LSU tops Florida 2-0 for SEC tourney title

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014
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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Sean McMullen was trying to savor his last plate appearance in the Southeastern Conference tournament instead of dwelling on the pressurized situation.

The approach worked. The LSU designated hitter delivered a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the Tigers to a 2-0 victory over Florida on Sunday in the championship game.

"I wasn't feeling any pressure at all," McMullen said. "I was just actually looking around seeing what I'm a part of, all the fans that came to the game and such a beautiful facility. I wanted to soak it in. I knew this would be my last game at this field.

"I just grew up dreaming about playing for the LSU Tigers and for this to happen to me is just very surreal."

An LSU win at the Hoover Met was hardly out of the ordinary. The Tigers (44-14-1) have won five of the last seven SEC tournament titles, two straight and a league-high 11 overall.

The crowd was mostly LSU fans.

"I can tell you, it never gets old," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "Our players just love it here, and they play great. It brings out the best of us."

The top-seeded Gators (40-21) managed just two hits against four LSU pitchers.

Florida pitchers mostly contained an LSU team that had outscored its last seven opponents 85-8 and breezed through its first three games in Hoover.

It was the lowest-scoring title game since the SEC went to the current format in 1996 and the third shutout. Florida center fielder Harrison Bader saved a run with a diving catch.

"You always hope when you're in a championship game that both teams play really well, crisp," Florida coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "That's probably the best way to describe it. It was a really crisp game.

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