NCAA Baseball Tournament, Day 2: Most SEC Teams Are Safe, But a Few Have to Worry

It's a double elimination format, which means that the teams who lost yesterday are on their last chance. We'll go with them first before turning to the teams that can afford to drop a game. Join the open thread if you have a chance.

3 GEORGIA
RPI: 16 Corvallis RPI: 56 4 ARK LITTLE ROCK
4.95 Team ERA 3.38
.719 Team OPS .751
Levi Hyams
(.313/.394/.439)
Offensive Star Myles Parma
(.353/.443/.462)

The Dawgs are one of the few SEC teams facing elimination today, squaring off with Arkansas Little Rock to find out who will continue in the tournament. This is SEC vs. Sun Belt, which means Georgia should be on familiar ground here, but baseball is not football. (4 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

2 ARKANSAS
RPI: 14 Tempe RPI: 131 4 NEW MEXICO
3.20 Team ERA 5.86
.742 Team OPS .700
Dominic Ficociello
(.349/.376/.488)
Offensive Star D.J. Peterson
(.322/.383/.554)

Even for an SEC West team, the Lobos shouldn't be hard to beat. New Mexico is now 20 games under break-even after losing the first game of the tournament. They even had a losing record in the Mountain West, which isn't exactly known as a baseball powerhouse. (5 p.m. ET)

1 FLORIDA
RPI: 3 Gainesville RPI: 15 2 MIAMI
2.94 Team ERA 3.26
.839 Team OPS .768
Mike Zunino
(.373/.444/.676)
Offensive Star Zeke DeVoss
(.335/.489/.458)

In some ways, it's great to have a rivalry show up in the Regionals. But Florida would probably rather pass on facing an ACC team that almost could have been a national seed based on their RPI. (4 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

3 ALABAMA RPI: 35 Tallahassee RPI: 5 1 FLORIDA STATE
3.72 Team ERA 3.60
.738 Team OPS .848
Taylor Dugas
(.346/.457/.548)
Offensive Star James Ramsey
(.348/.431/.581)

Alabama gets the toughest second-game draw of any league team. The Seminoles are a national seed. But the Tide and other conference teams -- aside from Georgia and Arkansas -- have the advantage of having won the first game, giving them room for another loss. (6 p.m. ET, Sun Sports)

1 SOUTH CAROLINA
RPI: 6 Columbia RPI: 23 2 STETSON
2.62 Team ERA 3.77
.813 Team OPS .786
Christian Walker
(.352/.432/.554)
Offensive Star Nick Rickles
(.353/.415/.621)

Not that the Hatters are an easy team to face. Stetson is a high-quality opponent for the Gamecocks, and Rickles has numbers that resemble the pre-new bats era. But Stetson is a balanced team (7 p.m. ET)

3 MISSISSIPPI STATE
RPI: 30 Atlanta RPI: 119 4 AUSTIN PEAY
4.30 Team ERA 5.27
.773 Team OPS .844
Jarrod Parks
(.375/.522/.521)
Offensive Star Jordan Hankins
(.361/.445/.506)

This is something of an unlikely winners' bracket, especially in the case of Austin Peay. The Governors knocked off Georgia Tech in the first game in one of the biggest upsets of the first round. So while they aren't that great, they're dangerous. (7 p.m. ET, CSS)

1 VANDERBILT
RPI: 4 Nashville RPI: 50 3 TROY
2.44 Team ERA 3.70
.855 Team OPS .827
Aaron Westlake
(.357/.472/.620)
Offensive Star Tyler Hannah
(.366/.475/.595)

The Dores' annihilated Belmont and now turn their attention to Troy, another underdog in the Nashville Regional. If they stay on the track they've been on during the postseason, the Commodores should be fine, but Troy can't be overlooked. (8 p.m. ET)

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