Rolling O Lab attends the SEC Baseball Tournament
The Rolling O lab was on hand this year for the annual Southeastern Conference baseball tournament in Hoover, Alabama. Despite temper mental weather this year, fans came from all over to fill Regions Park day after day to cheer on their teams through rain or shine. Although there were numerous rain delays throughout the week, all the games were completed as scheduled and in the end this years tournament saw records in attendance for average game (9,698) and overall spectators for the week (126,071).
The Rolling O Lab trailer was located right in the heart of all this action along the first base line in foul territory. The Lab received a constant flow of spectators over the course of the week and with the Rolling O sales trailer right next door the Oakley presence at the stadium was unmatched. The trailers were so close that they could even be seen on ESPN 2’s coverage of the championship game between Alabama and LSU.
Over the week the SEC’s eight best teams from the regular season came together to battle it out for top spot and conference bragging rights. Despite being the 8th seed in the tournament LSU showed up in peak form and battled their way through to the final round defeating Florida, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss along the way. The home favorite Alabama was actually the 7th seed and also played extremely well over the week defeating Auburn, Mississippi and Florida before earning their spot in the championship game.
For the first time ever in SEC tournament history the championship game went into extra innings as LSU and the home favorite Alabama battled deep into the night to decide this years conference winner. When in the top of the eleventh inning LSU second basemen Tyler Hanover knocked a base hit to left and brought in the go ahead run, followed by junior right handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo shutting down the side to give LSU their third consecutive SEC championship. The Tigers are also the first #8 seed to win the championship since the league adopted the current tournament format and finished the season with a 40-20 record overall. LSU shortstop Austin Nola was named MVP of the tournament as the sophomore batted .457 with a triple, three doubles, and 4 RBI during the week. It was a historic finish to an excellent week of well played baseball.
The Rolling O Lab would like to give thanks to area reps Kelly Welsh and Dan Martin for all their help and support. Also big props go out to Chris, Eric and Bobby Red-Ball for all their hard work with the Rolling O retail trailer. A special thanks goes out to Melanie Hatcher with the SEC for all her help coordinating the events and working with us throughout the week. And to anyone else I forgot thank you for the effort during the week and we’ll see you next time! Get well soon Kelly!