Here is your SEC Recap for May 12th.
Powered by three home runs and outstanding relief pitching, No. 4 Florida (34-12) dealt Sun Belt Conference leader Florida Atlantic (31-19) a 7-3 setback on Wednesday night at McKethan Stadium. Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) tied the Gators’ single-season record homers by a freshman with his 16th to even the game in the third, senior Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) put the hosts in front with a two-run shot in the fifth and freshman Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) provided insurance with a two-run blast in the seventh.
Senior Jeff Barfield (Perry, Ga.) (3-0) tossed four scoreless frames to collect the win and the trio of sophomore Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.), sophomore Greg Larson (Longwood, Fla.) and junior Kevin Chapman (Coral Springs, Fla.) each threw one scoreless inning as Florida improved to 24-3 at home this season.
#13 South Carolina 10 Charleston Southern 2
Columbia, S.C. – Nick Ebert homered for the second consecutive game and Christian Walker, Adam Matthews and Bobby Haney added homers as well as South Carolina defeated Charleston Southern 10-2 on Wednesday night at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks are now 38-11 for the season while the loss drops Charleston Southern to 17-31 for the year. Carolina heads on the road for a weekend series at Arkansas. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is set for 7:35 p.m. ET. The game can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network and at GamecocksOnline.com. Cox Sports Television will televise the contest.
Carolina reliever Jose Mata picked up the win and is now 6-1 for the year. He pitched one perfect inning of relief with a strikeout. CSU starter Charlie McCready suffered the loss and is now 0-6 for the season. He allowed seven runs on nine hits in 2.1 innings of work.
#18 Ole Miss 5 Arkansas State 2
JONESBORO, Ark. – Mike Bianco picked up his 500th career win as a head coach – his 400th at the helm of the Rebel program – on Wednesday night as No. 14 Ole Miss (35-15) defeated Arkansas State (26-22) by a score of 5-2.
The win closed out the non-conference schedule for the Rebels as Ole Miss went 20-6 outside of league play this season.
Samford 8 Alabama 7
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Samford baseball team overcame a four-run deficit to claim an 8-7 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide Wednesday evening at Joe Lee Griffin Field.
The win gives Samford the season sweep over Alabama, and it marks the Bulldogs’ third-straight win over the Crimson Tide. Samford improves to 27-20 on the season, while Alabama drops to 29-20. The game was played in front of 1,835 fans, the fourth-largest crowd in Joe Lee Griffin Field history.
Lipscomb 10 Kentucky 8
LEXINGTON, KY. – Senior first baseman Ryan Wilkins hit a pair of home runs as the Lipscomb Bisons defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 10-8 Wednesday evening at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Lipscomb has won seven straight against the Wildcats. The Bisons’ last and only loss to Kentucky came in 1971.
Tennessee 12 Middle Tennessee 7
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Four different players hit home runs on Wednesday as the University of Tennessee baseball team (28-21) powered its way to a 12-7 victory over Middle Tennessee State (30-19) at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. With the win, the Volunteers finished off a season sweep of the Blue Raiders and completed the 2010 regular season with a 7-1 record against in-state foes.
"This is a big win because it keeps our momentum alive," UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. "The confidence is there and we have the right mentality. We’re trying to beat people, not just trying to win. We are trying to beat them and score a lot of runs. Our hitters are really confident at the plate and they can smell it. That was a good team out there. It was big not to have a let-down and I don’t think we did that at all. We were ready to play.
Mississippi State 8 Northwestern State 5
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Connor Powers’ RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a tie as Mississippi State went on to defeat Northwestern State 8-5 in a college baseball game played at Dudy Noble Field.
With the victory, M-State made it 7-0 all-time versus the Southland Conference-based Demons. The Bulldogs also snapped a school-record 11-game losing streak. MSU improved to 21-28, while Northwestern State fell to 29-19.
"We competed well today," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "We took a step today, a little step but definitely a step we needed to take. I thought we played well at times tonight."