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AU rallies from six runs down; Tide loses to S. Carolina

The Associated Press

Robert Brooks scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error in the seventh inning and Auburn rallied from an early six-run deficit to beat Arkansas 11-9 at home Saturday.

Brooks tied the game at 9 with a two-run double in the Tigers’ five-run seventh. He scored when Eric Skinner reached base on a throwing error by Arkansas second baseman Ben Tschepikow.

Auburn (28-18, 7-13 Southeastern Conference) and Arkansas (34-12, 14-6) have split the first two games of the three-game series.

Brooks went 3-for-3 with a walk, three RBIs and three runs.

Auburn relievers Johnny Thompson, Chris Dennis and Brett Butts combined to throw six innings, allowing just two runs on three hits.

Dennis (3-3) went three innings to pick up the win, and Butts pitched the final two for his sixth save.

Arkansas had taken a 6-0 lead in the first three innings.

The Razorbacks’ Danny Hamblin, Sean Jones and Matt Willard each had two hits.

South Carolina 4, Alabama 1: Arik Hempy allowed one run on seven hits while striking out seven to lead South Carolina to a victory over Alabama.

South Carolina (33-12, 11-9) jumped to an early lead with an unearned run in the second inning. Jake Smith allowed Justin Smoak to reach base on a wild throw and he eventually came around to score on Trent Kline’s double to left center field.

Alabama (24-20, 9-11) evened the score at one in the bottom of the fourth when Brandon May singled up the middle and went to third on Alex Avila’s single to center field. May came in to score on Matt Bently’s sacrifice fly.

The Gamecocks retook the lead with two runs in the in the top of the sixth on Travis Jones’ solo homerun over the left field wall.

South Carolina added to their lead in the top of the eight inning on Andrew Crisp’s solo home run off the scoreboard in left-center field, making it 4-1.

Miers Quigley (4-4) took the loss for Alabama, throwing eight innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits while striking out nine.

Vanderbilt 17, Florida 6: Dominic de la Osa led a Vanderbilt hitting attack that included a nine-run spree in the seventh inning and propelled Vanderbilt to a victory over Florida at home.

The No. 1 Commodores jumped to a 6-1 lead in the first before the Gators tied the game in the fourth. But Vanderbilt snapped the 6-6 tie in the sixth with an RBI single by freshman Andrew Gobi. From there they just kept on going.

De la Osa led the team, driving in four runs on four hits, including his 13th home run of the year to open the seventh. Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Flaherty contributed three hits each as Flaherty extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

LSU 4, Tennessee 2: Jared Bradford, pitching his first complete game at LSU, struck out eight and scattered nine hits and two runs as the Tigers beat Tennessee.

Shortstop Michael Hollander was 3-for-5 with two runs for LSU (24-19-1, 9-10-1), and Sean Ochinko had two hits and drove in a run.

Designated hitter Blake Dean, taken out of Friday night’s game after being hit by a pitch, had a two-run homer — his second in the SEC series against Tennessee (24-19, 7-11).

Ole Miss 5, Mississippi State 1: C.J. Ketchum’s two-run single in the sixth inning broke open a tie game and Lance Lynn struck out nine as Ole Miss beat Mississippi State and claimed the rivals’ Southeastern Conference series.

The Rebels (30-15, 11-9 SEC) edged ahead of the Bulldogs (27-12, 9-9) in league standings with the two wins.

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