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Vols shut out second-ranked Georgia, USC blanks Utah


Freshman first baseman Max Ferguson drove in the only two runs of the night while legging out an infield base hit with two outs in the bottom of the sixth as Tennessee (28-7) shut out second-ranked Georgia 2-0 last night before a crowd of nearly two thousand in Knoxville.

A spectacular run-saving diving catch by Tennessee leftfielder Alerick Soularie with two on and one out in the top of the seventh thwarted a potential Georgia rally.

Andrew Schultz, a right-handed junior from Alpharetta, Georgia, who pitched two scoreless innings in relief, picked up the win — his first of the 2019 season — while left-hander Redmond Walsh recorded his fifth save as Tennessee improved to 5-8 in the Southeastern Conference.

Sophomore Emerson Hancock (6-2), who pitched brilliantly for the Bulldogs — yielding only five hits in eight innings — was tagged with the tough loss as Georgia (28-7) dropped to 9-4 in the SEC.

In other SEC action last night, Florida (23-15) improved to 5-8 in the SEC with a 9-5 victory over South Carolina (20-14) before a crowd of 3,414 in Gainesville.

Third baseman Cory Acton went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles while driving in two runs for the Gators. It was the second time in the last three games that the freshman from Fort Lauderdale has hit two doubles in a game.

Shortstop Brady McConnell hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to give Florida a 3-0 lead. The Gators scored ended up scoring six runs in the inning and were never seriously threatened thereafter.

The Gamecocks, coming off a 5-4 victory over UNC-Charlotte on Tuesday, dropped to 3-10 in the Southeastern Conference.

Right-hander Connor Lunn (5-1) struck out a career-high nine batters as three USC pitchers combined to toss a one-hit shutout of Utah in a 6-0 victory in Salt Lake City last night.

The Trojans, who took two out of three games against nationally-ranked Arizona State last weekend and beat Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, improved to 14-18 overall and 6-7 in the Pac-12 Conference while the hapless Utes fell to 1-12 in conference play.

Third baseman Casey Jacobsen hit two homeruns and drove in five runs as BYU (23-8) broke open a tight game with a 13-7 victory over Pepperdine (16-13) in Provo last night. The senior from Flower Mound, Texas, had three of Brigham Young’s twenty hits in the contest.

Right-handed freshman Reid McLaughlin (5-0), who struck out five and gave up just one hit while tossing a career-high five innings in relief, was credited with the victory for the Cougars.

With the victory, BYU improved to 9-4 in the West Coast Conference while Pepperdine dropped to 7-6.

Darcy G. Richardson is a historian and the author of more than a dozen books. His latest is Loyola's Improbable Ramblers: 55 Years in the Making, available now on Amazon.

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