HOOVER, Ala. – Andrew Giobbi had three hits, including a fourth-inning home run, and Mike Minor pitched a complete game as Vanderbilt defeated No. 2 LSU 4-1 in the opening round of the SEC baseball tournament on Wednesday.
Giobbi led off the fourth inning with a home run after the teams went scoreless through the first three. The Commodores (32-34) added one more in the fourth and two in the seventh for a 4-0 lead.
Minor finally allowed a run in the seventh, but the junior left-hander limited LSU (41-16), the tournament’s top seed, to six hits – five of them singles. He struck out five and walked three.
"We have to give a lot of credit to [pitcher] Mike Minor," coach Tim Corbin said. He has pitched a lot of great games at Vanderbilt, but this is probably the best he has pitched in my estimation.
"... These pitchers train hard and they train for situations like this, and he is very capable of doing something like this. He has four days of rest, and he was the right guy to take the ball."
Jonathan White and Steven Liddle had two hits apiece, and Curt Casali drove in two runs.
Vanderbilt will play either Alabama or South Carolina, 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Both teams swept VU during the regular season.