As you know, Duluth is among the cities in contention to host the SEC baseball tournament. The Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau has made a compelling case for Coolray Field to host the event beginning in 2012, but the league delayed its original timetable for making a decision three months ago. Now, SEC associate commissioner Craig Mattox says we may not know the answer until after the league tourney in Hoover later this month.
The new target date for an announcement is June, when the conference will hold its annual meetings in Destin. Mattox indicated that there was "not really a frontrunner" in the "wide open" competition between Duluth, Hoover, Jacksonville, Memphis, Montgomery, and New Orleans.
In other baseball news, Michael Palazzone was named SEC pitcher of the week after pitching eight shutout innings last Saturday. Next up for the Diamond Dogs is a three-game weekend set with Auburn in a clash between the two teams with the toughest strength of schedule numbers in NCAA Division I. Despite their records---Georgia is 24-21, while the Plainsmen are 23-21---the ancient SEC rivals are the only two teams in the top 20 in RPI who have more than 16 losses.