SEC Baseball Power Poll: May 6

BASEBALL POWER POLL

Only two weekends of series remain in the SEC Baseball regular season. Here is this week’s SEC Baseball Power Poll.

There wasn’t much shuffling in this week’s SEC Baseball Power Poll. Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi State have positioned themselves well for possible NCAA National seeds which means the opportunity to host for the first two weekends of the NCAA baseball tournament. Ole Miss could also move into this group with a strong finish to the regular season. LSU’s situation is more difficult but the Tigers will likely be in the NCAA and host for the first round if they win some ball games down the stretch.

Missouri, Texas A&M and Auburn all are still in the running for an NCAA bid and possibly hosting in the first round. They’ll need a strong regular season finish and have some work to do in the SEC Tournament.

Tennessee and Florida both probably need to win out the regular season and do some damage in the SECT to make the big tournament.

South Carolina, Alabama, and Kentucky are all pretty much battling to get into SEC Tournament. Two of those three probably won’t make the tourney barring some kind of absolute nose dive by Florida and/or Tennessee and a miraculous finish by one or more of the current bottom three. You never know.

Getting into the SECT is important for these teams because it provides more experience and practice opportunities for these developing programs.

Rank Last Wk   Team Rec. Comments
1 1 (tie) vandy Vanderbilt 38-9 (18-6) Vanderbilt continues to roll down the home stretch. Dores sweep USC in Columbia. Missouri in Nashville is next.
2 1 (tie) arkansas Arkansas 37-12 (17-7) Razorbacks just miss road sweep at Kentucky but win the series. Hogs host LSU next in a pivotal series.
3 4 georgia Georgia 37-12 (16-8) Bulldogs rebound from disastrous series at MSU last week and sweep Florida. UGA visits Auburn next.
4 3 mississippi state Mississippi St. 38-10 (15-9) State takes 2 of 3 from A&M. A visit to rival Ole Miss is next.
5 5 ole miss Ole Miss 32-17 (15-9) Ole Miss gets big 2-1 series win in Baton Rouge. Rebs host rival Mississippi State next.
6 6 lsu LSU 30-18 (14-10) LSU drops home series to Ole Miss. It doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Arkansas up next.
7 8 missouri Missouri 33-16-1 (12-11-1) Mizzou gets big time series win at Tennessee. A win or two at Vandy could mean an NCAA bid is much more likely.
8 7 texas am Texas A&M 32-17-1 (12-11-1) Aggies lose 2-1 series at Mississippi State. A visit to Alabama offers an opportunity to enhance an NCAA resume.
9 9 auburn Auburn 29-18 (12-12) Auburn has been really up and down this season. This week they were up, taking 2 of 3 games from rival Alabama. A home series with UGA is huge for both teams.
10 10 tennessee Tennessee 32-16 (10-14) Tennessee loses series to Mizzou. Suffers a big blow to NCAA hopes. The Vols can rebound at Florida this weekend.
11 11 florida Florida 28-21 (9-15) Florida gets swept by Georgia. The Gators are running out of opportunities to create an argument for an NCAA bid. UF hosts Tennessee next.
12 12 alabama Alabama 27-21 (6-18) Tide suffers 2-1 series loss at rival Alabama. Bama has the ability to win this weekend’s series with Texas A&M but it won’t be easy.
13 13 kentucky Kentucky 23-24 (6-18) Wildcats are still in the run for a SEC Tourney bid after a 2-1 series loss to Arkansas. Cats vs. Carolina this weekend is huge for both team’s SECT hopes.
14 14 south carolina South Carolina 24-23 (5-19) South Carolina is swept at home by rolling Vandy. Gamecocks will be playing for their postseason lives this weekend against Kentucky.
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