runs in the eighth with an RBI single by redshirt junior catcher Zack Randolph and a bases-loaded walk by senior third baseman Alex Detz.

    Western Carolina scored its first run of the game on a Jacob Hoyle solo home run in the fourth and plated its final run of the weekend on a Bradley Strong RBI single to center in the ninth.

    The first true freshman to start on the opening weekend since Chris Stratton in 2010, Dakota Hudson earned a no decision in his collegiate debut. The righty went 4.0 innings, surrendering one run on four hits and striking out two with no walks. The freshman combo of right-hander Austin Sexton and lefty Vance Tatum also made their collegiate debuts, blanking the Catamounts in 2 1/3 innings. Senior right-hander Ben Bracewell picked up the win after recording 1.1 scoreless stanzas in relief.

    The Bulldogs return to action this Wednesday at home vs. Memphis. For more information on the event, follow the team on social media by searching for “HailStateBB” on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. All-Access coverage of the program can also be found on FanCred.





    Commodores finish sweep at LBSU

    Long Beach, Calif. -- No. 10 Vanderbilt finished off its first series sweep of the season with a 6-2 win over Long Beach State Sunday afternoon at Blair Field.

    Freshman Bryan Reynolds led the way for the Commodores (3-0) both at the plate and in the field. Reynolds added to the Vandy lead in the second inning when he followed Vince Conde's double with a double of his own to make it 2-0. The freshman struck again in the fourth with a RBI-single to score fellow freshman Nolan Rogers, who had led off the inning with a single and stole second base. Reynolds then made it 4-2 Vanderbilt in the top of the seventh with his second double of the day that chased home Zander Wiel, who had led off the frame with a double of his own. Reynolds finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBI at the plate and added a spectacular diving catch in the sixth that saved at least two runs. The Brentwood, Tenn. native finished his first collegiate weekend going 6-for-10 with four RBI.

    The Vanderbilt offense pounded out 13 hits on the afternoon with Reynolds and Xavier Turner each recording three-hit games. Turner's third single of the day knocked in Chris Harvey, who added two hits and two runs to his stellar work behind the plate. Dansby Swanson drove in the Commodores' other run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The Dirtbags (0-3) were held to just five hits on the day and had just 13 in the three-game series.

    Vanderbilt starter Tyler Ferguson kept the trend going with the Commodores' starting pitching early in the season with 5.1 strong innings to earn the win. Ferguson cruised through the first five innings, retiring 11 straight batters until hitting a batter in the fifth. The sophomore ran into trouble in the sixth after his own error on a bunt started the inning. He then hit a batter to give the Dirtbags multiple runners on base for the first time since Friday night's ninth inning. The Commodores then used three pitchers to get out of the inning but escaped with a two-run lead. Adam Ravenelle and Brian Miller combined to pitch the final 3.1 innings and seal the series sweep.

    Ferguson allowed two unearned runs on one hit with no walks and three strikeouts to become the third VU starting pitcher to earn a win over the weekend. Long Beach State starter Ty Provenchar took the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings.

    Vandy returns home to open Hawkins Field for the 2014 season on Wednesday against Lipscomb. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.





    POCHE’ PITCHES LSU PAST GRAMBLING, 6-0

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- In his career collegiate start, LSU freshman left-hander Jared Poche’ pitched six innings of scoreless baseball Sundy in the Tigers’ 6-0 win over Grambling at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

    LSU (3-0) faces Southeastern Louisiana (2-1) on Wednesday in Hammond, La. at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field. First pitch is at 6 p.m. on Cox Sports Television and the LSU Sports Radio Network.

    Grambling fell to 0-3 with Sunday’s loss.

    Poche’, a native of Lutcher, La., struck out three and only allowed four hits with no walks in Sunday’s victory.

    “Jared is going to be a very good pitcher for us, and we save evidence of that today,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He is unusually poised for a freshman, and I could tell he was really amped up for this start today with a fastball topping out at over 90 miles per hour.

