SEC baseball notes: Mississippi State edges LSU; Ole Miss knocks out Arkansas

May 24, 2012 

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Mississippi State's Daryl Norris scored in the third inning, sliding head first past LSU catcher Tyler Moore.


  • At Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.

    (Double elimination; all times EDT)

    Tuesday's games

    Game 1: Kentucky 2, Mississippi 0

    Game 2: Miss. State 9, Arkansas 1

    Game 3: Florida 6, Auburn 1

    Game 4: Vanderbilt 4, Georgia 1

    Wednesday's games

    Game 5: Mississippi 2, Arkansas 0

    Game 6: Miss. State 3, LSU 2

    Game 7: Auburn 3, Georgia 2

    Game 8: Vanderbilt 3, S. Carolina 2

    Thursday's games

    Game 9: LSU (42-15) vs. Mississippi (35-23), 10:30 a.m.

    Game 10: Miss. State (36-21) vs. Kentucky (42-15), about 2 p.m.Game 11: South Carolina (39-16) vs. Auburn (31-27), 5:30 p.m.

    Game 12: Vanderbilt (31-25) vs. Florida (41-16), about 9 p.m.

    Friday's games

    Game 13: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 loser, 4 p.m.

    Game 14: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 loser, TBD

    Saturday's semifinals

    Game 15: Game 10 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 1 p.m.

    Game 16: Game 12 winner vs. Game 14 winner, TBD

    Sunday's championship game

    Game 17: Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 3:30 p.m.

HOOVER, Ala. — Demarcus Henderson drove in Mitch Slauter with a single in the sixth inning to give Mississippi State a 3-2 victory over top-seeded LSU Wednesday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

Bulldogs starter Chris Stratton (11-1) struck out eight and allowed five hits over six innings. Jonathan Holder struck out two in the ninth to post his eighth save.

LSU (42-15) used seven pitchers, with none lasting more than 22⁄3 innings. Joe Broussard (4-1), who gave up the game-winning hit to Henderson, took the loss.

Mississippi 2, Arkansas 0: Mike Mayers pitched seven scoreless innings and Mississippi eliminated Arkansas.

Mayers (5-3) struck out eight and allowed five hits and one walk for the Rebels (35-23).

Zach Kirksey was instrumental in both runs. He led off the fourth with his first triple of the season and scored on a groundout by Sikes Orvis. Kirksey drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Auburn 3, Georgia 2: Justin Bryant hit a solo home run and threw 11⁄3 scoreless innings of late relief to lift Auburn in an elimination game.

Georgia trailed 3-0 in the eighth before scoring twice on RBI singles by Nelson Ward and Conor Welton.

Bryant, Auburn's designated hitter, came in to pitch and struck out Joey Delmonico to end the eighth. Then in the ninth he got Colby May to line out to end the game with the bases loaded.

Auburn took a 1-0 lead in the first on a single by Patrick Savage that scored Jay Gonzalez.

Gonzalez scored again in the third on a groundout by Creede Simpson, followed by Bryant's fourth homer of the season.

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