SEC Recap for March 21st

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES

Vanderbilt 2 Alabama 1

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Sophomore southpaw Mike Minor struck out a career-high batters in a complete game 2-1 win over Alabama Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Vanderbilt improved to 14-4 overall and 3-1 in the SEC, while Alabama dropped to 9-11 and 0-4 in league play.

Minor (3-1) struck out a career best 12 batters while allowing just an unearned run on eight hits in his second complete game of the season.

“Mike was a bulldog tonight,” said senior catcher Shea Robin who led the Commodores with two hits on the night. “He was consistently pounding the zone and hitting his spots.”

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South Carolina 9 Mississippi State 1

Columbia, S.C. – Kyle Enders hit a home run for the second consecutive game and Phil Disher added his fifth home run of the year as South Carolina defeated Mississippi State 9-1 in the first of a three-game SEC series on Friday evening at Sarge Frye Field. Carolina improves to 13-5 and 2-2 in the SEC while the loss drops Mississippi State to 9-10 and 1-3 in the conference. Both teams meet in game two of the series on Saturday afternoon at 4 pm.

Carolina starting pitcher Mike Cisco took a shutout into the eighth inning before yielding a run and picked up the victory for the Gamecocks. He is 4-0 on the year. Cisco allowed one run on five hits in 7.2 innings of work while striking out five and just walked one batter. Mississippi State starter Jesse Carver went five innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits to suffer the loss. He is 1-1 on the year. He struck out four and walked four in the game.

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Auburn 2 Kentucky 0

The Auburn pitching trio of Grant Dayton, Evan Crawford and Bryan Woodall combined to shutdown the Southeastern Conference’s highest-scoring offense on Friday night, holding No. 2 Kentucky scoreless in a 2-0 win that snapped UK’s 19-game winning streak.

Dayton (2-1) went 6.0 innings for the second time this season, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out five. Though he found himself in a jam in the first with the bases loaded and just one down, he rebounded to get a strikeout and a flyout to end UK’s scoring threat.

“Tonight was a big, big game. We were playing the number two team in the nation in Kentucky but everything went great,” Dayton said. “Kentucky has real good hitters, but after getting out of the first inning and then we got the run, it brought me back to life. We put up the run in the first and that was enough for my confidence.”

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Mississippi 5 Florida 4

OXFORD, Miss. – With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and the game tied at four, the Rebels found a little magic as Brett Basham hit a chop grounder to third and Michael Guerrero slid in safely at home on a fielding error by Florida catcher Buddy Munroe to give No. 8 Ole Miss (15-6, 3-1 SEC) a 5-4 win over Florida (15-4, 3-1 SEC).

Trailing 4-2 heading into the inning, the Rebels pushed across three runs without recording an out to claim the win in the first game of a three-game series.

Matt Smith led the Rebel offense, going 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Cody Overbeck also notched a hit, carrying his hitting streak to 21 games and tying for the second longest hitting streak in school history.

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LSU 8 Arkansas 7

BATON ROUGE — A walk-off home run by Matt Gaudet in the bottom of the 11th inning propelled LSU to victory over Arkansas, 8-7, Friday night at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU’s Matt Clark and Sean Ochinko added blasts of their own, giving the Tigers (13-6) their first win in four SEC games this season.

“What a great ballgame,” exclaimed LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. “I thought both teams played really hard and wanted to win. Our kids responded to their runs, which I thought was outstanding. I knew Arkansas wouldn’t quit when we were up. They are a tough team.”

The Tigers found themselves down after facing only four batters in the top of the first. After retiring the first two batters with relative ease, Blake Martin (1-1) gave up a single to Andy Wilkins. His hit was critical, seeing that it was followed by a two-run homer to left center field by Coon, his second of the season.

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Georgia 6 Tennessee 2

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia used three home runs and a solid outing by starting pitcher Trevor Holder to hand the Tennessee baseball team a 6-2 loss Friday night at Foley Field. The Volunteers fell to 13-6 (3-1 SEC) with the loss. It was UGA’s fifth straight victory.

Tennessee sophomore Steve Crnkovich was tagged with the loss, falling to 4-1 on the year after allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits through six innings. Bulldogs starter Trevor Holder improved to 3-2 with the win, and Joshua Fields logged his fourth save of the year after coming on to pitch the final 2/3 inning.

Friday marked the third consecutive game in which Tennessee scored in the first inning. The Vols took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when second baseman Andy Simunic scored from third on a double-play ball. Simunic had previously led off with a single before advancing two bases on an infield error.

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