Here is your SEC Recap for May 11th.
NASHVILLE — Jason Esposito’s solo home run off the roof of adjacent Memorial Gym in the bottom of the 17th inning lifted Vanderbilt to an 11-10 win over Louisville Tuesday night at Hawkins Field.
The Commodores won their third straight game to improve to 36-13 overall while the Cardinals fell to 40-9 on the year.
U of L reliever Andy Flett recorded the first two outs of the 17th before Esposito crushed a 0-1 changeup over the "Green Monster" fence in left field and onto Memorial Gym to win the game. It was his team leading ninth homer of the year, ending a game that went five hours and 33 minutes.
#10 Arkansas 5 Louisiana Tech 4 (10 innings)
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Andy Wilkins delivered the game-winning hit in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,200 at Dickey-Stephens Park to send the No. 10 University of Arkansas baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Louisiana Tech in 10 innings Tuesday night. Jordan Pratt tossed three scoreless innings to close out the game and earn the victory. Brett Eibner finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. The game was the program’s first trip to Central Arkansas since the 1986 season.
"Well, the crowd was great," head coach Dave Van Horn said. "The game was a little sloppy early. The pitching was pretty toe-to-toe the first couple of innings and then we kicked it into gear. We made a routine throwing error that just opened the flood gates for them. They punched in four runs but we came battling back.
#13 South Carolina 17 Wofford 4
Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina pounded out 14 hits including a grand slam homer from Nick Ebert and a three-run homer by Jackie Bradley Jr. and starting pitcher Nolan Belcher hurled five no-hit innings to earn his third win of the year as Carolina defeated Wofford 17-4 on Tuesday night in non-conference baseball action at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks are 37-11 on the year while the loss drops Wofford to 16-32 for the season. South Carolina returns to action on Wednesday night hosting Charleston Southern at Carolina Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on the Gamecock Radio Network and at GamecocksOnline.com.
All nine Gamecocks in the starting lineup reached base at least once in the contest with eight of the nine tallying at least one hit. Bradley finished 3-for-6 with four RBI and four runs scored. Parker Bangs was 1-for-2 and drove in three runs. Adrian Morales also went 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored.
South Alabama 10 #23 Auburn 9 (11 innings)
MOBILE, Ala – Sean Laird delivered a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead University of South Alabama baseball to a 10-9 win over No. 18 Auburn Tuesday night at Stanky Field.
Laird hit a 2-1 pitch off of Auburn right-hander Sean Ray over the left-center wall, marking the first time USA has won on a walk-off home run since Laird did so against Memphis last season. It also marked the first time a South Alabama player has hit a walk-off home run to erase a deficit since 2005, when Michael Cart homered against New Orleans on May 8.
Georgia 13 Georgia State 9
ATHENS, Ga. — On a night when the nation’s top hitting team visited Foley Field, it was the Georgia Bulldogs who collected a season-high 20 hits en route to a 13-9 victory over Georgia State.
The Bulldogs (14-33) snapped a four-game losing streak by slugging their way past the Panthers who boast the NCAA’s top batting average at .367 along with leading the country in runs per game at 11.7. Georgia got another four-hit game from sophomore Peter Verdin, his second straight after doing it against Tennessee this past Sunday, and redshirt freshman first baseman Kevin Ruiz went 4-for-5 to pace the offense that registered five extra base hits including two triples and a home run.
Indiana 18 Kentucky 17 (10 innings)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In a season filled with exciting offensive baseball games, the Indiana baseball team offered the crowning achievement in an 18-17 win over Kentucky in 10 innings on Tuesday at Sembower Field. Trailing 16-8 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Hoosiers (24-22) rallied for five runs in the eighth, three in the ninth and, after allowing a run in the top of the 10th, two in the bottom of the 10th to walk off against the Wildcats (26-22).
With two on and two out in the 10th, senior Michael Earley made UK pay for intentionally walking Alex Dickerson. Earley, who was 0-for-6 entering the at-bat, jumped on the first pitch he saw and crushed it off the wall in left. Dylan Swift came around from second to tie the game with Dickerson close in tow. Kentucky’s relay throw to the plate arrived at nearly the same time as Dickerson, but as catcher Luke Maile tried the swipe tag, the ball deflected off of his glove to send the IU dugout onto the field for a celebration at the plate as Indiana knocked off its longtime basketball rival.