Vandy routs Mississippi State 16-8 in SEC semis

By John Zenor/The Associated Press

HOOVER, Ala. — Tony Kemp, Conrad Gregor and Zander Wiel each drove in three runs to power Vanderbilt to a 16-8 victory over Mississippi State Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

The top-seeded Commodores (51-8) will face LSU Sunday in their third straight trip to the championship game. Vandy is 0-3 in the title game since winning the 2007 championship.

The Commodores had 19 hits — including 17 singles — and scored seven runs in the second inning and five in the fifth. The Bulldogs (43-17), who beat the Commodores in last year’s title game, churned out 14 hits.

Gregor, Harrell and Wiel each had three hits for Vandy, which has won three straight since dropping its SEC tournament opener to Texas A&M.

Mississippi State was led by Hunter Renfroe, who was 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Adam Frazier and Alex Detz each had two hits and drove in a run.

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Read more in Sunday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.