#1 Florida 2 #6 South Carolina 1
Florida sophomore Kamm Washington (Boynton Beach, Fla.) snapped a 1-1 tie with a lead-off homer in the seventh off South Carolina sophomore All-American reliever Matt Price (1-2) to help the top-ranked Gators (21-3/4-1 SEC) square their weekend series with the fourth-ranked Gamecocks (17-5/3-2 SEC) on Saturday night, 2-1, in front of 4,859 fans at McKethan Stadium.
UF sophomore Hudson Randall (Atlanta, Ga.) (4-0) went the distance for his first career complete game and retired the final 19 USC hitters of the contest. The righty gave up five singles, permitted an unearned run and registered four strikeouts without issuing any walks. In lowering his earned run average to 0.66 on the campaign, Randall has not allowed any earned runs in 15.2 innings of league action versus No. 5 LSU and defending national champion South Carolina.
Fayetteville, Ark. – Vanderbilt evened the series with Arkansas with a 4-1 win Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium behind starter Grayson Garvin.
The left-hander turned in eight strong innings to earn his fourth win of the year. Garvin struck out six and allowed one run on two hits with two walks. The Razorbacks were held hitless in six of Garvin’s eight frames and scored their only run in the seventh inning on a solo home run by James McCann. Navery Moore worked around a leadoff walk and an error in the ninth inning to notch his fifth save of the year.
STARKVILLE, Miss. – An eight-run first inning kickstarted a season-best 21-hit performance as Mississippi State routed Auburn 15-8 in a Southeastern Conference baseball game played Saturday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
With the victory, the Bulldogs snap a six-series losing streak in conference play. The Bulldogs last won a weekend series on April 18th of last season by taking two of three contests against Tennessee. The Maroon and White last won the first two games of a weekend series in 2009 at Ole Miss. A win Sunday would give MSU its first weekend sweep the College World Series-participant Bulldogs took all three from this same Auburn club in 2007.
With its third straight win against a ranked opponent, the Bulldogs improved to 17-6 overall and 3-2 in league play – good for sole possession of second place in the Western Division standings. Auburn lost its third straight, falling to 14-9 and 2-3.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A walk-off single from late-inning replacement Brett Booth helped propel the Alabama baseball team (17-7, 4-1 SEC) to a 6-5 win over the Kentucky Wildcats (14-10, 2-3 SEC), Saturday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Booth, who came in as a defensive replacement at third base in the top of the eighth, got his first Southeastern Conference hit of the season when it counted. With runners on first and second, a liner to deep left-center field fell just past the diving UK center fielder to bring home the Tide win.
“We missed some opportunities, we had some chances to put the game away throughout, but the bottom line is we found a way to win,” UA head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “Every SEC game is tough and different guys have to step up. Brett Booth comes in, he’s been struggling, and finds a way to get the big hit with two outs for us. Sometimes it doesn’t look as pretty as you want it to but the bottom line is the `W’ at the end of the day.”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee baseball team scored three times in the bottom of the seventh before freshmanNick Williams and junior Matt Ramsey slammed the door in a 6-4 victory over Ole Miss by striking out the side in each of the last two innings on a soggy Saturday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The victory evens the weekend series and sets up a rubber match at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Volunteers’ record improves to 18-5 on the season and 2-3 in Southeastern Conference play while Ole Miss falls to 17-7 and 2-3 in league action.
“This was a tough, tough game in tough conditions,” UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. “Their pitcher was really good. He was throwing it in the mid-90s, but we battled. I’m not going to say it was our best game of the year, because it wasn’t, but sometimes you have to find a way to win when you don’t play your best and I thought we did that today. We just didn’t quit. They didn’t play their best game either and let us in a little bit, but we took advantage of it.”