Please, sir, may I have another? That's what Wally Pontiff was thinking after watching a juicy fastball cross the middle of the plate for a strike.
Two pitches later, the LSU freshman got his wish and hit a grand slam to propel the Tigers to the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament title with a 9-6 win over Florida on Sunday.
"I said to myself, "If this guy throws me the same pitch, I think I can hit it out of the park,' " Pontiff said. "He went 3-and-1 and I saw the same pitch he threw before and I just hit it good."
The Tigers (43-17) rode that slam and Jeremy Witten's two-run shot to a seven-run first inning. That proved enough for their first SEC tournament title since 1994. They finished 4-0 in the tournament and scored 44 runs.
Pontiff went 3-for-4 to earn MVP honors. He was 8-for-13 (.615) with seven RBI. His slam, which sailed just inside the rightfield foul pole to greet reliever Kenny Birch, was the fifth in tournament history.
The Gators (41-21-1) had a seven-game winning streak halted, committing five errors and walking eight batters.
They outhit the Tigers 13-9.
"They did a magnificent job of jumping on us early and making them chase us all day," Gator coach Andy Lopez said.
LSU's Brad Hawpe set the SEC single-season doubles mark with his 32nd. Georgia's Doug Radziewicz (1991) and Alabama's Dave Magadan (1983) shared the record.
GEORGIA TECH 8, CLEMSON 4: The Yellow Jackets (47-14) used a three-run seventh to take a 5-4 lead and went on win the Atlantic Coast Conference title in Fort Mill, S.C. The Yellow Jackets took the lead for good when a sacrifice fly by tournament MVP Jason Basil scored Brad Stockton. Florida State's Marshall McDougall made the all-tournament team at second base.
MIAMI 17, N.Y. TECH 3: Javy Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with two runs, one double and five RBI, leftfielder Kevin Brown had six RBI and two home runs and outfielder Mark Walker scored four for the Hurricanes (37-17-1).
GEORGIA 5, STANFORD 4: Marissa Catlin and Lori Grey of Georgia defeated Teryn Ashley and Marissa Irvin 8-8 (7-3 in the tiebreaker) in the deciding match at No. 1 doubles, as the Bulldogs won the NCAA title in Pepperdine, Calif. Georgia (27-2) won the title for the second time in school history. Stanford (30-1) had its 48-match winning streak snapped.
FLORIDA 4, DUKE 2: No. 1 Jeff Morrison, No. 2 Justin O'Neal, No. 4 Olivier Levant won singles matches and the Gators swept the doubles matches to advance to the semifinals in Athens, Ga. UF plays Stanford at 4 p.m. today.
UCLA 7, FLORIDA STATE 1: The Seminoles (51-27) fell to UCLA (43-11-1) in the championship game of the Los Angeles region of the NCAA Tournament. FSU's Serita Brooks, Andi Lyons, Leslie Malerich and Staci Brandon were named to an all-tournament team.
CALIFORNIA 2, FLORIDA 1: The Gators, playing to reach the region final, were eliminated in Fresno, Calif. UF (46-30) made four errors, three by shortstop Jennifer Mossadeghi.
MARYLAND 16, PRINCETON 8: Jen Adams set two national scoring records and her 10 points paced a second-half rally as Maryland won its sixth straight NCAA championship in Ewing, N.J. It is a record eighth title for Maryland (21-1). Adams went without a shot in the first half, but her five goals and five assists after halftime set a tournament record for points in one game, eclipsing the nine scored by Delaware's Karen Emas in 1984. Adams finished with 136 points this season, breaking Emas' 1984 mark of 130. Princeton (15-4) led 4-3 at halftime.