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SEC Weekend Softball Preview, Week 13

It’s the final week of regular season play as postseason position and seeding are up for grabs

ALABAMA

FRIDAY

  • vs. Texas A&M (8 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • vs. Texas A&M (1 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • vs. Texas A&M (2:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

ARKANSAS

FRIDAY

  • at LSU (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • at LSU (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • at LSU (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN)

AUBURN

SUNDAY

  • at Chattanooga (2 p.m. ET)
  • at Chattanooga (4:30 p.m. ET)

FLORIDA

FRIDAY

  • at Missouri (8 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • at Missouri (3 p.m. ET, SEC Network/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • at Missouri (3 p.m. ET, SEC Network/WatchESPN)

GEORGIA

FRIDAY

  • at Ole Miss (7 ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • at Ole Miss (5 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • at Ole Miss (2 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

KENTUCKY

FRIDAY

  • vs. South Carolina (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • vs. South Carolina (2 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • vs. South Carolina (1 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

LSU

FRIDAY

  • vs. Arkansas (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • vs. Arkansas (7 p.m. ET SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • vs Arkansas (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2/WatchESPN)

OLE MISS

FRIDAY

  • vs. Georgia (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • vs. Georgia (5 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • vs. Georgia (2 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

MISSISSIPPI STATE

FRIDAY

  • vs. Tennessee (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • vs. Tennessee (2 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • vs. Tennessee (3 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

MISSOURI

FRIDAY

  • vs. Florida (8 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • vs. Florida (3 p.m. ET, SEC Network/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • vs. Florida (3 p.m. ET, SEC Network/WatchESPN)

SOUTH CAROLINA

FRIDAY

  • at Kentucky (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • at Kentucky (2 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • at Kentucky (1 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/Watch ESPN)

TENNESSEE

FRIDAY

  • at Mississippi State (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • at Mississippi State (3 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SUNDAY

  • at Mississippi State (3 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

TEXAS A&M

FRIDAY

  • at Alabama (8 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)

SATURDAY

  • at Alabama (1 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN )

SUNDAY

at Alabama (2:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network+/WatchESPN)


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

It’s the last week of regular season play before the SEC Tournament starts next week in Columbia, Missouri. Georgia is going to have a hard time catching up to Florida being two games behind. However, the Bulldogs, like most teams in the SEC (sorry Ole Miss) have a lot to play for this weekend in terms of making the NCAA Tournament. This weekend could decide whether teams will be up fro hosting a Regional or Super Regional, or possibly even making the tournament at all (hello Missouri).

No. 12 South Carolina sits one game behind Georgia in the standings at they head to Lexington to play No. 19 Kentucky, a team that isn’t a lock to make the SEC Tournament. The Wildcats are only a game up on Ole Miss in the standings. With no head-to-head tiebreaker with Ole Miss. Kentucky must find a way to win a game in this series, which won’t be easy as South Carolina is on the outside looking in on hosting a Super Regional and would definitely like to get to that level with a road sweep and a possible second place finish.

No. 6 Georgia has to feel confident about their chances of hosting a Super Regional if they should make it that far. The last thing they would want to do however is drop a series this weekend in Oxford. Ole Miss may be in last place but they could ruin someone’s season by taking two out of three. Hurting Georgia’s chances to stay in Athens, or knocking Missouri, Kentucky or Mississippi State out of the SEC Tourney next week and putting themselves into the field of play next week would be a great scenario to end the year.

Alabama sits 17th in the nation while ranked 16th in the RPI. Texas A&M is ranked 10th and sits at 11th in the RPI. Needless to say this series, like most this weekend, are huge for both teams. A series win could catapult Alabama into a opportunity to stay at home for a Regional and a road series win for the Aggies could launch them toward an opportunity to stay at home until they would end up in Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series.

No. 15 Arkansas and No. 14 LSU face off in Baton Rouge with the winner gaining a possible stranglehold on hosting a regional. Arkansas is one game behind A&M for the 4 seed and a possible bye.

Missouri sits 23rd in the RPI and has played one of the toughest schedules in the country. They certainly have a case for making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. What would really help that cause is monstrous series win over No. 4 Florida. The Gators are almost assuredly playing in Gainesville until the final eight in OKC, and are two games up on Georgia. Missouri knows they need this series and expect every game to be a fight.

No. 8 Tennessee is right on the bubble of hosting a Super Regional with that ranking and a No. 9 ranking in the RPI. The Vols sit one game behind Texas A&M for the 4 seed and a possible bye next week in the SEC Tourney. Mississippi State, like Missouri and Kentucky, has not been assured a spot in the SEC tourney although they did sweep Ole Miss a couple weeks ago. The Bulldogs are probably safely in the field for the NCAA Tournament regardless of what happens, but a series win over the No. 8 team in the country can only help.

Auburn travels to Chattanooga this weekend for a double header Sunday. Auburn’s postseason position won’t be decided this week but more than likely next week when they play in Columbia for the SEC Tourney.