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NCAA Baseball Super Regionals 2011: Florida, Vanderbilt Coast to Game 1 Wins

It's hard to find much to say about Florida and Vanderbilt's victories in the first game of their respective Super Regionals except this: Each team dismantled its opponent en route to an 11-1 win that put the series in their column for now. Again, first game and all the caveats that go with that. But neither Mississippi State in Gainesville or Oregon State in Vanderbilt looked like they were ready to even things up in Game 2.

The Gators scored in each of the first five innings as part of their 11-run day, cranking out 11 hits and walking six times en route to the win. The Western Division Bulldogs were not hapless -- they did get seven hits on the day -- but they left seven men on base and committed two errors. (In fairness, Florida also stranded seven men -- that's the difference between leaving men on base because you're getting a lot of guys on base and leaving men on base because you're not driving in runs.)

Oregon State didn't have any better luck against Vanderbilt. The Commodores scored four in the first and never really looked back, scoring 10 runs in two-out situations. The Beavers issuing eight walks contributed to the blowout, but Sonny Gray shut down the Oregon State's offense so efficiently that it really didn't matter.

Obviously, it wasn't a perfect day for the SEC. After all, Florida and Mississippi State can't both win the Gainesville Super Regional, so no more than three league teams can make it to Omaha.

But it was as perfect a start as the weekend could have. Throw in three more victories tomorrow -- as South Carolina opens its Super Regional against Connecticut -- and things will really be headed in the right direction. And a third straight national championship for the SEC will be that much closer.