|Kentucky 16, St. Joseph's
|Missouri 15, Radford 3
|South Carolina 4, Eastern Kentucky 0
|Florida State 8, Georgia 3
|Arkansas 6, Eastern Illinois 2
|Mississippi State 6, Holy Cross 2
|Tennessee 8, UNLV 7
|Sacramento State 1, Texas A&M 0
|LSU 9, Virginia Tech 0
|Auburn 2, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1
|Ole Miss 3, Georgia State 0
|Vanderbilt 14, Illinois-Chicago 1
|Miami (Fla.) 6, Florida 4
|Stephen F. Austin 2, Alabama 1
Kentucky's Reeds Makes History in Pounding of St. Joe's
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Junior first-team preseason All-American A.J. Reed belted a two-run home run and a grand slam in the fifth inning – becoming the first player in school history with two homers in one inning – and worked seven innings on the mound, leading Kentucky to a 16-2 win over St. Joseph’s on Friday afternoon at Bud Methany Complex on the campus of Old Dominion.
A native of Terre Haute, Ind., Reed had a historic game with his damage in the fifth inning marking a first in the over 100-year history of the program. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound southpaw belted a two-run homer with no outs in the fifth, before coming back up with the bases juiced later in the frame and ripping his second career grand slam over the centerfield fence.
“The most striking thing about it is that they were both hit to the center of the park,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “A.J. has hit three home runs now and they have all been centerfield or middle-opposite field. That has been great to see. His swing has been good. His at bats have been good. It is nice to see him get rewarded for what he was doing.”
With game-by-game box scores complete back to the 2002 season, Reed becomes the first Wildcat to homer twice in an inning, with his six RBI also a record for one frame. Since 2002, UK has had a player with two or three home runs in a game 38 times, with the last coming from Michael Williams and Cameron Flynn in 2012.
A first-team preseason All-America selection by Baseball America, Reed finished 2-for-4 with six RBI, a walk and three runs scored. On the year, Reed has hit .381 (8-for-21) with two doubles, three homers and 12 RBI, slugging .905.
Reed’s heroics were not limited to the batter’s box, as he worked a season-long seven innings, allowing six hits and one run, not issuing a walk and striking out four. He threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 26 hitters he faced, retiring nine consecutive from the third to sixth innings. The only damage allowed by Reed came on a pair of doubles in the seventh inning.
The quality start was the 10th of Reed’s three-year career, with the 2011 Indiana High School Player of the Year owning a 2-0 record and a 1.50 ERA through his first two starts of the year, which included a win over No. 1 Virginia in the season opener.
“A.J. was a little bit more efficient, he was better at the front (end of the count),” Henderson said. “Secondary stuff was a little crisper throughout the game. I really wanted to get him seven innings to get it set into his mind that when he is going to go out he is going to get seven innings, minimum. Sometimes you can’t determine that, the pitch count can get up and the rest but I wanted him to establish that in his mind that that is what he is going to do. Obviously we were in the dugout there in the fifth inning for about 55 minutes, it was a long time. He came back, got and got another six outs. He was clearly a little tired in the seventh but overall really pleased with A.J.”
Kentucky (3-2) pounded the Hawks in the opener of the Old Dominion Baseball Tournament, getting a three-run inning in the second, one run in the fourth and a nine-run frame in the fifth, with UK getting a run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh inning before rain halted the game heading into the top of the eighth inning.
After playing two hours and 32 minutes, a storm hit the Norfolk area, delaying the game until 4:46 p.m. ET, a total delay of three hours and 12 minutes.
Freshman Zack Brown took over to start the eighth inning after the delay, making his collegiate debut. Brown worked around a leadoff walk to toss a shutout eighth, with sophomore Taylor Martin taking over to pitch the ninth inning, allowing one run.
UK’s blistering offensive attack plated 16 runs on 16 hits, 10 walks, a hit batter and a stolen base. Senior shortstop Matt Reida went a career-best 4-for-4 with a walk and a double, with UK also getting two hits from Kyle Barrett and Micheal Thomas. Freshmen Connor Heady and Storm Wilson each notched hits, with Heady drawing two walks. Sophomore Dorian Hairston collected his first career triple, with first baseman Thomas Bernal going 1-for-4 with a walk.
St. Joseph’s (0-1) starter Jordan Carter (0-1) worked 4.1 innings, allowing eight hits and seven runs – six earned – walking three and striking out three. Jason Holcomb got one out, allowing three hits and six runs, walking five and striking out one. Tyler Pallante and Steve Powles also worked in relief for St. Joe’s.
UK will return to action on Saturday vs. host Old Dominion at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Radio Network, with Dick Gabriel calling 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 second inning, as Reed drew a leadoff walk. After a fly out, Thomas smacked a two-strike single into rightfield. After Bernal flied out, Reida singled to rightfield to score Reed. Heady and Barrett followed with two-out RBI singles to centerfield, scoring Thomas and Reida.
