Auburn walk-off highlights Day 1 in Hoover

By: The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Auburn players celebrate their win with infielder Edouard Julien (10) after he drove in the winning run during the 11th inning of a Southeastern Conference tournament NCAA college baseball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Hoover, Ala. Auburn won 4-3. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Auburn players celebrate their win with infielder Edouard Julien (10) after he drove in the winning run during the 11th inning of a Southeastern Conference tournament NCAA college baseball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Hoover, Ala. Auburn won 4-3. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

— Edouard Julien singled home the winning run in the 11th inning Tuesday as No. 7 seed Auburn beat Kentucky 4-3 to eliminate the 10th-seeded Wildcats from the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Auburn (38-19) advances to the double-elimination portion of the tournament and faces No. 2 seed Mississippi (42-14) on Wednesday.

Julien's one-out single to center field off Zack Thompson (2-1) scored pinch runner Cade Evans from second base. Brett Wright singled and Brendan Venter walked to start the winning rally.

Kentucky (34-22) wasted a brilliant performance from Sean Hjelle, who struck out nine and allowed just four hits in 7 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Kole Cottam hit a solo homer for Kentucky and had a game-tying RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning.

Auburn's Will Holland had a solo shot and scored twice. Freshman Cody Greenhill (4-2) allowed Cottam's game-tying double but pitched three innings of scoreless relief.

LSU 8, Mississippi State 5

Antoine Duplantis had three hits and two RBIs to lead LSU to an 8-5 victory over Mississippi State Tuesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The defending champion Tigers (34-23), who have won a league-best 12 tournament titles, face top-seeded Florida Wednesday when the format moves to double elimination. The Bulldogs (31-25) await their NCAA regional fate.

LSU rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a pair of runs in three consecutive innings. The Tigers took the lead in the seventh when Jake Slaughter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Nick Coomes delivered a sacrifice fly. Devin Fontenot (2-0) got the win.

Mississippi State had two hits in the ninth but couldn't produce a run against reliever Todd Peterson, who got the save. The Bulldogs' Tanner Allen and Josh Hatcher each drove in two runs.

Texas A&M 3, Vanderbilt 1

Kaylor Chafin and Nolan Hoffman combined to scatter eight hits Tuesday as 11th-seeded Texas A&M eliminated No. 6 seed Vanderbilt 3-1 on the first day of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Texas A&M withstood an hour-long rain delay to advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament. The Aggies (37-19) face No. 3 seed Georgia (37-17) on Wednesday.

Chafin (5-0) struck out five and allowed six hits, one run and one walk in six innings. Hoffman yielded two hits in three innings of shutout relief for his 13th save.

Vanderbilt (31-25) led 1-0 before Texas A&M scored twice in the fifth inning. Cole Bedford singled home Allonte Wingate to tie the game and later scored an unearned run.

Michael Helman's two-out bunt single brought home George Janca for an insurance run in the seventh.

Vanderbilt's Tyler Brown (1-4) allowed five hits and two runs - one earned - in five innings.

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