Mississippi State wallops Arkansas in SEC Tournament

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HOOVER, Ala. — Wes Rea’s three-run homer helped Mississippi State defeat Arkansas 9-1 on Tuesday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Mississippi State's Wes Rea stretches to catch a throw and complete a double play against Arkansas' Brian Anderson in the sixth inning Tuesday.  DAVE MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAVE MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mississippi State's Wes Rea stretches to catch a throw and complete a double play against Arkansas' Brian Anderson in the sixth inning Tuesday.

Rea’s home run, his fifth of the season, came in the second inning off Arkansas starter Ryne Stanek (6-4), who has
not won since beginning the season 6-0.

The Bulldogs (35-21) led 3-1 entering the ninth, then used two Arkansas (39-18) throwing errors and a passed ball to scored six unearned runs.

Brandon Woodruff (1-2) struck out five and allowed two hits over five innings to get the win.

KENTUCKY 2, MISSISSIPPI 0

A.J. Reed pitched 5⅔ scoreless innings and went 4 for 4 with a home run to lead Kentucky.

Reed (5-2) and Taylor Rogers combined to throw a seven-hitter.

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Kentucky (42-15).The loss was the fifth in a row for the Rebels (34-23).

FLORIDA 6, AUBURN 1

Justin Shafer had three RBI and Jonathon Crawford struck out nine as Florida (41-16) beat Auburn (30-27).

Crawford (5-2) and three relievers combined to pitch a three-hitter. After a leadoff single in the third by Bobby Andrews, the Tigers did not manage another hit until the ninth.

Shafer drove in two runs with a second-inning single off Auburn starter Jon Luke Jacobs (5-4).

TODAY’S GAMES

• Mississippi vs. Arkansas,  10:30 a.m. (SportSouth)

• LSU vs. Mississippi State, 2 p.m. (SportSouth)

• Auburn vs. Vanderbilt-Georgia loser, 5:30 (CSS)

• South Carolina vs. TBD, 9 (CSS)

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