Florida Claims Outright SEC Title
Florida secured the outright SEC Championship and clinched its weekend series with a 4-2 win over Tennessee on Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Holding a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning, the No. 13 Gators (37-18/21-8 SEC) received a two-run, pinch-hit single by junior Josh Tobias with the bases loaded and two down for some breathing room. Although the Vols (30-22/11-18) trimmed the deficit to 4-2 in the home part of the frame, freshman Kirby Snead (2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R) pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many nights.
Ole Miss Clinches SEC West
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Rebels left nothing to chance on Friday night, claiming the SEC Western Division Championship and locking up the second overall seed in next week’s SEC Tournament as No. 11 Ole Miss (40-15, 19-10 SEC) defeated Texas A&M (32-23, 13-16 SEC) by a score of 4-2 at Blue Bell Park.
Vanderbilt Evens Series With South Carolina
Nashville, Tenn. – No. 18 Vanderbilt came out firing in the first inning; scoring four runs on the way to a 9-3 series evening win against No. 17 South Carolina Friday night at Hawkins Field.
The Commodores (40-15, 17-12) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, batting around in the first inning and scoring four runs on five hits. Dansby Swanson reached base after being hit in the foot to leadoff the game, and Xavier Turner singled to put two Dores aboard. Zander Wiel started his big night with a single through the left side of the Gamecocks’ (41-14, 17-12) infield for a 1-0 Vandy lead. Wiel’s single started a streak of four straight singles from the VU lineup that led to a four-run lead. John Norwood’s single scored two runs and Rhett Wiseman’s single capped the rally.
Huskies Move Into First Place Tie in PAC 12
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The fifth-ranked Huskies scored three times in the second inning against No. 2 Oregon State Friday and made it stick in a 4-2 win at sold out Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
Oregon State’s (39-9, 20-5) largest crowd of the season — 3,909 fans — witnessed Washington (38-11-1, 20-5) snap the Beavers’ 12-game win streak and extend its own win streak to nine games. More importantly for the visiting Huskies, they drew even with the Beavers in the race for Pac-12 supremacy.
Texas Combines To No-Hit Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Dillon Peters and Morgan Cooper combined for a no-hitter and No. 25/28Texas set season highs with 12 runs and 19 hits in a 12-0 rout of Kansas State Friday night at Tointon Family Stadium.
In his first start since April 26, Peters pitched seven innings and struck out eight. Cooper followed with two hitless innings to close out Texas’ first no-hitter since Brandon Workman threw one on March 1, 2009.
Illini Move Into Second Place Tie in Big 10
LINCOLN, Neb. – Sophomore Kevin Duchene looked back to his old form on Friday night, helping Illinois even the series with Nebraska and move back into a tie for second place in the Big Ten with a 5-1 victory. Duchene (3-1) earned his first win since March 14 and retired 14 in a row at one point while only allowing one run in six innings. Sophomore Adam Walton went 3-for-4 and belted his first career home run to put the Illini in front.