Mississippi State became the first team in SEC history to go from last place to a conference title in a year's time. Now, the Bulldogs can double up their conference honors by standing atop the toughest league tournament in college baseball.
The 2016 SEC Baseball Tournament kicks off on Tuesday from Hoover, Alabama. Vanderbilt finished the season with an 18-12 conference record, but that was only good for the No. 6 seed in a stacked league this spring. As a result, the Commodores will kick off this year's bracket with a bright and early 9:30 AM first pitch on Tuesday morning. If they win, they'll advance to a rematch against No. 3 Texas A&M.
Vanderbilt lost two of three games in College Station earlier this month, but its opening game loss was inches away from rolling toward extra innings after Jeren Kendall's fly ball to deep right field caromed off the very top of the wall. Vandy went on to lose that game 1-0 and was shutout again in game three when Aggie pitcher Kyle Simonds no-hit the 'Dores.