Tide Vs. Arkansas In SEC Tournament

What a difference a few clutch base hits might have meant. On Saturday, Alabama had its opportunities to win the series against nationally second ranked South Carolina and also win the SEC Western Division race. But the Tide couldn't come through with late inning opportunities and fell, 3-2.

Nevertheless, Alabama has achieved a goal that is noteworthy, making it into the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Regions Stadium in Hoover. The tournament begins Wednesday with Alabama the number seven seed and taking on Arkansas, which won the SEC West on a wild final day of the season in which five teams had a chance to be champion of co-champion of the division.

Alabama, which defeated Arkansas two out of three games in regular season play, will take on the Razorbacks in the first game of the tournament beginning at 9:30 a.m. CDT on Wednesday. The loser of that game will meet the loser of Wednesday's Florida-Mississippi State game at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The Bama-Arkansas winner will play the winner of the game between the Gators and the Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The championship game of the double elimination tournament is at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Arkansas finished with a 15-15 conference record, a game ahead of Alabama, Mississippi State, and Auburn, the other teams from the Western Division. South Carolina is the number one seed and meets eighth seed Auburn on Wednesday. Vanderbilt is the fourth seed and meets number five Georgia on the first day.

Alaama finished the regular season with a 32-24 record. Bama hopes to advance to the NCAA Tournament following SEC Tournament competition.

Coach Mitch Gaspard's team had to be disappointed in the final regular season game of the year. Bama left 10 men on base in the one-run loss that gave the Gamecocks the SEC championship and denied Bama the West crown. Four times Bama left men in scoring position.

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