SEC Baseball Tournament – The Final Report

SEC FINAL 4SEMI-FINALS

SEC FINAL 5LSU 11 – SOUTH CAROLINA 0

Tiger shortstop Kramer Robertson belted a lead off home run to open the game, setting the stage for an easy victory over the Gamecocks.   Greg Deichmann provided additional power belting two home runs.   Deichmann and Robertson combined to score five runs and drive in five runs.   Jared Poche was masterful on the bump allowing only two hits over six innings to earn the win.    It was the ninth shutout in SEC tournament play for the Tigers.   The most of any SEC school.

SEC FINAL 3ARKANSAS 16   FLORIDA 0

Chad Spanberger continued his torrid pace belting two more home runs, in the Razorbacks dominant win.   Spanbreger now has five home runs in the tournament, second most in tournament history.   Just like in his record-setting performance on Thursday, Spanberger drilled home runs in his first two at-bats. The Razorbacks’ 79 home runs this season are the most by an SEC team since BBCOR bats were adopted in 2011.   Hog starter Kacey Murphy threw seven shutout innings, improving to 5-0 on the season.   The win moved Arkansas into the championship game against LSU.

SEC FINAL 1

SEC FINAL 6CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

LSU 4   ARKANSAS 2

LSU earned its 12th SEC title with a 4-2 victory over Arkansas.   Eric Cole gave the Razorbacks a brief lead in the bottom of the third with a blast over the right field wall.   The Tigers then loaded the bases in the top of the fourth, and tied it with a free pass to Nick Coomes, followed by Josh Smith who singled to break a 1-1 tie.  Beau Jordan’s sacrifice fly extended the lead to 3-1, before the Gamecocks could get out of the inning.   The Tigers added another run in the sixth, giving Tiger starting pitcher Eric Walker all the run support he would need.   The Frosh was brilliant on the mound allowing only one run, on five hits, while striking our eight.   The Gamecocks attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth.  With two on and two out, tournament MVP Chad Spanberger strolled to the plate.   only to be intentionally walked to load the bases.   A chorus of boo’s could be heard from South Carolina fans throughout the stadium.   It was a wise move, as Luke Bonfield then grounded into a fielder’s choice ending the game, and giving the Tigers the SEC Tournament Championship.

SEC FINAL 2

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