Here is your SEC Recap for March 2nd
#3 Florida State 10 #5 Florida 5
A seven-run first inning powered No. 3 Florida State (7-0) to a 10-5 victory over No. 5 Florida (5-1) on Tuesday night at the inaugural Florida Four Tourney held at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. It was the first of four regular-season meetings between the Sunshine State rivals, all in different cities.
The Seminoles exploded out of the gates with seven runs on six hits and two hit batters in the first inning, chasing sophomore starter Anthony DeSclafani (Freehold, N.J.) (0-1). Junior Tyler Holt (2-for-5) opened with a single up the middle, moved to third on a base-hit into right field by sophomore James Ramsey and senior Stephen Cardullo (2-for-3) was plunked to fill the sacks with none out. DeSclafani (3 H, 5 R) then hit junior Mike McGee to bring across Holt and surrendered a two-run single to junior Stuart Tapley (2-for-4) before being replaced by freshman Hudson Randall (Atlanta, Ga.). Sophomore Sherman Johnson re-loaded the bases with a flare into center field and Randall had freshman Justin Gonzalez ground into a 3-6-1 double play, scoring McGee with the fourth run. Redshirt junior Rafael Lopez stroked an RBI double into right center and freshman Jayce Boyd (2-for-4) followed with a two-run homer to left field for his first collegiate homer and a seven-run cushion.
#15 Arkansas 15 Kansas 3
FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 15 University of Arkansas baseball team scored in all but one inning Tuesday on its way to a 15-3 win over Kansas at Baum Stadium. Jarrod McKinney hit his first career home run, had four RBI and scored four runs against the 25th-ranked Jayhawks, while Andy Wilkins added four RBI and Brett Eibner scored a career-high four runs in the victory. Monk Kreder also posted his first home run as a Razorback.
After giving up two early runs, the Razorback staff quieted the visitor’s bats, allowing just one more run to cross the plate in the final eight innings. Geoffrey Davenport, Tuesday’s winning pitcher, came on in relief of starter TJ Forrest to start the third and pitched a pair of scoreless innings. Arkansas went to its bullpen often during its first midweek game of the season, utilizing five pitchers against the Jayhawks. Arkansas (6-1) struck out 10 KU hitters and had just one walk.
#21 Ole Miss 7 Memphis 2
OXFORD, Miss. – Matt Tracy struck out a career-high 10 batters and helped lead a Rebel pitching staff that shut down the Tigers as No. 18 Ole Miss (7-1) defeated Memphis (2-5) by a score of 7-2 on Tuesday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
Tracy worked 5.0 innings and fanned 10 batters while allowing two runs – one earned – on three hits, but took no decision in the start as he left the game with the score tied at two after five innings. Sophomore southpaw Matt Crouse (1-0) picked up the win as he worked 1.1 innings with a walk and three strikeouts as part of the 15 strikeout night by the Rebels.
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#27 Kentucky 5 Morehead State 2
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Behind a three-hit, two-homer performance from sophomore third baseman Andy Burns and the third save of the year from junior Matt Little, the No. 23 Kentucky Wildcats posted a 5-2 win over Morehead State, Tuesday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Burns belted two homers in the contest, the first multi-homer game of his young career. A 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, Burns finished a season-best 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. On the year, Burns leads the Wildcats with three homers, also adding a double and a triple, stealing 4-of-4 bases.