With two weekends of SEC play remaining, No. 21 MSU (36-13, 13-11 SEC) is in solid position to earn an NCAA regional hosting berth. I broke the situation down in today’s Journal, so please give that a read.
As I wrote, a 3-3 finish would keep State in the mix, but there are no guarantees even then. That’s why it’s important to win these next two series, against Ole Miss and South Carolina. As of right now, the two regional projections I’ve seen have MSU hosting.
• Southeastern Baseball has MSU hosting South Alabama, North Florida and Southern Miss.
• Baseball America has MSU on the bubble but hosting.
MSU is currently fifth in the overall SEC standings, a half-game behind South Carolina. LSU and Vanderbilt are locks to host, and Arkansas has made a strong case, too. So the question is, will the SEC get four or even five host bids? As Parrish Alford noted in a story on Tuesday, the SEC has gotten more than three regional host bids just once in the last five years. That’s a topic Parrish and I will discuss on Thursday’s LockeDown Corner.
I had Aaron Fitt of Baseball America on my show today, and he said five SEC teams could wind up hosting, but a lot also depends on what happens in other leagues. His current projection has the SEC with five host sites, while Southeastern Baseball has four (Arkansas is left out). Fitt agreed that when MSU and South Carolina play next weekend, it could be that the winner of that series gets to host a regional, while the other does not. Obviously, both have to first take care of business this weekend (SC hosts Georgia).
A lot of craziness can happen these next two weekends, of course. It’ll be fun to watch. And if you want to hear my interview with Fitt, just click the link below.