Tigers bounce back in game two of the DH against Kentucky

Tigers win in game two of the double-header against Kentucky on Friday by a score of 6-3,

On Friday night, the Tigers faced Kentucky for the second time in one day. The first game between the two resulted in the Tigers losing by a score of 5-1. In game two, Butch Thompson sent out starting pitcher Trace Bright while the Wildcats sent out starting pitcher Wyatt Hudepohl. The Tigers would look to even up the series in game two in the Bluegrass State.

After both teams went scoreless in the first inning, the Wildcats were able to scratch across a single run in the second inning. Shortstop Ryan Ritter hit a solo home run to left field. After two innings, Kentucky led 1-0.

After 11 innings of scoring just one run on the day, Auburn was finally able to bring across several runs. The Tigers started off the inning with Sonny DiChiara drawing a walk. Two batters later and designated hitter Brooks Carlson also drew a walk.

Shortstop Brody Moore reached off of a fielder’s choice. The next batter was center-fielder Kason Howell who delivered with a two-run double to bring across DiChiara and Moore. Then, as if two wasn’t enough, second baseman Garrett Farquhar hit an RBI single to score Howell. Tigers led 3-1 after three innings of play.

The Tigers weren’t finished in the fourth inning as they plated two more runs. After two outs to start the inning, DiChiara drew a walk. That would end up hurting the Wildcats. Right-fielder Bobby Peirce hit a RBI triple to score DiChiara. Carlson would then add an RBI single to score Peirce. After four and a half innings of play in Lexington, the Tigers led 5-1.

In the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Wildcats brought across a run. A double from Ritter moved third baseman Chase Estep to third. After a fielding error occurred on the play, Estep was able to score. The Wildcats led 5-2.

Once again, the Tigers bullpen did a phenomenal job of keeping the Wildcats’ bats in check. Relief pitchers Carson Swilling, Chase Allsup, and Blake Burkehalter combined to throw the last four innings of the game while allowing just three hits and one earned run. Kentucky added their last run of the game in the seventh inning via the long ball. Right-fielder Adam Fogel hit a solo shot to left-center field.

Auburn scored again in the top half of the ninth inning after a bunt single by Moore brought across Peirce. In the bottom half, the Cats were held in check. Auburn won game two by a score of 6-3. The Tigers improve to 37-17 and 16-12 in the conference while the Wildcats fall to 29-24 and 11-18 in the conference. The series finale is scheduled to start on Saturday at 1 CT. The game will be aired on SEC Network +.

Tigers ‘Crews’ to a win over Vandy in final SEC series

LSU captured its final SEC series and potentially a top-five seed at the conference tournament in Hoover.

LSU might not wear anything other than their gold uniform for the rest of the season. After a huge win on Thursday night, the Tigers went back to the gold for Friday night’s contest, and the Tigers had another great game at the ballpark with a 6-1 win over Vanderbilt to take the series.

[autotag]Ty Floyd[/autotag] got the start on the mound and in his first start in months, he looked great. Floyd finished with 5.1 innings pitched allowing one run on four hits and seven strikeouts.

[autotag]Dylan Crews[/autotag] started it off strong in the top of the first inning when he swung at the first pitch and blasted it over the left-field wall to make it 1-0 Tigers.

LSU then had a monster second inning to give them some breathing room. [autotag]Cade Doughty[/autotag] scored on a passed ball for the first run of the second inning, [autotag]Tyler McManus[/autotag] grounded out but [autotag]Jordan Thompson[/autotag] scored to make it 3-0, and then Crews came up and hit another Crews missile, this time a two-run shot over the green monster in left field to make it 5-0 Tigers.

The Commodores got on the board in the bottom of the second inning with a solo homer to cut the lead to 5-1. In the top of the fourth inning, [autotag]Josh Pearson[/autotag] beat the throw on what would’ve been an inning-ending double play and allowed McManus to score and make it 6-1.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Tiger bats were back at it again as Doughty hit an RBI double to score [autotag]Tre Morgan[/autotag], and Thompson brought Doughty home on an RBI single to make it 8-1 LSU.

