LSU junior righty Aaron Nola was roughed up by Tennessee bats Friday night as he struggled with command surrendering eight hits, four walks and committing two errors while striking out four as LSU escapes on a walk-off hit to beat the Volunteers 8-7. In contrast, Auburn senior right-hander Dillon Ortman was sharp, allowing an earned run over 8.1 innings as the Tigers downed Arkansas 2-1 in SEC baseball action.
Nola allowed a season high five earned runs over 5.2 innings of work, his shortest outing of the season, and has allowed 16 hits and seven earned runs over his last 13 and one-third innings pitched for a 1.65 WHIP and 4.73 ERA.
Ortman allowed hits to pile up on him in the fifth with three singles that scored the only Razorbacks’ run on the night. Ortman retired the first eight batters he faced and then after the fifth, cruised until the ninth when he gave way to the Tigers’ closer Jordan Ebert who would close the game.
Ortman improved to 8-2 while getting the better of a pitching duel with Hogs’ starter Trey Killian who allowed two unearned runs over eight innings in the loss while striking out eight hitters. Killian allowed four hits and a walk while falling to 2-7 on the year.
No. 14 Ole Miss ace Chris Ellis was solid allowing two earned runs on five hits, three walks while hitting two batters over seven innings of work as the Rebels pounded Kentucky 12-4. Ellis improved to 6-0 on the season while striking out five while throwing his seventh quality start on the season.
No. 13 Alabama junior righty Spencer Turnbull struggled for a second consecutive start six runs, four earned on six hits and six walks as the Tide falls to No. 8 South Carolina 9-3. Turnbull falls to 5-3 and has allowed eight earned runs over his last two starts for a 5.40 ERA over the outings.