Mike Rivera's ninth-inning homer lifts Florida past LSU 2-1 in SEC tourney
HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Rivera homered to open the top of the ninth inning and sixth-ranked Florida beat No. 1 LSU 2-1 on Saturday to advance to the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.
Taylor Lewis (6-1) allowed one hit in 4.1 scoreless innings, including a perfect ninth, for the Gators (43-16). They'll face Vanderbilt, a 12-3 winner against Texas A&M, for the title on Sunday.
The top-seeded Tigers (48-10) had been seeking their third consecutive SEC tournament title and sixth in eight years.
LSU led 1-0 until Florida tied it in the eighth when JJ Schwarz drove in Josh Tobias. Then, Rivera drove a pitch from reliever Jesse Stallings over the left-field fence.
Lewis recorded two flyballs to center field and a groundout in the ninth to seal the win.
Harrison Bader went 3-for-4 for the Gators.
LSU starter Alex Lange pitched seven scoreless innings.