Here is your SEC Recap for May 1st.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Auburn blasted four home runs in an eight-run fifth inning, two coming off the bat of Hunter Morris, before hanging on for an 8-7 win over No. 7 Arkansas at Baum Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Slade Smith picked up his first career SEC win in relief as Auburn improved to 29-15, 11-9 SEC and evened the series with SEC West leading Arkansas (35-9, 14-6) with its first Saturday win at Baum Stadium since 2004.
Auburn, which came into the day as the top offense in the SEC with a .348 team batting average and a SEC-best 74 home runs, had to overcome an early three-run deficit before holding off the second-best offense in the SEC, which stranded the game-tying and game-winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth.
#10 Florida 8 #11 LSU 5 (Resumption of April 30th Game)
In the completion of Friday night’s series opener, No. 6 Florida (30-11/14-6 SEC) defeated No. 9 LSU (32-12/11-9 SEC), 8-5, on Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium. The victory, coupled with the Gators’ 7-3 triumph earlier today, secured the series over the defending national champions and moved UF within one game of the league lead behind No. 3 South Carolina (33-9/15-5 SEC). Sophomore Alex Panteliodis (Tampa, Fla.) (7-2) threw five scoreless innings on Friday to set a career high with his seventh win.
#10 Florida 7 #11 LSU 3
Freshman Hudson Randall (Atlanta, Ga.) limited No. 9 LSU (32-11/11-8 SEC) to one run over eight innings and was supported by an offense that totaled 11 hits as No. 6 Florida (29-11/13-6 SEC) posted a 7-3 victory over the Tigers in Saturday’s regularly-scheduled game at McKethan Stadium. The teams will now complete Friday’s series opener, which was suspended with UF holding a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Randall (5-3) established a career high with seven strikeouts and scattered seven hits while working eight innings for the second time this year. The righty went the same distance during the rubber game at Tennessee on April 11 which the Gators won, 9-1. Senior Jeff Barfield (Perry, Ga.) pitched the ninth and allowed a two-run homer to junior Leon Landry (3-for-4) to finalize the four-run margin.
Alabama 6 #13 South Carolina 4
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Alabama sophomore left-hander Adam Morgan pitched the Crimson Tide to a 6-4 win over No. 3 South Carolina to even the three-game Southeastern Conference series at Carolina Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Marietta, Ga., native pitched into the eighth inning and allowed four runs and eight hits with eight strikeouts and two walks for his first win since April 2. He left the game with one out in the eighth inning following Christian Walker’s two-run home run that closed the UA lead to 5-4.
South Carolina (33-9, 15-5 SEC) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Parker Bangs two-run double down the left line that scored Whit Merrifield and Walker.
#17 Ole Miss 12 Mississippi State 10
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Rebels notched 14 hits on the night and needed every one of them as No. 14 Ole Miss (32-13, 13-7 SEC) defeated Mississippi State (20-22, 5-15 SEC) by a score of 12-10 to clinch the weekend series.
The win marks the ninth-straight victory for the Rebels and ties the season long. It also pulls Ole Miss within one game of SEC West leading Arkansas.
Tennessee 8 Kentucky 6
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Although Kentucky erased a five-run deficit to tie the game in the sixth, the University of Tennessee baseball team was able to withstand the Wildcat rally and score twice in the eighth on a two-RBI single by junior Josh Liles to even the weekend series with an 8-6 triumph on Saturday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Sophomore Matt Ramsey continued his dominance on the mound, twirling 3.1 shutout innings to earn his third win of the season. The Knoxville native allowed just two hits and a pair of walks while tying his career high with four strikeouts. Over his last three outings, Ramsey has not allowed a run in eight innings. During that stretch, he has yielded just three hits and two walks while striking out nine.
Georgia 4 #18 Vanderbilt 2 (Suspended/T4)