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    SEC Baseball Today: Tuesday, February 18

    Baseball RESULTS
    South Carolina 4, Presbyterian 0
    Kennesaw State 10, Georgia 7
    Florida 5, Central Florida 1
    Texas A&M 12, Stephen F. Austin 3

     

    South Carolina Baseball Earns 4-0 Win Over Presbyterian  

     
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Three Gamecock pitchers combined for a seven-hit shutout as seventh-ranked South Carolina defeated Presbyterian 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. 
     
    Junior first baseman Kyle Martin went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Junior outfielder Connor Bright went 2-for-3 with an RBI and his fourth double in as many games.  Junior outfielder Elliott Caldwell also went 2-for-3 recording his first career hit as a Gamecock. 
     
    Freshman left-hander Josh Reagan earned his first career win as he pitched 2.1 innings allowing no runs and just one hit while striking out two batters. Right-hander Curt Britt hurled a career-high 5.1 scoreless innings in his first start of the year. The sophomore allowed five hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey added 1.1 scoreless innings of relief giving up only one hit and tallied three strikeouts to close out the victory.  
     
    After five scoreless innings, the Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead over the Blue Hose in the bottom of the sixth. Grayson Greiner drew a one-out walk and scored on Connor Bright’s double off the wall in left field. 
     
    The Gamecocks added insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh as a pair of walks to Max Schrock and Joey Pankake set the stage for Martin, who crushed a three-run homer over the right field wall to extend  the lead to four runs.
     
    South Carolina is back in action at Carolina Stadium on Friday afternoon hosting Eastern Kentucky in the first game of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for the opener is set for 3 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.




    Owls Hang On For 10-7 Win
     
    ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia’s ninth inning rally fell short as the Bulldogs lost 10-7 to Kennesaw State Tuesday at Foley Field.
                                                              
    Georgia (1-3) used six different pitchers, including freshman Robert Tyler who made his first career start, going 4.1 innings tallying three strikeouts while allowing four runs, only one earned, on seven hits.   Kennesaw State (3-1) erupted late off of relievers Jared Cheek and Pete Nagel, who combined to surrender five runs over the final two frames.
     
    In the ninth, Georgia was able to score two off of KSU reliever James Connell.  The right hander struggled to throw strikes in the final inning as he hit a batter with the bases loaded in addition to walking in a run.  Georgia’s threat was halted as they ended the game with back to back strikeouts with the bases loaded.
     
    Georgia built a 3-0 lead in the second, saw the Owls take a 5-3 lead in the fifth and Georgia responded to tie it in that frame. However, KSU scored one in the eighth and four in the ninth to build a 10-5 edge.
     
    “We dug ourselves a big hole late in the game, and we fought back and had a chance in the ninth, and that’s what I told the team; we keep fighting until the last out,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin. “I thought Robert did a good job in his first start, and we believe in all our guys. Someone has to come through with that big hit or make that big pitch, and it’s contagious, that’s baseball. We’re going to have improve and play very good baseball this weekend at Florida State.”
     
    Georgia got out to an early lead in the bottom of the second inning, as Cody McCance drove in Jess Posey on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. Posey started the Bulldogs off with a line drive single into centerfield, and then a walk by Heath Holder and a single by Brandon Stephens loaded the bases for Georgia with no outs. McCance then grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Posey and advanced Holder and Stephens to second and third, respectively.
     
    KSU starter Chris Erwin found himself in even more trouble after walking Stephen Wrenn and Conor Welton consecutively in the next two at-bats to load the bases for the second time in the inning and then to walk home another run. Erwin was able to force Nelson Ward to ground into a fielder’s choice to record the second out of the inning, but surrendered a third run in the process before getting the third out of the inning, leaving Georgia with a 3-0 lead after two. The second inning proved to be the final for Erwin, as he was relieved in the bottom of the third by Cole McArthur.
     
    Tyler worked himself into a jam in the top of the third, allowing back-to-back one out singles to Dylan Ivey and Kal Simmons. Tyler then forced Jacob Bruce to hit a grounder to Holder at first base, which appeared to have double play potential but an off-target throw limited the Bulldogs to just one out on the play, advancing Ivey to third. Tyler then looked to get out of the inning unscathed forcing Jacob Bruce to hit the ball on the ground towards third, but Posey could not field the ball cleanly and Bruce reached first safely, allowing Ivey to score to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-1.
     
