Vanderbilt finally gets best of Florida, remains unbeaten in SEC tournament

Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:32am
Staff reports

Sam Selman made a timely triple by Riley Reynolds stand up and for the second straight year Vanderbilt is in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Selman struck out seven in six scoreless innings and Reynolds provided all the offense the Commodores needed in a 2-1 victory over No. 3 seed Florida on Thursday night in Hoover, Ala.

Fifth-seeded Vanderbilt (32-25) is a perfect 3-0 in the tournament and rides an eight-game winning streak into a semifinal Saturday against either South Carolina or Florida.

Vanderbilt jumped to an early lead in the fourth. After two quick outs, Florida starter Hudson Randall walked Conrad Gregor and Spencer Navin. Reynolds made Randall pay for the mistakes when he crushed an 0-1 pitch to right center and drove in both runners.

Selman, a left-hander, worked out of jams in the fifth and sixth, departing after allowing just two hits.

Freshmen Tyler Beede and Jared Miller finished off the Gators. Miller allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his first save.

The second-ranked Gators (41-17) hadn’t lost to Vanderbilt since May 14, 2011. Florida had won seven straight against the Commodores, who were eliminated from the 2011 College World Series after losing twice to the Gators.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 5/25/12 at 6:32

This is developing into a miracle that certainly seemed impossible even for a miracle.

By: PKVol on 5/25/12 at 7:46

Ras - huh???

Fact remains that the 'Dores are 25-10 (.714) over the last 35 games - can you say hot!

By: joe41 on 5/25/12 at 11:55

I want to see Ras in B'ham with a black and gold shirt cheering.

By: wiseguy1 on 5/25/12 at 11:56

Keep in mind that Ras72 is the ultimate [grand]daddy-downer. Enjoy and savor the moment. Been a long dry spell against Gators. UF baseball is certainly talented and well coached squad.

Read in the VU website that new tournament format is single elimination when they get to semifinals. Don't believe I knew that. Must be keep the tournament length manageable expanding to 10 teams.

Saw an article ... maybe ESPN ... about last ten years SEC tournament seeding and winning. Seems #5 is the hot spot. Keep in mind that trivia tidbit and $3 bucks will get you a mediocre cup of coffee at Starbucks.

By: joe41 on 5/25/12 at 11:56

Unfortunately, being unbeaten doesn't help in the semi-finals. That is one thing wrong with the current tournament set up.

By: joe41 on 5/25/12 at 11:58

Jared Miller looked like a world beater in his two plus innings.


By: wiseguy1 on 5/25/12 at 12:40

Would be good to see SoCar, UF, LSU, UK and VU in different regional & super regional in CWS. LSU seems to be in a bit of a slump though.

Pretty cool to see 4 SEC teams in CWS.