Instant replay to be used in SEC conference tourney in May

By Caroline Hecker

The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee will allow the Southeastern Conference to use its experimental replay rules during the SEC conference tournament in May. The ruling was announced by the NCAA on Friday.

The SEC joins the West Coast Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference in implementing the rule this season.

The ruling will allow umpires to use video replay to check calls on fair and foul balls. The replay rules were originally designed for the Men’s College World Series in Omaha, Neb., but by expanding the rules to several Division 1 conferences, the Baseball Rules Committee hopes to gather additional insight and feedback on how well the new rule works.

In the College World Series instant replay has been used since 2013 for these plays:

  • Deciding if an apparent home run is fair or foul
  • Deciding if a batted ball is fair or foul
  • Spectator interference on home run balls
  • Deciding whether a ball leaving the playing field is a home run or ground-rule double.

There have been no instant replay reviews in the last two years of the series.

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