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College baseball roundup: Georgia, Auburn, Alabama lose

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Georgia led by one against top-ranked Florida in the sixth inning Sunday, but Daniel Pigott's three-run homer highlighted the Gators' four-run frame as the Bulldogs lost 6-3 at McKethan Stadium.

Florida (31-9, 11-7 SEC) won the series 2-1 against Georgia (24-17, 8-10).

UGA reliever Bryan Benzor (4-2) took the loss.

The Bulldogs out-hit the Gators 9-8 -- as nine batters contributed one hit apiece -- but they left nine runners on base while Florida stranded five.

Georgia returns to action at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday in Atlanta at Turner Field against Georgia Tech in the annual Kaufmann Tire Spring Baseball Classic for Kids. Tickets can be purchased for $12 via Ticketmaster, and all proceeds benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.SOUTH CAROLINA 11, AUBURN 7

AUBURN, Ala. -- The Tigers brought the tying run to the plate twice in the ninth inning, but Patrick Savage and Dan Glevenyak struck out looking as Auburn failed to avoid a sweep at the hands of No. 6 South Carolina.

The loss dropped Auburn to 21-19 overall and 7-11 in the SEC; two-time defending national champion South Carolina improved to 30-11 and 11-7.

Kody Ortman went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and one run for the Tigers. Starting pitcher Daniel Koger (2-4) suffered the loss. He allowed eight runs in 4 1-3 innings, but only three runs were earned as Auburn made four errors.

The Tigers have lost eight of their past nine SEC games. Auburn out-hit South Carolina 36-29 in the series but was out-scored 28-15.VANDERBILT 9,ALABAMA 7

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Crimson Tide freshman Ben Moore went 4-for-4 with two runs and one RBI, but Alabama allowed seven runs in the final two innings and squandered a chance to sweep the series against Vanderbilt at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

The Tide fell to 16-25 overall and 6-12 in the SEC. Vanderbilt improved to 18-22 and 7-11.

It looked as though Alabama would complete its first home, back-to-back SEC series sweeps since 2002, but the Commodores used a five-run eighth inning to tie the game at 7-7 then a two-run ninth to earn the win.

Freshman reliever Jake Hubbard (2-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on four hits during the final 1 1-3 innings.