Every year, there's usually a team who emerges from the middle to the bottom of the bracket at the SEC baseball tournament and makes a run. Arkansas is looking like it might be that team.
The latest evidence was a 2-1 win against Ole Miss -- a team that's been mentioned as a possible national seed in the NCAA playoff that begins next week. Once again, Arkansas pitchers managed to avoid letting the Rebels' seven hits cause too much damage. The Hogs, who have one of the best pitching staffs in the SEC, have now allowed one run total in their first two tournament games.
Pitching can take a team a long way in a spacious stadium like Hoover Metropolitan. Whether it can take the Razorbacks all the way to the title game remains to be seen; they face LSU tomorrow, with the winner going to the semifinals.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, has to regroup for a critical showdown against Vanderbilt on Thursday morning. It's a game with national implications. Florida is in line for a national seed, and it looks like the SEC will get two, with the other coming out of a group that includes the Rebels, the Commodores and South Carolina. The loser of the Vanderbilt-Ole Miss game -- particularly if it's Ole Miss -- could find itself knocked out of the discussion.