HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Deacon Liput had two hits and four RBIs during Florida’s 11-run rally in the eighth inning and the Gators beat Mississippi State 12-3 Friday to reach the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.
Florida (42-15) plays Saturday against the winner of Friday night’s game between Mississippi State (36-23) and Arkansas.
The top-seeded Gators tied an SEC tournament record for runs in an inning.
Mississippi State starter Cole Gordon carried a 3-0 lead into the eighth but left after giving up a leadoff single. Six relievers allowed a combined six hits and six walks in the eighth.
Jonathan India tied the game with a bases-loaded, two-out walk off Riley Self (5-1). Austin Langworthy followed with a two-run single that put Florida ahead for good.
Liput had an RBI single and a three-run double in the eighth.
Jackson Kowar (11-0) gave up two earned runs in seven innings.
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