Huntsville, Ala. – Falling one spot back but still holding a realistic chance of making the postseason, the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team is ranked fifth in the latest edition of the NCAA South Region poll.
Only six teams will make the Regional this season, as opposed to eight teams in years past. Stillman (SIAC Tournament champion) and Tampa (Sunshine State regular season champion) have already punched their tickets to the postseason and the GSC Tournament winner (to be decided tomorrow) will receive the other automatic spot.
It would appear that Tampa will serve as regional host, having locked down the No. 1 spot in all three weeks of the official rankings. Tampa finished the season at 39-10 with a three-game sweep of Lynn, and barring any dramatic changes will enter the postseason as the top seed in the region. If Delta State were to win the GSC Tournament, there is a chance they could snag the top spot.
At this point, with Stillman most likely receiving the No. 6 seed, only the top five teams will make the regional. This means if any other team other than Delta State, who is currently No. 2 in the region, were to win the GSC Tournament, it would probably push UAH out and the tournament winner into the No. 5 spot.
The Chargers (33-15-1) finished the season losing four of their last five, including two-and-out in the GSC Tournament. At this point, UAH must have Delta State win the GSC Tournament and squeak in as the No. 5 seed. There really is no other way.
Florida Tech remained at No. 3 and will play a three-game set at Nova Southeastern this Thursday and Friday. West Florida jumped UAH moving up to No. 4 in the region, after defeating UAH in walk-off extra inning fashion last Friday morning.
Delta State defeated West Alabama this morning in Carrollton, Ga., the new site of the GSC Tournament, and at the time of this release Valdosta State was leading West Georgia 2-0 in the third inning. If VSU wins, Delta State will have to beat VSU twice tomorrow to take home the championship.
UAH’s strength of schedule is keeping them alive at this point, having won three out of four against No. 4 West Florida and three out of four versus No. 6 Barry. The Chargers tied Delta State in the only meeting between the two this year.
The official selection show will take place Sunday, May 12, at 9 p.m. central time.
UAH made the NCAA Regional last season as the No. 6 seed.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations