Here is your SEC Recap for April 14th.
ATHENS, Ga. – Tony Plagman and Jeff Rowland each went 4-for-5 to lead 14 different players with a hit, while the Georgia Tech baseball team (28-7) recorded its largest-ever victory over rival Georgia (11-22) with a 25-6 win Wednesday night at Foley Field. With the win, the Yellow Jackets clinched the three-game series between the two.
The 25 runs also tie the most ever recorded by one team in the 112-year old rivalry. It is the most scored by Tech this season. Tech’s previous largest margin of victory over the Bulldogs came in 1998, a 21-4 win at Russ Chandler Stadium.
"One of our goals tonight was to win the series," head coach Danny Hall said. "I think we played well and really swung the bats well, and it was a nice victory for us."
#6 LSU 10 Tulane 4
BATON ROUGE, La. – Right fielder Mikie Mahtook and center fielder Leon Landry collected three RBI apiece, and the LSU bullpen held Tulane scoreless through the final six innings as the sixth-ranked Tigers earned a 10-4 victory over the Green Wave Wednesday night in Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (27-6) will be back in action this weekend when they host SEC rival Alabama in a three-game series beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium. Tulane dropped to 21-13 with the loss Wednesday.
#7 Arkansas 5 New Mexico 4
FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 7 University of Arkansas baseball team completed a midweek sweep of New Mexico with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night at Baum Stadium. Zack Cox drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and reliever Christian Kowalchuk secured the win out of the Razorback bullpen. Arkansas (28-6) has now won a season-high eight games in a row. Cox finished the night 3-for-5, his sixth straight multi-hit effort.
"We were pretty worn out from the Mississippi State trip," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "It was hot down there and I was worried about it. But the players came out, took care of business and it wasn’t anything fancy and we didn’t dominate anybody. We just went out and won and I told them I really appreciated that."
#13 South Carolina 10 The Citadel 4
Charleston, S.C. – Scott Wingo homered twice and drove in three runs and the Gamecocks pounded out nine hits on its way to a 10-4 victory over The Citadel on Wednesday evening at Joe Riley Park in non-conference baseball action. The Gamecocks improve to 26-7 for the season while the loss drops The Citadel to 23-13 for the year. Carolina returns to action on Friday night hosting Ole Miss in the first game of a three-game SEC series. First pitch at Carolina Stadium is 7 p.m. with the game televised live on SportSouth.
Gamecock reliever John Taylor earned the win in relief to improve to 2-1 for the season. He allowed one run, unearned, on one hit in 2.1 innings of work with three strikeouts and one walk. The Citadel starter Austin Pritcher suffered the loss and is now 2-2 for the season. He allowed six runs, one earned, on five hits in 4.2 innings with three strikeouts and two walks allowed.
Alabama 10 #23 Southeastern Louisiana 5
HAMMOND, La. – Alabama scored eight runs with two outs and got a huge night at the plate from junior designated hitter David Kindred en route to a 10-5 win over No. 23 Southeastern Louisiana in front 2,108 fans at a jam-packed Pat Kennelly Diamond in Hammond on Wednesday night.
The Crimson Tide (22-12) scored eight of its 10 runs on five two-out hits in the win over the Lions. Kindred accounted for four of those runs with a huge night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with one home run and a career-high four RBI. He knocked in the Tide’s first four runs in the game as he staked Alabama to a 4-0 lead in the third inning.
“It’s huge to do that early in the game as we try and build a lead and the pitchers are trying to get comfortable on the mound,” Kindred said. “It was good to get that lead early.”
Auburn 13 New Orleans 1
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn used six different pitchers, none of which threw more than two full innings, to limit New Orleans to just three hits and two walks as Auburn cruised to a 13-1 victory on Wednesday night at Plainsman Park.
Designated starter Cory Luckie threw two perfect innings, striking out one, to pick up his second consecutive midweek victory for Auburn, moving to 3-2 on the season.
Hunter Morris led the offense with three hits, driving in two, as Auburn improved to 23-11 on the season and 17-5 at home Morris, who entered the game tied with Brian Fletcher for the team lead in RBI with 39 and one behind him in home runs, drove in Auburn’s first run in the first with a RBI single to right. He then hit his 10th home run of the season with one out in the third, giving him 33 for his career, tying him with Casey Dunn for ninth on Auburn’s all-time home run list.
Mississippi State 9 South Alabama 5
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Three-hit nights by Luke Adkins and Connor Powers led the way as Mississippi State beat South Alabama 9-5 in a college baseball game played Wednesday night at Dudy Noble Field.
The top three spots in the Bulldog lineup collected eight of the squad’s 13 hits as M-State won its ninth straight non-conference game at home. The Bulldogs scored three times in the first inning and were never headed the rest of the way.
Leadoff hitter Luke Adkins collected his seventh three-hit game of the season, while third-spot hitter Connor Powers had his fourth three-hit game of the season. In between, Ryan Duffy continued his recent offensive tear with multiple hits and a sacrifice fly. Duffy recorded his 100th career win with MSU Wednesday night and now has 11 hits and 11 RBIs in his last four games.