All across the South, SEC teams and their fan bases filled Baseball stadiums this past weekend to cheer on their favorite College Baseball program, and boy oh boy, excitement-filled each Ballpark for a heartstopping 2022 College Baseball season. Sure, it’s only week two of the College Baseball season, but we already have three storylines that we learned about this past weekend. From Mississippi to Rocky Top, College Baseball is in full swing, and we’re in store an unthinkable, memory-filled 2022 season.
First, Mississippi is the College Baseball capital of the world. All three Division One College Baseball programs in the state drew a combined 81,219 fans this past Opening Weekend. Mississippi State and Ole Miss had the two largest Opening Weekend crowds, with Southern Miss leading Mid-Major Baseball. Which, if you think about the odds, odds are, another National Championship trophy might just as well come back to the Magnolia State this summer. Say what you want about the state of Mississippi, but saying the state as a whole doesn’t care about their Baseball isn’t one of those things that you can say, these people care, and it’s evident in the consistent product on the field.
Second, the Southeastern Conference is that freaking good. No Conference in College Baseball is anywhere close to what the SEC provides the sport with on any given night. Except for Missouri, the SEC has thirteen programs that could easily make a case why they deserve a Top 25 ranking in this week’s polls. If we’re being honest, the SEC has turned into another development league for the MLB, which we see on the daily in the Conference. As a whole, the talent gap between SEC rosters and those of other conferences is shocking and has created an unfair reality for programs that are on the outside looking in; its the very reason why programs like Texas and Oklahoma are begging for the chance to be admitted early into the SEC.
Lastly, Tennessee is a legitimate National Championship Baseball team. Coach Tony Vitello has built Tennessee Baseball into one of the Baseball programs in the country. From Evan Russell behind the plate to the fiery Tennessee bullpen, Tennessee has all the pieces to bring home a National Championship to the fine folks in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hate them or not, Tennessee has one of the most exciting brands of Baseball in all of College Baseball. This weekend alone, Tennessee outscored Georgia Southern 33-3, including back-to-back games of double-digit runs scored.
Overall, Opening Weekend across the SEC was a very successful weekend. We learned a lot about all fourteen programs, but it’s only week two, and each team in the SEC will continue to grow into juggernauts as we get closer and closer to the SEC Tournament in Hoover.