HOOVER, ALA. -- Two teams have been eliminated from the 2012 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament. Arkansas and Georgia both lost their first two games in tournament play and are headed back home from Hoover, Ala.
The action was fierce on CSS Wednesday when the evening session produced two one-run games for the viewers. Vanderbilt knocked off the second-seeded South Carolina, 3-2, and Auburn held off a ninth-inning rally to beat Georgia, 3-2.
"It has been the theme all year; every game, every situation, every pitch, and here we are again. Ninth inning, anything can happen," Auburn head coach John Pawlowski said. "We were very fortunate today to come out with a win. I am really proud of our team. We responded well today."
The evening session Thursday on CSS will feature Auburn against South Carolina in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m. ET, and then Vanderbilt against Florida 30 minutes after.
Auburn was swept by South Carolina in Auburn during the regular season. On Thursday, the Tigers will send senior Cory Luckie to the mound to face the Gamecocks. Luckie is 0-0 on the season with a 4.22 ERA.
South Carolina will counter with senior Michael Roth, who is 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA.
In Game 2 Thursday night, Vanderbilt and Florida will square off. The Gators swept the Commodores in regular-season play this year back in March.
Junior hurler Hudson Randall will get the start for Florida on Thursday. He's 7-1 with a 2.89 ERA, and has won his last four starts while compiling a 1.88 ERA over that time.
Sam Selman will pitch for Vanderbilt. Selman is 8-3 with a 3.64 ERA and has not lost since March 11.