Monday, May 30, 2011

Gators pull off the blank job, take SEC Tournament title at Regions Park

SEC BASEBALL 2011Florida players reach for the trophy after defeating Vanderbilt 5-0 in the championship game of the 2011 SEC Baseball Tournament at at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., Sunday, May 29, 2011.
HOOVER, Alabama -- Florida got strong pitching from starter Alex Panteliodis and a rested bullpen and enough offense to scratch out a 5-0 victory Sunday against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament championship game.
Panteliodis pitched into the sixth, striking out five batters in 5.1 innings as Florida (35-16) won its first SEC title since 1991.
Vanderbilt (47-10), undefeated at Regions Park until Sunday, struggled defensively with a pair of errors and, uncharacteristically, in clutch situations, going 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
"They earned this. They're the better team right now," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin conceded.
Sunday's finale was played before an announced crowd of 7,845 at the Hoover ballpark.
The shutout was the first in an SEC Tournament finale since Vanderbilt's 13-0 thumping of Auburn in 1980.

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