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SEC baseball tournament

Basketball coverage is slim pickings this time of year, but a whole new season of college baseball starts tomorrow with the Southeastern Conference tournament. Kentucky did themselves no favors over the weekend, being swept for the first time this season to Mississippi State — a formidable foe, but a series they should have taken. The potential was there for the Cats to nab the No. 1 seed in the ten-team tournament, but instead dropped all the way to a four-seed. They will play the nine-seed Ole Miss tomorrow in game one, bright and early at 9:30 in the morning. With a win over the Rebels, it will jump them ahead to a Thursday showdown, most likely with LSU. You can see these games on Fox Sports South.

The bracket set-up is a little funky. The first-round game opposite Kentucky is six-seed Arkansas and seven-seed Mississippi State. The lowest seed to win in this four-team set will advance to play a Wednesday game against LSU. The two losers will square off in an elimination game. The highest seed to advance won’t play until Thursday against the winner of the LSU and low-seed winner game. You can see the full bracket here.

The Tigers are certainly a team to worry about, but this bracket sets up nicely for Kentucky to make a run. South Carolina, Florida and Vanderbilt are all on the bottom half of the bracket, which are several of Kentucky’s biggest threats at a title. All but one will eliminate themselves.

Nothing is easy in the SEC, but if everything goes according to play Kentucky will see LSU on Thursday; a win would be huge to stay on top of the double-elimination bracket. It would put them just one win away from the Championship game. If the Cats can win four straight games they will be SEC Tournament Champions for the first time in school history, and that doesn’t sound too crazy when you consider, outside of their final series slip-up, the Cats have beaten all of these teams — in some cases pulled off a three-game sweep.

A last couple tidbits of baseball news: Head coach Gary Henderson was named SEC Coach of the Year. It is a well-deserved honor after leading Kentucky to a school-record number of wins. The expectations for this team were near rock bottom, and he steered this season to make it a memorable one. He had a lot of help from freshman sensation Austin Cousino, as well. He was named SEC Freshman of the Year for his work in leading the Cats in nearly every offensive category.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

3 Comments for SEC baseball tournament

  1. Dick Gosinia
    2:20 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Would love to see the Cats do well and UK to still have a shot at the Capital One Cup but they need to get their act together fast. They have lost 4 in a row and could be in jeopardy of losing any shot of hosting first/2nd round games at the Cliff!

  2. Jones Returns
    2:35 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    The best song you’ll ever hear: Kentucky

  3. Stu Leaves
    6:32 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Game is at 9:30′ CT but 10:30 for BBN in the ET. Not sure why you’d put that.

    Cousino and Henderson were named freshman/coach on, not the SEC.

    And didn’t you say on here that the MSU series should be an easy one for the Cats?