HOOVER — Grae Kessinger had three hits, including a two-run homer, to help lead Ole Miss to a 5-3 win over Georgia Saturday in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
The Rebels (37-24) advanced to play Vanderbilt in today's championship game seeking a second straight SEC tournament title and fourth overall.
Kessinger's homer in the fifth inning brought home the game's final runs. Then the Ole Miss bullpen held against the Bulldogs (44-15) and dodged a threat in the ninth.
Max Cioffi (2-2) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Parker Caracci got the final four outs for his 11th save.
Georgia's Patrick Sullivan opened the ninth with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Caracci. Mason Meadows walked and Chaney Rogers sacrificed runners to second and third but Caracci struck out Tucker Maxwell and got Riley King to pop up to end the threat.
Meadows had a two-run homer for Georgia.
Vanderbilt 13, LSU 4
Ty Duvall drove in four runs and Ethan Paul three, powering Vanderbilt into the championship game with a victory over LSU.
The top-seeded Commodores (48-10), chasing their third SEC Tournament title and first since 2007, face defending champion Ole Miss.
SEC player of the year JJ Bledway also homered for the Commodores, along with Duvall and Paul. Duvall's three-run shot fueled a six-run outburst in the sixth inning.
Kumar Rocker (8-5) managed to quiet the bats of the Tigers (37-24), who had exploded for 12 runs against Mississippi State Friday night. Rocker allowed one run and five hits in five innings.
The Tigers had three runs in the sixth, starting with Antoine Duplantis' leadoff triple. Drew Bianco had an RBI single and Gavin Dugas a run-scoring groundout.
Vanderbilt has outscored its three tournament opponents 25-5.