S. Carolina to meet LSU, sends Georgia packing in elimination game
Published 9:00 am Wednesday, May 24, 2023
HOOVER, Ala. — James Hicks went 6 2/3 scoreless innings and Will Tippett went a career-best 3-for-4, including a three-run triple in the seventh inning, and South Carolina beat Georgia 9-0 on Tuesday in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
The sixth-seeded Gamecocks (39-17) advanced to the double-elimination portion of the bracket against No. 3 seed LSU (42-13) at 9:30 a.m. today. The Gamecocks and Tigers split the regular-season series before Game 3 was canceled due to rain. Georgia (29-27) was eliminated.
Hicks (7-1) struck out six and allowed four hits. Hicks left the game with the bases loaded in the seventh, but Cade Austin ended the threat with a strikeout. Austin picked up his second save of the season after striking out three to help South Carolina earn its first SEC Tournament shutout in program history.
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Braylen Wimmer, Talmadge LeCroy and Evan Stone each had two hits for South Carolina. Tippett finished with three RBIs and Stone added two on a single in the second to begin the scoring.
Sebastian Murillo went 3-for-3 with a walk for Georgia and Charlie Condon, the SEC’s top freshman with a
.393 batting average and 25 home runs, was 0-for-4. Starter Jaden Woods (3-3) allowed two earned runs in 12/3 innings.
It was the 450th career win for Gamecocks head coach Mark Kingston.
Troy Wansing pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing one hit, and Texas A&M eliminated the defending champion.
Texas A&M (33-23) advanced to double-elimination bracket today against No. 2 seed Arkansas.
Evan Aschenbeck retired the side in the ninth for his third save of the season.
Tennessee (38-19) starter Seth Halvorsen (2-3) struck out six in four innings of work.
Alabama’s Hunter Furtado made his second career start and threw five scoreless innings, Andrew Pinckney hit a two-run home run.
Alabama (39-17) plays top-seeded Florida today in a double-elimination game.
Furtado (1-1) allowed two hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Kade Woods and Alton Davis II each threw two scoreless innings of relief.
Ryan Waldschmidt went 2-for-2 with a walk, a hit by pitch and two steals for No. 8 seed Kentucky (36-18).
Cole Foster hit a three-run homer, Bryson Ware added a two-run shot and fifth-seeded Auburn wrapped up the first day of the SEC Tournament with a 10-4 win over ninth-seeded Missouri on Tuesday night.
Auburn (34-9), which has won nine-straight, moved into the double-elimination portion of the tournament and face fourth-seeded Vanderbilt in Wednesday’s late game.
Auburn had five doubles among its 11 hits. Chase Isbell (3-1) threw three scoreless innings for the win and Zach Crotchfelt went the final 2 1/3 for his first save.
Missouri (30-24) scored a run on a sacrifice fly in the second to take a 1-0 lead and scored three runs in the fourth to go up 4-3. The three runs scored on an error, a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.
Foster hit his home run in the bottom of the fourth after Chris Stanfield tied the game with a single. Bobby Peirce had an RBI double ahead of Ware’s homer in the eighth.
Trevor Austin and Dalton Bargo both had two hits for Missouri. Brock Lucas (3-1) , the second of six pitchers, took the loss.