LSU 11, SOUTH CAROLINA 0 (7 INNINGS)
All season long, South Carolina’s offense displayed inconsistencies and inabilities to score plagued the Gamecocks.
That remained the case on Saturday afternoon in Hoover as the LSU Tigers picked up an 11-0 victory over the Gamecocks to advance to the SEC Tournament Final.
All 11 of LSU’s runs came in the first three innings of the game, as Kramer Robertson led off the game with a solo homerun. Three batters later, Greg Deichmann hit a two-run shot to put the Tigers up 3-0.
The second inning saw South Carolina change pitchers, from Colby Lee to John Parke. It didn’t make a difference, as the Tigers loaded the bases and tagged Parke for two more runs to lead 5-0 after an inning and a half.
Finally, in the third inning, LSU grabbed six more runs on a variety of hits to extend the lead to 11. Six different Tigers drove in at least one run on the afternoon.
On the mound for LSU, Jared Poche was brilliant, allowing just two hits over six innings. Todd Peterson pitched the final frame for the Tigers.
LSU now moves on to Sunday’s final where they’ll face the winner of Saturday’s Florida/Arkansas semifinal.
ARKANSAS 16, FLORIDA 0 (7 innings)
Apparently, run-ruling is all the rage.
Like the LSU Tigers before them, the Arkansas Razorbacks made their semifinal matchup a rout. The Hogs crushed the top-seeded Florida Gators 14-0 to make their way to the SEC Tournament final.
Chad Spanberger’s monstrous week rolled on, as the Hogs first baseman hit a pair of home runs in the victory.
Spanberger finished the day 3-5 at the plate, with the other hit being a double. The Razorbacks slugger drove in as many runs as he scored (3), as he continues to put on a clinic in Hoover.
But he was not the only man to homer in the contest. Eric Cole and Dominic Fletcher went yard in the victory as well. Both hit two-run homers, Cole’s coming in the second inning and Fletcher’s coming in the fourth, as the hot-hitting Hogs came away with four longballs on Saturday afternoon.
Arkansas will now face LSU for the SEC Tournament Championship on Sunday afternoon in Hoover.