The top four seeds, plus a dark horse

1. South Alabama (34-19)

The regular-season champs were the hottest team in the league at the end of the season, and their deep pitching staff is built for a tournament setting.

2. Troy (30-23)

The Trojans closed the regular season strong, winning eight of their final 10 conference games, and they have a decided advantage as tournament hosts.

3. UL-Lafayette (34-20)

The hot-and-cold Cajuns have shown flashes of dominance thanks to a balanced pitching and hitting approach, but they’ve also lost games they should’ve won.

4. Ga. Southern (30-25)

The Eagles had a solid first year in the league despite run-of-the-mill totals at the plate (.259 batting average) and on the mound (4.21 ERA).

5. Georgia State (29-25)

Can Georgia State find itself in time? The Panthers led the league for much of the year before a late-season tailspin.

Players to watch

SP Kevin Hill, South Alabama

Hill was dominant, leading the league in wins (nine), ERA (1.79) and strikeouts (92) despite being suspended for the first month of the season.

3B Matt Rose, Georgia State

The third baseman hit 15 home runs to lead the SBC, and he also drove in a league-high 44 runs.

SP Grant Bennett, Troy

Bennett was a workhorse this season, logging a league-high 103.1 innings. He didn’t fare too poorly in those innings either, posting a 2.35 ERA.

OF Kyle Clement, Louisiana-Lafayette

Clement didn’t regularly find himself in the starting lineup until the midway point of the season, but then he raked, hitting eight homers since April 11.