Season Officially Over

Mercifully, the NCAA Baseball tournament selection committee officially ended Alabama's season Monday by revealing its NCAA Regional selections.

"We did not get in and that is not real surprising to me," Alabama Head Coach Jim Wells said. "Based on the information I had gotten prior to the SEC Tournament, we needed to finish with a .500 SEC record, which meant a minimum of two wins at the tournament. We did not do that. If all of that information was true, I did not expect us to get in the NCAA Tournament."

Only five Southeastern Conference teams were selected for a Regional, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and South Carolina.

"That is very surprising to me," he said. "If the SEC is supposed to be the best conference in the country, the numbers just don't add up there. I am very surprised."

Florida and Alabama were the only two teams for the SEC to make the league tournament not to make the NCAAs, but Florida was not eligible because they did not have a winning record.

Mississippi State Athletics Director and NCAA Baseball Selection Committee Chairman Larry Templeton said, "This was a unique year for our conference. At the end of the day, the committee felt like the SEC only deserved five slots.

"Florida, by rule, did not have a winning record and could not qualify. They played a good schedule and had some really good wins, but did not have a winning record. Auburn's conference record hurt them. They started 0-8 and finished 10-20 and in the end, we could not take them based on their SEC record.

"Honestly, the other teams just did not play very good non-conference schedules. The committee has made it a point to reward teams that step up and play good out of conference schedules."

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