Alabama Baseball Predicted to Miss NCAA Tournament
UPDATE (4:30 p.m. CT): After taking down South Carolina 9-3, Alabama's postseason hopes are still alive. Check back later on TIDE 1009.com for a full recap on the Crimson Tide's SEC Tournament victory over the Gamecocks.
Baseball America, a predominant publication in the world of college baseball, announced Tuesday in their latest predictions that Alabama will be one of the first four teams out of the NCAA Tournament. This comes in the middle of the first round of the SEC Tournament in which the 10th-seeded Crimson Tide are taking on the seventh-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks.
The publication also predicts eight other SEC baseball teams securely into the NCAA tournament, seven of which will be hosting regionals.
At the time of the publication of this article, Alabama leads South Carolina 8-2 going into the top of the fifth inning. If Alabama wins, then they would be taking on the second-seeded No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers. A path to the conference tournament final would also include potential matchups with No. 8 Mississippi State or No. 13 Florida.
Alabama’s eight runs through five innings is already the most runs scored since at least April 30 - an 11-8 victory against Missouri.
While it would certainly be a challenge to win the whole SEC Tournament in Hoover - six SEC teams are currently in the top-25 poll - a deep tournament run would significantly help Alabama’s odds of making it to the NCAA Tournament.
The Crimson Tide ended their regular season in a rough slump, losing seven of the last eight games and getting swept by Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. This brought their overall record to 29-22 and their conference record to 12-17.
Still, this season has been a step in the right direction for head coach Brad Bohannon’s squad. Coach Bo brought the boys to Hoover for the first time in his time in Tuscaloosa and the program’s first time since 2016.