March 18, 2012
OXFORD, Miss - Auburn used five Ole Miss first-inning errors to build a five-run lead, and AU nine-hole hitter Zach Alvord hit a grand slam in the eighth, as the Tigers split the first two games of the weekend with a 10-4 victory.
UM starter RJ Hively went seven strong, yielding just one earned run, but the errors were too much to overcome. He left after just 87 pitches. Matt Snyder had three doubles on the day.
The 1-through-3 spots in the Ole Miss lineup have gone 1-for-22 this weekend.
You can read Saturday's game story here. It has Hively video and some thoughts.
No. 12 Ole Miss won 2-1 on Friday.
Sunday's rubber game begins at 1:30 p.m.
Here's the leftover video, as Preston Overbey talks about Saturday's game. In his first start in the outfield this season, the sophomore had three hits, including a home run, and made a diving catch in right field.
ELSEWHERE IN THE SEC
No. 3 South Carolina (15-3) at Kentucky (20-0)
It was tied heading into the seventh inning, but pitcher A.J. Reed hit an RBI double to propel Kentucky to a 4-3 over No. 3 South Carolina. The Wildcats have clinched the series, made a huge statement and continue the nation's longest winning streak.
Tennessee (10-8) at No. 18 Georgia (15-5)
Tennessee jumped out 5-1 after three innings, but Georgia scored nine unanswered to clinch its weekend series in Athens with a 10-5 win. Levi Hyams and Hunter Cole each went 3-for-4, and the Bulldog bullpen tossed 6.2 scoreless innings.
Vanderbilt (7-12) at No. 1 Florida (18-1)
Florida starter Brian Johnson pitched six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts, and the nation's top team continued to roll with a 5-1 series-clinching victory over Vanderbilt. It's Florida's 17th straight win.
Alabama (8-11) at No. 4 Arkansas (18-2)
Arkansas used a five-run third inning to double up Alabama, 8-4, on Saturday. Sophomore starter Ryne Stanek got the win for the Hogs, allowing two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings.
No. 21 Miss. State (14-7) at No. 13 LSU (16-3)
Mississippi State made it close with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but LSU reliever Nick Goody struck out MSU designated hitter Trey Porter -- who was 4-for-5 -- with two runners on to give LSU a 4-3 victory and lock up the series. The Bulldogs have lost four straight.
SEC WEST STANDINGS
Ole Miss 1-1
Mississippi State 0-2
SEC EAST STANDINGS
South Carolina 0-2