HOOVER, Ala. | Micah Gibbs broke a tie with a two-run single in the fifth inning and Paul Bertuccini got the final four outs to help LSU beat Georgia for the second time Saturday night, 3-2, and advance to the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.
The top-seeded and defending champion Tigers (45-16) have won four straight games to set up a meeting with No. 8 seed Vanderbilt for the title on Sunday. The title game was moved up three hours to noon CDT because of forecast bad weather.
The second game was shortened to seven innings because of the late start.
LSU had stayed alive earlier with a 16-0 rout, scoring seven runs in the first inning and not letting up even after a 4-hour, 28-minute rain delay in a 16-0 rout.
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Daniel Bradshaw (4-0) pitched a complete-game three-hitter for the Tigers, who won by the mercy rule after seven innings.