SEC Softball Teams Killing It in the Tourney So Far

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    19-5 combined record so far for 11 teams, none yet eliminated.

    Here is the run-down of how the SEC teams are faring thus far in the tourney (if they are not in the winner's bracket of their regional, I added the team that is in parentheses):

    #2 UF 2-0
    #6 Missouri 2-0
    #7 UT 2-0
    #10 Bama 2-0
    #16 A&M 2-0
    #12 UK 2-0

    #9 LSU 2-1 (La Laffayette 2-0)
    South Carolina 2-1 (#4 Texas 2-0)

    Arky 1-1 (#1 OU 2-0)
    UGA 1-1 (#5 ASU 2-0)
    MSU 1-1 (F$U 2-0)


    It may just be that the seeding was well done this year because in only 3 out of 16 regionals is the seeded team not 2-0 (#9 LSU 2-1; #13 USA 1-1; #15 Louisville 1-1, and about to be eliminated as they are losing 18-0 to UCLA with the Bruins still batting in the top of the 3rd)

    But to have 7 teams in the 16 seeds, 6 of them start 2-0 and none of 11 teams eliminated yet is a pretty firm statement towards the strength of the SEC.
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    UAB vs UCLA to see who comes to Gainesville. UCLA must win twice on Sunday.

    Yes, I'm giving UF the win over USF.
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    For the 5 SEC teams that had to play elimination games in the losers' bracket:

    LSU won to advance to the title game(s)
    SC won to advance to the title game(s)
    Arky up 3-1 with Fordham batting in bottom of 6
    Georgia plays at 11pm vs SJS/SDS winner (SJS up 1-0 in 2nd)
    MSU about to be eliminated by #13 USA, down 3-0 in 7th

    So as long as Arky hangs on and UGA does the expected and wins tonight, that will make 10 of 11 SEC teams in the tournament making it to the Regional Finals.

    Pretty darn strong.
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    Okay, they changed it again - Arky dusted off Fordham 5-2.

    So if UGA comes through (up 3-0 batting in the top of the 5th), it will be 10 of 11 SEC teams advancing to the championship game(s).
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    Just noticed that UCLA eliminated Louisville in a 5-inning 19-2 game. How in the heck does a regional host get knocked out of the tournament by 17 runs? Wow.

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    UCLA regardless of record is still a force to be reckoned with. Wouldn't surprise me to see them take 2 from UAB.
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    Softball in the Big East and facilities paid for by Papa Johns.
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    Mizzou did not start Thomas in game 1 on Sunday and as a result they are about to get run ruled by Hofstra - it's 10-0 in the 4th.
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    They came back in the if necessary and made the SR's.

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    Florida, Bama, A&M, UK, UT & Mizzou all into Super Regionals.

    That's 6 conference teams in 8 Super Regionals.

    UGA has to be hurting today, with both their women's tennis and softball teams being bounced from post-season play.

    South Alabama is batting in the bottom of the 6th with a 6-1 lead, ready to sweep FSU out of the softball tournament.

    In the final undecided spot, UAB and UCLA are in the bottom if the 13th tied 2-2, in the battle to face Florida in the Super Regional.
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    Nearly Final Conference Tally

    UAB just went final over UCLA, 3-2 in 13 innings.

    So 2 conferences have a chance at the last spot in the SRs:
    Sun Belt: 1
    ACC: 1

    Here is the final totals by league:

    SEC: 6
    PAC 12: 3
    Big 12: 3
    Sun Belt: 1 (possibly 2)
    C-USA: 1
    Big 10: 1
    ACC: 0 (possibly 1)
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    Not bad for a football conference :roll:
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    That should be Big 12 - 2, Big 10 - 2

    Nebraska is in the Big 10
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    ACC sux at almost everything.
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    As more players from the West Coast goto play for schools in the Southwest, Midwest, and Southeast this trend will continue to happen.

    I don't think it is any coincidence over recent years you are seeing tradtional schools like Arizona and UCLA struggle to even get to the WCWS now.

    Although after this weekend it would not surprise me that you only will see two teams get represented in Okie City.

    UT vs Bama is a toss up although UT should win that series.

    UK has no chance this week.

    A&M has no chance either.

    And Missouri I suspect may have issues depending upon how their starting pitching holds up.

    But the main theme with UK, Bama, A&M, Missouri is whether or not starting pitching holds up or not. If it does then you give yourself a chance and if not does not then they will get blown out.
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    Noles get in with a dramatic game ending grand slam HR. Next play Texas. That grand slam kept the state of Alabama from having three teams in the SR. While the west still puts out most softball elite players, things are changing. Softball Is huge around here in south Alabama and the area is producing elite quality. The leagues are serious and travel ball is excellent. There are tons of kids interested in the sport. That is a dramtic change from not long ago.
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    I think many would say UAB, UL-L, and f$u had no chance last weekend--but they made it through.

    Now obviously UAB has none this week---but seriously in the post-season I would not bet against any SEC team in any sport.
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    Hah - duh I can never get used to that.
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    Good points and right in the money. The west coast will always produce talent but the SE and Texas will catch up and pass it due to population once the sport grows deeper roots in high schools and other levels of pre-college leagues. It will just like football or track or any other sport that plays outside: you can't overcome the weather and population advantage.
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    If every team was completely healthly I would not disagree with your thoughts.

    The common thread amongst UK, Bama, Missouri, A&M is ? amongst starting pitching and their health in terms of either recovering from in season injuries and/or just worn out arms from innings pitched the last 2 seasons.


    Just glancing at the Buttsniffer games against ASU - I don't see how UK is going to score if the Uga (the team that hit the most homers in the league this year) could not do anything. And unless they figure out something (which Uga hitters were too stupid to figure out) that swinging at rise balls out of the strike zone are not going to get you any hits, I'm not sure UK does anything at ASU. Can UK have a pitching performance that allows them to win a 1-0 type of game - I guess that is possible - but odds are not in UK's favor.

    Bama/Missouri/A&M have the same issues in terms of their star pitchers having worn out arms toward the end of the season so do they have enough juice to get through this weekend. Maybe they do. I could see Bama and Missouri surviving but it is a very thin line for them. If any starting pitcher for Bama or Missouri lose any game even if it is 1-0 or 2-1 then you are then getting into their #2 or #3 pitchers for either team and if Bama and Missouri have to use innings for which they must use their #2 type pitchers then they are in big trouble. A&M was sending out their #1 pitcher who is still injured and they barely survived against Baylor which just ran out of gas in the end. OU has two quality pitchers and A&M's best pitcher certainly gave up alot of runs against Baylor. The only way A&M beats OU is if the game becomes a 10-9 or 8-6 type of game and while that is certainly possible - it is also a unlikely scenario to happen on the road.

    In terms of health and matchups going into this week - UF and UT are looking the best in terms of chances moving forward with the next team being Missouri assuming Missouri never has to use their #2 pitcher at all.

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