Posted: 6:22 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013
By Chris Fuhrmeister
With the regular season complete, the first-round matchups of the 2013 SEC Tournament have been set. Auburn will play Alabama in the second game of the morning session on Tuesday, a single-elimination contest.
Hold on to your butts.
The winner of the Iron Bowl-baseball-pacalypse will advance to double-elimination play and take on No. 2 seed LSU on Wednesday. The other single-elimination game in Auburn's side of the bracket features No. 6 Ole Miss against No. 11 Kentucky, with the winner moving on to face No. 3 Arkansas.
Auburn (33-22, 13-17 SEC) and 'Bama (32-24, 14-15) have played four times this season. The Tigers won the fifth Capital City Classic in Montgomery, 6-3, on March 5, and the Crimson Tide took two of three at Plainsman Park March 28-30. Auburn has won three straight SEC series and seven of its last 10 games. Alabama, on the other hand, has lost two of three conference series and is 5-5 in its last 10.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 8 Florida and No. 9 Texas A&M; square off, and the winner gets No. 1 Vanderbilt in the second round. No. 5 Mississippi State and No. 12 Missouri play for the right to meet No. 4 South Carolina.
Tennessee and Georgia finished 13th and 14th, respectively in the standings and didn't qualify for a trip to Hoover.
Auburn and Alabama are both trying to get into the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers enter Tuesday's game with an RPI of 32. The Tide checks in at No 29.