UK added a run in the bottom of the third inning, as Tom drew a walk on a 3-1 count with one out. He then stole second base for his first career steal, taking third after the throw sailed into centerfield. Thomas then smashed a two-out, two-strike single into leftfield to score Tom and give UK a 4-0 lead.
The Wildcats added to their lead in the fifth inning, as Kuhn drew a full-count walk to bring up Reed. Reed belted a 1-1 offering off the top of the left-centerfield fence sailing high over the fence for his second homer of the year. Thomas then got hit by a full-count pitch to end the game for Carter and bring on the bullpen. Bernal greeted the reliever with a walk and Reida then doubled into the left-centerfield gap, scoring Thomas. Heady then drew a walk to load the bases and Barrett singled through the right side, scoring Bernal and Reida. Cousino then followed with a walk to load the bases for Kuhn. After Kuhn fanned for the second out, Reed drilled a grand slam out to centerfield, his second homer of the inning and his second career grand slam, giving UK a 13-0 lead.
UK got a run in the sixth inning, as Heady drew a walk, scoring on Kuhn’s two-out RBI up the middle.
St. Joe’s got on the board in the top of the seventh, as Stefan Kancylarz doubled off the wall in leftfield to leadoff, scoring on John Brue’s double into the gap.
In the seventh inning, UK unloaded the bench and got two runs. Wilson led off the inning with his first career hit, moving to second when Reida drew a walk. Hairston then smacked an opposite-field double down the rightfield line, scoring the duo and giving UK a 16-1 lead.
After the delay, St. Joe’s got a run back off Martin in the ninth, as Kancylarz doubled and scored on Tommy Cunningham’s RBI single.
Mizzou Moves to 3-1, Downs Radford 15-3
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Mizzou baseball team scored 15 runs as it moved to 3-1 on the season with a 15-3 win over Radford on Friday (Feb. 21) at Wake Forest Ballpark. The Tigers’ 15 runs are the most for Mizzou since March 14, 2012, and the Tigers plated 10 runs in the sixth inning, their first 10-run inning since March 24, 2010, to back starter John Miles. The junior righty picked up his first win of the season and first since May 12, 2012, against Memphis. He went 5.0 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while striking out two against no walks.
Senior Dillon Everett tallied a career-high four RBI and three other Tigers – Kendall Keeton, Shane Segovia and Zach Lavy – all tallied multi-RBI games in the win. All nine of the Tiger starters tallied hits in the win and seven of the nine tallied RBIs. Josh Lester also tallied his second career four-hit game. The Tigers had 10 two-out hits in the game and went 8-for-18 with runners in scoring position.
The Tiger bullpen surrendered its first run of the season after a bad-hop in right field snuck past Sean Ullrich to plate Radford’s third run of the game, but other than that the relievers were again phenomenal. Four Tiger relievers combined to throw the final 4.0 innings, allowing just four hits, no walks and the one earned run. The Tiger bullpen has thrown 16.2 innings this season, allowing just six hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out 17. The Tigers did not walk a batter on Friday and have now struck out 29 batters against just four walks.
Mizzou continued its trend of scoring early on Friday. Everett, hitting leadoff, reached base after being hit by a pitch, his second of the year. After being bunted to second base, Everett was singled in on a great two-out hit by Keeton who laced a 2-2 count into centerfield. The Tigers then added another run in the second inning on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Everett and then Lester picked up a big two-out hit to score Everett, giving Mizzou a 3-0 lead.
Miles got into a little bit of trouble in the second inning, but a good play by Jake Ivory in right field and a pair of soft liners to short got the junior righty out of a jam as the Tigers carried a 3-0 lead into the third inning. The offense continued to fire on all cylinders as Sean Ullrich tallied an RBI triple for his first career hit in the top of the third to give Mizzou a 4-0 lead. A fifth run then scored on an error by Radford as Mizzou gained 5-0 lead headed to the fourth inning.
Miles picked up his first strikeout of the game in the bottom of the fourth as we got through four innings on just 48 pitches, allowing just four hits, no walks and two strikeouts. Miles allowed Radford to rally with two outs in the bottom of the fifth as a two-out hit and a hit batter put two men on. Two hits later, Radford cut the lead to 5-2.
But just as quickly as Radford cut into the lead, Mizzou got those runs back in the top of the sixth. Everett tallied an RBI single up the middle for his first RBI of the season and then Keeton tallied a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to extend the lead to 7-2. Keeton hit the ball well but Radford right fielder Shane Johnsonbaugh tracked down a ball in the gap to limit the damage. The Tigers loaded the bases again following Keeton’s sacrifice fly and Lavy knocked a single through the right side to plate a pair as Mizzou went on top, 9-2. That was the start to the Tigers’ 10-run inning, the team’s first since March 24, 2010 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Mizzou took a 15-2 lead into the seventh and closed out the game with more solid relief pitching.
Mizzou will continue play at the Wake Forest Invitational tomorrow, playing the host Demon Deacons at 3 p.m. (CT). For all the latest on Mizzou baseball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team @MUTigerBaseball.
