HOOVER, Ala. (AP) -- Ross Mitchell pitched five-plus scoreless
innings to help Mississippi State claim the Southeastern Conference
tournament title with a 3-0 win over Vanderbilt on Sunday.
The Bulldogs (39-22) ride a hot streak into the NCAA regionals,
having won eight of their last nine games after league coaches
picked them to finish fifth in the SEC West. It's Mississippi
State's seventh SEC tournament title and first since 2005.
Caleb Reed relieved Mitchell and got Connor Castellano to ground
into a double play in the ninth before hitting Andrew Harris with a
pitch. Chris Stratton finished it off when Tony Kemp grounded to
short with runners on the corners.
Tournament MVP Adam Frazier scored one run and drove home
It's only the second championship game shutout in the
15-year-old current format, the first being Florida's 5-0 shutout
of the Commodores last season.
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