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May 3, 2013

SEC baseball preview: Alabama schools vs. Mississippi schools on the diamond

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@ledger-enquirer.com

AUBURN, Ala. – For the moment, Auburn’s baseline goal of reaching the SEC baseball tournament seems safe.

No more unexpected screw-ups along the lines of losing two of three to Missouri, and the Tigers (25-18, 7-14 SEC) should be fine. But getting swept at home to No. 18 Ole Miss (32-14, 11-10) this weekend could be a fatal blow to Auburn’s season.

On the other hand, the Tigers have won three straight series over the Rebels. Should Auburn score a sweep of its own, head coach John Pawlowski would notch his 500th career victory in Sunday’s finale.

Meanwhile, Alabama (27-18, 11-9) travels to No. 15 Mississippi State (33-13, 10-11) for a three-game set, with ESPNU carrying the opener on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The Crimson Tide took two straight games off Texas A&M last week before Sunday’s game was rained out, while the Bulldogs were swept by No. 3 Vanderbilt.

In a matchup of the league’s lowest two teams in the standings, Georgia (16-28, 4-16) and Tennessee (18-24, 6-15) face off in Knoxville – if the SEC Tournament started today, those would be the two squads staying home.

Eastern Division
Vanderbilt | 39-6, 19-2
South Carolina | 33-12, 13-8
Florida | 25-21, 12-10
Kentucky | 26-17, 9-12
Missouri | 15-25, 7-14
Tennessee | 18-25, 6-15
Georgia | 16-28, 4-16

Western Division
LSU | 41-6, 17-5
Arkansas | 30-15, 13-7
Alabama | 27-18, 11-9
Ole Miss | 32-14, 11-10
Mississippi State | 33-13, 10-11
Texas A&M | 23-22, 7-13
Auburn | 25-18, 7-14

Weekend series (Friday-Sunday unless noted)
Alabama at Mississippi State
Arkansas at Kentucky
Florida at LSU (Thursday-Saturday; LSU won opener 3-2)
Georgia at Tennessee
Missouri at Texas A&M
Ole Miss at Auburn
Vanderbilt at South Carolina

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