SEC Tourney roundup: Two headed to semis, two headed home

LSU catcher Tyler Moore congratulates pitcher Joe Broussard at the end of a 7-2 win over Arkansas.

It was elimination day at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama on Thursday. No.6-seed Vanderbilt and No. 4-seed South Carolina were sent packing after they each lost their second game while LSU and Kentucky advanced to Saturday’s semifinals.

Ole Miss 7, Vanderbilt 2

A four-run seventh kept the second-seeded Rebels alive and eliminated the Commodores. It was the first win for Ole Miss against Vanderbilt since 2009, snapping a seven-game skid.

Austin Anderson led the way with two hits and two RBI.

Florida 7, South Carolina 2

The top-seeded Gators bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to eliminate the Gamecocks.

Bobby Poyner picked up the win in relief, pitching the final five innings and allowing just two hits.

Casey Turgeon went 3-for-5 with two RBI to pace the offense.

LSU 7, Arkansas 2

The third-seeded Tigers will ride a six-game winning streak into the semifinals after beating the Razorbacks. Aaron Nola allowed five hits in 7.1 innings and catcher Tyler Moore paced the offense with a game-high three hits along with two RBI and two runs scored.

This was LSU’s 70th win in SEC Tournament history, the most of any program.

Kentucky 7, Mississippi State 6, 12 innings

Zach Arnold’s pinch-hit single with the bases loaded in the 12th inning gave the Wildcats a hard fought win over the Bulldogs and put them into Saturday’s semifinals.

Four times Mississippi State took the lead only to see Kentucky answer each time, including a sac fly in the ninth to send it to extra frames.