(AP) Florida has the power. Vanderbilt has the pitching. South
Carolina has the swagger.
The three teams just finished one of the most entertaining
regular-season races in recent Southeastern Conference history, all
ending with 22-8 records for a three-way tie. Now the powerhouse
programs are the favorites to win this week's SEC tournament that
begins on Wednesday at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.
South Carolina earned the No. 1 overall seed in a tiebreaker and
the defending national champions certainly have a reasonable claim
as the team to beat. The Gamecocks took the season series from both Florida and Vanderbilt while weathering multiple injuries,
including one that's kept star outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. out of
the lineup for much of the past month.
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