South Carolina Baseball Earns 4-0 Win Over Eastern Kentucky
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The fifth-ranked Gamecocks have not allowed a run in 33 straight innings, effectively shutting out their last three opponents as South Carolina defeated Eastern Kentucky 4-0 on Friday afternoon at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 5-0 on the year while the Colonels fall to 1-4.
Joey Pankake went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Kyle Martin hit a solo homer and extended his hitting streak to five games. Max Schrock homered as well. Both Martin and Schrock have two homers on the year.
Junior left-hander Jordan Montgomery improved to 2-0 on the year. Montgomery hurled seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out four batters. He has not allowed a run in 34.0 consecutive innings pitched going back to last year. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey added a scoreless inning of relief tallying two strikeouts. Joel Seddon closed it out for the Gamecocks with a perfect inning of relief striking out two batters.
The Gamecocks went ahead 1-0 in bottom of the second as Martin sent a 1-0 pitch soaring over the right field fall for his second home run in as many games. Schrock added to the Gamecock lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the third.
Pankake sparked a two-run inning for South Carolina in the bottom of the sixth as he crushed a ball to the gap in right-center for a leadoff double. With Pankake on third base, a pitch hit Grayson Greiner to give the Gamecocks runners on the corners. The Eastern Kentucky third baseman attempted to throw Pankake out at home on a sharp hit ball off the bat of Connor Bright but Pankake safely scored and gave the Gamecocks a 3-0 advantage. Designated hitter Brison Celek then singled up the middle and drove in Greiner for the second run of the inning.
The series continues Saturday at Carolina Stadium with first pitch 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.
No. 4 FSU defeats Georgia 8-3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Powered by a six-run outburst, fourth-ranked Florida State defeated Georgia 8-3 Friday in front of a crowd of 5,024 at Dick Howser Stadium.
The Seminoles (5-0) pushed across a run in the first before their big inning. Designated hitter Josh Delph had a leadoff double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielder’s choice by DJ Stewart. Georgia (1-4) notched a pair of one-out hits in the second but the Seminoles turned a double play to end the scoring threat. Freshman Stephen Wrenn had a bunt single to extend his hitting streak to four games.
In the fourth, the Bulldogs tied the contest as Jess Posey (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Wrenn collected their second hit apiece and sophomore Daniel Nichols delivered a two-out RBI. It marked the first run allowed by an FSU weekend starter this season, a span that stretched 20.2 innings. However, FSU right-hander Luke Weaver battled back to strike out DJ Smith with the bases loaded to keep it a tie game.
Sophomore left-hander Ryan Lawlor and the Bulldogs ran in to trouble in the bottom of the fourth as the Seminoles batted around, scoring six times on two hits and four walks. Brett Knief was hit by a pitch and three walks later it was 2-1. Georgia looked to sophomore David Sosebee and Ben Deluzio drew an RBI-walk and Danny De La Calle had a two-run single. Knief capped the outburst with an RBI-single for a 7-1 advantage.
“It’s pretty frustrating; we had five walks in the inning after Ryan Lawlor was cruising the first few innings,” said Georgia coach Scott Stricklin. “They don’t swing at many balls, and I thought we threw some quality pitches. FSU is well-disciplined at the plate. I thought David (Sosebee) came in and kept us in it by going just about the rest of the way. Also, Jess Posey had a good night for us at the plate. We need him to produce, and he gave us some life with the two-run home run, but their bullpen came in and shut us down after that.”
In the sixth, Georgia forced the Seminoles to go to the bullpen. Zach Bowers led off with a single and then Posey crushed a two-run home run over the right field fence. It was his third hit of the day to tie his career high, and the first home run allowed by Florida State this year. FSU looked to left-hander Billy Strode, and he ended the rally with FSU up 7-3. Weaver (2-0) allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings for the win after tossing six scoreless and hitless innings in his first outing, a victory over Niagara.
“It was a great atmosphere here tonight, I just wish the game would’ve turned out better for us,” said Posey who played his first game at Dick Hoswer Stadium after watching his two older brothers play for the Seminoles during their collegiate career. “I put some good swings on a few pitches tonight.”
In the seventh, crowd favorite and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, entered the game as a pinch-hitter and reached on a bloop single to center. However, he was promptly picked off by Sosebee. He remained in the game and played right field for the final two innings.
Sosebee provided 4.2 innings of relief, scattering three runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Sophomore David Gonzalez registered the final out of the eighth but not before allowing an RBI-double to Justin Gonzalez that made it 8-3. Lawlor got the loss to fall to 1-1.
The series continues Saturday with first pitch at 2 p.m.
No. 25 Arkansas Opens Series With 6-2 Victory
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 25 Arkansas baseball team (4-0) earned a 6-2 victory over Eastern Illinois (1-4) in the series opener Friday at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks scored all of their runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings and cruised to the win behind 8.0 shutout innings on the mound.
