SEC News & Notes

News on baseball, softball and football recruiting involving SEC teams is featured.

This year's baseball regular season will wrap up in less than two weeks and the competition for the eight spots in the SEC Baseball Tournament is getting more intense by the week. One of the teams in the mix for the No. 8 spot is Arkansas. The Razorbacks have had a tough month, dropping seven of their last ten SEC games.

Arkansas still controls its own destiny, as it faces the Auburn Tigers in a three-game series in Fayetteville that may very well decide who goes to the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover, Ala., and who doesn't. Arkansas is a team that can be extremely difficult to beat at home if it is hot. The Razorbacks have earned victories at Fayetteville against highly ranked opponents including No. 5 Alabama (which they pounded 10-0) and fourth-ranked South Carolina (Arkansas took both decisions in a two-game series from the Gamecocks.)

Tennessee also has a chance to earn the eighth spot in the SEC Tournament. The Volunteers are something of a longshot, though, as they will most likely need to take at least two from a three-game series against South Carolina in Columbia to have a chance at getting into the tournament.

In Louisiana, a 21-year-old by the name of Britni Sneed is making some noise for the LSU softball Tigers. The six-foot-one senior threw a complete game no-hitter on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against Texas A&M in Baton Rouge. The no-hitter was her sixth of the season and the 10th in her career. Sneed had 11 strikeouts in a relatively short game that ended at the end of the fifth inning due to the eight-run mercy rule. The final score was 11-0 in favor of the Tigers.

Sneed currently has 1,288 career strikeouts, which puts her at No. 5 on the list of all-time strikeout leaders in the NCAA. LSU has a record of 25-4 in SEC play, enough to secure the No. 1 seed in the upcoming SEC Softball Tournament. The double-elimination event is scheduled to begin Thursday as the LSU Tigers take on eighth-seeded Florida at 8 p.m. The fifth-seeded Auburn Tigers will take on No. 4 Georgia at 6 p.m. that same day with the winners of both games facing off on Friday.

With spring training over and the offseasion beginning, it's gotten noticeably quieter on the football front across the SEC. That doesn't mean that the coaches can take a break, though. Recruiting for the 2003 season is in full swing, and many standout players (now only juniors in high school) are already naming their favorites. One of the names gathering attention is 302-pound offensive lineman Andraus Grace. Considered one of the top big men from Florida, Grace has the quickness to play defensive tackle at the next level as well as offensive line. Grace's current favorites in the SEC include Auburn, Alabama, Florida and LSU.

Also in the picture with several SEC teams is quarterback Brett Weyman from Connecticut. The 6-3, 225-pounder with 4.55 speed is headed south this summer to camp at South Carolina and Miami. Other SEC teams Weyman is considering include Auburn and LSU.

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