May 28, 2007
Knoxville -- The Tennessee baseball team learned Monday afternoon that it did not earn a bid to the 2007 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships. The Volunteers’ season thus comes to an end after the team posted a 34-25 record that included a 13-15 mark in regular-season Southeastern Conference play.
“I’m very disappointed,” UT head coach Rod Delmonico said. “I thought we did what we had to do (to make the NCAA Tournament). We won three of our last four series and added a win over the nation’s No. 1-ranked team (Vanderbilt) last week in the SEC Tournament.
“I thought we did enough to get a bid.”
Only five SEC teams were named to the 64-team field, marking the lowest number of SEC teams in the NCAA Tournament since the league received four bids in 1994. Vanderbilt is the No. 1 national seed, and Arkansas earned the No. 7 national seed. South Carolina, Ole Miss and Mississippi State round out the SEC’s 2007 NCAA participants.
“This is a unique year for our conference,” Mississippi State Athletic Director and NCAA Division I Baseball Committee Chairman Larry Templeton said Monday. “At the end of the day, the committee thought (the SEC) only deserved five slots.”
Tennessee’s last NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2005 when the Vols advanced to the College World Series for the fourth time in school history.
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