SEC Baseball Recaps (March 10)

sec-baseball-logoAuburn fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in a bizarre series with Northeastern. Casey Mize no-hit the Huskies in Friday’s series opener. The Tigers then jumped on the Huskies on Saturday and took a 14-1 lead into the ninth inning.  That’s where the momentum changed. Northeastern scored seven runs in the ninth inning and lost 14-8, but rode that surge into a game-three win. Northeastern starter Sean Mellen no-hit the Tigers for 7.2 innings in the Huskies 2-1 win in the finale. Edouard Julian stroked a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to break up the no-hitter and shutout. After being no-hit in the series opener, Northeastern out-hit Auburn 22-17 in the final two games.

Alabama senior second baseman Chandler Avant accounted for four of the Crimson Tide’s five runs in the series-clinching 5-2 win over New Mexico State. Avant went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three doubles and two RBIs in the win. He broke the Aggies no-hit bid with a leadoff double in the fifth inning and scored the tying run on Jett Manning’s RBI ground out. He stroked an RBI double and scored on Manning’s RBI single in the Tide’s three-run seventh inning. He capped his day with an RBI double in the eighth inning.

Kentucky has been impressive all season, but have taken to the next level this weekend at home against No. 3 and previously -undefeated Texas Tech. The Wildcats had taken the first two games of the series, winning 10-7 and 11-6.  Troy Squires went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, one home run and four RBIs in Saturday’s series-clinching win.

Arkansas, Miss. State and Ole Miss did not play on Saturday due to weather issues. The three teams played double headers on Friday and will conclude their weekend series with a single game on Sunday. Arkansas hosts Kent State, Miss. State hosts Utah Valley State and Ole Miss faces Eastern Illinois. Arkansas and MSU split their double headers on Friday, while Ole Miss swept EIU.

In other weather related news, Vanderbilt and USC were rained out today in Los Angeles. The Commodores wrap up their 7-gama road trip against TCU on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (CT) at Dodger Stadium in the annual Dodgertown Classic.

Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and South Carolina wrapped up their weekend series on Saturday.

On the national scene, Hofstra threw its second no-hitter of the season in 10-0 win over Mount St. Mary’s at the UMBC Tournament in Baltimore. John Rooney (6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K) and Seamus Brazill (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) combined on the no-hitter. Brazill was involved in both no-hitters this season. He threw a seven-inning no-hitter at Lamar on Feb. 24.  Hofstra had never pitched a no-hitter prior to this season.

Five teams entered the weekend undefeated on the season.  Texas Tech (at Kentucky) and Oregon State (Cal State Fullerton) suffered their first loss of the season on Friday.  Florida State (at Wake Forest) and Auburn (Northeastern) lost for the first time on Saturday. That leaves Louisville (14-0, 2-0 ACC) as the lone unbeaten team.  The Cardinals go for the series sweep on Sunday against North Carolina.

Here are Saturday’s SEC recaps:ALABAMA 5, New Mexico State 2
Alabama wins series, 2-1
Chandler Avant accounted for four of UA’s five runs
Avant 3-for-4, 2 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI
He also started key double play with bases loaded in eighth inning
Davis Vainer (2-0) pitches four innings for the win
Tristen Carranza solo HR for the Aggies

AUBURN 14, Northeastern 7 (Game 1)
Auburn belts six home runs in series-clinching win
Tigers scored four runs in first and led 7-0 after three
AU added four runs in sixth and three more in the eighth
Brett Wright 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Steven Williams 3-for-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI
Brendan Venter 2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI
Northeastern roughed up AU bullpen with seven runs in ninth
Cam Walsh (4-for-5) 2-run double in ninth
Michael Gealsen 3-ru HR in ninth
Northeastern out-hit Auburn, 16-14

Northeastern 2, AUBURN 1 (Game 2)
Auburn win series, 2-1
Northeastern starter Sean Mellen (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) no-hit the Tigers for 7.2 IP
Edouard Julian stroked a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to break up the no-hitter and shutout
After being no-hit in the series opener, Northeastern out-hit Auburn 22-17 in the final two games
Jake Farrell (RBI double) and Cam Walsh (RBI single) accounted for the Huskies runs

FLORIDA 9, Rhode Island 2 (Game 1)
Florida led 8-0 after four innings
Gators two runs in first; four runs in second and two runs in fourth
Wil Dalton 2-for-4, 3 R, 2B, RBI, HBP
JJ Schwarz, Austin Langworthy and Jonathan India all had 2 RBIs
Tyler Dyson notches third win of season (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K)

