Beede pitches Vanderbilt past Texas A&M, 3-0
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Tyler Beede allowed two hits in 7-1/3 innings and Vanderbilt advanced to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament with a 3-0 victory over Texas A&M Friday night in an elimination game.
The Commodores (50-8), who lost their tournament opener to the Aggies 5-0, will face Mississippi State on Saturday.
Beede (14-0) struck out eight and walked four for Vandy, which outhit Texas A&M (32-27) by a total of 14-2. Brian Miller recorded the final five outs without allowing a hit for save No. 15.
Tony Kemp was 3 for 5 with a pair of stolen bases while five Vanderbilt players had two hits. Xavier Turner's double was the Commodores' only extra base hit.
Chance Bolcerek had a hit and a walk for Texas A&M, while Troy Stein doubled.
LSU rallies for 3-2 win over Alabama in SEC
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Tyler Moore and Ty Ross had run-scoring hits with two outs in the ninth to lead LSU to a 3-2 victory over Alabama Friday in a Southeastern Conference tournament elimination game.
The Tigers (50-9) face Arkansas in the semifinals on Saturday.
They got three straight two-out hits to take the lead in the final inning. Christian Ibarra singled and pinch-runner Jared Foster scored on Moore's double. Reliever Jay Shaw replaced Mike Oczypok and gave up Ross's RBI single.
LSU's Chris Cotton then needed just 11 pitches to strike out all three batters in the bottom of the ninth for his 14th save. Nate Fury (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth in relief of Ryan Eades for the win.
Alabama's Oczypok (4-2) allowed 10 hits in 8-2/3 innings.
Alabama had taken a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Mikey White produced an RBI triple and scored on Brett Booth's single.
Berkman, Baker power Texas past Seattle 9-5
SEATTLE (AP) - Jeff Baker hit a two-run homer and Lance Berkman added a three-run shot, both off Seattle starter Joe Saunders, and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 9-5 on Friday night.
Baker's shot in the second inning gave the Rangers the lead, but it was Berkman's fourth homer of the season into the left-field seats that broke the game open in the third and sent Saunders to his first career loss at Safeco Field. It was the first homer for Baker since May 10 and first for Berkman since May 11.
Saunders (3-5) entered the night 9-0 at Safeco Field, including a 3-0 mark with a 0.94 ERA this season. But Saunders gave up six earned runs and eight hits in just five innings and the Mariners lost their seventh straight.
Allen to match fans' donations for tornado relief
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The American Red Cross will be accepting donations from fans attending the Memphis Grizzlies' next two home games in the Western Conference finals against San Antonio, and guard Tony Allen will matching those gifts.
Allen played at Oklahoma State in college, and he said Friday seeing the damage from Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., hurt him. He says he encourages everybody to do what they can and hopes they can come up with something big Saturday.
Volunteers will be collecting donations Saturday and Monday at the FedExForum. The Grizzlies are supporting the American Red Cross' tornado relief on radio broadcasts, social media and with planned promotions during the games.
Judge orders more monitoring for Cowboys DT
DALLAS (AP) - A judge has ordered more alcohol monitoring for a Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle awaiting trial on an intoxicated manslaughter charge.
Josh Brent is charged in the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown Jr., a Cowboys' practice squad player. Police say Brent's blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Brent appeared in court Friday for a hearing. He's been free on $100,000 bond, but prosecutors say he violated the terms of his release by setting off an alcohol monitoring device and failing to download data from it as required.
Judge Robert Burns said Friday that he would not raise Brent's bond, but ordered the extra monitoring.
Brent's career remains on hold pending the outcome of the case. His trial date is scheduled for September on the intoxicated manslaughter charge.
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