Junior left-handed pitcher Jalen Beeks (2-0) earned the win for the second straight series-opening game. The team captain from Prairie Grove, Ark., pitched 5.2 shutout innings and recorded five strikeouts while walking two and allowing three hits. Sophomore Landon Simpson took over for Beeks and added 2.1 shutout innings while striking out one and allowing one hit.
True freshman Andrew Benintendi led the Razorbacks at the plate with a two-hit day, including an RBI on his first collegiate hit. The Cincinnati native had two doubles, one RBI and one run scored while increasing his on-base percentage to a team-high .529. Juniors Brian Anderson and Eric Fisher and sophomore Tyler Spoon also added one RBI each, and Fisher scored another run when he stole home on a double steal with Jake Wise going from first base to second base.
Arkansas and Eastern Illinois are set for two more games this weekend with 1:05 p.m. start times Saturday and Sunday.
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Top Six In The Order Record RBIs In 6-2 MSU Win
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Behind a strong pitching performance from Brandon Woodruff and Myles Gentry, the Mississippi State baseball team knocked off Holy Cross 6-2 in the opening game of a four-game series at Dudy Noble Field.
The junior right-hander Woodruff (1-1) fell one out shy of a quality start but did manage to throw 5.2 innings to garner his first win of the season. Sophomore right-hander Gentry followed with 3.1 innings of one-hit shutout relief to secure his first career save.
“It was really nice to see Brandon come out and pitch well and actually see his arm turn around,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “He showed three pitches – a very good fastball, very good slider and a change up to lefties. The only mistake he made tonight was the drop at first base. We work on that so much and you got to make those plays.”
Woodruff was touched for a run on two hits in the fourth inning. After striking out the side, a misplay on a routine ground ball ended Woodruff’s day with two outs in the sixth inning. The error – MSU’s only one – drew the Crusaders within 3-2.
Gentry followed in relief and got 10 of the 13 batters he faced.
“Myles comes in and mixes it up with some movement,” Cohen said. “He was outstanding creating sink. He really salivates with all those right-handers on a single club.”
MSU (3-2) regained control of the contest with back-to-back RBI-singles from Wes Rea and Brett Pirtle in the sixth inning and an RBI-single from Jake Vickerson in the seventh inning.
The Bulldogs built the early lead with RBI-singles from Alex Detz and C.T. Bradford in the first inning. Reid Humphreys had his first career hit and career RBI with a single in the fifth inning.
MSU finished with 10 hits and stole eight bases for the fourth time ever – one shy of the school record. Left fielder Jacob Robson had three of those steals.
“We did a good job of sticking to our tools and our identity tonight and it worked,” Robson said. “We have tons of speed on the team, especially in the outfield, so we don’t care who we are playing. We are going to use our speed all the time.”
The top two hitters in the lineup, Vickerson and Detz were a combined 4-for-7 with two RBIs and three stolen bases. Detz has now reached base safely in 28 straight games.
“I thought we did a better job controlling the strike zone at the plate,” Cohen said. “Gradually, we’re starting to let the game come to us offensively and that is a comfort level.”
Bradford also had multi-hits for the Bulldogs.
The four-game weekend series continues with an 11 a.m. doubleheader Saturday and concludes with a 1:30 p.m. start Sunday.
Senzel Slam Lifts Vols Over No. 29 UNLV, 8-7
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee baseball freshman and Knoxville native Nick Senzel broke open a two-run game with a grand slam in the seventh inning, and the Vols held onto an 8-7 win over No. 29 UNLV in front of 2,549 fans at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Friday.
With the Vols (5-0) on top 4-2 in the seventh, Senzel came to the plate after the Rebels (4-1) gave Christin Stewart a free pass, and the rookie made them pay. The Farragut High School graduate jumped all over a 1-1 pitch from UNLV’s Joey Lauria and smashed the ball over the left-center wall to clear the bases and put UT on top 8-2. It was UT’s first grand slam since Ethan Bennett hit on against Alabama A&M on March 15, 2011. Bennett was also a freshman.
Heading to the ninth with a six-run lead, UNLV made things interesting by plating five Rebels, including two with two outs to cut the deficit to 8-7. Coach Dave Serrano turned to sophomore closer Drake Owenby with the tying run just 90 feet away. Looking for his third save in the past six days, Owenby was able to freeze UNLV’s Dylan Ellis on a 2-2 count and catch him looking to put an end to the drama.
“It was a wild finish and wilder than I would have liked,” said Serrano. “It’s a learning moment for our team. We have to learn how to win games and series. I hope what happened at the end of game doesn’t hurt us in the long run for this series. Peter Lenstrohm was playing good enough to keep them at bay and get it stopped. Then we wouldn’t have had to go to (Zac) Grotz and we wouldn’t have to go to Owenby with an 8-7 lead with the tying run on third and the go ahead run on first.
“It is still a process for us. We did a lot of good things today. When you play a team like UNLV, you learn some stuff about your team, and we will go back to the drawing board this weekend. We will work on the little things. I am happy for the win. We beat a good team and a great pitcher, but we have to be ready to go tomorrow.”
