Commodores, Tigers advance to SEC championship game



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.




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.





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.



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.





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