Commodores, Tigers advance to SEC championship game

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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.

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Mississippi State's Hunter Renfroe (34) collides with Vanderbilt shortstop Vince Conde in the eighth inning of their Southeastern Conference Tournament baseball game at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala., Saturday, May 25, 2013. Woodruff was unsuccessful in breaking up a double play.   DAVE MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Mississippi State's Hunter Renfroe (34) collides with Vanderbilt shortstop Vince Conde in the eighth inning of their Southeastern Conference Tournament baseball game at the Hoover Met in Hoover, Ala., Saturday, May 25, 2013. Woodruff was unsuccessful in breaking up a double play.

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.

LOUISIANA STATE 3,

ARKANSAS 1

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.

ACC TOURNAMENT

VIRGINIA 7,

FLORIDA STATE 4 (12 INNINGS)

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.

MIAMI 7, CLEMSON 0

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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