Freshman Stirlin Thompson had a two-run double and a single home run, and No. 6 seed Florida opened the second round of the SEC tournament with a 13–1 win over third-seeded Mississippi State in seven innings.
Florida (38–19) plays in the winning class on Thursday, while Mississippi State (40–15) needs a win to remain in the double-elimination tournament.
Chris Armstrong added a two-run double and a two-run single, and Jacob Young had three RBIs for Florida. Thompson, Young and Armstrong combined for five RBIs in the third inning to take a 9–1 lead. Thompson’s double down right-field line highlighted a four-run seventh.
Florida scored 18 hits in an SEC tournament game for the second time in the program’s history.
Florida starter Hunter Barco (10-2) allowed just four hits and one run in seven innings. Barco got Len Forsythe flying in seventh to end the game on a 10-run rule.
Brandon Smith (4-3) conceded eight hits and six runs in two starts for Mississippi State.