Senior right-hander and Knoxville native Nick Williams got the nod on the mound for the Vols on Friday and delivered six strong innings. Williams allowed just three hits and two runs, and struck out six in the process to earn his second win of the season. Having thrown five innings of no-hit ball against Purdue last Sunday, Williams opened Friday night with 3.2 innings of hitless action, bringing his total to 8.2 innings to start the season.
“Nick Williams was as good as he has been in my three years with him,” said Serrano. “He was in command; he was aggressive. I am real proud of him. He threw five shutout innings last weekend. It kind of shows you his character. He wasn’t in the starting rotation the first weekend as a senior. He is a guy that has put a lot of time into this program. He didn’t put his head down, and he took advantage of the five innings last Sunday. The only reason I took him out (tonight) was because it is the second weekend and he had 88 pitches. That leadership will go a long ways for this pitching staff.”
At the plate, Tennessee was led by a slew of youngsters. Senzel finished the night 1-for-2 with four RBIs and three runs scored, while freshman Nathaniel Maggio was 1-for-2 with a RBI double and a run scored. Sophomore A.J. Simcox continued his hot start to the campaign with a 2-for-4 effort. Senior Taylor Smart also went 2-for-4 and his classmate Scott Price extended his hit streak to 17 games with a single to lead off the sixth inning. Price’s streak extends back to April 26, 2013 at Florida.
UNLV’s preseason All-American pitcher Erick Fedde took the loss. He threw 7.1 innings of one-hit ball, striking out 11 in his season opener last week. Fedde threw six innings on Friday, striking out seven Vols, but allowing three earned runs and walking three.
Tennessee avenged three one-run losses to the Rebels in Las Vegas last season with tonight’s one-run victory. The squads return to the Lindsey Nelson Stadium diamond on Saturday at 1 p.m. UT freshman Kyle Serrano (1-0, 3.60) and UNLV junior John Richy (1-0, 2.45) will face off on the hill.
A&M Drops 1-0 Decision to Sacramento State
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies suffered their first loss of the season with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Sacramento State Hornets in non-conference action Friday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
Daniel Mengden and Andrew Vinson combined to allow just three hits over 9.0 innings in the losing effort. Mengden (1-1) was saddled with the loss yielding one unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine in 7.0 innings of work. Vinson retired all six batters he faced over 2.0 innings, including two strikeouts.
Texas A&M (4-1) was doomed by two errors on the defensive side and three double plays at the plate.
Sacramento State (4-2) scored its lone run in the fourth inning. Rhys Hoskins reached on a throwing error by Aggie shortstop Patrick McLendon. Hoskins was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Brandon Hunley due to injury. After Mengden struck out Will Soto for the first out of the inning, Clay Cederquist singled to rightfield to put runners on the corners. Mengden fanned Randy Burcham on four pitches for the second out, but David Del Grande broke the scoring seal by bouncing a single through the left side of the infield to plate Hunley for the 1-0 lead.
The Aggies’ first double play came in the third inning. The mercurial JB Moss drew a leadoff walk, but before he could get moving around the bases, Jace Statum laced a line drive that Burcham stabbed at shortstop. Burcham was able to apply the tag on Moss, who was approaching second base, to complete the double play.
In the fourth inning, Troy Stein reached on a bunt single to leadoff the frame, but Ryne Birk bounced into a 6-4-3 double play. The twin-killing would prove costly as Moss followed with a wall-banger to leftfield for a double. Moss was stranded at second when Statum struck out to end the inning.
The final double play came in the sixth inning. With one out Blake Allemand reached on a single, but a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play closed the books on the frame as Nottebrok struck out swinging and Allemand was caught stealing at second.
Ty Nichols (2-0) earned the victory for Sacramento State, scattering six hits and one walk while striking out two over 7.0 innings. Sutter McLoughlin set down all six batters he faced to earn his third save of the season.
The Aggies’ Hunter Melton and Stein were the only players to record multiple hits. Melton went 2-for-4 and Stein went 2-fo-3 three.
The Aggies and Hornets return to action Saturday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park where first pitch for game two is slated for 6:35 pm.
Nola Throws Seven No-Hit Innings as LSU Blanks Hokies, 9-0
BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior right-hander Aaron Nola pitched seven innings of no-hit baseball Friday night as LSU downed Virginia Tech, 9-0, at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU (5-0) returns to Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field Saturday to face Toledo at 6 p.m. The contest will follow a 1 p.m. matchup between Texas Southern and Virginia Tech (1-2), which is free to the public.
The LSU-Toledo game can be heard in Baton Rouge on WTGE 100.7 FM. Live stats, video and audio will be available at LSUsports.net.
Nola (2-0) fired 87 pitches and recorded eight strikeouts and one walk without allowing a hit. It was the deepest an LSU pitcher worked without surrendering a hit since April 15, 1995, when right-hander Brian Winders recorded 8.2 hitless innings at Ole Miss.
Alden Cartwright and Zac Person relieved Nola for the final two innings and allowed a hit apiece. LSU has recorded three shutouts in its first five games of the 2014 season.
“Aaron Nola was simply brilliant tonight,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “In my mind, he’s the best pitcher in the country, and he certainly demonstrated it with this outing. It would have been nice to allow him to keep going after seven innings, but he had thrown nearly 90 pitches in an early-season game, and it was in Aaron’s best interest that he come out of the game at that time. We’ve got a long, challenging regular-season ahead of us, and we need a healthy Aaron Nola leading us throughout the year.”
LSU struck for four runs in the second inning after a RBI single by sophomore centerfielder Andrew Stevenson was followed by a three-run home run from designated hitter Sean McMullen.
The middle of the order sparked a three-run third inning for the Tigers. Shortstop Alex Bregman started the inning with a double to the right-center field gap. Second baseman Conner Hale then reached on an error before catcher Chris Chinea advanced the runners on a groundout to second.
Third baseman Christian Ibarra then lined a two-RBI double to left and advanced to third on the throw. First baseman Tyler Moore plated Ibarra on a hard single to the first base side.
The Tigers produced two runs in the fourth inning with a Chinea sacrifice fly and Ibarra’s RBI single to right-center field to plate leftfielder Mark Laird.
Bregman has reached base safely in all five games this season. McMullen and Ibarra matched career highs with three RBI apiece. Ibarra also matched a career high with three hits. In innings two through four this season, the Tigers have outscored opponents 22-0.
Virginia Tech’s Brad Markey (1-1) was charged with the loss. Markey went 2.1 innings and gave up seven runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk.
Ortman, Dedrick Save the Day in Auburn Victory
AUBURN, Ala. - Senior Dillon Ortman dazzled Arkansas-Pine Bluff hitters for eight innings and closer Terrance Dedrick overpowered them in the ninth Friday night at Plainsman Park.
Good thing for Auburn's baseball team. Auburn (3-2) managed just three hits en route to a 2-1 victory over winless Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7) in the Tiger Classic. The Tigers play California, a 3-0 winner over East Tennessee State, on Saturday at 6.
Ortman gave up four hits, struck out 11 and didn't walk a better in getting his second win of the season. Dedrick struck out the side in the ninth for his first save of the season.
First-year Auburn coach Sonny Golloway said Ortman, the opening-day starter last weekend, was "really good." Golloway took over the pitch-calling duties handled by pitching coach Scott Foxhall in the first four games.
"I want Coach Foxhall to know exactly what I want, the philosophy I want," Golloway said. "I think we have outstanding coaches, but I want those coaches to implement the system I believe will get us to Omaha."
Ortman, who has been a closer, a starter and a middle reliever in his Auburn career, said he felt good from the start.
"My goal wasn't 11 K's," Ortman said. "It was first-pitch strikes, get quick outs and get these guys back up to the plate."
Ortman didn't know until the middle three days before the opener he would be in the weekend rotation. But he doesn't intend to give it up.
"The guys trust me," Ortman said. "I worked real hard to get in this position, and my plan is to stay."
After Wednesday night's 9-3 loss to Alabama State, Golloway said Dedrick might have lost his spot as the closer. Dedrick apparently didn't agree.
"Terrance is a captain and we butted heads a little bit this week," Golloway said. "I love him and it's OK. Families are going to butt heads at times. I told TD if you are going to pitch on the back end you have to have punch out stuff. He showed me today, didn't he? I'm glad he did."
Auburn got an unearned run in the fourth when Anfernee Grier singled and scored when Dan Glevenyak reached on an error. In the seventh, Glevenyak singled, was sacrificed to second by Ryan Tella and scored on Keegan Thompson's base-hit to right.
And that was the entire story of Auburn's offense against a pitching staff that came in with a n 8.80 ERA.
Starter Kyle Schwartz gave up two hits in 7 1/3 innings.
"We did a real good job of helping their ERA and bringing the batting average against their team down," Golloway said. "I couldn't figure it out. They are maxing out at 83 miles per hour and we didn't square it up."
Golloway said hitting coach Greg Norton had a theory about why the Tigers have a .197 team batting average after five games.
"I talked to Coach Norton and he said he thinks they are trying to please me too much," Golloway said. "I said forget about pleasing me and go please yourself.' I think as we string some games together, it will happen."
Blake Austin, Auburn's usual starting catcher, started a third base Friday in place of Damek Tomscha. Golloway said Tomscha didn't start because he didn't finish practice Thursday. He said he will be back in the lineup Saturday.
In the ninth inning, Tomscha entered the game at third base and Austin returned to catcher.
Sophomore Jackson Burgreen started in left field in place of sophomore Jordan Ebert, but Ebert took over in the fifth.
Ole Miss' Ellis Pitches Complete-Game Shutout Of Georgia State
OXFORD, Miss. – Junior right-hander Chris Ellis pitched a complete-game shutout on Friday, striking out five without allowing a walk as he led Ole Miss (5-0) to a 3-0 victory over Georgia State (3-2) at Swayze Field to kick off the weekend series.
