A College Baseball weekend in the Southland went about as wild as expected. From Kentucky, earning a series win over Tennessee, Ole Miss breaking out the brooms over Missouri, and even Texas A&M putting the rest of the conference on notice with their series win over South Carolina. This weekend had everything that the everyday College Baseball fan could have ever imagined.
Yet, we still have a cluster of teams who are all within a few games of each other, battling for the last few spots at the SEC Tournament in Hoover.
So, what happened this weekend, and how do we even begin to process it?
First, Kentucky, the Wildcats are fighting for their postseason hopes, and that was self-evident this weekend as they defeated Tennessee in two out of the three games to take the series over the top-ranked Volunteers. Heading into the series with Tennessee, Kentucky had failed to win a complete SEC series. Yet, taking the Volunteers to extras on Thursday night and walking them off in the bottom half of the 13th inning before taking the second game on Saturday due to suspension in the 8th inning on Friday night. With the win over Tennessee this weekend, Kentucky positions itself to make a run and maybe earn a postseason position at the SEC Tournament in Hoover.
Second, with their backs against the wall, Mike Bianco and the Ole Miss Rebels swept Missouri this weekend in a crucial three-game series. Since March, the Ole Miss Baseball season has been an utter disaster, to put it nicely. Since mid-March, Ole Miss has failed to find its identity after being swept by the Tennessee Volunteers earlier in the season, forcing Ole Miss into a must-win situation this past weekend. Ole Miss scored 25 runs this weekend, and the Rebels now control their destiny in advancing to play in the SEC Tournament.
Third, Texas A&M is scary good. Struggling from the gate, Texas A&M has found the lighting in a bottle, and the Aggies are now a legitimate National Championship. Texas A&M has won five straight SEC weekend series dating back to the first of April when the Aggies lost to Alabama.
Lastly, despite losing to Kentucky this weekend, Tennessee is still the overall team in the Southeastern Conference. The Volunteers have the pitchers and the fielding to win a Championship, but losing to Kentucky for their first SEC series loss can’t dictate how the rest of the season will go. Tennessee will welcome Georgia to Knoxville on Thursday night for another highly anticipated SEC Baseball series.
With just two weeks remaining, the stakes are never higher than they are right now. We have twelve programs fighting for the last two positions in Hoover for the SEC Baseball Tournament. Tennessee has clinched its spot in the SEC Tournament as SEC East Champions. Beyond that, nobody could even begin to imagine what will transpire over the next two weeks.