TOP FOUR SEEDS (PLUS A DARK HORSE!)
1. UL-Lafayette (37-8, 20-3)
The Cajuns haven’t lost a Sun Belt Conference game since March 28, and have outscored their opponents 129-19 in that 10-game conference winning streak.
2. South Alabama (35-10, 16-4)
The Jaguars only lost one conference series, to the Cajuns back in March, thanks to a pitching staff that compiled a 2.65 ERA.
3. Texas State (32-20, 14-6)
Only the Cajuns have a longer conference winning streak than Texas State, who has won eight consecutive league games. They were also the last SBC team to beat the league’s top seed.
4. Troy (32-22, 14-9)
The Trojans only batted .260 as a team, but they hung in the conference race thanks to a pitching staff that held opponents to three or fewer runs in more than half their SBC contests.
5. Georgia State (35-19, 14-10)
The Panthers’ pitching is suspect, but they can mash with the best of them, hitting .341 as a team while belting a league-best 98 home runs.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
C Lexie Elkins, UL-Lafayette
Elkins might just be the player of the year after hitting 27 home runs in the middle of the Cajuns’ potent lineup. What’s more, 20 of those homers have come in league play, where she’s hitting a robust .541.
C Ivie Drake, Georgia State
If there’s anyone who could challenge Elkins’ slugging ability, it might be Drake, who led the Sun Belt in hitting (.462), total bases (159) and on base percentage (.592), while finishing second in home runs (21).
P Randi Rupp, Texas State
Rupp was a workhorse in the circle for the Bobcats in her freshman season, starting a league-high 38 games. There was a reason Texas State kept running her out there: she won 24 of those games and struck out a whopping 284 batters.
P Jaycee Affeldt, Troy
The senior pitcher was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 17-10 record and a 2.51 ERA in her senior season. She’ll likely take the circle for the Trojans’ elimination game Wednesday.
Single and double elimination
At Bobcat Softball Stadium,
San Marcos, Texas
Game 1: No. 5 Georgia State vs. No. 8 Georgia Southern, 10 a.m.
Game 2: No. 6 UL-Monroe vs. No. 7 UT-Arlington, 12:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 4 Troy vs. Game 1 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 4: No. 3 Texas State vs. Game 2 winner, 5:30 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 UL-Lafayette vs. Game 3 winner, 2 p.m.
Game 6: No. 2 South Alabama vs. Game 4 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 7: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 11 a.m.
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 2 p.m.
Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 5 p.m.
Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 1 p.m.