Florida Baseball loses to Vandebilt in SEC Tournament, possibly in Jac Caglianone's last game


Florida Baseball was quickly eliminated from the SEC Tournament when the ninth-seeded Florida Gators lost 6-3 to eighth-seeded Vanderbilt on Tuesday night in Hoover, Alabama.

The Florida Gators (28-27) will now await their selection on Monday and see if they have done enough to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time under Kevin O'Sullivan. Florida entered the tournament with an RPI of 22 and played with the best schedule in the country. The Gators won four of 10 SEC series during the regular season – including series wins against Texas A&M, LSU and Georgia.

“That's at the discretion of the committee and there's nothing I can say or do and I'm not going to sit here and play politics for our team,” O'Sullivan said. “But at the same time, that simple thing that we've gone 9-9 in 18 league games against teams that might be hosts or national seeds, it says something.”

If not, it will mark the end of a spectacular college career for two-way star Jac Caglianone, who went 2 for 4 with one run against Vanderbilt and extended his streak on base to 41 straight games. Caglianone also made an error at first base, but made a nice running over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory in the first inning.

A projected top-five pick in next June's Major League Baseball amateur draft, Caglianone is batting .415 with 29 homers and 58 RBIs. On the mound, Caglianone went 5-1 with a 4.35 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.

Caglianone hit 69 home runs in his Florida career, five fewer than the school record of 74 set by Matt LaPorta.

Florida fell in an early 6-0 hole before scoring a run in the eighth when shortstop Colby Shelton hit an RBI groundout. Centerfielder Michael Robertson hit a two-run home run, his second of the season, with two outs in the ninth inning.

Pierco Coppola (0-4) suffered the loss for Florida, allowing four runs on four hits in 3.2 innings. Coppola walked one and struck out four.

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