HOOVER, Ala. — Three pitchers combined to allow four hits and Riley Reynolds drove in both Vanderbilt runs in a 2-1 victory over Florida at the SEC tournament on Thursday.
The loss sent the No. 3-seeded Gators into an elimination game against No. 2 South Carolina at 7:30 tonight (BHSN).
Sam Selman struck out seven over six innings for No. 5 Vandy, which meets the Gators-Gamecocks winner in Game 2 of a semifinal doubleheader that starts at noon Saturday.
Florida's Hudson Randall retired 11 of his first 12 batters, but he issued consecutive two-out walks in the fourth. And Reynolds followed with shot to right-center. The Gators nearly tied it in the seventh, but Plant High graduate Preston Tucker's drive was caught on the warning track for just a sac fly.
More Florida: Pitcher/first baseman Brian Johnson and pitcher/infielder Austin Maddox are among the 10 finalists for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Fellow junior Nolan Fontana is a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award for the nation's top shortstop. The winners will be announced June 30.
Miami stays alive: Dale Carey's two-run homer in the seventh broke a 3-3 tie as No. 6 Miami beat No. 2 North Carolina 5-3 at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. A loss would have meant Miami couldn't make the final. Instead, it, UNC, No. 7 Wake Forest and No. 3 N.C. State are 1-1 in round-robin pool play. Miami faces Wake at 7 tonight. In the other pool, No. 1 Florida State (0-1) faces No. 5 Clemson (0-1) at 3 today and No. 8 Georgia Tech (1-0) faces No. 4 Virginia (1-0) at 11 a.m.
Conference commissioners are again considering a plus-one system for Division I-A football, CBSSports.com reported.
The report came a day after Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told the Wall Street Journal, "It's possible that (a plus-one) could get some traction."
Scott called the game between champions of the Big 12 and SEC that begins in 2014 a "game-changer." Under the plus-one, the winners of that game and the Rose Bowl, between champions of the Pac-12 and Big Ten, could play in a championship.
The ACC's John Swofford and Big 12's Chuck Neinas said they still favor a four-team playoff. The Big Ten's Jim Delany and SEC's Mike Slive were not available for comment.
Florida: For a limited time, football season-ticket orders are being accepted. To order, go to gatorzone.com/tickets or call toll-free 1-800-344-2867, ext. 6800.
Ohio St.: Athletic director Gene Smith said his department is looking into 12 additional NCAA violations but they are minor, like the 46 he previously said are being investigated. There is no timetable for findings. Big Ten associate commissioner Chad Hawley said the league is "not concerned."
Sun Belt: The league will not invite Idaho and New Mexico State to join. The two are the only football-playing schools not leaving the WAC after this season. The Mountain West previously said it would not invite the pair. Neither school commented on its options, which could include dropping down to I-AA.
Tennis: Florida's Lauren Embree and Allie Will each won to advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA singles tournament in Athens, Ga. Joanna Mather and Sofie Oyen, and both of the Gators' remaining men, Nassim Slilam and Bob van Overbeek, were eliminated. In doubles, Embree and Mather won a first-round match to reach the round of 16. Will and Oyen, and Slilam and Billy Federhofer lost.
Women's golf: Florida shot 9-over 297 to sit tied for 11th, 15 shots behind first-place Alabama, at the NCAA championship in Franklin, Tenn. Camilla Hedberg shot 2-over 74 to sit seven back of first-place Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma and Giulia Molinaro of Arizona State entering today's final round. FSU's Maria Salinas shot 79 and was tied for 121st.
Women's basketball: Morgan Jones, a 6-foot-2 guard from Altamonte Springs, transferred to FSU after one season at Northwestern. She will sit out the upcoming season. Last season, the McDonald's All-American averaged 14.1 points and six rebounds. Jones is the second transfer to join FSU. Yashira Delgado, a 5-2 guard, came from Hillsborough Community College and is eligible immediately.