Mississippi State coach John Cohen talks with Cody Brown during the Southeastern Conference NCAA college baseball tournament, against Georgia on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager)

The schedule


Game 1 — San Diego State (42-19) vs. Mississippi State (37-22), 1 p.m.

Game 2 — Louisiana-Lafayette (53-7) vs. Jackson State (31-23), 6 p.m.


Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m.


Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.


Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m. (if necessary)

The teams

No. 1 seed UL-Lafayette

Overall record: 53-7

Conference record: 26-4 Sun Belt, first

RPI: 5

The scoop: The Ragin’ Cajuns have the nation’s best record and are the country’s only team with 50 or more wins. UL-Lafayette carries the nation’s longest winning streak (10 games) into its 14th regional but only its second as host. The Cajuns won the Sun Belt regular-season title by a record seven games and swept four games to take the tournament crown.

No. 2 seed Mississippi State

Overall record: 37-22

Conference record: 18-12 Southeastern, tied for fourth

RPI: 32

The scoop: The Bulldogs had their most successful SEC campaign since 1997 and are in the NCAA tournament for a 34th time. MSU advanced to the College World Series championship round last year before falling to UCLA 2-0 in the best-of-three final. If the Bulldogs win this regional, they could face Ole Miss in the super regional round.

No. 3 seed San Diego State

Overall record: 42-19

Conference record: 17-13 Mountain West, third

RPI: 41

The scoop: The Aztecs beat host UNLV 4-3 in Sunday’s MWC tournament finale to win the title for the second straight year. The Aztecs’ 42 wins are their most since 2009. Their head coach — major league Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn — took a leave of absence in April as he battles mouth cancer.

No. 4 seed Jackson State

Overall record: 31-23

Conference record: 9-15 SWAC, eighth

RPI: 271

The scoop: The Tigers went 0-2 in the Baton Rouge regional last year, including a 15-1 elimination-game loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns. JSU swept four games against teams with better league records to win the SWAC tournament, upsetting regular-season champ Alabama State 9-8 in the May 18 title game in New Orleans.