#1 LSU 13 Brown 7
BATON ROUGE — An eight-run LSU second inning along with homers by designated hitter Matt Gaudet, second baseman Tyler Hanover and right fielder Mikie Mahtook lifted the top-ranked Tigers to a 13-7 victory over Brown Friday night in Alex Box Stadium.
LSU (9-0) has won nine straight games to start the season for the second year in a row. Brown falls to 1-1 with the loss.
#3 Florida State 12 #29 Georgia 1
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Third-ranked Florida State (8-0) kept its undefeated record intact Friday night with a 12-1 victory over No. 25 Georgia (6-4). The win was the third straight over the Bulldogs and second in a row over a ranked opponent. The 11-run margin was the largest margin of victory for the Seminoles in the series since downing the Bulldogs 16-4 in Tallahassee back on March 19, 1959.
Picking up where he left off in last year’s NCAA Tallahassee Regional Tournament, Sean Gilmartin (3-0) once again stymied the Georgia offense allowing just one unearned run on six hits over seven innings of work. The sophomore southpaw did not issue a walk while tying a career-high with nine strikeouts.
#5 Florida 7 #10 Miami (FL) 1
Sophomore Alex Panteliodis (Tampa, Fla.) kept No. 10 Miami (6-2) hitless into the fifth and registered a career-high eight strikeouts as No. 5 Florida (6-1) captured the series opener between the Sunshine State rivals on Friday night, 7-1, at Alex Rodriguez Park. Making his initial start of the season, Panteliodis (3-0) gave up two hits over 5.2 innings and was supported by an offense that plated four runs in the third and three in the eighth. Sophomore Nick Maronde (Lexington, Ky.) collected his first career save with seven strikeouts over 3.1 hitless and scoreless innings.
“Our pitching was outstanding tonight,” head coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “Alex (Panteliodis) gave us a quality start and Nick (Maronde) was solid in relief. We need to go on the road and win Friday night games against top-notch pitchers, that is something we haven’t been able to do for the last couple of years. Our hitters shortened their swings and had a much better approach at the plate tonight. I saw a lot of progress from Tuesday night.”
#9 Clemson 4 #24 South Carolina 3
Clemson, SC – Jason Stolz and Wilson Boyd both had two-out, run-scoring singles late in the game and David Haselden pitched 4.0 hitless and scoreless innings in relief to lead #9 Clemson to a 4-3 win over #15 South Carolina in front of 6,346 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Friday night. The Tigers, who took a 1-0 lead in the series, improved to 8-0, while the Gamecocks dropped to 5-3.
The Gamecocks took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on Adrian Morales’ sacrifice fly. But the Tigers scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings on two-out singles by Stolz and Boyd, respectively, to give the Tigers the one-run win.
#15 Arkansas 7 Cal 3
BERKELEY, Calif. – Down to its final six outs, the No. 15 University of Arkansas baseball team used a five-run eighth inning to get past Cal, 7-3, Friday afternoon at Evans Diamond. In the decisive inning, Zack Cox had the game-winning single and James McCann added a three-run home run to pad the advantage. Mike Bolsinger pitched a career-high seven innings to earn the win on the mound for Arkansas (7-1). With the victory, the Razorbacks push their winning streak to six games.
"The way things started with the pitchers really dueling, it seemed like a Friday night SEC game," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "That big inning late in the game allowed us to open things up and it made the difference for us against a good Cal team."
#21 Ole Miss 6 Tulane 4
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Rebels used an all-around performance to pick up a win on Friday night, using gusty pitches, timely hitting and web gems on defense to propel No. 18 Ole Miss (8-1) to a 6-4 win over Tulane (5-4) at Turchin Stadium in the opening game of a weekend series.
Alex Yarbrough and Miles Hamblin came up with big hits for the Rebels to pace the Ole Miss offense. Yarbrough powered a two-RBI single to right field in the second inning to give the Rebels the early lead, while Hamblin hit a three-run shot to left field to pad the Ole Miss advantage in a game where every run was critical.
#25 Vanderbilt 7 Kent State 1
NASHVILLE— Sophomore right-hander Sonny Gray struck out 10 in seven innings, leading Vanderbilt to a 7-1 win over Kent State in the second game of the Music City Classic Friday evening at Hawkins Field.
Gray (2-1) allowed one run on five hits with three walks in picking up his second win of the year. It was his first double-digit strikeout game of the year and the third of his career.
#26 Kentucky 6 San Diego 0
SAN DIEGO — Junior southpaw Logan Darnell tossed a complete-game shutout and the Kentucky defense turned four double plays, as the 23rd-ranked Wildcats posted a 6-0 win at San Diego, Friday afternoon at Cunningham Stadium.
A 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, Darnell (2-0) needed just 90 pitches in his third career start to irritate the Toreros, handcuffing San Diego – a team ranked No. 19 in the Baseball America preseason poll – to just seven hits and only facing five hitters over the minimum. The Joelton, Tenn., native allowed just one walk and fanned three USD hitters, tossing first-pitch strikes to 20-of-32 hitters faced and throwing a total of 70 strikes in his efficient 90 pitches.
#28 Alabama 6 College of Charleston 2
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – The Alabama baseball team used a pair of two-out rallies to post a 6-2 series-opening win over the College of Charleston on chilly, breezy night at Patriots Point Stadium.
Alabama (7-0) scored five of its six runs with two outs en route to its seventh straight win to open the season. In addition, 11 UA batters reached base with two outs. The Crimson Tide scored three runs with two outs in the second inning and added two more runs with two outs in the seventh to build a five-run lead.
Binghamton 7 Tennessee 4
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.– Binghamton baseball (1-4) snapped a 2-2 tie with a four-run eighth inning and knocked off Tennessee (4-4) Friday night at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Volunteers reside in the baseball-rich SEC.
Junior right fielder Corey Taylor keyed the big eighth inning with a two-run home run – a 1-out shot to left field. The Bearcats then plated two more runs on squeeze bunts from senior shortstop Jeff Abrams and junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski. Trailing 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth, the Volunteers plated a run and loaded the bases before sophomore reliever Alex Adami struck out the final Tennessee batter on a 3-2 pitch to end the game. Adami actually struck out the side, sandwiching two walks between the strikeouts.
Auburn 14 Miami OH 9
AUBURN, Ala. – Down by four runs heading to the bottom of the seventh, Auburn scored eight times on seven hits, a walk and two hit-batters in the bottom half of the frame to rally for a 14-9 win over Miami (Ohio) on Friday night at Plainsman Park. Creede Simpson (5-for-6, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Brian Fletcher (4-for-5, 2B, HR, BB, 3 R, 4 RBI) combined to hit nine of Auburn’s season-high 22 hits and drove in seven of the team’s 14 runs as Auburn (7-2) ran its winning streak to four straight.
"I didn’t have the best of hits but I will take them. The seventh was a complete momentum switch. Once the big inning occurred we were feeling great," Simpson said.
Mississippi State 10 Southeast Missouri State 7 (10 innings)
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Connor Powers’ three-run walk-off home run lifted Mississippi State past Southeast Missouri 10-7 in the second contest of the 2010 MSU BankFirst Baseball Challenge Friday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak by winning in their final at-bat for a third time this season. Ironically, it is the second time this year MSU closed business with a Powers’ home run. MSU improved to 5-3, while Southeast Missouri lost both games in Friday’s tournament play to fall to 4-5.
"We did so many things wrong tonight and still found a way to win," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "We aren’t doing things in the game that we are doing in practice. We aren’t firing on all cylinders yet so we need to improve."