Welcome back to Southeastern Conference baseball folks.
We last left you back in the summertime where, ultimately no team from the SEC was able to make the second round of the College World Series. This despite sending seven teams to the NCAA Tournament, all seven hosting regionals and five hosting Super Regionals.
But all of that is last year. This year brings about new senses of hope, optimism and all of the other cliches that you can think about. The SEC is pretty well represented in the polls and boasts title contenders and top-tier players as well.
Let’s get cracking today, shall we??
Baseball Schedule - February 17
|George Washington vs. Auburn||3 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Kentucky vs. UNC||3 p.m.|
|Miami (OH) vs. Arkansas||4 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|UNC Greensboro vs. South Carolina||4 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Charleston vs. Georgia||5 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|ECU vs. Ole Miss||5 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Texas Tech vs. Mississippi State||5 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Tennessee vs. Memphis||5 p.m.|
|Vanderbilt vs. San Diego||5 p.m.|
|Presbyterian vs. Alabama||6 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|William & Mary vs. Florida||6:30 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Eastern Michigan vs. Mizzou||7 p.m.|
|Bowling Green vs. Texas A&M||7:30 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Air Force vs. LSU||8 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
We’re treated to an early Top 25 showdown off the bat as 10th-ranked ECU faces off with 24th-ranked Ole Miss in Oxford. Five other ranked teams from the conference are in action including No. 2 Florida and No. 3 LSU as they open up with William & Mary and Air Force. 4th-ranked South Carolina will begin their 2017 campaign at 4 p.m. ET as they’ll take on UNC Greensboro.
No. 6 Vanderbilt meanwhile will look to avenge an opening night upset loss to San Diego that went down on Thursday night.
Elsewhere, the rest of the conference begins play in various matchups of in-state opponents (in the case of Tennessee playing Memphis) and games that would look good on the hardwood too (UNC-Kentucky; hey, that happened this year too!).
In total, all 14 teams from the conference are set to take the field on Friday to begin what should be an exciting first weekend of action on the diamond.
Wonderful time of the year isn’t it?