BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University baseball team earned the No. 4 seed in this week’s Sun Belt Conference baseball tournament in Monroe, La., the league announced Saturday night.
The Hilltoppers advanced to the conference tournament for the 13th consecutive year. They last won the tournament in 2008.
WKU will compete in Pool A of the eight-team bracket, which also will include No. 1 seed Troy, No. 5 seed Florida Atlantic and No. 8 seed Arkansas-Little Rock.
All teams are assured of playing at least three games in the new pool-play format. The Hilltoppers will open the tournament at 11 a.m. Wednesday against FAU. They will take on No. 8 seed UALR at 3 p.m. Thursday and No. 1 Troy at 7 p.m. Friday.
Pool B consists of No. 2 seed FIU, No. 3 seed Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 6 seed South Alabama and No. 7 seed Arkansas State.
The conference moved to the new round-robin format this season, with the team with the best record in each pool advancing to the tournament's championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday. The championship game will be televised live by CSS/CST as part of the Sun Belt Network.
Two-way ties in a pool will be broken by head-to-head results. In the case of a three-way tie, the highest seed will advance.
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Wednesday, May 25
Game 1 (5) Florida Atlantic vs. (4) WKU 11 a.m.
Game 2 (7) Arkansas State vs. (2) FIU 3 p.m.
Game 3 (8) UALR vs. (1) Troy 7 p.m.
Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama are off
Thursday, May 26
Game 4 (6) South Alabama vs. (3) Louisiana-Lafayette 11 a.m.
Game 5 (4) WKU vs. (8) UALR 3 p.m.
Game 6 (1) Troy vs. (5) Florida Atlantic 7 p.m.
FIU and Arkansas State are off
Friday, May 27
Game 7 (3) Louisiana-Lafayette vs. (7) Arkansas State 11 a.m.
Game 8 (2) FIU vs. (6) South Alabama 3 p.m.
Game 9* (1) Troy vs. (4) WKU 7 p.m.
Florida Atlantic and UALR are off
Saturday, May 28
Game 10* (5) Florida Atlantic vs. (8) UALR 11 a.m.
Game 11* (6) South Alabama vs. (7) Arkansas State 3 p.m.
Game 12* (2) FIU vs. (3) Louisiana-Lafayette 7 p.m.
Troy and WKU are off
Sunday, May 29 (televised by the Sun Belt Network)
Championship Winner of Pool A vs. Winner of Pool B 1 p.m.