This morning's SEC Baseball Tournament action sees the Hoover Met turn into the functional equivalent of Thunderdome, as both games are of the "Two Teams Enter, One Team Leaves" variety. Arkansas (36-19, 15-15 SEC) and Mississippi State (34-22, 14-16), who suffered close losses to Alabama and Florida, respectively, in yesterday's opening round, begin play at 10:30 a.m. EDT. The Razorbacks were the #2 seed in the tournament after finishing on top of the Western Division (yep, with a .500 conference record).
That game will be followed immediately by Georgia-Auburn. The Tigers (29-28, 14-16) fell in predictable fashion, 7-3, to top-seeded South Carolina yesterday afternoon. Immediately after that, Georgia (28-29, 16-14) turned in probably the most embarrassing performance of the tournament's opening day by getting blanked 10-0 by Vanderbilt. The Dawgs had two errors and only one hit -- good on ya, Joey Delmonico -- and were effectively out of the game when Vandy homered in the bottom of the second inning and followed it with a pair of unearned runs after a fielding error by Curt Powell.
The winners' bracket begins action at 5:30 p.m. with Alabama (33-24, 14-16) taking on third-seeded Florida (42-15, 22-8). South Carolina (45-12, 22-8) and Vanderbilt (45-9, 22-8) play the late game, which, given their records, should provide the best baseball of the tournament so far.
Thursday, May 26 (All games on SportSouth and ESPN3)
Game 5: Arkansas vs. Mississippi State, 10:30 a.m.
Game 6: Auburn vs. Georgia, after Game 5
Game 7: Alabama vs. Florida, 5:30 pm
Game 8: South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt, after Game 7