LSU nips Vanderbilt in SEC title game

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HOOVER, Ala. — Pinch-hitter Chris Sciambra’s single in the top of the 11th inning scored Jared Foster and lifted Louisiana State University to a 5-4 victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game.

Vanderbilt's Mike Yastrzemski is caught stealing by LSU's Casey Yocom during the SEC title game. The Tigers knocked off the Commodores on Sunday to win their record 10th SEC Tournament title.  DAVE MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAVE MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Vanderbilt's Mike Yastrzemski is caught stealing by LSU's Casey Yocom during the SEC title game. The Tigers knocked off the Commodores on Sunday to win their record 10th SEC Tournament title.

It was the Tigers’ first hit in 6⅔ innings against Vandy relievers. LSU (52-9) claimed its SEC-best 10th tournament title in a battle of the top two seeds and teams that figure to be among the favorites to contend for a national title.

The Commodores (51-9) have lost in the championship game the past three years and are 0-4 since winning in 2007.

Foster was hit by a pitch from reliever Brian Miller with one out and stole second. Sciambra, batting for Andrew Stevenson, singled up the middle and the throw to the plate was off line.

LSU closer Chris Cotton (4-1) got three straight groundouts in the ninth.

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

NORTH CAROLINA 4, VIRGINIA TECH 1

In Durham, N.C., Skye Bolt drove in two runs and North Carolina beat Virginia Tech in the championship game.

Taylore Cherry worked five solid innings in his first career start to help the top-seeded Tar Heels (52-8) earn their sixth ACC tournament title but just their second since 1990.

North Carolina claimed its 19th straight victory against the Hokies (38-20) and denied them their first conference title since they won the Atlantic-10 Tournament in 2000.

SOUTH CAROLINA TO PLAY HOST TO NCAA REGIONAL

South Carolina is one of four Southeastern Conference schools that will play host to regionals in the NCAA Tournament. The 16 regional sites were announced Sunday night.

The Gamecocks will be joined by Louisiana State University, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has five regional hosts, including Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The other host teams are Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Indiana, Cal State Fullerton, Louisville and Kansas State.

The rest of the 64-team field will be announced today.

– Associated Press

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