    After tacking on another run in then fourth, the Owls used a big fifth to take a short-lived 5-3 lead.  With one out Simmons reached on a Ward error, which was followed by a Bruce single.  Stricklin then opted to hand the ball over to right handed reliever David Sosebee with hope he could escape the jam, after striking out preseason All-America catcher Max Pentecost, Sosebee gave up a three-run home run to first baseman Chris McGowan.
     
    In the bottom of the inning, Georgia quickly responded tying the game up at 5-5.  Junior clean-up hitter Hunter Cole led off the inning with a single up the middle.  Next, designated hitter Zach Bowers chose a good time to pick up his first hit of a year as he smacked a double to the fence to score Cole from first.  Bowers later scored the tying run on a Holder fielder’s choice.  Bowers also ended up leading the Bulldogs’ offense with three hits and two runs.
     
    Kennesaw State reclaimed the lead in the eighth on a Simmons fielder’s choice.  After Georgia recorded one out, Alex Liquori, Matt Bahnick and Ivey hit three singles in a row loading the bases for Simmons.  Simmons hit a grounder to first baseman Holder, who chose to go to second with the ball, allowing Liquori to score.  In the ninth, the Owls added four more runs to their total.   The first two coming when reliever Pete Nagel walked both Jeremy Howell and Ivey with the bases loaded.  With the bases still loaded, redshirt senior Dylan Cole came in to relieve Nagel.  Cole allowed a two run single to Simmons, giving KSU their ninth and tenth run. 
     
    In the ninth Georgia threatened to comeback, but the deficit proved to be great.  Ward led off the inning with a walk, two batters later Bowers had an infield single to third, which was followed by a Posey walk to load the bases.  Sophomore Daniel Nichols was then hit by a pitch to score Georgia’s first run since the fifth.  Freshman catcher Skyler Weber took advantage of reliever James Connell’s control issue as he walked with the bases loaded adding one more for the Bulldogs.  That is all Georgia could muster as both McCance and Wrenn struck out swinging to end the game.
     
    Justin McCalvin earned the win to even his record at 1-1 while Cheek took the loss to fall 0-1.
     
    Up next, the Bulldogs travel to fourth-ranked FSU. First pitch Friday will be at 4 p.m. and can be heard on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network. Also, the entire series will be available on ESPN3.



    Seventh-Inning Rally Powers No. 20 Florida Over UCF, 5-1
     
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 20 Florida (3-1) snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring four runs with two out in the seventh inning to down UCF (3-1), 5-1, on Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. Junior Zack Powers (Seffner, Fla.) drew a bases-loaded walk from junior right-hander Joe Marotta (0-1) and junior Braden Mattson (San Antonio, Texas) (2-for-3) followed with a two-run single into left center field off of freshman reliever Trent Thompson. After freshman A.J. Puk (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) walked to load the bases again, junior Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) collected an infield RBI single for his initial hit of the season to finalize the 5-1 margin.
     
    Freshman righty Logan Shore (Coon Rapids, Minn.) had a strong collegiate debut, limiting the Knights to one unearned run over 5.1 innings in which he scattered three hits and registered four strikeouts. Sophomore Danny Young (Boca Raton, Fla.) (1-0) notched his first win of the campaign with 3.2 innings of scoreless ball in which he surrendered one hit.
     
    Junior Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) (1-for-4, two runs) opened the scoring in the first inning by smacking a 3-2 offering from UCF junior Zach Rodgers over the right-field wall for the Gators’ first homer of the season. The blast was Gushue’s first since April 26 last season against Tennessee and eight of his 11 career round-trippers have been solo shots.
     
    Shore yielded a leadoff single into left field to junior JaMarcos Woods to start the sixth and junior Dylan Moore moved his teammate into scoring position with a sacrifice fly. Young took over on the mound for Shore (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 K) and had a grounder by junior Derrick Salberg move Woods to third base. A fielding error by sophomore shortstop Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) on a grounder by junior Tommy Williams enabled Woods to score the tying run.
     
    The Gators loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame, as junior Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) reached on a leadoff error, Mattson drew a two-out walk and Puk was hit by a pitch. However, junior reliever Parker Thomas had a fielder’s choice by Shafer force Puk at second for the final out.
     