Ellis (2-0) turned in his second shutout of the season and the first complete-game of his career in the outing. It marks the first complete-game shutout for Ole Miss since Bobby Wahl turned in a complete-game shutout of Tennessee in the series opener on April 19, 2013.
Nathan Bates (0-1) took the loss for the Panthers as he allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.
“Chris (Ellis) was terrific,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “In 13-plus years, I haven’t seen too many complete games shutouts here. Tonight he was excellent. He had three pitches in the strike zone. That’s a very good offense. Georgia State was ranked in the top five in runs scored. They got good swings off tonight, even as good as Chris was on the mound.”
The Rebels took a two-run lead in the second inning on the way to the 3-0 victory.
Sikes Orvis and Preston Overbey opened up the second inning with back-to-back singles before J.B. Woodman would bunt both men into scoring position with a ball down the third base line. Will Jamison then delivered a line drive to right field, bringing Orvis home and sending Overbey to third. Jamison tried to reach second on the play, causing the Panthers to throw to second in an attempt to throw out the speedy outfielder, and Overbey took advantage of the situation to race home and give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
The Rebels extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning when Braxton Lee drew a bases-loaded walk to push Overbey home. Ole Miss loaded the bases with a single from Overbey, a single from Woodman and Errol Robinson was hit by a pitch to set up the scoring play for Lee.
The Rebel defense and Ellis did the job from there, holding the Panthers’ offense in check throughout the game on the way to the victory. It marks the third shutout in the first five games for the Rebels and second straight as Ole Miss also defeated Tennessee-Martin 6-0 on Wednesday night.
Ole Miss and Georgia State take the field for game two of the series at 1:30 p.m. at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
Commodores blow out Flames
No. 9 Vanderbilt fired on all cylinders Friday night at Hawkins Field in a 14-1 blowout victory over Illinois-Chicago.
The game started off the right way for the Flames (3-2) with Tyler Detmer belting a two-out solo homer to left field. That home run, however, would be the last UIC batter to reach base until the sixth inning. Vanderbilt (5-0) starter Tyler Beede settled down after the round tripper to sit down 15 straight Flames hitters. The junior rolled through the lineup, striking out 10 batters during his streak of 15 straight to match his career-best. The right-hander ended his night with his 11th strikeout to wrap up the sixth inning and set a new career-high. Beede's 11 strikeouts are the most for a VU pitcher since Kevin Ziomek fanned 10 against Alabama last May.
While Beede settled into a groove on the mound, the Commodores' hitters settled in at the plate. The Dores took the lead in the second with three runs and scored in all but two of their eight at-bats on the night. The team pounded out a season-best 19 hits to match last year's season-best total. The team's 19 hits came from 10 different Commodores with six Dores posting multi-hit games. Dansby Swanson, Bryan Reynolds and Chris Harvey led the way with three-hit games, a career-best for all three players.
Swanson took over the game in the fourth when he singled in a run, stole two bases and came around to score on Xavier Turner's single. Reynolds hit his first collegiate home run and the Commodores' first home run of the season in the eighth inning with a solo shot to the right-center field bleachers. The home run ignited a three-run rally that was capped off by Kyle Smith's two-run double off the left field wall. Smith ended the night a perfect 2-for-2 off the bench.
Sophomore Rhett Wiseman made his 2014 debut going 2-for-5 with three runs scored and one RBI. Freshman Nolan Rogers posted a pair of singles and fellow freshman Karl Ellison made his collegiate debut smacking the first pitch he saw to center field for a single. Freshman lefty Ben Bowden also made his debut with two scoreless innings of relief.
Vanderbilt's offensive outburst was aided by Illinois-Chicago's six errors, including the Flames' three errors in the second inning. UIC starter Tomas Michelson was pegged with the loss allowing nine runs, five earned, on 10 hits over 4.1 innings. Reliever Brian Evak gave up five runs, four earned, on nine hits over the final 3.2 innings.
The Commodores and Flames play tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Field with lefty Jared Miller (1-0) starting for the Dores against right-hander Ian Lewandowski (1-0).
No. 17 Miami Takes Series Opener Over No. 20 Florida Baseball, 6-4
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - No. 20 Florida (4-2) baseball put up three runs in the first inning and added a fourth in the eighth, but the Gators couldn't hold off No. 17 Miami (3-2) as the Canes took the opening game of the three-game set, 6-4, at Alex Rodriguez Park Friday in Coral Gables.
Florida junior catcher Taylor Gushue (Boca Raton, Fla.) put up a career-best performance, going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored. The catcher's four hits contributed to the Gators' 10 overall, the second double-digit hit effort for the squad this season.
The Gators wasted no time getting on the board in the top of the first, putting up a three spot on four hits, started by a sophomore Richie Martin (Brandon, Fla.) (1-for-5, one run) leadoff infield single. Martin advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Casey Turgeon (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and scored on a Gushue single to left field for the first Florida run. UF added to the lead with back-to-back hits from juniors Braden Mattson (San Antonio, Texas) (1-for-4, one run, one RBI) and Justin Shafer (Lake Wales, Fla.) (1-for-3, one RBI) to push the lead to 3-0, UF's highest first-inning output this season.
