OLE MISS 5, GEORGIA 4 (F/10)
We had a rain delay and extra innings in the first game of the day, and plenty of drama to go around. The Ole Miss Rebels came out on top with a 5-4 victory in 10 innings, sending them to the quarterfinals while UGA heads home.
Tim Rowe played the role of hero as the Rebels right fielder hit a single up the middle to bring left fielder Thomas Dillard in to score. It was Rowe’s only hit of the game in his five ABs, but certainly the most important of the day for him and his team.
The victory was hard earned for Ole Miss. They built up a 2-0 lead which turned into 2-1 after Georgia scored in the 7th. They tacked on another run in the bottom stanza, but Georgia responded with two runs in the eighth. After taking the game into extras, UGA put up a tally in the top of the 10th. But the stage was set for the Rebels to make it happen, and make it happen they did.
Georgia 3rd baseman L.J. Talley went 3-4 at the dish with two doubles and a home run in the loss. Keegan McGovern was the only other Dawg who recorded an XBH in Thursday morning’s game.
Ole Miss’ victory sends them to the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals. They will play either LSU or South Carolina depending on the result of the game that’s currently going on right now at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.
LSU 6, SOUTH CAROLINA 4
The Tigers roared to a 12-inning victory in the second game of the day thanks to a three run outburst in the top of the 12th frame.
After the first two batters of the inning went down in order, Antoine Duplantis reached on a throwing error. Austin Bain worked a four-pitch walk, and Daniel Cabrera sent a grounder back up the middle to score Duplantis and untie the game.
Then, things got weird. Pitcher Todd Peterson stepped into the box for his first at-bat since middle school, and promptly hit a flyball that very nearly cleared the fence. Instead, it hit off the wall and drove in two runs to extend the lead to 6-3.
Peterson surrendered a run in the bottom of the inning, but shut the door to lead to the LSU victory. The Tigers will face Ole Miss on Friday afternoon.
TEXAS A&M 4, AUBURN 2
-- by Zach Remelius
The Texas A&M Aggies continued their impressive run through the SEC Tournament with a 4-2 win over #21 Auburn to advance to the Semifinals.
A&M got some timely hitting off Auburn starter Casey Mize and broke a scoreless game in the 3rd. George Janca singled with one out and got then got to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, center fielder Zach Deloach singled into right to score a run. The Aggies tacked on two more in the 6th following a couple of singles by the top of the order. Braden Shewmake drove one down the right field line to score two and put the Ags up three. Auburn fought back though with a run in the 8th on a double by Conor Davis.
The Aggies got that run right back though on a sac fly by Deloach for his second RBI of the game to give them a three-run cushion into the ninth. Auburn made it interesting, getting two on with one out bringing the tying run up to the plate. After a strikeout, Jay Estes singled to cut the lead to two and bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. However, Nolan Hoffman got Luke Jarvis to ground out to preserve the Aggie victory
The story of the game, however, was Texas A&M starter John Doxakis. Doxakis went 7.1 innings, giving up just two hits and one run while striking out ten Tiger batters in a dominant performance. The Tigers didn’t get a baserunner until the 5th, when Brendan Venter got hit but a pitch, and did not get a base hit until the 8th on a single by Jay Estes. Estes came around to score, and Doxakis was pulled, but it was quite a performance. He got a little help from his defense when Allonte Wingate robbed a home run in the third inning to keep the game scoreless. But he was in complete control the entire time he was in the game.
Texas A&M has now moved into the semifinals round on Saturday to take on the winner of the game between Florida and Arkansas while Auburn will play on Friday against the loser in what will be an elimination game.