Around the Horn 2/14
Recapping other college teams from around the state:
Jacksonville State 3
Appalachian State 4 (13)
Preseason All American Gamecock P Ben Tootle was used up quickly (81 pitches/ 16 batters/ 4 innings) and had some minor control problems (3 Walks/1 HBP) but allowed 0 hits and 1 run (unearned). The Moutaineers got three straight 2 out singles to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth before coming through in the bottom of the 13th.
(19) Kentucky 8
The new-look Trojans, playing in the Caravelle Resort Invitational, in Myrtle Beach, SC couldn't overcome some early inning mistakes, and fell to the nationally ranked Cats led by stud pitches LH James Patterson (6ip/6h/2r)
Early on, the biggest problem was that junior right-hander Jason Walls (0-1) had a hard time finding the strike zone on a consistent basis. The Valley, Ala., native walked five in three innings of work while also allowing five hits and striking out just two.
South Alabama 9
JuCo Transfer and former LSU Tiger Matt Jackson, , had an impressive debut (7.1 ip/10k/2h/0r) as the Jags overwhelmed the visiting Bears. Jackson is now 11-0 in his college career.
(16) Alabama 5
SE Missouri 1
Tide C Vin DiFazio, returning after 2 years battling injury, had a happy homecoming at Sewell-Thomas, with an RBI Triple, and 2 run HR.
Kennessaw St 5
The Bulldogs also used some walk-off heroics to win their season opener. SU 3B Marcus Rodriguez singled up the middle with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in Mason Meredeth to top the visiting Owls.
St. Francis (IN) 4
Alabama A&M 1
A&M dropped a tough one to start the season. Outhitting the visiting Bulldogs 8 to 6, but falling to the NAIA Cougars making the long trip from Ft. Wayne.
Alabama State 5 – Morehouse 3
Morehouse 8 – Alabama State 0