COLUMBIA — Pinch hitter Jackson Slaid and Mason Katz had RBI singles in the 10th inning as Louisiana State University defeated South Carolina 3-2 on Saturday to clinch its 15th Southeastern Conference title.
The Tigers (42-14, 19-11) did their share at Carolina Stadium, then got to celebrate all over again on the trip back to campus after losses by Kentucky and Florida gave them their first outright crown since 2003. LSU shared the SEC championship in 2009 with Ole Miss.
Losses by Florida at Auburn and Kentucky at Mississippi State gave the Gamecocks (39-15, 18-11) the SEC Eastern Division top spot and a bye in next week’s conference tournament.
This is the Tigers first SEC title since 2009, also the last time the program won the College World Series.
ALABAMA 6, GEORGIA 4
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jared Reaves and Jon Kelton had two RBI apiece to lead Alabama (21-34, 9-21 SEC) to a win over Georgia.
Levi Hyams was 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Bulldogs (31-24, 14-15), who will be the No. 8 seed in the SEC Tournament.
GEORGIA TECH 2, MIAMI 1
In Atlanta, Cole Pitts pitched seven innings of two-hit ball as Georgia Tech (32-24, 12-18) clinched the eighth and final spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with a win over Miami (34-19, 16-14).
WAKE FOREST 7, CLEMSON 0
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Brian Holmes threw six shutout innings, Charlie Morgan and Carlos Lopez drove in two runs apiece and Wake Forest (32-22, 13-17) knocked off Clemson in the regular-season finale. The Tigers
(32-24, 16-14) will be the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament.
WOFFORD 8-3, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 5-1
In Spartanburg, S.C., Wofford (22-32,9-21 Southern Conference) swept a doubleheader against Georgia Southern (30-26,15-15) to close out the regular season.