Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Big, bad SEC crumbles a bit in NCAA baseball
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Austin Peay coach Gary McClure celebrates a game-winning home run against Florida in Friday's NCAA tournament play. (Photo by Doug McSchooler/Associated Press)
Austin Peay coach Gary McClure celebrates a game-winning home run against Florida in Friday's NCAA tournament play. (Photo by Doug McSchooler/Associated Press)
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Hey, even Goliath has a bad day.

On the same afternoon in which Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive announced record revenues of $289.4 million this year, the league’s baseball teams did a collective nosedive in the NCAA tournament.

Alabama lost to Troy. Austin Peay slapped down Florida. California-Santa Barbara beat Texas A&M. And William & Mary beat Ole Miss.

Obviously, in baseball, one game doesn’t mean quite the same as it does in football and basketball. That’s why the NCAA tournament makes each round double elimination. (Imagine if the NCAA basketball tournament was switched to that format?) None of those teams are gone ... yet.

And upsets are going to happen. If a team is good enough to make it to the NCAA baseball tournament, it usually is good enough to win some games.

Troy, Austin Peay, California-Santa Barbara and even William & Mary (yikes) aren’t pushovers for anybody.

Still, if you’re the big, bad SEC and just put an NCAA-best nine teams in the tournament, you’re not supposed to flame out like this on the first day.

Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Read "In My Opinion" in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.
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