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SEC/ACC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: S.C. eliminates Auburn from tourney

HOOVER, Ala. - Auburn's stay at the 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament ended on Thursday afternoon when South Carolina eliminated it, 5-3. The loss dropped Auburn's record to 31-28 while South Carolina improved to 40-16.

"I'm really proud, first of all and foremost, of how our team competed today," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "I thought they battled all three games of this tournament. Today was another battle for us. I thought (Michael) Roth threw the ball extremely well. Unfortunately, we didn't have many opportunities."

South Carolina jumped out to a five-run lead off of Cory Luckie (2-2) and Slade Smith in the first five innings, building a lead that ultimately proved too large for Auburn to chip away.

Auburn had just two base runners through the first four innings off of the South Carolina ace Roth (6-1). Jay Gonzalez led off the first with a single but was later picked off first and Creede Simpson hit a one-out single in the fourth but was thrown out trying to steal second.

South Carolina, meanwhile, scored single runs in the first and second as Joey Pankake doubled and scored on a Christian Walked sac fly in the first and Adam Matthews singled and scored on an Erik Payne double in the second. South Carolina would finish the game with five extra-base hits (four doubles, a triple) while Auburn had just two extra-base knocks.

South Carolina built a 4-0 lead in the fourth when LB Dantzler singled and scored and Grayson Greiner doubled and scored on a bases-loaded walk off of Smith.

LSU 11, OLE MISS 2:

HOOVER, Ala. — Jordy Snikeris homered, doubled and drove in four runs to power LSU to an 11-2 win over Mississippi Thursday in an elimination game of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

Snikeris pinch-hit in the eighth and helped the Tigers (43-15) score seven runs in the final two innings.

Tyler Hanover went 4 for 5 and scored a pair of runs for LSU, while Austin Nola’s three hits included an RBI double.

LSU starter Kevin Gausman (10-1) allowed two runs in seven innings, scattering seven hits.

Auston Bousfield had three hits, including a pair of doubles, to lead Ole Miss (35-24). His ground-rule double scored Zach Kirksey in the sixth and he doubled and scored in the first.

Alex Yarbrough had a pair of hits for the Rebels, who had allowed only a pair of runs in their first two SEC tournament games.

LSU plays the Mississippi State-Kentucky loser on Friday.

KENTUCKY 5, MISSISSIPPI STATE 1:

HOOVER, Ala. — Thomas McCarthy went 4-for-5 with an RBI and scored three runs to lead Kentucky to a 5-1 victory over Mississippi State on Thursday in the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

The victory gives Kentucky (43-15) a bye until Saturday. Mississippi State (36-22) will play LSU on Friday in an elimination game.

The Bulldogs had three hits in the first inning, including a two-out RBI single by Trey Porter, but managed only one more hit the rest of the game.

Jerad Grundy (5-3) struck out nine over six innings in picking up the victory. Alex Phillips pitched three hitless innings for his seventh save.

Kendall Graveman (4-4) took the loss, giving up six hits and two runs in only 2-1/3 innings.

Michael Williams had three hits for Kentucky and A.J. Reed was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

MSU’s Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4, while the rest of the team was 2-for-26.

VANDERBILT 2, FLORIDA 1:

HOOVER, Ala. — Riley Reynolds hit a two-run triple and Sam Selman pitched six scoreless innings to lead Vanderbilt past Florida 2-1 Thursday night in the third round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

The victory gives the Commodores (32-25) a bye until Saturday. Florida (41-17) plays South Carolina on Friday in an elimination game.

Florida’s Hudson Randall (7-2) allowed one hit through 3-2/3 innings before walking Conrad Gregor and Spencer Navin with two outs in the fourth. Reynolds then tripled to the gap in right-center field.

The Gators nearly tied the game in the seventh, but Preston Tucker’s long fly to right field was caught on the warning track. Nolan Fontana scored from third on the sacrifice fly.

Selman (9-3) struck out seven and gave up only two hits, though he walked four and hit two batters. Jared Miller gave up one hit over the final 2-1/3 to earn his first save.


ACC TOURNAMENT:

VIRGINIA 3, CLEMSON 2:

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Branden Cogswell walked with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, and Virginia rallied to beat Clemson 3-2 in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.

The fourth-seeded Cavaliers (38-15-1) erased a 2-1 deficit Thursday by manufacturing two runs in that inning. They loaded the bases with two outs and Chris Taylor was hit by a pitch from Mike Kent to force in the tying run.

Scott Firth then relieved Kent and walked Cogswell on five pitches to bring home the go-ahead run.

Jon McGibbon homered and Brad Felder gave fifth-seeded Clemson (32-25) its one-run lead when he scored on an error in the top of the eighth.

Jared King had an RBI single in the third for Virginia.

MIAMI 5, UNC 3:

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dale Carey hit a two-run home run and Miami snapped North Carolina’s 14-game winning streak by taking a 5-3 victory at the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.

Carey’s drive to left in the seventh inning on Thursday scored Stephen Perez, broke a 3-all tie and gave the sixth-seeded Hurricanes (35-20) a valuable first victory at the four-day tournament. Both Miami and second-seeded North Carolina (43-14) are 1-1 in Pool B play.

The Tar Heels loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before closer A.J. Salcines struck out Colin Moran to end it.

Brad Fieger had an RBI double and Chantz Mack added a run-scoring groundout for Miami.

North Carolina’s Grayson Atwood had a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh to tie it.