HOOVER, Ala. — Tony Kemp, Conrad Gregor and Zander Wiel each drove in three runs to power Vanderbilt to a 16-8 win over Mississippi State on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals.
The top-seeded Commodores (51-8) will face Louisiana State University today in their third consecutive trip to the championship game. Vanderbilt is 0-3 in the title game since winning the 2007 championship.
The Commodores had 19 hits – including 17 singles – and scored seven runs in the second inning and five in the fifth. The Bulldogs (43-17) had 14 hits.
Gregor, Harrell and Wiel each had three hits for Vanderbilt, which has won three in a row since dropping its opener to Texas A&M.
LOUISIANA STATE 3,
Hunter Newman and four Louisiana State University relievers combined on a one-hitter to lead the Tigers into the SEC championship game.
Christian Ibarra went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI for LSU (51-9), which will seek its 10th SEC Tournament title and its first since 2010 today.
Arkansas (37-20), which was hitless until the sixth inning, capitalized on two errors and a pair of walks to take a 1-0 lead in the third.
Chris Cotton pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save.
FLORIDA STATE 4 (12 INNINGS)
In Durham, N.C., Kenny Towns’ three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning lifted Virginia (47-10) past Florida State (44-15).
Towns finished with four RBIs and Joe McCarthy also homered for the third-seeded Cavaliers (47-10). They trailed by three early before rallying to finish the tournament 2-1.
Florida State lost its fourth consecutive game and finished the tournament 0-3.
MIAMI 7, CLEMSON 0
Bryan Radziewski threw eight shutout innings and Miami (36-23) beat Clemson (39-20).
The eighth-seeded Hurricanes sent the fifth-seeded Tigers to an 0-3 finish in Durham.
Brad Fieger gave the Hurricanes all the offense they would need with a two-run double in the first inning.
Steven Duggar had two hits to lead Clemson, which made three errors.
The Tigers will enter the NCAA Tournament on a five-game losing streak.