HOOVER, Ala. — LSU left-hander Jared Poché will get another crack at Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt, seeded No. 6 in the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament, defeated 11th seed Tennessee 3-2 Tuesday morning in the single-elimination portion of the tournament, advancing to play third-seeded LSU in the double-elimination round at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Poché, a freshman from Lutcher, had a start at Vanderbilt in March that didn’t go so well. In his first career SEC start, he allowed four runs and five hits, including three doubles, and walked five. LSU lost that series in Nashville, Tennessee, dropping a Saturday doubleheader after winning Friday’s opener.
Vanderbilt (41-16) plans to start left-hander Jared Miller (6-1, 3.88). Against LSU in March, Miller allowed two hits and one run in 6.2 innings, getting the victory in Game 2 of the series.
This game looms large for LSU’s NCAA postseason positioning and is a rematch of last year’s SEC tournament championship game, which LSU won.
The loser of Wednesday’s LSU-Vanderbilt game must win three elimination games in three days to advance to Sunday’s title game. The winner, with a win Thursday, gets a bye Friday and advances to Saturday’s semifinals.
ARKANSAS 4, TEXAS A&M 0: Trey Killian and Zach Jackson combined to throw a seven-hit shutout as Arkansas beat Texas A&M.
Arkansas (36-21) advanced to face Ole Miss on Wednesday. Texas A&M (33-24) was eliminated.
Killian (4-8) picked up the win Tuesday, throwing six scoreless innings before Jackson shut down the Aggies the rest of the way.
Arkansas held a narrow 1-0 advantage most of the afternoon, but broke the game open with three runs in the seventh inning. Eric Fisher hit his ninth homer of the season.
KENTUCKY 7, ALABAMA 1: Kentucky used a relentless offense and good pitching performances from A.J. Reed and Andrew Nelson to beat Alabama.
The Wildcats (33-22) advanced to face top overall seed Florida on Wednesday. Alabama (34-22) was eliminated, but will still likely earn a spot in the NCAA tournament when the bracket is announced next week.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 5, GEORGIA 4, 10 INNINGS: Mississippi State benefited from a Georgia error in the bottom of the 10th inning to earn a victory in the final game of the opening round.
Mississippi State (36-20) advances to face South Carolina on Wednesday in the tournament’s second round, when the format changes to double elimination. Georgia (26-29-1) was eliminated.
The Bulldogs had runners on first and second with no outs in the 10th when Jake Vickerson put a sacrifice bunt attempt in play. Georgia threw the ball into right field on the play and Mississippi State’s Gavin Collins scored.
Georgia trailed 4-2 going into the ninth inning but rallied to send the game to extra innings. Mississippi State is 7-0 in extra-inning games this season.
Lucas Laster pitched 8.1 innings for Mississippi State and gave up just three runs, but had to settle for a no-decision after Georgia’s 9th inning rally.