Hogs Postseason Possibilities Endless

FAYETTEVILLE -- A sweep against Ole Miss at Baum Stadium this weekend could change Arkansas' postseason plans dramatically.

The Razorbacks, unranked in the last three Baseball America weekly polls, would be the No. 6 seed in Southeastern Conference Tournament if the season ended today.

However, there is a chance they could move up to the No. 4 spot with a sweep in their final regular season series against Ole Miss, which begins Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Ole Miss and Alabama own two-game leads on Arkansas, but the Hogs' would own the tiebreaker on both teams should all three end up with the same records, which could happen if the Hogs sweep and Alabama is swept at Auburn.

If Alabama wins a game, then Arkansas would still need a sweep against Ole Miss to move up to No. 5.

A sweep also could turn Arkansas' long-term postseason picture upside down, considering the Hogs were in danger of not even making the SEC Tournament two weeks ago. It could even mean the Hogs earn a second straight NCAA Regional bid, judging by their RPI (top 15 power ranking), home attendance (best in the SEC) and last 10 games (the Hogs would be 8-2 with a sweep).

But, all that remains to be seen as does which eight teams will make it to Hoover, Ala., site of the SEC Tournament from May 25-29.

Five SEC teams -- Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and South Carolina -- hosted regionals a year ago and, by all accounts, the conference is much stronger this season.

Only four games separate first and eighth place, and since the SEC expanded to 12 teams in 1992, the closest margin between first and eighth at the end of the regular season has been five games (2001, 2004), making this season's race one of the tightest ever.

Three teams -- Florida, Tennessee and LSU -- already have clinched spots in the SEC tourney and eight teams still have a shot to make it with Kentucky being the only team mathematically eliminated heading into the final weekend.

If the Razorbacks win only two of three games against Ole Miss, they would stay the No. 6 seed unless Vanderbilt sweeps Florida or South Carolina sweeps Kentucky. Should those teams sweep, the Hogs would need to win two of three or sweep as well to stay in the league's top eight.

Arkansas could win just one game this weekend and still get in, but only if Auburn doesn't win twice against Alabama. If the Hogs get swept, they'll need either South Carolina or Vanderbilt to get swept or have Auburn -- which owns the tiebreaker on Arkansas -- lose all three games in its series to earn a spot in the tourney.

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