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2021 SEC Softball Tournament Preview: Bracket, Game Times, TV

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All games will be played at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

The 2021 regular season is a wrap and the “second season” begins. In some sports, the postseason is one or two games and it’s over. Softball postseason can be much much more.

First up is the SEC Tournament which is single elimination. In theory if the 12 or 13 seed ran the table, they could play five games. As the 8-seed in 2017, Ole Miss made a wild run of four straight wins to take the SECT trophy back to Oxford.

Amazingly, Alabama has not won this tournament since the magical season of 2012 with Jackie Traina in the circle. Florida won the last two before last year’s cancellation.

2021 SEC TOURNAMENT BRACKET

* The Auburn-South Carolina game for Tuesday has been moved up to 3pm due to the threat of bad weather.

FINALS:
SC 3, Aub 1
MSU 3, OM 1
LSU 7, SC 3
TENN 3, TAMU 2 (9 INN)
UK 3, UGA 0

*Vanderbilt does not field a team, opting instead for ... bowling. #VandyOutOfTheSEC

TV

As you can see above, the first two rounds will be aired on the SEC Network. The Semis and Final will be on ESPN2.

TOP CONTENDERS

  • Florida 19-5, 40-8 - Probably the odds on favorite.
  • Arkansas 19-5, 40-8 - Braxton Burnside and the Hogs are the feel good story of the year. Could they come out a little rusty after taking last weekend off?
  • Alabama 18-6, 42-7 - The Tide is finally playing like a Top 5 team.

DARK HORSES

  • LSU 13-11, 31-18 - The Tigers have had some big wins this season but they have not swept anyone all year and have not won more than three in a row at any time. They are 5-4 over their last three series.
  • Kentucky 13-11, 38-12 - UK swept their last two series but the games were against TAMU and SC. The ‘Cats lost two of three in their three previous series to UGA, Auburn, and LSU.
  • Tennessee 12-11, 39-12 - The Vols looked like an elite team at times this season but stumbled to 1-4 to end the campaign.
  • Missouri 15-9, 37-14 - Mizz can be super-good at times and then ugly bad other times.
  • Mississippi State 8-15, 32-22 - Despite the losing conference record, this Bullies team is on a roll having won seven straight. They have allowed one or two runs in six of those games (three runs in the other).

LONGSHOTS

  • Ole Miss 12-12, 34-19 - Alabama took the air out of their sails this past weekend, but a recent familiarity with Rhoads might help them win a couple of games.
  • Texas A&M 8-16, 31-20 - Could they get an upset or two? Sure, but there’s not much chance they win it all.
  • Georgia 7-17, 29-20 - UGA has lost 12 of their last 14 in one of the biggest implosions of the season.
  • Auburn 7-17, 27-21 - not bloody likely.
  • South Carolina 4-20, 25-25 - No way.

ACCOLADES

They listened:

ALL-SEC

First Team

  • IF - Braxton Burnside, Arkansas
  • IF - Hannah Adams, Florida
  • IF - Charla Echols, Florida
  • IF - Taylor Pleasants, LSU
  • IF - Jenna Laird, Missouri
  • OF - Elissa Brown, Alabama
  • OF - Alexis Mack, Alabama
  • OF - Aliyah Andrews, LSU
  • OF - Kiki Milloy, Tennessee
  • P - Montana Fouts, Alabama
  • P - Mary Haff, Arkansas
  • P - Ashley Rogers, Tennessee
  • C - Bailey Hemphill, Alabama
  • DP/UT - Makinzy Herzog, Texas A&M

Second Team

  • IF - Kaylee Tow, Alabama
  • IF - Danielle Gibson, Arkansas
  • IF - Erin Coffel, Kentucky
  • IF - Mackenzie Boesel, South Carolina
  • IF - Ashley Morgan, Tennessee
  • OF - Hannah McEwen, Arkansas
  • OF - Casidy Chaumont, Missouri
  • OF - Brooke Wilmes, Missouri
  • OF - Bre Warren, Texas A&M
  • P - Autumn Storms, Arkansas
  • P - Shelby Lowe, Auburn
  • P - Elizabeth Hightower, Florida
  • C - Kayla Kowalik, Kentucky
  • DP/UT - Kendyl Lindaman, Florida

All-Newcomer

  • Lexi Kilfoyl, Alabama
  • Savannah Woodard, Alabama
  • Jenna Bloom, Arkansas
  • Maddison Koepke, Auburn
  • Julia Cottrill, Florida
  • Sydney Kuma, Georgia
  • Rylea Smith, Kentucky
  • Ciara Briggs, LSU
  • Taylor Pleasants, LSU
  • Paige Smith, Ole Miss
  • Paige Cook, Mississippi State
  • Emma Nichols, Missouri
  • Jordan Weber, Missouri
  • Kiki Milloy, Tennessee

All-Freshmen

  • IF - Sydney Cox, Auburn
  • IF - Erin Coffel, Kentucky
  • IF - Blaise Biringer, Ole Miss
  • IF - Jenna Laird, Missouri
  • IF - Rylen Wiggins, Texas A&M
  • OF - Makayla Packer, Auburn
  • OF - Sydney Chambley, Georgia
  • OF - Jayda Kearney, Georgia
  • OF - Bre Warren, Texas A&M
  • P - Shelby Lowe, Auburn
  • P - Maddie Penta, Auburn
  • DP/UT - Aynslie Furbush, Ole Miss

All-Defensive Team

  • P - Shelbi Sunseri, LSU
  • P - Emma Nichols, Missouri
  • C - Autumn Gillespie, Ole Miss
  • 1B - Danielle Gibson, Arkansas
  • 2B - Hannah Adams, Florida
  • SS - Kenzi Maguire, South Carolina
  • 3B - Charla Echols, Florida
  • LF - Casidy Chaumont, Missouri
  • CF - Aliyah Andrews, LSU
  • RF - KB Sides, Alabama
  • RF - Chloe Malau’ulu, Mississippi State

TOP AWARDS

Player of the Year: Bailey Hemphill, Alabama

Co-Pitchers of the Year: Montana Fouts, Alabama and Mary Haff, Arkansas

Newcomer of the Year: Taylor Pleasants, LSU

Freshman of the Year: Jenna Laird, Missouri

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Cailin Hannon, Tennessee

Coach of the Year: Courtney Deifel, Arkansas

#Team25 #RollTide