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UK baseball left out of NCAA Tournament

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The rollercoaster season that was Kentucky baseball has officially come to a close with Monday's NCAA Tournament exclusion.

Despite a resume that included an RPI of 33, according to BoydsWorld.com,  and 16 wins over teams ranked in the top 50 RPI, UK did not earn an at-large bid into the tournament. It's the second straight season Kentucky has been left out of the field.

NCAA baseball committee chairman Tim Weiser, who spoke on behalf of the NCAA selection committee on ESPN's Selection Show, acknowledged Kentucky's body of work but said they did not have a resume worthy of the tournament.

"There are a number of teams that I think could make some good arguments," Weiser said. "Certainly Kentucky is one. I think that one was discussed late last night and again early this morning, and the majority of our committee felt strongly about other teams that have maybe either a better body of work or are trending upward."

That appears to indicate that a late-season collapse against the Southeastern Conference's last-place team, Georgia, cost the Cats. UK, which had seemingly played itself into the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament in recent weeks with series wins over nationally ranked South Carolina and LSU (which won the national title last year and this week's SEC Tournament), dropped two of three games at Georgia on the final week of the regular season, including a 20-0 loss.

It ultimately cost Kentucky a spot in the SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament.

"Anytime you do that you're going to have the potential for somebody to feel like they got left out or they weren't given full consideration," Weiser said. "Clearly our group spent a lot of time thinking about Kentucky and the other teams."

Eight teams from the SEC were chosen for the tournament, tying the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Pacific-10 for the most bids.

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