When Vanderbilt won the College World Series last June, it capped a decade of dominance for Southeastern Conference baseball programs. The SEC won five national championships in the last decade (2010-19) to go along with six national runner-up finishes and 26 overall College World Series appearances by nine different schools during that span.
Six different SEC programs have played for a national championship since 2010, and the College World Series finals included at least one SEC team in nine of the last 10 years. A year-by-year breakdown of the SEC's success in the NCAA Tournament and the College World Series follows:
2010: South Carolina became the first team in College World Series history to win six consecutive games on the way to a national title and closed out Rosenblatt Stadium in historic fashion. The Gamecocks defeated UCLA in thrilling fashion, 2-1 in 11 innings to clinch the title. Florida also advanced to the College World Series in 2010.
2011: South Carolina and Florida squared off in an All-SEC College World Series final to open up T.D. Ameritrade Park. The Gamecocks won 5-2 in the second game of the series to become only the ninth repeat champion in CWS history. In addition to South Carolina and Florida, Vanderbilt also played in the College World Series in 2011.
2012: The SEC led all conferences with three teams in the College World Series: Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina. Arkansas and South Carolina squared off in the semifinals, with South Carolina advancing to the championship series for the third consecutive year.
2013: Mississippi State became the third different SEC team of the decade to reach the College World Series finals. LSU earned its first CWS berth of the decade, giving the SEC a pair of teams in the field.
2014: Vanderbilt defeated Virginia, 3-2, in the third and deciding game of the College World Series to give the SEC its third title of the decade. The crown was Vanderbilt's first in a men's sport. Ole Miss also made an appearance in the College World Series, its first since 1972.
2015: Half of the College World Series field consisted of SEC teams: Arkansas, Florida, LSU and Vanderbilt. Two of those teams reached the semifinals, and Vanderbilt played for its second consecutive national championship.
2016: Four teams from the SEC - Florida, LSU, Mississippi State and Texas A&M - were selected as national seeds for the NCAA Tournament. This marked the first time any conference had four national seeds. Florida represented the SEC in the College World Series.
2017: Florida and LSU faced off in another All-SEC College World Series final, with the Gators winning the national championship. A nation-leading eight SEC teams earned bids to the NCAA Tournament. The SEC also tied its own record with six teams in the NCAA Super Regionals.
2018: Arkansas became the sixth different SEC team to play for the national championship since 2010. For the second consecutive year, the SEC tied its own record with six teams in the NCAA Super Regionals. The SEC also led all conferences with 10 NCAA Tournament selections.
2019: Vanderbilt capped the decade by winning its second national championship. The SEC led all conferences with 10 NCAA Tournament selections for the second consecutive season, and half of the CWS field consisted of SEC teams: Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.
The SEC's dominance in the sport of baseball didn't begin in 2010. In the two years prior to the start of the decade, Georgia advanced to the College World Series finals in 2008 and LSU won its sixth national title in 2009.