SEC Baseball Tournament 2013: Teams Impressing Early in Alabama
Through the first two days of the 2013 SEC baseball tournament some top seeds have shown up to play, while others have not.
One low seed in particular—Texas A&M—is turning the tournament on its head with two impressive victories already headed into Thursday's action. Who would have thought that the Aggies—ranked 210th in the nation in runs going into the tournament—would put up such a fight?
Here's a look at the most impressive teams in the tournament so far with their seedings in parentheses.
Texas A&M (9)
Despite going into the SEC tournament as the ninth seed, Texas A&M has taken the tournament by storm, defeating 2011 champion Florida and No. 1 seed Vanderbilt in its first two games.
In the first round, Texas A&M defeated Florida, 6-3. After falling behind, 2-0, the Aggies stormed back to score three runs in the fourth inning. Florida tied it in the fifth, but the Aggies won the game down the stretch, scoring three more runs and holding the Gators scoreless in the last four innings.
Third baseman Henry Melton went 2-for-4 with one home run, four RBI and one run for Texas A&M while Daniel Mengden pitched all nine innings, allowing just one earned run and notching 11 strikeouts.
In the second round, Texas A&M shut out Vanderbilt, 5-0. Parker Ray pitched eight innings of three-hit ball while relievers A.J. Minter and Jason Jester combined to hold the Commodores without a hit in the final frame.
Cole Lankford, Mikey Reynolds, Troy Stein and Melton each picked up an RBI in the victory.
The Aggies had not scored much this season headed into the tournament, but they've posted 11 runs in two games in Hoover, Ala.
The pitching isn't much of a surprise, though. Texas A&M had posted a 3.57 ERA coming into the tournament.
Mississippi State (5)
Mississippi State may be the No. 5 seed this year, but it is also the defending SEC tournament champion.
The Bulldogs showed in the first round why they are a feared team, riding their pitching to a 2-1 victory over Missouri in 17 innings. Six Bulldogs' pitchers combined to allow just one run as Missouri was held scoreless after the third inning.
Mississippi State showed that it doesn't just have pitching. In the Bulldogs' 5-3 victory over South Carolina in the second round, right fielder Demarcus Henderson and first baseman Wes Rea combined to go 5-for-8 with five RBI. Shortstop Adam Frazier and second baseman Brett Pirtle were a combined 4-for-9 with four runs scored.
The defending champions ranked 15th in ERA during the regular season, according to NCAA.com.
LSU has only played one game so far in the tournament, but the Tigers' 3-0 victory over Alabama on Wednesday was an example of the pitching they boast.
LSU ranked sixth in the nation in ERA at 2.53 going into the tournament and starting pitcher Cody Glenn held the Crimson Tide to five hits over seven scoreless innings on Wednesday.
While Alabama wasn't a particularly high-scoring team before the tournament, make no mistake about it, LSU's pitching is for real. It's part of the reason the Tigers are seeded second.
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