HOOVER, Ala. — Florida eliminated top-seeded Mississippi State from the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 12-2 mercy-rule win in the quarterfinals, sending the Gators to a rematch with LSU.
JJ Schwarz led Florida with a 4-for-5 performance, scoring four runs and finishing just a home run short of hitting for the cycle.
For the third straight game, Florida got on the board in the first inning. Buddy Reed hit a leadoff single and Schwarz started off his big night with a double to bring Reed home.
Mississippi State responded with back-to-back doubles from Nathaniel Lowe and Gavin Collins.
Collins’ hit brought home Lowe to even the score.
The Gators went ahead again in the next inning as Nelson Maldonado knocked an RBI single to left field. Florida followed with a Reed RBI single, a Dalton Guthrie sac fly and a Schwarz RBI single, extending the lead to 5-1.
Florida struck again in the fourth with a two-out RBI single from Schwarz.
The Gators added another run in the fifth on an RBI single up the middle by Danny Reyes, putting them ahead 7-1.
Texas A&M 13, Vanderbilt 3: Kyle Simonds pitched another strong game against Vanderbilt and Texas A&M scored seven runs in the first inning, advancing to the tournament semifinals.
The game ended on the 10-run rule in the seventh inning when the Aggies (43-14) capitalized on three errors by Vanderbilt (43-17) to score twice.
Simonds (9-3) had pitched a no-hitter against Vandy on May 7. He allowed three runs, one earned, in seven innings while striking out 10 and not walking a batter.
J.B. Moss hit a sacrifice fly to score Walker Pennington for the final run, and left fielder Ro Coleman misplayed the ball.
The Aggies will face Ole Miss on Saturday in the semifinals.
Michael Barash was 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs and Austin Homan drove in three runs.
Nick Banks homered for Vanderbilt.