Florida defeats Alabama 6-0 in SEC tournament
HOOVER, Ala. | Hudson Randall threw eight shutout innings and Bryson Smith went 4-for-5 with three RBI to lead Florida to a 6-0 victory over Alabama in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
Alabama (33-25) will play Arkansas on Friday in an elimination game while the Gators (43-15) will receive a third-round bye.
Florida took a quick 4-0 lead with two runs in the first inning and two in the second off Alabama starter Adam Morgan (5-6).
That was more than enough for Randall (9-3), who gave up only four hits and a walk and got Alabama to ground into three double plays. Randall retired 12 consecutive batters from the second inning through the fifth.
Florida's Daniel Pigott went 4-for-4, stole two bases and scored three runs.
Georgia rallies, eliminates Auburn 3-2
HOOVER, Ala. | A throwing error by Auburn shortstop Casey McElroy allowed Georgia to score two runs in a three-run sixth inning, giving the Bulldogs a 3-2 comeback victory Thursday that eliminated the Tigers from the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
The loss left Auburn (29-29) with a non-winning record, meaning they are ineligible for the NCAA tournament. The win kept the NCAA tournament chances alive for the Bulldogs (29-29). They will play on Friday the loser of Thursday's Vanderbilt-South Carolina game.
McElroy hit a fourth-inning home run to give Auburn a 1-0 lead. Tony Caldwell followed with a double and later scored on a Georgia error.
An RBI double by Zach Cone cut the lead to 2-1. McElroy's error let Kyle Farmer and Cone score
Arkansas eliminates Mississippi State with 7-2 win
HOOVER, Ala. | Arkansas took advantage of two wild pitches and two fielding errors by Mississippi State in a 7-2 win Thursday that eliminated the Bulldogs from the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
The Razorbacks will advance to Friday's third round game against the loser of Thursday afternoon's Alabama-Florida game.
James McCann went 4-for-5 with two RBI, part of a 14-hit game for the Razorbacks (37-19). The top five batters in the Arkansas lineup combined to go 12-for-22.
Arkansas starter D.J. Baxendale (9-2) held the Bulldogs (34-23) to six hits and two runs over five innings.
MSU starter Nick Routt (2-3) struck out the side in the first inning but gave up three singles and threw two wild pitches.
The Bulldogs' Jarrod Parks went 2-for-4.
Pitcher has season-ending injury at SEC tourney
HOOVER, Ala. | Vanderbilt freshman T.J. Pecoraro will miss the rest of the season after hurting his right pitching arm in the Commodores' opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Pecoraro left in the fourth inning of a 10-0 win over Georgia on Wednesday night with discomfort in his forearm. He will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Nashville. The freshman from Dix Hills, N.Y., went 7-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 17 games with six starts.
Coach Tim Corbin says he's disappointed for Pecorarao after a great freshman season.
Vanderbilt, a co-champ of the SEC in the regular season, is hoping to host an NCAA regional.