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Vanderbilt nips Mississippi State in SEC Tournament

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Drake Fellows pitched six scoreless innings for his 11th win of the season and top-seeded Vanderbilt beat No. 4 seed Mississippi State 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday night.

Vanderbilt (47-10) continued its roll through SEC competition. The Commodores have won 16 of their past 17 games against league opponents. It advanced to the semifinals on Saturday, where it will await the winner of Friday’s elimination game between Mississippi State (46-12) and LSU.

The Bulldogs and Tigers play at 6:30 p.m. Friday. It’s a rematch of their game Wednesday that lasted 17 innings and turned into the longest game in SEC Tournament history.

Fellows (11-0) gave up just five hits and a walk and struck out eight. Julian Infante’s single in the second inning scored Stephen Scott for the only run of the game.

Mississippi State’s Ethan Small (8-2) was also excellent on the mound, giving up one run on three hits while striking out 11 over seven innings.