Here is your SEC Recap for April 20th.
SHREVEPORT, La. — Shortstop Austin Nola was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, and the fifth-ranked Tigers pounded 15 hits to top No. 30 Northwestern State, 14-3, Tuesday night at Fair Grounds Field.
The Tigers (31-6) will be back in action Wednesday when they play host to Northwestern State (25-11) in Alex Box Stadium at 6:30 p.m., as the two teams will meet for the second time in two days.
#6 Arkansas 9 Oral Roberts 5
FAYETTEVILLE – In a game that featured seven home runs between the two teams, the No. 4 University of Arkansas baseball team beat Oral Roberts, 9-5, Tuesday night at Baum Stadium. Brett Eibner had his second two-homer performance of the season, moving into a tie for ninth place on Arkansas’ career home run list. Tim Carver and Travis Sample also had a home run for the Hogs in the victory. The win is the 12th in a row for the Razorbacks (32-6).
"The ball was really jumping today in batting practice, too," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "In pre-game, both teams were hitting a bunch out and we noticed it. The ball was carrying, the air was thin, there was a light breeze blowing out but pretty much all those balls were hit pretty good."
#14 South Carolina 4 South Carolina Upstate 2
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina junior reliever Jose Mata hurled 4.2 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his third win of the year and freshman right-hander Ethan Carter pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save as South Carolina defeated USC Upstate 4-2 on Tuesday evening at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 29-8 on the year while the loss drops USC Upstate to 13-29 for the season. Carolina heads on the road to face Georgia this weekend in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Athens.
With the score deadlocked at 2-2, the Gamecocks broke ahead by a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. opened the frame with a single also connecting with a one-out base hit that put the runners on the corners. Nick Ebert came up big for Carolina then as he knocked a RBI double down the right field line scoring Bradley and giving the Gamecocks a one-run edge. That lead then increased to 4-2 as Marzilli score on Adrian Morales’ RBI sacrifice fly to center field.
#15 Vanderbilt 13 Lipscomb 10
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt took advantage of 14 walks and recorded 15 hits while holding off a late Lipscomb rally in a 13-10 win at Ken Dugan Field on Tuesday.
Five Commodores had at least two hits in the game, led by a four-hit, five-RBI game from Jason Esposito and three-hit efforts from Drew Fann and Aaron Westlake.
With the win, Vanderbilt improved to 30-9 overall while the loss dropped Lipscomb to 13-25.
#23 Ole Miss 7 Southern Miss 2
OXFORD, Miss. – The Rebels used a pair of home runs and double digit hits combined with a solid outing from the pitching staff to propel No. 19 Ole Miss (25-13) to a 7-2 win over Southern Miss (18-17) on Tuesday night.
Matt Crouse (3-1) picked up the win in a season-long 6.0 innings of work, holding the Golden Eagles to one hit while walking three and striking out five. Crouse did not allow a hit through the first 5.0 innings.
#26 Western Kentucky 24 Kentucky 8
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The 26th-ranked Hilltoppers scored 16 runs in the second inning before Kentucky recorded an out and went on to blast the rival Wildcats, 24-8, in front of 6,183 fans at Bowling Green Ballpark Tuesday night. The crowd was the largest to ever see a home WKU baseball game, doubling the previous high of 3,057 at Nick Denes Field on April 23, 2008. The 24 runs are the most runs scored in the Chris Finwood era and the highest WKU run total since the team scored 29 runs in a win against Austin Peay on May 17, 2005. WKU snaps a four-game losing streak with the win and moves to 28-12 on the year, while Kentucky falls to 22-15.
Mississippi State 27 Alcorn State 4
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State erupted for a season-best 11-run fifth inning on the way to dismantling in-state rival Alcorn State 27-4 in college baseball action Tuesday night at Dudy Noble Field.
The Bulldogs completed their nine-game homestand with a 5-4 mark, while moving to 20-17 overall for the season. The Southwestern Athletic Conference-member Braves fell to 18-20. M-State has now won all nine career meetings with Alcorn State.
MSU never trailed in the contest after scoring twice in the first inning. The Bulldogs built on a 3-1 lead with three scores in the fourth inning and then sent 15 batters to the plate during the 11-run fifth inning. When the night ended, the Bulldogs had season highs in both runs (27) and hits (24).
Mississippi State Recap
Alcorn State Recap
Auburn 16 Troy 3
AUBURN, Ala. – Hunter Morris hit two home runs, including the second of back-to-back shots with Brian Fletcher, and drove in five runs as Auburn exacted revenge on Troy for an earlier season loss, cruising to a 16-3 win on Tuesday night at Plainsman Park. Auburn tallied five home runs on the night as it ran its record to 25-13.
"Hunter Morris had an outstanding game. He squared up every ball he hit today, even the ball he made an out on," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "I think he is feeling pretty comfortable at the plate. He has matured so much as a hitter and he’s confident in his ability."