It has been a flame-out for the mighty SEC in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The league earned a record 10 bids, yet only two have made it through to the Super Regionals this weekend.
Alabama – The Crimson Tide couldn’t beat Kennesaw State. A No. 2 seed in the Tallahassee Regional, Alabama lost 1-0 to KSU in the opener. Bama then eliminated top-seed Florida State 6-5 before blanking Georgia Southern 6-0. The Tide did beat Kennesaw 4-1 to force a final game, but came up short there, losing 4-2. Kennesaw State advances to play at Louisville this weekend.
Arkansas – As the No. 2 seed in the Charlottesville Region, the Razorbacks couldn’t beat the home team. After a 3-2 win over Liberty 3-2, Arkansas lost 3-0 to Virginia. It whipped Bucknell 10-0 to earn a second shot at the Cavaliers, but fell 3-2 in the final.
Florida – If not for No. 1 national seed Oregon State going out, the Gators would be the biggest disappointment of the entire tournament. The No. 2 national seed, playing at home, the Gators lost 3-2 to Charleston in the opener, then 5-2 to Florida in the loser’s bracket elimination game.
Kentucky – As we know, an arch-rival ended the UK baseball season. The No. 2 seed, the Cats lost to No. 3 Kansas 10-6 on Friday. They rebounded to beat Kent State 4-2 on Saturday and Kansas 8-6 on Sunday. But Louisville eliminated UK with a 4-1 win on Sunday night to earn another trip to the Super Regionals.
LSU – As the No. 1 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional, the Tigers appeared to be in great shape, beating SE Louisiana 8-4 and Houston 5-1 in the first two games. But Houston bounced back to sweep the home team 5-4 and 12-2 in the finals.
Mississippi – The No. 1 seed playing at home, the Rebels rolled over Jacksonville State 12-2, clipped Washington 2-1, then bested Washington in the rematch 3-2 to earn a trip to the Super Regional meeting with UL-Lafayette.
Mississippi State – John Cohen’s team reached the national final last year, but there’s no trip to Omaha this season. The No. 2 seed in the Lafayette, Louisiana Region, the Bulldogs got off to a hot start, beating San Diego State 5-2 and Jackson State 3-1. The host Rajun Cajuns rebounded to whip MSU 14-8 and 5-2 in the finals to send State back to Starkville.
South Carolina – The No. 1 seed playing at home, South Carolina couldn’t make it out of Columbia. The Gamecocks beat Campbell 5-2, but lost 4-3 to Maryland. They eliminated Campbell with a 9-0 win, but fell flat in a rematch with the Terps, losing 10-1.
Texas A&M – As the No. 3 seed in the Houston Regional, the Aggies lost to Texas 8-1 and tried to scramble out of the loser’s bracket. A 7-3 win over George Mason and a 9-8 win over Rice earned a re-match with Texas. A 3-2 A&M win forced a final game, but Texas prevailed 4-1 to reach the Super Regional.
Vanderbilt – The No. 1 seed in the Nashville Regional, Vandy rolled to the Super Regionals. The Commodores whipped Xavier 11-0 and Oregon 7-2 the first two rounds. They finished off the Ducks 3-2 in the final for a series with Stanford this weekend.