[autotag]Jacob Hasty[/autotag] came in to relieve Floyd in the fifth inning and in the bottom of the ninth inning, he gave up a two-run homer down the right-field line to cut the lead to 8-3 with no outs.

[autotag]Paul Gervase[/autotag] then came in to try and close the game. He retired the batters he faced, and the Tigers won 8-3. LSU clinched the series win over the Commodores and possibly locked up the No. 5 seed for the SEC Tournament next week. Game 3 will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.

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Brandon Neely strikes out 10 in shutout win vs Gamecocks

Florida baseball’s Brandon Neely was dealing as he struck out 10 batters in seven innings in a 8-0 win over South Carolina.

Florida baseball starter [autotag]Brandon Neely[/autotag] bounced back in dominant fashion versus South Carolina after an uncharacteristic start against the Missouri Tigers last weekend where he allowed four earned runs.

On Friday, he struck out a career-high 10 batters and only gave up three hits along with no free passes while shutting out South Carolina for seven innings. He also tossed an impressive 70 strikes in only 96 pitches. The Gators also poured on eight runs to shutout the Gamecocks and also grabbed the series victory on Friday at Condron Ballpark.

Florida scored three runs in the third and two runs in the fifth and the seventh and one in the eighth. Center fielder [autotag]Jud Fabian[/autotag] and shortstop [autotag]Joshua Rivera[/autotag] both went long in the contest.

Fabian’s home run was his 20th of the season, which made quite a bit of history. He became the second Gators hitter ever besides [autotag]Brad Wilkerson[/autotag] to smash 20 dingers in back-to-back seasons. Left fielder [autotag]Wyatt Langford[/autotag] also entered Florida’s record book besides Fabian. They are the only two Gators hitters to record 20 plus homers in a single season.

Fabian finished the evening three for four with two RBs. Second baseman [autotag]Sterlin Thompson[/autotag] also tallied two hits. He went two for four with an RBI.

Head coach [autotag]Kevin O’Sullivan[/autotag]’s team registered eight runs on 10 hits and earned six free passes.

After Neely was pulled in the eighth, reliever [autotag]Blake Purnell[/autotag] and [autotag]Anthony Ursitti[/autotag] followed and picked up right where their starter left off. They finished the game without allowing a hit and struck out a Gamecock.

The Gators will gun for the sweep on Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT when they play South Carolina to conclude the regular season. The contest can be seen on SEC Network+.

It’ll also be Florida fans’ last chance to listen to Mick Hubert. He’s retiring as the voice of the Gators following the game.

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Isaac Ayon goes all the way to propel Oregon to series win over Arizona

Isaac Ayon’s complete game and Gavin Grant’s late-inning heroics propels the Ducks to a series win over No. 25 Arizona.

Starting pitching hasn’t exactly been the strength of the 2022 Oregon baseball team. But Isaac Ayon flipped that narrative this afternoon at PK Park.

Ayon threw the first complete game of his college career and Gavin Grant’s run-scoring single in the eighth helped the Ducks down No. 25 Arizona 4-3 to take the weekend series. Oregon will go for the sweep Saturday afternoon.

The Ducks improved to 34-21 overall and 17-12 in conference play with the victory. The win also clinched Oregon the 4-seed in the Pac-12 tournament next week. Defeating Arizona also improved the Ducks’ RPI and their hopes to possibly host an NCAA regional.

But there’s still a way to go before worrying about the post-season.

The story on this day was Ayon, who finished the game in style as he struck out the final five Wildcats. He struck out 10 total batters and walked just three. Ayon’s pitch count was in his favor the whole way and he finished the contest with 98 pitches.

Oregon’s sophomore hurler wasn’t guaranteed, however, as the game was still tied at 3-3 in the eighth inning. The Ducks needed some two-out lighting to scratch across the go-ahead run. Sam Novitske reached on an error and was replaced by Tyler Ganus as a pinch-runner. Jacob Walsh coaxed a walk and Grant smacked a single to center to score Ganus.

The Ducks scored one in the first and then two more in the second thanks to catcher Bennett Thompson’s first career home run.

