SEC Recap for March 3rd

WhitMerrifieldSouthCarolina Here is your SEC Recap for March 3rd.

#24 South Carolina 15 Presbyterian 0

COLUMBIA, SC – Scott Wingo and Whit Merrifield each homered and Gamecock starter Nolan Belcher combined with four relievers for a two-hit shutout as 15th ranked South Carolina defeated Presbyterian 15-0 on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference tilt at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 5-2 on the year while the loss drops Presbyterian to 1-7 for the season. South Carolina returns to action with a three-game series vs. nationally ranked Clemson. The series begins on Friday at Clemson with first pitch at 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s tilt will be at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C. and is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the finale at Carolina Stadium on Sunday at 2 p.m. as well.

Belcher was dominant on the hill for the Gamecocks with five scoreless innings and just one infield hit allowed. He struck out seven and walked one to earn his first win of the year. Matt Price also struck out one in one inning of relief with Parker Bangs striking out two batters in his stint. Freshmen Ethan Carter and Colby Holmes closed the game out with an inning apiece as well. South Carolina pitchers had 10 strikeouts to two walks on the afternoon. Presbyterian reliever Jesse Harmon went 1.2 innings and allowed seven runs on five hits to suffer the loss. He is 0-1 on the year.

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#25 Vanderbilt 10 Tennessee Tech 1

NASHVILLE­­— Vanderbilt scored nine runs in the first two innings and the trio of Chase Reid, Will Clinard and Sam Selman limited Tennessee Tech to just an unearned run on six hits in a 10-1 win Tuesday afternoon at Hawkins Field.

Brian Harris led off the game with a homer down the left field line, opening the floodgates for the Commodore offense. Bryan Johns and Aaron Westlake followed with singles and Curt Casali was hit to load the bases. Jason Esposito had a sacrifice fly RBI and Connor Harrell had a two-run single to make it 4-0.

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#29 Alabama 13 #28 Georgia 2

HOOVER, Ala. – The Alabama baseball team got its first taste of Southeastern Conference action Wednesday night at Regions Park, and the offense responded with a double-digit scoring output en route to a 13-2 win over No. 25 Georgia in a non-conference game on a chilly night in Hoover.

Senior first baseman Clay Jones had a monster night against the Bulldogs, going 3-for-5 with one home run and a career-high six RBI. He drove in the Tide’s first run with a first-inning single and added another RBI in the third inning. Jones had an RBI single in the Tide’s four-run fourth inning and then punctuated his night with a three-run home run to left center.

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Game 1: Auburn 7 Davidson 6
Game 2: Auburn 7 Davidson 6

AUBURN, Ala. – A pair of six-run fourth innings gave Auburn just enough of a cushion to earn 7-6 wins in both games of a doubleheader with Davidson on Wednesday at Plainsman Park. Austin Hubbard earned a save and a win on the afternoon while Cory Luckie returned to a starting spot for the first time since 2008 and responded by striking out a career high nine hitters in a no decision.

"There is so much parody in college baseball, it doesn’t matter who you play. Davidson threw everything at us. They are well coached. They know how to play. We were fortunate to come away with wins in two tough ballgames," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "I think you learn a lot more about your ballclub when you are faced with some adversity."

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Eastern Kentucky 8 Tennessee 7 (10 innings)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University sophomore Michael Garcia’s grand slam with two outs in the top of the tenth made the difference as the Colonel baseball team upset SEC foe Tennessee on the road, 8-7, Wednesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

With the score tied 4-4, the bases packed and two outs in the top of the tenth, Garcia launched a 2-2 fastball over the wall in left field for his first home run of the season, clearing the bags and giving the Colonels a seemingly safe four-run advantage.

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