LEXINGTON, Ky. (12/24/12) – With the addition of 2012 NCAA Tournament teams in Missouri and Texas A&M, the 2013 Southeastern Conference Tournament field will increase from 10 to 12 teams and is set for May 21-26 at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.
The SEC Baseball Tournament will consist of seeds 5-12 meeting in a single-elimination format on the opening day of the tournament. The traditional double-elimination format will go from Wednesday-Friday, with the tourney returning to single elimination play on Saturday. There will be a total of 17 games.
The 12 teams are seeded 1-12 with the two divisional champions and top four seeds guaranteed opening-round byes, with the possibility of earning another later in the bracket. The tournament field will include the top teams from the SEC’s Eastern and Western Divisions plus 10 at-large bids seeded 3-12 based on conference winning percentage.
Last year, UK finished third in the SEC Tournament, going 2-1 overall and lasting until a 2-1 elimination-game loss vs. No. 21 Mississippi State in the semifinals. UK posted a win over Ole Miss in the opener of the 2012 Tournament, as A.J. Reed tossed 5.2 shutout innings in the start and batted 4-for-4 with a solo homer at the plate. UK then used Jerad Grundy’s dominating start to beat Mississippi State after an off day, earning a second off day and facing the Bulldogs in the semifinals on Saturday.
Regions Park formerly served as home of the Double-A Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox) of the Southern League. The stadium also has served as host of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Final Four and the Conference USA Men’s Soccer Tournament, as well as home to the nationally renowned Hoover Buccaneer high school football program.
Located eight miles south of Birmingham, Regions Park seats 10,800 for baseball, but can accommodate over 16,000 when the patio, banquet and side grassy areas are used. The stadium also houses 12 suites and state-of-the-art dressing and training rooms. Wireless internet access was added in 2004, concourse and signage renovation was done in 2005 and a second-level pressbox expansion, new stadium seating and an exterior facelift in 2007 completed a $6 million renovation project. A new HD video scoreboard was added in 2008, while the SEC introduced the nation to a ‘pitch clock’ in 2010. A new sound systems and concourse amenities such as refurbished restrooms big screen HDTVs at concessions stands were added in 2012.
The 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament drew 129,112 fans to The Hoover Met, a new record-high for the event. Seven times in the last 10 years the tournament has surpassed the six-digit mark in total attendance.
The SEC is currently scheduled to keep its baseball tournament in Hoover at The Hoover Met through 2016 under the current contract.
All games of the tournament have been televised in high definition since 2008, with ESPN set to broadcast the championship game nationally for the fourth straight year in 2013.
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