Arizona managed to rally with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth and it stayed that way until Grant’s late-inning heroics.

Oregon will now go for the sweep Saturday at noon as the Ducks will send out Jace Stoffal (0-2, 7.00 ERA) against an unknown Arizona starter. It will be Oregon’s last regular-season home game and quite possibly its last game at PK Park for the 2022 campaign.

Tigers fall in game one against Kentucky

The Tigers dropped game one of their doubleheader against the Wildcats by a score of 5-1.

After having to reschedule game one of the series due to weather, the Tigers were tasked with playing two games on Friday. Game one between Auburn and Kentucky began at 1 CT. The Tigers starting pitcher was Mason Barnett while the Wildcats starting pitcher was Zack Lee.

It didn’t take long for the home team to scratch across a run. In the bottom half of the first inning, third baseman Chase Estep sent a double into left-center field to bring across second baseman Daniel Harris. After one inning of play, the Wildcats led 1-0.

The Tigers were unable to muster any runs in the first two innings. Unlike Auburn, the Wildcats were able to push across yet another run in the bottom half of the second inning. After right-fielder Adam Fogel reached base earlier in the inning, center-fielder John Thrasher was able to lay down a bunt single to bring Fogel across. After two innings of play in Lexington, the Wildcats led 2-0.

It was a rough day for starting pitcher [autotag]Mason Barnett[/autotag] to say the least. He gave up five hits and four runs in 3.1 innings. The bullpen was able to ease the damage though. Relief pitchers John Armstrong, Tommy Sheehan, and Chase Isbell struck out a combined six batters while allowing just four hits.

In the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Wildcats scored two more runs off of Burnett. An RBI single off the bat of Devin Burkes brought across designated hitter Oraj Anu. Two batters later and it was Thrasher that delivered with a double to plate Burkes. After four innings in the Bluegrass State, the Wildcats led by a score of 4-0.

Finally, in the sixth inning, the Tigers scratched across a run. Second baseman [autotag]Garrett Farquhar[/autotag] delivered with an RBI double to score center-fielder Kason Howell. However, that was the lone run of the first game for the Tigers on Friday afternoon.

The Wildcats scratched across one more run in the bottom half of the sixth inning. The game ended in a Wildcats victory as the Tigers went three-up-three-down in the ninth. The Tigers are set to return to the diamond for game two of the three-game series later Friday evening. The first pitch for the second game was scheduled for 5:00 CT. The game will be aired on SEC Network +.

 

Clemson clinches ACC Tournament bid with win over Boston College

Clemson, S.C. – Max Wagner continued his home run barrage and Geoffrey Gilbert had a strong start as the Tigers defeated Boston College 6-2 Friday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. With the win the Tigers clinched a spot in the ACC Baseball …

Clemson, S.C. —  Max Wagner continued his home run barrage and Geoffrey Gilbert had a strong start as the Tigers defeated Boston College 6-2 Friday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.  With the win the Tigers clinched a spot in the ACC Baseball Tournament.

Geoffrey Gilbert saved one of his best performance for his final home start of the season.  Gilbert went 5.2 innings and only gave up four hits, two runs and two earned runs.

Boston College took the lead in the first on a solo home run that hit the top of the roof in right field.

Clemson used some two out magic to tie the score in the bottom of the first.  With one out Will Taylor walked.  Cooper Ingle hit a two-out double off the top of the way, just missing a home run, to score Taylor.

In the second inning Caden Grice walked and then moved to second on a wild pitch.  With two outs Reed Garris hit a single up the middle to score Grice.  It was Garris’ first hit for the Tigers.

With two outs in the fourth Bryar Hawkins hit a solo home run to put Clemson up 3-1.  The home run was Hawkins ninth on the season.

The Eagles added another run on a solo home run in the top of the sixth.

Garris walked with one away in the seventh.  Benjamin Blackwell walked before Taylor reached on a fielder’s choice.  Max Wagner hit a three-run home run to stretch the Tigers’ lead to 6-2.  It was Wagner’s 26th of the season, leaving him just one shy of the Clemson record.

