FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas baseball team still has some work to do to convince the NCAA Tournament selection committee it deserves to host an NCAA Regional.
But the Razorbacks do know their place in the Southeastern Conference's pecking before Saturday's regular season finale.
Arkansas (35-18, 18-10 in SEC) wrapped up the No. 3 seed for the SEC Tournament after its 1-0 win against Auburn at Plainsman Park on Friday night.
It means the Razorbacks will open SEC Tournament play next Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., facing either the No. 6 seed (Ole Miss) or No. 11 seed (Kentucky) in a two-loss elimination format.
The Razorbacks finished behind No. 1 seed Vanderbilt (47-7, 25-3 in SEC) and No. 2 seed LSU (48-7, 23-6) in the SEC standings during the regular season. South Carolina (39-15, 17-11 in SEC) earned the final first-round bye for the tournament, wrapping up a fourth-place finish with Friday night's win at Mississippi State (39-16, 15-14).
Arkansas secured the No. 3 seed by winning seven of its first nine SEC series, which is the program's best performance since winning the regular season conference crown in 1999.
The Razorbacks can win their eighth conference series by beating Auburn in today's finale at 1 p.m.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau