SEC tournament: Vanderbilt blows away Alabama; Florida moves on after crushing Arkansas _lowres

Florida pitcher A.J. Puk delivers against Arkansas during the first inning of a Southeastern Conference college baseball tournament game, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOOVER, Ala. —Vanderbilt pounded out 19 hits, including eight doubles, to easily beat Alabama 16-1 in seven innings Friday in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Commodores broke the game open with eight runs in the fourth inning to take a 10-1 lead. Zander Wiel finished with three hits, including two doubles, and four RBIs.

Vanderbilt (41-18) advanced to face Texas A&M in the semifinals Saturday. Alabama (32-28) was eliminated.

Philip Pfeifer (4-4) pitched the seven-inning complete game for the Commodores, giving up one run on four hits while striking out nine. The SEC tournament stops games after seven innings if one team has a 10-run lead.

Alabama used five different pitchers to try to slow down the Commodores’ lineup, but all of them gave up at least two runs. Will Carter (4-6) took the loss, giving up five runs over three innings.

FLORIDA 10, ARKANSAS 0: A.J. Puk threw a seven-inning complete game and had 11 strikeouts to lead Florida over Arkansas.

Florida (42-16) broke the game open with five runs in the third inning to take a 6-0 lead. The Gators finished with 11 hits, including three by Buddy Reed.

Arkansas (35-22) managed just three hits and was eliminated from the tournament. Dominic Taccolini (6-4) started for the Razorbacks but lasted just two innings after giving up five runs, including four earned.

Puk (8-3) has struck out 85 this season in just 61.2 innings. Florida advanced to face top-seeded LSU on Saturday.