Sam Selman made a timely triple by Riley Reynolds stand up and for the second straight year Vanderbilt is in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Selman struck out seven in six scoreless innings and Reynolds provided all the offense the Commodores needed in a 2-1 victory over No. 3 seed Florida on Thursday night in Hoover, Ala.
Fifth-seeded Vanderbilt (32-25) is a perfect 3-0 in the tournament and rides an eight-game winning streak into a semifinal Saturday against either South Carolina or Florida.
Vanderbilt jumped to an early lead in the fourth. After two quick outs, Florida starter Hudson Randall walked Conrad Gregor and Spencer Navin. Reynolds made Randall pay for the mistakes when he crushed an 0-1 pitch to right center and drove in both runners.
Selman, a left-hander, worked out of jams in the fifth and sixth, departing after allowing just two hits.
Freshmen Tyler Beede and Jared Miller finished off the Gators. Miller allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his first save.
The second-ranked Gators (41-17) hadn’t lost to Vanderbilt since May 14, 2011. Florida had won seven straight against the Commodores, who were eliminated from the 2011 College World Series after losing twice to the Gators.