Gators Swing for SEC East Title

The Gator baseball team can claim at least a share of the SEC Eastern Division Title Thursday night when they host the Kentucky Wildcats in the opening game of a three game series. The Gators need one win this weekend or one Georgia loss to South Carolina to claim the division crown and at least the No. 2 seed in next week's SEC Baseball Tournament.

Any combination of Gator wins and Georgia losses totaling two makes the title an outright one.

The Gators are not only on the verge of wrapping up the division; Kevin O'Sullivan's team is right in the thick of the race for the overall SEC Championship. Just look at the league standings:

LSU 18-9
Alabama 17-9
Florida 17–10
Ole Miss 17–10

Any of the four teams could end up with the trophy by the end of this weekend. Florida has the advantage of being the only one of the four that's playing at home. LSU is in Starkville to face Mississippi State. Alabama plays its arch-rival at Auburn and Ole Miss plays at Arkansas.


The battle at the top of the SEC standings is only one of the dramas playing out among SEC squads. There's also the battle for the other four spots in the tournament and NCAA at-large consideration.

Georgia (15-12) has already wrapped up a berth in the eight-team event in Hoover, Ala. as has Arkansas (14-12).

South Carolina (14-13) is a hot team now and sits in seventh place overall with Vanderbilt (12-14) currently the last team in. The Gamecocks host Georgia while the Commodores entertain Tennessee.

However, Kentucky (11-16) could crack top eight if they win the series with Florida and either South Carolina or Vandy gets swept.


There are five SEC teams with a top 20 RPI according to

Florida No. 6
LSU No. 13
Arkansas No. 16
Ole Miss No. 17
Georgia No. 18

The top four appear to be in very good position to host NCAA Regional play, but Georgia probably has some work to do. Alabama, despite its second place spot in the SEC overall has a high RPI (No. 29) due to a weak non-conference schedule.


The All-SEC performers will be announced next week and two Gators should be front and center when the recognitions are handed out. Freshman first baseman Preston Tucker has been sensational since taking over the positions and enters the weekend hitting .350 with 11 HR and 65 RBI. He has been even better in SEC play (.373, 34 RBI in 26 SEC games).

The other Gator who should make the list is junior reliever Billy Bullock who has found his niche after two frustrating seasons. Bullock has eleven saves on the year, seven in SEC play and boasts an outstanding 1.36 ERA.

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