Photos: SEC Tournament champs _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU players dive onto the dogpile after LSU's 2-0 win over Florida to win the SEC tournment Sunday in the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.

The schedule


Game 1 — LSU (44-14-1) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (37-23), 2 p.m.

Game 2 — Bryant (42-14) vs. Houston (44-15), 7 p.m.


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

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.


Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 2 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.


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

The teams

No. 1 seed LSU

Overall record: 44-14-1

Conference record: 17-11-1 Southeastern, third

RPI: 10

The scoop: The Tigers have won eight straight games and claimed the SEC tournament title last week with a 4-0 run in Hoover, Alabama, capping the streak with a 2-0 win over Florida in the championship game Sunday. In just a few days, LSU went from being on the fringe of hosting a regional to entering the NCAA tournament as the last national seed.

No. 2 seed Houston

Overall record: 44-15

Conference record: 14-9 American Athletic, third

RPI: 10

The scoop: Houston has a lofty RPI for a No. 2 seed, and it beat regional host Louisville in the AAC tournament title game. The Cougars beat Texas A&M in a midweek game and swept Michigan in February. They’ve got a stud closer in Chase Wellbrock, who has 12 saves and a 1.15 ERA in 39 innings.

No. 3 seed Bryant

Overall record: 42-14

Conference record: 19-5 Northeast, first

RPI: 43

The scoop: The Smithfield, Rhode Island-based school dominated its conference in the regular season and then won the league tournament by outscoring three opponents 14-4. The Bulldogs have three starting pitchers with an ERA of less than 3.00. They were swept by Maryland in a season-opening series, their only one against a major conference team.

No. 4 seed Southeastern Louisiana

Overall record: 37-23

Conference record: 18-12 Southland, fifth

RPI: 73

The scoop: The Lions have what coach Paul Mainieri calls an “SEC-caliber” ace in starter Andro Cutura. The junior from Pearl River is 10-2 with a 1.72 ERA. He has thrown 95 strikeouts and walked just 19 in 99.2 innings. The Lions dropped two games to each Ole Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette this season and lost 7-3 to LSU.