Vanderbilt blasts Georgia 10-0 in SEC tourney
HOOVER, Ala. | Tony Kemp drove in three runs and two Vanderbilt pitchers combined to throw a 1-hitter as the Commodores beat Georgia 10-0 Wednesday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
The Commodores (45-9) scored four times in bottom of the seventh to end the game, which was shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.
Vanderbilt starter T.J. Pecoraro gave up one hit before leaving the game in the fourth inning with a forearm injury on his right arm. His replacement, Kevin Ziomek, allowed no hits over the final 3 2-3 innings.
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Offensively, the Commodores pounded out 14 hits, 11 of them off Georgia starter Michael Palazzone.
Vanderbilt will play South Carolina in the second round, while Georgia (28-29) will face Auburn in an elimination game.
Florida has 7-5 comeback win over Mississippi State
HOOVER, Ala. | Brian Johnson's seventh-inning grand slam has propelled Florida to a 7-5 comeback victory over Mississippi State in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
Florida will play Game 1 winner Alabama on Thursday afternoon while Mississippi State takes on Arkansas in an elimination game Thursday morning.
A solo homer and a two-run triple by Nick Vickerson helped Mississippi State build a 5-2 lead entering the bottom of the seventh.
Florida (42-15) then loaded the bases on a hit batter, a walk and a single prior to Johnson's home run.
Steven Rodriguez (3-1) picked up the win. Austin Maddox pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
Vickerson and C.T. Bradford each had two hits for the Bulldogs (34-22) but the rest of the MSU lineup was a combined 3-for-25.
Alabama opens tourney with 7-4 win over Arkansas
HOOVER, Ala. | Alabama scored five runs in the top of the first inning on the way to a 7-4 victory over Arkansas on Wednesday morning to open the double-elimination Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
Alabama will play the winner of Wednesday's Mississippi State-Florida game on Thursday afternoon, while Arkansas will play the loser of that game Thursday morning.
The Crimson Tide (33-24) scored four of the first-inning runs with two outs. Brett Booth had a two-run single and Andrew Miller and Hunter Gregory each followed with RBI hits, chasing the Razorbacks' starter, Randall Fant (3-4).
Alabama starting pitcher Nathan Kilcrease (7-4) struck out 10 and walked one over eight innings. Jonathan Smart retired the Razorbacks in order in the ninth inning, striking out the final two batters for his 10th save.