FLORIDA 3, Rhode Island 2 (Game 2)
Florida sweeps series, 3-0
Gators post walk-off win with two runs in bottom of the ninth
Deacon Liput strokes game-tying single to score Jonathan India
Pinch-hitter Jordan Butler delivers walk-off single to score Liput with winning run
India and Liput had two hits each for the Gators
Sonny Ulliana hit a first-inning HR for the Rams
Jackson Kowar (9) and Jack Leftwitch (2) fanned nine RIU hitters

GEORGIA 8, Toledo 3 (Game 1)
Bulldogs erupt for seven runs in first two innings
Georgia scored five runs in second inning
Michael Curry and Adam Sasser deliver 2-run singles in second inning
Curry 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI
Sasser 1-for-2, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Aaron Schunk 3-for-5, R, 2B, 3 RBI (2-run double in first inning)
Emerson Hancock picks up first win with six innings (7 K)
Toledo pitchers walked 10 batters

GEORGIA 7, Toledo 6 (10) (Game 2)
Georgia sweeps series, 3-0
LJ Talley delivers walk-off sac fly to score Tucker Bradley
Georgia led 5-0 and 6-1 before Rockets made late-inning comeback
Toledo scored four runs in the seventh, capped by Trace Hatfield’s 2-run single
The Rockets tied the game with a run in the eighth (Matt Hansen RBI single)
Aaron Schunk was winning pitcher; also played 3B in the DH (3-for-6, R, 2B, 3 RBI)

KENTUCKY 11, Texas Tech 6
Kentucky leads series, 2-0
Troy Squires has career day for Wildcats
He was 4-for-5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI (3-run HR in fourth inning)
Squires has reached base in all 16 games this season
UK executed three successful squeeze bunts in 5-run sixth inning
Ryan Johnson and Trey Dawson two hits apiece

LSU 5, Hawaii 1
Series tied, 1-1
LSU scores all five runs in first three innings
Zach Watson drilled leadoff HR in first inning
Hunter Feduccia hits 2-run HR in third inning
Caleb picks up second win with five scoreless innings 

MISSOURI 7, LaSalle 1 (Game 1)
Tigers cruise with four runs in first and three runs in third
Five different players had at least one RBI
Tony Ortiz 1-for-2, R, 2B, 3 RBI
He had RBI ground out in first; 2-run double in third inning
Michael Plassmeyer (W, 2-0) fanned 10 batters in eight innings (5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB)

MISSOURI 7, LaSalle 0 (Game 2)
Mizzou held the Explorers to one run and nine hits in double header
Four Tigers combine on four-hit shutout
Andy Toelken fired six scoreless innings (6 K)
Mizzou scored two runs in first; added five runs in fifth
Six different players had at least one RBI
Brett Bond 2-for-2, 2 RBI (2-run single in fifth)
Kameron Misner and Zach Hanna two hits apiece

SOUTH CAROLINA 7, Princeton 3 (Game 1)
SC 1-4 Hitters: 11-for-18, 6 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI
TJ Hopkins 3-for-4, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI (2-run HR in sixth inning)
LT Tolbert 3-for-5, R, HR, 2 RBI
SC bullpen three scoreless innings

SOUTH CAROLINA 4, Princeton 4 (Game 2)
South Carolina sweeps series, 3-0
Princeton (0-7) remains winless on the year
LT Tolbert homered in both games of DH
Tolbert 1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI
He was 4-for-7, 2 HR, 5 RBIs in the DH
Madison Stokes 2-for-3, 2 RBI
SC bullpen four scoreless innings
SC relievers tossed seven scoreless innings on Saturday
The pen retired 21 of 24 batters in the DH

TENNESSEE 7, Cincinnati 5
Tennessee leads series, 2-0
Brodie Leftridge and Waytt Stapp collect RBI singles in decisive sixth inning
Leftridge 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI
Stapp 2-for-4, R, RBI
Pete Derkay reached base in 16 straight games
Benito Santiago reached base in 15 straight games
Bearcats hit three home runs in loss

TEXAS A&M 19, Long Beach State 1
Aggies lead series, 2-0
LBSU in midst of seven straight games vs. SEC (2-4 record)
A&M scores in six different innings; erupts for nine runs in seventh inning
Logan Foster sets career highs with two home runs and seven RBIs
Foster 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI
He belted 3-run in third inning; added grand slam in seventh inning
George Janca 3-for-5, 3 R, 2B, RBI
Braden Shewmake 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI
John Doxakis allowed one unearned run in seven innings

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