Vanderbilt easily beats Alabama 16-1 at SEC tournament

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) – Vanderbilt pounded out 19 hits, including eight doubles, to easily beat Alabama 16-1 on Friday in the Southeastern Conference.

The Commodores broke the game open with eight runs in the fourth inning to take a 10-1 lead. Zander Wiel finished with three hits, including two doubles, and four runs batted in.

Vanderbilt (41-18) advances to face Texas A&M on Saturday. Alabama (32-28) is eliminated.

Philip Pfeifer (4-4) pitched the seven-inning complete game for the Commodores, giving up one run on four hits while striking out nine. The SEC tournament stops games after seven innings if one team has a 10-run lead.

Alabama used five different pitchers to try and slow down the Commodores’ lineup, but all of them gave up at least two runs. Will Carter (4-6) took the loss, giving up five runs over three innings.

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