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May 26, 2012 

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Mississippi State's Matthew Britton watched his game-winning hit in a 4-3 win over LSU in 10 innings in the SEC Tournament. The Bulldogs advanced to play Kentucky in the semifinals on Saturday.

DAVE MARTIN — AP

  • SEC Tournament results, schedule

    At Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.

    (Double elimination; all times EDT)

    Tuesday's games

    Game 1: Kentucky 2, Mississippi 0

    Game 2: Miss. State 9, Arkansas 1

    Game 3: Florida 6, Auburn 1

    Game 4: Vanderbilt 4, Georgia 1

    Wednesday's games

    Game 5: Mississippi 2, Arkansas 0

    Game 6: Miss. State 3, LSU 2

    Game 7: Auburn 3, Georgia 2

    Game 8: Vanderbilt 3, S. Carolina 2

    Thursday's games

    Game 9: LSU 11, Mississippi 2

    Game 10: Kentucky 5, Miss. State 1

    Game 11: South Carolina 5, Auburn 3

    Game 12: Vanderbilt 2, Florida 1

    Friday's games

    Game 13: Miss State 4, LSU 3 (10)

    Game 14: Florida 7, South Carolina 2

    Saturday's semifinals (single elimination)

    Game 15: Kentucky (43-15) vs. Miss. State (37-22), 1 p.m.

    Game 16: Vanderbilt (32-25) vs. Florida (42-17) about 4:30 p.m.

    Sunday's championship game

    Game 17: Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 3:30 p.m.

HOOVER, Ala. — Matthew Britton's single up the middle brought home the winning run in Mississippi State's 4-3, 10-inning victory over top-seeded LSU on Friday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Mitch Slauter drove a one-out double to the center-field wall for the Bulldogs (37-22), who had rallied with two runs in the ninth. They'll face Kentucky on Saturday for a berth in the championship game.

Reliever Nick Rumbelow came in to face Britton, who entered as a pinch-runner in the ninth and scored the tying run.

LSU second baseman JaCoby Jones made a diving stab for the ball but it bounced off his glove. Britton was hitting .149 coming in, but wound up getting swarmed by teammates.

Jonathan Holder (2-0), who hasn't allowed a run in 22 appearances this season, pitched around an error for a scoreless 10th. Holder ran his streak of scoreless innings to 261⁄3 to break Bobby Reed's school record.

Florida 7, South Carolina 2: Brian Johnson pitched a five-hitter and Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer to lead Florida past South Carolina, eliminating the two-time defending national champions from the SEC Tournament.

The Gators (42-17) face Vanderbilt on Saturday for a shot at the championship.

Johnson (7-4) pitched his first career complete game.

He struck out five, didn't walk anybody and coasted through on 89 pitches. He also had an RBI on a bases- loaded walk in the fifth.

Casey Turgeon added a two-run single in the three-run fifth to make it 7-0.

Zunino had an RBI groundout in the first and then delivered his league-leading 16th home run with a shot over the left-field fence in the third.

The Gamecocks had beaten Florida twice in the College World Series to claim the national title last season.

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