Florida, LSU to square off in SEC championship game

 

HOOVER, Ala. — Josh Tobias’s single with two outs in the eighth drove in the go-ahead run and Florida beat Kentucky 6-5 on Saturday to move into the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game.

The top-seeded Gators (40-20), who lost their tournament opener to the Wildcats (35-23), face Louisiana State on Sunday seeking their second championship in four years.

Florida reliever Eric Hanhold (4-3) left runners stuck at second base in both the bottom of the eighth and ninth.

Hanhold got Storm Wilson to ground out to end the game. He pitched 3⅓ scoreless innings, striking out four and allowing two hits.

Harrison Bader went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs for the Gators. The No. 9 hitter, Tobias had two hits and scored twice while driving in his eighth run of the year to score Ryan Larson.

Kentucky’s Austin Cousino drove in a pair of runs while Max Kuhn also had two RBI.

 

LOUISIANA STATE 11, ARKANSAS 1

Kyle Bouman carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and LSU hit three home runs to advance into the tournament championship game with a victory over Arkansas.

The defending champion Tigers (43-14-1) scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to win via the 10-run rule. They have won their first three tournament games by a combined 29-4.

Kade Scivicque went 3 for 4 with a homer, double and three RBI. Tyler Moore and Conner Hale also homered for the Tigers, who had 16 hits.

The Razorbacks (38-23) trailed 8-0 when they put their first three batters on base in the sixth. Bouman (5-2) walked Eric Fisher with the bases loaded for the only run.

The lefthander allowed two hits in six innings.

LSU is seeking its fifth tournament championship in seven years.

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