HOOVER, Ala. — Justin Bryant hit a solo home run and threw 1⅓ scoreless innings of late relief to help Auburn beat Georgia 3-2 Wednesday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.
Georgia trailed 3-0 in the eighth before scoring twice on RBI singles by Nelson Ward and Conor Welton.
Bryant, Auburn’s designated hitter, came in to pitch and struck out Joey Delmonico to end the eighth. Then in the ninth he got Colby May to line out to end the game with the bases loaded.
The Tigers (31-27) play South Carolina or Vanderbilt in today’s third round. The loss knocked Georgia (31-26) out of the tournament.
On Tuesday night, Spencer Navin had two hits and two RBI as Vanderbilt beat Georgia 4-1.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 3,
LOUISIANA STATE 2
Demarcus Henderson drove in Mitch Slauter with a sixth-inning single to give Mississippi State a victory over top-seeded Louisiana State in the second round.
LSU (42-15) will play Mississippi today in an elimination game, while Mississippi State (36-21) will take on Kentucky.
MISSISSIPPI 2, ARKANSAS 0
Mike Mayers pitched seven scoreless innings and Mississippi (35-23) eliminated Arkansas (39-19.
Mayers (5-3) struck out eight and allowed five hits and one walk for the Rebels (35-23).
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 3,
In Greensboro, N.C., Ryan Mathews walked with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to force in the winning run and lift North Carolina State (39-15) past Miami (34-20) in the first round.
Jake Fincher had a run-scoring groundout in the sixth for the Wolfpack.
NORTH CAROLINA 6,
WAKE FOREST 0
Jacob Stallings drove in two runs and six North Carolina pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Tar Heels (43-13) knocked off Wake Forest (32-24).