SEC Friday baseball recap: Vols win again, LSU's dramatic comeback, more
Chris Lee • 4/8/2022 in Baseball
Here's what happened on Friday night in the SEC.
Evan Russell photo courtesy of the University of Tennessee.
Vols come from behind, win 10th straight in the SEC
Tennessee's steamrolling of everyone in sight continues as the Vols (29-1, 10-1 SEC) trailed 2-0 early, but rallied for an 8-3 win over Missouri at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville.
Five Tennessee pitchers combined to strike out 16 Tigers, the most notable of whom was Blade Tidwell (three strikeouts). Tidwell, a weekend starter fro the Vols last year, returned from a labrum issue earlier in the week, when he fired two scoreless innings in the Vols' midweek win over Lipscomb. Evan Russell's three-run homer in the seventh was the key hit while Trey Lipscomb swatted his 12th home run of the year.
Missouri's Spencer Miles threw five innings of one-run ball, with four strikeouts. Luke Mann hit his seventh homer of the year for the Tigers (18-9, 3-7).
Vanderbilt loses sixth straight conference game at Auburn
Meanwhile, the Vols' in-state rival Vanderbilt is reeling, as the Commodores (21-8, 4-6) went to Auburn and got two-hit by the Tigers in a 5-1 loss. It's the longest SEC losing streak under coach Tim Corbin since his arrival in 2003. Vandy starter Chris McElvain allowed four runs (all earned) in 5 2/3 innings.
Brooks Carlson hit a three-run homer for the Tigers (21-9, 6-4), while Cole Foster added a solo shot. Auburn pitchers gave up just two hits, as starter Hayden Mullins walked six in 4 1/3 innings, but also struck out nine.
Gators snap skid at Arkansas
Florida got 5 2/3 innings of one-run baseball from starter Brandon Sproat as the Gators (20-10, 4-6) shed a six-game losing streak in SEC play with a 7-2 win over second-ranked Arkansas. Wyatt Langford and BT Riopelle each homered for Florida while Blake Purnell pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed one run for a save.
Arkansas freshman Hagen Smith gave up seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Brady Slavens added three hits and an RBI for the Razorbacks (23-6, 8-3).
Georgia edges Gamecocks in Columbia
Georgia (23-7, 7-3) rallied for a ninth-inning win with two runs, downing South Carolina by a 3-2 score at Founder's Park.
Georgia's Cole Tate singled in the tying run in the ninth and came around to score the winning run as the Gamecocks failed to turn a double play on a ball hit to third. Will Pearson got the win with two scoreless innings and Jack Gowen got a save with a scoreless ninth.
Noah Hall pitched seven innings of one-run baseball for the Gamecocks (14-15, 3-7). Brandt Belk had two hits for Carolina.
LSU rallies for victory in Starkville
The Tigers scored four runs in the top of the ninth to rally from a 2-1 deficit to score a 5-2 victory at Dudy Noble Field.
Tre Morgan hit a two-RBI single to give LSU the lead, with Dylan Crews following that with a two-run homer.
Paul Gervase earned his first save of the season by retiring the Bulldogs in order in the bottom of the ninth.
Kentucky uses early burst to fuel win in College Station
The Wildcats took an early 4-0 lead three innings into the game, then used a three-run eighth inning to notch the 7-3 win at Blue Bell Park.
Daniel Harris IV led the way for Kentucky with three hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth to secure the victory.
It was the Wildcats' seventh win in their past nine games in College Station.
Alabama's strong start leads to victory over Ole Miss
The Crimson Tide scored all seven of its runs in the first five innings to earn a huge 7-4 win at Oxford-University Stadium.
Ole Miss led 2-1 after one, but it was Alabama that scored six in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, respectively, to take command.
All nine Crimson Tide starters reached base in the game, with Jim Jarvis and William Hamiter each posting three-hit performances.