Despite the Gamecocks’ horrendous performance in conference play this season, South Carolina still has a shot at making the SEC tournament in 2019. Its not a good chance but it is still a chance nonetheless. At the moment there is a three way tie for last place in the SEC. The tie is between Alabama, Kentucky, and the Gamecocks of South Carolina.
All three teams have played each other which provides a tie breaker. As it sits, Alabama has the tie breaker over South Carolina and South Carolina has the tie breaker over Kentucky. This makes South Carolina the first team out of the tournament at the moment. If we could have swept Kentucky we would be positioned as the last team in. With one more conference series left for all three teams, there is an opportunity for us to hop Bama and make the tournament. Here is what has to happen.
Events That Need to Happen For South Carolina To Make The SEC Baseball Tournament
In order for South Carolina baseball to make the SEC tournament there are a few different things that need to happen. There are multiple different scenarios that will end with the Gamecocks making the tournament. Basically what needs to happen is South Carolina needs to win one more game against Mississippi State than either Alabama or Kentucky win against Georgia and Vanderbilt.
One option is for Kentucky and Alabama to get swept in their final conference series and for South Carolina to win one game against Mississippi State. Another option would be for Alabama and Kentucky to win only one game in their series’ and for South Carolina to win the Mississippi State series. The final scenario that will result in a tournament birth for the Gamecocks is sweeping Mississippi State in Starkville and Alabama Kentucky winning their series with only two wins.
It is going to be difficult to go into Starkville to play Mississippi State but Alabama and Kentucky don’t have it much easier. Bama goes to Athens while Kentucky will be making the trip down to Nashville. Basically whichever team can pull the biggest upset this coming weekend will be rewarded with a trip to the SEC tournament.