LSU beats UGA twice to reach tourney title game

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — LSU beat Georgia twice Saturday to advance to Sunday's SEC Tournament championship game against Vanderbilt. In Game 1, LSU scored seven runs in the first inning and didn't let up even after an hours-long rain delay to stay alive in the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 16-0 rout of Georgia Friday night.

The game was halted for 4 hours, 28 minutes before three outs were even recorded with the Tigers already leading 7-0. With the win, LSU (44-16) forced a rematch later Saturday night with the winner making the championship game against Vanderbilt.

LSU won the second game 3-2 late Saturday night.

Austin Nola had a double, triple and single and Jared Mitchell drove in three runs for the top-seeded Tigers (44-16), who won by the mercy rule after seven innings. Ryan Schimpf added a two-run homer in a six-run fifth inning.

Daniel Bradshaw (4-0) pitched a complete-game three-hitter for the Tigers.

The title game was moved up three hours to noon CDT because of forecast bad weather.