Florida starting pitcher junior Bobby Poyner (Wellington, Fla.) sat down the side in the bottom of the first, but after a scoreless second frame for Florida, Miami shortstop Alex Hernandez (3-for-4, two RBI) sent a two-run double to left field to put the Canes on the board for a 3-2 ballgame after two. With two outs in the third, UM's David Thompson scored on a Poyner wild pitch to knot the game 3-3, followed by a Willie Abreu solo home run that gave Miami a 4-3 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
The Hurricanes tacked on one run in the fifth frame on a Dale Carey home run for the 5-3 advantage, while Garrett Kennedy sent one out of the park in the sixth for the 6-3 Miami lead.
Gator freshmen Ryan Larson (Orlando, Fla.) (2-for-4) and Buddy Reed (Finksburg, Md.) led off the top of the seventh with back-to-back infield singles for Florida, but a double play and a ground out halted Florida's late-game momentum.
Gushue struck again for the Orange and Blue in the top of the eighth with a leadoff double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Peter Alonso (Tampa, Fla.) RBI - his second run of the game - to bring the Gators within two, 6-4.
With one down in the top of the ninth and facing Miami relief hurler Bryan Garcia, Larson kept the Florida fight alive, poking a single through the left side, but was left stranded as Garcia sealed the deal for the Hurricanes in the series opener with a strikeout and lineout.
No. 21 Alabama Baseball Falls to Stephen F. Austin, 2-1, in 13 Innings
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Stephen F. Austin’s Ricardo Sanchez sacrifice fly in the top of the 13th inning lifted the Lumberjacks to a 2-1 victory over the No. 21 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Friday night from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Alabama (2-2) and Stephen F. Austin (3-2) will play game two of the series on Saturday, with first pitch slated for 2:05 p.m.
“Stephen F. Austin pitched extremely well and they competed really hard tonight,” Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “On our end, we weren’t very sharp, even if it was a 2-1 game. We got out of some jams. We had a lot of opportunities offensively. We had opportunities in the ninth and 10th innings, but we weren’t able to win the game.”
Stephen F. Austin got a leadoff bunt single from Brett Thornell to open the 13th inning, before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt and single by Matthew Dickey. The Lumberjacks game-winning run came when Sanchez flied out to right field allowing Thornell to tag and score from third.
Alabama tried to answer in the bottom of the inning, getting a leadoff bunt single from Georgie Salem. The hit was the fifth of the night for the sophomore center fielder. Salem moved to second on a deep fly ball to center field by Mikey White, but he would be left stranded at second base after Ben Moore grounded out to shortstop and Wade Wass struck out to end the game.
Despite the loss, Salem delivered five hits to tie an Alabama single game record. The last such performance came from Ryan Rhoden on February 28, 2007, in a 16-0 win over UAB. One of Salem’s five hits was a double, and he added a stolen base and a run scored.
White also turned in a strong performance for the Tide, picking up his second three-hit performance of the season, as well as the Tide’s lone RBI of the night. Will Haynie accounted for the other Alabama hit, a single in the 12th inning. Haynie also caught two runners attempting to steal.
SFA reliever Tyler Wiedenfield (1-0) got the win, allowing four hits in five scoreless frames with a pair of strikeouts. Patrick Ledet got his first save of the season after striking out one in the final scoreless inning. Alabama righty Jay Shaw (0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing one run on four hits and a walk in two innings. Before surrendering the run, the Alabama bullpen had pitched 21.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.
White accounted for the first run of the game with a first inning RBI single down the left field line, but the Lumberjacks got a bases-loaded walk in the top of the third to knot it up at one apiece. After nine scoreless innings, the Stephen F. Austin scored the game-winning run in the 13th inning.
“It comes down to a couple of guys. To be a championship team, we have to have our best at-bats in those situations to win,” Gaspard said. “Right now, it has been a bit of a struggle. We have to keep grinding and keep working to correct that. If we can continue to stay consistent on the mound and defensively, things will come around for us. On the offensive end, that needs to happen quickly for us. We’ve had four games and we’ve looked pretty stale in those four games.”
Freshmen relievers Geoffrey Bramblett and Thomas Burrows combined for 5.1 shutout innings, marking 12.1 innings pitched by Alabama freshmen this season without allowing a run. Bramblett went 2.1 innings without allowing a hit or a run with three walks and a strikeout. In his second career outing, Burrows went three scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit with two strikeouts and two walks,
Turnbull tied his career high with six strikeouts in his five inning start, allowing one run on three hits with a career-high tying six strikeouts, five walks and two hit batters. Cameron Gann gave the Lumberjacks a strong start, striking out seven in as many innings, while allowing one run on four hits and a walk. Also for SFA, Dickey had a 4-for-5 night that includes a walk, a double and three singles.
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