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February 19, 2012

Beyond the Boxscore

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Washington State outlasted Mississippi State 6-5 in 13 innings in the first game of Sunday's scheduled doubleheader at Dudy Noble Field. The Bulldogs won the nightcap 5-4 as the two teams split the doubleheader that last almost eight hours.

In game one, Tommy Richards snapped a tie game with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the 13th inning to score Derek Jones and Jason Monda. Richards finished the game with three hits and two RBI for the Cougars. Jones, who was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts through 10 innings, drew a two-out walk to spark the game-winning rally. Monda followed with a single and Collin Slaybaugh walked to load the bases.

MSU threatened in the bottom of the inning when Brett Brownlee opened with a single and moved to third on Adam Frazier's double to chase Nick Lavoy. Scott Simon came in and got a ground out from Darryl Norris as MSU cut the lead to 6-5. Simon then got grounds outs from Taylor Stark and Mitch Slauter to end the game.

Washington State led 4-1 in the sixth inning before Trey Porter's mammoth home run to right field tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The game remained tied until the 13th, but MSU had plenty of chances. After leaving the bases loaded in the eighth inning, State had it best chance to win the ninth. With runners at second and third and two outs, Slauter was credited with an infield hit when his sharp grounder struck Norris at second for the final out of the inning.

Mississippi State left 16 men on base in the loss.

Lavoy earned the win for WSU despite getting only two outs. Simon retired all three batters he faced for the save. He was one of seven hurlers used by WSU coach Donnie Marbut.

MSU relief ace Caleb Reed threw 6 1/3 innings and was charged with the loss, despite a career-high nine strikeouts in 95 pitches. He allowed two runs and three hits. MSU right-hander Evan Mitchell had eight strikeouts out of the bullpen as State finished the game with 19 strikeouts.

The Bulldogs scored three times in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim a 5-4 win in the nightcap. Porter drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Slauter tied the game with an RBI double and later scored the winning run on an error.

Porter hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give him two game-tying homers in the doubleheader.

Player of the Day: Georgia infielder Levi Hyams went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI on Sunday against Presbyterian ...

Hyams ripped a two-run double in the Bulldogs' four-run first inning to the set the tempo.

Pitcher of the Day: Arkansas right-hander Barrett Astin threw five no-hit innings in his first start of the season to earn top pitching honors on today ... Astin struck out seven batters and walked three in the win for the Hogs.

Say It Ain't So Joe: Alabama was swept by Florida Atlantic at the Joe this weekend ... It marked the first time in 113 years that Alabama has been swept in a three-game, non-conference home series ... The Texas Longhorns were the only other team to sweep Alabama at home, taking all three games on April 17-19, 1899 ... The Longhorns won 9-3, 10-1 and 4-3 ... Alabama is 0-3 for third time in school history and the first time since 1952 ... The Crimson Tide also started 0-3 in 1946.

Shutout, Part I: LSU blanked Air Force 4-0 for its second straight shutout, marking the first time since 2008 (Centenary and Alabama) that LSU has recorded back-to-back shutouts ... Curt McCune (6 IP), Aaron Nola (2 IP) and Nick Rumbelow (1 IP) combined on Sunday's shutout … LSU shutout Alcorn State 19-0 on Saturday night, with Ryan Eades (5 IP), Joe Broussard (1 IP), Chad Cotton (1) and Rumbelow (1 IP) combining on the shutout ... LSU has 19 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings as Nick Goody threw a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's season opener.

Shutout, Part II: Georgia shutout Presbyterian 11-0 on Sunday at Foley Field ... Five pitchers combined for the shutout including Taylor Hicks (4 IP), David Sosebee (1 IP), Chase Hawkins (2 IP), Jesse Scott (1 IP) and Jay Swinford (1 IP).

Tough Debut: Vanderbilt was swept in its three-game series at No. 4 Stanford over the weekend, losing 18-4 in Sunday's series finale … Freshman right-hander Brian Miller would like to have his first collegiate pitch back as Stanford All-American first baseman Stephen Piscotty slammed his first offering over the wall for a grand slam in the eight-run sixth inning ... Piscotty added a three-run double in a seven-run second inning and finished with seven RBI.

Looking Ahead: Missouri, who will join the SEC next year in all sports, swept a doubleheader from Auburn at Plainsman Park today … The Tigers won the opener 6-4 as Dane Opel hit two home runs and drove in four runs ... Missouri scored three runs in the seventh inning of the nightcap to claim a 4-3 win as the game was stopped after seven innings due to Missouri's travel schedule … The teams had agreed before the game that no inning could begin at 4:45 p.m. (CT) ... Auburn catcher Blake Austin was 4-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBI in the twin bill.

Reynolds Wrap: Arkansas infielder Matt Reynolds was 8-for-10 (.800) in the three-game series with Villanova with five runs scored and three RBI … He was 3-for-4 with two RBI today.

Numbers Game: Alabama junior second baseman Kenny Roberts hit his first collegiate home run today, a three-run shot in the fifth inning that pulled the Tide to within 5-4 ... Alabama never led in the series ... Arkansas DH Jacob McMahan went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI ... Arkansas senior right fielder Sam Bates hit his second home run of the season in the series finale with Villanova ... Florida's bullpen was touched for eight earned runs in the loss to Fullerton in the series finale … Preston Tucker homered for the second time in the series ... Georgia first baseman Colby May had two hits, two RBI and scored two runs for the Bulldogs ... Kentucky was rained out on Sunday and will face USC-Upstate on Monday at 1 p.m. (CT) to wrap up its weekend tournament ... LSU left fielder Jackson Slaid was 3-for-4 with one RBI against Air Force ... Vanderbilt shortstop Anthony Gomez had two hits and two RBI in the loss at Stanford.

Sunday SEC Scoreboard

Florida Atlantic 9, Alabama 4
Arkansas 17, Villanova 4
Missouri 6, Auburn 4 (Game 1)
Missouri 4, Auburn 3 (Game 2) (7 innings)
Cal State Fullerton 8, Florida 5
Georgia 11, Presbyterian 0
Kentucky at USC-Upstate (PPD, Rain)
LSU 4, Air Force 0
TCU 5, Ole Miss 3
Washington State 6, Mississippi State 5 - Game 1 (13 Innings)
Mississippi State 5, Washington State 4 - Game 2
Stanford 18, Vanderbilt 5

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