Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Hogs will see familiar foe first at SEC Tournament
Arkansas fans call the hogs as coach Dave Van Horn prepares to take the field prior to an SEC Tournament championship game against Tennessee on Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Hoover, Ala. (SEC pool photo)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Arkansas will play a team first at the SEC Baseball Tournament that it swept during the regular season.
The Razorbacks (39-15) are the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will play either seventh-seeded Tennessee or 10th-seeded Texas A&M in the second game at Hoover (Ala.) Metropolitan Stadium on Wednesday. First pitch will be thrown 30 minutes after the conclusion of the day's first game that is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Tennessee (38-18) will play Texas A&M (32-23) in a single-elimination game Tuesday at approximately 1 p.m.
The Razorbacks swept Tennessee by a combined score of 18-7 on April 14-16, and swept Texas A&M by a combined 25-16 on April 27-29. Both series were played at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville.
On Thursday, Arkansas will play either seeds No. 3 LSU, No. 6 South Carolina or No. 11 Georgia at a start time based on whether the Razorbacks win or lose their first game.
Arkansas will not play any teams from the other side of the bracket unless it advances to Sunday's championship game.
If Arkansas loses Wednesday, its elimination game Thursday will begin at 9:30 a.m. If the Razorbacks win Wednesday, they will play a non-elimination game at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Start times are subject to change due to weather and the length of games. The tournament in Hoover has been known to back up significantly due to weather delays.
Games Wednesday begin the double-elimination portion of the six-day tournament. The semifinal and championship rounds will be single elimination.
All games will be televised by SEC Network except for the championship game, which will air on ESPN2.
Florida, Arkansas, LSU and Vanderbilt earned first-day byes as the four highest-seeded teams in the tournament.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State — the last two national championship winners — missed the tournament as the two teams with the worst SEC records.
SEC Tournament Schedule, Days 1-2
All times Central
Game 1: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. | 6 South Carolina vs. 11 Georgia
Game 2: Tuesday, Approximately 1 p.m. | 7 Tennessee vs. 10 Texas A&M
Game 3: Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. | 8 Kentucky vs. 9 Alabama
Game 4: Tuesday, Approximately 8 p.m. | 5 Auburn vs. 12 Missouri
Game 5: Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. | 3 LSU vs. Game 1 Winner
Game 6: Wednesday, Approximately 1 p.m. | 2 Arkansas vs. Game 2 Winner
Game 7: Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. | 1 Florida vs. Game 3 Winner
Game 8: Wednesday, Approximately 8 p.m. | 4 Vanderbilt vs. Game 4 Winner
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