HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Vanderbilt took advantage of a sloppy first inning by South Carolina to score two runs on only one hit, then pulled way in the ninth for a 7-2 victory Thursday night in the second round of the SEC baseball tournament.
The Commodores now have a third-round bye at 46-9 while South Carolina will play Georgia Friday in the elimination game.
Vanderbilt freshman T.J. Pecoraro will miss the rest of the season after hurting his right pitching arm in the Commodores' opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Pecoraro left in the fourth inning of a 10-0 win over Georgia on Wednesday night with discomfort in his forearm. He will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Nashville. The freshman from Dix Hills, N.Y., went 7-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 17 games with six starts.
Coach Tim Corbin said he's disappointed for Pecorarao after a great freshman season.
Vanderbilt, a co-champ of the SEC in the regular season, is hoping to host an NCAA regional.
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