    Also in his collegiate start, second baseman Kramer Robertson provided spectacular defensive work and score three runs to fuel the LSU offense.

    “Kramer was a real sparkplug today both with his glove and on the bases,” Mainieri said. “He’s an excellent all-around athlete with great baseball instincts, and he made some tremendous plays today.”

    LSU got its first run of the day in the bottom of the second. Catcher Kade Scivicque started off the frame with a single to left before Robertson walked. Centerfield Andrew Stevenson then singled to left field to bring home Scivicque. While leftfielder Chris Sciambra was at the plate, Stevenson and Robertson executed a double steal, allowing Stevenson to score.

    The bottom of the fourth produced two more runs for LSU. DH Dakota Dean reached first on a walk, Robertson was hit by a pitch and Stevenson laid down a bunt for a single. Sciambra hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Dean, and shortstop Alex Bregman hit a fly out in foul territory to score Robertson.

    Grambling threatened in the top of the sixth after a double by catcher Roger Diaz and a Dion Holbrook single. With runners on the corners, Poche’ retired three straight batters via a pop out, a strike out and a ground out.

    In the bottom half of the sixth, Robertson reached first on a walk. The freshman advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by Diaz.

    Junior Cody Glenn took the mound for LSU in the top of the seventh in relief of Poche’. Glenn pitched one inning and did not allow a hit.

    In the bottom of the seventh, first baseman Chris Chinea hit a solo home run to left field. It was the first home run for LSU on the year and the first of Chinea’s career.

    Grambling’s Brock Baker (0-1) was charged the loss. Baker pitched 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs with three walks and one strikeout.





    Baseball Sweeps Bucknell With 12-0 Win In Series Finale

    Columbia, S.C. -- Seventh ranked South Carolina pounded out 17 hits including three homers and freshman right-hander Wil Crowe hurled 6.1 hitless innings in his first career start, as the Gamecocks defeated Bucknell 12-0 on Sunday afternoon to sweep the weekend series against the Bison. The Gamecocks are 3-0 on the year with the Bison falling to 0-3.

    Eight of nine position starters had at least one hit. Junior infielder Kyle Martin went 4-for-4 with a RBI and pair of runs scored. Sophomore infielder Max Schrock added two hits and his first home run of the season as well as three runs scored and three RBI. Joey Pankake also had three hits and a homer with Grayson Greiner hitting a three-run homer as well.

    Crowe allowed just one walk and hit one batter in his first appearance in the Garnet and Black and struck out five batters to pick up the win. Josh Reagan and Cody Mincey combined for 1.2 scoreless innings of relief allowing just one hit while striking out three batters. Junior right-hander Joel Seddon closed it out with a perfect inning of relief and two strikeouts. Bucknell starter Andrew Andreychik suffered the loss. He worked four-plus innings and allowed seven runs, five earned, on nine hits while striking out one batter.

    The Gamecocks broke out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. A throwing error by Bucknell shortstop Greg Wasikowski with two outs allowed both Schrock and Martin to score. Joey Pankake increased South Carolina's lead to 3-0 with a solo home run in the bottom of the third.

    The Gamecocks chased Andreychik in the bottom of the fifth before extending their lead to 7-0. A leadoff single from Tanner English and a double by Marcus Mooney set the stage for Schrock, who sent the first pitch he saw sailing over the right field wall for a three-run homer. After Pankake singled and quickly stole second, he would score the fourth run of the inning as Greiner reached base on a fielder's choice.

    South Carolina added three more runs to its lead in the bottom of the sixth. Martin drove in Schrock with a RBI single for his fourth hit of the game, a career-high and Greiner followed with a two-run homer to give the Gamecocks a 10-0 lead. Carolina made it 12-0 in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run double by Connor Bright.

