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Tennessee Baseball In Striking Distance Of SEC Championship With One Week Remaining

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Tennessee baseball (42-10, 19-8 SEC) held steady as the No. 1 team in the country after taking two out of three games against Vanderbilt over the weekend. But the Vols weren’t able to move into first place in the SEC after picking up their eighth straight series victory.

In fact, Tennessee remains in the same spot in the SEC Championship race as they were entering the weekend. Kentucky played three highly competitive games at Florida and won two of them to move to 20-7 in SEC play and to maintain its one-game lead in the conference championship race.

Arkansas defended its home field and won two out of three games against Mississippi State over the weekend to improve to 19-8 in SEC play— holding steady with Tennessee one game behind Kentucky in the championship race.

With one week remaining in the regular season it is a three-team race to see who will win the conference championship. Texas A&M (17-10 SEC) is technically still in contention but it would take a miracle for the Aggies to end up splitting the conference crown.

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Both Tennessee and Kentucky are at home for the final weekend of the regular season. The Vols host South Carolina (13-14 SEC) for a three-game series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium while the Wildcats host Vanderbilt (12-15 SEC) for a three-game series at Kentucky Proud Park.

Arkansas has the most challenging series remaining as the Razorbacks head to College Station to face Texas A&M in a three-game series.

In case of a two-way tie, Tennessee holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Kentucky and the Wildcats hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Arkansas. Since Arkansas and Tennessee don’t play in the regular season, the tiebreaker between the two teams is their records against the highest seed that both have played. That team is already locked into being Kentucky and Tennessee would win that tiebreaker.

A three-way tie would be decided by who has the best record against the highest seeded (SEC Tournament) team that all three have faced this season. That would likely be South Carolina. Kentucky dropped two out of three against the Gamecocks so two wins from Tennessee this weekend would earn them the two-seed while they have to win three to earn the one-seed over Arkansas.

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