Gators eliminate Gamecocks from SEC Tournament

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Florida's Harrison Bader slides into home plate ahead of the tag by South Carolina's Grayson Greiner during the third inning. The top-seeded Gators won 7-2 and eliminated the Gamecocks, who were outscored 19-2 in their two games.  BUTCH DILL/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Florida's Harrison Bader slides into home plate ahead of the tag by South Carolina's Grayson Greiner during the third inning. The top-seeded Gators won 7-2 and eliminated the Gamecocks, who were outscored 19-2 in their two games.

HOOVER, Ala. — Casey Turgeon had three hits and drove in a pair of runs to lead top-seeded Florida to a 7-2 win over South Carolina Thursday in an elimination game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Gators (38-20), whose offense was stymied by Kentucky in an opening-round loss, rallied from a 2-0 deficit. They scored three unearned runs in the third, including a two-run single by Taylor Gushue, and two in the fourth.

Reliever Bobby Poyner (5-3) pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits. Josh Tobias led off the sixth with a homer for the Gators.

The Gamecocks (42-16) lost two in a row in the tournament and were outscored 19-2.

Tanner English went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI for South Carolina. Starter Jack Wynkoop (7-5) left with two outs in the third after the three unearned runs.

Florida will play Mississippi or Kentucky today.

MISSISSIPPI 7, VANDERBILT 2

Austin Anderson had a two-run single and Mississippi hitters capitalized on eight walks in a win over Vanderbilt.

The Rebels (41-17) ousted the Commodores (41-18) from the double-elimination tournament while outhitting them only 7-6.

Anderson helped Ole Miss produce a four-run seventh inning to take control of the game. Anderson and Auston Bousfield both had two hits for the Rebels.

Starter Jeremy Massie allowed one run in 41/3 innings. Aaron Greenwood (2-1) got the win with 2⅔ innings of relief, giving up one hit and a run.

Bryan Reynolds was 2 for 3 and drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for Vanderbilt. Rhett Wiseman also had two hits and Vince Conde added an RBI single.

Tyler Beede (7-7) allowed three hits and four runs, three earned, in six innings. He walked five batters.

LOUISIANA STATE 7, ARKANSAS 2

Louisiana State used consistent offensive production and another great outing by ace Aaron Nola to beat Arkansas.

LSU (42-14-1) fell behind 1-0 early, but scored at least one run in five of the next seven innings. The Tigers finished with 12 hits, including three from Tyler Moore.

Nola cruised for most of the night on the mound. The right-hander gave up two runs over 71/3 innings while striking out seven.

He’s expected to be a first-round selection in June’s Major League Baseball amateur draft.

LSU advances to Saturday’s semifinal round.

Arkansas (37-22) will face Ole Miss in an elimination game today. The Razorbacks have already beaten the Rebels once in the tournament – 2-1 on Wednesday.

The Arkansas offense managed just five hits.

Colin Poche took the loss after giving up three runs in 2⅔ innings.


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