College Baseball April 7, 2013

By Staff and school reports

FINAL: Vanderbilt 7, Ole Miss 6 (Game 3)
By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal

An interesting finish for the Rebels, not successful but interesting and it brings to mind the competition question the players were addressing earlier in the week.

Ole Miss had six runs and nine hits, not what you’d call a great offensive day. The first three runs came in the first two innings and were the result of a timely double by Will Allen and three successful bunts. A lot of effort there.

After that the Rebels got an RBI hit from Stuart Turner in the fifth — He was 4-for-5 on the day after going 0-for-7 over the first two games — and nothing else until they scratched out two runs to tie in the bottom of the ninth.

That’s when they started the inning with singles by Turner and Andrew Mistone and scored runs on a groundout by Preston Overbey and a bases-loaded HBP by Tanner Mathis.

The Rebels dropped their fifth straight game — all in the SEC — and are just a game ahead of Auburn for last place in the West. They were swept at home for the first time since Auburn in 2010 yet they left the field today feeling a lot better about how they played against the No. 2 team in the country.

Click here for videos and more at Parrish Alford’s Inside Ole Miss Sports Blog.

FINAL: Florida 8, MSU 3 (Game 3)

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

Recapping MSU’s 8-3 loss to Florida at Dudy Noble Field on Sunday afternoon.

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• The buzz: MSU (26-9, 5-7 SEC) couldn’t finish off the sweep of Florida (15-18, 5-7), which finally found some life in its bats. MSU starter Jacob Lindgren, who’d been out with a sore elbow, looked sharp until the fateful fifth inning, when he loaded the bases and then exited after slipping while fielding a bunt. Coach John Cohen said Lindgren twisted his right ankle on the play.

• Big inning: Florida got three straight singles to start the fifth, and after Lindgren left, pinch hitter Connor Mitchell stroked a three-run triple to right field off reliever Myles Gentry. Richie Martin had an RBi single, a Sam Frost error let in a run, and Josh Tobias later capped the inning with a two-run double.

• Key stats: Florida scored three unearned runs. … MSU left six men on base, UF stranded four. … Each team turned two double plays. … Florida was 4 of 11 with runners in scoring position, State was 3 of 9.

• Florida at the plate: The Gators had 11 hits. … Tobias had three hits and two RBIs. … Martin had two hits.

• MSU at the plate: The Bulldogs had eight hits. … Jacob Robson had a pair of singles. … Adam Frazier and Frost each had a double.

• Florida on the mound: Starter Johnny Magliozzi (3-1), a sophomore, settled in after allowing two runs in the first inning. In his first start of the season, he allowed three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking one on 84 pitches. … Ryan Harris tossed 2 1/3 shutout innings, giving up three hits while fanning two. … Daniel Gibson got the final three outs after Harris gave up a pair of singles to open the ninth.

• MSU on the mound: Lindgren (2-1) was charged with three runs on four hits in four-plus innings, striking out two with no walks on 47 pitches. … After Gentry faced the one batter (he was charged with one run), Chad Girodo faced three and was charged with three runs, one earned, and got nobody out. … Ben Bracewell tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run. … Three other pitchers saw action.

• Quotable: “We’ve won three out of our last year, and I feel like we’re on the verge of doing some special things.” – Cohen

• Bottom line: MSU badly wanted the sweep, which would’ve put it at .500 in SEC play. But Lindgren’s outing was encouraging, and Cohen said the sophomore’s ankle should be fine. The Bulldogs just need to figure out a way to build off these fast offensive starts. Up next is a big game Tuesday: The Governor’s Cup, versus Ole Miss in Pearl.

Click here for more including video at Brad Locke’s Inside Mississippi State Sports.

Fisk blanks Tulane with 2-0 series-clinching win for USM

School Report

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Conor Fisk threw a two-hit, complete-game shutout to lead Southern Miss to a 2-0 Conference USA series-clinching victory over Tulane here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The Golden Eagles (13-17 overall, 5-4 C-USA) won the final two games of the series over the Green Wave (16-18, 4-5) after losing the opener on Friday.

It was the first shutout of an opponent for Southern Miss since a 1-0 home victory over East Carolina on May 11, 2012. That game also marked the last time the Golden Eagles threw a complete-game shutout when Andrew Pierce defeated the Pirates in that contest.

The Golden Eagles posted a season-low three hits, but got all the runs they needed in the third inning.

Andrew Furr led off the frame for Southern Miss with a walk, before Chase Fowler was hit by a David Napoli pitch. Connor Barron then put down a sacrifice bunt before Travis Creel hit the first pitch from Napoli into the right-centerfield gap to drive home both Furr and Fowler with a double.

Creel ended the day with two of the Eagles’ three hits and Furr collected the other.

Fisk fanned three and walked four to go along with his two hits to capture the victory and improve to 3-1 on the season. After giving up a single and a walk to start the sixth, Fisk retired the next 10 batters he faced.

He gave up a one-out walk in the ninth, but got the two final Green Wave batters to fly out to centerfield.

Napoli (3-2) went the distance in a losing cause for the Green Wave allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

The Golden Eagles return to action with a pair of midweek contests against New Orleans. Southern Miss and the Privateers play at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday and then return to Hattiesburg for a 6 p.m., contest Wednesday at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

Read more in Monday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.