#1 Vanderbilt 4 Mississippi State 0
Nashville, Tenn, – For the second straight day and third straight game Vanderbilt shutout the opponent with a 4-0 win over Mississippi State to win the series on Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
Grayson Garvin and Mark Lamm combined on the Commodores’ third shutout of the year and third of the past week. Garvin pitched seven scoreless innings before giving way to Lamm. Garvin scattered two hits, walked two and fanned six in his third win of the year. Lamm allowed one hit and struck out two in his two innings of relief to complete the shutout. Vanderbilt’s pitchers have not allowed a run since last Sunday’s game against Illinois-Chicago in the fifth inning, totaling 31 straight scoreless innings going into tomorrow’s series finale with Mississippi State.
Behind a combined shutout from sophomore Hudson Randall (Atlanta, Ga.) and juniors Greg Larson(Longwood, Fla.) and Nick Maronde (Lexington, Ky.), No. 1 Florida (17-2/2-0 SEC) edged No. 5 LSU (16-3/0-2 SEC), 1-0, in front of 10,202 fans on Saturday night.
The victory enabled the Gators to clinch just their second-ever series triumph in Baton Rouge and marked the first time that the Tigers had been held scoreless in the new Alex Box Stadium. UF’s seventh-straight win came as a result of its fourth shutout of the campaign, exceeding the three that the Gator pitching staff threw in 64 games last season.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Scott Wingo’s two-out infield RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted South Carolina to a 2-1 victory over Georgia on Saturday afternoon in SEC baseball action at Carolina Stadium in front of 8,105 fans. Carolina is now 13-4 and 1-1 in the SEC while the loss drops Georgia to 9-10 and 1-1 in league play. The rubber game of the series is set for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and can be heard on the Gamecock Radio Network with live video broadcast also at gamecocksonline.com.
It was a pitcher’s duel between Georgia’s Michael Palazzone and Carolina’s Steven Neff as Carolina trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the eighth inning. With two outs, the Gamecocks made their move asAdam Matthews tripled to the gap in right-center putting a runner in scoring position. The Gamecocks then tied the game as Christian Walker roped a double down the left field line scoring Matthews and tying the game at 1-1. Entering the ninth inning, the Gamecocks went to closer Matt Price, who kept the Bulldogs at play setting up the heroics in the bottom of the ninth. Adrian Morales singled to left field, his third hit of the game, to open the inning followed by a two-strike hit by Jake Williams to center field. Evan Marzilli would sacrifice both runners over. With two outs and runners still on second and third and the count full, Wingo ripped a hard shot that first baseman Jonathan Hester dove for. Hester was able to keep the ball in front of him but Wingo hustled down the line and beat Georgia reliever Patrick Boling to the bag with Morales scoring and the Gamecocks clinching the victory.
AUBURN, Ala. – Kevin Patterson’s first career grand slam highlighted No. 24 Auburn’s six-run fourth inning as it evened its Southeastern Conference baseball series with a 9-5 win over No. 9 Arkansas on Saturday afternoon at Plainsman Park. The victory made a winner out of first-time weekend starter Will Irvin (3-0).
“I thought Will Irvin did a really good job,” Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. “Kevin Patterson smoked that ball. He got a pitch he could handle. You have to find different ways to score and I thought we did that today.”
OXFORD, Miss. – Sophomore right fielder Andrew Miller was 4-for-5 and the Alabama baseball team had 13 hits and held on for a 7-5 victory over the Mississippi Rebels from Oxford-University Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 12-7, 1-1 SEC, while the Rebels are now 15-5, 1-1 SEC.
After Alabama added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning on a RBI double by Jon Kelton, Mississippi had runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom half of the inning. Jonathan Smart came in to strikeout the first two hitter before Miles Hamblin flied out to right field to end the game, as Smart recorded his second save of the season.
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Tennessee baseball team rallied from three different deficits before hitting a pair of three-run home runs in a six-run sixth inning en route to evening its weekend series against Kentucky with a 12-8 victory on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Cliff Hagen Stadium. The win sets up a rubber match between the two squads at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
“We just battled all day and showed a lot of resolve,” UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. “We had some great performances today. Almost everyone contributed offensively. After losing a really tough game last night we showed a lot of resolve, especially after getting down early and with (Kentucky) holding all of the momentum. We just kept getting in there offensively and kept putting pressure on them. Nick Blount was the difference today though, there is no question. He came in and shut the door when we needed him.