SEC Baseball Tournament: Wild pitch, errant throw help LSU rally past Auburn 4-3

The Associated Press
Posted 5/23/19

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — In a bizarre finish, No. 5 seed LSU scored the tying and winning runs after a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to defeat No. 8 seed Auburn 4-3 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday.

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SEC Baseball Tournament: Wild pitch, errant throw help LSU rally past Auburn 4-3

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HOOVER — In a bizarre finish, No. 5 seed LSU scored the tying and winning runs after a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to defeat No. 8 seed Auburn 4-3 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday.

LSU trailed 3-2 and had runners on second and third with one out when Auburn reliever Brooks Fuller threw a pitch in the dirt. After catcher Matt Scheffler blocked the pitch, he looked for the ball and inadvertently kicked it several yards away.

The wild pitch enabled Giovanni DiGiacomo to score the tying run. Auburn first baseman Rankin Woley dove for the ball and made an errant throw that sailed past home plate and headed toward the third-base dugout, allowing Drew Bianco to score the winning run.

LSU (36-24) plays the loser of Thursday night's game between No. 1 seed Vanderbilt and No. 4 seed Mississippi State. Auburn (33-26) awaits the release of the NCAA Tournament bracket Monday.

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Vanderbilt 1, Mississippi State 0

Drake Fellows pitched six scoreless innings for his 11th win of the season and top-seeded Vanderbilt beat No. 4 seed Mississippi State 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday night.

Vanderbilt (47-10) continued its roll through SEC competition. The Commodores have won 16 of their past 17 games against league opponents.

Fellows (11-0) gave up just five hits and a walk and struck out eight. Julian Infante's single in the second inning scored Stephen Scott for the only run of the game.

Mississippi State's Ethan Small (8-2) was also excellent on the mound, giving up one run on three hits while striking out 11 over seven innings.

Mississippi State (46-12) was playing one day after a 6-5 victory over LSU that lasted 17 innings. The Bulldogs will play LSU again in an elimination game on Friday. Vanderbilt is off until the semifinals on Saturday.

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Georgia 3, Arkansas 1

Patrick Sullivan's two-run double in the bottom of the eighth lifted Georgia to a 3-1 win over Arkansas on Thursday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Bulldogs (44-14) move into Saturday's semifinals while the Razorbacks (41-16) face Mississippi in an elimination game Friday.

Arkansas threatened in the ninth with two-out singles from Jack Kenley and pinch-hitter Zach Plunkett.

Closer Aaron Schunk, who had started the eighth with a double, went to the mound and struck out Jacob Nesbit for his 12th save. Ryan Webb (1-0) got the win in relief after starter Cole Wilcox allowed only an unearned run in 6 1/3 innings.

Arkansas starter Isaiah Campbell pitched five shutout innings.

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Ole Miss 1, Texas A&M 0

Cole Zabowski's two-out double in the ninth brought home the game's only run as Mississippi edged Texas A&M 1-0 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament elimination game Thursday despite going hitless for the first eight innings.

The seventh-seeded Rebels (35-24) face the loser of Thursday's game between No. 2 seed Arkansas and No. 3 seed Georgia.

Texas A&M's John Doxakis struck out 10 and walked four in eight innings of no-hit ball but left after throwing 99 pitches.

Thomas Dillard lined a leadoff single against reliever Bryce Miller (4-2) for Ole Miss' first hit. Dillard reached second on Chandler Jozwiak's balk and scored on Zabowski's double.

This marked the second straight day the sixth-seeded Aggies (37-21-1) failed to score and wasted a brilliant pitching performance. Chris Weber held Georgia hitless for the first 7 1/3 innings of a 2-0 loss to Georgia on Wednesday.

Ole Miss' Doug Nikhazy (7-3) and Parker Caracci combined on a four-hitter. Caracci got his ninth save.