HOOVER, Ala. — No. 6 seed Vanderbilt was eliminated by No. 11 seed Texas A&M in the first game of the 2018 SEC baseball tournament on Tuesday. Watch Replay | Box Score
The Aggies (37-19) defeated the Commodores (31-25) 3-1 here at Hoover Met Stadium to advance to the next round.
Texas A&M starter Kaylor Chafin (5-0) pitched six innings and struck out five Vanderbilt batters, while holding Vanderbilt to a single run.
Nolan Hoffman came on to replace Chafin in the seventh inning and he went on to pitch the last three innings en route to grabbing his 13th save of the season, which is one short of the program record held by Jason Jester in 2013.
In fact, it was the Commodores who went ahead at the bottom of the second inning, but the Aggies scored twice in the fifth to take a 2-1 and then scored another run in the seventh inning to wrap up the contest.
It is the second consecutive year Vanderbilt was losing at the opening stage of the SEC baseball tournament.
Texas A&M will next face No. 3 seed Georgia in the first game of double-elimination play here Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, Tyler Brown (1-4) pitched five innings and ended with four strikes.
The contest is set for 10:30 am ET and it will be live on SEC Network and streaming on WatchESPN.
The 2018 SEC baseball tournament continues later today with three more games.
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