Five SEC teams went to battle on the diamond on Wednesday, and all five would emerge victorious. Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, LSU and Vanderbilt each picked up wins to deliver a perfect day for the SEC as weekend play approaches.
The Volunteers were able to make light work out of the Marshall Thundering Herd. After falling behind 1-0, Tennessee scored two to take the lead in the third inning thanks to a pair of doubles by Brodie Leftridge and Jordan Rodgers. From there, UT would would never look back as they would win 7-1. Their lead was padded in the sixth after an RBI single by Pete Derkay and then, in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Vols dropped four runs on the Thundering Herd. Andre Lipcius scored Rodgers on a single and then Lipcius, Derkay and Benito Santiago (the son of the former MLB catcher) were all brought home by a bases-clearing double off the bat of Dom Thornton.
Arkansas faced no real struggle in their 5-2 over New Orleans. The Razorbacks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning and tacked on three more runs before New Orleans could score their first. Grant Koch was the star of the game for the Hogs, as the catcher went 2-for-4 at the plate with a 2-run homer and an RBI double. The home run was Koch’s seventh of the season, which to this point is a team high. Jax Biggers also went deep for his second home run of the season, which was a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth inning. The win is Arkansas’ sixth in a row and they’ll face the hottest team in the country, the Missouri Tigers, whom of course are winners of their last 20.
South Carolina was tested, but the eighth-ranked Gamecocks held firm against Charleston Southern and won 3-0. All their runs were scored in the fifth as nine batters came and went. A sac fly by Hunter Taylor got it started as he scored LT Tolbert. Then, Alex Destino dropped in a single that plated Madison Stokes. And finally, Jacob Olson drew a walk and with nowhere to go, Matt Williams walked in from third to score their third and final run. The Gamecocks’ pitching staff held Charleston Southern to just five hits and induced five strikeouts with just one walk.
Fourth-ranked LSU took care of business against SE Louisiana, winning by the score of 8-2. The Tigers hopped all over, going up 4-0 by the end of the third inning. Four more runs were scored later on in the seventh inning as the LSU offense was certainly display as they earned 10 hits to go along with their eight runs. They racked up five extra-base hits including a home run by Greg Deichmann, his fifth of the year. Deichmann also recorded a double, as did Cole Freeman and Josh Smith who picked up two.
Finally, in a slugfest, Vanderbilt emerged with a 17-11 win over Belmont. The Commodores had innings of seven and four runs (twice) in the victory and were efficient to say the least, scoring their 17 runs on 17 hits. Five Vandy hitters had multi-hit games with Will Toffey and Julian Infante each recording four-hit days at the plate. Toffey and Infante each went deep and Infante also picked up two doubles on the day too. Jeren Kendall and Reed Hayes recorded two-baggers as well in the contest.
Just one game:
No. 14 Ole Miss Rebels vs. No. 25 Kentucky Wildcats - 7 p.m. ET, SEC Network
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