    South Carolina scored 41 runs on 39 hits in the weekend series. Gamecock position players hit .368 (39-for-106) with a .493 on-base percentage. Kyle Martin was the Gamecocks' leading hitter for the weekend with a .778 average (7-for-9), four RBI and six runs scored. Bright had a team-high seven RBI for the weekend with Pankake and Schrock each scoring eight runs. South Carolina made just one error and the pitching staff combined for a team ERA of 2.00 with 32 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. Bucknell hit just .186 in the three games.

    South Carolina returns to action Tuesday afternoon hosting Presbyterian at Carolina Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Live video broadcast is available at GamecocksOnline.com. The game can also be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station 107.5 FM, "The Game."





    Arkansas Sweeps Appalachian State In Opening Weekend

    FAYETTEVILLE -- The No. 25 Arkansas baseball team (3-0) completed a sweep in its season-opening series against Appalachian State (0-3) with an 8-3 win Sunday at Baum Stadium with an announced attendance of 8,102. The victory marked the 2,000th in program history.

    Freshman starting pitcher Alex Phillips held Appalachian State to only three hits through three innings and struck out three. Fellow freshman Zach Jackson threw three no-hit innings with three strikeouts on the mound. Juniors Jacob Stone and Jackson Lowery and sophomore Colin Poch├ę each pitched one shutout inning in relief. Stone (1-0) earned the win after a three-up, three-down seventh.

    Freshman Andrew Benintendi and junior Joe Serrano paced the Razorback offense with two RBI each. Serrano hit a double in the seventh inning to plate Clark Eagan from second base with the go-ahead run before Arkansas added another run in the seventh and three in the eighth to pull away late in the game.

    Arkansas is back in action Friday at Baum Stadium to start a three-game weekend series against Eastern Illinois. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Friday. The Razorbacks and Panthers are also scheduled to play at 1:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    For more information on Arkansas baseball, follow @RazorbackBSB on Twitter.





    WILD NINTH INNING ENDS IN VMI WALK-OFF WIN

    WILMINGTON, N.C. -- After rallying from behind a run to take a 9-8 lead in the top of the ninth inning, Kentucky committed two errors on the left side of the infield, setting up a two-run walk-off single from Cameron Walter, lifting VMI to a 10-9 win over UK in the finale of the Hughes Brothers Invitational, on Sunday morning at Brooks Field on the campus of UNC Wilmington.

    Kentucky (2-1) came out hot with two runs in each the first and second innings, before VMI cut into the lead with a three-run bottom of the second inning. UK added a run in the third and two runs in the fourth, before VMI reliever Taylor Edens – a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Watch List – and Jonathan Kelley helped the Keydets cruise through shutout frames in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

    After a VMI run in the bottom of the fifth inning, UK took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning. VMI catcher Eric Mayers delivered the heroics with a three-run home run – his first career blast – off southpaw Matt Snyder, making his UK debut.

    Kentucky entered the top of the ninth inning trailing 9-8, with VMI calling on Travis Thomas to try and close out the win. A.J. Reed led off the inning and smashed a line-drive grounder up the middle. Second baseman Jordan Tarsovich ranged to his right and made a diving snag of Reed’s hard-hit ball, narrowly getting the first out at first base after a throw from his knees. Matt Reida then drew a walk and pinch hitter Ka’ai Tom was hit by a pitch to put the go-ahead and tying runs on base. UK turned to fifth-year senior Micheal Thomas off the bench to pinch hit, driving a game-tying RBI single into left-centerfield. With JaVon Shelby at the plate, Micheal Thomas took off from first base, with Travis Thomas uncorking a wild pitch that allowed Tom to score the go-ahead run.

