Here is your SEC Recap for April 21st.
BATON ROUGE – Shortstop Austin Nola knocked in three runs, and No.5 LSU staged a two-out rally in the eighth inning, breaking a 6-6 tie to beat No.30 Northwestern State, 8-6, Wednesday night in Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers (32-6) are on a six-game winning streak and remain undefeated in mid-week contests this season. Northwestern State dropped to 25-12 with the loss.
#12 Florida 18 South Florida 8
No. 7 Florida (26-10) used a seven-run first inning to set the tone for its 18-8 victory over USF (17-20) in front an overflow record crowd of 2,517 fans at Red McEwen Field on Wednesday night. Freshman Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) (2-for-3) belted a pair of solo shots as part of season-high four-homer barrage for the Gators, which claimed all four encounters with the Bulls this year. Florida tallied a season-high 18 runs and pounded out 17 hits in defeating USF for the eighth-straight time.
#15 Vanderbilt 11 Middle Tennessee State 10
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Vanderbilt broke open a 4-3 game with a six-run seventh and withstood a furious Middle Tennessee rally to win 11-10 Wednesday night at Reese Smith Field.
The Commodores won their third straight and swept the season series against MTSU to improve to 31-9 on the year. The Blue Raiders dropped to 23-15.
It was Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin’s 307th win at the school moving him past Larry Schmittou into second place on the school’s all-time win list.
Tennessee 18 Western Carolina 8
CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The University of Tennessee baseball team scored 11 unanswered runs over the final five innings to claim an 18-8 triumph over Western Carolina on Wednesday night at Childress Field at Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee, N.C. Freshman Nick Blount earned his second career victory with 4.2 sparkling innings of relief, allowing just one hit during his time on the mound.
"We swung the bats well again tonight, but the biggest thing for us was Nick Blount," UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. "He was the difference in the game. We’ve been looking for a performance like that for a while and he just did a phenomenal job. We can certainly build off this win. Our bullpen has been struggling a bit lately, so that made what Nick did even more impressive. Sometimes it is like free-throw shooting and you are able to gain some confidence and grab some momentum. Hopefully this will carry over to the rest of our staff this weekend."
Georgia 4 Winthrop 2
ATHENS, Ga. — Eight Georgia pitchers held Winthrop to just two runs on six hits in a 4-2 win over the Eagles Wednesday at Foley Field.
In his fourth start of the season, sophomore Chase Hawkins (1-3) allowed one run on two hits in three innings to pick up his first win. Steve Esmond, Cecil Tanner, Jeff Walters and Michael Palazzone each tossed an inning of scoreless relief.
Alex McRee recorded the first two outs in the ninth before Cooper Moseley came in to pick up his third save. It was the fewest runs allowed by the Bulldogs since a 12-2 win over Stetson on Feb. 26.