Sec Baseball Tournament

May 25, 2011 by staff 

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Notes: South Carolina leads the series 37-19. ? Each team in the SEC tournament-opener. ? The tournament series is tied 2-2, with Auburn winning the last two. ? Gameccks swept the season series between the two. ? Auburn coach John Pawlowski is a former Clemson assistant coach at the College of Charleston. ? USC Tigers eliminated from SEC tournament last year with a 3-1 victory in 12 innings. ? Each team is going with their No. 1 pitcher. ? The Tigers have won three SEC tournaments, most recently in 1998, while USC has won one (2004).
Next: The winner plays the winner of Georgia-Vanderbilt at approximately 8 pm on Thursday. The loser plays the loser of the Georgia-Vanderbilt at approximately 1 pm on Thursday.  Not necessary to win.  Not that I do not want.  “As you can tell, I do not like losing,” said reliever John Taylor, on Monday, as South Carolina, recently named the highest ranked team in the nation, prepared to board the bus for the trip to tournament SEC. “We will always try to somehow find a way to win, and we will try to make this week.”

A good week keeps getting better for the Gameccks on Monday, when they were named No. 1, two days after returning from New York to a 2-1 series victory. The 3-2 win in the end won the first championship for the USC to the SEC regular season since 2002, a title it shares with Florida and Vanderbilt, but won nonetheless.

Now they want to keep it going. Do not go in the tournament, which states that each party will play with maximum intensity because that’s just not his style. Gameccks (44-12) have won all season for being loose, but surely good, but not dominant, and I see no reason to rock the boat now.

But what if you want to win. They are not treating the tournament, as a case appears, yawning through two losses and return to Colombia to wait for the NCAA Regional.

“I know it was a short stay last year and ended up winning the whole thing, but when we went to Hoover last year, we are not very well,” said coach Ray Tanner. “You try to avoid that, as a team. We hope to play well.

“We would be there whenever we can, because if we are not there, you know where we will be. And probably more than once a day.”

Tanner ominous tone suggested that his team still remembers the message he received last year – going 0-2 in Hoover is not enough. Gameccks buzzed through the regular season last year but lost the regular season championship in the last weekend of the season, which is considered a good bet to win a pair of matches in the tournament SEC and still close a national seed.

Instead, USC went winless in the tournament for the first time since 1999. An outraged Tanner vowed that his team practice twice a day after the departure early in preparation for the NCAA regional final, and he did.

The Gameccks went on to win 11 of their last 12 games, including the last to win the national championship, apparently turned out to be a lot of detractors point. The SEC Tournament is nice, but for lower-seeded teams to try to improve themselves. The big wait for the big games.

Not in Colombia.

“When I wear the uniform, I try to win,” said Tanner. “You hear some of the coaches in the league this talk about doing things differently now. We try to make good decisions for our team, but it’s the baseball tournament with the SEC. We will try to win this tournament”.

The circumstances are different this year. Gameccks and are considered safe for a top-eight seed, ensuring home-field advantage in the playoffs, and many say that just one win in Hoover removes any lingering doubt. USC controls its own destiny, in this regard.

However, his first opponent, Auburn, absolutely has to win a game at Hoover. Georgia, in the same four-team mini-bracket as the Tigers and Gameccks, must win three games. These two teams know their seasons are over, but for those victories.

Fighting ccks have sympathy, but that’s where it ends. Once the game starts, they’ll be trying to beat Auburn (29-27) on Wednesday and if they play Georgia later, they will be trying to beat the Bulldogs as well.

Tanner said he had changed his opinion of your comments by Monday and will be starting against Auburn as Michael Roth, who is also throwing their best pitcher, Jon Luke Jacobs. Roth was considering starting Thursday to give full week off from his last start, but opposed the suggestion that it would not start Wednesday’s game. Requested and received the ball.

“He has earned that right,” Tanner said.

USC will face a Tigers team that swept the regular season, including a 2-1 victory April 29 in the series revelation. Jacobs started and struck out nine, taking a no-decision as the Gameccks won against the Tigers bullpen.

“We have a big test, obviously, in South Carolina, a team that has had a tremendous year,” said Auburn coach John Pawlowski said Monday. “Coach Tanner did a great job. They’ve certainly weathered the storm.”

USC has struggled through almost overwhelming adversity to win two championships already and want to try and add a third. Third baseman Adrian Morales said after the final regular season that he wanted to repeat what LSU did in 2009 – of the regular season, conference and national champions – and Roth reiterated.

“This is a ring, but not the ultimate goal,” said Roth. “It’s good to be a champion of the SEC, but it is still our ultimate goal of this year.”

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