SEC Baseball Tournament 2016: Wednesday Schedule and Bracket Predictions

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistMay 25, 2016

FILE - In this June 13, 2015 file photo, Florida starting pitcher Logan Shore throws during an NCAA College World Series baseball game against Miami in Omaha, Neb. Shore and fellow pitchers A.J. Puk and Alex Faedo are an imposing weekend rotation that combined for a 26-11 record last season. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file)
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With the NCAA baseball tournament on the horizon, one of the strongest conferences in the nation, the SEC, saw its postseason tournament start up on Tuesday. 

There are 12 seeds in all that will have to lose twice in order to see their respective seasons end, and four of them already have their backs against the wall after the first day of play. 

Here are Tuesday's results, followed by Wednesday's schedule:

2016 SEC Baseball Tournament: Tuesday, May 24
WinnerResultLoser
No. 6 Vanderbilt7-0No. 11 Missouri
No. 7 Ole Miss5-1No. 10 Georgia
No. 9 Alabama5-2No. 8 Kentucky
No. 5 LSU5-4No. 12 Tennessee
2016 SEC Baseball Tournament: Wednesday, May 25 Schedule
Time (ET), TVTeamTeam
10:30 a.m, SEC NetworkNo. 3 Texas A&MNo. 6 Vanderbilt
Following, SEC NetworkNo. 2 South CarolinaNo. 7 Ole Miss
5:30 p.m, SEC NetworkNo. 1 Mississippi StateNo. 9 Alabama
Following, SEC NetworkNo. 4 FloridaNo. 5 LSU

Predictions

No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 6 Vanderbilt

Winner: Vanderbilt

This is a Texas A&M team that is going to be difficult to stop this year with SEC Player of the Year Boomer White, who hit .413 with four home runs and 41 RBI this season.

The Aggies led the SEC in team batting average at .315 and trailed only one team in the conference with 381 total runs. That team was Vanderbilt, which had just one more run during the season. 

Vanderbilt's pitching has been stellar this season, as it sports a team ERA of just 2.93 along with three starters with at least seven wins and ERAs at 2.61 and under. 

The Commodores have been surrounded by a winning culture over the past few years. In each of the last two seasons, they were in the College World Series championship series and won it all in 2014. 

Figuring that Vanderbilt will roll out Kyle Wright, who had a 1.76 ERA this season, they'll be able to pull out a low-scoring win. 

No. 2 South Carolina vs. No. 7 Ole Miss

Winner: South Carolina

The SEC East regular-season champions and the conference's No. 2 overall seed finished the regular season with five straight wins after losing two of three to Texas A&M. 

But the Gamecocks are a team that hasn't won a game at the SEC tournament since 2012. But they have the pitching and defense this season to buck that trend. 

The Gamecocks have allowed just under eight hits per nine innings this year, which ranks eighth in the country and trailed only Vanderbilt in the SEC. 

Against an Ole Miss team that ranked 72nd in the nation in runs scored, South Carolina should get its first win at the SEC tournament in four years. 

No. 1 Mississippi State vs. No. 9 Alabama

Winner: Mississippi State

For the first time since 1989, Mississippi State has won the SEC regular-season crown. It was a drastic turnaround considering that last year, it went 8-22 in conference play to finish dead last. 

The Bulldogs aren't the flashiest, as they only hit 41 home runs during the regular season (72nd in the nation). But they know how to put the ball in play and grind out runs. 

Freshman Jake Mangum is third in the nation with a .427 batting average, while Nathaniel Lowe hit .359 and drove in a team-high 47 RBI. Those two will be busy against Alabama. 

No. 4 Florida vs. No. 5 LSU 

Winner: Florida

If Florida has Logan Shore going on Wednesday, then advantage Gators. Shore was the SEC Pitcher of the Year with a 10-0 record and 2.33 ERA, which is the perfect kind of arm to open up the postseason. 

However, Florida will be meeting an LSU team that came back from a 4-0 seventh-inning deficit to pull out a 5-4 win in the bottom of the ninth against Tennessee on Tuesday. So the Tigers will be riding plenty of momentum into Wednesday, though they might be tired due to the fact that they played late into Tuesday night. 

On top of that, they didn't play their best against one of the worst teams in the conference. There won't be as many opportunities available for LSU to take advantage of against a better team in the Gators.

Stats courtesy of NCAA.com.

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