FAU will face Western Kentucky Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the opening round of the Sun Belt baseball tournament.
The Owls (31-20, 19-8) are the No. 1 seed after winning their second Sun Belt regular season title in the last three seasons.
The Hilltoppers (24-31, 13-17) are the tournament host and No. 8 seed.
At stake is the Sun Belt's automatic spot in an NCAA regional. No Sun Belt team is expected to get an at-large bid based on the conference's low RPI this season.
The Sun Belt tournament uses a round-robin format, with two four-team pools, with each team playing three games in its pool and the winner from each pool facing in a winner-take-all championship game.
Two teams are off one day during the four days of round-robin play, with FAU’s not coming until Saturday, meaning the Owls will play three games in three days starting with Wednesday’s opener.
In addition to FAU and Western Kentucky. Pool A incluides No. 4 South Alabama (21-33, 15-15) and No. 5 Louisiana-Monroe (28-27, 15-15).
FAU is 6-3 versus the teams in Pool A, going 2-1 against them in the three game regular season series.
Game times for the this year’s tournament are 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the championship game scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. The championship game will be televised live by the Sun Belt Network.
Wednesday: Noon -- (5) Louisiana-Monroe vs. (4) South Alabama; 4 p.m. - (7) Middle Tennessee vs. (2) Arkansas State; 8 p.m. – No. 1 FAU vs. No. 8 WKU
Thursday: Noon -- (6) Troy vs. (3) FIU; 4 p.m. FAU vs. (5) Louisiana-Monroe; 8 p.m. -- (4) South Alabama vs. (8) Western Kentucky.
Friday: Noon - FIU vs. Middle Tennessee; 4 p.m. -- Arkansas State vs. Troy; 8 p.m. -- FAU vs. South Alabama.
Saturday: Noon -- Troy vs. Middle Tennessee; 4 p.m. -- Arkansas State vs. FIU; 8 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe vs. Western Kentucky.
Sunday: Championship game at 2 p.m., Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun