Vanderbilt players react at the end of a 3-0 loss to Mississippi State an NCAA college baseball game during the Southeastern Conference tournament championship in Hoover, Alabama, on Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo)
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Ross Mitchell pitched five-plus scoreless innings to help Mississippi State claim the Southeastern Conference tournament title with a 3-0 win over Vanderbilt on Sunday.
The Bulldogs (39-22) ride a hot streak into the NCAA regionals, having won eight of their last nine games after league coaches picked them to finish fifth in the SEC West. It's Mississippi State's seventh SEC tournament title and first since 2005.
Caleb Reed relieved Mitchell and got Connor Castellano to ground into a double play in the ninth before hitting Andrew Harris with a pitch. Chris Stratton finished it off when Tony Kemp grounded to short with runners on the corners.
Tournament MVP Adam Frazier scored one run and drove home another.
It's only the second championship game shutout in the 15-year-old current format, the first being Florida's 5-0 shutout of the Commodores last season.
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