Here is your SEC Recap for April 7th.
METAIRIE, La. – Pinch hitter Wet Delatte lined a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift No. 3 LSU to a 6-5 victory over Southern Mississippi Wednesday night in the annual Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic in front of 9,370 fans Wednesday night at Zephyr Field.
After Southern Miss second baseman Taylor Walker launched a solo homer in the in the top of the twelfth, the Tigers (25-4) responded in the bottom of the frame when pinch hitter Mason Katz doubled off the wall in left field and Leon Landry ripped a triple into right that scored Katz and knotted the game at 5-5.
#9 Arkansas 32 St. Louis 8 (7 innings)
FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 9 University of Arkansas baseball team scored a school-record 14 runs in the first inning on its way to a 32-8 win over Saint Louis Wednesday evening at Baum Stadium in a seven-inning game. The Razorbacks’ run total in the game is the program’s highest since scoring 28 runs against Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. Bo Bigham tied his career high with four RBI and led the offensive charge with a 4-for-7 night at the plate.
In the record-setting first, Arkansas (23-6) sent 18 hitters to the plate with the first 12 reaching base before the first out was recorded. Bigham and Travis Sample each had three RBI during the scoring barrage. The Hogs tallied 11 hits in the first, including five doubles. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Arkansas had scored 12 runs in an inning on two occasions-April 20, 1993 against Oral Roberts (sixth inning) and March 8, 2008 against Siena (seventh).
#14 Clemson 14 Georgia 6
Clemson, SC – Mike Freeman went 3-for-5 with a double and six RBIs against his former team to lead #11 Clemson to a 14-6 win over Georgia in front of 6,346 fans at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tigers, who won the home-and-home midweek series 2-0, improved to 22-8, while the Bulldogs fell to 10-19.
Freeman, who transferred to Clemson after playing one season (2007) at Georgia, led Clemson’s 13-hit attack. After trailing 4-0, Clemson scored three runs in the third, four runs in the fourth, five runs in the fifth, and two runs in the sixth to break the game open. The game marked the 15th time that Clemson scored double-digit runs in 2010. The Tigers scored double-digit runs 14 times in 2009.
#16 South Carolina 6 College of Charleston 3
Columbia, S.C. – Nick Ebert was 2-for-3 with three RBI and homered for the second consecutive game and freshman right-hander Colby Holmes worked into the sixth inning to earn his second win of the year as South Carolina defeated College of Charleston 6-3 on Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks are 23-6 on the year while the loss drops College of Charleston to 23-8 for the season. Carolina returns to action on Friday night at Vanderbilt for the first of a three-game SEC series.
Holmes was effective in five-plus innings allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks. He is now 2-0 on the year. Sophomore left-hander Michael Roth hurled 1.2 perfect innings of relief to pick up his third save of the season. College of Charleston starter Jake Zokan suffered the loss and is now 2-1 on the year. He worked 2.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
Arkansas-Little Rock 9 #18 Ole Miss 6
OXFORD, Miss. – The UALR baseball team (18-13) plated five runs in the top of the seventh on its way to a 9-6 victory over No. 15 Ole Miss (21-9) at O-U Stadium on Wednesday night. Seniors Nate Brown and Tyson Parks each delivered two-run homers in the seventh inning to help UALR to its first top-25 win under head coach Scott Norwood.
“It’s probably UALR’s first big signature win in awhile, and obviously the biggest win since I’ve been here. Going on the road and getting a win against an SEC opponent is always big,” said Norwood. “We got some timely hits tonight. We fell behind early, but were able to hang in and chip away at their lead. All of our pitchers threw well tonight and were able to get ahead in the count.
#25 Alabama 10 Jacksonville State 4 (11 innings)
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Alabama senior second baseman Cal Tinsley had a career night with three hits and four RBI, including a three-run double in a six-run 11th inning as No. 19 Alabama beat Jacksonville State 10-4 in front of a record crowd 3,392 fans at Rudy Abbott Field on Wednesday night.
Tinsley started at second base in place for junior Ross Wilson, who was held out after being hit by a pitch last night against UAB, and responded with his best night in a Crimson Tide jersey. The Tuscaloosa native went 3-for-4 with two doubles, four RBI and two runs scored. He walked and scored in the third inning, collected an RBI double in the eighth and capped his night with a three-run double in the 11th inning.
Auburn 6 South Alabama 2
AUBURN, Ala. – Justin Fradejas went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, as Auburn claimed a third straight win with a 6-2 victory over South Alabama on Wednesday night at Plainsman Park. The win improved Auburn’s record to 20-10 while South Alabama dropped to 22-11.
"We used five different pitchers and all five went out there and threw strikes and gave us a chance to play solid defense," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "We scored 22 runs last night but then we had to manufacture runs tonight to score six."
Western Carolina 14 Tennessee 9
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee fell behind early and tried to play catch-up all game against Western Carolina on Wednesday. Unfortunately, five run innings by the Catamounts in the first and third frames were just too much to overcome as the Volunteers dropped a slugfest, 14-9, at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
"We just didn’t pitch well," UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. "We gave up 10 runs in the first three innings and just got too far behind. We fought back a couple of times to make it close, but you can’t give up 14 runs and expect to win. I thought Dylan (Hochevar) and Hunter (Hunter) were a bright spot today. They both pitched really well, kept us in the game and gave us a chance."