    UK turned to sophomore right-hander Zach Strecker to attempt to close out the bottom of the ninth inning. Strecker got a first-pitch groundout to start the inning, before getting No. 3 hitter Red Dondell to hit a grounder right at Reida at shortstop. The ball slipped under Reida’s glove for an error, putting the tying run on base. Brandon Angus followed and hit a grounder to the left side of the infield, with Reida’s throw not strong enough to get the speedy Angus at first base. Strecker then got Will Connerley to hit into a tailor-made double play ball to UK third baseman Max Kuhn, who had dazzled in UK’s first two games defensively. Kuhn just misplayed the game-ending double play ball, loading the bases with one out for Walter. Walter got down in a 0-2 hole before fouling off a pair of pitches and watching a ball. On a 1-2 offering from Strecker, Walter singled up the middle, with the throw from UK centerfielder Austin Cousino not in time to nab Angus at the plate with the walk-off run.

    UK starter Kyle Cody worked 3.1 innings, allowing three hits and three runs – two earned – walking two and striking out three. Junior right-hander Andrew Nelson worked 1.2 innings in his collegiate debut, allowing three hits and one run, striking out one. Sophomore Taylor Martin returned to the mound after missing 2013 due to injury, working 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and three runs, walking one and striking out one. Lefty Matt Snyder came on in a jam in the eighth, with two runners on and one out, allowing a three-run homer before getting two outs. Strecker (0-1) suffered the hard-luck loss, with UK’s defense putting him in a position to get as many as seven outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Strecker allowed two unearned runs, getting one out.

    VMI starter Andrew Woods worked three innings, allowing seven hits and five runs – four earned – walking one and striking out four. Edens worked four strong innings for the Keydets, allowing one hit and two unearned runs, walking one and striking out four. Jonathan Kelley, a native of Wilmington, worked a perfect inning, with Travis Thomas (1-0) picked up the win after pitching the ninth inning.

    The Wildcats totaled nine runs on nine hits, three steals and three hit batters. UK got the first home run of the year from Cousino, who went 2-for-4 with a walk. Reed also added a 2-for-4 game, with UK also getting hits from Shelby, Kuhn, Micheal Thomas and Kyle Barrett. Freshman Marcus Carson made his first career start, going 1-for-3 with a steal and two runs scored.

    UK will return to action on Monday at 1 p.m. ET at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with Dick Gabriel voicing the action. Fans in Lexington can hear the game live on WWTF 1580-AM and online at UKathletics.com.

    Kentucky got on the board in the top of the first inning, as Barrett led off with a nine-pitch at bat before a groundout. Cousino followed with a single and Kuhn smashed a two-strike opposite-field double, pushing Cousino to third base. Thomas Bernal then rolled a grounder down the third base line, with Woods trying to flip it to the plate. Cousino slide in before the throw, with the ball sailing in the dirt and to the backstop, allowing Kuhn to motor home for UK’s second run.

    UK plated two runs in the top of the second, as Carson led off the inning by smacking the first pitch of his NCAA career off the third-base bag for a double. Shelby followed and lofted a two-strike breaking ball into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Carson from second base. After a pair of outs, Cousino drilled a 3-1 offering from Woods over the right-centerfield fence for his first home run of the year.

    VMI got on the board in a quirky bottom of the second inning, as David Geary drew a full-count walk and Mayers singled to leftfield on the first pitch. Tyler Tharp then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move two runners into scoring position, with Geary scoring on a wild pitch. Gary LeClair then grounded out to the right side to score Mayers. Tarsovich followed with a single to leftfield, stealing second base, with the throw from Fettes sailing into the outfield, allowing Tarsovich to motor to third base. On the throw in from the outfield, the ball bounced off the third base umpire, allowing Tarsovich to score from third.

    UK answered with a run in the top of the third inning, as Carson got hit by a one-out pitch, stealing second base and scoring on Barrett’s single to centerfield with two outs.

    In the top of the fourth, Kuhn led off by reaching on a fielding error, taking second on Reed’s opposite-field, two-strike single. Bernal followed with a sacrifice bunt, with the throw sailing down the rightfield line, allowing Kuhn to score and Reed to take third. Reida then grounded out down the first-base line, allowing Reed to score.

    VMI got a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Nelson hit Tarsovich to lead off the inning, with Tarsovich stealing second base. Tanner Dofflemeyer then worked a 10-pitch at bat, singling in the infield to score Tarsovich from second base on a wicked hop at first base.

