3 SEC Baseball Teams Alive in Monday Championship Games

3 SEC Baseball Teams Alive in Monday Championship Games
June 3, 2013, 11:45 am
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The Southeastern Conference landed nine teams in the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament but only one has advanced to next weekend’s super regionals.

The LSU Tigers won three consecutive games in the Baton Rouge Regional and will host a super regional in the next round. There are still three teams alive—the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Mississippi State Bulldogs—in regional championship games Monday, a win would move them forward into the super regional round.

Five SEC teams have been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament; the Ole Miss Rebels, the Florida Gators, the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies.

Vanderbilt manhandled East Tennessee State and Illinois at the Nashville Regional Friday and Saturday, respectively. But in Sunday’s opportunity to advance to the super regionals, the Commodores were blanked by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech will play again Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET to complete the double-elimination regional action. The winner advances to a super regional, the losers’ season ends.

Mississippi State won its first two games at the Starkville Regional but failed to put Central Arkansas away on Sunday to advance to a super regional. The Bulldogs beat Central Arkansas 5-3 on Friday but lost 5-2 to the same team Sunday in the double-elimination format.

Mississippi State and Central Arkansas will face off Monday at 8 p.m. ET to decide which team will advance to the super regionals.

South Carolina scored 26 runs in its first two games to advance to Sunday’s championship game at the Columbia Regional. The game between the Gamecocks and Liberty was suspended Sunday because of weather and will be resumed Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.

When the two teams re-take the field the game will resume in the bottom of the fifth inning with South Carolina ahead 4-2. If the Gamecocks win they will advance to a super regional. If Liberty wins the two teams will play again to decide who will advance.