College Baseball &Softball Roundup
from staff and wire reports
March 22, 2004
STARKVILLE (AP) Steve Gendron drew a bases-loaded walk Sunday as Mississippi State defeated Tennessee 2-1 in 10 innings in Starkville.
The Bulldogs (13-4, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) loaded the bases with two hits and a walk off Tennessee reliever Brandon Crowe (0-1). Scot Drucker came on in relief and walked Gendron for the winning run.
Saunders Ramsey (3-0) threw 1.2 innings in relief for the victory.
Tennessee (19-3, 2-1) led 1-0 through 5 1/2 innings on an RBI single by Kyle Norris.
The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on Jeffrey Rea's first career homerun.
Bulldogs' starter Alan Johnson went 8.1 innings for his longest outing this season. Catcher Craig Tatum extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
The Volunteers missed on a chance to tie a school record as their winning streak stopped at 15 straight.
Ole Miss 3
OXFORD (AP) Ole Miss scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Vanderbilt 3-1 in Oxford.
Sophomore pitcher Brae Wright (5-0) turned in his second straight complete game for Ole Miss (18-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), striking out eight and walking one.
The victory was the Rebels' sixth straight.
Vanderbilt left-hander Ryan Mullins (2-1) limited the Rebels to just five hits and walked one, but was hurt by two Commodore errors in the seventh inning that led to two unearned runs. He also struck out eight.
With the score tied 1-1 in the seventh, Charlie Babineaux reached on a fielding error to open the inning for Ole Miss. Chris Coghlan was hit by a pitch and Barry Gunther reached on a bunt single to load the bases.
On a ground ball to short, Gunther was out at second, but second baseman Warner Jones' throw to first was off the bag. Babineaux and Coghlan both scored to make it 3-1.
Southern Miss 4
HATTIESBURG (AP) Ryan Frith's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Marc Maddox from second base as Southern Mississippi rallied to defeat Houston 4-3 Sunday in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss (17-3, 2-1 Conference USA) tied the game 3-3 in the eighth inning when former Union High School standout Jody Blount scored on Jason Lowery's RBI single.
Austin Tubb (4-0) picked up his fourth win of the year, pitching the final inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Kevin Roberts (1-2) took the loss for Houston (8-14, 1-2). Roberts gave up one run on two hits, walking one and striking out one in the ninth inning.
Delta State 16
Central Arkansas 3
CONWAY, Ark. The Delta State University Statesmen (21-7, 5-1 GSC) clinched a series sweep over the University of Central Arkansas (15-16, 5-4 GSC), winning game three 16-3 on Sunday at Bear Field.
The Statesmen turned in an offensive masterpiece coupled with a defensive collapse by the Bears, as the Statesmen tacked on 20 hits while the Bears committed six errors on the day, resulting in eight unearned runs. The Statesmen were able to rack up a 11-0 lead before Central Arkansas scored its first run.
West Alabama 1
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. The University of West Alabama baseball team fell 10-1 to Alabama-Huntsville (20-6, 2-1 GSC) on Sunday afternoon at Joe Davis Stadium.
Alabama-Huntsville scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead over West Alabama. The Tigers' lone run came in the seventh inning when A.J. Ray singled to score Daniel Wilson.
Ryan Taylor (5-3) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing six hits and seven runs (four earned) in 3.1 innings of work. Tyde Meadows (4-1) picked up the win for UAH, throwing seven innings while only allowing one earned run on five hits.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn right fielder J.T. Williamson's RBI single with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Auburn to a 3-2 walk-off victory over Kentucky on Sunday.
Williamson's drove a 1-2 pitch from James Rodrquez over the head of Wildcat right fielder Caleb Stewart to score Clete Thomas to clinch the victory.
The win was Auburn's third walk-off win of the season and snapped a three-game losing streak. The Tigers improved to 17-5 overall and 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky dropped to 14-6 and 2-1.
Thomas led off the 10th inning with single up the middle and stole second before Chuck Jeroloman grounded out to second, advancing Thomas to third. Josh Sullivan and Derek Sain were walked setting up the Williamson single.
Auburn closer Steven Register (4-0) picked up the win after giving up a run with four strikeouts in a career-long four innings. Starter Josh Bell allowed a run while scattering four hits in a career-high 5.1 innings.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Marshall Szabo hit a home run and scored twice to lead Georgia over Alabama 7-5 Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Jason Jacobs drove in three runs with a triple, and Kyle Keen knocked in two more for Georgia.
The Bulldogs (16-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) scored six runs in the sixth inning for a 7-0 lead.
Alabama (15-7, 1-2) scored its five runs in the final three innings, but it wasn't enough.
The Crimson Tide was held to six hits, and none of its runs was earned as Georgia committed five errors.
Emeel Salem had two hits and scored a run for the Tide.
Sean Ruthven (2-0) allowed three hits and no runs in 5.1 innings of work for the win. Brandon Belcher (2-2) took the loss after giving up six runs in five innings.
Bishop State 9-5
Meridian CC 1-4
The Lady Eagles managed only three hits in game one on the way to an eight-run loss, and in game two MCC fell just short by a one-run margin.
Jessica Lawrence and Sheena Evans led the offense for MCC with one double apiece. Stephanie Choo (0-13) took the pitching loss in the first game and also dropped the decision in game two.
Nikki McClaskey led the way at the plate in the second game for the Lady Eagles with a 2-for-4 performance and J.J. Huggins also added a 2-for-3 day at the plate with a double. MCC (0-17) will return to action on Tuesday at Northeast Park against Wallace-Hanceville at 1:30 p.m.