    The Keydets rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Dondell drew a four-pitch walk to leadoff and Connerley singled to leftfield. Geary then singled through the left side to score Dondell to bring up Mayers. Mayers smashed a three-run homer over the leftfield fence, giving VMI an 8-7 lead.





    Georgia falls to GSU 18-4, Drops Opening Series

    ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia Southern scored 11 runs in the third inning and defeated Georgia 18-4 Sunday to claim a series at Foley Field in front of a crowd of 2,508.

    Georgia Southern (2-1) scored 11 runs on 10 hits in the third frame. Dalton Busby (2-for-5, 3 runs) led off the inning by reaching first on a bizarre strikeout passed ball on freshman catcher Skyler Weber, who threw down to third assuming he had the first out of the inning. The umpiring crew huddled and ruled Weber did not catch the ball and Busby remained at first. The Eagles would bat around and chase Boling and then add four runs off Ross Ripple before the Bulldogs got out of the frame. Right fielder Aaron Mizell (4-for-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI) slammed his first home run of the season to left-center field to cap the Eagles’ 11 run inning.

    Georgia (1-2) employed six pitchers on the day including Pete Nagel who made his first appearance since redshirting last season. Nagel pitched 1.2 innings and gave up two runs on two hits and struck out three. Jarrett Brown pitched 2.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits. Starter Patrick Boling allowed seven runs, only one earned, on six hits in 2.2 innings to fall to 0-1. Senior Dylan Cole was the lone Bulldog to throw a scoreless inning.

    “First off, I’d like to say it was great to see the crowds we had Saturday and today, Georgia fans love their baseball, and we’re going to keep working,” said Bulldog coach Scott Stricklin. “We came in expecting to win the series; we had a chance to do that today. Georgia Southern played well, and you’re not going to win games when you give up 11 runs in an inning. This is a big bump in the road, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. I know our pitching is better then what we showed this weekend.”

    The Bulldogs also got on the board in the third inning, scoring two runs on three hits with two outs. The first run of the inning came courtesy of a Nelson Ward RBI single, his fifth hit and fourth RBI of the weekend. After getting just one hit in the first two innings, the Bulldogs were able to string together three consecutive singles from Stephen Wrenn, Conor Welton, and Ward with two outs in the bottom of the third.

    After Ward’s RBI single left runners on the corners with two outs, GSU’s Ryaan Frederick walked Hunter Cole to load the bases, then walked Jess Posey to bring in Welton and score the Bulldogs’ second run of the inning, ending Frederick’s day on the mound. Jason Richman came on and retired Zack Bowers to end the third with the Eagles up 11-2.

    Both the Eagles and the Bulldogs added another run in the fourth inning to make it a 12-3 ball game. The Eagles’ run came off of Kody Adams’ second RBI double of the day, and the Bulldogs’ DJ Smith drove in Daniel Nichols on an infield single for his first RBI of the season.

    Georgia Southern added four more runs in the top of the fifth as the Eagles hammered two home runs in the inning to extend their lead to 16-3. The first came from Mizell, who led off the inning with his second home run of the afternoon, and the second was a three run homer from Stryker Brown that hit off of the right field foul pole.

    The Bulldogs added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Cole drew his fourth walk of the ball game with two outs and the bases loaded to bring in Brandon Stephens to put the score at 16-4.

    The Eagles added their final two runs of the game in the top of the eighth, as Mizell drove in his fifth run of the day with a two out double and then scored on a C.J. Brazil RBI single.

    GSU reliever Jason Richman pitched three innings, giving up two runs on five hits to earn the win. Matt McCall pitched 3.1 innings and allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out three to earn a save.

    The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday as they look to rebound against Kennesaw State at 5 pm at Foley Field. After their midweek matchup against the Owls, Georgia will travel to Tallahassee, Fla. for a three-game weekend series against sixth-ranked Florida State.