MSU, Vanderbilt to Meet for SEC Tournament Title

HOOVER, Ala. | The two hottest teams in the SEC will square off Sunday in the SEC Tournament final.

Mississippi State (38-22) will face Vanderbilt (33-25) at 2:30 p.m. at Regions Park, on ESPN2. The Bulldogs advanced by defeating Kentucky today, 2-1, while Vanderbilt rallied in the ninth to beat Florida, 8-6.

Both teams were nearly dead in the water in mid-April, but MSU has won 15 of its last 20 games against SEC foes, while Vandy has won 12 of its last 14 and is riding a nine-game winning streak.

These teams met in Starkville on April 6-8, with the Bulldogs winning two of three.

Today marks MSU’s first title game appearance since 2005.

Freshman Brandon Woodruff (1-2, 2.90) will start on the mound for State, coach John Cohen announced. Woodruff started in Tuesday’s first-round game against Arkansas, earning the victory with five shutout innings. He gave up two hits, struck out five and walked one on 72 pitches.

Woodruff, a Wheeler product, will be making his sixth start of the season. Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said after the game that he is looking at several options for starting pitcher.

“We have (Tyler) Beede, we have (Drew) VerHagen, we have (Philip) Pfeifer – we have some arms left for sure, and Will (Clinard) can come back,” Corbin said.

Clinard threw 35 pitches today, while VerHagen threw one.