With the win Clemson moved to 34-21 overall and 12-16 in the ACC.  The Tigers and Eagles play the final game of the series Saturday morning at 11 AM.

Time change for Clemson baseball game Saturday

Due to the threat of inclement weather, Saturday’s game between Boston College and Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium is now scheduled to start at 11 a.m. The Senior Day ceremony will now begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. Live video will be available …

Due to the threat of inclement weather, Saturday’s game between Boston College and Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium is now scheduled to start at 11 a.m. The Senior Day ceremony will now begin at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Live video will be available on ACC Network Extra and live audio will be available on Clemson Athletic Network and ClemsonTigers.com.


Zac Gallen off to terrific start for Arizona Diamondbacks

Former UNC baseball standout Zac Gallen has developed into a legit ace for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

When the Arizona Diamondbacks need to end a skid, the ball goes to starter [autotag]Zac Gallen[/autotag].

The former UNC standout delivered once again for the Diamondbacks on Thursday night as the team came away with a 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Gallen worked 5 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 run, and just 3 walks while striking out 4 and earning the win. The lone run he gave up came in the fourth inning, shortly after the Diamondbacks scored three of their own in the top half.

The win moves Gallen to 3-0 on the year and his ERA sits at 1.14 in seven starts for the Diamondbacks. 

Gallen is in his fourth year in the league, starting out in the Miami farm system before being traded to Arizona where he’s spent the previous three seasons. Since arriving in Arizona, Gallen has developed into a legit ace for the Diamondbacks.

If he keeps this pace up, he could find himself in the NL Cy Young conversation moving forward.

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Diamond Heels walk off on No. 20 Florida State

UNC baseball infielder/designated hitter Alberto Osuna beat FSU with a walk-off home run on Thursday.

Scott Forbes has the UNC baseball team playing some of their best baseball of the season at the right time. With just one series left against No. 20 Florida State, the Diamond Heels are hoping to end the season strong and earn a ticket to the postseason tournament.

On Thursday, UNC took a big step forward and it came from the bat of Alberto Osuna who hit a three-run walk-off homer in the ninth to give the Tar Heels their ninth win in the last 11 games. Osuna’s three-run blast gave UNC the 7-5 win at home, sending the fans into excitement.

And it all came with two outs in the game.

The sophomore counted for 6 of UNC’s 7 RBI’s in the game, hitting another three-run home in the first inning as well.

After leading 4-1, the Tar Heels saw Florida State add two in the fourth, one in the sixth and then two more in the eighth to take the lead. The comeback was then on for UNC in the ninth grabbing the series-opening victory.

The two teams meet again on Friday night.

 

Iowa baseball, Kyle Huckstorf make history in record-breaking day in series-opening win over Indiana

Redshirt sophomore Kyle Huckstorf had a day for the ages as Iowa erased an 11-run deficit and rallied to top Indiana, 30-16.

To say the Iowa offense was on Thursday night would be a massive understatement. Pitching was thrown out the window on both sides as the Hawkeyes started off their final series of the regular season with a 30-16 victory.

Yes, you read that right. There were 46 combined runs in this contest. Everything started out wrong for the Hawkeyes. Despite ace Adam Mazur on the mound, the Hoosiers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a home run on just the second batter of the game.

Iowa would trail 4-0 at the end of the first inning and the deficit snowballed to 13-2 after three innings. The game looked more like batting practice for the opposition.

Normally, this would be the end of the story. A deficit of 13-2 is typically the time you turn off the TV or radio, but, if you did last night, you truly missed something special. The Hawkeyes brought the deficit to within one run in the fourth inning thanks to some home runs of their own. Iowa would take the lead and then some, thanks in large part to redshirt sophomore Kyle Huckstorf’s big day.

Early in the contest, it seemed that Huckstorf’s big highlight was going to be a SportsCenter top-ten-worthy diving catch in centerfield, a nice little sparkle of magic in a blowout loss. Instead, Huckstorf just decided to break nearly every record available to him on the night.

Almost like he went into the settings and turned down the sliders, Huckstorf had a Big Ten record six hits, driving in a Big Ten record 12 runs. He homered three times in only two innings. It was a truly legendary performance.