HOOVER, Ala. — Auburn baseball coach John Pawlowski has been using a stopwatch all season to help prepare his team for the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
The league will use new clock rules to speed up play in the double-elimination, eight-team tournament that begins Wednesday at Regions Park and is led by top-seeded Florida and No. 2 Auburn.
"We document every pitcher, every in-between innings for not only our team but the other team," Pawlowski said.
Pitchers will have 20 seconds to deliver a pitch when nobody's on base, and teams will be given 108 seconds to take the field every half-inning. Teams violating the rules will have a ball called against them on the mound. If the batter isn't ready in the box with 5 seconds left, he gets a strike added to the count. There will also be less time (30 minutes) in between games and, if third and/or fourth games are needed on Saturday, they'll be seven innings. The changes could be implemented for the 2011 regular season.
Bisson makes 2nd team
Kentucky junior second baseman Chris Bisson made the All-Southeastern Conference second team for the second straight season in voting by coaches, the league announced Tuesday. The native of Orleans, Ontario, is the first Kentucky player since catcher John Wilson in 1999-2000 to earn All-SEC honors in back-to-back seasons.
SEC West champion Auburn led the league with four first-teamers, including player of the year Hunter Morris.
Bisson batted .329 in 51 games this season, missing five games after being hit by a pitch and suffering a broken nose during the third weekend of the season. He had 32 stolen bases in 39 attempts, leading the SEC.