Advertisement

Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at tampabay.com/coronavirus. Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

Gators advance to SEC title game

South Carolina managed to stop its Southeastern Conference tournament curse.

But the streaking Florida Gators were much tougher to vanquish.

Matt Siegel drove in five runs and Florida scored seven times in the second inning to beat the top-seeded Gamecocks 12-4 Saturday and move on to the title game.

The Gators (41-20-1) will be looking for their first tournament championship since 1991 today against LSU in a winner-take-all game. The Tigers beat Alabama 6-5 on Saturday.

The Gators could certainly improve their NCAA region seeding with a win, but first things first.

"It's still a championship game, and if we win, we'll all be part of a championship team," Florida coach Andy Lopez said.

Both teams are 3-0 in the tournament while Florida has won seven straight.

The Gamecocks (52-8) managed to end a 13-game dry spell at the tournament with two wins. The final game was more reminiscent of South Carolina teams of old: 5 errors, 7 walks and 4 wild pitches.

"I can't remember us having this bad of a game all season," South Carolina coach Ray Tanner said. "I hope we got it out of our system and we play better in the regionals. You can't play the way we did and expect to win."

The game ended on the eight-run mercy rule in the eighth, after Florida pushed across three runs. The Gamecocks still are virtual locks to be a No. 1 seed when they host a region, bidding for their first trip to the College World Series since 1985.

Eddie Rojas (6-0) gave up 4 runs, 7 hits and 6 walks in five innings to earn the win.

ACC: Georgia Tech ousts FSU,

beats Clemson to win title

FORT MILL, S.C. _ Georgia Tech broke Clemson's heart and broke a 12-year title drought to win the ACC tournament 8-4.

Mark Teixeira's two-run double down the rightfield line in the seventh gave Tech a 5-4 lead.

Jason Basil, tournament MVP, followed with a run-scoring sacrifice fly and Georgia Tech had its first ACC title since 1988.

Earlier in the day, Yellow Jackets starter Philip Perry eliminated Florida State.

"That guy really held us down," said FSU coach Mike Martin, whose team lost 10-3. "I thought with him being a freshman and maybe a little anxious, we'd jump on him pretty good."

Instead, it was Perry _ "I was definitely a little nervous," he said _ who overcame the butterflies in his first ACC start, holding FSU to seven hits and three runs in seven innings.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Advertisement
Advertisement