After a long season the SEC Tournament is here. Texas A&M baseball will hit the road for Hoover, Alabama in hopes to repeat as SEC tournament champions.
What wild ride it’s been. The Texas A&M baseball team dropped their first two SEC series (Kentucky, at Vanderbilt). They followed that with five consecutive series wins (at LSU, Auburn, at Alabama, Tennessee, at Mizzou). May was not as kind to the maroon and white. In the final month of the season the team dropped all three of their SEC series (Mississippi State, at Ole Miss, Arkansas).
Now all eyes turn to Hoover, Alabama where the Aggies will be the 7-seed.
SEC Tournament Schedule
The first round of the tournament is single elimination. Four teams will earn the right to advance into pool play on Wednesday.
All games will air on the SEC Network and be available for streaming here.
Tuesday – Single Elimination
Game 1 – 10:30 a.m. ET
11-seed South Carolina (32-23) vs 6-seed Vanderbilt (33-21)
- South Carolina 7 – Vanderbilt 4
- Vanderbilt is eliminated
Game 2 – 3:15 p.m. ET
10-seed Missouri (35-21) vs 7-seed Texas A&M (36-20)
Game 3 – 5:30 p.m. ET
9-seed Ole Miss (32-24) vs 8-seed Auburn (34-22)
Game 4 – 9:00 p.m. ET
12-seed Georgia (25-31) vs 5-seed Mississippi State (34-22)
If the Aggies are able to beat Missouri and advance to pool play they’ll start with LSU. Texas A&M began their midseason turnaround with a series victory over the Tigers, but it was far from a blowout. A late home run from Walker Pennington stole the final game of the series and gave the Aggies a 2-1 victory. Also in the upper bracket is Kentucky, which swept the Aggies in College Station in each team’s first SEC series of the year.
With a win on Saturday over Arkansas the Aggies secured a winning record in the regular season. No matter what happens in the tournament the Aggies can rest easy knowing that they’re going to be in the postseason field. An 0-1 or 1-2 showing would put the Aggies no worse than a three seed in the NCAA Tournament.
If Texas A&M an put together a run and win a game or two they’ll secure a two-seed. If the Aggies had done more down the stretch an SEC Tournament title could have pushed them into the host conversation. In the event that they are able to win the tournament for the second year in a row that late season fade will hurt them in the hosting conversation.
There’s not much to lose for the Aggies in Hoover this week. Coach Rob Childress is going to use this tournament to make some last minute adjustments to his squad before they hit the road for the NCAA tournament. The Aggies need to find another reliever outside of Kaylor Chafin that they can lean on. In addition to that, someone other than Braden Shewmake needs to get hot at the plate for the Ags to make some noise in the postseason.