1997 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament

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1997 Southeastern Conference
Baseball Tournament
Teams 8
Format Play-in round followed by six-team double elimination
Finals Site
Champions Alabama (4th title)
Winning coach Jim Wells (3rd title)
MVP David Tidwell Alabama
Attendance 42,000[1]

The 1997 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament was the 1997 postseason baseball championship of the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference, held at Golden Park in Columbus, Georgia from May 14-18. Alabama defeated LSU in the championship game, earning the conference's automatic bid to the 1997 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.[1][2]

Format[edit]

Eight teams qualified for the league tournament. The teams seeded fifth through eighth played a single-elimination play-in round. The two winners of the play-in games advanced to the main bracket, which was a six-team, double-elimination format, the same as the NCAA regional format used through 1998.

Regular season results[edit]

Eastern Division
Team W L Pct GB Seed
Florida 17 13 .567 -- 3
Tennessee 17 13 .567 -- 4
Vanderbilt 14 16 .467 3 --†
South Carolina 13 17 .433 4 8
Kentucky 10 20 .333 7 --
Georgia 8 22 .267 9 --
Western Division
Team W L Pct GB Seed
LSU 22 7 .759 -- 1
Alabama 20 9 .690 2 2
Mississippi State 19 11 .633 3.5 5
Auburn 17 12 .586 5 6
Arkansas 15 14 .517 7 7
Ole Miss 6 24 .200 16.5 --

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†- Vanderbilt forfeited its conference games and tournament berth for using an ineligible player.[4]

Tournament[edit]

Play-in games[edit]

Play-In Game
     
6 Auburn 7
7 Arkansas 3
Play-In Game
     
5 Mississippi State 12
8 South Carolina 9

Main bracket[edit]

 
                                                 
  1 LSU 5  
  6 Auburn 2     1 LSU 12  
    4 Tennessee 5    
  2 Alabama 16         1 LSU 12            
  5 Mississippi State 3           2 Alabama 7              
      2 Alabama 13           1 LSU 2 --
      3 Florida 6         2 Alabama 12 --
  3 Florida 7         2 Alabama 6    
  4 Tennessee 6       3 Florida 17     3 Florida 3  
  6 Auburn 5     6 Auburn 5  
  5 Mississippi State 4  

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All-tournament team[edit]

Position Player School
1B Robbie Tucker Alabama
2B Blair Barbier LSU
3B Andy Phillips Alabama
SS Brandon Larson LSU
C Matt Frick Alabama
OF David Tidwell Alabama
OF Dustan Mohr Alabama
OF Danny Higgins LSU
DH Brad Wilkerson Florida
P Jared Kingrey Alabama
P Kevin Knorst Alabama
MVP David Tidwell Alabama

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "SEC Tournament History". SECDigitalNetwork.com. The Southeastern Conference. pp. 25–31. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "SEC Awards Columbus '97 Baseball Tourney". nl.newsbank.com. The Ledger Enquirer. 1 July 1995. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Nation, Boyd. "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1997". BoydsWorld.com. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Vanderbilt Baseball Fact Book" (PDF). grfx.CSTV.com. Vanderbilt University Sports Information Department. p. 79. Retrieved 29 May 2012.