Sun Belt baseball tournament: Owls in pool with Troy, Western Kentucky and Arkansas-Little Rock

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

FAU will open the Sun Belt tournament Wednesday when they play Western Kentucky at noon.

The Owls (32-22, 17-13) are the No. 5 seed, and the Hilltoppers (32-22, 17-13) earned the No. 4 seed because they won the regular season series against FAU 2-1.

The Sun Belt changed its format from double-elimination to pool play, with each pool containing four teams that will play each other once, with bracket winners meeting in the championship game.

In addition to WKU, FAU will face No. 1 seed Troy (40-16, 21-0) and No. 8 Arkansas-Little Rock. FAU won the regular season series against Troy and UALR.

FAU will play Troy on Thursday at 8 p.m., then gets a day off before playing UALR Saturday at noon.

Louisiana-Monroe is the host school, but the Warhawks finished last in the 10-team conference and did not qualify for the tournament.

Sun Belt final standings and pool

1. Troy (21-9, 0.700) – A2. Florida International (20-9-1, 0.683) – B3. Louisiana-Lafayette (18-12, 0.600) – B4. WKU (17-13, 0.567) – A5. Florida Atlantic (17-13, 0.567) – A6. South Alabama (15-15, 0.500) – B7. Arkansas State (13-16-1, 0.450) – B8. UALR (10-20, 0.333) – A

Tournament schedule (all times EST)

Wednesday: FAU vs. WKU, noon; Arkansas State vs. FIU, 4 p.m.; UALR vs. Troy, 8 p.m.

Thursday: South Alabama vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, noon; WKU vs. UALR 4 p.m.; Troy vs. FAU, 8 p.m.

Friday: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Arkansas State, noon; FIU vs. South Alabama, 4 p.m.; Troy vs. (4) WKU 8 p.m.

Saturday: FAU vs. UALR, noon; South Alabama vs. Arkansas State, 4 p.m.; (2) FIU vs. (3) Louisiana-Lafayette 8 p.m.

Sunday: Championship game at 2 p.m., broadcast on the Sun Belt Network.

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