SEC Recap for March 23rd

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#16 Arkansas 3 McNesse State 2

LAKE CHARLES, La. – Brett Eibner had two hits and scored the eventual game-winning run, while the Razorback pitchers totaled 11 strikeouts Tuesday night as the No. 16 University of Arkansas baseball team held off McNeese State, 3-2, at Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles, La. TJ Forrest picked up the win in a relief appearance and Jeremy Heatley earned his first career save. The Cowboys had the game-winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth but Blake Ellender grounded into the game-ending double play to send Arkansas (14-5) to victory.

"It was a well-played game," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "They were one big hit away from beating us and we were one big hit from taking a three- or four-run lead. We took advantage of the few hits we got. Both teams played solid defense and made a couple of nice plays."

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#19 Ole Miss 11 Southern Miss 6

PEARL, Miss. - Zach Miller went 4-for-5 at the plate with five RBI to help pace the Rebel offense as No. 17 Ole Miss (16-5) defeated Southern Miss (13-6) by a score of 11-6 at Trustmark Park on Tuesday.

The Rebels notched 14 hits and drew seven walks in the outing to pick up the win in the first of two mid-week games this week. Ole Miss will host Saint Louis at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.

Ole Miss Recap
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#21 South Carolina 8 Georgia Southern 5 (13 innings)

Statesboro, Ga. – Brady Thomas three-run double in the top of the 13th inning broke a 5-5 tie and John Taylor hurled two perfect innings of relief to pick up his first win of the season as South Carolina earned an 8-5 win over Georgia Southern on Tuesday night at Clements Stadium. Carolina is now 17-4 on the year with the victory extending the team’s winning streak to 11 games. Georgia Southern is now 11-11 on the year.

The top of the 13th saw Scott Wingo draw a leadoff walk, Jackie Bradley Jr. single and Christian Walker reach on a walk to load the bases and set the stage for Thomas. On reliever Collin Snow’s 1-1 pitch, Thomas drilled a double to left field over the head of left fielder Bryce Dial scoring all three runners. Thomas would reach third base on the throw to the plate as well. Thomas retired Georgia Southern in order in the bottom half to preserve Carolina’s win.

South Carolina Recap
Georgia Southern Recap

#23 Vanderbilt 10 Lipscomb 4

NASHVILLE — Brian Harris and Bryan Johns combined for four hits, five runs and two runs batted in to spark Vanderbilt to a 10-4 win over Lipscomb Tuesday evening at Hawkins Field.

The Commodores improved to 17-4 overall, while the Bisons fell to 6-14.

Vanderbilt starter Chase Reid (3-1) allowed one run on five hits in five innings with three strikeouts to pick up the win.

Vanderbilt Recap
Lipscomb Recap

#26 Kentucky 11 Xavier 6

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Taylor Black, Cory Farris and Marcus Nidiffer each launched home runs and reliever Nick Kennedy struck out five in his first career win, as the No. 24 Kentucky baseball team posted an 11-6 win over Xavier, on Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky (16-5) got three homers in the game in a back-and-forth affair, with the lead exchanged or the game tied nine times in the contest. UK’s junior shortstop, Black, belted his first homer in the UK uniform, going a perfect 1-for-1 with two runs and three RBI in the game, drawing a walk and laying down an RBI sacrifice bunt. Farris, a native of Florence, Ky., hit his team-leading sixth homer of the year, a two-run job in the third inning. Nidiffer, a member of the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year award watch list, came off the bench late in the game and totaled two at bats, belting his third homer of the season in the seventh inning, a two-run shot muscled over the leftfield fence.

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Auburn 10 Samford 3

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Dexter Price improved to 3-0 on the year by holding Samford to just two runs in 5 1/3 innings as Auburn ran its’ winning streak to six straight with a 10-3 win at Samford on Tuesday night. Justin Bryant (1-for-6, 2B) and Brian Fletcher (2-for-4, HR) each drove in three runs in the contest as Auburn improved to 15-5 on the season.

"You have to be ready to play midweek games and I thought the guys came ready," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "Samford has a quality ball club and if we aren’t ready to play, it makes it a tough ball game. We did what we needed to do. We came up here and got a win."

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Samford Recap

Tennessee 9 USC-Upstate 1

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Every Tennessee starter had at least one hit and seven knocked in at least one run as the Volunteers (11-10) cruised to a 9-1 victory over USC Upstate (7-15) Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville. Freshman Cody Stubbs hit the first home run of his collegiate career and junior Blake Forsythe launched his third of the season to help pace the Big Orange to the win.

"We hit some balls hard and got some runs out of it," UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. "It was good to have (Josh) Liles in their again. He changes the complexion of our lineup. Also, (Blake) Forsythe really showed some signs of breaking out of it today. We need those guys to get where we want to go and they showed why tonight."

Tennessee Recap
USC-Upstate Recap