The Associated Press. Vanderbilt pitcher Grayson Garvin, a Wesleyan grad, throws against Arkansas in the fourth inning of a Southeastern Conference Tournament game on Saturday at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Nolan Fontana drove in the go-ahead run on a groundout in the top of the ninth inning to lift Florida into the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game with a 3-2 win over Georgia on Saturday.
Fontana also hit a two-run homer in the third inning for the Gators (44-16), who will face Vanderbilt for the title.
Georgia (31-30) did become eligible for an NCAA regional berth by winning the first game 4-3.
In the decisive game, Florida opened the top of the ninth with a double by designated hitter Vickash Ramjit, who took third base on a sacrifice bunt by Daniel Pigott.
Fontana then grounded to second base against reliever Craig Gullickson, but just beat the throw to avoid an inning ending double play.
Austin Maddox would move to the mound from first base in the bottom half. He ended the game by striking out Colby May with Georgia's Kevin Ruiz, a Wesleyan grad, on third.
Vanderbilt moves into SEC title game
HOOVER, Ala. -- Connor Harrell hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and five Vanderbilt pitchers made the early lead hold up in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Arkansas to advance to the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.
The Commodores (47-9) will play for the title for the fifth time in eight years and are seeking their second title in that span. The Razorbacks (38-20), who outhit Vandy 9-5, needed to win twice to move on from the loser's bracket.
Navery Moore pitched a perfect ninth to close out the win and earn his 11th save.
Vandy left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings but jumped ahead 3-0 and chased starter Cade Lynch (4-4) in the process.
Conrad Gregor opened the second with a double, and Harrell followed with a home run over the left field fence.
SEC Pitcher of the Year and Wesleyan grad Grayson Garvin (12-1) improved to 10-0 in SEC games this season.
Florida St keeps title hopes alive
DURHAM, N.C. -- Wesleyan grad James Ramsey drove in a run and kept his 48-game on base streak alive as Florida State beat Georgia Tech 4-2 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.
The Seminoles (42-16) finish 2-1 in Pool B play and can still make Sunday's title game, while the loss left the Yellow Jackets 1-2 in the round robin format and eliminated them from winning the championship.