As we head down the stretch in 2019 SEC baseball conference play there are three groups of teams that have emerged. Here is this week’s SEC Baseball Power Poll.
Group A consists of Vanderbilt, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and LSU. These six teams are on glide path to an NCAA bid. If they take care of business they’ll be in the NCAA. The magic number of conference wins to get an NCAA bid is 16. An 8-1 or 7-2 finish to the conference season could mean being a top eight national seed in the NCAA.
Group B consists of Missouri, Tennessee, Florida, Texas A&M, and Auburn. These teams will need a strong finish (6-3 or better) to get in the NCAA. Winning the SEC tourney or making it to the championship game could help them get in. Missouri and Texas A&M are in a little better shape and might defy this logic.
Group C consists of Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina. These three will need a miracle to get into the NCAA. One of these three will make the SEC Tournament. Then that team must win the conference tourney to get to the NCAA.
|1 (tie)||3||Vanderbilt||34-9 (15-6)||Vanderbilt has scored two sweeps in a row with a dustoff of Auburn. Vandy has smooth sailing in the final three weekends @USC, Mizzou and @Kentucky.|
|1 (tie)||1||Arkansas||34-11 (15-6)||Hogs dominate Vols in first two games and then hold on to get sweep. Razorbacks visit Kentucky next.|
|3||6||Mississippi St.||36-9 (13-8)||MSU gets a huge 3-game series win over Georgia. State outscores Eastern Bulldogs 35-11. MSU visits Texas A&M next.|
|4||2||Georgia||33-12 (13-8)||Georgia is dominated in Starkville by State. Missing its ace pitcher, UGA gives up 19 runs on Friday. Georgia should rebound against Florida this weekend.|
|5||7||Ole Miss||30-15 (13-8)||Rebels get home sweep over Texas A&M. A trip to LSU is next.|
|6||5||LSU||29-16 (13-8)||Tigers win a tough 2-1 series in Tuscaloosa. LSU hosts Ole Miss this weekend in what should be a fine series.|
|7||4||Texas A&M||30-15-1 (11-9-1)||Aggies get swept in Oxford by Ole Miss. Two close losses to the Rebs were the story. A&M hosts Mississippi State this weekend.|
|8||9||Missouri||30-15-1 (10-10-1)||Tigers sweep USC. Mizzou allows just 2 runs in first 2 games and then goes on to sweep. Trip to Tennessee is next.|
|9||10||Auburn||27-17 (10-11)||Auburn suffers devastating sweep at Vanderbilt. Tigers were competitive but couldn’t eek out a win. Things should get better this weekend at home against Alabama.|
|10||8||Tennessee||31-14 (9-12)||Tennessee suffers a seep at Arkansas. Vol pitching gives up 30 runs. Tennessee hosts Mizzou next.|
|11||11||Florida||28-18 (9-12)||Florida manages a 2-1 home series win over Kentucky. This weekend things get tougher with a trip to Georgia.|
|12||14||Alabama||26-19 (5-16)||Alabama nearly wins a series over LSU but a close Sunday loss is the difference. Bama visits rival Auburn next.|
|13||13||Kentucky||22-22 (5-16)||UK puts up a decent fight at Florida winning game 2. The Wildcats host a very tough Arkansas squad this weekend.|
|14||12||South Carolina||24-20 (5-16)||Gamecocks are swept at Missouri. This weekend the Gamecocks host juggernaut Vandy in Columbia.|