LSU captures SEC tourney title over Vandy

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Blake Dean drove in three runs and Ryan Byrd pitched seven strong innings to lift LSU to a 6-2 victory over Vanderbilt Sunday in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.

The Tigers (46-16) won four straight games after losing the opener to the Commodores (34-25) en route to their second straight SEC tournament title and eighth overall. They're the first team to repeat since Alabama in 2002 and 2003.

Dean's RBI's came on two sacrifices and a run-scoring groundout. Leon Landry had two doubles, a single and a pair of runs scored for LSU.

It was the Commodores' fourth trip to the championship game in six seasons. They're hoping the latest tournament run will be enough to land an NCAA regional bid.

LSU had played until late Saturday night, beating Georgia twice and enduring a 4-hour, 28-minute rain delay in the first game.

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