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Florida Southern ousts Saint Leo

Florida Southern took advantage of two big innings to eliminate Saint Leo 7-5 Friday in the NCAA Division II South Region at Baseball City Stadium.

The Moccasins (47-12) scored four runs on five hits in the third inning and three more in the seventh and held the Lions (37-20) to two baserunners in the final three innings.

Florida Southern's Jeremy Ward (10-0) picked up the win, allowing five runs on 10 hits in six innings. The Lions' Joe Ricciardi (5-6) took the loss by giving up six runs on 11 hits, striking out eight and walking five.

Tampa also was eliminated, losing 4-3 to Gardner-Webb in 10 innings and 7-1 to Florida Southern.

Florida Southern faces Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m. today. If the Mocs win, they play again at 7

p.m. for the title.

SEC tournament

HOOVER, Ala. _ Chris Plummer's bases loaded double sparked a seven-run fifth inning as South Carolina ousted Kentucky 12-5 and set a school record for wins.

South Carolina (52-7) had lost the opener to Kentucky (38-20-1), but used a pair of big innings to win the second meeting. The Gamecocks also had four runs in the first.

All-SEC right-hander Scott Barber (8-1) allowed two runs on six hits in five innings of relief. He earned his 13th save Thursday against Auburn, but left Saturday after he was hit in the right forearm by a line drive in the seventh.

Drew Meyer and Brennan Dees both went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored for South Carolina. Nate Janowicz doubled twice and singled.

Seven Gamecocks drove in runs.

Seth Morris and Jeff Meade had two hits and an RBI apiece for Kentucky.

The Gamecocks pounced on starter Rob Corrado for four runs in the first inning. Tripp Kelly's homer capped the damage.

Corrado (5-3) settled down after that, retiring 12 straight batters before the backbreaking fifth.

South Carolina had 51 wins in 1975.

In the other half of the bracket, Kelley Gulledge, Aaron Clark and Ben King each hit two-run homers to help keep Alabama alive with a 12-4 win against Georgia.

The Crimson Tide (38-21) must beat LSU twice today to get a chance at its fifth title in six years.

_ Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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