Beginning of the End for the 2022 SEC Baseball season
The Florida Gators, along with the seven other SEC Baseball teams, will compete in Game 1 of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex. The showdown will mark the beginning of the end of the season for the Florida Gators fighting for the SEC Championship title. With the #1 seed Tennessee as the favorite to win the title, anything can happen until the SEC Tournament Championship game comes to a close on Sunday, May 29th.
The Gators will face the South Carolina Gamecocks in a single elimination game with hopes to survive and advance to Game 6 vs. #2 Texas A&M. Coming in from a hot series win against the Gamecocks this past weekend, Florida is feeling confident with what their first game could have in store for them.
Here are the games for Day 1 of the SEC Tournament:
1 (10:30 am EST): #6 Georgia vs. #11 Alabama
2 (2:00 pm EST): #7 Florida vs. #10 South Carolina
3 (5:30 pm EST): #8 Vanderbilt vs. #9 Ole Miss
4 (9:00 pm EST): #5 Auburn vs. #12 Kentucky
Looking Forward with the Favorites
Game 1, Georgia and Alabama:
Georgia #6 is the favorite in Game 1 of the SEC Tournament facing #11 Alabama based on rankings. With this being said, Georgia is on a not-so-hot streak after losing a home series to Missouri and struggling throughout the later spring. In addition, Alabama is looking at a semi-home game here, giving them more of an advantage. With the Bulldogs heading in the wrong direction, they are still leading with the stronger lineup in the game. As long as Georgia can defeat becoming their own worst enemy first, the odds should be in their favor for Game 1.
Game 2, Florida and South Carolina:
After Florida #7 took the weekend series from #10 South Carolina, the Gators are hoping to continue this momentum into the tournament’s Game 2 making them the favorite for this matchup. However, with right hander Will Sanders starting for South Carolina, the Gamecocks should have the advantage on the mound. Where South Carolina will struggle is at the plate, the fear is that the team will not be able to put up the numbers on the board needed to take the win. Once the Gators see South Carolinas call to the bullpen, Florida’s superior batting lineup could help them secure their next win.
Game 3, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss:
While #8 Vanderbilt is favored here due solely to rankings, only time will tell how Game 3 shakes out. After using most arms through their last series against LSU, Game 3 might see one of the two freshman: Carter Holton or Bryce Cunningham. With an extremely effective season so far for left hander Holton, the Commodores should have a better sense of security with him on the mound. Whereas #9 Ole Miss will start Dylan DeLucia. With this matchup split, it will be up to both offenses to battle it out for Game 3.
Game 4, Auburn and Kentucky:
#5 Auburn is the clear favorite in Game 4 facing #12 Kentucky as the higher seed. This matchup is another past weekend regular season series continued, however. Kentucky took two out of three games in Lexington. The Wildcats will want to keep this momentum going, this time it is away from home. Coming into the night, all of Kentucky’s top arms will be available for the mound.
Wrapping Up Day 1
The first day of the SEC Baseball Tournament will consist of four games, all single-elimination. The winner of each matchup will compete Wednesday, May 25th, in double-elimination rounds facing #3 Arkansas, #2 Texas A&M, #1 Tennessee, and #4 LSU.
5: The Winner of Georgia and Alabama will face #3 Arkansas
6: The Winner of Florida and South Carolina will face #2 Texas A&M
7: The Winner of Vanderbilt and Ole Miss will face #1 Tennessee
8: The Winner of Auburn and Kentucky will face #4 LSU