SEC Conference Tournament 2012: Gators Try To Avoid Elimination

The No. 3 Florida Gators look to book a place in the SEC tournament semifinals as they take on No. 5 Vanderbilt.

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Florida Vs. Vanderbilt, 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament: Gators Offense Quiet In 2-1 Loss To Vandy

The Florida Gators dropped their second game of the SEC Baseball Tournament on Thursday night, losing a well-pitched game to Vanderbilt at Regions Park in Hoover, Alabama. The Gators' offense simply could not get anything going against the Commodores, who sent Sam Selman to the mound. The Vandy starter allowed just two hits in six scoreless innings.

With Selman finally out of the game, Florida finally got on the board in the the top of the 7th. But even then, the Gators had to do it the hard way, manufacturing a run by taking advantage of a throwing error on a pick-off attempt. Nolan Fontana led off the inning with single against Vandy reliever Tyler Beede. He then advanced to third on the throwing error and was knocked in on a Preston Tucker sacrifice fly to right. But that would close the books on the Florida offense.

The Gators now move on to play an elimination game against South Carolina on Friday. Vandy advanced to the semifinals, where they will await the winner of that clash between two of the league's top teams in the Gators and Gamecocks.

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Florida Vs. Auburn, 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament: Gators Advance With 6-1 Win Over Tigers

The No. 3 seed Florida Gators took care of business in their first game of the 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament, moving past Auburn with a 6-1 win. The Gators are currently ranked second in the nation and were expected to get past Auburn without much of a struggle. Johnathan Crawford was impressive on the mound, striking out nine and allowing just two hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Crawford handed the ball over to his bullpen in the 6th inning, and Austin Maddox, Greg Larson, and Steven Rodriguez finished it off with a scoreless 3.1 innings of work.

On offense, the Gators got to Tigers' starter Jon Luke Jacobs early on with two runs in the second. Justin Shafer led the offense with a two-hit evening, driving in three runs for the Gators. Cleanup hitter Casey Turgeon knocked in two runs as well to propel Florida to the comfortable 6-1 win.

For more on the Florida in the SEC tournament, check out Alligator Army.

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