Projecting where Alabama baseball might land come NCAA tournament selection time

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

The regular season is all but wrapped up, and Alabama baseball making the NCAA Tournament is far from a guarantee. 

Seven SEC teams rank in D1 Baseball's most recent top 25 rankings, but the Crimson Tide is not one of them. 

Based on where a few outlets are projecting Alabama, the Crimson Tide is a fringe team. It could get in, but it might not. Here are some of the most recent projections for Brad Bohannon's squad: 

D1 Baseball

One of the first five out.

The Crimson Tide doesn't make the tournament and is one of the first five out alongside Virginia Tech, Air Force, Iowa and UC Santa Barbara. 

Baseball America

One of the first four out.

Alabama is designated as one of the first four out alongside Maryland, Georgia and UC Santa Barbara. Just a week ago, Baseball America gave the Crimson Tide a spot in the  Austin Regional as one of the last four in, alongside West Virginia, Ball State and Tulane. 

College Sports Madness

One of the last four in.

The Crimson Tide earns a spot in the Lubbock Regional alongside Texas Tech, Stanford and Oral Roberts. Joining Alabama among the last four in are Indiana State, North Carolina and Indiana. 

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In case it isn't clear, the Crimson Tide might need a strong finish if it hopes to play in the NCAA Tournament. 

Alabama (29-19, 12-14 SEC) isn't riding a hot streak by any means. This month, the Crimson Tide started off with a 2-0 series win vs. Missouri, then lost 2-0 to No. 3 Vanderbilt before losing a series 2-1 against LSU. 

However, at the start of the season, Alabama had a few quality victories. In March, the Crimson Tide managed to defeat No. 1 Arkansas 16-1 before losing the series. Alabama also picked up a single victory over No. 4 Tennessee. 

Now, the Crimson Tide has only a couple of more games to make its case for the NCAA tournament. 

First up on the make-the-NCAA-tournament to-do list: Facing No. 10 Mississippi State. Alabama will face the Bulldogs in a three-game series Thursday through Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Then, the SEC Tournament starts on May 25 in Hoover. 

Wins won't be easy for Alabama in the crowded SEC, but a few wins over the next weeks could go a long way in helping Alabama when the selection show starts May 31.