    In the seventh, freshman Buddy Reed (Finksburg, Md.) worked a leadoff walk from Marotta and moved over on a sacrifice bunt by junior Josh Tobias (Greensboro, N.C.). After Martin earned a free pass, Turgeon’s fielder’s choice forced Reed at third base and Morotta issued a walk to Gushue that loaded the bases. Powers provided the Gators with a 2-1 advantage by walking on four pitches and clutch hits by Mattson and Shafer paved the way to the Gators’ third triumph in four outings this season.



    Texas A&M Rolls to 4-0 Start, Downs SFA, 12-3
     
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies notched a season-high with 17 hits to score a 12-3 win over the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks in non-conference baseball action Tuesday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
     
    The Aggies reached double-digits in the run column for the third time on the young season, posting a season-high with the 12 runs on Tuesday. 
     
    Eleven different Aggies notched hits in the win. Patrick McLendon led the hit parade, going 4-for-6 with one run, one double and two RBI. Cole Lankford, who entered the game hitless in seven at-bats, went 2-for-4 with one home run, two runs and two RBI. JB Moss went 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases. Jace Statum also tacked on a pair of hits.
     
    Texas A&M drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning. For the fourth time this season the Aggies put up four or more runs in an inning. McLendon started the rally by bouncing a slow roller down the third-base line for a leadoff single. A failed pickoff attempt sailed past the SFA first baseman allowing McLendon to move to second. Blake Allemand laced a single through the right side of the infield to push McLendon across for the 1-0 lead. Logan Nottebrok followed with a wall-banger to leftfield for a double, driving in Allemand. After Hunter Melton singled to leftfield and Cole Lankford drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases, Troy Stein pushed one run across with a sacrifice fly and Nick Banks capped off the cavalcade of runs with a grounder to second base to knock in Melton for the 4-0 advantage.
     
    Stephen F Austin showed signs of life in the top of the fourth. Ricardo Sanchez hit a leadoff triple to centerfield and scored when Joseph Olson bounced a single up the middle, closing the gap to 4-1. After Mackenzie Handel was hit by a pitch to put two runners on, Aggie starter Tyler Stubblefield got out of the jam with three strikeouts.
     
    The Maroon and White reclaimed a four-run lead in the home half of the fourth. Moss hit a leadoff single and stole two bases to move 90 feet from home. McLendon placed a perfect squeeze bunt down the third-base line and ended up reaching base on an RBI single as the Aggies staked claim to a 5-1 lead.
     
    The Lumberjacks chopped two runs off the margin in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Will Vest drew a seven-pitch walk. Matt Kent came in to relieve Stubblefield and picked off Vest for the second out of the inning. Matthew Dickey flared a single to centerfield and Sanchez singled to left field with Dickey moving to third on an error by the leftfielder. Olson knocked both runners in with a double, trimming the advantage to 5-3.
     
    The Aggies immediately responded to an SFA rally once again, this time putting up four runs in the home half of the fifth. With one out, Cole Lankford gapped a single to left centerfield and Troy Stein reached on a fielding error by the ‘Jacks third baseman. After Chris Hassold game in from the bullpen to relieve SFA starter Kevin Bishop, Mitchell Nau loaded the bases with a pinch-hit single to centerfield. A balk allowed Lankford to score and Moss followed with a two-run single down the leftfield line to give A&M an 8-3 edge. McLendon put the exclamation point on the rally with a single to leftfield to knock in Moss.
     
    A&M closed out the scoring with a three-run eighth inning. The frame featured a two-run home run by Lankford, who deposited a 0-2 offering into the Lumberjacks’ bullpen down the rightfield, and an RBI double by Jonathan Moroney.
     
    In his first career start, Stubblefield did not work long enough to get the victory, but he was effective in 4.1 innings of work, allowing one run on three hits and one walk while striking out eight. Kent (1-0) earned the win in relief. He allowed two runs on four hits while striking out one over 1.2 frames. Jason Freeman, AJ Minter and Ryan Hendrix each worked one scoreless frame to close out the game. Freeman fanned two of the three batters he faced in the seventh. Minter allowed one walk in the eighth. Hendrix scattered a hit and a walk, striking out one in the ninth.
     
    Bishop (0-1) was saddled with the loss yielding seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out two over 4.1 innings.
     
    Olson accounted for all three of the Lumberjacks’ RBI, going 2-for-4 with a double. Sanchez also recorded multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored.
     
    Texas A&M returns to action on Friday when the Aggies host the Sacramento State Hornets in a 6:30 pm contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park to start a three-game series.