Mississippi State throttles Arkansas; Florida cruises

May 23, 2012 

HOOVER, Ala. — Wes Rea's three-run homer helped Mississippi State defeat Arkansas 9-1 Tuesday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

Rea's home run, his fifth of the season, came in the second inning off Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek (6-4), who has not won since starting the season 6-0.

The Bulldogs (35-21) led 3-1 entering the ninth, then used two Arkansas throwing errors and a passed ball to scored six unearned runs.

Brandon Woodruff (1-2) struck out five and allowed two hits over five innings to get the win.

Arkansas (39-18) stranded 11 runners. The Razorbacks left the bases loaded in the third and hit into inning-ending double plays in the fifth and seventh.

The Razorbacks' only run came on a sixth-inning single by Matt Vinson that scored Bo Bigham.

Arkansas' Matt Reynolds reached base for the 40th consecutive game when he was hit by a pitch in the first.

Florida 6, Auburn 1: Justin Shafer had three RBI and Jonathon Crawford struck out nine as Florida defeated Auburn 6-1 Tuesday.

Crawford (5-2) and three relievers combined to pitch a three-hitter. After a leadoff single in the third by Bobby Andrews, the Tigers did not manage another hit until the ninth.

Shafer drove in two runs with a second-inning single off Auburn starter Jon Luke Jacobs (5-4).

A two-run double in the sixth by Casey Turgeon gave Florida (41-16) a 4-1 lead. Shafer then made it 5-1 with a single that brought home Turgeon.

Auburn's only run came on a sacrifice fly in the third by Creede Simpson that scored Andrews. The run was unearned because of an earlier throwing error by Nolan Fontana.

The Tigers (30-27) lost in the tournament's opening round for the sixth time in their past seven appearances.

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