The 20th-ranked Florida baseball team continued its strong play with a 12-
4 victory over No. 1 South Carolina Saturday to advance to the
Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship game for the first time
since 1996. Florida will play No. 2 seed Louisiana State at 4 p.m. ET.
Florida (41-20-1) took advantage of a season-high five errors by the
Gamecocks and got strong performances by pitchers Eddie Rojas and K.O.
Wiegandt to claim the victory.
Rojas (6-0) went five innings, allowing just four runs on seven hits with
five strikeouts. Junior K.O. Wiegandt, who had pitched just four innings
this season, threw three scoreless innings in relief to secure the win.
Left fielder Matt Siegel led the Florida offensive attack with a career-
high five RBI. The Tampa, Fla., native knocked in two runs with a second
inning single and added three sacrifice flys.
UF jumped out on South Carolina with a seven-run second inning, erasing
the Gamecocks three-run lead via a home run by Drew Meyer. After USC
pulled within 7-4, they were held scoreless over the final five innings as
Florida handed USC its second-worst loss of the season.
After scoring single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, the Gators
added three runs in the eighth inning to end the game one inning early via
the tournament’s eight-run rule after the seventh inning.