Rebs silence Governors;
State sweeps Valalparaiso
n In Oxford, three Rebels limited Austin Peay to three hits in a 3-0 win Wednesday night at Ole Miss.
Bret Bukvich (2-0) allowed two hits in six innings. Kyle Barbeck pitched two inning and David Goforth one, striking out all three batters he faced. Rebel pitched walked just one Austin Peay batter.
All the Rebels needed offensively was a three-run third inning. Justin Henry’s single, the third-staight hit of the inning, plated Kevin Mort with the first run. Tim Hightower scored on an outfeld throwing error and Henry came home on Matt Smith’s RBI single.
Mort and Henry each had two hits.
n Mississippi State 9-5, Valparaiso 2-4: The Bulldogs (10-4) used big efforts early and late to sweep Valpariso (4-8) on Wednesday and get back on the winning track after their Hawaii trip. Valpariso has now lost seven staight.
MSU scorerd four runs in the first inning and three runs in the second inning of the opener, then rallied from 4-0 down with four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth in the nightcap.
In the opener, Jet Butler tied a school record with three doubles. Butler finished 4-for-4 with four RBI, including a bases-loaded two-bagger in second to plate three runs.
Ricky Bowen (1-0) pitched five innings of four-hit ball, sriking out six, to earn the win. Lee Swindle pitched four shutout innings of relief to earn his first save.
In the nightcap, MSU scored the game winner when Russ Sneed led off with a double. He moved to third on Ryan Collins’ sacrifice bunt. Pinch-runner Nick Hardy scored on Luke Adkins’ infield grounder.
In the eighth, Luke Adkins plated pinch hitter Sneed (single) with a single. Collins (single) scored on a wild pitch, and Powers tied the game with a two-RBI double to right.
Drew Hollingshead pitched six innings of one-hit shutout relier after starter David Hayes was touched for four runs in two-plus innnings. Jared Wesson pitched the ninth, striking out three, to get the win.
n Ole Miss softball postponed Wednesday’s non-conference game with Jacksonville State due to due weather concerns. Ole Miss will host No. 1 Florida in an SEC series this weekend.
At the WBC, Venezuela
hands U.S. its first loss
n TORONTO — Henry Blanco homered and made a key throw in the ninth inning as Venezuela beat the United States 5-3 on Wednesday night to win Group C at the World Baseball Classic.
Gregor Blanco added three hits for Venezuela, which avenged a 15-6 loss to the Americans on Sunday night. Both teams are headed to the second round of the tournament in Miami, where the U.S. will open against Group D winner Puerto Rico (3-0) on Saturday night.
Chris Iannetta hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning but Team USA couldn’t finish the comeback in the ninth.
n Puerto Rico 5, Netherlands 0: Alex Rios hit an RBI triple and Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands on Wednesday to finish undefeated in the first round of the World Baseball Classic.
Woods back again for CA
n DORAL, Fla. — Fans began showing up at Doral on Tuesday morning when it was dark. Several hundred surrounded the first tee when Tiger Woods finally arrived for another practice round at dawn. And then he was gone.
Unlike his short-lived return to competition two weeks ago at the Accenture Match Play Championship, where he was eliminated in the second round, this disappearing act lasted only a few seconds as he walked through a thick strip of fog that stretched across the fairway. Woods is assured of playing four rounds this week.
The CA Championship, which starts today on the Blue Monster with a world-class field of 80 players, will be his first stroke-play tournament since he won the U.S. Open in June, a week before reconstructive surgery on his left knee.
Daily Journal, wire reports