Time flies. It seems as if baseball has just begun, but we’re already in the postseason.
With the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri, the 2013 SEC Baseball Tournament is going to be a bit different than in years past. The field has expanded from 10 to 12 teams, and the first round of games (the #5-#12 seed games) are single-elimination. After that, the tournament returns to double-elimination, until the semi-finals and Championship Game, all of which are single-elimination.
Further, according to the SEC Digital Network,
The 12 teams are seeded 1-12 with the two divisional champions and top four seeds guaranteed opening-round byes, with the possibility of earning another bye later in the bracket. The tournament field will include the top teams from the SEC’s Eastern and Western Divisions plus 10 at-large bids seeded 3-12 based on conference winning percentage.
The top #4 seeds are as follows:
- South Carolina
Each of those teams have secured byes, so their first game will be on Wednesday. Meanwhile the Tuesday games are as follows:
#6 Ole Miss vs. #11 Kentucky
This is perhaps the worst game to fall into; it starts at 9:30 AM Central Time. Yikes. Kentucky won the season series 2-1.
Winner plays #3 Arkansas.
#7 Alabama vs. #10 Auburn
This game starts after 9:30 AM game ends. These in-state foes split the regular season series at two games a piece.
Winner plays #2 LSU
#8 Florida vs. #9 Texas A&M
This is the first of two afternoon/evening games, starting at 4:30 CT. Florida and Texas A&M did not meet in the regular season, so this will be the first time these two teams have seen each other this year.
Winner plays #1 Vanderbilt.
#5 Mississippi State vs. #12 Missouri
The final game of Day 1, starting after the 4:30 game ends. Mississippi State and Missouri did not play each other in the regular season.
Winner plays #4 South Carolina.
Four SEC baseball games over 15 hours.