SEC Baseball Tournament 2014: Bracket, Schedule, Format, Team Rosters, Standings

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMay 19, 2014

FILE - In this June 25, 2013, file photo, Mississippi State pitcher Ross Mitchell works against UCLA in Game 2 in an NCAA College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Neb. Mitchell made a surprise start for Mississippi State, and after what he did against Georgia, coach John Cohen might want to make it a regular thing. Mitchell, ordinarily a reliever, threw a complete game and helped the Bulldogs to their first series win at Georgia since 1997. (AP Photo/Ted Kirk, File)
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The 2014 SEC baseball tournament bracket is set, and the first action of the tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, when Vanderbilt plays host to Tennessee.

Vandy and Tennessee are two teams with SEC championship aspirations, but will they be able to battle through the competition? The Volunteers might be the better of the two teams, but the Commodores are filled with talent. Their matchup in Round 1 will bring the tournament in with style.

But what about the other 10 teams in the tournament? This field is stacked with highly touted college talent, and the tournament figures to be compelling as a result. Familiarizing yourself with the scheduling, rosters and format of the tourney prior to the start of the action is a great way to get an idea of which teams to watch.

Below is everything you'll need.

A full bracket of the 2014 SEC baseball tournament can be found here.

 

Format

Round 1 of the SEC tournament will be single-elimination. Losing teams will be completely eliminated from the tourney. Round 2 will then switch to double-elimination, with losing teams receiving another chance at staying alive. This format will stay in effect until the semifinals, when single-elimination will begin again. The tournament title will be decided in a one-game clash.

 

Schedule

Below is a full schedule of the tournament.

SEC Tournament Schedule
Game #DateTime (ET)Matchup
1May 209:30 a.m.Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee
2May 20TBDArkansas vs. Texas A&M
3May 204:30 p.m.Alabama vs. Kentucky
4May 20TBDMississippi State vs. Georgia
5May 219:30 a.m.LSU vs. Winner Game 1
6May 21TBDOle Miss vs. Winner Game 2
7May 214:30 p.m.Florida vs. Winner Game 3
8May 21TBDSouth Carolina vs. Winner Game 4
9May 229:30 a.m.Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
10May 22TBDLoser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8
11May 224:30 p.m.Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
12May 22TBDWinner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8
13May 233:00 p.m.Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11
14May 23TBDWinner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 12
15May 24NoonWinner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 11
16May 24TBDWinner Game 14 vs. Winner Game 12
17May 253:30 p.m.Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16
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Team Rosters

Full team rosters can be seen by going to SECdigitalnetwork.com. Once on the home page, hover over "Schools" in the menu bar. Once highlighted, select a school. You will be able to find each roster through each individual school's athletics page.

 

Standings

Here is each team's record in the SEC this season, along with the seed it earned them for the tournament.

SEC Tournament Seedings
SeedTeamSEC Record
1Florida Gators21-9
2Ole Miss Rebels19-11
3LSU Tigers17-11-1
4South Carolina Gamecocks18-12
5Mississippi St. Bulldogs18-12
6Vanderbilt Commodores17-13
7Arkansas Razorbacks16-14
8Alabama Crimson Tide15-14
9Kentucky Wildcats14-16
10Texas A&M Aggies14-16
11Tennessee Volunteers12-18
12Georgia Bulldogs11-18-1
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Florida, SEC Record: 21-9

Friday night's 4-2 win over Tennessee clinched the SEC's top seed for the tournament for Florida, and head coach Kevin O'Sullivan knew all along that his players wanted the top spot for themselves, via Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel: "We didn't want to share the title with anyone and the kids can now say that they are outright SEC champions."

Florida is considered the team with the best shot of winning the tournament. That probably has something to do with the fact that the Gators tallied 21 wins in the SEC this season, but several teams weren't far off their pace this year. This Gators team is very good, but they aren't invincible against their SEC counterparts.

With no true seniors on the team, Florida has looked to youngsters like pitcher Logan Shore for stability and leadership this year. Shore, a freshman, was drafted in the 29th round by the Minnesota Twins out of high school last season before choosing to forgo the pros for college.

He has been phenomenal this season, boasting a 1.69 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 85 innings of work. He has walked just 16 to go with 70 hits allowed. Allowing about a baserunner per inning is a recipe for success for youngsters, and Shore is doing a great job of that this year.

He's a player to watch during the tournament.

 

Georgia, SEC Record: 11-18-1

The Georgia Bulldogs barely earned the final spot in the SEC tournament, as it took a slugfest against the Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday to clinch the No. 12 seed. Georgia scored 11 runs on 17 hits to defeat Kentucky, 11-10.

Every Bulldog in the starting lineup earned a hit in the game.

While Georgia may not have had much success in the SEC this season, the team did finish with an overall record of 26-28-1. That's not a flashy mark, but it's far better than the conference record.

Robert Tyler was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week on May 12 after firing a complete game shutout against No. 11 Ole Miss. Georgia's official athletics website broke down his performance in that game:

Tyler became the first Bulldog in eight years to toss a complete game SEC shutout on the road. He did it in front of 8,158 at Swayze Field with no walks and four strikeouts. He allowed a leadoff double in the first and then just two singles the rest of the contest, facing 32 batter overall and holding the Rebels to a .096 batting average.

Tyler could very well show more of the same dominance in the SEC tournament.