2011 SEC Baseball Tournament: Live Blog

Jim FolsomContributorMay 25, 2011

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 29:  Bobby Haney #23 of the South Carolina Gamecocks bats against the UCLA Bruins in game 2 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Gamecocks defeated the Bruins 2-1 in eleven innings to win the National Championship.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The SEC baseball tournament starts today in Hoover, Alabama. Three of the top-four rated teams in the country, Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, will be in action today. All three are in great shape to be one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA tournament.

The winner will receive an automatic bid into the NCAAs, which start next week.

For Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi State, this may be their only shot. It may be for Georgia, too. Georgia must win at least two games in this tournament to be eligible for the NCAA tournament because to be eligible a team must be at least .500.

UGA's strength of schedule makes them a strong possibility if they can qualify.

LSU has likely played its way into the tournament even though they don't play this weekend. They are going into the postseason hot.

Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi State are all above .500 overall but under .550 in the SEC. Auburn is in the most precarious position at 39-27 overall. But it would not be good for either of these teams to go 0-2 this weekend.

Mississippi State is 34-21 and Alabama is 32-24. All three are 14-16 in the SEC.

Florida, Vanderbilt and South Carolina want to avoid an 0-2 this weekend also. They are trying to get a national seed, and a quick exit would not be a good thing. Especially with two other SEC teams in the mix.

So Wednesday's action should be good. This may be the biggest day of the tournament. Win, and you avoid the dreaded "0-2 and BBQ." Lose, and you could be in bad shape tomorrow.

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