SEC Baseball Tournament 2016: Friday Scores, Updated Bracket and Schedule

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIMay 27, 2016

Texas A&M Corbin Martin, center, celebrates with his teammates outside of the dugout after Texas A&M scored against South Carolina in the second inning at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament at the Hoover Met, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Brynn Anderson/Associated Press

Friday's action in the SEC baseball tournament is halfway done, and the field will be reduced to four teams by the end of the day.

After losing to the Vanderbilt Commodores on Wednesday, the Texas A&M Aggies offense erupted early Friday to advance to the semifinals. Later in the day, the Florida Gators and Mississippi State Bulldogs will battle to complete the semifinal field, with the winner taking on the LSU Tigers on Saturday.

Take a look at the updated schedule and results from Friday's quarterfinal action:

SEC Baseball Tournament Results and Schedule
SEC QuarterfinalsResult
No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 6 VanderbiltTexas A&M wins, 13-3
No. 4 Florida vs. No. 1 Mississippi StateFlorida wins, 12-2
SEC Semifinal Matchups (Saturday, May 28)Time (ET), TV
No. 7 Ole Miss vs. No. 3 Texas A&M1 p.m. ET, SEC Network
No. 5 LSU vs. No. 4 FloridaTBD, SEC Network
Source: SECSports.com

Texas A&M Def. Vanderbilt, 13-3

Powered by a seven-run first inning, the Aggies are advancing to the semifinals of the SEC tournament after a 13-3 win over Vanderbilt.

The Commodores, who lost 12-9 on Thursday against the Ole Miss Rebels, scored the game's first run Friday thanks to an RBI double by second baseman Alonzo Jones. Following its two first-inning hits, though, Vanderbilt did not record another one until the top of the fourth inning.

By then, the Aggies had already established their dominance. Texas A&M recorded seven hits in the first inning and scored its seventh run on a Vanderbilt wild pitch. Despite the rough bottom half of the inning, Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin kept pitcher Kyle Wright in the game. Wright gave up two more runs in the third and one in the fourth.

The first inning turned out to be an uncharacteristic sequence of events for Wright, per Adam Sparks of the Tennessean:

Adam Sparks @AdamSparks

Kyle Wright had never allowed more than 5 runs (4 earned) in his 43 past game appearances. He's given up 7 R (6 ER) in 1st inning today

He was finally pulled in the sixth inning after giving up a home run to right fielder Nick Banks.

Aggies catcher Michael Barash recorded three hits in four plate appearances as A&M got its revenge after losing to Vanderbilt 6-5 on Wednesday.

Texas A&M is looking for its first SEC title in program history and its first conference title since winning the Big 12 championship in 2011, which was also the last time the Aggies made it to the College World Series. Standing in their way Saturday will be perhaps the hottest team in the SEC tournament: Ole Miss.

The teams played a three-game series to close the regular season, with Texas A&M winning two of three at College Station. This showdown will be on a neutral field with bigger stakes, so it's best to throw the previous results out the window for this one.

Florida Def. Mississippi State, 12-2

The Gators are heading to the semifinals and will get another crack at LSU after disposing of Mississippi State by 10 runs on Thursday.

Florida first baseman JJ Schwarz went 4-for-5 at the plate and drove in four runs from the No. 3 spot and finished a home run shy of the cycle.

The SEC made sure to note Florida's Player of the Game for his noteworthy performance in a win-or-go-home situation:

Southeastern Conference @SEC

JJ Schwarz, tonight... 1st: RBI Double 2nd: RBI Single 4th: RBI Single 6th: RBI Triple 👀👀 @GatorsBB leads 11-2 https://t.co/Wb7kL6juer

Mississippi State and Florida scored a run each in the first inning, but RBI singles from Nelson Maldonado and Buddy Reed pushed the Florida lead to two in the top half of the second. Schwarz followed with his second RBI in two innings to make it 5-1.

Florida's leader in RBIs began the fourth inning with another RBI single. In the sixth, he brought Reed home for the third time on an RBI triple to right-center field. That cycle bid came to a halt after flying out in foul territory at first base in the top of the seventh.

Mississippi State starting pitcher Austin Sexton went 4.1 innings, allowing 11 hits and giving up six earned runs in the loss. First baseman Nathaniel Lowe recorded two of the Bulldogs' seven hits.

This semifinal matchup will be a meeting between the last two SEC champions. The Gators are the reigning champs while LSU won the last two titles and have won five of the last eight.

When the Gators and Tigers met on Wednesday, they played in the longest game in conference tournament history. If that was any indication for what's to come, this could be another instant classic with title aspirations on the line.


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